The Truth About Cars » Ur-Turn http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:20:56 +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 » Ur-Turn http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/editorials/ur-turn/ Ur-Turn: “Avanti!” She Cried http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ur-turn-avanti-cried/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ur-turn-avanti-cried/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1282082 (From “HW” comes a tale of a Corvette, a hot-blooded Alfa Veloce, and a young Italian wife with romance on her mind.) Sam, a good friend of mine, had lusted after a particular 1965 Corvette Stingray, and had somehow finally acquired the object of his desires. However, the cost of putting on 23 coats of a […]

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(From “HW” comes a tale of a Corvette, a hot-blooded Alfa Veloce, and a young Italian wife with romance on her mind.) Sam, a good friend of mine, had lusted after a particular 1965 Corvette Stingray, and had somehow finally acquired the object of his desires. However, the cost of putting on 23 coats of a […]

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How I Bought A Ridiculously Cheap Brand-new Nissan Leaf http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/bought-ridiculously-cheap-brand-new-nissan-leaf/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/bought-ridiculously-cheap-brand-new-nissan-leaf/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2015 14:35:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1175042 Aaron Cole’s articles about the ridiculous incentives available for purchasing a Leaf in Colorado piqued my interest, mostly because: I live in Colorado; and, I like the idea of paying way less than half of MSRP for a new car. We moved to an inner-ring suburb of Denver about a year ago with a family of six and the […]

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Aaron Cole’s articles about the ridiculous incentives available for purchasing a Leaf in Colorado piqued my interest, mostly because: I live in Colorado; and, I like the idea of paying way less than half of MSRP for a new car. We moved to an inner-ring suburb of Denver about a year ago with a family of six and the […]

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2015 Subaru Legacy Rental Car Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/2015-subaru-legacy-rental-car-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/2015-subaru-legacy-rental-car-review/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1129105 In my youth I was a vital, virile, male Manly Man. So manly that when I got a new ’86 GTI as my first “nice” car, I left off not only the automatic transmission but also the power steering. Mind you, it drove great — when it drove at all. One night my parents tossed me […]

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In my youth I was a vital, virile, male Manly Man. So manly that when I got a new ’86 GTI as my first “nice” car, I left off not only the automatic transmission but also the power steering. Mind you, it drove great — when it drove at all. One night my parents tossed me […]

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In Pictures: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/in-pictures-pittsburgh-vintage-grand-prix/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/in-pictures-pittsburgh-vintage-grand-prix/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1128953 I bet you didn’t know the longest continually running vintage car race and show in the nation is held in Yinzerville. That’s right. Every summer since 1983, Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park becomes the scene of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. The course consists of a 2.33 mile stretch of road inside the park that challenges drivers with its twenty […]

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I bet you didn’t know the longest continually running vintage car race and show in the nation is held in Yinzerville. That’s right. Every summer since 1983, Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park becomes the scene of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. The course consists of a 2.33 mile stretch of road inside the park that challenges drivers with its twenty […]

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TTAC Reader Pits Simulated MX-5 Against the Real Deal [with Video] http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/ttac-reader-pits-simulated-mx-5-against-the-real-deal-with-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/ttac-reader-pits-simulated-mx-5-against-the-real-deal-with-video/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1120377 My company, Force Dynamics, builds full-motion driving simulators. They work by tilting you as the simulated vehicle corners or accelerates, so your brain is tricked into feeling lateral or longitudinal accelerations. Sometimes people who watch our machines in action say, “This is moving way too much!” So when we started racing a Mazda Miata in the […]

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My company, Force Dynamics, builds full-motion driving simulators. They work by tilting you as the simulated vehicle corners or accelerates, so your brain is tricked into feeling lateral or longitudinal accelerations. Sometimes people who watch our machines in action say, “This is moving way too much!” So when we started racing a Mazda Miata in the […]

