The Truth About Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:54:02 +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 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Inside Stories From the War Between Automakers And Dealers Over Exports http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/inside-stories-war-automakers-dealers-exports/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/inside-stories-war-automakers-dealers-exports/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1282818 There’s not a more uncomfortable phone call for a car dealership’s finance manager to make then asking a customer to come back to have their finance or lease contract rewritten. This is typically caused by sales managers — the people most despised by finance departments — who spot deliver a vehicle based on their wrong guess about the rate or term a lender would approve the […]

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There’s not a more uncomfortable phone call for a car dealership’s finance manager to make then asking a customer to come back to have their finance or lease contract rewritten. This is typically caused by sales managers — the people most despised by finance departments — who spot deliver a vehicle based on their wrong guess about the rate or term a lender would approve the […]

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Reader Review: 2013 BMW 128i M-Sport http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/reader-review-2013-bmw-128i-sport/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/reader-review-2013-bmw-128i-sport/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1282122 From reader-but-not-commenter Paul Stanley (save the comments, B&B) comes a review of what he feels to be the last enthusiast-focused Bimmer — JB BMW’s neue klasse marked the beginning of an era of driver-focused cars in the 1960s by introducing a lightweight, moderately powered car that sought balance and usability above all else. Perhaps more importantly, […]

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From reader-but-not-commenter Paul Stanley (save the comments, B&B) comes a review of what he feels to be the last enthusiast-focused Bimmer — JB BMW’s neue klasse marked the beginning of an era of driver-focused cars in the 1960s by introducing a lightweight, moderately powered car that sought balance and usability above all else. Perhaps more importantly, […]

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Ramcharger Rebirth http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ramcharger-rebirth/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ramcharger-rebirth/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1284234 In October, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne addressed a group of automotive analysts, where he was quoted as follows. “We have a unique opportunity with renewal of the [Ram] pickup line, with the powertrains we selected, to significantly increase output. We will also be exploring, as a result of that investment, some other segments.” Speculation related […]

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In October, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne addressed a group of automotive analysts, where he was quoted as follows. “We have a unique opportunity with renewal of the [Ram] pickup line, with the powertrains we selected, to significantly increase output. We will also be exploring, as a result of that investment, some other segments.” Speculation related […]

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Digestible Collectible: 1994 Dodge Viper http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/digestible-collectible-1994-dodge-viper/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/digestible-collectible-1994-dodge-viper/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1284346 As a classic car fanatic, I should be fundamentally opposed to the idea of the Dodge Viper. After all, the Viper was Chrysler’s attempt at co-opting the heritage of the Shelby Cobra. The later coupe was even worse in this respect, aping the legendary Cobra Daytona Coupes. It’s blasphemous, I tell you. Imagine the uproar […]

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As a classic car fanatic, I should be fundamentally opposed to the idea of the Dodge Viper. After all, the Viper was Chrysler’s attempt at co-opting the heritage of the Shelby Cobra. The later coupe was even worse in this respect, aping the legendary Cobra Daytona Coupes. It’s blasphemous, I tell you. Imagine the uproar […]

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Junkyard Find: 1980 Toyota Corolla Station Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1980-toyota-corolla-station-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1980-toyota-corolla-station-wagon/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1281562 The fourth-generation Corolla was a gigantic sales success in California, but you won’t see many of these TE72 wagons even in rust-free regions these days; nearly all of them were driven into the ground and replaced by RAV4s or Priuses a decade or two back. Since we had wagon Junkyard Finds on Monday and Wednesday, […]

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The fourth-generation Corolla was a gigantic sales success in California, but you won’t see many of these TE72 wagons even in rust-free regions these days; nearly all of them were driven into the ground and replaced by RAV4s or Priuses a decade or two back. Since we had wagon Junkyard Finds on Monday and Wednesday, […]

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Motor Trend Hits SEMA Hard — Then Changes Its Mind http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/motor-trend-hits-sema-hard-changes-mind/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/motor-trend-hits-sema-hard-changes-mind/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1284002 If you’re reading this, chances are that you have little to no familiarity with Motor Trend. The audience here at The Truth About Cars, as we all know, is a superbly well-educated and successful group of detail-oriented people from all parts of the (autism) spectrum. The readers of MT, on the other hand, are almost […]

