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      03-04-2012, 08:08 PM   #72
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Originally Posted by svache View Post
Those numbers don't say anything? I'm sorry but as an European now living in the US, I see the differences quite clearly, especially since I still handle money on a frequent base on both sides of the big pond. People in Europe pay way more on their cars than they do in the US. Salaries are comparable, if not better in the US. Why? Because you pay a LOT less tax here and get to keep a lot more in your pocket. The price tag before taxes in Europe is not much different from what it is in the US but after taxes they pay at least $30K-$40K more. This while they do make less money than in the US. I'm really sorry but those numbers mean a lot. And while you might not think so, but to many people over there €70K does feel like $100K feels over there, if not more. You obviously have no idea.

More 'entry level' BMW's in Europe than in the States? Not where I come from. In the Netherlands, and many other countries in Europe, people mostly drive in compact cars simply because they cannot pay for a BMW, and simply because the price of gas and road taxes is way too high in order to maintain said BMW. As a matter of fact, I have not ever seen so many BMW's in a place as since I lived here in Hawaii, it's almost as if everyone can drive one here. Perhaps you're right in the total amount of BMW's that is driving there, that could be, but don't forget Europe is much bigger and that there is about 3 times more people living in Europe so it's easy to chance the numbers to your own benefit in this.

Seeing your misplaced sarcasm I can only conclude you missed my point when I said something about affording a 7 series. What I said has nothing to do with what I can but all with the fact that not everyone wants a higher luxury car even if they can. Nothing else. And, honestly, that was also the sole reason I made my initial reply to you.
You're last paragraph there has me lost.

You responded to my post, which was to someone else about what they said, specifically about wanting more luxury items.
If you feel my comment upsets you, that's your issue not mine.
I can not apologize for something I didn't do. YOU decided to step in it.

Reading your comments shows me that you didn't read and understand my point, at all.
Insulting me with telling me that I "have no idea", tells me that I probably don't need, nor want, to discuss this with you any further.
You'll choose to misunderstand my points just so you can twist it and go on another rant, as you've already done.

Let's just be friendly at this point and agree to misunderstand each other and move along. Deal?

Last edited by RPM90; 03-04-2012 at 08:21 PM..
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