Question of the Day: What Do You Do for Extracurricular Fun?

Jonny Lieberman
by Jonny Lieberman

Last night I had the distinct, uh, pleasure of going to the Los Angeles stop of the Bullrun 2008. If you don't know, the Bullrun is an extravagant road rally where entrants pay $20k for the chance to drive around the country (and sometimes Canada) in extremely expensive machinery festooned with lots of stickers. There's also a lot of free booze, food and B-list celebs (Paris Hilton, Dennis Rodman) on hand. Despite the occasional reference to charity fund raising and carbon offsets, this event is another one of those bon vivant, not-so-PC kinda deals. As is the One Lap and the Great American Run. ABC News says "The 200 or so cars competing in the second annual race — an update of the famed Cannonball Run — will spew about as much CO2 in seven days as the average person generates in 16 years. Mention that to the drivers and they'll probably ask, 'Yeah? And?'" Me too. You? And what do YOU do for extracurricular automotive thrills?

Jonny Lieberman
Jonny Lieberman

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  • MaintenanceCosts Last year, I rented a closely related Audi A3. The overwhelming impression was of cheap build quality, although the drive wasn't bad. It had ~45,000 miles and the sunroof sunshade and passenger side power window were already not working correctly. Lots of rattles, too.
  • Lou_BC As others have pointed out, some "in car" apps aren't good or you pay for upgrades. My truck did not come with navigation. It was an expensive option. There's a lame GM maps app that you need to subscribe to "in-car" data. The map does not give you navigation other than to tell you where restaurants and gas stations are located. I'd want Android auto since I already pay for the phone.
  • Theflyersfan Given so many standard nav systems aren't the best and updating could mean a dealer trip, and I stream all music, Android Auto is an absolute must. Wireless isn't necessary and some wireless chargers overheat the phone. And there are some hacks that let YouTube stream on the screen - excellent for listening to concerts.
  • Jeff I going to guess by the condition of the body and interior that there is little to no rust on the frame. Appears to be a very well maintained car.
  • MaintenanceCosts Would not buy a new daily car without it.