Secondhand Saint: E39 BMW M5

E39 M5 burnin rubba

The E39 is one of the most timeless designs ever to befall a saloon car, and the M5 is the kingpin. This was the baddest sedan that could be bought back in it’s day and now you can pick them up for the price of a new Corolla. That’s right, the BMW M5 can be had in all of its glory for a solid price that ranges from around $14 grand for the most abused to over $40 grand for the most immaculate. Overall I would consider $17-27k a solid price range to look in for these cars, because any less is a real risk for problems and any more you can likely find better options. In this middle range cars tend to have some decent mileage on them but not enough to deter a purchase, I call it being healthily used, generally 40-80k miles.  Continue reading Secondhand Saint: E39 BMW M5

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Lincoln’s Woes

I mean, it's nice and all, but for 40 large, you can do so much better than this.

Ford has been notable since 2009 for being the only American auto company that did not go through an adjusted bankruptcy.  While this can be attributed to quite a few other factors, the effect has been clear–Ford’s been putting out some seriously cool stuff lately and has been financially stable for the past few quarters.  I’ve driven the Focus, the Fiesta, the Fusion Hybrid, and the 2011 Mustang V6, and all of them have quite a lot going for them.  They all score high on value, comfort, and each one has a bright spot for the enthusiast. Continue reading Lincoln’s Woes

BMW 1M, the over-achieving little brother

BMW 1M in a drift

The BMW 1M is causing quite a stir in the automotive world as I had hoped it would. You see I am not the biggest fan of the current generation M3 because the way I see it, its too big, too heavy, too soft, and it has the wrong sort of engine. It has become too much of a Grand Touring car, a segment I really love but not for the M3, and this current generation just doesn’t do it for me like the previous ones do. A BMW should always be comfortable, but there is no need for half the conveniences they put in the M3 nowadays. Look back at the E30 M3 and how focused a drivers car it was and you may see what I mean. Yes, I am aware that the current M3 is still a blast to drive, as it should be, but something about it for me has just been all wrong, its nice but I wouldn’t buy one.   Continue reading BMW 1M, the over-achieving little brother

Hi, my name is Jeep Grand Cherokee, but you can call me Maserati

Maserati SUV Concept, extremely awkward looking in my opinion

There has been more and more talk about a possible upcoming SUV from Maserati. Today more details broke and it is clear to me that this Fiat-Chrysler relationship is going to be mishandled.   Continue reading Hi, my name is Jeep Grand Cherokee, but you can call me Maserati

Test Driven: Ferrari F430 Spider

It is interesting how the supercar experience really boils down to two things, the drive itself and being the star of your own parade. In many cases, seeing people’s reactions is almost as fun as driving the car fast, there is a sense of occasion that a supercar brings and this Ferrari no exception.   Continue reading Test Driven: Ferrari F430 Spider

Secondhand Saint: Porsche 944

1986 Porsche 944 Turbo

I’m starting with this car because I learned to drive stick on a ’90 944 S2, so I have a special spot in my heart for it. The 944 was Porsche’s base model back in the 1980s and early 90s.  It was very controversial at the time, and, like the Boxster today, was seen as “the poor man’s Porsche.” I can attest to the contrary 100%. The 944 is a fantastic sports car with great handling, 50/50 weight distribution, solid power and speed in the upper trims, fairly light weight (2700lbs or so), and a good look and feel to it. Back in its day the upper models would have competed with the likes of the BMW E30 M3, Lotus Esprit, Toyota Supra Mk3 Turbo, etc.   Continue reading Secondhand Saint: Porsche 944

My thoughts on the whole Hybrid/Electric thing….

The Top Gear crew pushing a Nissan Leaf that ran out of juice during a test

Ever since Al Gore’s little film there has been a bit of a frenzied panic going on in many areas, but especially in the car industry. Everyone has sudden obsession with green technology in an effort to save the earth from turning into an igloo in two days time without warning.  Now I’m not one of those people who says that global warming is not real, not by a long shot, but the overwhelming majority of people do not actually know anything about what actually it is, and have just jumped onto the panic bandwagon like a bunch of spontaneous, ignorant, morons. This hysteria has become a detriment to much of the automotive industry because it has forced many companies to rush development and quality has suffered.   Continue reading My thoughts on the whole Hybrid/Electric thing….

Test Driven: Lamborghini Murcielago LP-640

I’m going to start by listing all of the awful things about the Murcielago. It is hard to get in and out of, the driver position is awkward and not straight, the seat pokes you in many places and isn’t very comfortable, it has a small trunk that is almost useless, The steering is really heavy, the car feels absurdly huge, you have to avoid every pothole (expensive fix if you don’t), you have to be careful not to cut turns because you may scrape the car (like in a box truck), the car is cramped, there are blind spots everywhere except directly in front of you, its offensively impractical and vulgarly ostentatious, Its wider than the lane, rearview mirror is useless and only show you the engine, the side mirrors are useless and only show you the intakes for the engine, it is terrible on gas, nothing on the car is conventional or easy, no part of the car is socially acceptable, and because of the money at stake and the blindness, it is a terrifying car to drive and extremely stressful. So what is the appeal then?    Continue reading Test Driven: Lamborghini Murcielago LP-640

Test Driven: Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

The Lamborghini Gallardo is a fantastic, well-executed supercar for the street. Like most cars in this sector, it is still impractical in many regards, but nowhere near to the degree of the Murcielago. Overall though, it can be quite useable as a second car, that you drive for fun on nice days, because it is practical enough for most basic tasks, and a lot more fun than your other car would be.

Continue reading Test Driven: Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

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