@StimulusCheckAsh: VW had so many iterations of the 1.8T it is hard to say. VW itself had 3 versions of the motor - 150HP/170HP/180HP. The 170 (via the Passat) was kind of a bastard that was probably just a marketing handicapped 180, but that is purely anecdotal. For that matter, I've heard many stories that factory… » 5/02/08 4:22pm 5/02/08 4:22pm

@UDMan: @badco/LoJ: I think the 6 Wagon was cannibalizing sales of the Mazda 5, not the considerably more expensive CX line. We foolishly went to Mazda shopping for a 6 Wagon without realizing they were gone and the salesweasel immediatley pointed us to the Mazda 5. » 4/25/08 11:21am 4/25/08 11:21am

@AustinMiniMan: Actually, had you WTFS you would've heard that critique on ethanol from enrivonmentalists and even ethanol researchers. Those same folks went on to say that it took far more energy to produce it than it was worth. Then there were the limitations on how much of a food crop that could actually be used… » 4/24/08 10:24am 4/24/08 10:24am

@P161911: I've always been curious what that ratio of Carfax buy-back guarantee claims vs. actual buy-backs are. Their disclaimer all but clears them of any chance of responsibility. If it isn't reported to them, they aren't responsible. » 4/22/08 12:53pm 4/22/08 12:53pm

Wow, this is almost as ill-concieved as the anti-show car I fantasized about many, many years ago. I was going to take a slammed Suburban and toss a few amps in there and fill it up with hundreds of dome tweeters, no woofers and no mids. » 4/17/08 12:21pm 4/17/08 12:21pm

@stuntpuppy: I have a 99 Eurovan (non-weekender) and I'd say it depends entirely on what kind of camping/vacationing you do. If you pack light, and rarely stay in the same place for more than a night then an EV weekender will suit your needs well. I dream of a weekender, but in reality tent camping is more practical… » 4/08/08 9:44am 4/08/08 9:44am