My 2011 Legacy has gone 51k without any major issues, in fact outside of the normal oil & filter changes and general maintenance the only thing I've had to replace multiple times are the headlight bulbs. The factory Bridgestones lasted longer than the headlights... » 1/28/15 5:57pm Wednesday 5:57pm

Part of it is the general traffic (I remember the failed experiment of having the tall skinny rubber lane dividers up for the lane for switching to I-64, and that most of those were taken out by people within a week), but it is a bumpy, sometimes potholed mess. That said the IN to KY side is worse than the KY to IN… » 1/20/15 11:20pm 1/20/15 11:20pm

Agreed. This harmonization, or even better, a creation of a global safety standard throughout (not that I can think of any place with different safety standards that would be equivalent to these two), would probably save companies enough money that you could get any car anywhere (well, depending on emissions… » 12/13/14 9:58am 12/13/14 9:58am

Not sure where you're from, but in the US, engineers are almost ALWAYS in demand. Not enough people choose a STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, Mathematics) career field over here. Plus, you'd have to weigh the cost of constantly fixing the car to have a reliable means to get to work, particularly if you don't… » 12/01/14 10:42pm 12/01/14 10:42pm

My first car overall, a 1993 Toyota Celica, was actually just totaled out last month and hauled away. It had quite a few issues, and then had the unfortunate luck of being heavily dented by hail (as well as one broken window and a cracked windshield). It had been driven fairly regularly by my dad until two months ago,… » 11/28/14 9:36pm 11/28/14 9:36pm

Integrating the engine as mentioned in the other comment is a key piece of it, as you then know either what you have to work with or you can specify what you need. I have a feeling that while the Mercedes will still be fairly dominant for 2015 (unless an engine unfreeze is somehow granted), the gap between the factory… » 11/23/14 2:56pm 11/23/14 2:56pm

From 1999 to 2001, Toyota made a CNG version of the Camry, adapting the 2.2L I-4 for natural gas. Not too many were sold, but Toyota has made one in the past. Interestingly, in 2001, Toyota had a hybrid, an EV (in RAV4 form) and a CNG vehicle all at once (though not throughout the USA, the latter two in a limited… » 11/18/14 7:20pm 11/18/14 7:20pm

My scariest story is the time I drove to visit my brother one weekend. I was on a rotational intern program at that time in a city with a population of about 20,000 that had very little activities. As such, I decided to drive a little over 5 hours to visit my brother, who had just begun his freshman year at Ball… » 11/01/14 10:50am 11/01/14 10:50am