The most recent version of the site's stylesheet did not load. Please refresh the page.
Posted: May 13, 2013, 12:02 a.m.
As I've covered before, a car is not just a means of getting from point A to point B for me, and whenever I acquire a new one, part of the new car experience is bonding with it. I like to take whatever its niche is, and push it to see just what it can...
Geico Tells Me They Don't Care And Won't Listen
Posted: April 9, 2013, 2:09 p.m.
Almost three years ago, I switched my car insurance from a local agent in my hometown to Geico. In the process, I saved almost 75% on my insurance premiums, which would normally be one of Geico's much-applauded success stories. And for most of the time...
Audi TT: First Impressions
Posted: Feb. 10, 2013, 1:05 a.m.
As of this post, my Audi TT has been in my posession for about 48 hours. I've gotten to know it a bit, learned what it can do, and I love it even more than I expected I would. The drive home from the dealership was downright blissful, and while my...
Giving Up On My Freelander
Posted: Feb. 6, 2013, 12:07 a.m.
Just under a year ago, I wrote an article about why I love my Land Rover Freelander. It was as much a reassurance to myself as it was a genuine post about the virtues of this much-maligned vehicle, and for much of the time since then, it accurately...
Why I Love My Freelander
Posted: April 4, 2012, 11:53 p.m.
Update: This post reflected my feelings at the time, and I do still like a lot of things about my Freelander, but overall, this no longer applies. A more recent post can be found here. I've been a very strong fan of Land Rovers for years, ever since...
Posted: July 17, 2011, 5:06 a.m.
Recap: I own a 2003 Land Rover Freelander SE3, which is a 2-door half-convertible SUV. The roof it came with is the standard hard-top, which is awesome because it's well-insulated, but it weighs over 60 pounds and it's basically the entire rear quarter...
Freelander - First Off-Roading Trip
Posted: May 3, 2011, 12:18 a.m.
A couple weeks ago, eager to see just how well my Freelander lives up to the lofty expectations and rich heritage of the Land Rover brand, I decided to take it on a little wilderness expedition. The verdict? Well, at least it has a great highway ride...
Freelander: Initial Thoughts
Posted: April 16, 2011, 10:52 p.m.
I posted a picture of it in my last entry, but it's a 2003 Land Rover Freelander SE3, which is a pretty rare configuration (only 2000 were sold in the US) featuring a 2-door body with a removable roof in the rear and T-top-style removable sunroof,...
Off-Roading: March 2011
Posted: March 14, 2011, 12:29 a.m.
For various reasons, I pretty much haven't been up to the mountains at all since autumn (I actually can't remember my last trip), so I've really been pining for the trees lately. Last week, which was miserably gross weather-wise, I saw that the morning...
Crown Victoria License Plate Replacement
Posted: Jan. 29, 2011, 8:54 p.m.
I recently got new license plates for the first time in awhile. This wouldn't normally be noteworthy, but since my car is a horrible pile of poo, something as simple as replacing license plates turned into an all-night project. The front plate was...
Harrisonburg Tax Stickers Are A Rip-Off
Posted: March 30, 2009, 7 a.m.
Edit: Since the original writing of this article, there has been a change to the Harrisonburg City tax stickers. Specifically, as of the 2012 tax year, the stickers are no longer required. Instead, they've been replaced with a local registration fee,...
VDOT: 2 - Youtube Videos
Posted: March 16, 2009, 7:56 p.m.
In my last post about VDOT, I railed the agency for cutting back pretty much all rural services and rest areas because of a budget screw-up that left them billions of dollars short of what they needed/expected. I wasn't able to actually find any...
Modifications: Acura Integra
Updated: Sept. 12, 2016, 10:25 p.m.
List of all modifications, upgrades, and projects performed on this vehicle. Given that it was totalled six years before I wrote this, it may not be a complete list, but this covers the noteworthy items. Cool-Air Intake - I was really into...
How to Own the Road: Aggressive Driving 101
Posted: April 15, 2003, 11:10 p.m.
Note: This is a work of satire and sarcasm. In my travels, I have seen many different driving styles. There are those who always obey the laws of the road, staying within the posted speed limit and never revert to using profanity against their fellow...