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Why I Bought An E34 M5


A ton of people have asked me why I bought an E34 M5. While it’s been over five months since I’ve bought my car, it’s taken me this long to fully understand it. At the time, I knew why , but couldn’t put it into words. Now I can.

E28 M5 – The Original

I started off thinking I wanted an E28 M5. The original. I did all the research, talked to all the right people, and started looking. Eventually I ended up finding one within 40 minutes of my house. I went and test drove it. It was in acceptable condition and ran well.

The moment I started driving it I got this weird feeling in my gut that I’ve never experienced before. Something felt off. I pushed this feeling aside as best I could and continued the test drive. Now, let’s be clear, the car was very fun. It was light on its feet so to say. The straight six hummed and loved being revved. But the chassis and the powertrain didn’t seem to be a perfect match for me.

The interior didn’t feel substantial enough for what I was looking for. It was spartan. This car is going to be my “daily driver” and not a garage queen.

In the end, I just didn’t feel the E28 felt like it was going to be what I wanted. I would never kick one out of my garage, and would love to own one, someday.

E39 M5 – The Legend

I then started considering maybe I wanted the legendary E39 M5. With a high-strung V-8 engine and slick six-speed manual transmission, the only term one can use to describe this car is beast.

When I thought about the E39 I couldn’t stop thinking about the dreamy engine. But then I started thinking about traction control, stability control, side curtain airbag this and passenger side airbag that, navigation, and then I stopped. This car was filled with technology and driving aids. Was that what I wanted? Sure, you can turn that stuff off, but that’s not the point. I still decided I must drive one.

I ended up getting my hands on one and driving it. Yup, it was a beast. Amazing powertrain. Silky smooth and sounded terrific. But I decided in the end that it wasn’t time for me to own an E39 M5. That’s not to say it’s off the table for someday, just not now.

E34 M5

Suddenly I felt like this was like Goldilocks and the three bears, too hot, too cold, juuuuust right. I kept researching the E34 M5, and quickly thought it might be a happy medium of everything I was looking for.

The car is more modern, if just barely, than the E28. With a more substantial interior and timeless exterior, it has the looks. It has a driver side airbag but no traction control, no stability control, definitely no navigation, not even an OBD II port.

I started looking and found a few for sale that seemed to meet my requirements. Eventually, I found a black on silver 1991 E34 M5 in Seattle. I talked at length with the owner and finally determined this might be the one. Before just picking up and driving to see the car, I had a buddy who is local and knows BMWs go meet the owner. My buddy took the car for a drive. An hour later he called me and said if I didn’t come buy it tomorrow he was buying it. I believe my words were something along the lines of, “Don’t you dare. I’ll be there at 8 am tomorrow.”

I won’t go into the full story as you can read that here. But I will say upon getting into the E34 M5 it just felt right. It was exactly what I had been searching for. It was the right generation M5 for me at the right time. The chassis, interior, powertrain, looks, it all worked. Karen looked at me before we even made it down the block during the test drive, and asked if we should just turn around so I could buy it. I said heck no, we were going to hit the highway first. But she was right, I knew within minutes I was buying this E34 M5.

And the rest as they say is history. So now you know exactly why I bought an E34 M5. The E28 and E39 M5 are both fantastic vehicles, that I may own someday.

The Story Of Unc’s Z

Many of you know I often discuss a certain 1990 Nissan 300ZX.  Some might say I have an infatuation with this particular car.  But few people actually know why, until now.

This is not some random sports car I am obsessed with (there are plenty of those).  Instead, there’s a real story behind this infatuation.

Let’s get something out of the way right off the bat: This is Unc’s Z.  Not mine, not my fathers, but Unc’s.

See, I’m getting ahead of myself already.

In the 1980s, my Uncle Robert bought several Nissan Z cars and my parents brought me into this world.  Uncle Robert started in 1970 with the Datsun 240Z, skipped the 260Z, and then bought one of the first 280Zs produced, in 1975. He continued to drive Z cars (as they developed) as summer cars.

