The Truth About Cars » Editorials http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:15:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Editorials http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/editorials/ Junkyard Find: 1984 Ford Escort Station Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1984-ford-escort-station-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1984-ford-escort-station-wagon/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:00:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1280986 The first North American Ford Escort went on sale for the 1981 model year; it was related to its Mark III Escort European counterpart but was more of a cousin than a sibling. It wasn’t a great car, but was such an improvement over its miserable Pinto predecessor that it flew off the showroom floors […]

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The first North American Ford Escort went on sale for the 1981 model year; it was related to its Mark III Escort European counterpart but was more of a cousin than a sibling. It wasn’t a great car, but was such an improvement over its miserable Pinto predecessor that it flew off the showroom floors […]

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Lemon or Lemonade?: A Visit to Yokosuka’s Vehicle Resale Lot http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/lemon-lemonade-visit-yokosukas-vehicle-resale-lot/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/lemon-lemonade-visit-yokosukas-vehicle-resale-lot/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:35:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1279890 I had the opportunity this week to visit United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka, a U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka, Japan originally established in 1866 by the Japanese Imperial Navy. The facilities are currently used to support and repair U.S. naval vessels assigned to the Western Pacific. On the day of my visit, there was a lot of […]

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I had the opportunity this week to visit United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka, a U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka, Japan originally established in 1866 by the Japanese Imperial Navy. The facilities are currently used to support and repair U.S. naval vessels assigned to the Western Pacific. On the day of my visit, there was a lot of […]

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2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Review – Take Two! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/2016-toyota-4runner-trd-pro-review-take-two/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/2016-toyota-4runner-trd-pro-review-take-two/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:50:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1279802 Since the introduction of its fifth generation, the Toyota 4Runner has been sold in three flavors: the base SR5, the loaded Limited, and the off-road focused Trail. But Toyota has a history of making small batches of special edition models and, for 2015, the carmaker showed off the Trail-based TRD Pro. The TRD Pro featured unique suspension […]

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Since the introduction of its fifth generation, the Toyota 4Runner has been sold in three flavors: the base SR5, the loaded Limited, and the off-road focused Trail. But Toyota has a history of making small batches of special edition models and, for 2015, the carmaker showed off the Trail-based TRD Pro. The TRD Pro featured unique suspension […]

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Junkyard Find: 1987 Hyundai Excel with Not-Rare-Enough Zero-Options Package http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1987-hyundai-excel-not-rare-enough-zero-options-package/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1987-hyundai-excel-not-rare-enough-zero-options-package/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:21:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1279530 I can’t think of any vehicle manufacturer whose products improved as much and as quickly as Hyundai’s did between the ghastly first-gen Excel and the very nice Hyundais of, say, the current century. The only new US-market car that was cheaper than the first Excel was the Yugo GV (which was, arguably, the better car), […]

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I can’t think of any vehicle manufacturer whose products improved as much and as quickly as Hyundai’s did between the ghastly first-gen Excel and the very nice Hyundais of, say, the current century. The only new US-market car that was cheaper than the first Excel was the Yugo GV (which was, arguably, the better car), […]

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I Sold a Scion Once http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/i-sold-a-scion-once/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/i-sold-a-scion-once/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:30:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1278850 Being a car flipper, tuner and technician that falls within the millennial age group should make me an ideal candidate for various Scions. Yet, when I attempted to jog my memory yesterday, I could think of only a a few I’ve touched with my own two hands. In fact, I’ve only flipped a single vehicle from Toyota’s youth brand: a repossessed xB […]

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Being a car flipper, tuner and technician that falls within the millennial age group should make me an ideal candidate for various Scions. Yet, when I attempted to jog my memory yesterday, I could think of only a a few I’ve touched with my own two hands. In fact, I’ve only flipped a single vehicle from Toyota’s youth brand: a repossessed xB […]

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Ask Bark: Growing a Family While Trying To Shrink Bills http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-bark-growing-family-trying-shrink-bills/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-bark-growing-family-trying-shrink-bills/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:30:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1279394 Ben writes: Hi Bark, I am currently in my second year of a 3 1/2 year lease on a 2015 Mazda3 GT — which is probably the most engaging, convenient and efficient vehicle I’ve ever owned. Everything they say about Mazda nailing the driving dynamics is spot on. I wasn’t married prior to leasing the vehicle, nor did I […]

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Ben writes: Hi Bark, I am currently in my second year of a 3 1/2 year lease on a 2015 Mazda3 GT — which is probably the most engaging, convenient and efficient vehicle I’ve ever owned. Everything they say about Mazda nailing the driving dynamics is spot on. I wasn’t married prior to leasing the vehicle, nor did I […]