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If you’re reading this, chances are that you have little to no familiarity with Motor Trend. The audience here at The Truth About Cars, as we all know, is a superbly well-educated and successful group of detail-oriented people from all parts of the (autism) spectrum. The readers of MT, on the other hand, are almost […]

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Ask Bark: A Craigslist Escort (Replacement)? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-bark-craigslist-escort-replacement/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-bark-craigslist-escort-replacement/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:00:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1283970 Jon writes: Hello Bark, It will soon be time to replace my wife’s car: a ’94 Ford Escort wagon. We’re considering spending somewhere between $4,000 and $10,000 on its replacement. We have no kids and, thanks to a little snip-snip, we will continue to have no kids. Fuel economy isn’t a big issue as we both work from […]

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Jon writes: Hello Bark, It will soon be time to replace my wife’s car: a ’94 Ford Escort wagon. We’re considering spending somewhere between $4,000 and $10,000 on its replacement. We have no kids and, thanks to a little snip-snip, we will continue to have no kids. Fuel economy isn’t a big issue as we both work from […]

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CHICAGO: Ford Will Introduce Four All-new SUVs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/chicago-ford-will-introduce-four-new-suvs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/chicago-ford-will-introduce-four-new-suvs/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1283994 Mark LaNeve, Ford Motor Company vice president of Marketing, Sales and Service, told attendees of a media breakfast at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show that his company will be introducing four completely new SUVs to its global portfolio. The new SUVs will compete in market segments where the automaker currently has no product. LaNeve based Ford’s enthusiasm about […]

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Mark LaNeve, Ford Motor Company vice president of Marketing, Sales and Service, told attendees of a media breakfast at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show that his company will be introducing four completely new SUVs to its global portfolio. The new SUVs will compete in market segments where the automaker currently has no product. LaNeve based Ford’s enthusiasm about […]

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2016 Ford Escape SE AWD Rental Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/2016-ford-escape-se-awd-rental-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/2016-ford-escape-se-awd-rental-review/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1282426 It’s quite trendy nowadays for auto writers to trash the very notion of the crossover, mostly because it doesn’t fit in with their self-defined image of being a swashbuckling, tire squealing, craft-beer-drinking car guy. Also, the economics of writing about cars tend to dictate a certain set of values and behaviors upon said auto writers, meaning that they […]

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It’s quite trendy nowadays for auto writers to trash the very notion of the crossover, mostly because it doesn’t fit in with their self-defined image of being a swashbuckling, tire squealing, craft-beer-drinking car guy. Also, the economics of writing about cars tend to dictate a certain set of values and behaviors upon said auto writers, meaning that they […]

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No Fixed Abode: Planes, Trains, Ubers, Taxis, And Supercars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/no-fixed-abode-planes-trains-ubers-taxis-supercars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/no-fixed-abode-planes-trains-ubers-taxis-supercars/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:00:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1283850 I’ll start with this: Hannah, wherever you are, I do not apologize for stealing your car. You were a real b— … well, white men like myself aren’t allowed to use the “b-word” nowadays, it’s considered more harmful to womyn than all 359 of those sexual offences that happened in Cologne that we’ve all agreed to pretend […]

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I’ll start with this: Hannah, wherever you are, I do not apologize for stealing your car. You were a real b— … well, white men like myself aren’t allowed to use the “b-word” nowadays, it’s considered more harmful to womyn than all 359 of those sexual offences that happened in Cologne that we’ve all agreed to pretend […]

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Piston Slap: You (Axle) Tramp! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/piston-slap-gm-wiggle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/piston-slap-gm-wiggle/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1281890 Timothy writes: This isn’t a question about any car that I current own, or even a car that was ever mine. While watching one of my all time favorite shows, “The Rockford Files,” our hero Jim was stuffed into the back of a mid-’70s Cadillac Fleetwood. As the driver dropped it into drive and the […]

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Timothy writes: This isn’t a question about any car that I current own, or even a car that was ever mine. While watching one of my all time favorite shows, “The Rockford Files,” our hero Jim was stuffed into the back of a mid-’70s Cadillac Fleetwood. As the driver dropped it into drive and the […]