In fact, we became a “Datsun/Nissan” family, as a 610 wagon and then several Maximas joined the “Feder Fleet.”   Fast forward to 1989, when my Uncle Robert special-ordered a blue-on-blue 1990 Nissan 300ZX.  He ordered it with every option and waited for his new baby to be built and shipped to the local Datsun (later Nissan) dealership, FM Auto Mart in Fargo, ND.

Many ask me why this car is not a twin-turbo.  In fact some have pooh-poohed it for not being one.  My uncle wasn’t after pure speed; he planned to use it as a grand tourer. Thus he chose the 2+2 configuration for its longer wheelbase, with the small rear seats for nieces and nephews.  I was one of those nephews.

My uncle was a successful attorney.  He fought for what was right, and fought for justice. He was well respected and I looked up to him like no one’s business.  He was the definition of ”excellence” in every way. After losing a battle against cancer in 1997, his passing left a void in all of us, as well as the community.

He drove the 300ZX only during the summer months and stored it during the winter under the OEM car cover.  Most of the miles were put on by going between his house in Fargo and his cottage in Detroit Lakes, MN, a 45-minute highway drive.

When Uncle Robert passed in 1997, his 300ZX had a little more than 38,000 miles.  During the next 11 years, my aunt put a mere 4,000 miles put on the car.  The rest of the time, it sat in storage, just as my uncle had left it.

Why Unc’s Z? When my older cousins were children and just learning to talk, they couldn’t say “Uncle Robert” at first, and it was then that he became “Unc.” To an extent, my “Uncle Robert” was somewhat larger than life to all of us, and that’s how he became “Unc”

In the spring of 2008 my aunt agreed to sell Unc’s Z to my father and I. It hadn’t been started in years. The odometer registered just over 42,000 miles.

My father and my Uncle Jerry installed a new Interstate battery and pumped up the tires. When the original titanium key (yes, The 1990 300ZX came with a titanium key) was inserted, the injectors pressurized and the car fired instantly. No cranking required, just ignition, and it was running.

We had most of the rubber in the engine checked or replaced to insure against problems, and we had the timing belt changed. The wiring harness looked like new, so we decided not to pull the engine. We had the rest of the car’s drivetrain checked to make sure it was mechanically safe and sound.

All the fluids were flushed; they came out sparkling clean, except that the coolant was dirty, so we spent extra time flushing the cooling system.  Red Line fluid was installed in the transmission and differential, along with blue racing brake fluid.

The car is mostly stock with the exception of a few tasteful upgrades such as HID headlights, and upgraded brake lines.

I have memories of riding in that tiny back seat with my uncle to the local store to get the newspaper.  I remember watching my uncle hand-wash the car up north at the cottage.  I remember my uncle’s love for his Z.

Almost everything is original, though there was an, ahem, incident a few years before my father bought the car.  My aunt drove it to the cottage one weekend and a huge storm rolled through.  Before anyone could move the car to safety, a branch fell onto the hood.  It wasn’t ruined, but the hood definitely suffered minor damage, which we had repaired and repainted. Except for the hood, the paint is factory-original.

The original front brake rotors and pads were just replaced in 2010, as they had finally worn out.

There are now three blue-on-blue 1990 300ZXs in the Feder family. No, I’m not joking. My other uncle bought and restored two cars that are now duplicates of Unc’s. He gave one to my cousin and he still has the other one.

We try not to drive the car in the rain unless necessary, and it is not driven during the winter.  This past summer Unc’s Z clicked over 52,000 miles.  The engine compression is still at factory specs and the car drives terrific.  With only a few thousand miles put on a year (if that) I can only hope the car will last long enough for me to hand down to my son.

As many of you know, I now live in Portland. The car does still live in Minneapolis with my father. After some intense discussion, it was determined it was best if the car stayed in Minneapolis for now.

I have a ridiculous emotional attachment to this car. Karen and I drove away from our wedding in this car. The license plates and floor mats say “Uncs Z” (yes, we still have the factory blue “Z” mats, in perfect condition, in storage). This always has been, and always will be Unc’s Z.  I think of him every time I drive it.

