By on December 29, 2014

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It’s not quite the 31st yet, but since a few of us won’t be at our computers on New Year’s Eve (*ahem*), I figured this is an opportune time to turn the floor over to the B&B.

The question of the day is simple. What would you like to see more of in 2015? What would you like to see less of? This is *your* site, and we serve you, not the manufacturers or the advertisers or anybody else. Let us know. We’ll be paying attention.

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126 Comments on “Question Of The Day: Auld Lang Syne...”


  • avatar
    petezeiss

    More Grandma!

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Less reviews by BTSR

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    +More keeping of good writers like Steve Lang and Alex Dykes.

    +More authors in general, this site is on skeleton crew status.

    -Less clickbait articles which are just little summaries of things Auto Blog said, with misleading titles.

    +More Vellum Venom.

    +More articles by Sajeev, he’s about the best you all have right meow.

    -Less “Capsule Review,” more “Actual Review.”

    +More historical articles by Ronnie, this is what he does best. Brendan does that well too.

    +More charts supporting Tim’s data articles. Multiple sentences of number strings don’t do figures justice.

    +More using Marcelo and Vojta to provide us with international perspective. Often someone will write an article about Brazil who doesn’t have clear understanding. That article should be assigned to an actual Brazilian who can provide context.

  • avatar
    petezeiss

    Pay Corey to write stuff on Korea Inc.

  • avatar
    Speed3

    I expect Derek to spend all NYE posting content to TTAC.

    Actually, I would like to see more reviews in general. Maybe some more comparison reviews of multiple vehicles (example: new GTI vs Focus RS vs Mazdaspeed3).

    Also, how about some forbidden fruit reviews? Send Derek to the South of Spain to ride some hot topless…convertible. Or brown diesel wagon, whichever. What could go wrong?

  • avatar
    seth1065

    I would like to see more AMA reviews , more Alex and Steve would be nice but I think they are both gone so if that is the case Derek let the readers now the have left the building, ***If you did this I missed it and that is my fault I apologize ***

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Get DeadWeight to be the in-house “Cadillac Correspondent”

    To sweeten the deal get Melody Lee as his personal secretary

  • avatar
    -Nate

    Just keep it coming ! .

    I miss the Sunday Fiction Stories .

    -Nate

    • 0 avatar
      Truckducken

      +1

    • 0 avatar

      I got one coming for you, Nate.

      • 0 avatar
        -Nate

        Thanx Bark .

        Pete (others), poverty breeds patience ~ getting my hands on a Quarter back then (early 1960’s) was nearly impossible so once I had my hands on a Hubley kit ~ I made dang good and sure I didn’t screw it up ~ once or twice I broke the tie rod when trying to break off the casting mould tang , that really sucked so I had to learn or perish….

        I consider myself quite impatient , my Son commented once after a thing in his Teenaged years ‘ you have the patience of _Job_ Pops ‘ .

        Who knows / .

        Anyways , I too want more of the older articles and Authors but realize YOU ALLS killed off anything written by Women , or Cops , or Used Car Salesmen by dumping on them mercilessly .

        As long as you don’t lie , I don’t care what you publish as the comments will make up for weak articles IMO .

        Carry on then ! .

        -Nate

    • 0 avatar
      05lgt

      This. Wholeheartedly. And thanks.

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    If it hasn’t already been said (and even if it has), FIX THE SPAM FILTER!

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      + googolplex

    • 0 avatar
      burgersandbeer

      +1. Can’t have a reader-focused site when we roll the dice on every comment.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        Geez, you guys three frickin’ letters S-I-D that you can’t put together in any shape or form. Learn it and get over it

        • 0 avatar
          petezeiss

          Yeah, I wanted to say the same thing but I’m not assertive like you. I haven’t had a post eaten when I’ve followed that rule.

        • 0 avatar
          golden2husky

          Let’s test: sid

        • 0 avatar
          golden2husky

          tested it and yeah, those are the three forbidden letters…still that is pathetic that you can’t say ins-i-de

        • 0 avatar
          dal20402

          A bit of a problem when you are writing about cars where two of the biggest topics are how they look outs!de and how they work/feel ins!de. I really can’t believe this hasn’t been fixed.

