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Burning Oil in a Brand New Car

April 7th, 2014

oil_level_low_warning

Burning oil in a 1973 Cadillac seems legit.

Drive an old boat like that around for long and you’ll stop at every gas station and put in a quart of oil. Worn engines simply burn and leak oil, often causing heavy smoke and the putrid odor of crusty black tar.

Drivers of those old cars don’t get too angry at the oil consumption because they know it just comes with the territory of having the pleasure of driving a Nixon-era automobile.

A 2013 car should never burn a quart of oil between oil changes.

Right?

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Should the Nissan Titan Still Exist?

April 3rd, 2014

2013_nissan_titan

When a Q7 feels small, you know you’re next to a big vehicle.

I forget sometimes just how big some trucks are, especially in areas outside of big cities. Every once in a while I venture into North Idaho and am surprised, each time, by how many pickups fill the parking lots of places like Costco and Walmart. Not just regular trucks like the average F-150, but jacked up rigs that reach a thousand feet into the sky and have tires big enough to flatten a Prius in one revolution.

The purpose of these trucks, I assume, is similar to why peacocks have massive feather displays: an effort to prove masculinity and win chicks. I’m not so sure that works in the human world as well as it does in the animal kingdom, but that doesn’t stop guys from trying.

Not just any truck, though, can qualify to be a massive hogger of rural American parking lots.

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Here’s the Slowest Car On the Road

January 20th, 2014

2014 Chrysler Town & Country

I’ve discovered the slowest car on the road and wonder if this discovery is consistent across the country.

In my neck of the woods, there appears to be some kind of legal obligation to control the speed of these particular cars, probably in an effort to promote slower speeds in other drivers.

The actual result, though, is road rage. That’s especially true when stuck behind one of these cars when late to a party to view the NFC championship game.

I’m willing to bet that very few people have ever been passed by the slowest car ever: the Chrysler Town & Country. Here in Washington, the vans must come equipped with speed-limiting governors, legal contracts for slowness or drivers who lack the ability to put pressure on their right foot.

Whatever the reason, the one car you never want to see when you’re in a hurry is the Chrysler minivan.

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What Car Would You Recommend to Someone Who Doesn’t Want One?

July 19th, 2013

2011 European Toyota Yaris

Believe it or not, not everyone likes cars.

I know, it’s crazy, but some people put up with vehicles only because they simply must transport themselves from one point to another. Not only that, there are even people who don’t own a car at all! You probably even know someone like that. He or she most likely swears by public transportation and refuses to own an automobile because it is “unnecessary” or “wasteful.”

Something must be done.

Popular Science posted a story about cars for people who hate cars, but that one focuses on futuristic concepts that are more iPhone or sound system than car. That’s all well and good, and young tech-focused people will surely love those cars, but what about cars for people who have sworn off the concept of owning a car? Is there anything out there for them?

Why yes. Yes, there is.

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Ten Grand or Less? Buy One of These!

June 28th, 2013

2005 Dodge Neon SRT-4 4-dr turbo sedan

Have fun, save money, look good.

Isn’t that what we all want in a car? Sure, sometimes people want the boring stuff like practicality, cargo capacity and fuel economy, but that’s no way to live!

If you want to spend your $10K on something that no one looks at and offers as much excitement as a cantaloupe, well, you have plenty of options. Those, though, shall remain nameless.

If you want to spend less on a used car that makes a bold statement and offers some real fun, keep reading.

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Old GM Factory Site to Become Car Condos and a Racetrack

May 27th, 2013

M1 concourse, Detroit

Now here’s some creative thinking on a way to revitalize one of Michigan’s saddest relics of automotive history.

An 80-acre tract of land currently lies vacant in Pontiac, after once housing 4 GM factories. With no hope of returning the area to an automotive factory site, one determined businessman has plans to turn it into a buzzing metropolitan hub, but with a twist.

While many planned developments include some kind of park or other open recreational space, this one might include something way cooler:

A race track.

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BMW and Toyota Teaming Up on Supra Successor?

May 24th, 2013
Could a new Supra look like this?

Could a new Supra look like this?

Well, this would make the Toyobaru look like nothing more than an exercise in simple sharing.

If the rumors are true, a new Toyota Supra could be in the works by way of a partnership with a company that knows a thing or two about performance: BMW.

Not to take anything away from the jointly developed Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S/Toyota GT-86—they are two of my favorite cars on the market today, but a sports car co-developed with BMW would certainly give Toyota another injection of very happy enthusiasts.

Motor Trend has reported on the exciting news, and some of the initial quotes from top Toyota brass look quite promising!

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Cars Coming Soon: BMW 4 Series, Lexus IS Range, New Maserati Plans

December 6th, 2012

BMW 4 Series

BMW 4 Series.

The name has an odd ring to it, doesn’t it? While it might sound funny to say, the new coupe looks absolutely sinister, and I don’t think it’ll be long before the name slips off the tongue like we’ve known it for years. The 4 Series replaces the 3 Series coupe and has a 2-inch-longer wheelbase, adds 1.7 inches of width, and is a half-inch shorter. The resulting look is somewhat like a smaller 6 Series and incredibly sleek compared with the more conservative 3 Series.

Just guessing here, but it’s probably safe to assume power will come from the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4 and the 3.0-liter turbo 6 from the 3 Series sedan. The BMW 4 Series will debut at next month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Also debuting in Detroit will be the new range of the Lexus IS.

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Here Come the Car of the Year Awards

November 14th, 2012
Tesla Model S

The 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year

Anyone can give out a Car of the Year award these days. In fact, the list of COTY awards seems to grow every year. There’s the old stalwart, the Motor Trend Car of the Year, but there’s also the North American Car and Truck of the Year, the World Car of the Year, and now the Popular Mechanics Car of the Year. Perhaps there should be an equally prestigious “tgriffith Car of the Year.”

Maybe there will be.

With such a wide variety of awards, it’s pretty hard to label the one true Car of the Year. In this era of “everyone’s a winner,” every car has some chance of winning some kind of award.

Motor Trend, though, seems to have nailed this year’s choice.

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We’re Ready – Bring On the Used Tesla Model S!

August 28th, 2012

2012 Tesla Model S

It’s only just begun official deliveries to customers, but the Tesla Model S already looks like it’ll be the greatest electric car to ever hit the market. To get the one with the largest range, though, customers are looking at a price tag of a little over $100K.

The Model S with the 265-mile driving range costs $105,400, which puts it in the same league as the BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG and Porsche Panamera. Incredibly, the electric Tesla puts up performance numbers that rival those of the fossil-fuel-powered German hot shots. Zero-to-60 times hover between 3.5 and 3.9 seconds, horsepower ranges between 415 and 550, and 60-0 braking distances happen between 105 and 113 feet.

The Model S could be the car that ushers in the acceptance of EVs in the Unites States. Especially when it starts to hit the used market!

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