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A Nine Year Quest, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Looking Cool and Love the Van http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/nine-year-quest-learned-stop-worrying-looking-cool-love-van/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/nine-year-quest-learned-stop-worrying-looking-cool-love-van/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1047201 (If you have some time this weekend, this contribution, from our reader Robert, will be worth that time — JB) “I will NEVER drive a minivan.” Thus ended the first hostile negotiation serious discussion with my wife about our next vehicle purchase. The story so far: It was the summer of 2005. Our family truckster […]

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(If you have some time this weekend, this contribution, from our reader Robert, will be worth that time — JB) “I will NEVER drive a minivan.” Thus ended the first hostile negotiation serious discussion with my wife about our next vehicle purchase. The story so far: It was the summer of 2005. Our family truckster […]

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Ur-Turn: Death Of A Friend http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/ur-turn-death-of-a-friend/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/ur-turn-death-of-a-friend/#comments Sat, 17 May 2014 16:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=825114 (This week, major management and perhaps ownership changes were announced for Nelson Ledges Road Course. These changes might eventually include the closure and/or sale of the track. We asked noted NLRC racer and LeMons stalwart Daniel Sycks to write a piece in reflection — JB) Change is never easy. It doesn’t matter if its a […]

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(This week, major management and perhaps ownership changes were announced for Nelson Ledges Road Course. These changes might eventually include the closure and/or sale of the track. We asked noted NLRC racer and LeMons stalwart Daniel Sycks to write a piece in reflection — JB) Change is never easy. It doesn’t matter if its a […]

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Return Of The SE-R Project http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/return-of-the-se-r-project/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/return-of-the-se-r-project/#comments Sat, 10 May 2014 15:00:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=818754 (Cory Crelan returns, with more SE-R mayhem — JB) The plan was a simple one- sell Sentra SE-R #1 and keep the SCC project Sentra SE-R. A bout of bad indigestion was a good comparison to what happened next… just when you thought it was over there was another cramp, pain in the gut, or […]

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(Cory Crelan returns, with more SE-R mayhem — JB) The plan was a simple one- sell Sentra SE-R #1 and keep the SCC project Sentra SE-R. A bout of bad indigestion was a good comparison to what happened next… just when you thought it was over there was another cramp, pain in the gut, or […]

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Ur-Turn: TTAC Commenter Buickman Presents His Plan To Save GM http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/ur-turn-ttac-commenter-buickman-presents-his-plan-to-save-gm/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/ur-turn-ttac-commenter-buickman-presents-his-plan-to-save-gm/#comments Mon, 05 May 2014 17:19:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=815770 TTAC commenter Buickman, better known as Jim Dollinger to friends, colleagues and loved ones, was on Autoline Detroit last week to present his plan to save General Motors. Rather than present it in the form of an article, we’re posting Jim’s Autoline segment for your perusal The video should start right at Jim’s segment, but […]

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TTAC commenter Buickman, better known as Jim Dollinger to friends, colleagues and loved ones, was on Autoline Detroit last week to present his plan to save General Motors. Rather than present it in the form of an article, we’re posting Jim’s Autoline segment for your perusal The video should start right at Jim’s segment, but […]

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Ur-Turn: Need A Lyft? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/ur-turn-need-a-lyft/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/ur-turn-need-a-lyft/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:31:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=808658 TTAC reader Majda shares his tale of becoming a driver for ridesharing app Lyft. Few car enthusiasts get paid to drive soused, singing young women around town. I do. The price was zip-tying a pink moustache onto the grille of my Mazda3. I like to think of myself as the median reader of TTAC. I […]

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TTAC reader Majda shares his tale of becoming a driver for ridesharing app Lyft. Few car enthusiasts get paid to drive soused, singing young women around town. I do. The price was zip-tying a pink moustache onto the grille of my Mazda3. I like to think of myself as the median reader of TTAC. I […]

