The Truth About Cars » Capsule Reviews http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:30:15 +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 » Capsule Reviews http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/news-blog/capsule-reviews/ 2015 Buick LaCrosse Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/review-2015-buick-lacrosse/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/review-2015-buick-lacrosse/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 14:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1052529 My name is Satish Kondapavulur. I am what most baby boomers would call “a millennial.” I like Vampire Weekend, streaming movies on Netflix, and playing Gran Turismo. My plans this weekend involve driving to Berkeley, going to whatever eardrum-splitting concert my friends want to see, with my dinner plans probably being a burger and fries […]

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My name is Satish Kondapavulur. I am what most baby boomers would call “a millennial.” I like Vampire Weekend, streaming movies on Netflix, and playing Gran Turismo. My plans this weekend involve driving to Berkeley, going to whatever eardrum-splitting concert my friends want to see, with my dinner plans probably being a burger and fries […]

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2015 Infiniti QX70S RWD Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/review-2015-infiniti-qx70s-rwd/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/review-2015-infiniti-qx70s-rwd/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1050265 Fifteen years ago, buying a practical luxury car to replace a Honda Accord meant going down to your BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, or occasionally, Audi showroom and coming back with a 5-Series, E-Class, GS, or if you were particularly brave, an A6. All these brands except Audi had SUVs at the time though, but they were hardly replacements […]

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Fifteen years ago, buying a practical luxury car to replace a Honda Accord meant going down to your BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, or occasionally, Audi showroom and coming back with a 5-Series, E-Class, GS, or if you were particularly brave, an A6. All these brands except Audi had SUVs at the time though, but they were hardly replacements […]

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Capsule Review: 2003 Chevrolet Zafira CD 2.0 8v http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/capsule-review-2003-chevrolet-zafira-cd-2-0-8v/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/capsule-review-2003-chevrolet-zafira-cd-2-0-8v/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1046586 The last time I saw this car it lay bare and gutted in front of me. The seats had been pulled out, the dash taken apart and wires dangling. The carpets were in the process of being removed. All of this in an effort to find the source of an infestation that had plagued it. It was […]

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The last time I saw this car it lay bare and gutted in front of me. The seats had been pulled out, the dash taken apart and wires dangling. The carpets were in the process of being removed. All of this in an effort to find the source of an infestation that had plagued it. It was […]

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Capsule Review: 2014 Nissan Rogue SV FWD http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/capsule-review-2014-nissan-rogue-sv-fwd/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/capsule-review-2014-nissan-rogue-sv-fwd/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=846017 Behold the 2014 Nissan… wait, haven’t we covered the redesigned Rogue already? Indeed, Winston recently offered a solid writeup on the top-trim Rogue SL with all-wheel-drive, and his findings were largely positive. What if you are on a budget though? How enjoyable is Nissan’s mainstream compact crossover when the heated leather seating, Bose stereo and […]

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Behold the 2014 Nissan… wait, haven’t we covered the redesigned Rogue already? Indeed, Winston recently offered a solid writeup on the top-trim Rogue SL with all-wheel-drive, and his findings were largely positive. What if you are on a budget though? How enjoyable is Nissan’s mainstream compact crossover when the heated leather seating, Bose stereo and […]

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Tow Rig Capsule Review: 1999 GMT800 Silverado 2500 3/4 Ton http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/tow-rig-capsule-review-1999-gmt800-silverado-2500-34-ton/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/tow-rig-capsule-review-1999-gmt800-silverado-2500-34-ton/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=832305 The last time I looked at my 1969 Chevrolet CST/10, it was a pile of disappointment. After reviving it and replacing a freeze plug, it proceeded to pop three more freeze plugs during warm up. Time was beginning to run out, my dad’s house had gone up to market and quickly sold. The truck was […]

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The last time I looked at my 1969 Chevrolet CST/10, it was a pile of disappointment. After reviving it and replacing a freeze plug, it proceeded to pop three more freeze plugs during warm up. Time was beginning to run out, my dad’s house had gone up to market and quickly sold. The truck was […]

