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{Wheels.5.3550}: Jil {rabbit} Mon, 21 Sep 2015 15:07:52 CDT (1 line)

I know the urea is based on engine size.


{Wheels.5.3551}: Doug White {dwhite} Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:17:34 CDT (4 lines)

It's a pretty clever hack, I'll grant VW that much.  Heh.

Compared to all the tractor-trailers that are absolutely noxious, and how
rare diesel passenger vehicles are in the US, I am not very outraged.


{Wheels.5.3552}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:19:53 CDT (6 lines)

Someone else made that point elsewhere, too.

In a sweet bit of irony, the Feds recently came out against allowing
hobbyists and others from reprogramming ECUs and the like about a
month ago claiming it could have negative impacts on emissions. Then
this happens. Ha!


{Wheels.5.3553}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:23:49 CDT (7 lines)

I think the outrage is moreso that VW has essentially lied to
consumers that the non-urea injection TDIs were clean enough to meet
EPA regulations. People were proud to drive TDIs over traditional gas
cars and now they're being made fools of.

Personally, I think depending on your driving habits, diesels may
still be a better option than gas.


{Wheels.5.3554}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:33:03 CDT (4 lines)

I have to admit that I still love diesels. What's troubling here is
the outright lying.

And yes, I am also impressed with the hack.


{Wheels.5.3555}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Tue, 22 Sep 2015 13:27:01 CDT (9 lines)

"Outside the laboratory, the ICCT tested a Volkswagen Jetta TDI that
spewed 15 to 35 times the EPA’s nitrogen oxygen (NOx) emission limit.
Passat models that were equipped with urea aftertreatment still broke
the limits by 5 to 20 times the maximum allowed by law."


This is getting worse by the day. Had no idea that even urea-injection
cars were exceeding EPA limits.


{Wheels.5.3556}: Doug White {dwhite} Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:24:56 CDT (1 line)

Maybe VW can concoct for me a "legal" two-stroke modern sport bike, LOL.


{Wheels.5.3557}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Wed, 23 Sep 2015 11:59:00 CDT (3 lines)

Not a surprise, really, but Winterkorn is officially out.



{Wheels.5.3558}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Wed, 23 Sep 2015 12:00:20 CDT (2 lines)

I'd read elsewhere that his term was up for re-election later this
month anyway.


{Wheels.5.3559}: Doug White {dwhite} Thu, 24 Sep 2015 10:15:20 CDT (1 line)

Imagine if all corporate CEOs faced regular elections...


{Wheels.5.3560}: Jil {rabbit} Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:59:13 CDT (2 lines)

But first news - yet unconfirmed - is that he takes with him a $60
million golden parachute ...


{Wheels.5.3561}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Thu, 24 Sep 2015 16:02:01 CDT (2 lines)

Wall Street Journal is reporting that Porsche head Muller to be named
as the replacement, too.


{Wheels.5.3562}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Tue, 06 Oct 2015 18:10:13 CDT (4 lines)

A Range Rover Evoque convertible. I lay the blame squarely at Nissan's
feet. They started it with that Murano convertible monstrosity.



{Wheels.5.3563}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:33:24 CDT (2 lines)

The concept convertible made the rounds of the auto shows a few years


{Wheels.5.3564}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Wed, 07 Oct 2015 17:45:18 CDT (7 lines)

Did you get to see the concept in-person? What did you think of it "in
the flesh" if you did?

BTW, Jil, are you familiar with these boutique trucks? It looks like
something that you might appreciate.



{Wheels.5.3565}: Jil {rabbit} Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:27:31 CDT (6 lines)

I thought it looked okay in person. Mind you, I didn't think the
Murano convertible was bad at all.

I do know those trucks. The company has a display at the SEMA show
each year and I drool over them. I've always wanted a Power Wagon,
and they do a beautiful job, but man they cost the earth.


{Wheels.5.3566}: Jil {rabbit} Fri, 18 Mar 2016 18:12:03 CDT (4 lines)

When driving home isn't enough:



{Wheels.5.3567}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Mon, 21 Mar 2016 17:06:32 CDT (3 lines)

Thanks for the great story, Jil. Impressed that they did it with a
stock Jeep, too. Is their plan to do the pole-to-pole with a stock
vehicle, too? Or will they be using something more purpose-built?


{Wheels.5.3568}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Mon, 21 Mar 2016 17:37:43 CDT (3 lines)

Just reading through your review of the '16 Civic and happy to read
that Honda did away with that awful dual-tier instrument cluster
design. About time!


{Wheels.5.3569}: Jil {rabbit} Mon, 21 Mar 2016 19:04:21 CDT (3 lines)

Yes, now only if they'd lose that awful touch-screen stereo.

Right now the plan is to go pole-to-pole in a stock Jeep.


{Wheels.5.3570}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Tue, 11 Dec 2018 17:29:15 CST (HTML)

So if you can buy a Bugatti Veyron you obviously have "fuck you*" level money.

Well guess what? When you take your Veyron in for service or repairs that "fuck you" will get thrown back in your face!

Sort of. repair-costs/

$42,000 to replace the gas tank?!? I could buy two great used cars for that much money.

*The phrase "fuck you level money" was reportedly coined by KISS guitarist/lead singer Paul Stanley who upon buying a new house spent $90,000 having a custom studio built in, then when it was finished walked in, spent 5 minutes twanging a guitar, said, "Nope, tear it down and start from scratch," and when the studio/builders/architect looked at him all boggleeyed, "Said, "Ay, I have Fuck you level money here, besides it's a tax write off, business expense.**"

**This courtesy of bassist/lead singer Gene Simmons who has always been the smartest in the band when it comes to merchandising and financial matters.


{Wheels.5.3571}: Jil {rabbit} Sun, 16 Dec 2018 07:42:00 CST (1 line)

My friend has a Ferrari Enzo. A set of tires is $30,000.


{Wheels.5.3572}: Joe Gordon {darmund} Thu, 05 Sep 2019 16:53:19 CDT (HTML)

Uber luxury cars like Bentley, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Rolls Royce are know for their bespoke programs.

If you have a bunch of batshit insane ideas about how you wish to customize your car AND a couple of pallets of cash, those automakers will do JUST ABOUT ANYTHING YOU DESIRE.

24 caret gold plating on a Rolls Royce?

No problem.

A one off entirely custom made Ferrari for Eric Clapton?

But of course, "Slowhand."

A Rolls Royce that comes with a fully functional toilet?

Behold: " about-the-one-off-rol-1837911895"


{Wheels.5.3573}: Jil {rabbit} Sat, 07 Sep 2019 07:06:11 CDT (2 lines)

I've seen that car; it was in a Las Vegas museum for a while. I was
just taken with how hideous it is. I didn't know it had a toilet.


{Wheels.5.3574}: Jil {rabbit} Sun, 02 Feb 2020 07:55:33 CST (5 lines)

In which my video guy and I compare the Mitsubishi RVR to the Subaru
Crosstrek. He had the great idea of wrapping it all up while sitting
in my living room.



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