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I found this thread concerning Porsche ownership and people's perceptions in regard to keeping ownership to themselves interesting and some responses fascinating.

Your opinion? Will this transfer to Macan ownership? Or will the fact it's a CUV make a difference in other people's opinions?

I know many people can't answer this yet in that the Macan will be their first Porsche, but even if this is your first p-car, I'm sure you can project and predict other people's reactions to your new car. What is Mom and Dad going to think? How about your friends or siblings?

Price doesn't matter either. Base 981s are roughly the same cost as Macan S.

So, what will it be? Will you tell others of your new Macan or keep it to yourself (obviously an online forum among auto enthusiasts doesn't count)?
 

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While we haven't quite ordered the Macan yet, when we do, it will be kept to ourselves. Back in 2012, when I took delivery of our new M3, folks at work/neighbours were very surprised. Some even remarked "why didn't you say anything"? My response was "why"? I do things for myself and my family, not for others, or to evoke a response/reaction.

Infact, to this day, I still drive our '99 CRV to work on a daily basis so as not to create perception/bias amongst my coworkers and management.

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What a question, grim!
I don't care what other people can say. I like it, I want it and I'll buy it.
I have to say, a lot of people won't notice Macans in Moscow's hard traffic life. Just a new car on a streets. No wow-factor at all, Porsche or not, doesn't matter. Too much fashion labels in all big cities. But my friends awaiting for my Macan to drive it, because two of them are thinking about it, but not ready to buy it unseen.

ADD: my Mom is still crying about my stolen RRS))
 

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Actually, this is a huge issue with me.

My wife and I come from blue collar and clerical (as in clerk, not clergy, ha ha) white collar backgrounds, respectively. Our families accepted our RX300 and 330i's when they were new 14 years ago, but now that we are thinking of stepping up to Porsche, I fear that we will be treated differently. Some relatives have complained about "living paycheck to paycheck", and "I'd never be able to afford the house you live in", and even "who do you plan to leave your money to?" (we are child-free). My wife's response to the latter was priceless. She said, "everyone will buy a Mercedes and wish we had died earlier".

So do we drive our B car to visit the relatives like when we shop at Target?

What do we tell the niece who can't afford to go to college or the aunt who needs to move to assisted living? That our Porsche is more important?

It is of course. But I'd rather not be outed as a complete a$$hole.
 

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This thread is great! I think we need Dr Phil to respond to each post ;)
 
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Dan, start reading this blog and all problems with your girlfriend and future girlfriends will be solved:

The Best of Rational Male – Year One |

I highly recommend his book too, although this page has links to most of what you'll need. Skim any less relevant parts, but finish the whole thing before you form an opinion and especially before you deal with your current girl friend. Thank me (much) later.
Thanks :) Its tough isn't it! Females just don't get it. :mad:
 

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grim, I'm sorry!

For any GF issues - I always was on the one way - doing good for a woman, she'll pay back twice more! Miracle, but I am in touch with all my EXs and we have good relationships, and we help each other.
 

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Actually, this is a huge issue with me. ...

"who do you plan to leave your money to?" (we are child-free). My wife's response to the latter was priceless. She said, "everyone will buy a Mercedes and wish we had died earlier".

So do we drive our B car to visit the relatives like when we shop at Target?

What do we tell the niece who can't afford to go to college or the aunt who needs to move to assisted living? That our Porsche is more important?

It is of course. But I'd rather not be outed as a complete a$$hole.
"Oh lord won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz. My friends all drive Porsches ..." Mercedes Benz, by GERALD Levert and ANDY Gibson, sung by Janis Joplin.

I hear ya and have empathy. :eek:

This is exactly the issue, at least for those not from wealthy families.
 

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I wouldn't worry about it. People are going to think what they're going to think. No point in modifying your lifestyle out of fear that others will have some negative perceptions. They either like you for you who are, or…screw 'em.

I'll also say that it seems the people who are worried about this are mostly the ones with entry-level Porsches (Macans, Boxsters, Caymans) and/or first-time buyers. Those who have been driving Porsches for a while are typically way past caring what others think.
 

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I didn't keep it to myself.....now I wish I would have.