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You Know You Have Been In Japan For Too Long, If … http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/you-know-you-have-been-in-japan-for-too-long-if-%e2%80%a6/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/you-know-you-have-been-in-japan-for-too-long-if-%e2%80%a6/#comments Sat, 05 Nov 2011 22:02:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416963 I was still a little shook-up from the treatment administered by Matsuda-san, and it must have shown. “Why don’t you get some fresh air?” was the polite Japanese suggestion. An Infiniti G37 Convertible was the appropriate way to enhance the flow of seaside breeze around my still pale nose. I sat down. Buckled up. Pushed […]

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I was still a little shook-up from the treatment administered by Matsuda-san, and it must have shown. “Why don’t you get some fresh air?” was the polite Japanese suggestion. An Infiniti G37 Convertible was the appropriate way to enhance the flow of seaside breeze around my still pale nose. I sat down. Buckled up. Pushed […]

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CPO To Go: 2011 Scion tC http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/cpo-to-go-2011-scion-tc/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/cpo-to-go-2011-scion-tc/#comments Thu, 03 Nov 2011 15:27:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416649 Two door cars used to be everywhere. From loaded up Cutlasses and Accords. To entry level Escorts, Neons and Civics. Nearly every popular car of 20 years ago offered a hatchback or coupe variant for those seeking a touch of sport in their daily driver. Then something happened. America gradually got older… and bigger. Four […]

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Two door cars used to be everywhere. From loaded up Cutlasses and Accords. To entry level Escorts, Neons and Civics. Nearly every popular car of 20 years ago offered a hatchback or coupe variant for those seeking a touch of sport in their daily driver. Then something happened. America gradually got older… and bigger. Four […]

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Capsule Review: 2012 Buick Regal GS http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/capsule-review-2012-buick-regal-gs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/capsule-review-2012-buick-regal-gs/#comments Wed, 19 Oct 2011 23:46:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=415278 When Buick announced that it would not be rebadging the Opel Insignia OPC as the Buick Regal GS, and that instead of the OPC’s all wheel drive and turbocharged V6 we’d be getting a front-drive turbo four performance model, I was a bit skeptical. On paper, the proposed GS just didn’t seem different enough from […]

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When Buick announced that it would not be rebadging the Opel Insignia OPC as the Buick Regal GS, and that instead of the OPC’s all wheel drive and turbocharged V6 we’d be getting a front-drive turbo four performance model, I was a bit skeptical. On paper, the proposed GS just didn’t seem different enough from […]

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Capsule Review: 1984 BMW 733i (5-Speed) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/capsule-review-1984-bmw-733i-5-speed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/capsule-review-1984-bmw-733i-5-speed/#comments Sat, 15 Oct 2011 19:38:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414869 In the highly unlikely event that my father precedes me into the grave, I will have to come up with another way to describe him besides “the late Kevin Baruth”. The old man’s never been late for something in his life. Nor has he even been a terribly, shall we say, easy-going fellow. One of […]

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In the highly unlikely event that my father precedes me into the grave, I will have to come up with another way to describe him besides “the late Kevin Baruth”. The old man’s never been late for something in his life. Nor has he even been a terribly, shall we say, easy-going fellow. One of […]

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Capsule Review: 1968 Fiat 500 (595) Esse-Esse Abarth http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/capsule-review-1968-fiat-500-595-esse-esse-abarth/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/capsule-review-1968-fiat-500-595-esse-esse-abarth/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:12:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=406693 I haven’t been to Italy, in 21 years. My cousins and I are having dinner together for the first time in 21 years. If I didn’t already know it, I’d have learned it now: males with Italian blood are obsessed with cars. My cousin Nicola even works for FIAT, in the seaside town of Termoli. […]

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I haven’t been to Italy, in 21 years. My cousins and I are having dinner together for the first time in 21 years. If I didn’t already know it, I’d have learned it now: males with Italian blood are obsessed with cars. My cousin Nicola even works for FIAT, in the seaside town of Termoli. […]

