You just single-handedly guaranteed that I increase my tip a few more bucks from now on, I had no idea this is how rough these drivers have it. No, not the potential for violence but the sheer pittance they are paid to spend their own money on gas, insurance, and wear and tear for their cars. » 4/14/14 7:52pm Monday 7:52pm

Exactly, and thank you. We can probably all admit the bit of thrill when we see an accident during a race, but I have never once felt anything other than sorrow and sickness when a driver has been killed or seriously injured. The sport does not need to be deadly to be exciting to watch. Personally, being a huge F1 fan… » 4/14/14 7:16pm Monday 7:16pm

As Fintail said elsewhere in the comments you can have an old school Benz from the 60's fitted with an iPod aux by sending your unit back to Becker, it really changes nothing since these units were built with an auxiliary "out" from the factory. You don't have to drill a hole in the glovebox (leather lined on mine, so… » 4/10/14 3:28am 4/10/14 3:28am

Speaking generally since I don;t know the full and true details of this case, I'm not really cool with the idea being tossed around in comments that the dealer can rightfully charge full rate of 4.5-hrs if the job only takes 1.5-hrs simply because that's what the book rate for a wiring harness is listed at. Why,… » 4/03/14 4:53pm 4/03/14 4:53pm

All I see is another knock-off or Project Runway in that nobody takes the time to create a unique approach these days and virtually all follow the formula PR pioneered. As I was falling asleep last night I watched two shows about special effects, one with the Jim Henson Studios setup to create "creatures" and full body… » 4/03/14 12:06pm 4/03/14 12:06pm

Not bad overall but I think the knife-edge nose is a Pantera hallmark and they lost the character due to that misstep. I do think it's cool overall and I dig those gauges for their artistic quirkiness. These guys should definitely do a P1800 up right, do it! » 4/03/14 11:59am 4/03/14 11:59am

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am pretty sure the GL was originally intended to be the G-class replacement, with a price point to match, but in focus groups there was a huge outcry apparently so they instead kept both, lowered the GL price so as not to compete directly with the G and now, everyone who buys a GL is basically already driving the… » 4/01/14 12:33pm 4/01/14 12:33pm

Also, and this is future thinking, but the Japanese are developing a satellite energy project that harnesses solar power in space via massive solar panels (no real size restrictions in space) and can fire it back to the Earth's surface in the form of a laser. Lasers are diminished by clouds and dust but you could… » 3/30/14 4:37pm 3/30/14 4:37pm