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Why do some people prefer cars like Toyota Supras, Nissan GTRs and Mazda RX7s over supercars? What's so special about these?

Supercars can be white elephants, - special pains in the ass. I’ve repeatedly helped a friend repair his Porsche 951 (944 turbo, 1986) and didn’t want to get into that cyclic hell - and it’s not even a fragile supercar, not remarkably unreliable. Remember when Top Gear tried to race the classics Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959 around their test track? Neither finished, both broke down. That’s normal. If you pay 5 times as much, you won’t get 5 times the value. Analogy for those who haven’t felt the stress of owning an expensive car: Would you buy a high performance smartphone 5 times the price made of brittle glass that there is no protective cover for? I chose a mundane ,Nissan 200SX, (Silvia) S14 because it’s a ,good compromise,: Daily driveable: Easy in traffic: automatic transmission cruise control Goes on snow: sufficient traction: enough weight on the driving wheels (rear), although not rear-heavy like mid- or rear engined cars like Toyota MR2 or many Porsches limited slip differential mitigates suboptimal rear weight plenty of ground clearance: not stuck & shoveling too often Comfortable(ish): air conditioning soft suspension soft tyres: up to 245/50R16 quiet enough after gluing ~20 kilos of noise-damping padding behind cabin trim panels and carpet Just spacious enough: tiny “back seat” (with foldable back) small trunk Fun enough: Powerslideable: rear wheel drive limited slip differential Good handling: accurate steering feel, although a bit too slow ratio good suspension geometry, predictable in drifts Powerful after modding the SR20DET engine (I went from 150 kW to 220 kW ,while adding low-end torque and making turbo lag shorter,, which is the opposite of what usually happens: ,my answer to How should I maintain a street car feel while tuning my car engine?, and ,my answer to Do electric superchargers really work?,) Ownable: Cheap to buy Cheap parts Easy to repair: (which I had to do fairly often over the 10 years I had it) simple, conservative tech unlike Euro sports cars, Nissan 300ZX or Skyline GT-R spacious engine compartment unlike Porsches for example excellent workshop manual (1000 pages) available as a pirated copy No stress: not a collector’s item (yet?) so I could practice modifying and repairing it and possibly crash it without ruining something rare and valuable Looks ok: Clean, minimal shape, no clutter (other people’s S14s) My previous car was a Honda CRX del sol, see ,my answer to What is an affordable, high quality two seat city car? My current car goes on rails. I can’t stand internal combustion engines or heavy traffic anymore.

How does it feel to drive a bus vs a car?

Question: ,“How does it feel to drive a bus vs a car?” I paid for much of my university education, a nice apartment, and more than six months in Paris by driving a bus in Chicago for the CTA. I went to work on my 21st birthday, the earliest day one could get an Illinois commercial license, and was the youngest driver employed by the CTA. First of all those things were BIG. They were at least 40 feet long. Some of the older ones were longer than that and needed an exemption from the Illinois Department of Transportation just to be on the road! Because of the long wheelbase, turns had to be planned. To turn right you had to start near the right curb, swing hard LEFT, then turn the big steering wheel right following a reversed question mark that you either imagined or was really painted on the pavement. There was no power steering so your arm muscles got a work out turning that big steering wheel. In a city bus the front turning wheels are behind the driver. That and the length of the vehicle completely change the pivot points for turning. Unlike a car which you can drive by vaguely pointing it, with a bus you have to think of the geometry involved. My wife is still amazed today at my ability to accurately put our big cars into small spaces. Driving a bus in a big city with heavy traffic, multiple lanes, “El” pillars, congested intersections, and cars illegally parked at bus stops and near intersections so that impossible turns have to be negotiated with a vehicle which barely fit in the first place is completely unlike driving the same vehicle anywhere else. Turning from a wide arterial street onto a narrower side street required planning and skill, especially if illegally parked cars made the available lane widths even narrower. And there were ALWAYS illegally parked cars, or some woman who insisted upon her right to block the middle of the intersection, to contend with! The height gave you some forward visibility, but there was NO visibility to the rear. The right side mirrors kept getting damaged in the wash at the garage. CTA management solved that problem by REMOVING THE RIGHT SIDE MIRRORS! Driving in Chicago traffic we had no visibility to the right side of a vehicle that was 40 or more feet long! Remember that those side windows, which were quite small in the older buses, were way above the height of the cars in the adjacent lane. On multi lane streets we had to either plan ahead so as to avoid anyone in the adjacent lane, or maneuver to purposely block the lane to the right of us, or pull over until we heard a horn! Some of those buses had been in accidents and didn’t track right. And since they were 40 feet long that meant that, if you were not careful, you could clear something, like an “El” pillar on Wabash Avenue, with the front right corner of the bus and still hit it with the right rear of the bus! One had to be constantly aware of the width of those buses and your exact position within the lane. I still drive my cars positioned exactly centered between lane marking. It’s a habit I acquired trying to avoid those “El” posts! To save money on tires the CTA would always take the new tires off of the rear of new buses and put them on the front wheels of older buses. That meant that ALL buses had worn, often bald, rear tires. When driving on snow and ice you always felt like you were in a carnival ride or doing a controlled drift…repeatedly catching a slide on something that was 40 feet long. Foster Avenue was especially fun as the paving was done with an oil soaked asphalt that would turn it into a skating rink after even a slight rain. I got to enjoy it. I have weird skills. I am really good at handling a car on a skid pad or playing in an iced over parking lot. You drove on a schedule that told you which intersection you had to cross minute by minute. The throttle was integrated with the air cylinders that opened and closed the doors, and the throttle was blocked when the the doors were open. But as soon as I pulled the levers to close front and rear doors I pushed the throttle to the floor. That is the way those things were driven. If my foot was on the throttle it was pushed to the floor. The accelerator pedal was used more like a toggle switch that only had “on” or “off” positions. At stops the driver had to punch transfers corresponding to the location and time, and make change, and compute and collect fares (which were different depending upon the rider’s age and whether they wanted a transfer), and collect and verify transfers. The fares were not always even numbers. And groups, e.g. two women with three children with only three of the group needing transfers would need their fares to be mentally calculated and then given change. On some routes EVERYONE would pay with dollar bills which required making change. Regardless of the number of passengers getting on you had to do this quickly before the light changed so you would not get behind schedule. I can still quickly calculate change and add strings of numbers in my head. The only gauge I watched was the air pressure gauge. Not just the brakes, but the shift mechanism, often the suspension, and the doors, and the windshield wipers were driven off of compressed air. In rainy weather when the wipers were going and there were frequent stops the air pressure could drop below a safe level for the brakes. I could save air by turning off one of the windshield wipers or slowing mine down. If I let the air pressure drop too far a red light would come on and a buzzer would sound and I would have to idle at the curb until I had built up sufficient air pressure. Then I had to make up that time by driving flat out. Supervisors would wait at intersections to note if you were running on time. Older drivers would try to do “Hot Runs”, driving ahead of their time schedules and close to the bus ahead of them so that they would pick up few passengers and would have an easy run with an empty bus. This meant that the driver behind them would be overburdened by the combination of his own riders and those skipped by the driver running hot. Both getting behind and running hot would get you into trouble if the supervisor wrote you up. But the lazy old guys who ran hot were usually drinking buddies of the supervisors. In January in Chicago the driver’s compartment could get COLD! There was a small heater to the left of the foot well that might have worked on the Riviera but was useless in Chicago. Any time I opened the front doors a blast of air that would make a polar bear wince blew through the bus. The metal floor of the bus was always ice cold. It was fun driving at night. I loved driving the 11:00 pm to 7:00 am shift. Night people are different. In Chicago they are VERY DIFFERENT. Met some interesting people, particularly the show girls who got off work after the clubs closed and regularly rode the same bus back to their apartments. Dangerous as all hell driving near The Projects or on the West Side in those years, especially at night. The fare box shown in the picture above only counts coins; it does not collect them. Thus, if the driver could not drop off his collections at the garage mid-way through his trip (as was always the case in bad weather) he might be carrying more than $200. In today’s money that would be $1,510! Thugs knew that. There were a lot of robberies. Some drivers were crooked. These would obtain old fare boxes from salvage yards, exchange them for the company box on their bus, and reinstall the company box before returning to the garage. They would turn in the minimal amount indicated on the company box and keep the majority of the day’s receipts. Drugs were sold and bought openly by drivers in the parking lot and in the maintenance garage. A prostitute, a friend of one of the supers, sometimes turned tricks in the rest room. A lot of money “disappeared” in the counting room. Young drivers were often assigned split shifts where you worked 4 hours in the morning and then 5 hours in the afternoon or evening. You could work extra runs if someone called in sick, or work weekends or holidays, thus working a lot more than 40 hours per week. In either case you did not sleep much. Some routes paid more in pay-hours than the hours you actually worked. And if you worked over 40 hours per week, working overtime on holidays could pay as much as double time and a half at good union wages. If you were willing to work you could earn and save a lot! Overall, I liked driving for the CTA. Kind of miss that job.

