As far as I see it they're telling us who to thank.
Russia - defender of democracy.....?
I never had the custom of eating breakfast. I wake up and work till noon and have lunch. I never ate before school as a child. I haven't experienced any negative side effects from this, I'm not overweight, I don't have digestive issues and I don't run out of energy in the morning. I doubt people from one of the many countries/cultures around the world that don't have a "breakfast" meal have any major issues either.
Not sure actually. I'd imagine once you get in it's alright, but getting in comfortably may be an issue....
That's an interesting history! Personally I'm addicted to good MT so it's hard to imagine the jump from Z's to various AT vehicles. As for the Imp it's such a broad badge it's hard for me to make any judgement. I'm honestly glad they separated the Impreza badge from the WRX STI in the newest generation.
Do yourself a favour and check out a manual BRZ the next time you have a whim to look. Customizable, maintainable, reasonably priced and intensely satisfying.
With all the troubles you report on the A8 I think that would make an excellent episode of RCR!
I actually had to call my mechanic anyway because a plate on my right front damper keeps coming loose and I'd rather not tighten it myself without a lift and all. He's a Subaru specialist, also does Toyota. I asked him about ball joint replacements and his response basically amounted to "for most models they wouldn't be easy to replace yourself without tools and lift, but they're not that big of a deal to replace". Granted this is a guy who worked on the Subaru world rally team so his definition of "not a big deal" is probably a bit different - but I don't get the impression they're machined into the frame in such a way as they are impossible to replace.
As for Toyota using combined and unitized parts that's just how the whole industry is going. Sure you can't just turn a wrench to tighten something up but conversely this is what has enabled electronic tuning and quite a bit of sophisticated cross component integration. It also seems like a natural evolution into electric and hybrid systems - though I'm sure you're with me when I say you'll be prying the shift knob to my mechanical transmission from my cold, dead hands.
I have a very small mind and must live with it. -- E. Dijkstra