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Old 2nd December 2008, 18:00   #16
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Petrol heads go to motorshows and not beauty pageants; so,Performance for me.
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Old 2nd December 2008, 18:09   #17
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I voted for performance.

Looks are basically a meaningless thing as long as a car manages to perform good.

The things I would look forward when buying a car:
1) A.S & S.
2) Reliability ( includes GC ).
3) Safety.
4) Maintenance cost ( specially cost of spares ).
5) FE.
6) Performance.
7) Ride quality.
8) Resale.
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Old 2nd December 2008, 18:14   #18
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It depends on city:highway ratio. I would vote for performance with average looks.

If it is a car which will be mainly driven in the city, then looks matters the most with average performance. There is lack of quality road space in a place like Bangalore to appreciate the capabilities of a high performance engine in the city.

According to me, a car with mix of looks & performance would be expensive to buy.
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Old 2nd December 2008, 18:56   #19
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Ultimately, what really matters is the performance and comfort.
You are going to spend more time driving your car than drooling over it.
Hence, the car's fuel-efficiency, pick-up/acceleration, handling, legroom, overall space etc. are more important.
Looks are mainly important in order to attract public attention initially during the launch so that the car becomes the talk of the town.
That said, if good looks and performance come together in a single package, then nothing like it!
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Old 2nd December 2008, 21:33   #20
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Quite a few of my friends buy a car because it looks good and big and has a status symbol... doesn't matter if they handle like a sofa. Thus reason for this thread.
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Old 3rd December 2008, 01:40   #21
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Well,
If I had to choose, it would be performance.
But for me other priorities are higher such as safety and FE etc.
Right now I drive a Fiesta TDCi and I love the way she handles.
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Old 3rd December 2008, 09:15   #22
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I'll stick to performance! Imagine an ugly-duckling car beating a streamlined beauty at a red light or a highway! :P Won't that be a major turn off
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Old 3rd December 2008, 12:41   #23
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despite all odds (roads, traffic etc) i would anytime go for performance. look are subjective.
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Old 3rd December 2008, 13:21   #24
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I would actually preffer a mix of both..
If i had a beautiful car, Ill feel good every time i look at it.. but if it lets some super thin guy on a (terribly) modified HH splendor overtake me .. , then ill be very disappointed!!
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Old 3rd December 2008, 14:39   #25
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Performance it has to be for all those satisfying moments when racing with somebody else.
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Old 3rd December 2008, 18:18   #26
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Ideally, both . I am big on performance as well as looks. However, if you had to push me against the wall, I'd choose performance any which day.

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Old 3rd December 2008, 18:21   #27
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Generally performance oriented cars have the looks too. Its performance for me any day.
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Old 3rd December 2008, 18:58   #28
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Sheer performance. But nowadays, there are so many performance cars with good looks that the ones with only good performance are not usually on the list of potential buyers. cheers:
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Performance first, looks with performance will be great.
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Old 3rd December 2008, 22:43   #30
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I'm tempted to say all performance. But you DO need a sexy-as-hell car to turn heads once in a while. We're all human
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