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If there’s one question that an automotive journalist hates more than “You get paid for that?!” it’s “What’s the best car?” And from this side of the fence, I’d rather be the doctor friend that has to look at every awful thing anyone who knows them wants diagnosed gratis than to be the guy that “misdiagnoses” someone into the wrong vehicle.
I mean really. How hard is it to say, “That’s gross. And malignant. And you’ve got to consort with a better grade of partner if you want that to stop happening.”? I mean, it’s not like you gave them the sore, you just told them that how terrible it was and, in all honesty, how much they deserved it.
No, in my case I will forever be viewed as the one who passed on some terrible, life-destroying plague that cannot ever be cured as the terms of the lease are quite strict and resale values aren’t where they were predicted they’d be, etc., if a single feature is found wanting or the slightest thing goes wonky.
If you want an expert opinion, they say, ask an expert. Well, as an expert, I say something different. Even I can see you clearly need ointment or something for that. Oh, right. Expert car stuff. That’ll take a little longer to explain…
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When it comes to owning a truck, storage space is an asset, the most important you have. By maximizing the storage capacity—and function—of your truck bed, you'll be able to carry more tools, more parts, etc., and do more work.
Here are eight great accessories for maximizing your bed's storage space.
Tags: Work Trucks, trucks, truck accessories, cargo, bedliners
There’s some advice that’s repeated so often it’s almost universally accepted as true, whether or not actual evidence exists to back it up. You’ve almost certainly heard most of these snippets of popular wisdom. Here are some of the more popular ones:
• Swimming within a hour of eating causes muscle cramps.
• Always brush your teeth after every meal.
• Brown bread is healthier than white bread.
• Margarine is better for you than butter.
• Change your oil every 3000 miles to maintain your engine longer.
Posted In: Aftermarket, How-To Articles, Reports, Rumors, Technology
Tags: car mintenance
Off-road vehicle’s aren’t one size fits all. Understand the different phases of off-road modifications.
The vehicle you choose, powertrain you build, and other components are 90% of what makes a vehicle off-road worthy. Not all are meant to be axle-twisting rigs—many people need their truck or SUV to have decent street manners. On the other hand, pavement isn’t a priority for some—off-road ability is all that matters. Here are the three phases of off-road vehicles and what you need to do to accomplish each.
Please find a seat and pay attention. We need to talk.
Apparently we, as a population, have forgotten some basic rules of the road and need to be reminded of the proper way to turn out into traffic.
There’s a joke that goes, “Do you want to know the easiest way to make a small fortune? Start with a big one.” And it just so happens that there are very few ways to do that faster than buying an aged exotic automobile at auction and then trying to keep it looking/running as-new.
Yes, a Roller, a Mercedes, and a Maserati can be had for MasterCard money. Just make sure none are ever sold to you.
Sure, these cars were lovingly assembled and packed to the rafters with only the finest in leathers, woods, and wools, but these businesses know from long experience that exotic cars—like any other rich persons’ fashion items—are not meant to be used year after year; it’s all about what’s new, next and never, ever used.
What it means for you, however, is that you can spend a pittance on purchasing a ride that will allow you to—honestly—tell others that you own a Mercedes, a Maserati or even a Rolls-Royce. [Just remember: The operative term here—as I will show you—is “tell”. This is a trio of funds-hungry vampires just waiting to bankrupt you in a thousand different ways, and they will impress no one that even glances at them…]
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Exotics, Good, Bad & Ugly, How-To Articles, Miscellaneous, Reviews
Tags: 1985 Maserati Bi-Turbo 1971 Mercedes-Benz 220 sedan 1978 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II
The modern automatic transmission is perhaps the most complex system in today’s motor vehicles, more complicated than even most engines. Fortunately, ensuring that it lasts as long as possible is comparatively simple. Here’s a look at seven easy tips that will help you to get more miles and less trouble from this all-important part of your car.
Posted In: How-To Articles, Safety, Technology
Tags: car maintenance, transmissions, automatic transmissions
Mecum's Anaheim Sale Shows You Can Be a Big-time, Old-school Baller on an Itty-bitty Modern Minicar Budget
You, I am afraid, are more than likely a dork.
What do you drive? Some middling import toss-away? An American econobox you think’s cool ‘cause it has a tea tray bolted to its decklid? Look: I’ll bet you my salary for this article if you could pick your car out of a lot filled with a thousand random machines.
I could. In a heartbeat. She’s a 19-foot-long wood-sided station wagon, low and wide, and with just enough chrome to make a Chris Craft boat builder wish they could take credit for her design. Sure, I and the gentlemen at the local Shell station are on a first-name basis, but so many people stop me just to express their admiration for her still existing while memories are all that’s left of her assembly-line sisters that $80 fill-ups are always worth it.
Now station wagons may not be your thing, but that doesn’t exclude you from the Sub-$4k Cool Old Car Club I just started. All you need is a sub-$4k vehicle in great shape inside and out—including relatively as-new performance—a budget of about ten times that (often every month) to refuel and “fiddle” with it (and an AAA card when “fiddling” doesn’t suffice, which it NEVER does). But, hey, nobody ever said supreme coolness came cheap…
Posted In: Auctions, Classics, Exotics, How-To Articles, Miscellaneous
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The world today is full of cars. So full, in fact, that we’ve altered it to suit the car, rather than altering the car to suit it: look at how many tunnels we’ve bored through mountains or forests we’ve demolished to make roads. It may, in fact, be the only thing that remains just as essential to the running and progress of the human race as the computer. This post is aimed at Americans in particular, but that’s not to say that it can’t apply to you if you live elsewhere.
Posted In: How-To Articles, Miscellaneous
Tags: car, mental, health, commute, rush, hour, quality, life, improve, fuel, economy
Cars are more than a means to get from one place to another. Nowadays they also serve as social centers, study halls, and even dining areas. That’s why it’s so common to find ketchup, soda, and other stains on auto interiors.
Fortunately, most of these marks can be removed with a little elbow grease and some common cleaning products. So here are some tips for keeping your vehicle’s interior looking great.
Posted In: How-To Articles, Miscellaneous
Tags: How-to, car interior, car cleaning tips
These are trying times for those of us fortunate enough to be able to drive cars (it may be a necessity, but it’s not a right); the modern motorist is beset from all sides by inquisitions and assailants. We’re told that our cars are singularly responsible for the planet’s impending death by asphyxiation, that cars as a whole are more dangerous to the human populace than all world wars combined, that cars are the primary contributor to the proliferation of obesity, etc, etc. The list goes on, and while some of that may or may not be true, one issue plaguing the modern driver is readily apparent: the cost of fuel.
Posted In: How-To Articles, Hybrid / Green
Tags: fuel, economy, mpg, guide, hypermiling, prius, gas, eco, green, electric, car, ev, guide, tips