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Piston Slap: The Truth About Throwaway Motors (Part III) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/piston-slap-truth-throwaway-motors-part-iii/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/piston-slap-truth-throwaway-motors-part-iii/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 13:00:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1160794 Kenneth writes: Which cars and trucks that have throwaway motors? I was one payment from finishing my debt on a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser and my timing belt came off. Immediately, my valves were destroyed. I would not want to buy another engine like that. I am now $20,000 in debt buying another car. (Toyota Corolla) Thanks […]

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Kenneth writes: Which cars and trucks that have throwaway motors? I was one payment from finishing my debt on a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser and my timing belt came off. Immediately, my valves were destroyed. I would not want to buy another engine like that. I am now $20,000 in debt buying another car. (Toyota Corolla) Thanks […]

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Why I Race a Crapcan Buick Regal http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/race-crapcan-buick-regal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/race-crapcan-buick-regal/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 19:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1273977 Mark recently asked me a question: “Why do you race a Buick?” No one has ever asked me that directly. Frankly, I didn’t have a specific answer. My team and I were simply playing by the strict-ish-ly simple 24 Hours of Lemons rule: “Vehicles must be acquired and prepared for a maximum of $500.” The rest is history […]

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Mark recently asked me a question: “Why do you race a Buick?” No one has ever asked me that directly. Frankly, I didn’t have a specific answer. My team and I were simply playing by the strict-ish-ly simple 24 Hours of Lemons rule: “Vehicles must be acquired and prepared for a maximum of $500.” The rest is history […]

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I Bought a Scion Once http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/i-bought-a-scion-once/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/i-bought-a-scion-once/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1278722 “Sir, I don’t think you understand how our pricing model works.” It was the winter of 2004, and a sad-sack of a salesman sat at the desk across from Mrs. Bark and me at a morbidly depressing Toyota-Scion dealership near Dayton, Ohio. My dear wife was the less-than-proud owner of a 2001 Hyundai Elantra that […]

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“Sir, I don’t think you understand how our pricing model works.” It was the winter of 2004, and a sad-sack of a salesman sat at the desk across from Mrs. Bark and me at a morbidly depressing Toyota-Scion dealership near Dayton, Ohio. My dear wife was the less-than-proud owner of a 2001 Hyundai Elantra that […]

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No Fixed Abode: Barack Obama, Scion Killer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/no-fixed-abode-barack-obama-scion-killer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/no-fixed-abode-barack-obama-scion-killer/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1278730 One coupe flies, two coupes die. By the time that Akio Toyoda was standing on that Detroit stage crowing about the triumph of the LC500, the nails were already being hammered into Scion’s coffin. The Scion tC, perhaps the best combination of practicality, style, and durability available for under twenty-five grand in the United States, […]

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One coupe flies, two coupes die. By the time that Akio Toyoda was standing on that Detroit stage crowing about the triumph of the LC500, the nails were already being hammered into Scion’s coffin. The Scion tC, perhaps the best combination of practicality, style, and durability available for under twenty-five grand in the United States, […]

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Junkyard Find: 1970 Ford Econoline Van http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1970-ford-econoline-van-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1970-ford-econoline-van-2/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:30:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1278042 The Ford Econoline went from having a forward-control/mid-engine layout to sporting a stubby hood with the engine moved a bit forward for the 1968 through 1974 model years. Every time I see one of these vans in a wrecking yard, it has been so thoroughly used up that I feel compelled to break out my […]

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The Ford Econoline went from having a forward-control/mid-engine layout to sporting a stubby hood with the engine moved a bit forward for the 1968 through 1974 model years. Every time I see one of these vans in a wrecking yard, it has been so thoroughly used up that I feel compelled to break out my […]

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Honda Orders Stop Sale of 2016 Civic, 2-liter Engine to Blame http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/honda-orders-stop-sale-2016-civic-2-liter-engine-blame/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/honda-orders-stop-sale-2016-civic-2-liter-engine-blame/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:30:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1278218 CivicX is reporting that Honda has ordered a stop sale on all 2-liter four-cylinder-equipped 2016 Honda Civics. To blame: piston pin snap rings, which may be incorrectly installed or not installed at all. This is the first recall of Honda’s tenth-generation Civic and includes 33,735 units in the United States and an additional 8,000 units in Canada. The […]

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CivicX is reporting that Honda has ordered a stop sale on all 2-liter four-cylinder-equipped 2016 Honda Civics. To blame: piston pin snap rings, which may be incorrectly installed or not installed at all. This is the first recall of Honda’s tenth-generation Civic and includes 33,735 units in the United States and an additional 8,000 units in Canada. The […]

