Many of us 50+ have started putting our eye on retirement. Because we are unsure of future economic conditions(soc. sec., pension, etc.), it just seems unrealistic to buy an expensive car when we don't need it(although if I traveled extensively, I would consider a car with better seats). Many people think they have enough to retire on and often outlive their resources, especially since many of us will live into our 80's and 90's. As for the readable owners manual, I .uh.., well .,hmm.. yes, I've been meaning to get around to that(as soon as I can find it).