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Ur-Turn: The Cruze-amino Is GM’s CAFE-Proof Small Truck http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/ur-turn-the-cruze-amino-is-gms-cafe-proof-small-truck/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/ur-turn-the-cruze-amino-is-gms-cafe-proof-small-truck/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=779153 TTAC reader Evan Reisner thinks that a small pickup is just the ticket for GM. But it’s not the one you may expect. The prevailing wisdom on TTAC is that many Americans are interested in a compact pickup truck – but the same wisdom also suggests that such a truck would be bad for GM’s […]

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TTAC reader Evan Reisner thinks that a small pickup is just the ticket for GM. But it’s not the one you may expect. The prevailing wisdom on TTAC is that many Americans are interested in a compact pickup truck – but the same wisdom also suggests that such a truck would be bad for GM’s […]

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Ur-Turn: Autonomous Cars Are Already Here http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/ur-turn-autonomous-cars-are-already-here/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/ur-turn-autonomous-cars-are-already-here/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:19:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=775033 TTAC reader and former auto journalist Michael Banovsky writes about the inexorable move towards autonomous cars Autonomous cars are already here. It doesn’t matter if you’re testing an actual Google Car or cruising the Keys in a Pagoda-roof 230 SL, CUVing the kids to Hot Yoga or signing “11” on a deserted road. Autonomous cars […]

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TTAC reader and former auto journalist Michael Banovsky writes about the inexorable move towards autonomous cars Autonomous cars are already here. It doesn’t matter if you’re testing an actual Google Car or cruising the Keys in a Pagoda-roof 230 SL, CUVing the kids to Hot Yoga or signing “11” on a deserted road. Autonomous cars […]

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Ur-Turn: What It’s Worth http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/ur-turn-what-its-worth/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/ur-turn-what-its-worth/#comments Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=761305 Abraham Drimmer writes about moving from South Florida to Michigan in his Miata “You need to sell your car”, my father told me, when I informed him of my imminent departure. I got the call in mid-October, I’d be leaving Miami for Ann Arbor on short notice. “That thing is going to be absolutely worthless […]

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Abraham Drimmer writes about moving from South Florida to Michigan in his Miata “You need to sell your car”, my father told me, when I informed him of my imminent departure. I got the call in mid-October, I’d be leaving Miami for Ann Arbor on short notice. “That thing is going to be absolutely worthless […]

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Ur-Turn: Shopping For A Family Hauler http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/ur-turn-shopping-for-a-family-hauler/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/ur-turn-shopping-for-a-family-hauler/#comments Sun, 02 Mar 2014 14:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=758329 Reader Daniel Latini is a car guy and has a baby on the way. He’s looking for your advice on a new ride that can carry around his family. My wife is one of those generally temperate souls who has a few firecrackers strewn about her personality. New challenges can spark a little friction in […]

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Reader Daniel Latini is a car guy and has a baby on the way. He’s looking for your advice on a new ride that can carry around his family. My wife is one of those generally temperate souls who has a few firecrackers strewn about her personality. New challenges can spark a little friction in […]

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Ur-Turn: Saturation Dive Into The ZF 9-Speed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/ur-turn-saturation-dive-into-the-zf-9-speed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/ur-turn-saturation-dive-into-the-zf-9-speed/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:03:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=754105 A TTAC reader is an engineer with a major powertrain company, and offered his extremely detailed analysis of the ZF 9-speed. Consider this an AP level course in powertrain engineering. Before we dive right in to the 9-speed gearbox, let’s take a quick refresher on the basics of gears. The simplest gear set consists of 2 parallel […]

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A TTAC reader is an engineer with a major powertrain company, and offered his extremely detailed analysis of the ZF 9-speed. Consider this an AP level course in powertrain engineering. Before we dive right in to the 9-speed gearbox, let’s take a quick refresher on the basics of gears. The simplest gear set consists of 2 parallel […]

