I had one of those in a contract once. It said I may not host, be involved with or ever work for another company in the bar trivia space ever, anywhere. I laughed at it because it was so ridiculous. »
I actually know a guy in his late 60s that, after years of Mercs, bought a BMW. He. Was. Miserable. Turned in the (leased) car early so as to get back into a Merc.
The biggest culprit was iDrive, which he absolutely hated with a passion that bordered on the religious. »
1) Avoid the autos like the plague. They're not even up to the stock turbo output.
2) Reinforce the engine mounts. It's actually a well documented fix to sandwich in some cut A/C hose into the engine mounts. Turns them much stiffer and much more robust.
Had a one year, 12,000 mile, warranty on a used MINI. Just as the warranty was ending, the alternator failed. I called the warranty company and the dealer, both of whom told me "It's covered!". They also both told me the dealer I'd bought the car from would need to do the service, as it was less than 100 miles from… »
They're FWD. And a crazy handful of torque steer at full throttle. My grandmother had (and then, briefly, I had, after her death) a Calais International Series, which had the 180hp LG0 version (vs the W41 in the 442). »
Sounds about right. But the car thing is also about compelling, aiding or encouraging someone else to break the sabbath. A driverless car wouldn't include encouraging someone else to break the sabbath, so it might be OK. »
Heck, the whole STi engine/tranny has been swapped in, but although the STi engine is smaller/lighter, that very feature messes with the suspension geometry. »
When I was in college (in the early 90s), I dated a German girl who made a living finding American classics (Roadrunners, GTOs, Mustangs, etc) and shipping them to Germany. Got to ride in some awesome cars and also got to see how miserable some of my former dream cars were in reality. »
Pontiac Fiero...launched half baked. Almost the car it should have been at launch by the time they killed it in 88. »