Thank Bugs Bunny for that. In various cartoons with Elmer Fudd, Bugs called him "nimrod" as a sarcastic put-down, comparing him to the mighty Biblical hunter. But the reference flew over enough people that they thought it was just a different word for "idiot" and the new meaning stuck. » 10/29/14 12:22pm Wednesday 12:22pm

Wow. And I thought my Dart had issues...I've only had problems with the head unit (replaced twice when it failed and took out damn near everything not needed to drive the car, used it as a lemon law case and got compensation, kept the car) and the passenger sun visor just broke the other day with 36k miles on it.… » 10/28/14 12:26pm Tuesday 12:26pm

Helmet laws are universally fought by the American Motorcyclist Association and ABATE groups. Lanesplitting is considered a regional issue and left largely alone. While AMA and other groups applaud lanesplitting in California, they don't care enough to support bills elsewhere; they were notably absent from the… » 10/23/14 8:38pm 10/23/14 8:38pm

Definitely a plus. If I were in the market for a minivan, I'd only consider the Chrysler and new Kia Sedona because of the fold-away seats. It makes them positively huge for carrying stuff. Adding them to their SUVs and RAM can only help them since they're inevitably low on the market share in all segments. » 10/21/14 5:53pm 10/21/14 5:53pm

I don't like painting with such a broad stroke. New cars have the peace of mind that there is nothing nasty hidden in their history and should work reliably up to a point. (We can get into bad eggs, bathtub curves, and build quality if you want, but it is generally true that for two identical cars, one new one used,… » 10/03/14 1:41pm 10/03/14 1:41pm

"Too close in size" means "we'll lose F-150 sales to the lower-profit Ranger and possibly lose the 'Best Selling Truck' label even though we earn the title by combining everything into an 'F-Series' and claiming the sales win but we can't rename the Ranger to F-100 to keep the title because then Ranger fans will… » 10/02/14 10:20pm 10/02/14 10:20pm

My custom ordered car came with 10. Others on the lot had 70 and a notice in the glove compartment that they had been randomly selected after assembly for controlled weather testing for quality assurance purposes. My girlfriend's car had just under 1,000 miles on it from test drives and being shuffled around the lot. » 10/01/14 11:53am 10/01/14 11:53am

How they'll do it is likely how Mercedes does its S-Class SplitView feature. It's illegal in PA, so S-Classes sold here are programmed to disable the feature. The owner's manual tells owners in PA (and other states where it's illegal) to head to a dealer and have the programming done. It can be reprogrammed if it is… » 9/25/14 7:19pm 9/25/14 7:19pm