By Marco Arment, Casey Liss, John Siracusa
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Computer geeks casually discussing everyday car topics.
||CleanSpecial: Please Lose Control of Your Car Now||Special guest _DavidSmith joins us as we recount our experience at the 2-day BMW M Performance Driving School.||11/20/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: Vomit Ruins Everything||Our BMW European Delivery experience, the M5, the autobahn, the Nürburgring, and German drivers.||4/11/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: Frankenstein Car Monster||Replacing expensive built-in options with Automatic, low expectations for built-in car software, Mini cars, and targeting young buyers.||3/28/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: Driving To Ohio||LaFerrari, hybrid supercars, modern car complexity, electric vehicles' future range, aspirational SUVs, and our dream cars.||3/21/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: Everyone Loves A Spoiler||What optional equipment should you get or avoid? Navigation, sunroofs, parking assistance, premium stereos, and more. Follow-up on octane myths and the 3-series GT.||3/14/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: Three James Mays||Top Gear metaphors, why John likes Hondas so much, visibility, seating ergonomics, boring Ferrari stories, ancient Volvos, and LED DRL eyeliner.||3/8/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: Leasing Puppies||Owning vs. leasing, weirdest car repairs, keeping maintenance records, private sales, synthetic oil, and that first scratch.||2/28/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Alternate!||Voice-recognition interfaces, driving etiquette (turn signals, merging, tailgating), the hand-wave and the finger, backing into parking spots, driver prediction and accident avoidance, and our past traffic violations.||2/21/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: Child Service Intervals||Project cars, annoyances of having multiple cars, Marco's next car, crossovers, American avoidance of minivans and wagons, hybrid battery lifetimes, John Siracusa's Tesla Model S review, fake engine noises, and test-driving the BMW M5 vs. 550i xDrive back-to-back.||2/14/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: If You See A Cursor, They Blew It||Good and bad navigation controls, on-screen controls vs. buttons, trying to get a fun rental car, personal value judgments, white cars in hot climates, and Casey's fame.||2/7/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: A Bra Phase||Car bras, best new- and used-car values today, buying used to get better options, lease specials, the boring NSX, AWD vs. RWD in the snow, and some unlicensed FU.||1/31/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: Turbo Buttons||Driveways, affording expensive cars, Zipcar's BMWs, "Tiptronic" modes, DCTs, and the future of manual transmissions.||1/24/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: Big, Fat, and Bloated||White cars, body styling, dealer quality, weight, Audi A3, Toyota MR2, Nissan Maxima, and C7 Corvette.||1/17/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
This podcast illustrates what's wrong with "new media": people have the audacity to discuss topics they have very little knowledge about. The hosts of the show are clearly not "mechanically inclined" as they can't tell the difference between wastegate and blowoff valve (see ep. 1 & 3). I would expect at least some level of curiosity that would make a person do some research to find out how things work in a car they drive.
A great deal of the airtime devoted to Marco's praises to BMW as the apex of automotive engineering. It's great that he can afford to lease what is clearly a luxury vehicle but not everyone is a developer of one of the best-selling iOS apps.
There's a lot of unfounded statements like "there are people who buy white cars and there are other people", "Mercedes is for old people" and so on.
It would have been better if Marco and John continued to do their own podcasts on 5by5. At least I had no reasons to question their knowledge of the computer related topics.
Great To Hear Marco (And Siracusa) Is Back
Look forward to more of these.
Great podcast with a geeks perspective on cars and car culture.