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Capsule Review: 1990 Plymouth Colt http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/capsule-review-1990-plymouth-colt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/capsule-review-1990-plymouth-colt/#comments Thu, 04 Aug 2011 13:35:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=405769 “TWO HUNDRED BUCKS? Are you serious? That doesn’t sound like enough money.” No, dear readers, I wouldn’t last ten minutes in the “World Series Of Poker”. I can’t bluff and I usually speak my mind before using that mind to think about the consequences of what I’m saying. In this case, however, it didn’t matter. […]

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“TWO HUNDRED BUCKS? Are you serious? That doesn’t sound like enough money.” No, dear readers, I wouldn’t last ten minutes in the “World Series Of Poker”. I can’t bluff and I usually speak my mind before using that mind to think about the consequences of what I’m saying. In this case, however, it didn’t matter. […]

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Capsule Review: 1980 Mercedes 450 SLC 5.0 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/capsule-review-1980-mercedes-450-slc-5-0/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/capsule-review-1980-mercedes-450-slc-5-0/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2011 18:49:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=391947 The Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC 5.0 isn’t a dream car, because it’s obscurity and touring car blueprint is a relative buzzkill. But this Bauhaus-worthy super coupe is a homologated racer much like it’s 300 SL forefather. I’ll skip the basics to focus on unit #1576: a grey market import from a USAF officer stationed in Germany. […]

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The Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC 5.0 isn’t a dream car, because it’s obscurity and touring car blueprint is a relative buzzkill. But this Bauhaus-worthy super coupe is a homologated racer much like it’s 300 SL forefather. I’ll skip the basics to focus on unit #1576: a grey market import from a USAF officer stationed in Germany. […]

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Capsule Review: The Spirit Of Goodyear http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/capsule-review-the-spirit-of-goodyear/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/capsule-review-the-spirit-of-goodyear/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2011 18:06:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=386258 Raise your hand if you’ve actually flown a Goodyear blimp for a solid forty-five minutes and actually made it go where you were supposed to take it. I thought so. I’m the only guy with his hand up. Sucks to be you, you non-blimp-flyin’-mothertrucker. To keep this from being Blimplopnik or whatever they’re calling Mr. […]

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Raise your hand if you’ve actually flown a Goodyear blimp for a solid forty-five minutes and actually made it go where you were supposed to take it. I thought so. I’m the only guy with his hand up. Sucks to be you, you non-blimp-flyin’-mothertrucker. To keep this from being Blimplopnik or whatever they’re calling Mr. […]

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Capsule Review: Ski-Doo MXZ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/capsule-review-ski-doo-mxz/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/capsule-review-ski-doo-mxz/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2011 12:40:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=385847 The navicular, or scaphoid, bone, is a little bone in your wrist. About fifteen years ago, I broke both of mine during practice for a BMX National. Since my father was flying in to see me race that day, and since I didn’t want him to travel a long way for nothing, I wrapped duct […]

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The navicular, or scaphoid, bone, is a little bone in your wrist. About fifteen years ago, I broke both of mine during practice for a BMX National. Since my father was flying in to see me race that day, and since I didn’t want him to travel a long way for nothing, I wrapped duct […]

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Capsule Review: Can-Am Spyder http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/capsule-review-can-am-spyder/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/capsule-review-can-am-spyder/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2011 14:35:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=385498 One hundred miles per hour. The once-fabled “ton” which my 1990 Volkswagen Fox struggled to indicate on its outrageously optimistic speedometer is now a commonplace, ho-hum event. Many modern cars will get there in ten or eleven seconds. Even heavy-duty pickups have no trouble pushing their Maximum Overdrive front fascias into the triple digits nowadays […]

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One hundred miles per hour. The once-fabled “ton” which my 1990 Volkswagen Fox struggled to indicate on its outrageously optimistic speedometer is now a commonplace, ho-hum event. Many modern cars will get there in ten or eleven seconds. Even heavy-duty pickups have no trouble pushing their Maximum Overdrive front fascias into the triple digits nowadays […]