This isn’t just another sports car.  It’s not the fastest thing in the world, it’s not the lightest thing in the world, but it is Unc’s car—and that’s something you can’t put a price on.

Towing Experience: When A CTS-V Coupe Has A Blow Out

This is the tale of my experience with the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe and having a blowout during that time. I assure you it’s entertaining if it isn’t you that is living it.

My fiancée and I were just leaving home in the CTS-V Coupe, off to see some friends, when a large pothole on an onramp blew out the front passenger side tire. Immediately after hitting the pothole I realized the tire blew out and pulled over. At this point I didn’t realize how bad a situation this really was going to become. Read More…

Do We Ever Really Graduate From High School?

Prom Pic Me & Gary's Corvette

The above picture is a glimpse back in time, myself standing next to my uncle’s C5 Corvette heading to my senior prom. At the time high school was almost over and I would be heading to Drake University in the fall. A fresh start, a new beginning.

Turns out college was a lot like high school, only with more drinking and partying. Same kind of drama, same type of people. In 2008 I was about to graduate into the “real world,” you know, versus the fake world I had been living in. At this point, I thought life would change. Another new beginning.

Well would you look at that, the real world is just like my fake world. Same kind of drama, same type of people. Turns out that real life is just like high school. Sure there’s less drinking and partying than the college version (depending on how you live your life), but what’s really changed? Well, a lot has changed, but so much has stayed the same.

All this made me ask myself, do we ever really graduate from high school? I mean honestly, is it a choice? Even if we try, it feels like others just wont let us leave the school yard.

What do you think? Are we stuck in the school yard for the rest of our lives?

 

Note – When I started this blog there was a warning that non-automotive stuff might filter in. To date, not much of that has happened. The above is just that, non-automotive life filtering in.

2011 Detroit Auto Show: The Good, The Great, The Sad

While Detroit has been down in the dumps for a while, this years auto show definitely shows things might be back on track in the D. Of course it had to snow while everyone was in town, but it gave those from the warmer climates a chance to see what us snow belt state peeps live through on a daily basis.

Some of you will remember that last year I wanted to differentiate myself. I started tweeting pictures of cars with the models and tagged them as #EyeCandy. This quickly became a hot topic. A few of my followers mentioned this year that I was not really tweeting any #EyeCandy and asked why not. The simple answer, there wasn’t any. Few booths had the babes that were in attendance last year. Though Chrysler group and Ferrari still pulled through.

But lets get down the to the product. The new Chrysler 300 looks terrific. In reality, many wondered when they saw the pictures if it can recapture the market that the 300 once had in 2005. Upon seeing the car in real life, I am happy to report that it looks much better in person. The interior really does deliver on the promise that the 300 made back in 2005. American luxury. From the great new Pentastar V6, to the growling Hemi V8 in the 300C, this is American luxury in a rear-wheel drive car.

Another car I was anxious to see in real life was the new Chevrolet Sonic. The Sonic is Chevrolet’s new B-Segment car which will take on the likes of the new Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and many others. I have to say, while I think the new Sonic is a home run from a styling perspective, I can see how many will not. It will be either a love it or hate it vehicle. From the exposed barrel headlights to the ridiculously short rear overhang and really long front overhang, the styling is nothing short of eye catching. The interior gauge cluster is also interesting, as they actually put into the production model the Aveo RS concept’s gauge cluster. With a racing like analogue tachometer and a digital speedometer, the gauge cluster is more reminiscent of a race car or motorcycle than that of a sub-compact car. Going on sale later this year I can’t wait to get behind the wheel and see how the driving dynamics compare to the competition.

The new A6 has already won a design award without even leaving the show floor. In my opinion the new A6 takes everything that is right with the new A8 and A4 while dropping everything that is wrong with them. Smashing all the good together to make a great looking Audi. The design language has really come together for this car. The interior is terrific and the exterior is eye catching. The optional LED headlights are very intricately designed when inspecting them up close. You will see the new A6 on the road later this year.

I’m not going to really cover the CTS-V Coupe race car but I wanted to make mention of it. Two words come to mind when you walked past it on the turntable, menacing and awesome. Ok, moving on.

