I have a dislike of Apple as a brand, but Steve Jobs was an asshole of the first degree and did everything he could to keep factory working conditions from the public's view as he overcharged more and more for a crappy product and "wholesome" brand. I enjoy my Asus laptop, which is virus and maintenance free (along… » 12/20/14 4:33pm Today 4:33pm

The F10 530i: Oh How The European Market Taunts Us...

The F10 5 series: a very modern, good-looking, comfortable, and stately sedan that has... a featherweight NA I6 putting out 275hp, hydraulic steering, and a 6MT? Yep, that's the rare euro 530i boasting the N53 DI six. I would throw on an LSD, some good wheels/tires, and headers/tune/exhaust on there in a heartbeat and… » 12/19/14 1:17am Yesterday 1:17am

I understand that this is satire and it's quite funny, but from the interviews I've read, pilots genuinely appreciate the DC-9, its derivatives, and the 727. Go figure, those pilots who have a love of flying didn't dream of sitting on their asses all day as children with model planes. » 12/18/14 7:54pm Thursday 7:54pm

That engine is about as reliable as anything put in a German car. The GM automatic is also quite sturdy. I can't speak for xDrive, but these are not costly cars to own. There was just a recall for N52 vanos screws, by the way. I'd keep an eye out for a RWD Manuél, but this is a very practical car in terms of space,… » 12/17/14 9:31pm Wednesday 9:31pm

With which airline can I ride in an old commercial airliner?

Reading Margin Of Error's MD-80 story today, I realized that there are parallels between classic cars and even commercial planes. It's interesting that the planes are kept going for so long—even though it would be cost prohibitive otherwise—and pilots appreciate involvement and analog character as much as us… » 12/17/14 6:47pm Wednesday 6:47pm

Dammit. I just checked two days ago and was overjoyed at their presence. I still have faith in them to make a new manual, supercharged V8 monster. They bragged their asses off about the stick for years, and now is the time to judge their seven spee... er, sincerity. » 12/16/14 10:59pm Tuesday 10:59pm

Sorry to hear things have been tough. On the more practical side, it sounds like your location might be a limiting factor for your parents' careers, possibly? And high school sucks. It's because people suck, and our societal construct sucks, and this is when mildly annoying kids become suckass people. I haven't "hung… » 12/16/14 10:27pm Tuesday 10:27pm

As reliable as a contemporary Volvo, as fast as a contemporary Ferrari despite a de-tuned engine, as comfortable as a contemporary Lexus, as safe as a contemporary E-class, as good looking as anything else when stock (IMO). And they handle fantastically by all accounts. The '93+ Supra Turbo is a car that deserves… » 12/16/14 2:02pm Tuesday 2:02pm

I just assume that no one at CarThrottle knows anything about cars. Probably not even how a throttle works. So I'd guess it's ridiculous from the start; by their logic, I'd have killed myself quite a while back. » 12/14/14 11:22pm Sunday 11:22pm

It has a good chassis, just some added weight and soft springs. Some stiffening on a 30i (~150lbs lighter up front, N52 lightest 6cyl ever) M-sport will make for a good handler that's fun to rev out without being a pain off the line. Add headers, exhaust, and a good tune and you have a great sounding and handling… » 12/14/14 10:04pm Sunday 10:04pm