Friday, April 17, 2015

Coffee Brake: Ask Me Anything

For today's Coffee Brake we are going to shift gears and try an ask me anything style feature with...well...me...DT's Editor-in-Chief, Vince.   You can also ask anything to the rest of the DT staff (CFlo, Hunsbloger, PhiLOL, & Kaibeezy), but I will be here answering questions quickly for the next 30 minutes and then replying to any remaining questions when I get the chance.  Go ahead, ask me anything.


Comments below.

146 comments:

  1. In or out?
    [img]http://st.houzz.com/fimgs/867238ac026ff739_9500-w376-h376-b1-p0--home-design.jpg[/img]

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    1. Jeff - you've asked the question we were all dying to know.

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    2. IN! It is the only way that allows you to use one hand to simultaneously stop the roll from turning and tear off the piece you need.

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    3. @Bobinott -- okay, if I ever become a pirate, I will change to in.

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    4. Somebody sent me an article about this very issue the other day, believe it or not. Something about spiders hiding in the roll if you hang it one way...I can't remember which. So good luck and goodnight.

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    5. @DT, you don't BECOME a pirate, you just Arrrrrrrr one!

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  2. How would you best minimize the horsepower loss associated with high ambient temperatures in a gas turbine during summer?

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    1. Honestly, my experience with gas turbines is limited, but from turbochargers, I'd say use a properly sized intercooler, water injection or something else to increase air density at the inlet to the combustor. You could also just run a higher compressor pressure ratio if you have the speed margin.

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  3. For the thousandth time, who is TV?!?

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    1. It is just another user acct associated with the blog, nothing to see here...move along...

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  4. "And you may ask yourself-
    Well...How did I get here?

    ...

    And you may tell yourself
    MY GOD!...WHAT HAVE I DONE?"

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    1. I love the Talking Heads. What a great band.

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    2. "And you may say to yourself, This is not my beautiful wife!".

      Have fun
      Rufus

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  5. After some miles under your belt is the M5 still the ultimate grocery getter?

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    1. I will defer this to CFlo since it is in his garage, but for the time it was with me, it was the ultimate grocery hauler, kid hauler and arse hauler.

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    2. The M5 is a fantastic cruiser, but not so well suited to grocery getting duties. I feel like I'm wronging it by taking it on short trips to the store or my work commute (about 15 minutes at the most).

      Oil temperature just barely gets above ambient in that amount of time. In the E34 M5 and other M cars they replaced the standard economy gauge with an oil temp gauge, so you know it has to be important. I don't flog the car much at all until the oil is up to operating temp, meaning that it feels neutered on short drives before it has a chance to warm up.

      It's geared with really long legs so to speak for highway driving, which it excels at. Off the line, even with the variable intake geometry system, it's not too quick. Most of the cars I share the roads with are a few years old at most, with automatics, and excessive power. In a 5 Series sedan, the 3.5L six coupled with tall gearing and a manual trans means it feels slow from a stop.

      The S38 positively shines above 4000 rpm, all the way up to 7k. It's a racing engine at heart so that makes perfect sense.

      I'd say if the E34 M5 (or mine in particular) is the ultimate anything, it's Highway Cruiser. Vince likened it to a German muscle car and that's just about right, although it does have composure that American muscle cars couldn't dream of - on twisty roads and road courses - and it is a far more refined driving experience.

      But this is a machine made for the open road...er, Autobahn. It feels completely rock solid and planted all the way up to 110 mph which is I think the fastest I've had it. It's a joy to drive at speed on big sweeping roads. Just not the most fun vehicle for quick jaunts, especially being black-on-black and being in So-Cal heat in the summer.

      Definitely the best all-around, most powerful, most refined car I've ever owned but it definitely shows its true purpose when you try to use it as a "normal" car.

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  6. Looking at that very pretty original Challenger in the photo, my question is: Why did Dodge-Chrysler-Daimler-Jeep-Fiat make the new one such a porker?

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    1. And as a corollary, why do cars only evolve bigger in subsequent generations? (I'm seeing the next Thursday Twister - what cars have bucked this trend?)

