The Truth About Cars » Maintenance http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 TTAC Project Car: Sacrifice to The Sierra Gods! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/ttac-project-car-sacrifice-sierra-gods/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/ttac-project-car-sacrifice-sierra-gods/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1128273   No surprise, the auto journo that insists on everything LS-swapped is actually a big ol’ fraud. Do as he says, not as he does with TTAC’s Project Car — a 1983 Ford Sierra Ghia previously reviewed with the promise of more to come. Promises: kept. After scouring the interwebs, reading about the Sierra’s factory […]

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  No surprise, the auto journo that insists on everything LS-swapped is actually a big ol’ fraud. Do as he says, not as he does with TTAC’s Project Car — a 1983 Ford Sierra Ghia previously reviewed with the promise of more to come. Promises: kept. After scouring the interwebs, reading about the Sierra’s factory […]

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TTAC Readers Call it: Town & Country Troubles http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/ttac-readers-call-town-country-troubles/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/ttac-readers-call-town-country-troubles/#comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 20:28:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=955890 Way back on August 13, 2013, just two comments into the discussion in which I trumpeted to the world the selection of the Chrysler Town and Country S as the chariot of choice for the mid-size Kreutzer family, user “Infinitime” wrote: The only hesitation I have about buying a Caravan when the time comes, is […]

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Way back on August 13, 2013, just two comments into the discussion in which I trumpeted to the world the selection of the Chrysler Town and Country S as the chariot of choice for the mid-size Kreutzer family, user “Infinitime” wrote: The only hesitation I have about buying a Caravan when the time comes, is […]

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Toyota Recalls 870,000 Units Due To Arachnophobia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/toyota-recalls-870000-units-due-to-arachnophobia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/toyota-recalls-870000-units-due-to-arachnophobia/#comments Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:07:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=627250 One blah Monday morning, you’re commuting to the anonymous office park some 90 minutes away from the bedroom community you call a home in your equally anonymous Toyota Camry Hybrid, listening to yet another story about Congress kicking cans down roads and/or some wacky antics your favorite DJs had the past weekend while you take […]

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One blah Monday morning, you’re commuting to the anonymous office park some 90 minutes away from the bedroom community you call a home in your equally anonymous Toyota Camry Hybrid, listening to yet another story about Congress kicking cans down roads and/or some wacky antics your favorite DJs had the past weekend while you take […]

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Total Recall Update: Rustectomy Successful But Change Is In The Wind http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/total-recall-update-rustectomy-successful-but-change-is-in-the-wind/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/total-recall-update-rustectomy-successful-but-change-is-in-the-wind/#comments Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:56:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=497310 Saturday was a day of reckoning for my Ford Freestar. As detailed in an article I wrote last week, my Freestar required a trip to the dealer to repair rust related issues that affected the rear wheel wells and the third row seat latches and the cost of the repairs were covered by Ford under […]

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Saturday was a day of reckoning for my Ford Freestar. As detailed in an article I wrote last week, my Freestar required a trip to the dealer to repair rust related issues that affected the rear wheel wells and the third row seat latches and the cost of the repairs were covered by Ford under […]

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Nissan Gakuen: My Visit To Nissan’s Technical College http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/nissan-gakuen-my-visit-to-nissans-technical-college/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/nissan-gakuen-my-visit-to-nissans-technical-college/#comments Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:09:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=496817 A lifetime of World War 2 movies and an 11 year marriage has taught me one thing about the Japanese; they never do anything half way. Whether it is diving a Zero into an American ship or cutting yours truly down to size, if it is a job worth doing it is worth being fanatical […]

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A lifetime of World War 2 movies and an 11 year marriage has taught me one thing about the Japanese; they never do anything half way. Whether it is diving a Zero into an American ship or cutting yours truly down to size, if it is a job worth doing it is worth being fanatical […]

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Gettin’ Lubed: I Was A Minit Lube Minuteman http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/gettin-lubed-i-was-a-minit-lube-minuteman/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/gettin-lubed-i-was-a-minit-lube-minuteman/#comments Wed, 12 Jun 2013 22:06:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491628 I still remember them. Tall and clear eyed, their square jaws clenched tightly as a sign of their strict discipline and inherent resolve, they dressed in perfectly pressed brown shirts and marched in straight, ordered ranks before the camera. For them there was only duty and their duty was their honor. Nothing would sway them […]

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I still remember them. Tall and clear eyed, their square jaws clenched tightly as a sign of their strict discipline and inherent resolve, they dressed in perfectly pressed brown shirts and marched in straight, ordered ranks before the camera. For them there was only duty and their duty was their honor. Nothing would sway them […]

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Dark Days: Broken Hearts and Blown Gaskets http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/dark-days-broken-hearts-and-blown-gaskets/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/dark-days-broken-hearts-and-blown-gaskets/#comments Fri, 31 May 2013 14:41:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489859 She done me wrong. I was beside myself with grief, anger and stress. Things had been going so well when, suddenly, a former lover waltzed back into her life and caused her to leave me in the lurch. Part of me wanted to win her back, to show her I was better than him. The […]

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She done me wrong. I was beside myself with grief, anger and stress. Things had been going so well when, suddenly, a former lover waltzed back into her life and caused her to leave me in the lurch. Part of me wanted to win her back, to show her I was better than him. The […]

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Shakken Up: How A Little American Persistance And One Little, Old Japanese Man Beat The System http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/shakken-up-how-a-little-american-persistance-and-one-little-old-japanese-man-beat-the-system/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/shakken-up-how-a-little-american-persistance-and-one-little-old-japanese-man-beat-the-system/#comments Mon, 04 Mar 2013 10:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=479631 Wherever I am in the world I will always be a typical American man. Despite a lot of the stereotypes that spring to mind when I say that, I learned a long time ago that it isn’t a bad thing. I was raised right and I have solid values. When seats are limited I will […]