        • 0 avatar
          burgersandbeer

          It isn’t just those three letters. I’ve had plenty of posts eaten that did not include S-I-D.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            Really? I wonder what you might have typed, because I’ve never had it happen without the S-I-D combination. Even semi-naughty words make it through

          • 0 avatar
            burgersandbeer

            @ Lie2me – Thought I had my proof that it happens without those letters, but I guess they were buried in my post.

            I still think it needs to be fixed. Typing a post in a text editor so you can search for the verboten letters, then pasting it in the browser is too many hoops when many of us are posting with mobile devices from the can. We can always be careful and keep it short (even by mobile standards), but that would cut into the discussion level.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            Oh, I agree. I know the staff here has echoed our complaints with the powers that be and they have fallen on deaf ears, so I do my best to work around it, No sense fighting a battle that cannot be won

    • 0 avatar
      Crabspirits

      Spam filter is killing this site. Many people have already left. If it can’t be fixed, then it’s time to take WordPress out back and shoot it.

      The comment system has never been conducive to discussion. The “Notify me” options of replies to your comment are unusable. It’s funny when I go back to something I wrote a year ago, and discover that somebody responded to it. Like finding a dollar in the pocket of your coat when you break it out for the winter.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        Indeed.

        And I am not/will not blame Derek or anyone else for this, as it’s my understanding THAT’s parent company exercises control over software/structure/platforms TTAC uses, but I wouldn’t be surprised if 30% or more of all comments made by the B&B over the last 5 or 6 months have simply been vaporized, to never appear (which is a profound & quite damaging consequence for a site such as TTAC).

  • avatar
    sproc

    – More AMAs, specifically would enjoy hearing from more dealership folks like F&I and service writers, maybe other interesting folks like tuners and body shop specialists.

    – More tire reviews/discussion, including mentioning what a vehicle is wearing in each review and general impressions.

    – +1 on the forbidden fruit reviews. Not necessarily Paganis and Koenigseggs–just interesting “normal” cars from different parts of the world.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      “– +1 on the forbidden fruit reviews. Not necessarily Paganis and Koenigseggs–just interesting “normal” cars from different parts of the world.”

      I agree. I am much more interested in the Peugeot 308 and Suzuki Swift than any super car. If I’m honest with myself, I won’t buy anything more expensive than a Mustang, Corvette, or 911 in my lifetime. One day I may be able to, but I’d rather buy a sailboat that isn’t a Hobie Cat.

  • avatar
    jaydez

    More rental reviews of common cars we would be shopping for: mid size sedans, CUVs and SUVs. Go to the rental counter and ask for the highest mileage version of what every they have and tell us how it hold up to rental abuse so we know how it will hold up to our commutes, children, and pets.

    Heck, have fun with it. Go rent a Home Depot truck for 75 minutes and review that POS that smells like dirty feet.

    I started reading the TTAC when you wrote honest reviews that pissed off the manufacturers. Get back to that.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    I will echo those calling for more comparison reviews. I’d like to see the “natural competitors” compared (say like half ton trucks across manufacturers) as well as maybe something a little more “oddball” like “Best Daily Driver Convertible” where it might turn into Miata vs. Camaro vs Mustang vs leftover 300 hardtop…

    Two things I miss are the non-BTSR video reviews and the occasional review of something “old” that a writer had gotten to sample recently. That would give us used car buyers something to chew on. ;)

  • avatar
    Jeff Weimer

    Bring back Hammer Time and Steve Lang, if you can….

  • avatar
    carguy

    I would vote for:
    – More analysis like the one for the Takata airbag recall.
    – More technical deep dives for gearboxes, engines and all things automotive
    – Less BTSR reviews
    – Less rehashing on what Autoblog and Jalopnik already reported on.
    – Less click-bait articles that are not really designed to inform but simply cause comment section vitriol and arguments.
    – More new writers to keep it fresh.

  • avatar
    colin42

    The answer is in the title

    Auld LANG syne

    (More content over the weekend would be good. This is when I have the most time and the least content to read)

    • 0 avatar
      raresleeper

      Off topic slightly (I “get” your post), but that song itself, the Auld Lang Syne, is a great mystery to me.

      But dam, does it sound ever so good at midnight on NYE while being three sheets to the wind :)

  • avatar
    ltcmgm78

    I would love more AMA articles. I would also ask for a better definition of what goes in the black band at the top of the site? Are they the most frequently-read articles? I love reading anything about the business end of dealerships and how they really work.