Toyota has finally unveiled a larger Prius. The model is called the Prius V. This is especially confusing to some since the regular Prius has trim level packages that are in roman numerals. Right now if you go buy a Prius in the top trim level you are buying a Prius V. Wait, that can’t make sense. So when you buy a top trim level Prius V will you be buying a Prius V V? This is clearly not well thought out. I wonder if Toyota realizes this yet. Maybe someone should send them a note. Regardless, I heard many people comment on how the Prius V rear end has a lot of Honda Fit in it. I can see that. The front, well it looks like a third generation Prius with a few slight tweaks. You’ll still know it’s a Prius. You will see the people mover Prius at a dealership near you in the Summer.

Ah the Honda Civic Concept. Honda waltzed Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy on stage to talk about the new Civic Concept. Here’s the problem, either Wentz was drunk or he really could care less about being there. He enthusiasm was worse than the new Civic’s styling. He barely stumbled through his words off the teleprompter. Note to Honda: make sure your spokesperson is somewhat excited about your luke warm product.

But getting back to that product, the new Civic Concept looks as if a new Odyssey and the current generation Civic got it on in the back room. That, or a designer of the current Civic got wasted one night, and just took the current Civics lines and tweaked them a little. For a mid-cycle refresh, I am not sure how this will be competitive until 2016 with new competition from Hyundai, Ford and Chevrolet. We will have to wait and see when the new Civic comes out, but I am not holding my breath.

Mercedes had its SLS E-Cell electric car on display. In a word it is blinding. The paint job on this car can literally sear your retinas. Beyond the paint job, it looks fairly identical on the outside to the current SLS. The interior changes a little as most of the gauges and center stack are now LCD screens. This car will go into production, but if you have to ask range or price, you can’t afford it.

I don’t really want to spend much time on the Passat as I’m not sure it deserves it. I’ll reserve final judgement until I drive one. Until then, I’ll say this, Volkswagen is going downmarket to sell more cars. Is that really a good idea? Why alienate all your current customers. People that buy current Passats pay more because they expect to get better quality materials. Cheapening the car for a lower base price is going to hurt your brand image. This is no longer just German engineering, it is German engineering to a price point.

While I skipped Porsches press conference to eat breakfast at my hotel (it was at 6:30 AM), I will say looking at the car in person, it is stunning. Seeing that huge flywheel in the passenger seat, yea. This is how you build a hybrid. It is good to see Porsche looking at new technology for racing. If this car does go into the racing circuit it could change the game. With less fuel stops needed and more power on tap for instant bursts, it could be a whole new era of racing.

At the end of the day I was exhausted. Most journalists were up at 5 AM and didn’t leave the show floor till nearly 8 PM. I ran to nearly every press conference and went through approximately 6,600 milliamps of battery power for my iPhone4. It was a good show with some great product. Not everything was great, but it was a good to see where each automaker is going in 2011.


Full Disclosure- My NAIAS travel and accommodations are being provided by General Motors

Buick Dropped The Ball And Created #GSFail

I wanted to write this editorial on Thursday night, but decided it was better to wait a few days and see how the dust settled. How would the fans react? Would my emotions on the topic change once I calmed down? The answer is no.

Buick announced the production version of the Regal GS in Miami, Florida last Thursday. It wasn’t without a few surprises. The biggest surprise of which was a lack of all-wheel drive. Most people assumed the 2.8 liter turbo V-6 from the Opel Insignia OPC would not make the trek across the Atlantic. As for the all-wheel drive, that is a different story.

Lets not forget about power output. The 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder will put out 255 horsepower and 295 pound feet to the front wheels (no, that was not a typo). This engine has also done duty in the Chevrolet Cobalt SS, HHR SS,  Pontiac Solstice GXP and Saturn Sky Redline. For all of these models you could purchase a $650 factory upgrade at the dealership that would kick things up a notch, pushing out 290 hp and 340 lb-ft, all while keeping your factory warranty. The engine has the potential.