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    2. It is the unfortunately and inevitable feature bloat that afflicts all modern vehicles is only mitigated when manufacturers use break-thru technologies (carbon fiber, aluminum, paper mache) or intense determination (new MX-5). Good luck with getting either of those two techniques (break-thru is expensive per finish product, and designing light weight is expensive in development costs) past the bean counters at Dodge-Plymouth-Jeep-Fiat-Ferrari-Dailmer-Zeppelin-Walmart co these days.

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    3. I'm somewhat in disagreement with that but this is not the forum for my thoughts.

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    4. Chrysler has had basically only one RWD car platform (besides the Viper), the LX.

      The Challenger shares a lot of platform engineering and parts with the earlier Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum. Those cars were developed in the DaimlerChrysler days and were in turn platform engineered from the Mercedes-Benz W210 E-Class.

      Park a new Challenger next to a 20-year-old E320 and you'll start to see why it's so big...

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    5. I should clarify - the LX is their only common RWD car platform in the past 2 decades or so.

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    6. @Mt.Kilamanjaro:
      This forum shines for all. Go on...?

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    7. Camry, one of the best selling cars in the world. Done. Easy. History = small and compact, became larger (as noted), then smaller again, then larger again. Could go smaller again. Likely, in fact. Same with Accord. I believe clinics drive these things as much as or more than technology.

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  7. What decade of car design do you think created the most amazing cars?

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    1. 1960s. Gas was cheap, technology was king, and the bean-counters hadn't taken over the automotive industry (and all other industries).

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    2. I'll start with being more precise than a decade and pick a single year: 1967
      In addition to being the year that the US instituted a whole plethora of safety regulations which we take entirely for granted today (like dual circuit brakes) and the beginning of safety trends (seat belts in the back seat, back-up lights) that were actually useful, rather than the nanny-state busting up a good party, 1967 was the high water mark for
      Ferrari (275GTB/4 NART), Jaguar (XKE & Mk2), Corvette, Mustang, Shelby (427 SC & GT500 with inboard lights), DeTomaso Mangusta, Lamborghini Miura. Then down into the bargain basement for the Corvair and the ubiquitous VW Bug (with its first year for 12v electrics its best engine) 1967 also saw the introduction of the iconic Camaro, the sportier but less well received Javelin/AMC twins. England essentially coasted from their highwater mark of 1967 to near bankruptcy in 1980. Even the ultimate grandpa mobiles were well represented in 1967 from the fullsized Buick Wildcat and Riviera, to the Cadillac Elorado & its virtual twin the Olds Toronado. Even Chrysler had maxed out their engine bays for everything from the Dart GT to the Chrysler Newport. Blocks were big, tires were skinny and gas and insurance was cheap.
      For me and mine I'll take a 4 car garage worth of: Austin Healey 3000 (Healey Blue), Covette Roadster (327/375hp in Marina Blue), Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART (Fly Yellow), and 1967 Shelby 427 SC Cobra.

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    3. Oops... I'm old. forgot to drop the mike!

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    4. +1
      Darn, Ache Bee. You got this.

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    5. What K2, Marshall Mathers fan, eh?

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    6. This song/blog is not about me. But if you asked me (I'm not sure if you did), I'd definitely agree with...the 1910s. Think about. None of what we have since would be available to most of us without that time period. That's when the most amazing cars, technology and production methods came about - the kind that "normal" people could aspire to. At the time, they were like something from another planet. Beautiful to our modern eye? Not mine and not for a lot of people, but pop into your time machine and be prepared to be amazed.

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    7. Unfortunately, I am not an Eminem fan. But I do like the candy.

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    8. That question was supposed to post under the "anyone quite like me" question.

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    9. Sorry ESK, didn't I answer the question? If not, ask me again and I will tell you no lie!

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  8. What do think of the route your peers over at BaT have taken?

