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Neutral

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Computer geeks casually discussing everyday car topics.

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Computer geeks casually discussing everyday car topics.

iTunes Ratings

125 Ratings
Average Ratings
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15

Everyone wants Season 2!

By Clancy412 - Sep 05 2013
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Great show, great hosts -nuff said. Please do a second season!

Oddly compelling

By ITM033 - May 13 2013
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Who knew three guys who aren't car journo types would be so entertaining to listen to?

iTunes Ratings

125 Ratings
Average Ratings
89
9
4
8
15

Everyone wants Season 2!

By Clancy412 - Sep 05 2013
Read more
Great show, great hosts -nuff said. Please do a second season!

Oddly compelling

By ITM033 - May 13 2013
Read more
Who knew three guys who aren't car journo types would be so entertaining to listen to?

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Neutral

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Computer geeks casually discussing everyday car topics.

5: Child Service Intervals

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In this episode:

  • Project cars.
  • The many problems with having multiple cars.
  • Marco's next-car decision.
  • Ogling a showroom's Audi R8 from behind its velvet rope.
  • Test-driving the BMW M5 back-to-back with a 550i xDrive.
  • The odd new BMW 3-series GT (F34) compared to the Honda Crosstour and the Audi A7.
  • Americans' incredible efforts to avoid buying minivans and wagons.
  • Battery lifetimes and disposal for hybrids and electric vehicles.
  • John Siracusa's review of the Tesla Model S after an extended test-ride.
  • A proposal to require electric vehicles to emit fake engine sounds at low speeds for pedestrian safety.

And a bonus "secret track" after the episode's official end at 1:31:40.

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Feb 14 2013

1hr 35mins

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4: If You See A Cursor, They Blew It

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In this episode:

  • Control interfaces for media and navigation systems, including BMW's iDrive knob (of course), touchscreens including the Tesla Model S's giant one, and Lexus' weird new "Remote Touch" control.
  • Balancing on-screen controls and dedicated buttons.
  • Our great (or horrible) future of dynamic, all-software dashboard dials.
  • Gambling with the "Premium Sedan" rental-car category.
  • Casey's newfound fame.
  • Personal value judgments.
  • FU on white cars in hot climates and DCT nitpicks.

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Feb 07 2013

1hr 6mins

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6: Alternate!

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In this episode:

  • The safety of voice-recognition interfaces
  • Driving etiquette: turn signals, merging, tailgating
  • The hand-wave and the finger
  • Backing into parking spots
  • Driver prediction and accident avoidance
  • Our past traffic violations

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Feb 21 2013

1hr 18mins

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3: A Bra Phase

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In this episode:

  • Car bras as screen protectors.
  • FU on Blowoff valves vs. wastegates, boxer engines, and the SSSC.
  • What car available today, new or used, is the best value for general ownership?
  • Getting a good deal on higher trim levels and optional luxury features.
  • Lease basics, and the potential value of lease specials.
  • The boring old Acura NSX.
  • All-wheel drive (AWD) and rear-wheel drive (RWD) in the snow.

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Once again, please rate us on iTunes if you like the show. If you don't like the show, please email Casey.

Jan 31 2013

1hr

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8: Three James Mays

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In this episode:

  • Top Gear presenter metaphors.
  • Back-in parking FU.
  • Why John likes Hondas so much.
  • Visibility and a lower-back-friendly seating position.
  • Our three most boring Ferrari stories.
  • Fond memories of ancient and less-ancient Volvos.
  • Designing for safety.
  • LED daytime running lights as tacky "eyeliner", our modern Altezza-like design fad.
  • Casey says "braaaands."
  • How Audi, BMW, and Mercedes compete.
  • Toyota and Scion.

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Mar 08 2013

1hr 20mins

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Special: Please Lose Control of Your Car Now

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Nov 20 2013

1hr 45mins

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12: Vomit Ruins Everything

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In the final episode of Neutral:

  • Casey and Marco drag John through the story of their European Delivery vacation picking up Marco's M5.
  • BMW Welt, the BMW Museum, and the factory tour.
  • Driving on the autobahn.
  • Finding and driving the Nürburgring.
  • German drivers, food, culture, and hospitality.

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Apr 11 2013

1hr 56mins

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11: Frankenstein Car Monster

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In this episode:

  • The upcoming Automatic smartphone app as a replacement for expensive built-in options.
  • Why car makers' custom media and navigation systems are so clunky and why we have such low expectations for it.
  • Software defines much of the experience of modern cars.
  • What car maker will be first to make a truly major advance in software quality?
  • What we think of Mini.
  • Targeting young buyers.

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Mar 28 2013

58mins

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10: Driving To Ohio

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In this episode:

  • The LaFerrari and hybrid supercars.
  • Cars' increasing complexity as technology gets applied.
  • Becoming accustomed to the turbocharged feel.
  • How much electric vehicles need to overcome gasoline's convenience.
  • How quickly we can expect electric-vehicle range to increase.
  • Aspirational SUVs.
  • If we had infinite money, what car would we buy?
  • Renting supercars.

