Well I think I can go to the Library and find all that info I need in Consumer Reports. I think from following BITOG as long as I have there is too much biased information here.
And if you are happy with information gathered from people that may not understand the function of paddle shifters and input a transmission complaint because of it; happy with information gathered from people that by and large don't know jack about cars, that's fine. My intention here is to garner interest in the possibility of gathering more specific, but hopefully unbiased data from a demographic that is more enthusiast-oriented and can highlight key problem points beyond "engine issues" or "transmission issues" and the like.
I'm a bit of a car guy but even that is all over the board on how 'we' describe ourselves and ' compared to who? '
Things I'm not 100% clear about are items I have no problem reading up on or asking questions and forums like this can be very helpful. Because of that, I'm not the guy that will give detailed analysis on paddle shifters nor complain about them because I rarely use them and "Am I using them right? "
That would be an unfair evaluation or simply skew data others consider valuable or take at face value. I'm not a tech guy either so I'll bump along until I figure out how to mate the phone and use the easiest of access and features. Me rating infotain and things of that sort would be in the same category.
Besides my goodwill of knowing I'd be misleading others, I'd stand the biggest chance of being caught as a simpleton about such things and that's incentive enough for me to behave.
I'm absolutely misleading already about the car guy thing in the context of anything beyond a '68 Bug , '74 CJ or maybe something more modern like an '82 Dodge Club cab.
There are plenty of good resources to search when you have things filtered down to year make and model of what one considers shopping or buying. Owner reviews, projects or mods is plentiful on car specific sites. TBS, recall etc....tons of good info and many avoid buying something that had a recent change or is a new platform until it proves itself some. Edmunds and Truecar offer reviews and pricing guides, it's just limited by the time frame you have or want to put in for research before pulling the trigger.