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    1. I think they will get very wealthy and be successful with their auction format -- but they do a disservice to their readers by no longer featuring good deals on cheap cars that need a trailer. BaT auctions filled a gap in the marketplace that eBay and Hemmings don't serve -- high end restored & original condition cars offered at medium-high dollar in an auction format where the sellers get top dollar and the buyers get to feel good about spending their kids inheritance. The hidden reserve and buyer 5% premium is a slap in the face to all the folks who sent them tips on good deals over the years, but the truth in internet car transactions is that the seller is the only person willing to pay for a premium service and he only does that if the buyer pays him top dollar.

      I think if you build a website based on the free work by anonymous folks all over the internet (tips are the lifeblood of a site like this), you should reward those people with entertainment, fun, and good deals on used cars.

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    2. I used to think a lot about that, but lost interest. I used to check that site hourly, but now I have to remind myself to check it daily. I have a pretty well rounded understanding of cars and the market, but I look forward to learning stuff. I prefer the more 'Cheers-like' atmosphere of DT. This place is much more like a corner bar version of cars-n-coffee.
      The comments I read here are what this group of guys would be talking about in a bar at lunch when getting away from the office.
      What I value most as a reader of DT is the incredible wit and snark mixed with a very complete knowledge in different areas. We borrow from each others pool of intelligence rather than trying to one up each other with minutiae.
      Our only editing rules are: Never misspell misspell or incompetent; and avoid malatropisms at all cost!

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    3. Amen, brother....I share your opinion and couldn't have said it better myself. They've become the Barrett Jackson of car sites, and I don't intend that to be a compliment.

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    4. +3 = 6

      and 6 = 8, according to Clifford Performance, so:

      +8

      [img]https://www.cliffordperformance.net/images/top_bar/topbar_02.jpg[/img]

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    5. I dunno. I was pretty pleased with the auction process with my '84 GTI. Via BaT it was able to go to another enthusiast in southern CA that will continue to replace what wears out, but otherwise leave its originality. I shuddered to put it on the Craigslist circus or FleaBay. In the end the selling price was market correct (and I didn't make any profit). My .02 Lira...

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  9. Excellent review on the M5. You are missing your calling.
    Actually that is the style/mode of car I like. So good information and I will keep that car on my bucket list.
    This style/mode does get me in trouble at times, like getting pulled over a few weeks ago for doing 85 on I-96.
    Only gave me 5 over! (no points now). Good thing I didn't say I thought the speed limit was posted as 96.
    I sure have been pokey since.

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    1. Thanks Rene - at least I can have fun writing reviews on my own time...as soon as you make your hobby into your job, it's not so fun anymore, or so I've been told.

      I should have added that the E34 M5 in specific is probably not as good as the E39 for its intended purpose, but it's a whole lot cheaper for a nice example. It is better than E28 Ur-M5 AND it's cheaper. It's modern enough to forget about the car when you want to and just drive...but old enough to be interesting and benefit from a lot of the "classic" BMW vibe and methodology.

      And it's CHEAP!

      No better time to get one than now, while it's still near the bottom of the depreciation curve. I don't see values ever taking off to the stratosphere like the E30 M3 has but people will catch on at some point.

      The E28 M5 is admittedly rare in the US; in its only model year (1988) there were just over 2000 produced for worldwide consumption.

      But in 1993, the final year of US E34 M5 sales, there were only 261 of them sold here. If we're going by model year it's a much more rare car than the E28...and there were some decent upgrades made for the 1993 cars vs. the prior years.

      Geekout stats are here: http://www.bmwmregistry.com/model_faq.php?id=12

      And I have to say I was sorely tempted to contact you about the 1800ES!

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    2. Don't know about that CFlo......I've been hunting for a nice e34 M5 for a while now, and I can tell you that a nice condition 1991 M5 with 130k miles is going to currently command more than a 2000 e39 M5 with similar miles. I think the curve has already shifted upwards.

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    3. Well crap, maybe it has already happened then. I suppose it's been about 18 months since I got mine, and markets can change a lot in that amount of time.

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    4. Sorry if I got anyone's hopes up. Here's what the Hagerty valuation tool says currently:

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/eO65KA5.png[/img]

      https://www.hagerty.com/valuationtools/HVT/VehicleSearch/Report?vbe=38686

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    5. I hate that stupid graph, because it pretty much mirrors the entire car hobby, at least as it pertains to cars I'm interested in.

