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      This I do product development for a living. ...

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      I do product development for a living. Not automobiles but the concepts certainly all apply. One of the many things I do as my job function is estimate the non-recurring expense to modify...
    2. This I spend my day digging into source code,...

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      I spend my day digging into source code, reading specs, and figuring out how to use lab equipment. The last thing I want to do is fool with my phone. The iPhone is dead-simple. It...
    3. Massholia just passed a law to forbid using a...

      Massholia just passed a law to forbid using a smartphone to take photos and videos up women's skirts. There was a court case on the front page of the Boston Globe earlier this year where the perp...
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      If that subdivision has local autonomy where they...

      If that subdivision has local autonomy where they elect their own officials and collect their own local property tax, they're a town. There are lots of places where a small affluent area secedes...
    5. Poll: This. It's all about increasing your control...

      This. It's all about increasing your control envelope. You're much less likely to crash with good tires.

      Somebody in Maryland had little frame of reference for why you'd need snow tires. For...
    6. Poll: Very few snow belt states ban studs and they're...

      Very few snow belt states ban studs and they're all in the midwest. In northern New England, most of which is rural and not particularly affluent, people slap cheap studded tires on used steelies...
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      A 1994 Golf had a wimpy 115 hp engine and only...

      A 1994 Golf had a wimpy 115 hp engine and only got 29 mpg highway. A 2014 Golf has 170 hp and gets 33 mpg highway. Inflation-adjusted, the cars cost roughly the same.
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      Cars are also a depreciating asset. That...

      Cars are also a depreciating asset. That $65,000 loaded 5-Series is going to be worth $10,000 in a small number of years. Most people who could afford a car like that have a 401-K to fund, a...
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      Err... How about: As a rule of thumb, small,...

      Err... How about:

      As a rule of thumb, small, lightweight, low-displacement cars get better fuel economy than huge, heavy, large-displacement cars. They also produce less CO2 if you happen to...
    10. Thread: Gti vs Golf R

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      Another automatic vs manual flame thread. How...

      Another automatic vs manual flame thread. How boring. :rolleyes:
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      Poll: There's a difference between a brake test to see...

      There's a difference between a brake test to see what kind of traction you have on a snow-covered road and doing that every time. The way I drive in the snow, I pretty much never touch the brakes. ...
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      Poll: I got 120,000 miles out of the front brakes on my...

      I got 120,000 miles out of the front brakes on my MK IV GTI. It was mostly highway miles and I used the engine & transmission to control my speed most of the time. With an automatic, I can't...
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      This. If gasoline were $10.00/gallon, most...

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      If gasoline were $10.00/gallon, most people would drive much higher MPG cars and the ubiquitous full-size pickup truck in every driveway would vanish. I suspect most of the people here...
    14. I vent with a big dose of Vehicular Tourette...

      I vent with a big dose of Vehicular Tourette Syndrome.
    15. Poll: Studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta SUV on some spare...

      Studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta SUV on some spare Mountaineer alloy wheels I bought on eBay many years ago. The Mountaineer drives like farm equipment with the studded tires. Tons of transmitted...
    16. Poll: I've run both Blizzaks and Nokian Hakkas. The...

      I've run both Blizzaks and Nokian Hakkas. The Blizzak when new has better grip on snow and ice. The problem is that grip goes to hell at around 12,000 miles and it degrades into a very average...
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      That's because the addressable market for new...

      That's because the addressable market for new high horsepower RWD 2-door small cars is tiny compared to family haulers and pickups. The 18 to 34 age bracket only accounts for 10% of the new car...
    18. Poll: Minneapolis average annual snowfall is only 46". ...

      Minneapolis average annual snowfall is only 46". I average 200"+ in my Vermont driveway. I see quite a dozen 12"+ snowfalls and a half-dozen freezing rain events every winter. I run Nokians on...
    19. Poll: It's worse, actually. A 2 ton truck or SUV...

      It's worse, actually. A 2 ton truck or SUV wants to go straight on ice no matter what you do for steering, accelerator, and braking inputs. My SUV is frightening on black ice with stock tires.
    20. Poll: This reminds me... I need to replace the TPMS on...

      This reminds me... I need to replace the TPMS on my winter wheels. One of 'em quit last March and I assume the battery died after 7 years.

      I run studded Nokians on the SUV and Nokian...
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