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Capsule Review: 2000 Saab 9-3 and the Free Rolex http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/capsule-review-2000-saab-9-3-and-the-free-rolex/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/capsule-review-2000-saab-9-3-and-the-free-rolex/#comments Sun, 30 Jan 2011 04:08:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=382235 In my Nissan Frontier Capsule Review, I briefly mentioned the fact that I’d had a Saab 9-3 prior to said Frontier. Well, as it turned out, I ended up having the Saab after the Frontier, as well. Before I could take possession of said little turbocharged hatchback for the second time and send it back […]

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In my Nissan Frontier Capsule Review, I briefly mentioned the fact that I’d had a Saab 9-3 prior to said Frontier. Well, as it turned out, I ended up having the Saab after the Frontier, as well. Before I could take possession of said little turbocharged hatchback for the second time and send it back […]

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Capsule Review: 2001 Nissan Frontier And The Two Who Got Away http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/capsule-review-2001-nissan-frontier-and-the-two-who-got-away/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/capsule-review-2001-nissan-frontier-and-the-two-who-got-away/#comments Tue, 28 Dec 2010 21:54:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=377984 “I have something to tell you, but you cannot, I repeat, must not do anything about it.” “Is it something I want to hear?” “Yes, it is. But you have to swear.” “Okay. I swear. Now tell me.” “Maro is getting a divorce.” Oh. Maro. I remember you, swinging your legs, your perfect profile and […]

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“I have something to tell you, but you cannot, I repeat, must not do anything about it.” “Is it something I want to hear?” “Yes, it is. But you have to swear.” “Okay. I swear. Now tell me.” “Maro is getting a divorce.” Oh. Maro. I remember you, swinging your legs, your perfect profile and […]

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Capsule Review: Volvo C30 EV http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/capsule-review-volvo-c30-ev/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/capsule-review-volvo-c30-ev/#comments Wed, 22 Dec 2010 18:54:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=378306 While at the LA Auto Show in November, TTAC was invited by Volvo to sample the Volvo C30 electric concept car. More a pre-production than concept, the C30 electric will supposedly hit the streets as a 2012 model-year car. So what does the Chinese-Swedish brand, known more for safety than drivetrain innovations, have in store […]

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While at the LA Auto Show in November, TTAC was invited by Volvo to sample the Volvo C30 electric concept car. More a pre-production than concept, the C30 electric will supposedly hit the streets as a 2012 model-year car. So what does the Chinese-Swedish brand, known more for safety than drivetrain innovations, have in store […]

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Capsule Review: 2007 Honda Accord EX V6 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/capsule-review-2007-honda-accord-ex-v6/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/capsule-review-2007-honda-accord-ex-v6/#comments Tue, 30 Nov 2010 19:03:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=375032 “Hurry up,” the woman at the counter said, “because when you get back they are waiting to take it to the auction.” The odometer read just over forty-nine thousand, eight hundred miles. It would have been temptingly romantic to think of this as a last ride on a trusty horse before it went to the […]

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“Hurry up,” the woman at the counter said, “because when you get back they are waiting to take it to the auction.” The odometer read just over forty-nine thousand, eight hundred miles. It would have been temptingly romantic to think of this as a last ride on a trusty horse before it went to the […]

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Capsule Review: 2001 Hyundai Elantra http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/capsule-review-2001-hyundai-elantra/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/capsule-review-2001-hyundai-elantra/#comments Thu, 18 Nov 2010 19:30:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=373246 We’re coming to the end of KOREA! WEEK! and we still haven’t answered the question: When did Hyundai start becoming a serious player in this market? When did the image change from Deadly Sin to default-choice affordable car? One can go back as far as the second-generation Excel, which cracked the reliability equation while still […]

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We’re coming to the end of KOREA! WEEK! and we still haven’t answered the question: When did Hyundai start becoming a serious player in this market? When did the image change from Deadly Sin to default-choice affordable car? One can go back as far as the second-generation Excel, which cracked the reliability equation while still […]