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  10. Have you ever met anyone quite like me?

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    1. offsetting virtue:

      [img]http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/24/12324-004-032FFABE.jpg[/img]

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    2. Heh heh. Then who is the most interesting person you've ever met (significant others and hookers don't count)?

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    3. Kaibeezy has to be right up there with the best of them!

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    4. And by hooker, I meant this...

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/EG2N7z9.jpg?1[/img]

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    5. too kind, HB ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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    6. I smell a conspiracy. And payola. And nepotism.

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    7. Daddy, can you get me an indefinite unpaid internship at a dubiously business-planned yet oddly compelling car blog?

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    8. Wait. Since when was there a plan? Why didn't I receive this memo? I'm clearly out of the loop (as in, I never was).

      Odd is one word for it.

      At least you get health insurance.

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  11. If you were given 100k .. which 4 cars would you buy new/used ?

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    1. This is a hard one. I'm going to go with 4 used cars.
      $50k -- C3 Corvette (yeah, I know, probably stupid to spend that much money on one car, but I've never owned a vette)
      $25k -- E39 M5 -- the nicest one I could find.
      $15k -- Alfa GTV 105 series
      $10k -- Yoshifab V8 Volvo 740 (gotta haul the kids around in something...right?)

      I figure with 4 cars there is no reason to need one that is boring or reliable...right?

      Anyone else want to play this game? Put your list here:

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    2. 15k Range Rover Classic
      30k Audi Ur Quattro
      15k Mercedes 280SL Convertible
      35k 1965 Lincoln Continental Convertible

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    3. 20 - Lancia Fulvia Sport
      10 - E39 540
      05 - Roadmaster Estate
      65 - convert to €, rent exotics to drive around Europe

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    4. You guys are high on some of your estimates---it's like your'e spending pretend money! Here's mine---I'd have to buy right, but the prices are do-able.

      25k - Merc G500
      25k - Lotus Elise
      35k - E63 Wagon
      15k - 968 Convertible

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    5. Darn it, but now I'm thinking I might replace the 35k wagon with a 35k 996 911 Turbo and the 15k vert with a 15k mint, low mile 740i sport for road trips.

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    6. Oooo, I didn't see the enticement from El Jefe to join in. Here's mine. I reserve the right to change my mind instantaneously.

      $11K GMC Typhoon (dog hauler)
      $30K 365 Speedster replica (my butt hauler)
      $10K XKR (wife hauler)
      $22K Ford Flex Ecoboost (in-law hauler)

      Save the rest and donate a portion to charity. Maybe buy a freakin' garage.

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/ziZEPQ9.jpg?1[/img]

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    7. Can get by with 3, really don't need 4 as there are already 3 in the driveway and I'm sure that I can blend them together in one sale to come up with a 4th!
      But here's my $100K garage (at realistic pricing, no steals)
      50K '67 327/350HP Vette Roadster (Marina Blue)
      10k 'Yoshifab V8 Volvo Wagon
      40k Good driver quality 67 BJ8 Healey (Healey Blue)

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    8. So that fiberglass Speedster is what I want but this is what I can afford.

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/TJ1SnfW.jpg?1[/img]

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    9. I'm going to assume I can keep the Alfa GTV and Miata already in my garage. So my 4 would be:

      20k - Alfa Duetto Spider. I missed out on these when they were cheap used cars.
      30k - Alfa Giulia Super. Need a Berlina to complete the set.
      30k - Audi Ur-Quattro. I'm a fan of 80's rallying
      18k - slightly used FR-S for a newer DD than I have currently

      I'd used the remaining 2k to buy a 4 post lift for my garage. THAT would be heaven...

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    10. The more I think about this, the more I realize I'd rather have 4 really good cars than 1 great one.

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    11. +1, especially if you had to use that one great car as a daily driver.

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    12. I'm sure there are plenty of people that completely disagree with me about that but I think there's a high percentage of DTers that do...on THIS subject, NO other subject, JUST this one! I'm sure a lot of you don't have one car that you aspire to but MANY. Owning one at a time is a little bit of a torturous situation for people like us. Surely there's medication for that or maybe even an ointment.