  • avatar
    jhefner

    To literally copy and paste what CoryDL and Carguy said:

    +More Vellum Venom.

    +More articles by Sajeev, he’s about the best you all have right now.

    +More historical articles by Ronnie, this is what he does best. Brendan does that well too.

    +More charts supporting Tim’s data articles. Multiple sentences of number strings don’t do figures justice.

    +More using Marcelo and Vojta to provide us with international perspective. Often someone will write an article about Brazil who doesn’t have clear understanding. That article should be assigned to an actual Brazilian who can provide context

    +Less click-bait articles that are not really designed to inform but simply cause comment section vitriol and arguments.

    To which I would like to add:

    +Please keep the Junkyard finds coming, Murilee. I also love these looks at cars of the past, as well as reading the comments by those who owned/knew them. They are what brought me to TTAC.

    +More reader submitted articles, since as CoreyDL put it you are running on a skeleton crew. (I guess the idea of paying for new articles has died.)

    +I know I am in the minority here, but more on die-casts and other auto memoriblia. (I am just nine cars away from finishing my 1903-2013+ Ford timeline in miniature; then print out the new mats and it is done.)

    I don’t mind the Autoblog rehashs too much because I don’t have time to read more than this site (and really shouldn’t spend the time I do.)

    Thank you TTAC for all of your efforts, and Happy New Year one and all.

    • 0 avatar
      petezeiss

      “more on die-casts”

      This. Having been a fanatic young model builder I thought I knew everything available circa 1963-1970. I was therefore shocked the other day when a work buddy my age mentioned high-detail die cast models that *required assembly* sold back then. I had never encountered these or I’d have spent all my lawn mowing and paper route money on them.

      He said that parts ranged down to things like individual coil and leaf springs, steering columns etc. and most required removal of the burrs from being twisted off the runner they were cast onto. Lots of work.

      Anyone else remember these? I must have had a really backwater youth to be unaware of them.

      • 0 avatar
        jhefner

        Pete; I do remember the metal model kits; though I never built one. (The ones that came fully chromed were a big enough pain; you had to scrap the chrome off in order for the model cement to stick.)

        They were never very common in the hobby shops and stores I visited; much of it was pieces and models for model railroad layouts.

        I think you had to use Krazy Glue or similiar to assemble them; and I am not sure if the regular Testors paint would work, I would guess so. But they were out of my league.

        I was thinking of the already assembled diecast cars. I have stuck with the 1/64 scale (Hot Wheels/Matchbox size) because I am limited in both shelf space and pocket change.

        I too built hundreds of plastic models growing up; and I as I collect diecasts, I find myself collecting some of the same cars; only in tiny metal versions now.

        • 0 avatar
          petezeiss

          From what my friend says you actually had to get all jeweler on them with tiny screwdrivers, needlenose, loupes etc. They must have been tremendously expensive but would have been all the more alluring for that.

          He can’t remember a brand name or where he got his, but he’s not a BSer (I’ve seen his carpentry and gunsmithing) so I’m sure such fastidious kits were out there. I sure had no idea about them.

          • 0 avatar
            jhefner

            Pete;

            Try googling “scale metal model kits”; you can still find kits for airplanes as well as cars.

            Yeah, that sounded too expensive as well as tedious for me as well. I have built models out of plastic, wood and paper as well as on the computer; but never moved up to metal.

          • 0 avatar
            jhefner

            BTW, I happened to have been given both a completed plastic model AND a diecast model of Mark Martin’s Valvoline #6 NASCAR Ford Taurus; both are the 1998 “catfish” NASCAR Taurus design, and both are 1:24 scale.

            And yet, there are pretty significant differences between them, such as the size of the dashboard and the routing of the exhaust pipes. So, which one is right, or are they both right; just different race years?

            My collecting has gotten specific enough that I have ran into a couple of examples of this.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        Yes, Hubley, they were very expensive and difficult to make and there was no glue to sniff while you built them

        “Hubley model kits were unusual in that the parts were molded not in polystyrene, but die cast in zinc alloy, similar to today’s pre-assmbled diecast models. Accuracy and detail were very fine, while the product line was focused on stock American classics of the ’20s and ’30s, including Chevrolets, Packards, Duesenberg, and Model A Fords like this Victoria coupe. Scales varied from 1:22 to 1:12 depending on the model.”

        http://www.macsmotorcitygarage.com/2014/09/30/eight-plastic-classics-from-the-golden-age-of-model-cars/

        • 0 avatar
          petezeiss

          Oh. My. God. That link zapped me right back in time. I built several of those plastic kits. The Little Fiat coupe was one of my favorites.

          OK, I have a name to work with. Thanks.

          • 0 avatar
            -Nate

            Pete ;

            Back in the early 1960’s I built every Hubley Metal Model kit I could get my hands on ~ @ $5 each they were *very* dear but in time I had every one they offered .

            I never found them difficult , you just had to learn patience or it couldn’t be done .

            Hours and hours of happily filing away the flashing .

            When my Son was 8 or so , I went looking and found them still being made & sold , only the ‘A’ Model Fords and a different brand .

            He’s not an old car nutter like me so he wasn’t interested .

            -Nate

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            Ah, patience, that thing I never had, still don’t and at $5 a throw… Hell, that was 10 Matchbox Cars, my big weakness

          • 0 avatar
            petezeiss

            “Hours and hours of happily filing away the flashing.”

            You sound just like my buddy Mike. Men of Great Patience. He built his own 5-wood parquet living room floor centerpiece. It’s intricate as a stained glass window and not a single muffed join.

            Yep, if Hubley kits were available in my town I’d have found the money somehow.

  • avatar
    George B

    Derek I’d like to see more content to replace some of the Steve Lang insight at the well used end of the car market, but with a little more enthusiast emphasis. Some of Sajeev’s Piston Slap articles cover this territory. More articles about cars that a hobbyist might buy as an interesting but fairly inexpensive 2nd vehicle.

    I’ve enjoyed the deep dive articles about new automatic transmissions. Please add more technical articles of this style.

    I enjoy the historical articles by Ronnie. I asked him about SE Michigan car museums and greatly enjoyed touring the Ford Piquett Plant on his recommendation. Can Ronnie write an article or series of articles that consolidate information on Detroit and SE Michigan automotive tourism?

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      I miss the used car market stuff too. Anything about car sales I find entertaining especially the behind the scenes stuff.

      Also some more track day tales would be nice. I know we get some from JB, but I’d like to hear from normal people running their cars.

      More Piston Slap but less model specific… instead do things like general maintenance, tricks and tips, even if it just stuff “like how to get rid of brake dust”. I know the combined knowledge/experience of the B&B can turn a small article into a long list of helpful things.

      I know its difficult but long term reviews, the recent addition of the AMA really helps. Its hard to learn much of anything in a week of test driving.

      I don’t mind the rehash of general auto news as this way I don’t have to visit multiple sites. For awhile the “while you were sleeping” articles served this purpose.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        I would love a used vs new comparison feature, despite the refrain of “that’s not a fair comparison!”

        New $42,000 Cadillac ATS vs used $10,000, well maintained Mazda RX-8 6MT.

        RX-8 wins by a knock out.

        Provide more examples at your leisure.

        • 0 avatar
          davefromcalgary

          Drop a GM 2.0T in the RX-8 and I would never want for another ride ever again.

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            I do not think the GM 2.0T is a quality, refined motor; make it something from Honda or the like.

            I’m one of the lucky ones who has a bullet proof (thus far, 106,000 miles) Renesis motor. I stay on top of keeping the oil at or above the full line and rev the snot out of it daily, which it loves.

            20mpg combined while thrashing it on every on/off ramp bothers me not, either, especially at a velvety 9000 rpm.

  • avatar
    petezeiss

    MOAR MITSU! WANT LITTLE CUV FOR 9K!

  • avatar
    2drsedanman

    I agree with more reviews/articles by Steve and Alex. I also agree with the click bait articles, especially the ones regarding unions.

    I like the idea of comparing and “vs” articles (which is a better second car, Miata or Jeep, SUV vs Van, etc.

    One of the best things about this site is reading the reviews of cars from other areas of the world that we would not normally see in the the USA. In that vein, I think it would be interesting to see regional differences in this country as well (where/why trucks are more prevalent in certain areas, grassroots racing efforts, etc).

