99% of the time, you're 100% right. Free maintenance is to attract people who have no DIY skills whatsoever and are "afraid" of maintenance. My brother is like this.. Anyway that 1% is for people who track their cars. I had a 2003 540 Sport that I took to every track day i could fine. Granted, unlike the VW… » 9/09/14 4:10pm 9/09/14 4:10pm

It's interesting to me how automakers have missed the mark for so long on this category of light truck. I just moved to the bay area and this entire population area is supported by late 1980s toyota pickups. Gardeners, haulers, plumbers, delivery guys, electricians essentially any trade industry exclusively drives… » 9/05/14 4:06pm 9/05/14 4:06pm

So there is another one of these situations over on the west side. Garage on 42nd btw 8 and 9. On the second level is what I believe (been a while since I looked at it) is a 1960 Eldorado in similar shape. it's black and Chrome and hasn't moved in decades. Asked the garage guys about it and they have no idea who's… » 9/04/14 5:27pm 9/04/14 5:27pm

I think one think you're really really missing here is availability of customization and aftermarket support. Also, touring is also the wrong way to think of this. Old men on Honda Goldwings go touring. People with packed trucks hitting the mud over long distance go "Overlanding" » 8/27/14 3:10pm 8/27/14 3:10pm

So one beef with this list.. A come along? Only backwater, tow truck driving rednecks have a comealong. I would recommend we swap this out for a more common highlift jack. Performs the same function as the come along and is adaptable to a number of other uses such as tire changes, "toppling over obstacles" and… » 8/25/14 7:15pm 8/25/14 7:15pm

I really want to have a reason to get a truck like this but I will never have a reason to pull 30K pounds. I pulled 15K with a tundra cross country and it pulled fine despite being more than 2 tons over loaded. Don't ever see my towing needs getting close to that ever again. » 8/25/14 6:57pm 8/25/14 6:57pm

There really isn't a whole lot GM ever produced that I wished there was more of. Throwing the solstice on there is an interesting choice considering GM has made a lot of cars that are far more desirable than the solstice albeit they made a lot more of them. The solstice coupe is good shot but can we modify this and… » 8/19/14 2:23pm 8/19/14 2:23pm

There is zero point to a program unless you have to travel for business and really play the points/fare class/ status game. I fly Delta and go out of my way to book a more expensive ticket to get into a higher fare class that increases my chance of upgraded and gets me more points. Nobody paying out of pocket would… » 8/12/14 6:47pm 8/12/14 6:47pm

I'm curious. Who designs the frame? Is it Ford or the frame supplier? Does Ford just hand them specs on what they want the car to be and other people who have nothing to do with Ford actually design it? It seems like very little of the cars components are actually made by the manufacturer. I always knew that but… » 8/08/14 2:16pm 8/08/14 2:16pm

I work for a data company and we ingest consumer data on Nascar fans. It's not a mislabeled stereotype... every joke about Nascar fans is 100% true. Trust me when I tell you, the data doesn't lie and the behavioral & demographic profile of your average Nascar enthusiast is not.. well let's just say it's exactly what… » 8/01/14 1:26pm 8/01/14 1:26pm

While I can noway authenticate this story.. I was at a historic fighter exhibit in California where they were showcasing a Hellcat. There was a WW2 vet there who flew one in the Pacific theater and he was volunteering at the expo. He was going off about how it was the best fighter of the war because of how tough it… » 7/30/14 4:14pm 7/30/14 4:14pm

I'm a born and raised New Yorker and I just moved to SF. I have to chime in and respectfully disagree with ya on the NYC transit system. Looking at SF, they do a lot of things better here. I rode the subway in Manhattan for 30 years and it's true that the system is the largest and most extensive in the US and… » 7/24/14 1:01pm 7/24/14 1:01pm

I don't mean to nit pick but would kill Lockheed to have it's employees building what's being advertised as this super advanced fighter of tomorrow to wear a uniform or something. At least for the press photos? After all the taxes we've given to this program, feels weird that our "best" fighter is being built by BBQ… » 7/10/14 3:44pm 7/10/14 3:44pm