I agree with you. I'm guessing that the present rules do not permit exemptions because there is bound to be debate (i.e. prolonged litigation) about what constitutes "low-volume" and whether it would be appropriate to give preferential treatment to a profitable low-volume manufacturer over a larger yet… » 4/14/14 7:11pm 4/14/14 7:11pm

Very nice collection! I searched a long time for a 5-speed ES300 when I was looking to buy a first car. This was about 15 years ago, and I was interested in the ES300 because my mom has a '93 and I liked her car but wanted a manual for myself. Mom actually bought hers new and still has it. Still runs fantastic. I'll… » 3/27/14 4:25pm 3/27/14 4:25pm

I've driven an ES with a stick; they are actually not bad to drive at all. They feel almost identical to a contemporary Camry SE with the same engine and tranny. The '92-'96 ES300 wasn't as mushy and boring as the subsequent versions and it even had a bit of a sporty feel. Remember, Lexus didn't have the IS back then,… » 3/26/14 11:49am 3/26/14 11:49am

Multiple people have seen the 4Matic badge on my car and assumed it meant that the car had a 4-speed automatic. My car is 13 years old, so this inference doesn't bother me. But I'd imagine that many people spending $100K+ on a new S-Class would feel uncomfortable about commoners perceiving the badge in that way. » 3/24/14 3:49pm 3/24/14 3:49pm

Sure, it is an accomplishment. But also notice that you are the only person in this thread that is mentioning their profession to justify that their opinion is more valid than the views of other posters. Being a PE at age 25 is impressive but for the sake of your coworkers, I hope you managed to learn more tact and… » 3/13/14 11:45pm 3/13/14 11:45pm

I can relate, man. My sister was driving my car once and she had a flat on the highway. She kept on driving to the next exit, pulled into a gas station, and was (I suppose) looking confused when a random guy comes up and offers to change the tire for her. She assumed he worked at the gas station. He didn't. Anyway, he… » 2/24/14 3:15pm 2/24/14 3:15pm

I love the W124 but having owned both a W124 and a W210, I prefer the W210. They are much larger and more comfortable inside, and are simply easier to live with day-in and day-out. The early models (1996-97) still had the same engines as the W124 and are fairly reliable aside from rust issues. It wasn't until around… » 2/20/14 10:57pm 2/20/14 10:57pm

Not everything can be avoided with 100% certainty while still being an economically rational proposition. Often, the best approach is the most obvious: do what you can and buy insurance to cover the rest of the potential liability. In this instance, I'm guessing that the economic value of the Museum (revenue, job… » 2/12/14 3:32pm 2/12/14 3:32pm