I work in engineering, at an engine company, with about every type of motorsport nut imaginable. If it's got an engine on it, there is someone I work with who has devoted their life to it....raced it (often on national circuits)....or are die hard enthusiasts. I've shared that I'm getting a Porsche with a few of my coworkers / friends (some because I knew they would appreciate it). Since it will be my DD, it would come out this summer anyway.

Remarks have been mixed, some enthusiastic, some curious (why Porsche...why not BMW, Mercedes...why an SUV), a few have jealous type remarks ("you must make more than me"). But almost all positive.

Until this week.....a coworker and friend I've worked with for years found out I had a Macan ordered (via another friend). His reaction was loud, anger filled, and about 5 minutes of him calling me "stupid", "idiotic", for wasting money on a car. I pointed out he had plenty of toys, a cabin up north, etc.....which he justified as "investments". The reaction....specifically the anger just surprised me, and I was a bit flustered. He continued on saying I should grow up and stop trying to fill the void in my life with toys (he's been pressuring me to have kids).

That's when I called his kids a terrible investment .....

(I still feel -kinda- bad for that)
 

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I didn't keep it to myself.....now I wish I would have.

I work in engineering, at an engine company, with about every type of motorsport nut imaginable. If it's got an engine on it, there is someone I work with who has devoted their life to it....raced it (often on national circuits)....or are die hard enthusiasts. I've shared that I'm getting a Porsche with a few of my coworkers / friends (some because I knew they would appreciate it). Since it will be my DD, it would come out this summer anyway.

Remarks have been mixed, some enthusiastic, some curious (why Porsche...why not BMW, Mercedes...why an SUV), a few have jealous type remarks ("you must make more than me"). But almost all positive.

Until this week.....a coworker and friend I've worked with for years found out I had a Macan ordered (via another friend). His reaction was loud, anger filled, and about 5 minutes of him calling me "stupid", "idiotic", for wasting money on a car. I pointed out he had plenty of toys, a cabin up north, etc.....which he justified as "investments". The reaction....specifically the anger just surprised me, and I was a bit flustered. He continued on saying I should grow up and stop trying to fill the void in my life with toys (he's been pressuring me to have kids).

That's when I called his kids a terrible investment .....

(I still feel -kinda- bad for that)
Something is obviously wrong with him. He's projecting his own self-esteem issues onto you. I'm laughing at your comment about his kids! He deserved it.
 

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Actually, this is a huge issue with me.

My wife and I come from blue collar and clerical (as in clerk, not clergy, ha ha) white collar backgrounds, respectively. Our families accepted our RX300 and 330i's when they were new 14 years ago, but now that we are thinking of stepping up to Porsche, I fear that we will be treated differently. Some relatives have complained about "living paycheck to paycheck", and "I'd never be able to afford the house you live in", and even "who do you plan to leave your money to?" (we are child-free). My wife's response to the latter was priceless. She said, "everyone will buy a Mercedes and wish we had died earlier".

So do we drive our B car to visit the relatives like when we shop at Target?

What do we tell the niece who can't afford to go to college or the aunt who needs to move to assisted living? That our Porsche is more important?

It is of course. But I'd rather not be outed as a complete a$$hole.
My wife and I have done well from where started off in life (children of immigrants, mine to OZ hers to Canada), both parents great, "you deserve it" (of course they ales knew we had no mortgage, lots of investments etc etc), but siblings, a different story. Whilst my wife and I were studying hard they were partying ... so they haven't been told at this stage. But when they find out, there will be comments, to which we will respond with our usual "well we weren't pi&&ing it up against a wall" or "we all make choices in life, ours seem to have been the right ones". As for work I couldn't give a rats a!!e what anyone thinks, I do well where I work.
 

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Until this week.....a coworker and friend I've worked with for years found out I had a Macan ordered (via another friend). His reaction was loud, anger filled, and about 5 minutes of him calling me "stupid", "idiotic", for wasting money on a car. I pointed out he had plenty of toys, a cabin up north, etc.....which he justified as "investments". The reaction....specifically the anger just surprised me, and I was a bit flustered. He continued on saying I should grow up and stop trying to fill the void in my life with toys (he's been pressuring me to have kids).

That's when I called his kids a terrible investment .....

(I still feel -kinda- bad for that)
Relax, man! There is one proverb in Russia - Don't tell me what I have to do and I'll not tell you where you have to go!
 

