Category: Internal Combustion

All about cars, my view on them, and what I do with them.

The Nissan Xterra – A Symbolic Step

The Nissan Xterra – A Symbolic Step

The STi is gone. Evaporated into misty vapor and absorbed into the recesses of my mind, reserved only for the most powerful of life lessons. My experience with it taught me more than I would care to try to articulate, but thankfully, it’s GONE. In it’s place, now sits a […]

Turning A Page – Out With the Old, In With the New

Turning A Page – Out With the Old, In With the New

Many things have ramped up and changed in life of late; far too much to sum up in a single post that can entertain a reader, so here I will only focus on the material… Specifically cars. The last time I wrote about my Subaru STi, things were looking up. […]

The Nissan Leaf – First Drive

The Nissan Leaf – First Drive

Friday, October 21st, was the grand opening of Milford Nissan. I was in attendance primarily to film with the Canon 5DMkII and Stedicam that we have at work. Also in attendance was a new Nissan Leaf from corporate, which was there for prospective customers and local business owners to try […]

What Your Car Says About You

What Your Car Says About You

Disclaimer: This article is intended to be humorous. The opinions and views portrayed are not necessarily my own and, frankly, should be viewed as offensive. This is for your entertainment only. Being rather extreme about my opinions of cars and people, I have come to notice that a surprising number […]

Tires – The Link Between You and The Road

It’s funny at times how little people seems to consciously understand about their car and what about it is important. Fancy features in the cabin keep you cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and comfortable and entertained on your long journeys. Your engine, and its many associated components, […]

2005 Subaru STi – It Lives Again…

After my 2005 Subaru STi’s engine failure in October 2010, the car limped around under 3,000RPM for three more months, before it came off the road at the end of December. The motor swap was expected to be a relatively simple matter of pulling it from the car, replacing the […]

All Wheel Drive. It’s All You Need!

Lets start with Front Wheel Drive (FWD), the poster child for uselessness. In terms of everyday practicality and useability in adverse weather conditions, it could be worse, but it’s not even close to the best.

STis – They’re like Marriage – Engine Failure

We all know the classic view of marriage. Everyone jokes about it and many believe it. Marriage is the bane of your existence 95% of the time, but the 5% of the time that it works, it makes it all worth while. My car is much the same way, as […]

Too Much Skill – Subaru STi Performance

I have a great understanding of vehicle dynamics and car control for my age and experience level. For a number of years now I have been reading about car control techniques. I knew, in theory, how to double clutch rev match before I even learned to drive stick. Owning my […]

I’ve Had Brighter Ideas

When was the last time you sat, legs dangling over the road and both hands occupied, in the trunk of a minivan as it bounded down a narrow road at 40mph? For me it was in fall of 2010, with five grand in camera equipment in my hands. What was […]

You’ve Got Nothing – The STi’s Prime

June to October 2010 was the best four-month stretch of my life, all things considered. It was the time during which I owned my 2005 Subaru STi relatively free of problems. The first time I ever drove an STi was when mine showed up on a car carrier truck at […]

Precision Timing

I’ve been noticing the precision of morning commute timing more and more recently. Personally, I have a morning routine that does not vary and is timed to the second. Alarms go off at 5 minute intervals from 6:55 to 7:15 to pull me from REM sleep. I then get 5 […]