Announcing Our First Reader AMA

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

After the success of TTAC‘s first AMA ( featuring contributor Jim Yu and his VW Phaeton), we are proud to announce that the second AMA has been lined up for Monday, October 6th.

Our first participant will be one of our very own readers, and the featured car will be a 2004 Volvo V70R wagon. Yes, it has a stick shift and a rear-facing third row of seats. It is not brown.

Following that, we will be hosting AMAs on a regular basis. I was proud to say that the response was overwhelming (my inbox was inundated with volunteers), and we have lined up everything from a DeLorean to a Previa to a 100,000 mile Elise to a Ferrari and all points in between. Thank you to the readers who have volunteered their time and their sanity to help make this feature happen.

For those of you who have an interesting vehicle but have not stepped up yet, email me, derek at ttac dot com. We will need a short blurb on your vehicle, a photo or two, a time that works for you and your TTAC user name to schedule you in.

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  • Wmba Wmba on Sep 29, 2014

    I suppose this post would be interesting to me if I had any interest whatsoever in some 2004 Volvo or another. I'm not. For this reason, I assume 16.593 people have zero interest in the car I drive, and maybe, just maybe, three or four do. I therefore don't see much point in publicly preening in detail about the choice I made. Who cares? Am only interested in new or less than two year old models still on the market. That's me - YMMV.

    • CoastieLenn CoastieLenn on Sep 30, 2014

      Some people, myself included- will mostly enjoy reading owner reviews of their cars. As long as the article is halfway well written and well edited, I think reading reviews of cars from an owners perspective will be much more reliable than reading buff book reviews of the same car, albiet a little newer. You never know who's got their hands in the pockets of the the mainstream mags. As far as TTAC reviews are concerned, there's only so many articles the current pool of writers can contribute before going stale. This idea of "reader/owner reviews" not only serves to bring a new segment (that you're welcome to not read if you're not interested), but also brings a potentially welcome source for new regular contributors should their skills be deemed fit.

  • Bosozoku Bosozoku on Sep 30, 2014

    I've got a '99 BMW M Coupe currently at 275k miles with full service, fueling, and registration documentation from the day my father took delivery at the factory in South Carolina. I drove it daily for four years until finally getting fed up with getting 20 MPG on premium gas and buying $700 in new rear tires every year. Oh, and I've done all my own maintenance since 2009. It's been an adventure, but I'm still absolutely in love with the car. On the other side of my garage is a '05 Jaguar X-type Estate (wagon) with all-wheel drive, 5-speed, and the 3.0L. If anyone's interested in knowing more about either of these relative unicorns, AMA.

  • Rpn453 Rpn453 on Sep 30, 2014

    Interesting car. I'd ask a question, but I can't seem to get around the spam filter, even after removing all manufacturer names.

    • Rpn453 Rpn453 on Oct 01, 2014

      I figured out the evil words. Do you do much winter driving? If so, how do you like the winter performance of the AWD system? My buddy was cons*dering one of these to replace a Legacy GT sedan, in order to improve cargo capacity. I figured that the FWD-biased Haldex AWD system wouldn't suit his style of frequent and extensive s*deways winter driving. Are you into that sort of thing at all? If so, how does it perform in that regard? Another buddy recently bought a wrecked VW R32 with Haldex AWD that he plans on putting back on the road someday. When I brought up that issue he said that he'll buy a controller and set it at full-time 50/50. So maybe that would be enough to eliminate any possible shortcomings.

  • Chan Chan on Oct 01, 2014

    I should suggest that once these articles become large in number, a dedicated section on the navigation pane would be useful. "I wanted to look at superchan7's review of his sweet 2008 Camry and digest his hot-blooded passion for vanilla....."