Considering that airliners are such an impulse buy, this doesn't surprise me at all. I'm sure well-heeled international travelers were swayed in by the model year 2014 closeouts and the big red thing with the wavy arms at the end of the airstrip. Get em in the door, get em on a test flight, and you got a 67% chance of… » 7/18/14 12:34pm Friday 12:34pm

A pickup tool, magnetic and/or grasping. Nothing sucks quite as much as dropping your special order 6.5mm stubby offset triple square driver into a narrow abyss between the intake plenum and the valve cover, then just accepting the fact that you'll just have to drive around like that for the next decade, ignoring it… » 7/17/14 11:41am Thursday 11:41am

As a sedan driver, once we got my wife a wagon it was all over. Sedans are horrible. Maybe when I'm a 70-year-old billionaire who pays people to do everything for me, I'll get a Mercedes CLS as a middle finger to the proles. But for everyone else, from the garage band teenager to the weekend warrior daddy to the… » 7/17/14 9:24am Thursday 9:24am

Over the past 5-6 years, late model used cars have held their value so well, it's a hard decision. I'm both a car guy and a personal finance guy, so the the two are often at odds. I also have a wife and two young kids. If I were single or we were just a couple, I could easily make a case for a stable of 3-4 used cars… » 7/16/14 10:00am 7/16/14 10:00am

MkIV Golf (not GTI). Sporty enough, even with the base engine. 87 octane. Maneuverable, engaging, and just unreliable enough to keep things interesting. Spacious, practical, and far more unique than the generic Jetta (in the US). The VW aftermarket community is a good mix of anal maintenance and tweaking. The car… » 7/16/14 11:36am 7/16/14 11:36am

I never though the Smart was ugly, it's just part of the form factor. The problem in the US has always been that there just aren't enough buyers who NEED the tiny size (urbanites) compared to the breadth of people who can spend similar money on a Golf, Fit, Versa, Yaris, or Fiesta that yields twice the interior space… » 7/16/14 9:30am 7/16/14 9:30am

Pretty good. When you look at cars like the Evo, R32, 911 turbo, and WRX sti, those are cars that are a solid mutilple in price above their underlying base models. This seems reasonable. I wouldn't call it cheap, but it's a bargain to get that kind of power with a factory warranty. » 7/16/14 9:04am 7/16/14 9:04am