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Ur-Turn: The World Of Counterfeit Plastics http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/ur-turn-the-world-of-counterfeit-plastics/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/ur-turn-the-world-of-counterfeit-plastics/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=737753 TTAC reader Dean Trombetta is back, giving an insider’s look at a widely reported but mis-understood story involving automotive plastics. Last week, Aston Martin announced the recall of more than 17,000 vehicles for defective throttle pedals. The term “counterfeit plastic”, was frequently mentioned in the story, and for those not in the plastics business, the […]

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TTAC reader Dean Trombetta is back, giving an insider’s look at a widely reported but mis-understood story involving automotive plastics. Last week, Aston Martin announced the recall of more than 17,000 vehicles for defective throttle pedals. The term “counterfeit plastic”, was frequently mentioned in the story, and for those not in the plastics business, the […]

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Ur-Turn: Not Your Grandmother’s Nylons http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/ur-turn-not-your-grandmothers-nylons/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/ur-turn-not-your-grandmothers-nylons/#comments Thu, 02 Jan 2014 12:30:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=691266 TTAC reader Dean Trombetta sent us an article on anti-freeze resistant nylon and its applications in the automotive world. In early 2011, a class action lawsuit was filed against Porsche alleging that the company knowingly installed defective coolant pipes made of nylon into engines of Cayenne model SUV’s. Apparently, the pipes are very likely to […]

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TTAC reader Dean Trombetta sent us an article on anti-freeze resistant nylon and its applications in the automotive world. In early 2011, a class action lawsuit was filed against Porsche alleging that the company knowingly installed defective coolant pipes made of nylon into engines of Cayenne model SUV’s. Apparently, the pipes are very likely to […]

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Reader Rental Review: Seat Altea XL http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/ur-turn-seat-altea-xl-a-reader-rental-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/ur-turn-seat-altea-xl-a-reader-rental-review/#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:28:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=652242   This review comes from reader Nicholas Naylor, who rented a Seat Altea XL for a recent trip to Spain. My wife and I attended a wedding in southern Spain recently, along with another couple who are close friends of ours. We’re all taller than average, and being that we’re attending a wedding, the luggage […]

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  This review comes from reader Nicholas Naylor, who rented a Seat Altea XL for a recent trip to Spain. My wife and I attended a wedding in southern Spain recently, along with another couple who are close friends of ours. We’re all taller than average, and being that we’re attending a wedding, the luggage […]

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Ur-Turn: Mitsubishi’s Biggest Fan Discusses The Renault-Nissan Deal http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/ur-turn-mitsubishis-biggest-fan-discusses-the-renault-nissan-deal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/ur-turn-mitsubishis-biggest-fan-discusses-the-renault-nissan-deal/#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=651730 Today’s edition of Ur-Turn comes from Brian Driggs, a long-time TTAC reader, Mitsubishi fan and published of Gearbox Magazine, a digital enthusiast publication that we highly recommend. As a North American Mitsubishi enthusiast, I often find the dismissive comments about the brand disappointing. While the US might be the second largest market on the planet […]

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Today’s edition of Ur-Turn comes from Brian Driggs, a long-time TTAC reader, Mitsubishi fan and published of Gearbox Magazine, a digital enthusiast publication that we highly recommend. As a North American Mitsubishi enthusiast, I often find the dismissive comments about the brand disappointing. While the US might be the second largest market on the planet […]

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Luke’s Camaro, Part One http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/lukes-camaro-part-one/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/lukes-camaro-part-one/#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:45:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=650850 Luke, also known as “pharmer” here at TTAC, has a story to tell about his ’94 Camaro. Give him a warm welcome! — JB Let’s get something straight before we even get into this little story: I don’t live in a trailer, rock a mullet, work the swing shift at Burger King, or street race […]

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Luke, also known as “pharmer” here at TTAC, has a story to tell about his ’94 Camaro. Give him a warm welcome! — JB Let’s get something straight before we even get into this little story: I don’t live in a trailer, rock a mullet, work the swing shift at Burger King, or street race […]

