Cufflinks wrote:Haha, the old Volvo vs. Saab thing! Mirrored in Australia and New Zealand by a Holden vs. Ford thing, and I think, generally in the world, a circumcised vs. uncircumcised thing. I'd say it's based on conditioning - but I did not have any, really. I'd love to see a behaviourist explain that one. Let alone the Holden vs. Ford thing.
I'm sure it is (or at least was) a big deal in Sweden! For myself, I think I prefer Volvo to Saab - I just find their cars a bit more interesting (I'd love a restored and mildly hot-rodded P544).
I'm with you there; Saab sold out its identity twenty-five years ago when they became GM, and they haven't been themselves since. Driving an old Saab (1980s or earlier) is a revelation; later ones are surprisingly less interesting, and most would agree, more fragile. There have been some wobbly Volvos about, as well, but on the whole, they remain a pretty solid choice.
And to bring the topic back on track: From my experience on other forums, I am hereby able to make one announcement based on observation over years - circumfetishists like cars. I have experienced it on more than one occasion that the resident circ fetish guys were petrolheads. Maybe not all of us do, but I have noticed over the years that there is a deep appreciation for beauty there, and it often manifests in liking beautiful cars - so, not monster trucks or crash derbies, but nice, stylish classics.