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According to indications and ruminations, Kia has a hankering to develop a sports car. The GT concept debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show was supposed to be the first of two sports car concepts, the second of which was rumored for a Detroit Auto Show debut. Well, it appears Kia is already leaning toward GT production, even before having introduced its second possible concept.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Reports, Rumors, Car News
Tags: Kia, GT, concepts, sport cars, Frankfurt Motor Show, Detroit Auto Show
Every now and again a true gem stands out from the veritable hodge podge of random vehicles at Ebay Motors, and people notice. Usually, though, that gem is a slightly used Viper or low mileage resto mod Volkswagen Beetle complete with safari rack and tweed seats. With only two days remaining to bid, another type of vehicle has captured the spotlight: a 1973 International Harvester Scout II.
What’s so alluring about this particular Scout? Well, the owner claims this loyal truck carries only 86,000 miles and has never been sheltered by another garage. Ebay Motors writer Tony Piff claims: “It looks like an impressively well preserved time capsule, with straight panels and shiny paint. Even the fake woodgrain paneling is intact.”
Posted In: Auctions, Miscellaneous
Tags: International, Harvester, Scout, II, Ebay, Surfaces, mileage, mint, motors, SUV
Q: I’ve got a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier which runs fine. However, in the past two years, I’ve noticed that the paint is actually coming off in certain areas—primarily on the roof and on the hood, leaving a light gray area. It isn’t rusting out or anything, but it sure makes the car look bad. What do you suggest?
A: This sort of thing is happening with other makes, too, not just your Cavalier. The problem is that the car makers don’t put as much paint on their cars as they used to, so the paint eventually wears-off. Obviously, your car is way past any kind of warranty action so you can either: A) leave it alone, B) touch it up (but that won’t look very good), or C) have your car repainted. If you plan on keeping your car for a while longer, option C is the best way to go. Of course, taking your car to a body shop and having it painted is a major proposition; however, you can take your car to Maaco, and the results aren’t bad at all—considering what they charge. I’ve used them with pretty good results, and you’ll find they often run half-price sales. Call them and ask them when their next sale is on.
Winter is definitely upon us now and it doesn't look too good for the next couple of months. Forget about driving a shiny or clean car. The best you can hope for is a wash here and there to get all that road salt off the body and chassis.
A clean car shouldn't be the emphasis right now, anyway—good driving is where every driver's focus should be. I'm sure everyone has seen the pile-ups on TV resulting from the past few snow storms. I can tell you one thing, they are all due to driver error. You can blame the snow, ice, and so forth, but the reality is some drivers don't really know what they are doing.
Do some pre-winter maintenance now because you know the good weather won’t last. This is the time to get your car in shape for the miserable months ahead. Maybe the Farmer’s Almanac says we’ll have a warm winter, but winter it still is. So at the minimum, you should perform the following preventative maintenance steps.
There's no question about it, cars are built better today than they were even ten years ago, and that includes the domestic manufacturers. The typical basic warranty today lasts for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first, and covers practically everything. Some of the higher priced luxury cars come even with a longer warranty. Lincoln, Cadillac, Lexus, and Infiniti have a basic warranty that lasts four years or 50,000 miles. Lexus and Infiniti have additional powertrain coverage that last six years or 70,000 miles. Warranty coverage has been used a selling point by the car manufacturers. Hyundai has upped the ante by offering a five-year or 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties on their cars. Honda, Nissan, Chevrolet, and Ford have just a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.
Meet the Icon CJ3B. It’s not a Jeep or a Willys. It’s not a Land Cruiser either. It's just… an Icon.
Despite what it may look like, it’s actually a new vehicle—currently hand-built in Los Angeles, CA. Although they resemble those classic 4x4s, Icon’s vehicles are completely custom built—rather than being some sort of off-roading Frankenstein’s monster.
Posted In: Classics
Tags: Icon, CJ3B, Jeep, Willys, Land Cruiser, off road, crawl, 4x4, CJ
Lately, I've been getting a real lesson in automotive history. Brands that I've never necessarily heard of have been crawling out of the woodwork to introduce revived badges from years or decades ago. The latest is British marquee Jensen, which will be bringing a reinvented version of its Interceptor grand tourer to the forefront in the next few years.
While Jensen was originally a British marque, the name is now owned by Healey Sports Cars Switzerland Ltd. However, because Switzerland is better equipped to build watches and mountain transportation, the company will leave the engineering to the Brits, having hired CPP Global Holdings to design and build the car in the U.K.
Posted In: Classics, Exotics
Tags: Jensen, grand tourers, classics, Interceptor
In the market for a new car? Way back in the spring and early summer, car-buying experts from places like Edmunds recommended holding off until the fall. At that time, production issues in Japan coupled with skyrocketing gas prices were increasing demand and causing auto dealers to cut incentives, effectively raising vehicle prices, particularly on smaller, more efficient cars. A few of the best dates for car shopping are coming up very quickly.
Posted In: Reports, Car News
Tags: car deals, car buying, best deals, prices, new car, incentives
A common scenario: You slowly sink into the couch after a long day of work, turn on the television, and start to unwind. Unfortunately, after you catch the last 15 minutes of an entertaining show, there's nothing on. You flip up through the tens or hundreds of channels in your cable package, then come back down. You waste half an hour flipping around in hopes that the next time slot will bring something better. Still nothing. All of a sudden, you're not unwinding so much as working again. TV isn't supposed to be this difficult.
And soon it won't have to be. The Discovery Channel is already a great place to stop for shows about hauling logs and digging for gold, and it's about to get better. Next month, Discovery will spin off a network called Velocity. Keep your TV tuned in at all times and you may be able to throw your remote away.
Your vehicle’s brake fluid should be changed on a regular basis, at least every two years.
Brake fluid never goes bad, it is hydroscopic—meaning it has a tendency to absorb moisture—something it’s supposed to do anyway. But it doesn’t take much moisture to make the fluid less effective. The heat generated by normal and especially hard braking makes the moisture in the fluid boil and that causes brake fade. And, what’s worse, brake fluid that is contaminated with moisture and dirt (if moisture gets in, dirt will get in the system, too) can have a very detrimental effect on braking systems that use anti-lock brakes. The contaminants can ruin the delicate innards of these systems, which are extremely expensive to repair.
You can’t really stop moisture from entering the brake system because the system is vented. The rubber brake hoses used are also permeable. So every time you open the master cylinder to check or add fluid, moisture is absorbed. Since the contamination process is a very, very slow one, it isn’t something to worry about, but flushing your brake system is a good thing to add to your automotive maintenance list.