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Honeymoon or Porsche?

July 7th, 2014

2002 Porsche 911

My son just wanted to look. As a young car-obsessed kid interested in a future of car design, he is desperate to own a sports car. The kid has taste, though, and knows the value of a Porsche over a Corvette.

He wants his first car to be a Boxster so he can drive to high school in style.

He wants my new bride and me to own a 911.

Wishful thinking, right?

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The Car You Need to Buy Right Now

July 3rd, 2014

1992 Subaru SVX 2_dr_ls_awd_coupe-pic-20483

In the early 1990s, Subaru unleashed a car it would never introduce today. It was expensive and heavy, didn’t come with a manual transmission and performed only reasonably well.

But oh man, was it awesome.

The Subaru SVX was sold during a time when the Nissan 300ZX and Mitsubishi 3000GT jockeyed for position in the entry-level sports coupe market. It was also a time of financial hardship in the United States, which made the SVX a tough sell.

Today, it’s a car you should buy immediately if you can find one.

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1987 Jeep Lineup: Best Ever?

July 2nd, 2014

1987 Jeep Comanche

Remember when Jeep was awesome?

Back in the day, which is when everything cool and amazing happened, Jeep was the king of everything off-road. Even better, Jeep was affordable. If you were in the mood for a sturdy SUV that could go anywhere, Jeep was the only place you had to look.

But then things started to change. Maybe it was because the people at Jeep got lazy or greedy or maybe a combo of both, but Jeep split in two directions: inexpensive low-quality and really expensive luxury.

Can Jeep recover from that, or will another automaker step in to fill its shoes?

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The Upside of GM Recalls

June 25th, 2014

GM-recall

There’s a silver lining in every bad situation.

Sometimes you just have to look on the bright side.

After the rain comes a rainbow.

Every rose has its thorn.

Ridiculous clichés aside, there’s always an upside to even the lowest of situations. The General Motors ignition recall is certainly a low point for the world’s largest automaker, but some people are enjoying the benefits of said recall.

Who could possibly benefit from the disaster and tragedy of one of the biggest and most controversial recalls in history?

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Free Car, or Freak Car?

June 24th, 2014

1984_volvo_240

The online classified ad offered a free car, with a catch.

A 1984 Volvo 240, with 300,000 miles on the odometer but only 150,000 on the rebuilt motor, was advertised for sale at the cost of a case of beer. Why would anyone give away a perfectly good car to a complete stranger?

Economics, of course.

The listing, now removed, had a fantastic description of the car and its mostly reliable travels across the United States, including four trips to the Burning Man festival. The owner said the car would most definitely get its new owner from one point to another, eventually, and if a mobile jump-start kit was carried at all times.

The ad said that whoever got the car would have to contend with one other minor detail:

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GM Failing Recall Test?

June 17th, 2014

2014 Chevrolet Impala

Multiple-choice question:

When there’s a safety problem with a car, it’s best to fix it:

A) As cheaply and easily as possible.

B) As thoroughly as possible to make sure the faulty part performs as required.

The answer will be revealed later in this blog.

First, keep in mind that General Motors has had an extraordinarily tough year as it has dealt with the ramifications of waiting more than a decade to recall cars affected by an ignition-switch problem. That problem has proven fatal in a number of instances and is still in the process of being fixed.

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The Greatest BMW Ever?

June 5th, 2014

bmw 8 series

BMW created its masterpiece 25 years ago.

The flagship grand tourer topped the BMW product line and could be considered as much a supercar as a family car.

The legend of the BMW 8 Series lasted about a decade, with more than 30,000 copies built between 1988 and 1999. With a starting price of $70,000 and an available V12 sending power to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission, the car introduced features previously unseen on production cars.

The 8 Series died an untimely death, partly because new emissions standards were too cost prohibitive to meet without extensive re-engineering.

A new 8 Series may or may not ever hit the market, but what are the odds of snagging an old one?

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Comparison Shopping: Ford Versus Ferrari?

June 4th, 2014

1992_ferrari_348

Here’s a dilemma that doesn’t come up often: Would you get an old Ferrari or a new Ford?

An article on Top Gear raised that general question, and while things are a little different over in Europe, it applies here as well. The Ferrari in question is the 348, a midengine, rear-wheel-drive V8 2-seater built between 1988 and 1995. Fewer than 9,000 were built, which might make you think the car has appreciated in value over time.

Not so much.

It’s not cheap by any means, but here in the U.S. a 348 can be found for around $35,000. In the UK, prices are generally about 25,000 pounds, which is the number Top Gear used for comparison.

On our turf, we’ll stick with the $35K number. For that you’ll get a 25-year old car, a potential maintenance nightmare and a striking looker that’ll send your friends and neighbors head over heels. Is it worth getting one over a comparably priced new car like a Mustang GT?

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Does Selling Cars on Consignment Make Sense?

May 13th, 2014
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Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta: candidate for consignment

Bear with me on this analogy for a moment, gear heads. If you have a wife or girlfriend, this won’t be too difficult to comprehend.

When your significant other wants to get rid of some of her high-end clothes, what does she do? She won’t just give them away. She won’t typically put them on Craigslist and can’t trade them in for new clothes. If your girl is anything like mine, she’ll most likely take the big-money items to a consignment shop.

So why, guys and gals, when it’s time to sell a car, do we just list them on a classified site or trade them in? Could car consignment work?

There are a growing number of such businesses across the U.S., but a word of caution is in order before you go down that path.

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GM Recall Poses a Serious Safety Issue

February 26th, 2014

2008 Saturn Sky

Sometimes topics in the auto world get pretty serious.

We like to have some fun and make light of certain situations, but there are times when humor is off the table. The fact is, building cars is a dangerous business. A lot can go wrong when putting together the pieces of these metal capsules that hurl us down traffic-filled roads at upwards of 70 miles per hour.

Usually, things go according to plan, and our vehicles safely transport our families and us for many years. When things go wrong, though, lives can be lost. Even worse is when an automaker knows about a problem, but fails to act in time to save lives.

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