Funny story, I once connected my iPod via USB to a then-new rental Hyundai Sonata (this was about 4 years ago). This apparently confused the Sonata, which had no clue what to do with my music, and refused to play anything or act like a normal iPod. Only car that's ever had issues with a hardwired aux audio connection… » 2/25/15 10:00pm Wednesday 10:00pm

My parents own a 2003 Mazda 6, and while it is not the absolute worst car that my family has owned (1981 Pontiac Sunbird), it is one of the more frustrating ones. They bought it used in 2007, needed another car that they felt comfortable letting one of their kids drive (first my younger brother, then my younger… » 2/20/15 10:57pm 2/20/15 10:57pm

Japanese minivans before 1998 in general. Toyota had two "interesting looking" front-mid engine 4 cylinder minivans (first the Van/VanWagon, then the Previa) before an IIHS recommendation of "Sell at all costs or your family will die" brought about the 1998 Sienna. Not a bad car, but Toyota was definitely changed by… » 2/05/15 6:21pm 2/05/15 6:21pm

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 1/28/15 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