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Uber LUX: Low-Standard Luxury at High Prices

On a recent trip to Indianapolis, a lack of regular UberX cars available in the area allowed me to give UberLUX a shot. I figured this was a “make lemonade out of lemons” situation. The price was going to be more than twice the price of a regular Uber car, but at least I was going to ride to the airport on style!

The car that arrived was a total piece of garbage.

Here is how UberLUX is described on the Uber website:

We’ve launched UberLUX for those moments when you need ultimate sophistication and unparalleled luxury.

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you can request a ride in one of the finest vehicles in town. LUX vehicles include the Lexus QS, Mercedes Benz E-Class, Audi A6, and many more.

Source: Uber.com

First of all, what the heck is a Lexus QS?
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Any one of the cars listed would have been a nice option. Upon requesting a ride, the Uber app indicated the car would be a Lincoln Town Car. I should have canceled the ride at that point. The Lincoln Town Car has been out of production since 2011, so I knew immediately I wasn’t going to be riding in a new car. But I didn’t realize how much worse this car was going to be.

The car that showed up was a taxi-grade piece of junk. From afar, the car didn’t look bad, but as it drove closer, the lemonade started to revert to lemons. This particular model was easily 10 years old. On a used car lot, this car would not cost more than $5000, and that is being generous. The beat-up Lincoln was well-used and a major disappointment- nowhere near the caliber of the luxury brands of Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi.

Shortly after my ride, I contacted Uber to let them know about my experience with Uber LUX. Their response:

Uber has clear standards for every vehicle option available in your city. This particular vehicle falls within those standards. Regardless, we’re sorry to hear that you were disappointed by the vehicle you rode in and we’ve added $5 of credit to your account.

I don’t know what these “clear standards” are, but if you are ever considering using UberLUX, I would like to provide a list of items that evidently fall under these standards for ultimate sophistication and unparalleled luxury based on my experience:

  • Multiple shades of window tint on a single door
  • Plastic packaging tape on the door handle ash tray (either a DIY repair or a fancy alternative to the traditional “no smoking” sign)
  • Faded clearcoat and/or spray can paint job
  • Squeaks and rattles at any speed
  • and many more…

Now I haven’t spent a lot of time in Indianapolis, but maybe this beat-up Lincoln is one of the nicest cars around town. I would think that a city with the automotive heritage of Indianapolis would have much nicer cars, but Uber has determined that this car is one of the nicest that Indianapolis has to offer and falls within those clear and arguably low standards.

Before you accuse me of being a snob, I want to make one point clear: I took this same trip from the airport to the hotel in an UberXL that was roughly half the price of UberLUX. The vehicle was a Dodge Journey. This vehicle was far nicer than my LUX vehicle. It was newer, cleaner, and far better in almost every aspect. It is apparent to me that the make and model are the only considerations when determining what is worthy to receive the UberLUX title.

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Source: Uber.com

And a $5 credit? I’ve received better consolations from email spam. This experience has really soured me on Uber. This vehicle has no business being labeled luxurious and commanding the premium price for the LUX service. I am confident this complaint will occur again as long as the “clear standards” for Uber LUX cars remain so low. Kudos to the owner of the car for convincing the folks at Uber to get his car listed in the premium LUX category. Maybe I should go buy a cheap Lincoln on Craigslist and a can of black spray paint so I can get into the luxury transportation business.

So if you are considering getting a ride with Uber LUX, do not be afraid to hit that cancel button. If you do need a ride to the airport in Indianapolis, do yourself a favor and call a limo if you don’t want any surprises.

 

Leaked Image: Tesla Model 3

I am not going to reveal any of my sources, so don’t ask! But let’s just say I’ve managed to acquire the following teaser photo of the upcoming Tesla Model 3, several days before the big reveal.

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The Tesla Model 3 is the car that is to make Powell Tesla Motors profitable. Priced around the golden $35k price range, Tesla hopes the car will revolutionize the auto world in a way other experienced auto manufacturers have been unable to do. While the reveal is just a few short days away, the Tesla Model 3 is expected to hit the road in 2019ish.

Is it cool? You bet your sweet electrons it is! Will it work out for Tesla? Probably not.


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Acura TL Corroded/Burnt AC Blower Wire Harness Connector

Here is an image of a burnt and corroded connector from the wiring harness of the blower motor. The plastic is melted in this example. This is from a 2002 Acura TL Type-S. The connector on other Acuras/Hondas will look the same or similar to this. If your connector looks like this, it will need to be replaced.

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Downton Abbey Spin-off Rumors


 
Weselton Abbey
PBS/Disney
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This new spin-off is scheduled to air sometime this year. It adds the lovable dirtbag from Disney’s Frozen, The Duke of Weselton, with the utterly unappealing cast of Downton Abbey. It’s designed to be a program for kids that like horrible programs. Pretentious weirdos are sure to love correcting your improper pronunciation of “Weasel Town Abbey.” Check your local internet for show times.

Doubtin’ Gabby
PBS/FX
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Doubtin’ Gabby is the long-awaited prequel of the 1980’s hit show, Gimme A Break! The all-new Doubtin’ Gabby is an in-your-face comedy about growing up in the zany 1920s. Gabourey Sidibe (from Precious, Tower Heist, and American Horror Story) plays Gabby Harper, a plucky maid trying to make the best of things at her new job. She that learns life in pre-World War I England isn’t so bad, even if she STILL hasn’t found Mr. Right. Doubtin’ Gabby is rumoured (see how I made that all Britishy) to be packed with more catch phrases than you can imagine, such as “You go girl” and “Say Whaaaaat?!” Release details on this spin-off are still being hammered out by network execs. More details to be posted.

Naught Too Shabby
Happy Madison Productions
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Naught Too Shabby is the first movie spin-off of the popular Downton Abbey series. The filming is rumored to be wrapping up within the next few months (and audiences are ready)! In this flick, Adam Sandler plays a guy that talks in a funny voice. That is the only detail that our Hollywood insiders have been able to confirm.


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This was my little art project for today. Instead of working, I (wisely) spent my time making this. An unfortunate side effect of this project: since I searched Google Images for “downton abbey,” my Google Now feed is now displaying all things Downton Abbey… ugh. Happy New Year!

UPDATED 3/2/2015: Here’s a nice little gem from College Humor:

“Downton Funk” by College Humor – Based on Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

 

Tacoma Texas Edition Wheels on a 3rd Gen 4Runner

The first time I saw the Toyota Tacoma Texas Edition wheels, I wanted them. The wheels would look absolutely perfect on my 1997 Toyota 4Runner SR5. I searched the internet to see if anybody had put these on a third generation 4Runner, but I found nothing. I searched the online 4Runner forums, and also the Tacoma forums. While I didn’t find any images, I did find some links to where I could buy the wheels at a Toyota dealership in Dallas. At over $800 for a set, I decided to check craigslist. And after several months of waiting and searching, I finally pounced on a set that came up for sale locally for a little over half the retail price.

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They fit perfect. This is the 4th set of wheels I’ve had on my 4Runner since I purchased it in December of 2010. It originally had the factory wheels, the split 6-spoke 16″ wheels. Then I purchased the 6-spoke FJ Cruiser wheels. And after that I had the 8-hole FJ Cruiser wheels (which I believe are the same as the 5th generation 4Runner Trail Edition wheels).