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    13. Seems like if you buy your special dream car and daily it, it becomes less special when you grind it into the ground in bumper to bumper, take the kids thru the drive thru and they drop french fries, get door dings when you park close as it is raining to hard to park in Siberia. I see this at where I work. Guys buy really expensive stuff with rings, stars or propellers on it and then daily them. I'd rather buy a cheap fun car for daily duty and then have other, more interesting stuff that really is a special occasion when you take it out.

      My commute is 18 miles, one hour each way. I don't feel bad grinding out 100K miles on my Mini Cooper S for the last 10 years. I would if I was unlucky enough to have to do that in my GTV (which I was lucky enough to buy when it was an old used car). When the GTV comes out, its a special occasion to savor.

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  12. What's the frequency, Kenneth?

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  13. Will the Elio ever get manufactured?

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    1. No way in elio. If it was meant to be, they'd have already shipped thousands.

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  14. How should I go about selling my non-running MGB? It's endowed with sexy brap brap 12a dorito power. I hate to toss around the cliche "ran when parked" but I have full would-bet-the-value-of-the-car faith that it'll run again once the new wiring harness is installed. I just don't have time to do the install right now, and I could really use the space. Is it worth trying to sell it as is, or should I bit the bullet, find the time to fix it and then sell it?

    The Weather's nice these days, if I had room to keep it, and time to drive it, I'd happily keep it, but I bought a bike, which is much easier to store, and equally as (un)safe.
    [img]http://e28-535i.com/upload/MGR.jpg[/img]

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    1. The B market is as strong now as I've seen it. With that said, a non-running car is always going to be a difficult sale. As I see it the question becomes; Do I struggle to sell a project for ten cents on the dollar, or find a way to finish the project out and struggle to make it do running car money. The market place is littered with folks trying to sell sub-par B's for all the money. You are a step ahead if its a chrome bumper car.

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    2. Put a few weekends into it to get it running and then sell with functioning engine, brakes, etc. Doesn't need to be perfect.

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  15. Used car versus new car discussion aside, which is your favorite model year 2015 new car for under $22K?

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    1. Honestly, I'm not that up-to-date with modern economy cars, but I think my search would start with the Mazda3 (6 speed manual gearbox, starts at around $16k)

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    2. +1! Focus, Fiesta, Sonic, Spark, Corolla?

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    3. +2 Focus Fiesta, Mazda 2,3, Sonic, Spark. But this is heresy (or Hershey in your neck of the woods K2MC), they are the anti-DTs! For $16K, that's $10K for the car and $6K for gasoline and repairs which brings us right back into an MB W108, which will be worth at least the same/more in 3 yrs. Not so with any of the new ones. Plus the W108 scares the other parents at school dropoff into thinking I'm retired KGB! (Hat tip and RIP Tom Magliozzi for Pickup Andropov)

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    4. Thanks for your reply, Hunsbloger! I always enjoy hearing from you. The others...not so much (oh settle down, I'm kidding).

      That's why I'm here; to represent the dark side. But you know I DETEST new cars and see them as pure evil. That being said, these cars are tomorrow's bargains. The first year STs and RS are going to be particularly great cars in 3-4 years once they've lost a bit more value, in my opinion. I wouldn't kick any of them out of my theoretical garage. It won't be long before they're $10K cars.

      Holy mother of pearl, $6K a YEAR for fuel and repairs?!? You guys even even richer than I thought. I'd be unloading a car that cost me that a year so fast, heads would spin like Linda Blair.

      RIP Tom, +1.

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    5. Nope, that was $6K for gas and repairs for the life of the car, assuming you'd keep it for about 4 years. As with Vince and I spent some of my career dealing clean air policy with fleet economics. What most people overlook is that fuel cost is only a lever if you drive a lot of miles/year. Afterall, that's why we wait on the internet for those kind folks to take that depreciation hit for us isn't it? But, mechanical gremlins can hit a car like a stroke. Sure, it'll run again,but it'll take some rehab.