    Lastly, I would like to see some user reviews of vehicles people have bought and ran into the ground over the course of several years and the problems they may have encountered.

  • avatar
    tresmonos

    More comedy. Anything that gets me to laugh while I’m on TTAC is golden.

  • avatar
    JK43123

    This is one of my favorite sites! I would like more newsy stuff, when Ohio passed a law that there must be a cop at each red light camera I was surprised it wasn’t applauded on here.

    John

  • avatar
    superchan7

    I’d like more reviews of any type. Full author reviews, quick (“Capsule”?) reviews, reader reviews, style/design reviews (Sajeev), comparisons, etc.

    I want to read an opinion on a car, and then read more opinions on cars in the Comments section.

  • avatar

    Hire CrabSpirits.

  • avatar
    MrGreenMan

    More Baruth (and Baruths).

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    More AMAs on Reader’s Rides.

    Especially if I get to write one. No bias here, no sir.

  • avatar
    bball40dtw

    No Demuro. Did you know that he wrote a book?

  • avatar
    Volt 230

    more week long reviews and rental reviews as well. Oh and more Alex Dykes

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    More Cadillac ATS, CTS, XTSAlibu, SRnoX & Cadillac Yukonalade reviews.

    Also, more feature articles about Melody Lee & “What She Wears to Work,” along with Johan De Nysschen losing his composure & going ballistic on his facebook account towards anyone who doubts Cadillacs are worth 1.178x as much as equivalent BMWs, Mercedes, Audio, and .88x as much as any Rolls Royce,

  • avatar
    golden2husky

    more junkyard finds, and bring back Steve Lang. And try to avoid articles that devolve into pissing contests, such as climate change and the like. Even if such topics do have relevance to auto use or production, they result in argumentative posts that really do no one any service. TTAC is not here to change one’s political viewpoints and the back and forth is tiresome and worst of all, they’re not entertaining.

    Maybe have people with invaluable insight like Mikey contribute ins-i-der info that can’t be had elsewhere.

  • avatar
    DevilsRotary86

    I am an engineer so I have a certain bias here. More hard data in the reviews. It surely can’t be too hard to rent a space to do this and some basic measuring equipment. The basics would be nice: 0-60, 1/4 mile, 60-0 stopping in quick repeats, and skidpad. Also, measurements of certain key metrics. The car makers do share some of this in their spec sheets but not all of it. For example, they will share what the cargo volume is of a hatchback, but what are the dimensions of the cargo opening? A small opening can put a serious crimp on the real utility of a hatchback.

  • avatar
    Davekaybsc

    Give DeadWeight a column! One of the biggest things I miss from the old days of this site was that NO punches were pulled (TWAT list, especially), and DeadWeight pulls no punches.

    Also, WAY more styling analysis please! I gotta have my DLO fail.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      I sincerely appreciate the fact that you value the no sacred cows/full blast/pull no punches opinions I regularly & brazenly throw down.

      I obviously am not one who believes in the whole “there are no bad vehicles anymore” mindset that’s apparently so popular today, and I’ll go further and argue that there are not only bad vehicles, but bad manufacturers (completely or nearly so in terms of their full range of offerings).

      I’ve had enough rentals, loaners and trips in friends’/family members’/co-workers’ vehicles to see, feel and experience some of the awful vehicles that are being manufactured today, especially on a price relative basis.

    • 0 avatar
      celebrity208

      I agree with the request for more vitriol. If I had to boil my diminishing enthusiasm down to one reason it’d be the softening “edge” that used to define TTAC. Maybe TTAC needs more writers that are currently in the middle of some life event that will just sour them on everything. In the TTAC Top Ten Reviews post there are comments talking about how “There really are no truly BAD new cars”. Well shit, find some new area to bitch about. I’m constantly looking for more flying VJ moments. Find the crummiest car out there, rent it, skewer it, and post it. That I like.

      Oh, and more saturation dives but can we get any on other tech? Engine saturation dive? Battery saturation dive? Paint saturation dive?

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        I am approaching 40, and most conventional mental health experts claim men are likely to be most jaded, cynical & critical at the age range of 42 to 45.

        I remember a South Park episode where every song, food, movie, product, etc. sounded/tasted/looked/appeared like sh!t to Stan, so he peaked early.

