Hi michaeld and all
Taking a risk at simplifying things, the main point of a car "loving" its owner is that the bloody machine appears to be made for human use
- the door locks are properly placed and work easily
- the door opens and allows the human to get in/out easily
- the seat and seatback fits the human body and adjusts
- the human is not annoyed by some quirk
- the instrument cluster makes sense and is usable
- storage spaces exist and can be used without looking or using a flashlight
- the car starts reliably
- the engine does what it is expected to do
- the car is easy to drive/see out off
- things dont fall off unexpectedly
- the car obeys its owners (accelerates well, brakes well)
- the car goes straight unless you turn the tiller
- the car does all of the above for a long time.
Such cars make the humans that own them NOT
want to sell them. Miss out on too many of these points and as soon as this car has problems :
"kick in the car's arse
" - it appears in the want adds or the car graveyard. Fini, no more, das ScheiÃŸe-Auto ist tot
The early Citroen CX achieved many of the goals but did very poorly on one : - the human is not annoyed by some quirk
because its roof was too low for anyone over 1m80
A more common example taht most might know : the VW Scirocco of fame - it did NOT achieve several of the above "LOVE" requirements and many were prematurely scrapped.
Why people buy silly cars is beyond me but they do.
Th W116 rates very highly on the list.
Bright day, cloudy, pollution alert asking people to not drive to work