How do I learn drifting a bike?

Drifting a Bike (wooohooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) Let me answer in both ways (converting the bike into a ,Drift ,machine & how to ,Control, it) First some set of modifications to be done for a motorcycle in the terms of ,DRIFTING Change of rear ,SPROCKET, ,a bigger one with respect to the size and teeth (Um let's say size of the rear disc or even bigger than that) Addition of more ,chain bits, to perfectly facilitate with the sprocket update, as they are easily available in the local automobile spare parts shops. If not buy two stock chains (only chain w.r.t. the bike you use and the bike’s manual says to) Addition of rear brake ,CALLIPERS ,with in the position and the frame supporting of the actual brake callipers and count is your wish like ,PARALLEL, two or ,TRIANGULAR, three or ,CUBE, four. And the brake callipers like two piston or three piston is also your wish. Converting into ,handlebars, mostly a ,FZ , Gixxer, or the ,Duke ,one’s would do a great job, albeit of the bike of your choice as this type of ,handlebar, setup is free in hand movement where you can happily turn from left to right & vice versa. Tyres apparently any tyre would do, but need for more slippery as the Michelin’s ,Pilot Sporty, does no other tyre does for the rear and the front mind the grip go for a ,Pirelli, (Check the internet, where the front rim supports the tyre of Pirelli Specs) if not opt for a ,Metzeler,, ,Dunlop, or ,CEAT,. And size is your wish better go for a wider one if its Naked sport Bike of yours like 140–160 shall do. And fill the tire as recommended by the company (you can find on the ,swing arm, printed on a label) Then do not forget to install a bigger ,Crash Guard/Cage ,like ,2 point harness, or a ,3 point harness,. And then the main thing addition ,REAR BRAKE LEVER ,installation right under the ,Clutch Lever ,(Recollects the old Royal Enfield which had a Decompression lever). Make sure that you cut it into a bit or half where your fore or the middle finger can easily grab it when you wanted to. A free flow ,Exhaust, and ,Air filter ,of any brand, the reason for aftermarket parts in the terms of ,combustion ,as you need your bike to inhale & exhale a large amounts of intakes & exhaust all at once. And try to rise the suspension to harder side, if your bike has that set up, as it keeps the rear tyre fixed and doesn't puts you in a wobbly situation. Second the way you position on your motorcycle, and you haven't mentioned which motorcycle you currently own for ,DRIFTING You’ll be controlling your torso, as this is the act where the bike actually and parallely stays in touch, and the handlebars are for your counter steer. To start the drift you have to get the bike into like an average speed of 30–40 Km/hr Then jam with the rear brake with both the left levers (with the clutch and the rear additional brake or lets say E-Brake ,which I said to install,) that will cause your bike to set loose on the rear end, try to just move your torso then you can feel the bike’s tail (the whole rear end) starts to sway from right to left or opposite to it. Now the comes the actual game, ,DRIFT, which can also be called a Power slide, Pendulum Turns or Countersteer but they say, to go ,right,, you need to turn the steering to ,left,. Because the bike is in the position of right and you're turning the bike in left (bit confusing right). Now when you're riding at speeds of let's say 30 and you E-braked, released making the tail section, swinging and as of the bike positioned a bit to the ,right, side as it slides and loses its traction and you start leaning to ,left, direction by moving your torso by gripping your thighs on to the tank and then at sudden you steer to the ,right, direction(counter steer not to the total extreme right, but a bit to the right and center and vice versa) and you position accordingly with your torso to hold the stability of the bike and the bike starts to swing as the rear wheel re-spins when you release the clutch and the rear brake creating more loss of friction and you keep countersteering and then bike starts to turn ,left, and keeps moving this making at a more of an oversteer like. That's it thus this the explanation of ,DRIFTING, for a, BIKE, in ,WORDS,. Now please wear safety gears and choose a good place where the ,HELP, is readily available for both (you & bike), to practice and please don’t try this on service roads as you won’t be able to manage for long runs, as the bike starts to wobble as it starts to de-tread and the only wheel which is controlling the steering is the front. And any adverse situation might happen. Goodluck Ride safe & sound

Would you recommend driving a Tesla in the snow?