      • 0 avatar
        petezeiss

        “Paint saturation dive?”

        Dammit, yes! Somebody tell us a paint story. Talk about auto paint from Model Ts onward. Why can’t we have 50’s acrylics anymore? Why are color choices now so limited? How do feed stock chemicals affect paint pricing and availability? Is modern rust proofing pretty much the same as 30 years ago? Where are our greens?!

        Yada. Yada. Paint us a story.

        • 0 avatar
          raresleeper

          Oh! I’m jumping with excitement about the paint story.

          Then, out of the kindness of your hearts, oh, please post a video in which- *GASP* -the paint… (drum roll) DRIES.

          Hooray!!

          • 0 avatar
            petezeiss

            You’re jumping with excitement because you’re temporarily free of adult supervision.

            Enjoy it while you can because you’ll eventually remarry. They always do.

          • 0 avatar
            raresleeper

            Remarry? Did you say… remarry?

            Gah!!!! I shudder at the thought of it.

        • 0 avatar
          Lie2me

          The black color of the Model T was called “Japan Black” it was chosen because it dried the fastest and helped speed up production. Before it was chosen Ford didn’t even offer the color black to customers

          Just think how the world would be different today had pink been a faster dry

  • avatar

    Back in the day the expensive models were Pocher http://www.pocher.com/ today they only make Lambo’s.

    What is missing today is the story attached to various auto events, everyone knows the same thing, everyone disseminates the same thing. The journalistic inquiries are not there in many instances.

    Way back in the day there was Farago with TTAC and De Lorenzo with Autoextremist that were disrupting the established order of the day. Being disruptive, at times controversial garnered a lot of attention and eyeballs.

    Regarding dealers, it would be interesting to have a series of how the TTAC B&B would like to acquire a new vehicle, a used vehicle and what relationship they would expect from the dealer. Dealers have evolved through the years http://www.thestrada.net/thought-factory/2010/11/11/i-dealer.html in 2015 they are perhaps at a pivot point on how they will continue to evolve in the future.

    Regarding sales figures, analyzing numbers for the sake of numbers without an understanding of the strategy, tactics behind the numbers after a while becomes confusing.

    Are folks still interested in ownership, or mobility at a monthly fee. In Canada in 2014 the mobility for a monthly fee model has gained additional ground.

    How is the used car business evolving when in the US dealers are on a 30 day to retail and 60 days to dispose time frame. What is the negotiating room on used vehicles that are already “market priced” (similar to Carmax). What premium would TTAC B&B pay for a CPO vehicle?

    What will be the impact of the aluminum F150 on the pick up segment?

    What will be the impact of de Nysschen at Cadillac?

    Will the Koreans crack the luxury segment?

  • avatar
    05lgt

    More deep dives. More tech topics. Keep the professor busy when possible. More automotive history lessons. More rental reviews. More. Encore.

    • 0 avatar
      petezeiss

      “More. Encore.”

      Yes! Pay Norm for a long term review.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        You mean a review of the Buick Magic Carpet, built by loving elves in the Enchanted Forest near the ancient Kingdom of Detroit, ruled by the evil Queen Mary Barra from her wicked Ren Center Castle?

        Yeah, I’d like a non-biased review like that too

        • 0 avatar
          petezeiss

          Yes! You’re the best bard EVER!

          And I want a cameo appearance by the Evil Queen wearing something really skimpy, and flying monkeys, and keep that poor little Melody completely out of the story because she creeps me out because nobody ever fed her when she was little.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            Melody is shackled in the Ren Center dungeon donning her tres chic matching Cadillac purse and pumps that evil Queen Mary has sentenced her to wear throughout all eternity after they were discovered half off at Kmart

          • 0 avatar
            petezeiss

            “We want to be a global luxury BRAND that happens to make stuff for K-Mart bargain bins.”

            BTW, may I have the Evil Queen wear a really, really short skirt and big, tall sheet-ripper boots?

            Thanks, Bard.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            To complete evil Queen Mary’s ensemble might we suggest the Cadillac CT9 (Cat-of-Nine-Tails)

          • 0 avatar
            petezeiss

            ..ooh.. the one made from old wiring harnesses.. eeeevil Bard!

