Best of Oppositelock: August 15, 2013

Gathered here are the Oppositelock posts that people have put a good deal of effort into writing from the last 24 hours. Today it includes cars that shouldn't be had with a manual, evolution vs. revolution, American cars in New Zealand and more.

Best of Oppositelock: August 15, 2013

To cover my bases, let me state that I am not calling for the death of the manual transmission, even though I also wrote this. There are manual cars on sale I absolutely love, such as the Fiesta ST, 500 Abarth, 135is, and Mustang Boss 302, to name three (out of a relative few). But there are times when presented with a manual option over the automatic, it's probably best not to tick that box.

The Subaru WRX, the vehicle that created a love of rallying here in America. It opened a niche here for the Japanese turbo AWD sports-sedan. After moving back to Wisconsin, I decided I should look into a different vehicle to deal with the heavy winters... As a former '04 WRX owner, I decided to buy a nice shiny 2011 WRX Premium. For a little while it was great, but the downsides slowly began to grow with the vehicle.

Best of Oppositelock: August 15, 2013

So evo's Harry Metcalfe just retweeted this. What the hell is this awesome-o-mazatron, you might ask in slightly different words? It's the 1970 Vauxhall SRV Concept. As you can see, the dials are fixed to the door and slide across when it's open for no apparent reason. But there's more!

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Why does one stubbornly cling to survival while the other is packing up and leaving? Suzuki, as we sadly know, is more or less dead in North America. They haven't had marketing in ages despite the fact that they sell 2 of the better cars in their respective segments.

The Crown Vic was the first car that I learned to drive in. My mom had a base 1999 model in light blue metallic (not this exact car, but just about identical). She bought it brand new for about $7,000 off msrp. It only had steel wheels with covers, single exhaust, but she had it fitted with a car phone (fuck yeah the '90s).

Best of Oppositelock: August 15, 2013

It’s a notion that we’ve heard all the time, most particularly with regard to automotive design in vehicle product lines spanning multiple generations. Any number of cars that you can think of just off the top of your head have asked and answered this question in different ways. From the 911 and the Corvette to the humble Civic and Corolla there have been as many different approaches to the question as there have been cars.

Last year I took the dive and bought my first car. I've always lusted over big cars and trucks since I was a wee toddler. I like rugged cars which can take a beating and be easily modified. As such with the help of jalopnik, I have developed a very natural affinity for the panther platform. Solid axle, V8, body on frame- sounds a lot like my truck, what’s not to love.

Best of Oppositelock: August 15, 2013

I've got a theory on why our economy sucks, and it's got nothing to do with politicians or Wall Street(well, it does in the macro but not for this rant). We're a country of cheap bastards. Nobody wants to pay for quality. I'm so sick of hearing "that's so expensive" while the moron is comparing a well built part or tool to a Chinese made disposable widget that's gonna last 3 months and disintegrate.

Yeah yeah, I know, it's an automatic, and for 85% of the automotive community, saying a car has an automatic is equivalent to saying it spends its evenings smoking reefer with satan. But can you really complain? Its not like it's running your average slushbox from a Camry, but rather a variation of the ZF-sourced 8-speed used in everything from a 1-Series to a Rolls Royce Wraith.

Best of Oppositelock: August 15, 2013

I know this headline may cause some fuss but I never really understood American cars. The majority aren't overly fast, don't handle well and guzzle a lot of gas. But this Lincoln Continental changed everything. DISCLAIMER: My experience with American cars is relatively limited and is mostly with older Mustangs, Camaros and the odd newer Lincoln & Chrysler.

Audi has come a long way since the days of being a glorified Volkswagen, but they still have a huge problem compared to their competitors, Mercedes and BMW, and that is, their S Line. Audi does things differently than Mercedes and BMW when it comes to engine choices and suspension/performance packages. If you want a big V8 (or in the case of upcoming cars, twin turbo V6’s) you have to buy a pseudo performance vehicle that is either not enough performance for some people, like gearheads, or too much performance, at least when it comes to ride quality, to the majority of the customer base.

Best of Oppositelock: August 15, 2013

Welcome back to another “If Cars were” session! This time, Classic Video Game Characters. In case you missed the last couple, I’ve recently detailed what I think 5 of my favorite cars would be if they were aircraft/spacecraft, and if they were bugs. Being a huge video game nerd, I couldn’t help but think about what those same 5 cars would be if they were classic video game characters.

If cars are my first love, guitars are a close second. Rock and roll and cars have long been linked together, and when these two world collide, it makes me very happy. Here are my favorite examples that I've come across.

Car Spotting, Picture Threads

Best of Oppositelock: August 15, 2013

WhiskeyGolf learned that the internet does actually have some useful information when he needed to remove bugs from his car. Newsmctado spotted a classic TVR in Grand Rapids, MI. CalzonGolem got some fun surprises in continuing work on his rat rod truck. MattP123 experienced the pleasure of cleaning basket weave wheels on his Panter. Feather-throttle-not-hair spotted an Oreo liveried donk. Takuro Spirit shared a story and pictures of his old Crown Vic PI.

As always, If I've missed something and you would like me to include it, let me know.

Fun Discussions

There were several posts that asked questions and sparked some good discussion over the last day. Take a peek and chime in on some of them listed below:

Just the #tips

Honourable Mentions

These posts have already been shared with Jalopnik directly but deserve to be mentioned again because they were first posted in Oppositelock: