Of course every shopper wants to purchase a reliable car. When pouring this much money into a single item, you probably expect that purchase to last a good long while, especially one as important as a car. That’s why reliability in a vehicle becomes such an important metric when considering where to throw your money. But how do you measure reliability? It certainly is a measurement that has to be taken with quite a few grains of salt. But, by the way we look at it, the issue of reliability can be addressed with one question: Would I feel comfortable buying this vehicle if it had over 100,000 miles on it?
The Volkswagen Beetle has a long history in the United States, and an even longer past in the rest of the world.
It’s a history that begins in the 1930s and includes Adolf Hitler, Ferdinand Porsche, and an entire country of people who flocked to purchase the new and inexpensive car built for the German autobahn.
Originally called the Volkswagen Type 1, the Beetle was manufactured from 1938 until 2003 and thrived in the U.S. in the 1950s and 1960s. More than 21 million cars were made before worldwide production ended in 2003.
A modern version of the VW Beetle still zips around U.S. roads, but its days may be numbered.
Well, reasonable money, anyway.
Yesterday came news that another legendary rig would invade the shores of the United States and give the Wrangler some serious opposition. Could this new challenger make the aging Jeep look like a Tonka toy lost in a sand dune?
If you’re one of the unfortunate people to have experienced an auto theft, you’re familiar with how invasive and unsettling it is to know someone has your car.
At first you think you just can’t remember where you parked. You spin in circles, visually scouring the parking lot for any sign of your car. Then you replay the events in your mind of where you parked and try to convince yourself that your memory isn’t playing tricks on you.
Soon the realization sets in that you haven’t merely misplaced your car, it’s been stolen.
Varying degrees of panic ensue, along with calls to the police and family members asking for help. In some cases the car is found and returned unharmed. Sometimes it’s found but completely destroyed. Sometimes it’s never found at all.
Keep reading for an example of a car returned 42 years after it was stolen, and an attempted theft that resulted in some hefty “car-ma” for a would-be thief.
You’d think everyone who ventures into the countryside finds forgotten but beautiful cars inside rotting old barns.
As often as the topic of “barn finds” comes up in the auto world, it appears they are as common as finding a Starbucks on a downtown corner in Seattle.
Barn finds are rare, though, at least if we’re talking about finds that could be worth some cash. I was lucky enough to have a barn find of my own once, but it was a 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan. Granted, it was the Sport edition, but it wasn’t exactly on par with the old Bugattis and Ferraris people seem to stumble across.
A find in France just may go down in history as the greatest barn find ever.
As time goes on and we look back at decades past, the ’80s become a weirder time for everyone. It was a pretty good time for cars, though, to be honest. Cars from the ’80s are still holding up to this day, and finding these 30-plus-year-old vehicles is becoming more desirable for some people. A lot of cars from the ’80s still move off sales lots pretty quickly. Not too surprising when these American classics are becoming increasingly rare and desirable. Many have long been discontinued, and that rarity has only increased their value.
Young people today may recognize Chevelle as the name of a band rather than a muscle car.
Those of us who grew up with the era of muscle cars in our recent past remember the Chevelle as a kick-butt V8-powered coupe. Those with even deeper car knowledge know the Chevelle was one of GM’s most popular nameplates in the 1960s and ’70s, spawning 4-door, convertible, coupe, and station-wagon versions.
The car disappeared after 1977, when the Malibu took over and buyers shifted to a slightly smaller car.
For almost four decades the Chevelle name has sat dormant. Is it coming back?
I like to live in a world that makes sense, but sometimes that’s just not in the cards. An article over at Automotive News ran with the headline, “Can Dodge Rebuild Pontiac Excitement?”
The headline alone leaves me with three questions:
- Why would Dodge want to rebuild from Pontiac’s ashes?
- Did Pontiac even have any real “excitement” after the 1969 GTO?
- Pontiac failed. Shouldn’t Dodge chart a new course?
The point of the article is that General Motors left some holes in the market when it shuttered Pontiac and Hummer, and FCA is primed to fill them with Dodge and Jeep.
Let’s just get this straight:
The Bronco represents an iconic time in the development of the modern-day SUV, and plenty of rumors have floated around that it might be resurrected.
It won’t. But the rumor won’t die.
Would people even buy a go-anywhere 2-door SUV in this market? Would a new Bronco be anything more than a desperate plea by Ford to harken back to a long-gone era?
A simple online search for “new Ford Bronco” brings up many pages of home bloggers declaring that the legendary rig will indeed return for the 2016 model year.
Not even close.
I’ve been known to watch the occasional cat video online or to sometimes partake in viewing compilations of motorcycle jump fails. Of course, I’ll waste time on dumb stuff, too, such as online quizzes that serve no purpose other than providing advertisers a place to reach me.
One of those quizzes sucked me in, and I normally wouldn’t share my results or admit that I used valuable work time to complete it, but today, being Friday and all, I’ll make an exception.
The quiz was titled, “Can You Match the Car to the Movie?”
Well, of course I can. I am, after all, a car guy, so I expected a hundred percent. As it turns out, to know your movie cars, it’s also good to know a thing or two about movies.
Which I apparently I don’t.