The carbon you are exhaling came from stuff you eat and drink, vegetation and meat. The meat came from animals eating plants. The plants sucked the CO2 from the atmosphere. In "theory" its a closed loop, like the mouse living in sealed planetarium. Sure, fossil fuels were probably used to grow, transport and cook… » 3/15/15 1:40am 3/15/15 1:40am

How about a cheap ass basic Golf ? Basic interior, no adjustable throttle response or suspension ect. Steel wheels, regular tires(not low profile) basic 5 sp or slushbox, a small. 1.3-1.5 litre, NA engine. Some proper hard points for a roof rack. Basic stereo, 2 speakers. Hand crank windows. Split folding rear… » 3/12/15 8:59pm 3/12/15 8:59pm

I once put platinum plugs on a carbureted car. After a couple of weeks it ran terrible. Changed them to regular Champions and it ran great again. I'm guessing a carb engine runs too dirty and fouls the plugs or it doesn't run hot enough. Dunno. » 3/12/15 3:06pm 3/12/15 3:06pm

I talked to a SoCal tourist in Nelson, BC while on a ski trip there. He rented a 4wd while there. He admitted that he really wasn't familiar with snow driving. "I put it in 4wd and I was still sliding all over !" I gave him the basics 101 of snow driving and he seemed to pick up the concept really quickly. » 3/04/15 12:22am 3/04/15 12:22am

Corn ethanol carbon neutrality is very marginal. The Brazilian style sugar cane stuff is better. We owned some land which was leased to a dairy farmer and he grew 'cow corn' . We used to eat it all the time, it's kind of tough but its ok. Iowa has a lot of clout in presidential politics so the corn lobby is powerful. » 2/20/15 1:19am 2/20/15 1:19am

Old pre 90's mercs were NOT luxury cars. They didn't have a super smooth ride, great power or luxury features like power seats ect. They were somewhat dull to drive, yes, maybe that solid feeling. And they were absurdly expensive compared to similar cars. All the money went into the important parts. » 2/04/15 12:11am 2/04/15 12:11am