The Regal GS will feature GM’s terrific HiPerStrut front suspension system, which in theory, should curve most of the torque steer which this beast is sure to feature.

So where are the two main problems? Well, it’s a combination of power and drivetrain. The engineers said they did not need all-wheel drive for the Regal GS. Their reasoning was the added weight wasn’t necessary and the power output did not require it. Wait, the power output did not need it? Hey, we stumbled onto the second problem!

It was initially thought that Buick wanted the Regal GS to take on the likes of the BMW 335i and the Audi S4, like the Opel Insignia OPC does in Europe. These power numbers do not put it even close to competing with those vehicles. Zero to sixty is quoted as “under seven seconds.” Are you joking? That’s slower then the Acura TSX V-6. Did I mention the new Hyundai Sonata Turbo has more horsepower and posts better fuel economy? That isn’t even a “sports car.” Don’t even think about getting close to a BMW 335i or Audi S4 in race away from that stop light.

Also high on the disappointment list is the removal of the terrific Recaro seats. The Opel Insignia OPC features them, as did the Regal GS Concept. I sat in them at the Detroit Auto Show last year – those were comfy seats.

Fans on Buick’s Facebook fan page were outraged. Many have claimed how this car just got knocked off their list. I was told by someone that three people in Detroit that were waiting for this car called the dealership and are no longer interested. My own cousin who has a 2002 Audi A6 2.7t was waiting for this car – I had convinced him this might be the replacement. Now? Not so much.

The Twitter community was just as outraged. The hashtag #GSFail was created quite quickly and really spread fast. Enthusiasts across the nation shared their disappointment.

I still remember standing three feet away from Bob Lutz at the Detroit Auto Show last year. I overheard him talking about the Regal GS to a reporter – he was smiling ear to ear, proud of what Buick was transforming into. What I wouldn’t give to hear Bob Lutz’s candid thoughts on how this car turned out.

My garage has a poster in it of the Regal GS concept car from last years auto show season. The car is something I was looking forward to.

The fact that I have not driven the car is not lost on me. Without a question, the car looks the part. In fact, it probably is still fun to drive, but that isn’t the point. The point is the car is not what was expected from the GS. It has been slightly watered down in all the wrong places, and the enthusiasts know it. The GS model is meant to be niche, meaning it is meant for enthusiasts.

Buick had the opportunity to really make a move here. This car could have stood for something, having the potential to truly ignite enthusiasts and maybe even convert a few past Pontiac owners. Now, it is another watered down product we are getting from Europe. In a discussion this weekend with Nick Saporito, I think he said it best: “the car is “good enough” with excuses.”

Sound off in the comments and we are also running a poll over at Motor Authority about whether the Regal GS meets your expectations. Check it out and vote here.

Honda CRX – The Fast And The Furious Fail Edition

I really hope you were sitting down when you first viewed the above picture. The horror…. The Honda CRX is a highly coveted piece of Honda history. The enthusiasts around this model are loyal to the end of the earth. Many CRX’s have been either heavily modified or are rusting apart. When you find a really nice one it brings tears to the enthusiasts eyes. This fine piece of fail was spotted by myself in Dinky Town in Minneapolis. I almost cried. From the horrific paint job (by a kid with a paintbrush?!) to the wicked awesome wing! Oh don’t forget those super cool exhaust cans…. *sigh* I’m going to go cry in the corner now. Call me for dinner.

First Ride – 1936 Auburn Speedster: The Hidden Car

Many of you are wondering what the heck a 1936 Auburn Speedster is. You are not alone friend, you are not alone. You see, I didn’t know what an Auburn Speedster was until recently either. But you know what? Let’s back up a tick and start from the beginning.

This particular car is owned by one of my neighbors. You see yet another neighbor at my cabin (remember the Sun Bum’s 1967 Mustang?) had a wicked cool car. However this time, I didn’t know the car existed. Turns out one of the neighbors by my cabin was a engineer in his younger years. For the sake of this article let’s call him George (George doesn’t want to be named). You see (you sitting down for this?) George didn’t know I was a car nut.

