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2017 Concourse @ Pebble Beach Concepts Review 2017 Concourse @ Pebble Beach Concepts Review

I was there this AM, bright and early at 5:00am to check the cars and the vehicles. Here is my review of the concepts shown. This Concourse had a whole dedicated section for Ferrari’s 70th anniversary, plus featuring a ton of Packards and Isotta Fraschinis. Below is the cool stuff in the concept car area

Everything wrong with the 2005 VW Phaeton Everything wrong with the 2005 VW Phaeton

- The BIG one - AC compressor is kaput - approx $1000 parts and labor at my indie VW/Audi place - Can only drive it before 10am and after 10pm. It’s hot yo!

Any one can check a VIN for me? Many Thx Any one can check a VIN for me? Many Thx

To any Jalop who wants to build good karma points - shopping for a C max hybrid or energi - please check the dealio on this 2013 with 70K miles-

Ask Oppo - Why we can reprogram car ECUs to better specs but NOT reprogram Transmissions? Ask Oppo - Why we can reprogram car ECUs to better specs but NOT reprogram Transmissions?

From time immemorial (Meaning the early 90's) we have within our power to reprogram vehicles ECUs to give us better performance, remove limiters, add HP and torque that go beyond OEM specs, etc...

My Mod Promise - A VW Phaeton in every Pot - now, Kneel Before Mod! My Mod Promise - A VW Phaeton in every Pot - now, Kneel Before Mod!

Yes, you heard that right! - If elected as Supreme Mod of the Universe and other duties such as Oppo Mod, everyone gets a pic of my Phaeton for their pots!

If you had your eye on an used Tesla Model S - Bad news

No more transferability for the extended warranty. Bummer

Screw Tavarish's Porsche Choice - Shop at Seinfeld's Screw Tavarish's Porsche Choice - Shop at Seinfeld's

Don’t believe me? Dude has put some serious stuff on his ‘garage sale’ - So I guess he really doesn’t believe prices will continue to shoot up unabated.

Sold my E46 - Now I'm kinda hating myself - Why? Sold my E46 - Now I'm kinda hating myself - Why?

Bought a 2002 BMW 330ci Coupe, 5MT, fully loaded with 130,000 miles 3 years ago. Now, 3 years later, with 161,000 miles, I sold it.

Google Self Driving Car - Too Cute For Me, What about you? Google Self Driving Car - Too Cute For Me, What about you?

One of the perks of SV is to see the new self-driving cars all over the place (and see tons of the new Tesla SUV, which looks like an over-inflated Tesla sedan) So here is your future Google self-driving car to carry you everywhere.

Small SWTFA Rant (Spoiler Level: 2/10) R2 vs BB8 [REDACTED] Small SWTFA Rant (Spoiler Level: 2/10) R2 vs BB8 [REDACTED]

After watching the movie, a nagging thought (of way too many) why is BB-8 so fucking useless? It has to be at least 20 year newer technology, right?

The End of a Phaeton era & an Unrealized Dream The End of a Phaeton era & an Unrealized Dream

I bought my first VW Phaeton on 2008, and my Second on 2014. Ever since my first one, I wanted to visit the Crystal Dresden Factory. I’ve planned twice, only to have life destroy the plans.

Ugly 1990 Mosler Consulier GTP is Ugly- Just Sayin' Ugly 1990 Mosler Consulier GTP is Ugly- Just Sayin'

Not all cars are pretty. But some are ugly for no reason. Even if they only made a 100 of these, they were 99 too many based on looks. Behold, the Mosler Consulier GTP, with a face its own mother would disown. But I heard they got their devotees. A 1991 3000GT put 220HP vs the 190HP from a 2.4 Dodge engine in the…

Photo Dump - SF Auto Show - Nov 22 Photo Dump - SF Auto Show - Nov 22

I’ll never understand why the Bay Area (with several zip codes among the wealthiest in the USA and the World) doesn’t get a proper car show. All we get is the leftovers from Los Angeles with irritable staff that is on their last legs, even if those legs are very attractive.

RANT: Flimsy plastic sunroof interior covers - WTF? RANT: Flimsy plastic sunroof interior covers - WTF?

This weekend I attended the SF Auto show (AKA, the leftovers of the LA Auto show without any meaningful vehicles)

Yay! The Phaeton Lives On! Despite VW Shenanigans Yay! The Phaeton Lives On! Despite VW Shenanigans

New VW CEO Muller is on board to continue building it. YAY! God bless those Asian buyers. I have more time to go to Dresden. Dr. Piech is smiling too, everything according to plan.

I see the Red Eclipse, do you? I see the Red Eclipse, do you?

What’s the big deal? Here is one. See it every day.

An Ode to the Resurrected Mad King Piech! - Leader of VW and Father of Dragons (New Cool Epilogue) An Ode to the Resurrected Mad King Piech! - Leader of VW and Father of Dragons (New Cool Epilogue)

The madness of King Piech was legendary - In the mythical tale ‘The Creation of The Phaeton - The Most Perfect Sedan in the World’ The 10 commandments were given from Herr Piech - and the engineers rebelled, whined and the word ‘unmöglich’ might have been retorted by a poor fool that now engineers VW Polos without one…

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