Not to mention the fact that the E36 isn't much slower than the E46 and doesn't have the subframe issues, especially with some pretty basic mods (ie, cams+intake+tune) getting you up to almost euro E36 power levels without much difficulty. It's a worse daily, but an E36 M3 (or 328i) is a hell of a quick car in the… » 10/20/14 2:34pm Monday 2:34pm

Even on gravel it's probably faster to keep both ends pretty firmly planted. One problem, is that driving a more traditional racing line on unfamiliar roads is INCREDIBLY difficult. If you overdo the entry speed, you're done for and you hit a tree. And it's very hard to find that ideal entry speed because you… » 10/17/14 3:52pm 10/17/14 3:52pm

this. I'm 99th percentile in terms of driving skill, but throw a moose at me in the middle of a 4 hour drive when I'm a little zoned out and I really, really want the electronics to take care of the issue. Humans are really bad at this shit. » 10/14/14 6:53pm 10/14/14 6:53pm

A few months ago I decided to sell my '95 Miata (set up just at the lower limit of track slut, springs/brakes/shocks/tires/roll bar/etc). With two kids, it just wasn't getting driven much, and since we have a third on the way I figured I'd rip the bandaid off and get another 4/5 seater. My normal daily is my E36 M3,… » 10/14/14 2:51pm 10/14/14 2:51pm

Not to mention that the accident rate has also come down considerably. It's not just that cars have gotten safer, but that we're some combination of better drivers (hahah), that all this technology is saving our butts (quite likely) or that our roads are just plain better designed (definitely true). » 10/07/14 3:12pm 10/07/14 3:12pm

Well, yes, within the united states it has to meet FDA you've gotta meet FDA standards. This is not the only example of something that is entirely possible to do safely, but will be held back until regulation catches up. Same can be said for lots of things in medicine (it'd be a lot less expensive to do a video… » 9/18/14 4:21pm 9/18/14 4:21pm

It may never be a particularly rare classic, but it's certainly a cult car that's loved by lots of people who are (financially speaking) slumming a little bit by driving one. Lots of people drive Miatas who could just as easily be driving something that costs ten times as much. For a guy earning decent money that… » 9/18/14 11:51am 9/18/14 11:51am