MAF and Circumstance

Occasionally, when I’m driving a bit spirited or enthusiastically, two warning lights will illuminate on my dashboard. The “PSM Off” and “ABS” warnings aren’t normally lights I should see while driving. However, when I turn off the car and return to drive again, the lights are off as if nothing ever happened. It’s not every … Continue reading

And the Band Played On

The stereo removal/installation is now complete, but it certainly wasn’t without its surprises. In the end, everything came out—all speakers, the head unit, amp, crossovers, CD changer, radar detector, and the navigation unit under the passengers seat. A whole mess of mid-range components and low-grade installation. It’s like a cancer was removed from the car, … Continue reading

Delivery Day

This all started on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 10:52 PM (PST). That’s when I found Corinna, the 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera in orient red metallic over black leather, and sent the owner an email. After 110 emails, several phone calls and text messages, and a lot of waiting, I finally accepted delivery today: Saturday, … Continue reading

Sight Unseen

Buying a car sight unseen is nerve-wracking, to say the least. Maybe it’s not 100% sight unseen since I have seen photos of it, but anyone who’s halfway decent with the most basic photo editing software can make a terrible car look great. I had found a car that ticked all the boxes. Everything I … Continue reading

Car Quest

Living in Northern California, more specifically: Silicon Valley, every car you see on the road is some shade of gray. That's black or white, or anything in between. That includes silver, and I’m also including gold in there too as that’s a wildly popular color with the Camry crowd (which is heavily pronounced here). The … Continue reading