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Ask Bark: What Car Should I Buy For Double Duty? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-bark-car-buy-double-duty/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-bark-car-buy-double-duty/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1277097 Best & Brightest, you certainly didn’t disappoint in the last installment of Ask Bark. While some of you seem to be confused about the difference between asking for friendly advice and asking for a full evaluation of one’s values, I know that Greg appreciated your advice almost as much as he appreciated mine. Well done, B&B. Now, let’s examine this […]

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Best & Brightest, you certainly didn’t disappoint in the last installment of Ask Bark. While some of you seem to be confused about the difference between asking for friendly advice and asking for a full evaluation of one’s values, I know that Greg appreciated your advice almost as much as he appreciated mine. Well done, B&B. Now, let’s examine this […]

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Junkyard Find: 1989 Pontiac Grand Prix Coupe, with Rare Manual Transmission Option http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1989-pontiac-grand-prix-coupe-rare-manual-transmission-option/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1989-pontiac-grand-prix-coupe-rare-manual-transmission-option/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1277385 While it was possible to buy a new W-body late-1980s/early-1990s Lumina, Cutlass Supreme, or Grand Prix with a five-speed manual transmission, almost nobody did so. These cars have become pretty rare by now, so the chances of finding a five-speed Grand Prix in the junkyard are about the same as finding a five-speed BMW 7-Series; […]

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While it was possible to buy a new W-body late-1980s/early-1990s Lumina, Cutlass Supreme, or Grand Prix with a five-speed manual transmission, almost nobody did so. These cars have become pretty rare by now, so the chances of finding a five-speed Grand Prix in the junkyard are about the same as finding a five-speed BMW 7-Series; […]

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Michael Moore Thinks Flint’s Water Crisis is a Massive Conspiracy http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/michael-moore-thinks-flints-water-crisis-massive-conspiracy/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/michael-moore-thinks-flints-water-crisis-massive-conspiracy/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1277642 I’ve always been a fan of Michael Moore — the “Me” in “Roger and Me” and creator of many other documentaries over the years — for tackling controversial topics. However, many of his points have to be put in better context. To wit: his latest Top 10 article at EcoWatch regarding the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. […]

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I’ve always been a fan of Michael Moore — the “Me” in “Roger and Me” and creator of many other documentaries over the years — for tackling controversial topics. However, many of his points have to be put in better context. To wit: his latest Top 10 article at EcoWatch regarding the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. […]

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2016 Nissan Sentra Review – Nissan’s Compact Goes Premium http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/2016-nissan-sentra-review-nissans-compact-goes-premium/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/2016-nissan-sentra-review-nissans-compact-goes-premium/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1276377 Traditional car shoppers are moving away from small sedans and toward compact crossovers. That’s the conventional wisdom used to explain the slowing sales we see in some models. But could there be another reason? Could it simply be a lack of focus and attention to the compact segment? There is one model that’s seen a meteoric rise in […]

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Traditional car shoppers are moving away from small sedans and toward compact crossovers. That’s the conventional wisdom used to explain the slowing sales we see in some models. But could there be another reason? Could it simply be a lack of focus and attention to the compact segment? There is one model that’s seen a meteoric rise in […]

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In Which We Bid Farewell to The Newsbot and Replace It With … http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/bid-farewell-newsbot-replace/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/bid-farewell-newsbot-replace/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2016 21:05:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1276129 … well, nobody. Allow me to explain. After nine months of running TTAC more or less solo, with the exception of Aaron’s stewardship on the daily-news side of things, I’ve realized it’s time for a change. For starters, I’m tired. Working 60- and 70-hour weeks for nine months straight is not healthy for anyone. At the […]

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… well, nobody. Allow me to explain. After nine months of running TTAC more or less solo, with the exception of Aaron’s stewardship on the daily-news side of things, I’ve realized it’s time for a change. For starters, I’m tired. Working 60- and 70-hour weeks for nine months straight is not healthy for anyone. At the […]

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Thank You and Goodbye http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/thank-you-and-goodbye/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/thank-you-and-goodbye/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2016 20:37:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1276289 After 853 posts, No. 854 will be my last. Or, at least, my final scheduled story for now. Over the past year, I’ve gotten to know TTAC, its readership, fellowship, authors, contributors, editors and the B&B. Among the thousands of words that I’ve written that have reached your eyeballs, there are only three that come […]

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After 853 posts, No. 854 will be my last. Or, at least, my final scheduled story for now. Over the past year, I’ve gotten to know TTAC, its readership, fellowship, authors, contributors, editors and the B&B. Among the thousands of words that I’ve written that have reached your eyeballs, there are only three that come […]

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Ask Bozi: How Are Deployed Airbags Repaired? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ask-bozi-deployed-airbags-repaired/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ask-bozi-deployed-airbags-repaired/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1274921 We discussed the general process of repairing a salvage car a few weeks ago and one commenter asked about airbags. Joe Btfsplk writes: How do you deal with deployed airbags? Are used parts allowed to be used in salvage vehicles? This seems to get little attention in the article. Dealing with deployed airbags in modern cars […]

