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Review: 2012 BMW xDrive28i

On: Thu, May 3, 2012 at 1:24PM | By: Chris Salamone


2012 BMW X3 test 2

Starting with the classic model 2002, BMW has produced and sold a number of exceptional German-engineered sport vehicles. And, with a few exceptions, these thoroughbreds have been worth their hefty price tags. Since the X3’s inception in 2003, auto critics have wondered if the small CUV really ‘fit’ into the BMW brand image. Mixed within a lineup of luxury sport vehicles, the original X3 wasn’t particularly luxurious or sporty. But as the years have passed, nearly 10 in total, the X3 has evolved into a reasonable little ‘ute – highly prized amongst the young scions of America’s upper class.

After a full weekend behind the wheel, logging a few hundred miles, the X3 seemed to have become something more appreciable. The vehicle zipped through and hugged the curves of Chicago’s endless suburbia, tackling all obstacles. Nevertheless, I kept coming back to the same conclusion: this was a car which costs at least 25% more than it should.


Stolen Guy Fieri Lambo Found, Plot Thickens

On: Tue, May 1, 2012 at 3:26PM | By: Chris Salamone


Chef Guy Fieri test 2

Just today, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Guy Fieri’s missing yellow Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder has been found. International espionage and Food Network fans will recall that last year’s March 8 heist was a tale reminiscent of the likes of James Bond – when a cloaked figure rappelled into a posh British Motor Car dealership to grab Fieri’s Lamborghini and run. Although the vehicle was spotted nearly a week later crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, via surveillance video, Chef Guy’s yellow Italian supercar has been missing ever since.

That is, until a bizarre series of events led investigators to a 17-year old kid’s storage container.


Build Your Own (Paper) Bugatti Veyron For (Mostly) Free

On: Tue, May 1, 2012 at 11:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


Build Your Own (Paper) Bugatti Veyron For (Mostly) Free test 2

More so than most any other car on the road, the Bugatti Veyron delivers a mix of intrigue and indifference. It's a car that you can't help but have some emotion over - its distinct look, world record numbers, massive powertrain and horrible, horrible fuel economy just demand an opinion one way or another. Yet it's a car that you'll certainly never own and probably never even see driven, so your opinion is almost for naught.

Well, you may never own an actual Veyron - or any other 1,000+ hp supercar - but if you have a little time on your hands, you can build a pretty accurate large-scale model.


Barf! Government Vehicles Found Sitting Pretty

On: Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 12:18PM | By: Chris Salamone


Miami-Dade County cars test 2

What do twelve Ford F-250s, at least fifteen minivans, five Toyota Prii, and a hodgepodge of barely used government-purchased vehicles have in common? They make up a portion of the 100 or so Miami-Dade County cars which sit idly at the Earlington Heights Metrorail garage, totaling about $965,000.00 in dormant assets.

Since 2006 and 2007, Miami-Dade County has left the vehicles parked, out of service, and lying in wait. And, as we all know, unused cars don’t exactly remain maintenance or cost free – tires, batteries, fluids…and let’s not forget insurance. So why, in the name of all things holy, does Miami-Dade have 100+ cars collecting dust?

Unfortunately, the answer to that question is anything but satisfying. The County decided to purchase these vehicles just before the Great Recession unfolded. Shortly after buying, the economy tanked and Miami-Dade had to trim their workforce and – you guessed it – number of cars on the road.


 

Carolla Takes Cake At Long Beach Grand Prix

On: Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 3:52PM | By: Chris Salamone


Adam Corolla test 2

We’ve seen Adam Carolla do movies, standup comedy, pseudo-journalistic auto enthusiast TV shows, and celebreality. We’ve also seen him pick up a healthy appetite for vintage racing. Somehow though, despite frequent at bats, Mr. Carolla has struggled to achieve automotive stardom – following the burnt rubber of industry giants like Steve McQueen or Jay Leno.

But no longer: as of Saturday’s 36th Annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Grand Prix at Long Beach, Adam Carolla has entered the annals of driving greatness by achieving victory despite nearby accidents and a late-stage challenger.