      I've been trying to get my wife out of her XC90 for 4 years, out of the fear of it revealing its real inner ugliness and needing an exorcism at anytime, but it just hasn't happened. She was right (AGAIN!). Nothing worse than a gearhead being proven wrong by a non-gearhead who has zero interest in cars, but knows what they like!

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    6. PS... I reluctantly embrace my poverty, but then again I'm also a carnivore trapped in a vegan's body. It is a truly miserable existence made possible only because beer and wine are vegan! (Lager in a frosty glass BTW, and don't ever fruit your beer unless its a lime squeezed and discarded.)

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    7. Ah, my mistake. Frankly, I love bein' 'po. Everybody I know that has boo koo bucks is measurably less happy than me. Or maybe that's just my frontal lobotomy talking. I feel like I've been able to feed my gearhead inner self just fine over the years. Maybe I'm forced to be a bit more resourceful, careful and less picky, but that's about it.

      I'll buy you a beer or glass of wine, any time!

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  16. Favorite movie from the past 6 months, new or otherwise?

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    1. I am a big fan of Marvel's Avengers these days. I think there is a new one on its way to the movie theater.

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    2. Hunsbloger, Kaibeezy, CFlo? How about you guys?

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    3. Three Violent People

      I know, who asked me, old blah blah opp

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    4. I've spent almost 50 years trying to make sense of all but 11 minutes of Bullit.

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    5. Kaibeezy - Oh MAN, J's Dune...what a magical documentary. Just amazing. I liked it so much that I watched it three times.

      ESK - you have GREAT taste in movies. Heston is just the best. My questions are more often than not open for anyone to answer, so no worries!

      Hunsbloger - Ha ha! I'm not sure there was much to make sense of there, in Bullit! I was just thinking about all the movies that featured cars in a major way that are completely ignored when people write those terrible "Top Car Movies" articles. They always miss the best ones while repeated the same, tired information. As much as I loved Bullit, The French Connection, Heat and the other flicks that focus on cars, there's a whole world of other movies that deserve mention too. I'd suggest that this might make a great Twister, but I think I've worn out my welcome with El Jefe.

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    6. So this is the point in the conversation where someone might ask, "And you? Have you seen anything good lately?" That clearly ain't gonna happen and of course, I have! Here are some that I thought quite highly of recently.

      Housebound - Super fun thriller with very mild horror overtones and plenty of really great humor from New Zealand.

      Searching for Sugar Man - Absolutely wonderful documentary exploring whatever happened to a forgotten musician and a spectacular look at the spirit of Detroit.

      Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay - Wanna know who I think is interesting? This would be a perfect example of a person that I find truly fascinating.

      Hector and the Search for Happiness - Similar to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, I thought this was even better.

      Shuffle - Neat low-budget thriller; Lovell Milo loses control of time and his life is out of chronological order.

      Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet - Beautifully made documentary detailing the life of a guitar genius, struck down too early. A story of the human spirit.

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    7. @K2: With your taste in movies you're hanging on to the inside of the centrifuge with all your might!

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    8. If you only knew, Woodie Man, if you only knew. Your comment is the highest of compliments to me, so thanks!

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  17. What have been your most memorable experiences with cars working on them, buying, driving them or whatever? What are the senses and sensations that you look for behind the wheel? And what do you do, if anything, to ensure that you get leisure time driving or working on cars, not just the daily commute?

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    1. Oh man, this is a hard one. I'd say it has been driving them in anger at a 24 Hrs of LeMons race. There is nothing better than driving a car at 10/10ths for 2 hours at a time -- the early races at Altamont were particularly epic in the amount of contact you had with nearby cars. Guy was in your way or slowing you down -- just bash into him in the next braking zone. LeMons, Chumpcar, etc are much more tame these days, but the feeling when I strap into that 5-pt harness is like nothing else.
      These days I've haven't done much racing, but to make sure I enjoy my commute, I drive cars that are totally unsuitable for commuting -- that way, every day is an adventure.

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    2. +1! I love what David Carradine had to say on the subject.

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    3. I've enjoyed my time behind the wheel in all sorts of cars that I've owned, but having spent some time selling cars, I've driven a ton of great cars that I've never owned and have a lot of memorable moments from test drives.