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We discussed the general process of repairing a salvage car a few weeks ago and one commenter asked about airbags. Joe Btfsplk writes: How do you deal with deployed airbags? Are used parts allowed to be used in salvage vehicles? This seems to get little attention in the article. Dealing with deployed airbags in modern cars […]

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Doug Drives: No, Your ‘Rare’ Car Isn’t Going To Shoot Up In Value http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/doug-drives-no-your-rare-car-isnt-going-to-shoot-up-in-value/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/doug-drives-no-your-rare-car-isnt-going-to-shoot-up-in-value/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1275921 I wish I had $100 for every time someone told me their rare car was going to shoot up in value. If I did, I would invest it in the stock market, which is something that actually might shoot up in value. Their rare car, of course, will stay behind, largely due to the old […]

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I wish I had $100 for every time someone told me their rare car was going to shoot up in value. If I did, I would invest it in the stock market, which is something that actually might shoot up in value. Their rare car, of course, will stay behind, largely due to the old […]

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Here Are the ‘Winners’ of the ‘TEXAS EDITION’ Badges http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/winners-texas-edition-badges/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/winners-texas-edition-badges/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1274801 Last week I offered you, the man or woman in the street, a chance to own a “TEXAS EDITION” badge at my expense. I asked you to tell me what you’d do with such a badge. After an exhaustive selection process consisting of me having a couple shots of Ketel One Citroen and picking shit […]

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Last week I offered you, the man or woman in the street, a chance to own a “TEXAS EDITION” badge at my expense. I asked you to tell me what you’d do with such a badge. After an exhaustive selection process consisting of me having a couple shots of Ketel One Citroen and picking shit […]

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2016 Hyundai Veloster Rental Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2016-hyundai-veloster-rental-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2016-hyundai-veloster-rental-review/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2016 14:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1275657 Did you ever have to find a way to survive and you knew your choices were bad, but you had to survive? Irving Rosenfeld, “American Hustle“ The rental car lottery is a funny thing. Some days you win; other days you end up having your olfactory receptors assaulted by an invisible army of plastic-forming chemical fumes. Faced […]

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Did you ever have to find a way to survive and you knew your choices were bad, but you had to survive? Irving Rosenfeld, “American Hustle“ The rental car lottery is a funny thing. Some days you win; other days you end up having your olfactory receptors assaulted by an invisible army of plastic-forming chemical fumes. Faced […]

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Volkswagen Execs Have Lost the Plot http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/volkswagen-execs-lost-plot/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/volkswagen-execs-lost-plot/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2016 20:00:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1275041 Refuting a report that many Volkswagen managers were involved with a widespread cheating scandal involving 11 million cars worldwide, at least three different regional offices and hundreds of employees, the automaker’s top brass has other ideas. “No one has spoken with me,” Volkswagen’s CEO Matthis Müller told reporters on Thursday according to Reuters. “You got […]

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Refuting a report that many Volkswagen managers were involved with a widespread cheating scandal involving 11 million cars worldwide, at least three different regional offices and hundreds of employees, the automaker’s top brass has other ideas. “No one has spoken with me,” Volkswagen’s CEO Matthis Müller told reporters on Thursday according to Reuters. “You got […]

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Ask Bark: What Should I Buy For My First Whip? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ask-bark-buy-first-whip/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ask-bark-buy-first-whip/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1274017 Ask Bark? is picking up steam like a train on the island of Sodor, man! Thanks for all of your questions after last week’s installment, as well as the great advice you gave our friend, Josh. However, be warned — Bark will not be punked like the author of “Ask Amy” was this week. Don’t write […]

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Ask Bark? is picking up steam like a train on the island of Sodor, man! Thanks for all of your questions after last week’s installment, as well as the great advice you gave our friend, Josh. However, be warned — Bark will not be punked like the author of “Ask Amy” was this week. Don’t write […]

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2016 Honda Civic EX Review – All-in on Active Safety http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2016-honda-civic-ex-review-active-safety/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2016-honda-civic-ex-review-active-safety/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:00:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1270025 Honda received much flogging from the press for the last-generation Civic. The 2012 model was the result of Honda improperly reading the Magic 8-Ball amid the global slowdown. Honda’s decision makers assumed shoppers would be looking for something more modest, perhaps even austere, and changed direction to suit. The competition, assuming shoppers would be looking for greater creature comforts […]

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Honda received much flogging from the press for the last-generation Civic. The 2012 model was the result of Honda improperly reading the Magic 8-Ball amid the global slowdown. Honda’s decision makers assumed shoppers would be looking for something more modest, perhaps even austere, and changed direction to suit. The competition, assuming shoppers would be looking for greater creature comforts […]

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