Apr 4th 2011 7:43PM In what's apparently the original posting of the video, its videographer claims she was filming to try to get footage for a commercial about aggressive driving.
Apr 4th 2011 7:23PM Most people who'd buy a $400k car can afford to hire an enclosed car-carrier with a lift. Penny wise, pound foolish.
Apr 4th 2011 7:21PM The problem is that it probably took a shot to the bottom of the car from the sharp metal frame of the back of the trailer. There's a lot of carbon fiber down there that's important to the structural integrity of the car, and it doesn't bend... it cracks.
Apr 4th 2011 7:19PM If you think the likely damage to the structure of that car is only $10k, I have a bridge to sell you...
Apr 4th 2011 7:10PM @GMfanBoi: At least your name is honest. The 5.4L hasn't been spitting out spark plugs for years, they addressed that problem in a hurry because that's where they make the big bucks. psarhjinian was pretty specific about it... he thinks the Econoline sucks less, not that it's some phenomenal vehicle.
Mar 29th 2011 12:29PM It's amazing the difference a little maintenance makes. A conventional toolbox with ball-bearing slides just needs the occasional cleaning and lubrication of the slides, how often depends on how dirty the environment around the toolbox is. My craftsman box is nearly 15 years old and all the slides work just fine. I'd expect pro boxes to last at least that well, and in fact my oldest friend is an auto tech and he's had the same box (with conventional ball-bearing slides) for 8 or 9 years.
Mar 29th 2011 12:18PM If you used some lubricant after the WD-40 you might get more than 5 years out of a set of drawer-slide bearings... the WD-40 really just cleans off any lube that was there, and its slippery qualities dissipate pretty quickly.
Mar 22nd 2011 3:30PM Really, though, it's the same thing with cars (the same as your comment about iPhone product cycles.) My 6-year-old car doesn't have direct injection, a complex trip computer, built-in nav or steering-wheel-mounted controls for audio or those nonexistent electronic gadgets. Subaru doesn't have an upgrade path to add those, either... they expect me to trade up if I want the new toys. They still provide replacement parts that are about the same as what was originally installed.
Technology really does march on. At the time you were buying that 150 mhz Pentium (mid 1995) a Ferrari F355 made about 375 horsepower, and a Mustang GT put out about 215 hp. Today, the base V6 Mustang produces over 300 hp and gets 31 mpg on the highway, and a Mustang GT you can get for less than $30k puts out 412 hp.
I can't just install current software into a '95 Mustang to make it perform like a new one, any more than you'd want to try to build on that 150 mhz Pentium from '95 to try to run Windows 7.
Mar 16th 2011 12:00PM @Just drive: Actually what you have described is the median, not the average. It is possible for the 2 to be equal, but not necessarily so.
Mar 7th 2011 1:36PM You have entirely missed my point. *I* did not suggest that FWD will make a wonderful cop car, I pointed out that you're incorrect in suggesting that the Charger and Caprice are not unibody cars. If that's not what you were suggesting, you didn't write your response to NightFlight very well.
I added the part about the FWD transaxle as an illustration of where the real soft spot of some of these new police cruisers is, not to suggest that it's a negligible difference from a RWD platform.