While visiting over Labor Day, my sister-in-law told me that she wanted to get rid of her Chevy Terrain and replace it with a used Porsche Cayenne. She has three kids and lives in Port Washington, NY (read: a very upper-crust suburb of NYC). I told her not to get a Cayenne, because instead she could get a much newer Audi Q7 S-Line with all the bells and whistle for about the same price (her budget is around $50-60k). I even sent her a couple of AutoTrader links of ones available in her area. She said the Audi didn’t have enough cachet.

She texted me yesterday to say she was buying a 1983 Jeep Wagoneer. Don’t get me wrong; the Wagoneer is awesome. But how do you go from wanting a late model, high-end performance oriented SUV, to a gas guzzling, slow, lumbering dinosaur like the Wagoneer as your daily driver?


My prediction: she is gonna drive this thing for about a six months before she realizes she hates the 8 mpgs, filling up the tank 3 times a week, and not being able to merge at speed on the highway. To me, this is the epitome of style over substance and too much disposable income.