      One of them was in 1979. I worked at a VW/Honda dealership. The dealer bought a Porsche 911SC and 928, as it gave them something better to drive as demos. One summer a kid and his dad kept coming in almost nightly looking for something more economical than their 1976 Lincoln Town Car (after all gasoline was hovering in the mid 70's) and the kid would belch out every factoid he'd ever read in Car & Track Trend. Being in my 20's, bored and having read every thing the kid had ever read and then some, I decided it was time to take this from a casual academic exercise to a road based expression of my anger.

      I listened for an opportunity and offered a test drive in the 928 cause I knew I could squeeze that chubby little annoyance into the back seat. I also knew the father would be quick to wave it off because he wasn't serious and I knew the kid would bother him until he agreed. He did. So I drove them down to my 'track', which was a wonderfully little piece of road where I knew I could let the tail hang way out on the corners and get it to terminal velocity without fear of being ticketed.

      We left the dealership and I was giving one of my better point-by-point demonstrations of all of the features of the car, explaining that the time the dad was spending in the passenger's seat was to provide him with an opportunity to get acquainted with the car so that he would feel more at home when he got behind the wheel.

      Lets just say, the kid started off with hoots of agreement and the dad with mild cautions of "aren't we going a little fast?" into dead silence from the kid and sheer terror in the Dad's face. The dad was furious; until I pulled over and offered him a chance to drive it. I knew with 10 minutes behind the wheel and some explanation by me, he'd calm down. Besides, the only person around to complain to was me and another salesman (who knew exactly what I was up to). Suffice to say, they left, never to retrun and I think I might've seen just a little brown circle of truth on the dad's pants as they walked to there Lincoln Town Car :)

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  18. Who is cooler; on the left or on the right?

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/Md3mKN2.jpg?1[/img]

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    1. Is that a still from Spinal Tap? I'm going to say the dude with the bullet belt is cooler.

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    2. Heh heh. This one goes to...bat! Do you dream of chewing the head off a BaT?

      I would also choose "on the right". Any day. Still think the guy on the left is pretty amazing, though.

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    1. I'd say stout. Most IPAs these days are just an attempt to cram more hops into your face than is ever necessary. Why do I want my beer to taste like battery acid? It is like some kind of hazing ritual with these IPAs. Hey, I bet the new guy will make a face and puke if we brew the most bitter tasting beer ever --yeah, lets do it!

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    2. Pshaw....people who say IPA's are too hoppy are like car enthusiasts who say "You know, cars are too powerful these days."----they may be able to articulate their point, but I sure don't agree with it.

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  20. A list of car DT hierarchy currently owns?

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    1. We are working on this is a big post -- been in the que for a few months now -- I should really get on it. Short version -- Daily driver 2004 Subaru STi, Friday Saab 99 (draken), weekend 1969 Mustang Fastback restomod.

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    2. Whose car is in the header? The SS.

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    3. I have seven in the personal fleet currently plus two Lemons racers. Never enough!

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  21. Does this drive you guys crazy, or what? I can hear the gnashing, crashing of teeth and obscene gestures (don't ask me how I can hear a gesture) now.

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/l75OC1c.jpg?1[/img]

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    1. Not at all! I am rooting for it to do well. I'm biased though because I'm involved with the project in my day job. I don't work for Nissan but am the responsible engineer for two of the more "traditional" components in the powertrain.

      I say good on Bowlby and Nissan for trying something completely different, not only from every other LMP1 but from his previous DeltaWing and ZEOD RC to boot.

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    2. That's super cool, CFlo! Really interesting that you have a direct connection with this FWD racer. It's clear to me that you guys desperately need me on the DT staff. There's too much brain power going on - you need somebody to dumb it down (that would be me). But in all seriousness, which two components and do you think they have a chance in heck? I don't follow any of it, so maybe it's already done. You'll have to clue me in.

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    3. Thanks, K2. I'm not at liberty to go into too much detail but the bits I'm responsible for spin at a pretty fast clip. This Nissan hasn't turned a wheel in competition yet, but they designed it expressly to win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is in June.