Q: ,What's it like driving a Tesla in the winter? Glorious! We got the clamp-on snow chains from Tesla a week before we decided to drive up from California to Oregon and Washington to see what those states would be like in winter. As luck would have it, we decided to leave right as one of the worst storms in decades was descending upon the Pacific Northwest. Heading up I-5 initially, it was rain, rain, and more rain, which the 90D ate up like a champ. The only annoyance was the ‘intermittent’ setting on the wiper knob would either thrash the wipers frantically back and forth like they were possessed by a demon, or leave them sitting idle as the windshield became more and more opaque with water. That’s one bit of software Tesla needs to have an engineer do some tuning on. Once we got past Redding, the fun began. CHP were warning that snow chains would be needed at some point ahead, but that we were OK for now with AWD. We started up the twisty winding grades over Lake Shasta, with snow falling and occasional ice patches, but the low center of gravity and precision torque control kept the vehicle smoothly on track until we hit exit 927, up near Dunsmuir. We were surrounded by big rigs, all pulling to the side to put chains on, as the snow was now several inches deep across the road. I was very glad we’d done a test installation of the chains before leaving, as it meant not having to fumble with the instructions in the snow on the side of the road. The chains went on so easily; summon makes it so much nicer, when you can stand outside the vehicle with your fob and watch the chains as you creep the car forward just enough to get the chains snugged up evenly around all four arms, without having to climb in and out each time you need to move the car a foot or two. To speed up the process in the future, I pulled off all the rest of the lug nut covers as well…but then lost track of one, and spent half an hour searching through the snow for it, during which we lost our opportunity to get back on the road before it got completely clogged in both lanes with trucks putting chains on. It turned out the lug nut cover had fallen out of my pocket into the gap between the seat and the center console. :( So, note for those of you who bought the clamp-on chains but haven’t used them yet, if you’re heading into snowy territory, take all the rear lug nut covers off and store them in a pouch in your glove compartment *before* you leave—save yourself the annoyance of worrying about losing them in the snow on the side of the road. Once the left lane started moving again, the snow was coming down very briskly, but the car was amazingly sure-footed, and the chains stayed properly in place as we continued up through Dunsmuir, and then up to the Supercharger station at Mt. Shasta. The snow was so thick on the road to the Supercharger station, we had the vehicle’s air suspension up at maximum, and we were still pushing our way through the snow. Had we known, I think we would have gotten a bra or wrap for the nose of the car—the snowdrifts scratched up the paint on the nose quite a bit. :( But even plowing our way through the snowdrifts, the car stayed surefooted and tracked beautifully— though now I know never to back into the end spot, under the big pine tree, when Supercharging in a snowstorm late at night. ^_^; My plan for eating dinner at the Black Bear Diner next to the Superchargers was thwarted however, as it was locked up tight—everything in town shut down in the face of the snowstorm. So, plan B turned out to be microwaved burritos from the minimart at the one open gas station down the road. By the time we finished the burritos, the battery was full up, and I went to unplug…just in time to have a branch unload a dollop of snow right on my head! Hence the admonishin to *not* park under the big, snow-covered pine tree the next time around. ^_^; Back on the road again, it was like a ghost town. We later found out the CHP had closed I-5 entirely behind us due to the snow, so there we were, often the only thing on the road, silently drifting through the night. The map showed a big black section ahead, and recommended a detour—so off we went on a tiny set of backroads, paralleling the old Yreka Western tracks. If we though I-5 was a ghost town, this road was the graveyard beside the ghost town. Freshly falling snow covered the road nearly a foot in places, with no tracks to follow, so we proceeded slowly, trying to use the sides of the road when we could see them as a guideline for where we should be driving. At one point we saw headlights ahead, so we eased to the right as far as we felt safe, and cautiously passed them, giving plenty of room in case they slid. As we continued, we laughed, realizing we weren’t the only ones unsure about where the road was; the tracks the other vehicle had left in the snow wandered from one side of the road, into the middle, and at times were under our tires, on our side of the road. We rejoined I-5 well past the black area on the map, and proceeded past a lone flagger, who saw the chains, and waved us past, up the long grade up and over the highest point on I-5 between Mexico and Canada, and down into Ashland, OR. The car stayed on an even footing down that twisty, turning downgrade in the snow, and by the time we dropped below the snow line, it was time for the chains to come off again. We kept them off the rest of the way to the Grants Pass Supercharger, where we debated putting them back on, as the next set of passes were red on the map. Eventually, after talking about how surefooted the car had been, we decided to leave them off, and continued on, barefoot, so to speak. We did pass another flagger, who asked if we had chains with us; we affirmed, but asked if we had to use them, or if we could continue just using AWD and good traction control? He left it to our discretion, but warned the roads were treacherous. We continued on through the snow, chains in the trunk, ready to go, but ended up not having to put them back on again for the rest of the night. We reached our hotel safely, though much later in the night than we had planned. That set the stage for the rest of the road trip, as we alternated between rain and snow all the way up to Tumwater, WA, which was blanketed under a heavy layer of snow and ice. The whole way up, the car performed like a champion, with the only one other issue, besides the bipolar windshield wipers, being the annoying front window defogger, which had two modes: cook your eyeballs with convection oven hot air, or instantly fog the window up solid with cold, ineffectual blasts of air. It required the passenger to be on ‘defog’ duty, modulating the controls manually to keep the window from fogging up. But those should both be solvable through software updates at some point (though it did lead me to wish I had access to the underlying software to tweak it myself…). The mechanicals of the car itself performed amazingly well through one of the worst storms the Pacific Northwest has seen. 10/10, would definitely do it again. :)

What are some airplane pilot habits/reflexes that can be dangerous when driving a car?