In fact George didn’t know that I liked cars. My cabin has been next to George’s and our families have known each other longer then I have been alive. Let that sink in…someone didn’t know I like cars. Guess I’ll have to try harder. Regardless, I didn’t know George was a car nut either. Well actually, George likes anything with a spark plug (huh that sounds familiar).


Turns out that the wooden garage (read four walls and a roof, NOTHING special) next door had a 1936 Auburn Speedster stashed away in it. Worse yet, my father knew! So we convinced George to take the Auburn out because, well it was a pretty day and I couldn’t stop drooling once I found out.

George opened the double doors to the “garage” and I was speechless. I’ve never seen anything like it. George wiped down the paint to remove the dust (you could tell it was his baby) and hopped in the drivers seat. He started up the V-8 and the car rumbled to life. Smoke poured our of the dual exhaust and I just got shivers down my back. He put it in reverse and backed out of the garage. The car was so ridiculously long. I was in shock.

My father went for the first ride but this isn’t about his experience. Then came my turn. I hopped into the red chariot and off we went. The long, long hood in front of me was like a red carpet leading the way.

The red leather seats were comfy and had padding in just the right places. I started asking George all sorts of questions. Where did this car come from? How in the heck did I not know it existed!? Specifications? History? How in the heck did I not know it existed (yes I asked that one a few times).

George answered every question I had with thorough answers. The car was hand built by him. Yes, you read that correctly. He bought some of the pieces here and there. Some were custom made and, piece by piece he put the whole thing together himself. Everything functioned flawlessly. The engine is from a 1969 Ford Police Interceptor. It is a 7.0 liter (!) 427 cubic inch V8. That’s Detroit iron right there folks. When I asked if it was fast, he slammed the gas – but just for a moment.

The gas was from last year and he warned me that it would knock under hard acceleration. He wasn’t kidding! It sounded like someone banging on a front door. He backed off quickly but it definitely got up and went. The power was put down through a transmission and suspension all off a 1969 Ford Police Interceptor as well. However, the suspension had to be modified and George did that himself too. The headlights are from a Cadillac and the bumpers were new, never even chromed. George had to have them chromed. And oh by the way, that engine, it was new! When George bought it, the engine was new and had never been used!

I can’t remember all the details on the car, but I remember the dash plaques. They were turned aluminum. George had them custom made from a guy out west. The metal around the windshield also had to be custom made by George himself.

When I asked George if he took the car to car shows, he immediately gave a stern no! I inquired why. I mean, a beautiful and rare car such as this!? Why not? Well, George told me that he built the car for himself. He doesn’t need prizes or awards.

He doesn’t want the attention that shows bring to cars like this. He just wanted to build the car and enjoy it. I found that to be a respectable answer.

So what did this experience teach me? One, the 1936 Auburn Speedster is a rare and awesome beast. Two, there are actually people out there that know me and do not know I am into cars (never would have guessed that one). Three, George is way cooler then I knew. Last but not least is four – I will be hitting up George next summer for another ride and the opportunity to take much better pictures.

From Experience – How NOT To Install A Rear View Mirror!

As you would assume, this story comes from experience. What a horrible experience this was! In fact, the experience was such a pain that I decided to share it with you. Hoping someone, even one person, might be able to learn from my mistake – saving you the trouble that I went through.

You see about two weeks ago I got into my Jeep Grand Cherokee on a hot summer day. I went to adjust the rear view mirror and it fell down! After cursing (just a bit), I disconnected the plug in the back of the mirror for the auto dimming function.

After all, I didn’t want the mirror just dangling there, possibly damaging or breaking the wires. I made a trip to my local auto parts store. For me the closest is O’Reilly Auto Parts. I bought a rear view mirror glue kit and headed home (note – the guy in front of me at the check out was complaining that the cheapest brake pads they had were still $19.99…which was way too expensive….).

Upon coming home, I am feeling confident. This will be a piece of cake right? Yeah….right. The old glue from the metal mirror button (I will refer to this as the button going forward) was still on the inside of the windshield. Before cleaning that off, I took a Sharpie and on the outside of the glass colored where the glue was on the inside of the glass. This showed me from the inside where to re-glue the button.

