12C owners have taken such a massive hit in resale value that it’s turned tons away from the brand. I’m talking about Ferrari customers who were looking for something fresh, bought a McLaren, and then lost $150k in 1-2 years. Even an entry-level Ferrari doesn’t depreciate that fast. Perhaps a Ferrari 612 or 456… » 4/17/15 2:41pm Friday 2:41pm

Nice write-up! I think next to the obvious classics, BMW also made some other, lesser known and less powerful gems along the way. Think 135iM, E39 540iM, E92 335is, first gen X5 4.6is (the X5 broke new ground, the 4.6is broke it some more), the E46 330ci ZHP, the E30 325is (fastest 3 series until 1988, and was… » 4/17/15 12:56pm Friday 12:56pm

All my cars have manual transmissions, and whenever I look for E46 M3s online, the first box I check is 6-speed,.... but I mean,.... the SMG does blip the throttle on downshifts and it does give you a nice shake on full throttle upshifts. It's not all bad. Could I live with it? Absolutely. Would I spend anything over… » 4/16/15 1:55pm Thursday 1:55pm

I’ve gone through this exact thought process. I’ve also had it slam in park while backing up with the door open. But before I’d attempt the manual up/down shift I’d always kind of push left to make sure it’s in steptronic mode. Anyways, now all of my cars are manual again so no stress here. » 4/07/15 5:14pm 4/07/15 5:14pm

Having spent some time in Marrakesh and Essaouira, I can vouch for everything that was said above. Absolutely fascinating to see all those 240 diesel Mercs puttering around. Makes for a beautiful land scape and some unforgettable (for me) late night drives. » 4/06/15 11:46pm 4/06/15 11:46pm

Doug! I have to ask, why Malta and Istanbul? Individually (as in, would you recommend them?), and also, why combine the two on one trip? You could have easily had a fascinating time within each place's individual region. For example, hit Malta, Capri, Sicily and Southern Italy. Or head to Alexandria on the other end… » 4/02/15 5:57pm 4/02/15 5:57pm