I recently took a race driver’s course and noticed two reflexes that apply to me. I think these would mostly apply to jet pilots. A pilot who had flown only small planes would not experience what I did. STAYING AHEAD OF THE AIRCRAFT I had a very hard time in the skid and drift control portion of race driver training because it requires the driver to have an extremely short-term, close-in focus. In other words, what is happening ,right now, is critical, and a few car lengths ahead. What’s around the next corner might as well be happening tomorrow because you could stop before you get there if need be. In flying jets, what is happening right now is useless. What’s around the next corner is critical because you’re going to be there in a few seconds, and you cannot stop! Think of this, when you’re going 600 mph, a mile goes by in six seconds. Even at a slower, maneuvering speed, let’s say 360, a mile goes by in ten seconds. So, if you’re thinking about what’s happening now, you’re ,behind the aircraft,, as we called it. Flying jets requires the ability to project many miles ahead of where you are because you’re going to be there in a few seconds, ,whether you want to or not,. My reflexes were not attuned to the close-in focus required in performance driving. THE BRUTALITY OF MAX PERFORMANCE DRIVING Another factor for me that I had never considered is the pained reflex I experienced when I inflicted the brutality of racing on a car. OMG! It hurt me to treat a beautifully designed machine like that. To max perform a car, the brakes, tires, engine, suspension, and the entire drive train are subjected to brutal conditions. I could ,feel, my tires and brakes wearing out. And they are! I hated it. At the Indy 500, a $2,000 set of tires lasts about 70 miles. If you sit low on the outside of one of the turns, bits of rubber, ,marbles,, will land on you. And a teensy, tiny mistake of just a few inches or milliseconds can put an Indy driver into the wall, or another car. That gets back to what I wrote earlier—the ,right now, is critical. An Indy driver can’t think of the next turn, because a fraction of a second of inattention in this turn means they’ll never see the next one. COMPARE TO MAX PERFORMANCE FLYING In contrast, those cool T-38s I flew in the Air Force don’t suffer like that. No tires are being worn. No brakes are being burned. The engines don’t care. The ,suspension system, is a set of wings that will last for decades and thousands of hours. The stress that one more loop puts on a fighter-type jet is approximately the same stress that ,a lane change, puts on a minivan. EXAMPLE: The USAF has conducted pilot training in T-38s for 57 years now. ,Same planes!, At about the 40-year point of their lives, they all went into overhaul and got new wings. And so, while max performing a jet, you’re almost making love to it. It was built for that, and it can take it all day long for years and years. And I felt ,one with the machine,, like we were both doing what we loved. And everything you do with it is long and wide and sweeping, covering miles of open sky in three dimensions. I COULDN’T ADJUST When I bought my first Corvette, 20 years ago, I pictured myself joining those racing hobbyists who track their performance cars regularly. I figured I’d be at Summit Point Raceway once a month. But after my first day of race driver training I never went back in that Corvette. Three years later I took my newer, hotter Corvette to Summit Point and the higher performance made me hurt even more for what I was doing to the car. I’ll never go back. After all my years of flying jets I—and this is just me and my quirky personality—but I cannot beat up a beautiful machine like that. And to get to the answer of this question, a reluctance like that—my reflex to ride in a machine that’s enjoying the ride—means I ,was not, a good track companion for other performance drivers.

Is the Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ a good first car?

the, ToyoBaru, is a great car. The ,Scion FRS/ Toyota GT 86/ Subaru BRZ, is a join venture between Subaru and Toyota. For the most part they are the same car with slight differences in price and spec’s. the Subaru for whatever reason has a 1,200 - 1,600 lower MSRP price, and includes more equipment at it’s basic Trim compared to a Toyota ( scion is now a Defunct brand.) the Subaru also has slightly better Suspension and is equipped with different suspension parts then the Toyota sold variant. The suspension on the Subaru is better for sporty driving on a track compared to the Toyota but just as good for normal daily driving. The flat four engine used in the cars is derived from Subaru and is a huge draw for any Subaru fan or even some Porsche fans who liked the older air cooled boxsters. they engine is good for 197/200hp and provides 150/151 lb per foot of torque. this puts these cars only slightly ahead some common Sedans like a VW Jetta or ford Focus. where numbers like 160–180hp and 140–150 lb’s of torque is the norm. What the Toyobaru makes up for it’s lack of power however, is superb handling. it’s a RWD car that is built to handle, this thing is perfect for Drifting ( dont do that in your first car.) and is very easy to drive. it’s the kind of car that will make any owner become a driving enthusiast. it’s like when my GF got a Golf, it’s been a year since then and she still makes up excuses to go out for a drive because she loves how the car responds and handles. this car is essentially a larger ,MX 5 Miata, from Mazda with a slightly more powerful engine ( unless you got the more powerful Mazda engine then it just feels like they added a lot of weight and 20hp to make up for it somehow. But, i would not get this as a first car. a first car is important, it can set up how a person is with vehicles for the rest of their life, that's why so many people who started out with a Camry or corolla suck at driving. the other problem is somewhere around 90% of new drivers, crash their first car at some point. and once that first car is crashed the numbers Drop hard down below 30% in this case i would suggest something else to start with. My first choice would be a, Subaru Impreza,.some points it’s Very safe and well equipped. Handles like a sporty car with a decent ride and is decent on fuel efficiency. the hatchback version ( the hatchback is always the best version of a car come on) has lots of room in the truck and will fit you and your friends on whatever shenanigans you get into. flat 4 engine is still there just not as powerful, still a peppy car and with minimal modification will sound very nice. (insert clip of flat four engines on a rally stage) VW Jetta/Golf, ( the golf is just a hatchback Jetta, but both of these cars handle fantastic, are peppy, come equipped nice and are a lot more affordable then people might think of a German car. as well as reliable.) the now deceased Ford Focus,( under neath shared many similarities with the current Mazda 3, had tight Go kart like steering and handling and a nice engine. since they stopped production in the U.S. you’ll probably be able to find used ones for a good price. but parts will still be easy to get because now the Focus here in the states is the same one sold world wide. it’s a fan favorite and a best seller over seas.) Ford Fiesta also i think deceased ,( if you did.. im just saying… get a Fiesta ST. oh man, you dont understand how good these things are. especially the newest ones. a 200hp engine in a tiny little hatchback like that is already a blast, make it handle nice and give it one of the best manual transmissions available and it would have been a best seller like overseas if only.. Americans knew how to drive a stick… You could go with Mazda, a ,Mazda 3 or 6, is also a decent car with similar aspects to a impreza above with the exception of the safety not being as good, really very few cars beat Subaru at making safe vehicles, the exceptions being Mercedes and Volvo. car’s to steer away from. Honda Civic ( we know the guy who talks about V-tec right? anyone told him other’s have it too they just dont call it something silly.) Honda accord ( best seller yea, also has the drivers feedback and gas pedal from a fisher price kids toy.) Toyota Camry ( lets be honest, the only reason anyone gets a toyota is because they dont are about their car and want something they can be lazy and not take car of but continue to use.) Toyota Corolla ( same as above, although funny enough that Hand brake it has is pointless, does not work until you’ve pulled it 90% as far as it can, then it ‘kind of brakes’ utterly useless.) Muscle cars like a Camaro or Mustang ( remember that stat about people crashing their first car? that increases to nearly 98% when it’s a powerful RWD car.) any used car with more then 100K miles on the clock, you’re already going to most likely crash the thing, dont get a complete junker. going in hand with the junker thing, when you look for a car, if it’s a used one try not to get anything close to 60K miles unless it’s already had it’s 60K service done. most cars have a maintenance schedule and one of the most important visits is the 50 or 60K mile service depending on the car. that's when the most work goes into it before people sell it or go on to get a new one. if it’s missed that service you’ll have to get it done if you want the car to last you at all with few problems. this goes doubly for any amazing German engineering, miss out service on a German car and it’s going to hate you for it. Car fax and similar reports are your friend here and most dealers will have it available. if it’s got under 80K double check to see it’s service record. if the record is not available, it’s like making a bad bet at a casino. Honorable Last minute mentions of some good cars that are out. Hyundai Velostar N, 270hp fwd hatchback that was developed by Former BMW M divison tech’s. handles very nice. Kia Stinger, sounds like a name that should have been used by now, essentially Kia making a car that competes with a Audi a7/Porsche Panamera ( nearly the same car as it is) for 70 grand less. still a more adult car then the others but none the less a recommendation. and you can spec it with 365HP in a RWD ,KIA