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Capsule Review: 2000 Hyundai Tiburon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/capsule-review-2000-hyundai-tiburon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/capsule-review-2000-hyundai-tiburon/#comments Tue, 16 Nov 2010 18:02:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=373008 You could look at the accident one of two ways. The first way to look at it was that the backhoe was at fault. It backed out halfway across the northbound exit ramp to Bethel Road from Ohio SR-315, forcing my brother to take too rapid of an avoidance maneuver, spin his pristine Porsche 944, […]

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You could look at the accident one of two ways. The first way to look at it was that the backhoe was at fault. It backed out halfway across the northbound exit ramp to Bethel Road from Ohio SR-315, forcing my brother to take too rapid of an avoidance maneuver, spin his pristine Porsche 944, […]

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Capsule Review: Jaguar XJ-S V-12 “HE” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/capsule-review-jaguar-xj-s-v-12-he/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/capsule-review-jaguar-xj-s-v-12-he/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 17:31:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372080 Why did we have an eleven-year-old, scratch-and-dent, no-maintenance-records, twelve-cylinder Jaguar on our lot? Blame our naive sales manager, who always paid top dollar for trades. In his haste to revolutionize the way people bought and sold luxury cars in Dublin, Ohio, “Steve” tended to ignore the established car-sales playbook. At the time, I thought he […]

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Why did we have an eleven-year-old, scratch-and-dent, no-maintenance-records, twelve-cylinder Jaguar on our lot? Blame our naive sales manager, who always paid top dollar for trades. In his haste to revolutionize the way people bought and sold luxury cars in Dublin, Ohio, “Steve” tended to ignore the established car-sales playbook. At the time, I thought he […]

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Capsule Review: 1997 Rover Metro http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/capsule-review-1997-rover-metro/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/capsule-review-1997-rover-metro/#comments Mon, 01 Nov 2010 18:22:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371082 No story should ever start, as this one does, with “my First Rover Metro.” The implication that there are more Metros to come is all too obvious, and could probably be best categorized as a “cry for help.” In any case, my first Rover Metro was a teal 1995 1.1L Kensington edition, purchased for £60 […]

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No story should ever start, as this one does, with “my First Rover Metro.” The implication that there are more Metros to come is all too obvious, and could probably be best categorized as a “cry for help.” In any case, my first Rover Metro was a teal 1995 1.1L Kensington edition, purchased for £60 […]

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Capsule Review: 2000 Daewoo Leganza http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/capsule-review-2000-daewoo-leganza/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/capsule-review-2000-daewoo-leganza/#comments Sat, 23 Oct 2010 15:12:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=369829 Dad! Would you come and check out a car I might want to buy? Sure Will; what is it? A Deawoo Leganza. Oh, Um, Ah, Hm; you’re sure that you might want to buy that? Yeah; it’s got leather, sunroof, and a great sound system. What’s wrong with it? The electric window switches are wackky. […]

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Dad! Would you come and check out a car I might want to buy? Sure Will; what is it? A Deawoo Leganza. Oh, Um, Ah, Hm; you’re sure that you might want to buy that? Yeah; it’s got leather, sunroof, and a great sound system. What’s wrong with it? The electric window switches are wackky. […]

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Capsule Review: 1994 Toyota Truck And The Incompetent Insurance Fraudsters http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/capsule-review-1994-toyota-truck-and-the-incompetent-insurance-fraudsters/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/capsule-review-1994-toyota-truck-and-the-incompetent-insurance-fraudsters/#comments Wed, 20 Oct 2010 14:25:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=369449 I’m no attorney, but I’ve read articles posted anonymously on the Internet by people who claim to be attorneys, and therefore I feel confident that my extensive research regarding the statute of limitations for insurance fraud in certain Midwestern states is correct. It’s time to tell a story of minitrucks and maxipayments, of bumbling crime […]

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I’m no attorney, but I’ve read articles posted anonymously on the Internet by people who claim to be attorneys, and therefore I feel confident that my extensive research regarding the statute of limitations for insurance fraud in certain Midwestern states is correct. It’s time to tell a story of minitrucks and maxipayments, of bumbling crime […]

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