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Dear Tom and Ray:



I have become very interested in someone, and I'm trying to decide if I should ask him out or not. I noticed that he drives a Subaru Forester, and I cannot figure out what that says about the kind of guy he is. Possibly adventurous? Reliable? Any insight into this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. -- Melissa

TOM: What a great question, Melissa! We all know that a person's car is like a 3,000-pound rolling personality test, so why not analyze the car before getting involved? I mean, I drive a 1952 MGTD. What more do you need to know about me? I'm fun, I'm loyal, and I'm a classic!

RAY: Not to mention dilapidated, hopelessly out of date and hard to start in the morning! Now, in my case, I drive a 1987 Dodge Colt Vista. So you know that I'm just what you need, and nothing extravagant. I'm practical, reliable and not overly showy.

TOM: Not to mention peeling on top, wide in the back end and of questionable exhaust habits.

RAY: Well, as you can see, Melissa, descriptions like these can cut both ways. So we'll give you both sides of your Subaru Forester guy.

TOM: First, let's go straight from Subaru's marketing material: "Engineered to deliver safety, comfort and high performance, the Forester achieves excellence on all levels. And with its good looks and exceptional value, Forester is the ideal choice for the discerning driver."

RAY: But if you read between the lines, you could interpret those same words as meaning that he's too careful, comfortable but not exciting, and "performs" at a high level but is rarely at that high level naturally. If someone has to protest that he looks good -- well, you can figure out what that means, Melissa. Finally, "value" suggests he's a cheapskate.

TOM: I hope we've helped, Melissa. Please do write back and let us know how it turns out. America is dying to know!
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