The sportiness has a lot to do with the setup. The 4A-GE is a Cosworth BDA clone with a ton of character. The 1NZ-FE? Not much. Plus, the Fx16's gearbox has shorter ratios and the suspension is setup to encourage Scandinavian flicks. It's just a really entertaining car to drive. The xA? Not so much, although I like… » 10/28/14 9:04am Tuesday 9:04am

I wouldn't call it terrible. Just "not as effective in certain conditions" and also "not as expensive". The STI setup, with LSD front and rear diffs and two center diffs (electronic and mechanical) is the most proactive but it's also easily the most complex and most expensive. It also hurts gas mileage and curb… » 10/24/14 1:16pm 10/24/14 1:16pm

Well, many MR2 drivers had snap oversteer issues. The oversteer threshold is quite fine on these cars so many owners lacked the practice or knowledge to control it. With stock suspension and tires, it's very controllable and not a problem. I'd be wary of driving the SC in the wet, however. » 10/24/14 9:23am 10/24/14 9:23am

Jamaican? Jarama is Spanish through and through. A lot of people dislike or ignore the design but I like it a lot. It photographs poorly but in person it's quite stunning. Basically, it's a shortened Espada, intended as a large GT. The headlight treatment could have been better, though. » 10/23/14 12:00pm 10/23/14 12:00pm

The price is a bit too high, I agree, but the RHD is not at all a problem for what looks to be a dedicated off-roader. The diesel is inferior to the 4G54 when it comes to on-road smoothness and performance, but it's a good choice for the trail. The turbo is intercooled... not much different than what you'd get in the… » 10/20/14 9:37am 10/20/14 9:37am

I like this train of thought, but a nice condition 900 turbo for $5K, let alone $2500, is going to be hard to find. If you do, I guarantee it will have north of 200K or have a failing trans or need a timing chain replacement or something. The way to go is a depreciation special, like a mid-2000s 9-5 Aero. An easy 260+… » 10/17/14 12:54pm 10/17/14 12:54pm

New Holland is great, but much more of a Belgian-inspired brewery. Very different from Bells. Their best styles seem to be Belgian wits/pales/strongs and the popular Poet oatmeal stout. As far as IPAs goe, Mad Hatter is nice but not really a go-to for me. I hear the Carhartt Woodsman is a very good session IPA but I… » 10/16/14 12:21pm 10/16/14 12:21pm

That's not correct. The EJ25 had other well known and well documented issues, including lots of spun rod bearings in the 2009 WRX, the first year for the VF-52. Some of these bearing occured at less than 3K miles, indicating a manufacturer problem, which Subaru has since corrected. Yes, with 3K oil changes, PREMIUM… » 10/13/14 7:06pm 10/13/14 7:06pm

Yes, cast iron is probably porous enough, but forged steel parts? That's probably corrosion caused by small amounts impurities in the oil or fuel, like hydrogen sulfide. It creates gases, like methane, which can crack or embrittle the metal. This can be advantageous depending on the application because the corrosion… » 10/10/14 11:13am 10/10/14 11:13am

Only the newest BMWs in the U.S. have this feature available (2014 maybe but definitely 2015). Volvo's S60 has this option, too. But prior to now, no U.S. cars had the technology because the technology couldn't yet read our signs. In Europe, TSR to read round signs has been implemented in a whole bunch of cars,… » 10/10/14 10:57am 10/10/14 10:57am