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Wherever I am in the world I will always be a typical American man. Despite a lot of the stereotypes that spring to mind when I say that, I learned a long time ago that it isn’t a bad thing. I was raised right and I have solid values. When seats are limited I will […]

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How to Buy a Used Car – Pt. 3: Due Diligence (The Inspection) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/how-to-buy-a-used-car-pt-3-due-diligence-the-inspection/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/how-to-buy-a-used-car-pt-3-due-diligence-the-inspection/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2012 13:59:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457181 [Ed: Part one of Steve Lang’s updated used car buying guide is here, part two is here.] You can rigorously apply the tests described by previous installments of this series without encountering a single setback. However when it comes to buying a used car, it pays to assume one simple salient fact: you don’t know the complete truth. At least not […]

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[Ed: Part one of Steve Lang’s updated used car buying guide is here, part two is here.] You can rigorously apply the tests described by previous installments of this series without encountering a single setback. However when it comes to buying a used car, it pays to assume one simple salient fact: you don’t know the complete truth. At least not […]

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Five Simple Technologies For The Long Haul http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/five-simple-technologies-for-the-long-haul/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/five-simple-technologies-for-the-long-haul/#comments Sat, 21 Jul 2012 19:10:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453706 Everybody wants a deal. But precious few people are willing to change their habits to make their deal last longer. The casualties of the rough and reckless are expensive and almost always preventable. For every person who complains about an automatic transmission giving out, there are ten people who still insist on shifting from reverse […]

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Everybody wants a deal. But precious few people are willing to change their habits to make their deal last longer. The casualties of the rough and reckless are expensive and almost always preventable. For every person who complains about an automatic transmission giving out, there are ten people who still insist on shifting from reverse […]

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The Joy of Wrenching http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/the-joy-of-wrenching/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/the-joy-of-wrenching/#comments Thu, 10 May 2012 06:11:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=443710 Yesterday was my day off, and by “day off” I of course mean, “day in which I work my ass off sans remuneration”. No doubt this’ll strike a chord with those of you who also have older houses with plenty of, uh, character. It was a day no thumbs would die by accidental hammer-blow: there […]

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Yesterday was my day off, and by “day off” I of course mean, “day in which I work my ass off sans remuneration”. No doubt this’ll strike a chord with those of you who also have older houses with plenty of, uh, character. It was a day no thumbs would die by accidental hammer-blow: there […]

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How Much Did You Spend On Your Car? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/how-much-did-you-spend-on-your-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/how-much-did-you-spend-on-your-car/#comments Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:20:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=437843 Car owners have a warped view when it comes to their automobile’s cost. When you ask someone the, “How much did you spend..”  question, their usual response is to take the price they paid and just let that be that. “Oh, I got this Mercedes for $50k.” They then will usually go about telling you […]

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Car owners have a warped view when it comes to their automobile’s cost. When you ask someone the, “How much did you spend..”  question, their usual response is to take the price they paid and just let that be that. “Oh, I got this Mercedes for $50k.” They then will usually go about telling you […]

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The Tesla Roadster “Bricking” Story Deconstructed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/the-tesla-roadster-bricking-story-details-deconstructed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/the-tesla-roadster-bricking-story-details-deconstructed/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2012 17:47:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=432441 I was originally hesitant to jump on the Tesla Roadster “bricked batteries” bandwagon, and my initial story was written with a sort of cautious neutrality. Further context will be provided by the details that have surfaced in the 24 hours since the story broke. Hope you’re ready to dive in to it all. Original story […]

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I was originally hesitant to jump on the Tesla Roadster “bricked batteries” bandwagon, and my initial story was written with a sort of cautious neutrality. Further context will be provided by the details that have surfaced in the 24 hours since the story broke. Hope you’re ready to dive in to it all. Original story […]

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The Fix Is In As GM Makes Changes To Volt After NHTSA Investigation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/the-fix-is-in-as-gm-makes-changes-to-volt-after-nhtsa-investigation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/the-fix-is-in-as-gm-makes-changes-to-volt-after-nhtsa-investigation/#comments Thu, 05 Jan 2012 22:25:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=424566 General Motors announced changes to the Chevrolet Volt’s design after a NHTSA investigation into why a Volt caught fire following crash testing. The changes will go into effect once production restarts at the Hamtramck, Michigan facility, but customer cars already sold will follow a different protocol. Starting in February, GM will initiate a “voluntary customer satisfaction […]

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General Motors announced changes to the Chevrolet Volt’s design after a NHTSA investigation into why a Volt caught fire following crash testing. The changes will go into effect once production restarts at the Hamtramck, Michigan facility, but customer cars already sold will follow a different protocol. Starting in February, GM will initiate a “voluntary customer satisfaction […]

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Dodge A100 Hell Project: You Want Luxury? Here’s Luxury! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/dodge-a100-hell-project-you-want-luxury-heres-luxury/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/dodge-a100-hell-project-you-want-luxury-heres-luxury/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=387714 These days, we’ve got endless choices in plush, comfy trucks. Back when my 1966 Dodge A100 project van was built, the top trim level of the A100 was the Sportsman Custom, and that was one of your few luxury-truck choices at the time. Naturally, I insisted on a Sportsman Custom when I went shopping for […]

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These days, we’ve got endless choices in plush, comfy trucks. Back when my 1966 Dodge A100 project van was built, the top trim level of the A100 was the Sportsman Custom, and that was one of your few luxury-truck choices at the time. Naturally, I insisted on a Sportsman Custom when I went shopping for […]

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