Are Porsche 911 really that bad at handling?

I always thought the Porsche 911 was a good performer, The Porsche 911: the car that shouldn’t work but does However, it really is not! I saw them compete against Ford Escorts MK1 in the 2 liter rally class, and they were all soundly beaten, on road and off road. The Porsches had to approach the corners slowly (by comparison), otherwise the back ends get just carried away, from the inertia of the engine, hanging out after the rear wheels. The Escorts, by comparison, entered a lot faster, more aggressive on the way in and out and drifted on all 4 wheels through the corners, much better balanced (in fact, perfectly balanced!). Porsche made the best of a “bad” choice, having the weight stick out behind the rear wheels. 911s were known as widowmakers (death by the mother of all understeers!), and many have crashed because the rear just breaks loose in corners and the Light front gets out of shape at speed; In the old days it was a real show of drivers skill to tame the 911. Nowadays, electronics help a lot! The original 911s had the advantage to be light; no long transmission from the front to the rear, and air cooled engines, with low centre of gravity (boxers). Add to this the prompt delivery (helps in corners) from a natural aspired engine and its sound and here is the magic; it made you feel like a racing driver at all times! The front end is so light, you do not need power steering., It made you feel driving very fast indeed; you could feel the back end going and keep it gently there (if you had this ability!). Wet corners with pot holes made you life intensively…. The real racing machines from Porsche (some have the 911 in their name) are mid engined. Today’s best Porsche driving experiences (on some sort of budget) are also mid engined, like the Boxter or Cayman. Mid engined 911GT1 from 1998, mid engined, not a “real” 911? I can not over emphasise how it was well known that everybody could go fast in a BMW or am Escort RS, but you had to know what you were doing in a Porsche 911. The legend was born, and Porsche became known for frugal interiors and bulletproof engines with in cars with hard suspensions but every day reliability, and a sense of drama in corners; you could feel them in your butt, in your ears and in your hands. Porsche did a very good job in containing the qualities somewhat, with luxury interiors and less dangerous driving characteristics, they became a design powerhouse. And they still live so much from the 911 legend, dividing the boy/girl racers (ending up wrapped around a tree) from the (wo)man racers (keeping it on the road by wrestling with it). Of course, this is all not given any longer in the modern 911s.

What TV series are worth watching?

