I'm not even sure that you CAN build and price a car on the new VW site. I was trying to do the same thing just a few days ago, as I'm thinking about replacing my MKVI GTI with a MKVII, but damned if I can figure out how to price one out. » 9/04/14 11:25am 9/04/14 11:25am

Have your cats ever made that "chatter" sound when they see a bird? Almost like they're trying to imitate the bird call? Anyhow, my cat did that one time while she was sound asleep. Her tail and paws started twitching, and she started making what my wife and I refer to as "birdie sounds". We figured that she must have… » 8/21/14 8:43pm 8/21/14 8:43pm

I used to love Hondas. There was something about a Honda that just felt "right" to me. Like, a certain precision in all of the controls, the lightness of the clutch, the properly weighted steering... you could tell that they were designed and engineered by people who cared about cars, as opposed to the accountants who… » 8/20/14 11:55am 8/20/14 11:55am

That looks to be a 2014 Grand Cherokee Limited, so it ptobably has the shitty Michelin (I think they're Michelins) "all season" tires that came from the factory. I think it's just bad driving combined with frustration. He probably can't understand how his unstoppable 4x4 can't make it's way out of a little snow drift.… » 8/12/14 2:09pm 8/12/14 2:09pm

So far, the best dealership experience I've had has been with Autobarn VW in Mount Prospect IL. The sales manager busted his ass to find me the MKVI GTI that I wanted, I got a great price on the car, a fair value for my trade, and every visit for service since then has been a pleasant experience. » 8/11/14 1:16pm 8/11/14 1:16pm

Wastewater treatment plants are completely separate facilities from water treatment plants. You flush your toilet, the waste gets dumped into the collection system, which in turn carries it to the wastewater treatment plant, where it's treated via a series of mechanical and biological processes, then discharged,… » 8/11/14 10:18am 8/11/14 10:18am

I've always admired the Veyron as an engineering exercise, but as a car, I have a hard time getting excited about it. I've never cared much for the looks of the Veyron, but I do like this one, if for no other reason than the lovely interior and that friggin' steering wheel. » 8/08/14 11:44am 8/08/14 11:44am

This reminds me a little bit of what Jeep does with the Altitude packages. For a couple grand more than you'd pay for a Grand Cherokee Laredo E, you get an appearance package that looks better than stock, but it's still not as well optioned as a base Limited model which would cost a few grand more. If I wanted a… » 8/08/14 8:40am 8/08/14 8:40am

I love NPR... I really do. It's right up there with boobies and beer on my list of favorite things (boobies, beer, NPR... one of these things is not like the other). However, despite my love for NPR, hearing them talk about cars makes me want to punch babies. Although, I guess that the same could be said for any other… » 8/06/14 12:52pm 8/06/14 12:52pm

It looks decent (except for the stupid high rise manifold and air cleaners), but what's with the Pep Boys wheels and tires? It's like he just gave up 95% of the way through the project. Regardless, I'm sure this thing is worth $16,500 to someone, but certainly not to me. Definite CP. » 7/25/14 10:35am 7/25/14 10:35am

In the States? My vote is for Portland. TriMet is great.. between the buses, MAX, and the Streetcar, there's pretty much nowhere in the area that isn't accessible. The fact that the above referenced options are clean and relatively safe is a bonus. » 7/24/14 12:07pm 7/24/14 12:07pm

Compare this to the lame "Love" commercials that we have here in the States. Subaru North America no longer cares about enthusiasts, they'd rather cater to families who would probably be perfectly happy with a Sienna, but fancy themselves too cool and "adventurous" for a minivan. » 7/21/14 5:03pm 7/21/14 5:03pm

The first new car I ever bought on my own (i.e. no financial assistance from my dad) was a 2001 2.5RS. I loved that car, and I still miss it to this very day. It was super easy to work on, lots of fun to drive despite its lack of horsepower, and I loved the way that it looked. A year or so after an unfortunate job… » 7/08/14 4:06pm 7/08/14 4:06pm

For what it's worth, my MKVI GTI has been 100% reliable in the 3 years that I've owned it. The only issue was a problem with the oil drain plug/washer seeping a little bit of oil after the first oil change. I brought it back to the dealership, they fixed it (incorrect washer) in about 15 minutes, and then put $20 in… » 7/08/14 10:03am 7/08/14 10:03am