I removed the metal button from the actual mirror and used a knife blade to scrape off excess glue. Then using Goof Off I removed the remaining glue. I used Goof Off and glass cleaner to clean the inside of the windshield. GREAT! Now we are ready to re-glue and be on our way.

At this point I received a phone call. Being the multitasker that I am, I stuck my bluetooth (no, I don’t talk on it in the department stores) head set in my ear and went to work. First applying the glue to the button, I waited 60 seconds and then went to apply the button to the windshield. I held the button on the windshield for another 60 seconds. At this point I sit back to make sure I have placed the button in the correct spot. Huzzah! I got it in the right spot the first time. Terrific! Now I let the glue dry and in the morning I will re-hang the mirror.

In the morning I come out to stick the mirror on the button. I grab the mirror, a screw driver and the screw and go to slide the mirror on the button. Problem is, it’s not working – it just keeps sliding off the button. What the heck is going on? Now, remember how I was on the phone? Well yeah – I installed the button upside down. No, not the easy upside down – like wrong side facing up. I placed it with the tapered edge facing up! Crap! Well I have a meeting to get to, so no time for this stuff.

That evening I went back to O’Reilly Auto Parts and bought another glue kit. The same guy checked me out and definitely gave me a look of “how did you screw this up.” Regardless, I went home and started in on trying to remove the button.

Remember, the tapered side is facing up so I have nothing to grip. I don’t want to crack my windshield (cause that’s no fun). I start by putting some Goof Off around the edges of the button trying to let it soak into the sides. Then I use a knife trying to get under the button – that clearly wasn’t going to work. Then I tried the same routine with Lacquer thinner – and clearly that wasn’t going to work either. At this point I am frustrated and pretty ticked. So what do I do?

I turn to Twitter and Facebook! I posted my issue and the responses started flowing in. Let me tell you, the sledgehammer idea was killed quick. So was the hammer idea and the golf club. Then came the heat idea….this intrigued me.

I grabbed my girlfriend’s hair dryer and heated both the area on the inside of the windshield where the button was, and the outside. I then again tried to pry off the button. No luck. My patience is wearing thin. Maybe I should just take it to a windshield replacement shop tomorrow?No forget that, I don’t have the time and I don’t want them to look at me like I am stupid (quit making that face!).

I then grab my little torch and went to work. I avoided the glass at all costs, as this is much hotter then a blow dryer. I sat on the spot with the torch….just sat there…..and finally the torch ran out of fluid. The button was ridiculously hot, too hot to touch. I hadn’t cracked the glass.

I took the knife and tried getting under the edge to pry it off. No luck. Now I’m done for. I’m out of fluid in the torch. I decided to try and get the torch going one last time! I got it to go for a little longer. I held it in the same spot. It finally died. I went at it with the knife one more time and it went flying off. I quickly went to find it as it was hot enough to burn something.

I let the button and the windshield cool down. I got lucky! The windshield didn’t crack. I cleaned everything the same way I did the night before and re-glued the button. This time I was NOT on the phone. I gave my full attention to gluing the button and guess what, I did it right!

The next morning I put the mirror back up and was good to go. All of this experience was chronicled on Twitter and Facebook. Many friends and followers got involved and were mostly helpful. What was the lesson here? Pay attention when doing a simple task. You’ll regret it if you don’t.

Another Unique Audi S5 Hit’s the States: Guard Your Children

Hey remember Jack Baruth’s Porsche lime green Audi S5?  No?!  Here’s a reminder.  Well that was a unique whip and he sold it *insert sad face here*.  Regardless Nick Salvatore from SpeedSportLife just purchased this Audi S5 in Glut Orange.  This vehicle was part of the Audi Exclusive program, the same program that Jack’s car was ordered through.  This car is Glut Orange with a black interior.  The car is located in Texas (quick someone alert the troopers).  Nick already has plenty of upgrades both on the way and some arrived before the car even arrived.  The bottom line?  There are two very bright citrus colored Audi S5’s in this country.

pPhotography- Zerin Dube