([NEW ADDITIONS😍]CHECK OUT THESE 72 AWESOME SHOWS),I'm going, ,to mention every show that I have seen completely and partially. Mind you I've real good taste in tv shows. ,Please, read till the end. I understand everybody likes different genres( except GOT it has all of it). So I'm going to differentiate the shows in such a manner. [THE SHOWS ARE MORE OR LESS STATED IN THE RECOMMENDED ORDER WITHIN EACH GENRE ] ●,Crime/Thriller/Suspense 》BREAKING BAD My absolute favorite. Amazing cast, incredible storyline and spectacular performance from Bryan Cranston and ensemble. Why it's the best? Because it's so real that it could happen to anyone. Also it's so cool and thrilling. At the starting it's a little slow but picks up its pace really fast. 》GAME OF THRONES ( Duh)(Fantasy/Action too) Not gonna say much. Do I need to? But amazing show, truly revolutionary. 》SHERLOCK Awesome show. The best adaptation of Sherlock Holmes. Especially the performance displayed by Benedict Cumberbach. A must watch for all people who love detective and crime genre. 》TRUE DETECTIVE Just the first season. Best anthology I've seen. Beautiful performance from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harlsen. 》DEXTER He will will be your favorite serial killer. Michael C. Hall puts up an amazing performance. He's He's a serial killing vigilante yet you'll absolutely love his character. 》FARGO Better than the movie and one of the best anthology series ever. Spectacular. 》PEAKY BLINDERS Amazing show about about a crime family. Plus it's British. Superb performance from Ciliary Murphy. It's so slick with its action and early 20th century portrayal. 》PRISON BREAK So interesting and suspenful. Must watch. 》24 Hands down one of the best action thrillers ever. Kiefer Sutherland gives a mind blowing performance. Must watch action TV show with covert ops. 》BANSHEE Had heard of this show long back amd had it recommended too by an old friend but hadn’t realised how great this was. A great mix of crime, action and thriller. Sadly, it ended after 5 seasons though it had a really fulfilling ending. Great cast and plot. 》WARRIOR This show which was given life by the very BRUCE LEE himself is nothing short of mind blowing. There is action, there is entertainment but there aren’t enough episodes😔. That is not yet. Hardcore waiting for season 2. Great cast and action. 》JUSTIFIED About a vigilante Marshall with a moral code. Timothy Olyphant puts up a wonderful show. 》CRIMINAL MINDS Only watched it for halfway through. Too intense serial killer procedural that span upto 13 seasons. Yet it's really good. 》LUTHER Short and amazing serial killer show. Idris Elba gives a stellar performance. 》CASTLE Another procedural police show but it's much less intense and more funny and charming. 》KILLING EVE Eccentric show about about an assassin and a British agent. Beautiful performance from the cast. 》BROADCHURCH Forgive the poster but this somewhat of an anthology show is really leaning more onto the side of drama. Yet it's really good because of its cast and because it's British. Also the place is beautiful. 》BLACKLIST Criminal informant who is somehow connected to the FBI leads a superb show about taking down the untouchable and unknown criminals. Very intriguing and suspenful. Also a wonderful performance given by James Spader. 》SAFE Amazing British show about a chain of events after a girl goes missing. Michael C. Hall gives an excellent performance and also an accent. 》MONEY HEIST I'm still in pursuit of this show. A Spanish show about a big heist from the royal mint of Spain. Quite interesting and exciting. 》BETTER CALL SAUL Another somewhat prequel to Breaking Bad about the life and experiences of Saul Goodman who was Walter White's lawyer. Really amazing show nothing like a spinoff. Made a name for itself. 》THE MENTALIST My favorite police procedural show, about an ex-psychic helping out the cops. Patrick Jane’s is one of the most charming, smart and skilled character I've ever seen. 》MR. ROBOT Still in pursuit of this tech show about hacking. Stellar performance from Rami Malek. Very exciting and suspenful show. Very real view of the world and the role of technology in it. 》HOUSE OF CARDS Abandoned this show. It's about politics and power(not into it). Spectacular performance from Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. Only if it wasn't about politics. It's a definite watch for anyone interested in politics and characters in negative roles. 》YOU This show has elements of stalking, cyber or otherwise. The protagonist is creepy amd the storyline is quite gripping. A pretty good thrilling watch. ●Sit-coms/Comedy 》FRIENDS The best sit-com in my opinion and also one of the best tv shows ever. I can watch it over and over again. It's so re-watchable that I already saw it twice. Must watch. Everybody will love it. 》HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Really funny show. It has a good storyline. Somewhat but yet hilarious. 》BARRY Lots of crude jokes and action. Pretty exhilarating and fun to watch. 》THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL Funny as hell. Mrs. Maisel is beautiful, charming and moreover hilarious. Amazing portrayal of mid 20th century. Couldn't get enough. ●Sci-fi 》WESTWORLD Amazing storyline. It's from none other than the great Jonathan Nolan (Dark Knight). It's really good. Overall execution and concept is brilliant. So is the cast. 》BLACK MIRROR A little too dark and crazy even for my taste but exciting nevertheless. Excellent ideas technology-wise. An anthology series about different dark sides of technology. Every episode is a different story and it is an absolute must watch. 》RICK AND MORTY The best animated series in my opinion. Mind blowing storyline and ideas. Funny as hell. A lot of black comedy and adult jokes. But a lot of fun. 》FRINGE One of the best Sci-fi shows ever according to me. Smart, well written and fun to watch. 》THE LEFTOVERS Another movies about dark futures and repercussions of it in human life. Superb performance and ideas. 》PERSON OF INTEREST Another Jonathan Nolan series about technology and AI. Amazing performance from Jim Caviezel and so much fun to watch. Really good vigilante sort of justice and stuff. Try it out. 》ALTERED CARBON Really mesmerising futuristic show. What if we could live forever by transferring our consciousness into different body. So cool and innovative. Lots of action and fun to watch. ●Drama 》HOUSE M.D. The best medical drama ever in my opinion. Amazing characterisation of the protagonist. Hugh Laurie gave a splendid performance. His character is mean and sarcastic as hell also really negative and in constant pain,, ,yet you'll love his character. 》OZARK The one and only successor to BREAKING BAD. Out of the world performance by Jason Bateman. What I loved most about the show is how real all the fiction feels, just like how breaking bad made me feel. Though there is no fight for which is better. MUST WATCH FOR BREAKING BAD FANS AND ALL. 