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    4. I gotta admit, I know NOTHING about Le Mans other than the McQueen movie. But I've been reading up on the Nissan and I'm utterly fascinated. Of course, I love it when people push the envelope and really try to do things differently. I hope you can tell us more about your participation at a later date. Thanks for your reply, CFlo!

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  22. HEY RYANM! Are we going for 39 weeks or what? That kids' got to show up sooner or later! Inquiring minds want to know.

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  23. Do you follow any pro racing series?

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    1. I have to admit that I nap in front of F1 races on a regular basis -- usually with a baby on my lap.

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  24. The more I make connections with fellow DTers, the more I realize there are defined cliques with some crossover between groups. That's natural and expected. It may not seem that way to some; that's my observation. Regardless, if you were to accept that premise, are there any plans to start targeting content that includes other types of cliques? Lowriders, for example (but just one of many!).

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/VoDoUcY.jpg?1[/img]

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    1. Woodie, I share this with you as it was shared with me.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j13oJajXx0M

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    2. Yes. Send it an article! I'll publish anything...in case you couldn't tell....

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  25. An article would be great but I was thinking more along the lines of that voodoo that you do so well; taking a car ad, writing pithy statements about it, lobbing it over the fence and letting the savages rip it apart.

    Here’s an example of a lowrider ad that might be interesting. Think of all the donk jokes you’re missing.

    Gianni mentioned motorcycles. This could be an example.

    I’m not suggesting radically changing DT into “Motorcycles and Lowriders” Central, just adding something a bit out of the ordinary every now and then, stretching the boundaries. You’ve done that in the past with motor homes and other oddities, why not these?

    Some other ideas, some of which I’m sure have been focused on in the past but I’m too lazy to do a search on could be; “chick” cars, “dude” cars, minitrucks, modern microcars, ridiculous sound systems, hydraulics gone mad, cars actually made in America, car video games, cars from less than well known countries, books and movies about cars, more weird car technology (the sanding system that I brought to your attention would be a good example), etc.

    Doctordel mentioned how much he daydreams about post-race relaxation sitting around a campfire. Which portable fire pit might be the best for that? What sort of folding chair does DT endorse? Does a person wear racing shoes to such a soiree? Or is that a fashion faux pas and there must be different footwear? What might make the ultimate selection of beer for such a night? Are there vegan DTers out there or are there only carnivores?

    You can see where I’m going there, hopefully. If not, let me know and I’ll ramble on even further. I’m suggesting that there’s an opportunity here to widen DT into a lifestyle site that sets it even further apart than the competitors (who are VERY narrow focused and thus boring as H over the long haul) without changing what makes it great in the first place.

    These might bring in new DTers, open up the possibility of educating and sharing the enthusiasm by current DTers that haven’t had an opportunity to do so yet about really cool stuff that they’re in to. Yes, these suggestions are a bit outside of the box and maybe the box is all that you guys want. If so, I get it. Or, it might be a whole new world that opens up your creative minds and allows you much great freedom to explore you love and share that with a wider group of online pals. I doubt people realize that as you guys do this year and year out, it surely must get mighty boring. The same old, same old is really tiring after a while. This might be a way for you guys to put more of your personalities into DT and revitalize your enthusiasm. Not that you’ve lost any. But you might.

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    1. Burn out and boredom is the number one reason people quit my profession. In every case, it's because they stopped communicating with their peers, stopped learning new things (which usually is an ego problem) and stopped engaging their creative side. Bad things...all bad things...if you're in it for the long haul.

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    2. Let's play: Guess K2's Profession!

      I'll go first: in-house barber at Google

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    3. So close! I do play with sharp, pointy things everyday though.

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    4. What's with the fascination with Google? Do they even have an office on the East Coast?

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    5. Pet food tester at Google's Nantucket field office.

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    6. in-house barber at Wikipedia

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    7. Those sound like jobs I could aspire to. At least they wouldn't involve people trying to kill me everyday, like now!

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    8. BTW, don't EVER eat any pet food manufactured in China. Ask me how I know.

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    9. You guys are not too good at guessing a person's profession. Stick to cars.

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