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Mar 21 2013

1hr 13mins

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9: Everyone Loves A Spoiler

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In this episode:

  • Octane ratings and myths.
  • What optional equipment should you get or avoid on a car?
  • Parking-distance sensors vs. backup cameras.
  • Mysteriously sized mechanics and car-wash drivers.
  • Satellite radio, HD Radio, and premium sound systems.
  • OEM navigation systems vs. aftermarket options.
  • More on the BMW 3-series GT.

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Mar 14 2013

1hr 20mins

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8: Three James Mays

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In this episode:

  • Top Gear presenter metaphors.
  • Back-in parking FU.
  • Why John likes Hondas so much.
  • Visibility and a lower-back-friendly seating position.
  • Our three most boring Ferrari stories.
  • Fond memories of ancient and less-ancient Volvos.
  • Designing for safety.
  • LED daytime running lights as tacky "eyeliner", our modern Altezza-like design fad.
  • Casey says "braaaands."
  • How Audi, BMW, and Mercedes compete.
  • Toyota and Scion.

Sponsored by Squarespace: Use code NEUTRAL3 at checkout for 10% off.

Mar 08 2013

1hr 20mins

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7: Leasing Puppies

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In this episode:

  • Three geeks try to define "hipster"
  • The stress of owning vs. leasing
  • The first scratch
  • Weirdest car repairs
  • Synthetic oil
  • Keeping fuel and repair records
  • Buying and selling cars privately

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Feb 28 2013

1hr 16mins

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6: Alternate!

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In this episode:

  • The safety of voice-recognition interfaces
  • Driving etiquette: turn signals, merging, tailgating
  • The hand-wave and the finger
  • Backing into parking spots
  • Driver prediction and accident avoidance
  • Our past traffic violations

Sponsored by Squarespace: Use code NEUTRAL2 at checkout for 10% off.

Feb 21 2013

1hr 18mins

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5: Child Service Intervals

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In this episode:

  • Project cars.
  • The many problems with having multiple cars.
  • Marco's next-car decision.
  • Ogling a showroom's Audi R8 from behind its velvet rope.
  • Test-driving the BMW M5 back-to-back with a 550i xDrive.
  • The odd new BMW 3-series GT (F34) compared to the Honda Crosstour and the Audi A7.
  • Americans' incredible efforts to avoid buying minivans and wagons.
  • Battery lifetimes and disposal for hybrids and electric vehicles.
  • John Siracusa's review of the Tesla Model S after an extended test-ride.
  • A proposal to require electric vehicles to emit fake engine sounds at low speeds for pedestrian safety.

And a bonus "secret track" after the episode's official end at 1:31:40.

Sponsored by Squarespace: Use code NEUTRAL2 at checkout for 10% off.

Feb 14 2013

1hr 35mins

Play

4: If You See A Cursor, They Blew It

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In this episode:

  • Control interfaces for media and navigation systems, including BMW's iDrive knob (of course), touchscreens including the Tesla Model S's giant one, and Lexus' weird new "Remote Touch" control.
  • Balancing on-screen controls and dedicated buttons.
  • Our great (or horrible) future of dynamic, all-software dashboard dials.
  • Gambling with the "Premium Sedan" rental-car category.
  • Casey's newfound fame.
  • Personal value judgments.
  • FU on white cars in hot climates and DCT nitpicks.

Sponsored by Squarespace: Use code NEUTRAL2 at checkout for 10% off.

Feb 07 2013

1hr 6mins

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3: A Bra Phase

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In this episode:

  • Car bras as screen protectors.
  • FU on Blowoff valves vs. wastegates, boxer engines, and the SSSC.
  • What car available today, new or used, is the best value for general ownership?
  • Getting a good deal on higher trim levels and optional luxury features.
  • Lease basics, and the potential value of lease specials.
  • The boring old Acura NSX.
  • All-wheel drive (AWD) and rear-wheel drive (RWD) in the snow.

Sponsored by Squarespace: Use code NEUTRAL1 at checkout for 10% off.

Once again, please rate us on iTunes if you like the show. If you don't like the show, please email Casey.

Jan 31 2013

1hr

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2: Turbo Buttons

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In this episode:

  • Confronting neighbors about driveway assaults
  • The Siracusa retirement plan
  • Affording expensive cars
  • Prioritizing or deprioritizing cars in your budget
  • How Zipcar got Marco addicted to BMWs
  • "Tiptronic" manual modes in automatic transmissions
  • Dual-clutch transmissions, rev-matching manuals, and the future of manual transmissions
  • Turbo buttons on cars and computers

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Thank you for the great response to episode 1! Please rate us on iTunes if you like the show so more people will find us and tell us how wrong we are about everything. Thanks!

Jan 24 2013

49mins

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1: Big, Fat, and Bloated

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In this episode:

  • White cars and people who buy them
  • Car body styling
  • Dealer quality by brand
  • The Audi A3's one powered seat
  • Fake Ferraris
  • A scary test drive in a Toyota MR2
  • Heavy cars
  • The forgettable Accord vs. the marshmallow Camry
  • The rise and fall of the Nissan Maxima
  • The C7 Corvette

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Jan 17 2013

1hr 13mins

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