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I didn't keep it to myself.....now I wish I would have.

Until this week.....a coworker and friend I've worked with for years found out I had a Macan ordered (via another friend). His reaction was loud, anger filled, and about 5 minutes of him calling me "stupid", "idiotic", for wasting money on a car. I pointed out he had plenty of toys, a cabin up north, etc.....which he justified as "investments". The reaction....specifically the anger just surprised me, and I was a bit flustered. He continued on saying I should grow up and stop trying to fill the void in my life with toys (he's been pressuring me to have kids).

That's when I called his kids a terrible investment .....

(I still feel -kinda- bad for that)
Take your friend out for a beer and let him tell you how frustrated his life makes him. If he drinks enough, he will be glad for you and your Macan and apologize. But don't apologize for your comment about his children.
 

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No one at work will know, just very close friends eventually but I will not go out of my way to tell them. We have no relatives in our city either so they won't know. I don't care what my neighbours think anymore.
 

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Great question.

There's a lot of nuances and there's going to be as many different reactions as people you know/meet. There's also a bag of "ill-informed" who will assume that it cost 2x more than reality...which isn't just porsche-specific: I discovered this one years ago when I got a new Mercedes c230K for $28K and yet was told by a colleague that I must have had spent $60K plus.

In general, the way I look at it is that I won't flaunt it, nor will I deny if asked.

Some of my coworkers know about my Macan order ... But then again, much of the office already is aware that I have a summer toy '85 911 and also that I've had it forever. The immediate peer group knows that I "buy and hold" on my cars and I've reminded them that my daily driver is 12 years old and "due". So even though this will be a daily driver, I don't expect much grief...at least at work.

Closer to home, well.....there is a challenge there in that there is some extended family whose personal life choices has resulted in their lack of financial prosperity that any perceived expenditure on our part (not just cars) may cause waves. Sad, but... In any case, I won't be announcing it on Facebook (especially photos), nor making a point to "brag" about it, as I don't want to get into another "...can you loan us..." cycle with repayment terms of never, nor any other Internet-based trouble. Fortunately, those relatives now live an airline flight away, so rental cars are used on visits.

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I'll try and leave this one up. I know one of my co-workers will probably see it though. I kinda let the cat out of the bag when I was crunching #'s under a category called 'RED SEATS'. I told one guy because he asked what the #'s were for, and it spread shortly thereafter. Problem is, I JUST got a promotion & moved to a new office! Everyone there is new to my life and I really don't want to come across as 'that guy' Most are 'supportive', but I don't know how sincere they really are. Im only 32 & although everyone in our field @ my office makes well over 6 figures, most don't drive Porsches, especially a 32 year old. Even the big boss knows. We had a meeting the other day & we were required to drop our cell phones in a box when entering the meeting & he bought packs of new toy cars to give us to play with during the meeting so we could fidget with something in our hands since we didn't have our phones. When he got to me, he said aloud 'I dont have a white Porsche for you Dan, but I do have a white whatever this is'! I don't know if he supports me, or its going to come back & bite me in the ass once I get it. I told everyone that 'It wasnt true & I was going to get a Jeep' :) LOL! The only problem is when I went to submit my hotel room service expense report from a recent conference in London, the down payment came up as the next charge on my CC bill & I had to submit it LOL. At least it was only seen by one of the ladies in the office. Also, my GF was VERY VERY upset I ordered this car. This almost caused 'THE END' for us. We are still not seeing eye to eye on this & she is having a difficult time relating to this. As for family, they are fine w/ it. Neighbors, I could care less since I just moved into my new house in December, I dont know anyone here. They might wonder who this kid is that just moved into this nice house, ALONE & now pulls up in a Porsche everyday. Oh well, I don't know anyone anyway! You live life once! Enjoy! Screw the haters! We all share the same 24 hours in a day. I work hard & I want to enjoy myself.
 

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The only question here will be: what's wrong with Cayenne?

Back home (someday, if Macan will follow me), reaction will be quite the opposite. The only explanation I am going to use is that I have always pursued for the best option within relevant parameters. Macan S is exactly that for me.

My willingness to pay 30% premium against "similarly" optioned Audi Q5 3.0T will not be understood and I won't even try. However, I will feel at least that difference every time I drive my Macan and that is enough for me.
 
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