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    More pickup truck stories and news coverage. 4 out of top 10 vehicles in Canada and 3 out of top 10 sales in the USA are pickups. #1 in both countries is the F series.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Please keep the Junk Yard find section and keep Ronnie’s historical articles. I agree with Lou in that more stories about pickups. I would like to see Murilee cover some more pickups in his junkyard section and it would be nice to see coverage every once in a while of classic pickups.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      There’s slim pickens when it comes to pickups hitting the junkyard, unless they’re really old. Or really fubar. Crazy when you cons!der how many were sold and on the road.

      • 0 avatar
        bumpy ii

        Most junkyard trucks I see are ’60s -’80s full size, or late ’70s-mid-90s compacts. Anything older has returned to the rust god, or been restored. Anything newer is either wrecked beyond recognition or shipped down to Mexico.

  • avatar

    I would love to see used car, sorry, pre-owned car, dealers do some reviews. I find flybrains comments insightful, perhaps he could oblige

  • avatar
    danio3834

    Get Crabspirits and Flybrian as contributors. Crab’s writing skills are going unappreciated beyond these pages (as far as I know) and Flybrian has the missing used car sales perspective.

    More industry inside news. Exploit those sources!

    Make sure Jack keeps regularly contributing. Especially the rants.

    Regular detailed car reviews. New, used, unique, common, whatever just keep em coming.

    Obviously publish whatever Murilee Martin content comes on by.

    The reader AMA thing has been sorta interesting, would be good to continue perhaps on a weekly basis.

    Fix the commenting system spam filter once and for all.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      Great suggestions, especially re Crabspirits & more Murilee.

      I really believe a regular feature comparing a new car & similar genre competitor used one @ 1/3 to1/4 the price of the new one would be very popular – I know of at least a dozen such used vehicles I’d prefer over much more expensive new ones (in many cases, even if the costed the SAME AMOUNT – at 1/3 to 1/4 the price, it’s salivation inducing).

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        burgersandbeer

        New vs Used would definitely be amusing. Didn’t TTAC used to have such a column, even if it was aimed more at the financial side?

        I feel your pain in this. I’m not as critical of the new cars coming out, but I don’t think there are many that offer a reason to buy. I don’t hold on to my 12 year old ride to be cheap; it’s because I don’t think I can improve on it for less than $30k, possibly $40k.

      • 0 avatar
        burgersandbeer

        New vs Used would definitely be amusing. Didn’t TTAC used to have such a column, even if it was aimed more at the financial s*de?

        I feel your pain in this. I’m not as critical of the new cars coming out, but I don’t think there are many that offer a reason to buy. I don’t hold on to my 12 year old ride to be cheap; it’s because I don’t think I can improve on it for less than $30k, possibly $40k.

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    danio3834

    Ha. One of my (several) recommendations was to fix the spam filter once and for all. The comment was eaten by the spam filter.

  • avatar
    -Nate

    Hm ;

    I hope my reply is caught in the limbo soon to be posted….

    -Nate

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    There might not be a lot of old pickups sitting in junk yards in California, especially LA but I bet there are a number of them sitting in the Denver yard Murilee goes to. In Middle America there are old trucks in salvage yards near farming communities and in fields. There are many old thrifty farmers that literally run the wheels off their trucks. Not all trucks make it to Mexico especially those further North. Many of the trucks from Western states are sent to the rust belt. I find a rusted out truck from the 70’s and 80’s more interesting than a used up Dodge Aspen wagon–but then some might prefer a dark brown wagon then who am I to stop you. Could you imagine the stories an old used up pickup could tell if it could talk.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      We have quite a few newer pickups in our auto wrecker salvage yards. Harsh winters and heavy industry kills a lot of newer trucks. There isn’t a lot of 90’s or older stuff because trucks don’t last long in my part of the world and wreckers don’t want to keep inventory for it.

  • avatar
    WildcatMatt

    I’ll jump on the bandwagon for more Vellum Venom and for more reviews with greater depth. I get the urge to get a “quick hit” if you don’t have the car long enough to do a “proper” review, but if/when that is the case I’d like to see more commitment to following up.

  • avatar
    raresleeper

    Keep the Capsule Reviews coming, but more *vintage* cars.

    Also, more technical articles. Engines. Transmissions. Because education.

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