》NARCOS Amazing real-time adaptation. So beautiful and deep. About drug cartels. Amazing performance and execution of real events. 》MINDHUNTER Kind of creepy yet shows the beginning of understanding criminals mainly serial killers and how they think and what makes them do watch they do. A different view. 》THE GOOD DOCTOR Not completed. This is a really good medical drama which a lot of people can empathise with. Very powerful performances given by the cast. Heartwarming. 》DEADWOOD Very good portrayal of the west. Lead by an accomplished Timothy Olyphant and ensemble, a very interesting western drama about a town called deadwood. 》SUITS Almost caught up. Really interesting show about law firms and lawyers including the charming and very likable duo Mike and Harvey. Filled with funny and catchy dialogues. Really fun to watch. 》DESIGNATED SURVIVOR Haven't caught up with 2nd season. Amazing performance from Kiefer Sutherland and a surprise for 24 fans. Though he's still dealing with national security the method and execution is from a different perspective. Must watch for Kiefer Sutherland fans. ●Fantasy/Superhero/Action 》DAREDEVIL The best marvel tv show with amazing storyline, mesmerising charaters and lots of action and just the right amount of darkness. Charlie Cox makes a really good Daredevil.If you’re a marvel fan then this is a must watch. 》STRANGER THINGS Spectacular fantasy show about a sci-fi related incident played by a charming and mind blowing cast of incredibly talented kids and ensemble. Must watch if you like fantasy, fun shows. 》THE PUNISHER Captured the very essence of marvel comics. Filled with action, drama and thrilling anti-hero vigilate scenes. Amazing cast and storyline. Must watch for marvel fans. 》THE WALKING DEAD Well everybody has heard of this show, if not well; now you know. I never watch zombie movies well, not in particular, let alone a tv series based on it. But when I started watching TWD, it changed my perspective. It is all based on the cast, cinematography and so on. And this one had every one of it perfected. That is until it started getting repetetive😔. I binge watched it for 6 seasons and then drifted away from, ,it. But highly thrilling and suspenseful also has the traits of GOT for getting its cast killed😂. Must try. 》PREACHER Woah. That’s what I had to say when I first watched it, this show is dark, hilarious, and thrilling af. True dark humour mixed with fantasy. Great adaptation from the comics. Must watch if you’re into dark comedy or fantasy. 》HAPPY! Another great show presented by SyFy just like PREACHER. It is also abundant in dark humour and a bit of fantasy to keep it interesting. Definitely weird af but a terrific show too. 》FOREVER If you know Ian Gruffurd, then you know this, I normally don’t watch shows by checking its cast, but this an exception like HARROW. His character is charming and intelligent. An investigation procedural, that was until it got cancelled at the end of season 1🤬. I loved it and wished it continued. You too will, if you like crime procedurals. 》RUSSIAN DOLL Recently released, this is one crazy ass show too not any less on dark, weird comedy. Amazing bit of fiction right here ppl. Very intruiging. 》THE BOYS Another great new show, and this one is heavy on fantasy and dark comedy. Again from the comics( starting to see a trend here). 》DEADLY CLASS A show about an academy for assasins? I was hooked before watching. Great action and fun to watch show. 》LUCIFER I had seen one of the episode of season 3 on tv and forgot about it, that was until i was hunting for shows, then I found it and binged it😊. Great character and interesting take on the plot. The devil comes to earth. Charming character played by Tom Ellis. 》DIRK GENTLY’S : THE HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY Haven’t completed it yet(season 2 ), bit busy with other ones. A decent and interesting show about how luck helps this dude find clues for help solving this one specific case. Very amusing. 》DEFENDERS Really fun to watch action show with quirky dilogues and charming cast. Pretty good. 》SENSE8 Mind blowing fantasy action show with ethnic diversity and modern factors influenced by a really exellent storyline. Couldn’t get enough as it was cancelled. No idea why. A must watch if you’re into fantasy, action and fun shows. 》AMERICAN GODS Dark, deceptive and exhilaratingly creative. Strong performances supported by a good storyline. 》 LEGION Really confusing and psychologically thrilling fantasy show from marvel. Really great performances from the cast. Strongly recommended for marvel fans. 》WU ASSASSINS Well it is certainly watchable, but lacks a good story though its great if you are into fantasy action and kung fu stuff which is why I did. 》ARROW Abandoned in 5th season. Really interesting in the start and untill 4th season. From then the storyline kept drifting away. The second show that i ever saw. Pretty average. 》FLASH Abandoned. Very repetitive storyline. Yet average show with good cast. ●Mini Series 》BIG LITTLE LIES Very thrilling family drama about messed up and broken people and families mending their lives. Must watch for a mini-series also becuase of the really popular and amazing cast. 》THE NIGHT MANAGER Really interesting and thrilling short series about someone ordinary going up against big shots. Shot in exotic places this action thriller is quite exciting with an amazing cast including Tom Hiddleson and Hugh Laurie. 》THE NIGHT OF Thrilling courtroom drama about a cab driver's son getting caught up in a murder. Feels quite realistic and enjoyable with real class performance from Riz Ahmed. 》TABOO Tom Hardy like always puts up an amazing performance playing a somewhat deviant English superstitious character in a thrilling action drama. 》 PATRICK MELROSE Mind blowing performance from Benedict Cumberbatch playing an alcoholic and junkie from a rich and abused background. True story I guess. Really powerful. 》AND THEN THERE WERE NONE Though I have read the book before watching the show it was still worth it. Quite short and intriguing supported by an amazing ensemble. But the book was kinda better. Still a must watch for any Agatha Christie fan. 》THE PEOPLE V. O. J. SIMPSON : AMERICAN CRIME STORY Another really good courtroom drama influenced by true incidents. It was interesting because I didn't know what actually went down. So if you don't know how the show ends then it's a must watch courtroom drama with real powerful acting from the cast. 》GODLESS Truly inspiring piece of work for women and oppressed people. A decent western show. 》CHERNOBYL Truly an astonishing series based on truly tragic events in Chernobyl, Ukraine. Amazing direction and cinematography. Tragic yet Beautiful. Thank you everyone for reading. Be sure to give suggestions and edits also don't forget to ,upvote ,if you enjoyed reading or found it helpful. Thanks again. Have a ,great, day.