Fantastic, Valuable Cars Sold At Barrett-Jackson's Palm Beach Auction - These Freaks Sold There Too

On: Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 10:15AM | By: Andrew W Davis


Photoillustration by Author test 2

Now other people are going to cover the high points of Barrett-Jackson’s April 5-7 Palm Beach sale, so I won’t bore you with talk of customs, resto-mods or (half)million-dollar-sales. Instead I’m going to shine a light on the auction’s seamy underbelly to expose the creatures known as “filler” lots.

But I’m not going to bother with the late-model lease-returns and beat-up aged exotics that tend to occupy 75 percent of any B-J sale’s slate. No, I’m going right down into the bilge of the USS BJPB to show you six of the freakiest lots they had on offer (or seven, if you count the trailer).

Is everybody wearing their protective gear? Thenbad pun cominglet’s dive in…


$4 A Gallon, Here We Go Again!

On: Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 9:57AM | By: Chuck Arehart


Fuel prices test 2

It's baaaaaaack. Gasoline at four bucks a gallon. We've been there before and you've seen tons of articles about saving fuel and where you can buy it the cheapest to save a couple pennies per gallon. Yes, I will address some of that, but maybe it will help you think about it differently.


Narrow Escape As Big Rig(s) Fall Off Mountain (Video)

On: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 1:56PM | By: Chris Salamone


Norwegian Truck Incident test 2

Sometimes, when the going gets rough, the tough get going. Unfortunately, in a case of man vs. mountain, only one of the two drivers in the following video narrowly escaped disaster. The other chose to remain in his rapidly descending semi-truck.

BBC Europe reports that the driver of the semi is in stable condition after having fallen at least 200 feet. The tow truck operator, on the other hand, did manage to abandon his vehicle in time…but just barely.


Honda's Hilarious April Fools' Anti-Theft System

On: Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 1:42PM | By: Chris Salamone


Honda's Terii test 2

Year after year, Honda consistently ranks highly in reliability and value. But another, less advertised, Honda attribute also tops some lists. Few automakers, in the history of cars, can attest to having a longer track record for attracting thievery. And even fewer still are the automakers which have mastered the art of April Fools’ advertising.

Honda usually spearheads the list of most stolen vehicles from the National Insurance Crime Bureau – but all that is about to change. Honda plans to address would-be criminals and nervous consumers in one fell swoop. In 2013, Honda vehicles will feature a new security technology which attempts to prevent theft with negotiations and psychoanalysis. Say hello to TERII, and what is perhaps the best April Fools’ joke in recent memory.

While TERII will offer some familiar features, like keyless entry and voice command, Honda’s latest anti-theft system is unlike anything currently available on the mass market. Meaning, buyers could pay top dollar to get a celebrity-like, aftermarket security unit, but Honda plans to make artificial intelligence security mainstream.


Subaru Reveals 2013 Outback And Legacy

On: Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 5:26PM | By: Chris Salamone


2013 Subaru Outback test 2

This year’s New York Auto Show looks to be a real humdinger. Among a field of exciting new offerings, Subaru would have already stood out with the incoming XV Crosstek. But, sensing and capitalizing on opportunistic market momentum, the automaker plans to renovate the 2013 Legacy and Outback models as well. And we’re not talking about minor updates, either.

Instead, Subaru aims to spruce up the vehicles’ engine offerings, suspension, structure, and overall design.


Slugfest Continues, Durango Swipes Explorer (Video)

On: Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 10:17AM | By: Chris Salamone


Dodge Durango test 2

During the past few years we saw automakers come together with a sense of urgency. People weren’t buying too many cars and, as a result, we had an advertising cease fire. And then Super Bowl 2012 happened. After a string of successful months, GM thought it prudent to get back on the competitive bandwagon and suggest Ford trucks might not be able to handle the post-apocalyptic world. Since game day we’ve seen the Big Three go back and forth, shedding their recession-induced docility in favor of good ole’ American prizefighting.

In a recent blog post, Dodge spoke loud and clear – claiming the Durango includes Spiderman-like power and responsibility requirements. To the delight of all, Dodge also felt compelled to attach a Ford Explorer to the Durango’s already extensive baggage train.