My first car was grandma's 1985 Peugeot 505. No power steering, no radio, no power windows, no air conditioning. No airbags, no ABS, no stability control, no crumple zones, none of that pussy shit. Flat white, royal blue velour interior, rear wheel drive.

It was automatic though.

If nothing else, it taught me how to… » 1/31/14 12:34pm 1/31/14 12:34pm

Buddy of mine used to have a MazdaSpeed 3. I really didn't care much for the car, I thought it was cheaply built, hideously ugly and had a shit-ton of torquesteer, but the sound the blow-off valve made blasting through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel (err.... Hugh L. Carey Tunnel?) was downright incredible. » 11/30/13 1:48pm 11/30/13 1:48pm

Those little harmless white spiders lived in the space between the headliner and the sheet metal in my '03 Honda Civic. Not the worst thing in the world, but when they would lower themselves down inches from my face while I was doing 80 on the Thruway...... not too cool. » 11/24/13 4:33pm 11/24/13 4:33pm

There are quite a lot of "holy shit I can't believe somebody still has one of these" cars like this one in Manhattan. I attribute it to the fact that people who live in the city rarely actually drive their cars and keep their cars garaged long term. This Corolla probably has less than 30k miles on it. » 11/24/13 11:41am 11/24/13 11:41am

Destination charges are posted in big black print on the bottom right-hand corner of window stickers. They're part of the MSRP, and part of the total taxable amount. They're not a dealer add-on, they're a manufacturer add-on, and while TV advertisements, print advertisements, and web advertisements don't necessarily… » 11/18/13 8:27pm 11/18/13 8:27pm

New car dealers write up those "addendum prices" and "market adjustments" for one simple reason - to bring the customer down to earth. Suggesting that the car is worth $25,000 more than its MSRP is an extreme example of a very common practice when a new product launches; its a way for the dealer to sort of "warn" the… » 10/23/13 6:24pm 10/23/13 6:24pm