Are there any things which only an Indian can do?

Let's talk about sleep. Introduction I sat in the shuttle from the New-Delhi airport on my way to the guest-house in Paharganj where I would be staying, brimming with excitement, straining my eyes in the dark of night as I took everything in, beguiled by how different and new it was. I saw countless elongated unmoving objects lining the sides of the roads, swathed in thick, coarse blankets, like knobbly potato sacks strewn about carelessly. They were people. Sleeping. And when day broke and I ventured out of the guest-house many of them were still there, peppering the pavements of busy streets, oblivious to the humdrum of life around them, those who were awake casually stepping around them. Most of them were the innumerable homeless people of New-Delhi. (,Source: ,Homeless | FT Photo Diary,) I was soon to discover that sleep, in India, was a different phenomenon than what I was accustomed to growing up. To me, sleep was a discrete process, carried out alone or with one’s significant other, behind the closed doors of the bedroom. In India, especially for those lower down the socio-economic ladder and those working long hours into the night -- such as drivers -- sleep was something to be “topped-up” as needed, and it was okay to sleep anytime, anywhere. Below are two anecdotes I've chosen from my mental library of experiences in India related to sleep: On a Bus in Ladakh In India, sizable portions of the vast web of roads that connect its teeming metropolises to the most remote, uninhabited regions are in a constant state of disrepair, with myriads of potholes and ruts that -- unless carefully avoided, and unless the vehicle is in possession of a superb suspension system and excellent shock absorbers -- jar and jolt the driver and his passengers, compressing and decompressing their spines. I was sitting on the back row of a bus going from Leh to a remote lake. I soon discovered that the bus was bereft of any form of suspension and was as stiff and unyielding as a bar of steel. What's more, the driver -- like many drivers in India -- was attempting to break the official land-speed record, forgetting that such an endeavor is undertaken without passengers, on a completely smooth surface such as the bed of an ancient dried-up lake, and with a vehicle boasting the most innovative and modern technology -- not with a soviet-era bus hurtling down a road studded with potholes. I would have gladly moved to the front where the suspension was slightly better but by then all the seats were taken. Every time the bus leaped over a pothole the rear portion of the bus became airborne, catapulting those of us sitting in the back up in the air. And each time this happened there was the inevitable crash down back onto our seats. Beside me sat a man in his 40s wearing a coarse, brown woolen vest over a burgundy long-sleeved shirt. His hair was close-cropped and he had a week’s stubble on his face. His brown eyes were deeply wrinkled. He looked around groggily, and, unfazed by the bus’s aerial stunts, gradually drifted into sleep. His head was perched to the side, and his whole body was so relaxed that every time the bus lurched upward and crashed back down the shock of the landing passed through him from head to toe in the form of a wave, leaving him unscathed. (,Source: ,http://www.twentyonefiftyfour.com/2011/,) By contrast, I felt like I was on a terrifying ride in an amusement park that went on and on; and while I was holding on for dear life and praying for the safe passage of my spine, my somnolent fellow passenger snored blissfully. Hours later he awoke, yawned loudly, sniffed, rubbed his eyes, looked out the window, and casually got off the bus at the next stop. Soon after, more and more people exited, and, with a sigh of relief, I moved closer to the front. The Taxi Driver Who Would Not Wake Up One hot summer evening, I took a taxi with my wife and son to have dinner in the charming French quarter of Pondicherry. We got there, left the cool, artificial bubble of A/C in the car and reentered another one in the restaurant. Our clothes, as if anticipating this lapse, quickly clung to clammy skin. We enjoyed a leisurely dinner, sharing a mélange of Indian curries and French dishes –Asian and Western delicacies side by side like culinary ambassadors of good will. When we were done, we walked back out to the street and found the driver fast asleep inside of the taxi, his seat reclined fully. He had his hands behind his neck, and his chest was heaving up and down in slow, rhythmic movements. I've seen plenty of drivers sleeping as they wait for their fare to return. Usually, a gentle "hello" is enough to make the driver rise from his slumber, straighten the back of his seat, start the car, and reach back to open the door from the inside -- all performed seamlessly in one, fluid, habituated motion. "Hey," I called. Our driver showed no inclination to return from the realm of Hypnos. I knocked on the door. Blithe snoring. The car was unlocked. (,Source: ,Redirect Notice,) "Should I open it? I don't want to startle him!" My wife gave me an ,it's-up-to-you ,look. Gingerly, I opened the door. The cadence of his snoring momentarily changed, but he was still fast asleep. I shook his shoulder gently. He snored impassively. "Is he alive?" my son asked. "Yup, just unconscious." Behind us a small crowd had gathered to watch the spectacle. I felt like a slapstick comedian, only I wasn’t trying to make anybody laugh -- I just wanted to go home. I shook the driver more vigorously. His head wobbled from side to side, but that was all. ,Okay, let me try something else. , I honked, expecting him to sit up, startled: not so much as a flutter of the eyelids. The crowd behind us was swelling. They were laughing and talking fervently. I honked again, this time letting my hand linger on the horn. Nothing. “Hey, wake up. Hey, come on, wake up.” He was out for the count. I looked behind me; I felt like the crowd was goading me on. “HEY COME ON, WAKE UP!” Nothing, except for more laughter from the crowd. I thought about it for a while. I wasn’t prepared to empty a bucket of cold water on his face or slap him or anything like that. , , , ,“Aha!” I turned around, grinning at my wife, son, and then at the 20-odd people who had gathered behind them. I turned the key in the ignition. The engine kicked into life, and with it, the taxi driver. I considered turning around and bowing to the crowd, but decided against it. Our driver looked around, confused. It took him a few moments to realize where he was, and understand what had happened based on the fact that the door was open, the engine was running, and a crowd of people behind his passengers were all laughing heartily. "I not sleeping last night! Airport taking..." he said. ",parva illa ,-- don't worry about it," I said. Conclusion I've seen Indians sleeping in a variety of unbelievable circumstances. In truth, I envy them for how easily they can fall asleep in almost every situation. I am ,extremely, spoiled when it comes to sleep. I need darkness, immobility, a feeling that I'm safe and in a private place, and at least three pillows. Today, I drove off to pick my son up from his playschool. Somehow I get there almost 40 minutes early. I parked the car outside, reclined the seat fully, thought about the ease with which Indians sleep, and decided to take a nap. I closed my eyes, and, a while later, just as I was starting to feel the sweet warmth of sleep enveloping me, got excited about being able to sleep like an Indian and was pulled back into wakefulness. I gave up on the notion of catching any shut-eye and read a book until my son came... (,Source: ,Redirect Notice,)

What is it like to own a Tesla Model S?

I bought a Tesla model S 60 (upgraded to 75), used, in December 2019 so I’ve owned it about a year. 2020 was not a good year to get a lot of mileage driving the car; we only put about 2900 miles on it. My primary goal was to switch to electric for everyday errands and that’s what we’ve done. I really appreciate that “get gas” is never on the to-do list for a trip. I don’t have to stop on the way to or from the grocery story, or coming back from a trip into the city. I get a special rate from my electric company for night charging (and a free program “dedicates” wind power to charge it.) We haven’t tried long-distance driving but that wasn’t the main purpose. The car is fun to drive and roomy. We found it bumpier than our previous car, a Volvo S80. In part this might be because we got the air suspension so that we could be sure to get it up our steep driveway, by raising the car to full height as we approached home. The car heats and cools pretty well, and being able to pre-heat it from my phone is a plus in the winter. So overall it’s fairly comfortable but maybe a small step down from the Volvo. The Tesla is happy at any speed you want it to go, not just at highway speeds but at slow speeds to. If you want to poke about at 4 MPH it can do that without having to ride the brake. At high speeds you will often find that gasoline cars have a spot where they’re “happy” and you might tend to drift towards that speed. The Tesla S does not have this. It’s also (even in the lower-end car like the 60/75) very quick to accelerate. It’s also good at slowing down without braking, though less so in cold weather. But we find use of the brakes pretty minimal. One of the reasons we went for a model S instead of a model 3 is the extra room in the back seat for the common (to us) case where we have a third adult riding in the car. The model 3 was just a bit too small. The S also has an amazing amount of cargo space. My car is not upgradable to Autopilot and I’m fine with that— I would not trust it. I do like that the parking sensors clearly tell you how far you are from nearby obstacles. The navigation system is quite good. A minor complaint is that when I see “X is coming out in a software upgrade” it’s never quite clear whether my car is capable of X without trying it out. For example, my 2016 model doesn’t have the permanent-magnet motors that let it go all the way to a stop with regenerative braking. Its entertainment system isn’t capable of video streaming. This is OK with me, but I wish there were a better way than “work through the console and see if the feature is there” or “read the release notes and see if the feature is mentioned.” Like, show me on the web site! Not having a CD player was a change. We’re pretty happy with the sound, but the car sometimes forgets the USB drive is there and the drive has to be unplugged and plugged back in. Not a big deal, but this is the #1 annoyance “bug” with the Tesla in day to day use. (I did have to reset the center console once when it started showing garbage.) We were worried about the Tesla’s performance in cold and snow. It’s a champ at getting up our steep driveway even when snow-covered. For short trips the power consumed per mile is quite high in winter— due to heating— giving an effective range of only about 150 miles. I suspect we would do better on a longer trip, though. We have the subzero weather package which came with heated front and rear seats, steering wheel heater, and heated windshield washer nozzles. Really it has been a very good winter car. My wife would like to take the steering wheel heater with her into the store to keep her hands warm, though I find it too much. :)

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