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Ur-Turn: Why Drive? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/ur-turn-why-drive/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/ur-turn-why-drive/#comments Sun, 03 Nov 2013 14:47:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=640897 After noted Carrera Cup racer Sean Edwards was killed while instructing from the right seat, I wrote a piece on the incident for Road&Track. I also asked my friend Valerie Roedenbeck Maloof to contribute her thoughts here. Mrs. Maloof, whose work has also appeared in Porsche Panorama, is both a driver and the wife of […]

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After noted Carrera Cup racer Sean Edwards was killed while instructing from the right seat, I wrote a piece on the incident for Road&Track. I also asked my friend Valerie Roedenbeck Maloof to contribute her thoughts here. Mrs. Maloof, whose work has also appeared in Porsche Panorama, is both a driver and the wife of […]

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When Project Cars Become Project Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/when-project-cars-become-project-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/when-project-cars-become-project-cars/#comments Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:06:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=634713 Everybody please welcome Cory Crelan to these pages. He’s a TTAC reader who had the rather indefensible idea to buy a pair of Nissan Sentras… of course, they’re both SE-Rs. Check out his story and offer your feedback as to his future plans! — JB About three years after I sold my 1991 Nissan Sentra […]

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Everybody please welcome Cory Crelan to these pages. He’s a TTAC reader who had the rather indefensible idea to buy a pair of Nissan Sentras… of course, they’re both SE-Rs. Check out his story and offer your feedback as to his future plans! — JB About three years after I sold my 1991 Nissan Sentra […]

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Where Are The Buicks Of Yesteryear? They’re Here — With Pictures http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/where-are-the-buicks-of-yesteryear-theyre-here-with-pictures/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/where-are-the-buicks-of-yesteryear-theyre-here-with-pictures/#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:30:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=632314 Please welcome Jeff Stork, who comes to us from The Brougham Society with this story of an auto show and a young GM district manager, along with some great pictures. Check out his blog and Facebook page! — JB In January of 1988, I was in my first year as the Buick Milwaukee District Sales […]

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Please welcome Jeff Stork, who comes to us from The Brougham Society with this story of an auto show and a young GM district manager, along with some great pictures. Check out his blog and Facebook page! — JB In January of 1988, I was in my first year as the Buick Milwaukee District Sales […]

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Ur-Turn: I Bought A Mustang On A Whim http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/ur-turn-i-bought-a-mustang-on-a-whim/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/ur-turn-i-bought-a-mustang-on-a-whim/#comments Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:24:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=526009 Back in 2009 I wrote a blog about buying a Z4M on a whim. Four years later, I’ve made another impulse buy. Prior to moving to Seattle last summer my wife and I downsized our car stable and I purchased an $8k E39 530 as my daily driver.  Given how expensive Seattle can be I […]

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Back in 2009 I wrote a blog about buying a Z4M on a whim. Four years later, I’ve made another impulse buy. Prior to moving to Seattle last summer my wife and I downsized our car stable and I purchased an $8k E39 530 as my daily driver.  Given how expensive Seattle can be I […]

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Ur-Turn: “Last Rides(tm) Special Deluxe Edition” by Crabspirits http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/ur-turn-last-ridestm-special-deluxe-edition-by-crabspirits/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/ur-turn-last-ridestm-special-deluxe-edition-by-crabspirits/#comments Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:15:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=515865 From our very own “Crabspirits” comes this mid-week breaking of the fiction rules. As Anita Baker once sang, “Rules were made to be broken,” but I think of Crabspirits’ work as something beyond fiction. Myth, perhaps — JB Marty’s world was in the process of deflagration. The bowsprit of the ’41 Plymouth knifed through the […]

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From our very own “Crabspirits” comes this mid-week breaking of the fiction rules. As Anita Baker once sang, “Rules were made to be broken,” but I think of Crabspirits’ work as something beyond fiction. Myth, perhaps — JB Marty’s world was in the process of deflagration. The bowsprit of the ’41 Plymouth knifed through the […]

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