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This is Not a Second-Generation Honda Crosstour http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/this-is-not-a-second-generation-honda-crosstour/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/this-is-not-a-second-generation-honda-crosstour/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:30:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1283690 But it sure does look like one. Honda Europe announced Wednesday that the Civic Hatchback Prototype will debut at the Geneva Auto Show on March 1. The hatch — which is likely a production car with fancy mirrors, rocket ship door handles and a dual center exhaust — will go into production in the United Kingdom next […]

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But it sure does look like one. Honda Europe announced Wednesday that the Civic Hatchback Prototype will debut at the Geneva Auto Show on March 1. The hatch — which is likely a production car with fancy mirrors, rocket ship door handles and a dual center exhaust — will go into production in the United Kingdom next […]

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Reader Review: 2002 Lexus SC430 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/reader-review-2002-lexus-sc430/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/reader-review-2002-lexus-sc430/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1282242 From reader “Joey X” comes a tale of what it’s like to own what he calls “The most hated sports coupe ever.” —JB Worst car in the history of the world. You try selling a car on Craigslist after getting that sobriquet slapped across its hood by Top Gear. The seller of my 2002 SC430 […]

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From reader “Joey X” comes a tale of what it’s like to own what he calls “The most hated sports coupe ever.” —JB Worst car in the history of the world. You try selling a car on Craigslist after getting that sobriquet slapped across its hood by Top Gear. The seller of my 2002 SC430 […]

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Only in India: Attack of the Stubby Little Sedans http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/india-attack-stubby-little-sedans/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/india-attack-stubby-little-sedans/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1281882 How automakers address the sedan question in India is particularly interesting. It doesn’t involve increasing legroom or wheelbase. It doesn’t involve creating a reason to increase the average transaction price of those cars. And despite India having some of the deadliest roads in the world, it doesn’t involve safety. In India, most automakers go in the exact […]

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How automakers address the sedan question in India is particularly interesting. It doesn’t involve increasing legroom or wheelbase. It doesn’t involve creating a reason to increase the average transaction price of those cars. And despite India having some of the deadliest roads in the world, it doesn’t involve safety. In India, most automakers go in the exact […]

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Full-size SUVs Aren’t Taking Part in the SUV Boom http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/full-size-suvs-arent-taking-part-suv-boom/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/full-size-suvs-arent-taking-part-suv-boom/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1283370 U.S. sales of utility vehicles increased 16 percent last year. Amidst the modest decrease in volume reported by the industry in January 2016, U.S. sales of SUVs and crossovers jumped by more than 6 percent. Yet even with drivers enjoying truly low fuel prices, we have not seen a return to the days of full-size, […]

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U.S. sales of utility vehicles increased 16 percent last year. Amidst the modest decrease in volume reported by the industry in January 2016, U.S. sales of SUVs and crossovers jumped by more than 6 percent. Yet even with drivers enjoying truly low fuel prices, we have not seen a return to the days of full-size, […]

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Digestible Collectible: 1988 Toyota Corolla FX16 GTS http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/digestible-collectible-1988-toyota-corolla-fx16-gts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/digestible-collectible-1988-toyota-corolla-fx16-gts/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1283546 It was the summer of 1990, and my mom was getting tired of her old Sentra. With barely 70 horsepower, it was lethargic on any grade. To be fair, we live in Ohio, so steep hills are not frequently encountered, but the car was not meeting her needs. I encouraged her to start shopping, and […]

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It was the summer of 1990, and my mom was getting tired of her old Sentra. With barely 70 horsepower, it was lethargic on any grade. To be fair, we live in Ohio, so steep hills are not frequently encountered, but the car was not meeting her needs. I encouraged her to start shopping, and […]

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Junkyard Find: 1982 AMC Eagle Station Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1982-amc-eagle-station-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-1982-amc-eagle-station-wagon/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1281378 I live in Colorado, where the AMC Eagle sold as well in the 1980s as the Subaru Outback does now, and so I see the all-wheel-drive versions of the American Motors Concord and Spirit everywhere here. This means they show up in Denver-area self-service wrecking yards like clockwork, and I photograph them when they do […]

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I live in Colorado, where the AMC Eagle sold as well in the 1980s as the Subaru Outback does now, and so I see the all-wheel-drive versions of the American Motors Concord and Spirit everywhere here. This means they show up in Denver-area self-service wrecking yards like clockwork, and I photograph them when they do […]

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Volkswagen TDI Owners Being Stuck with $1,000+ AdBlue Heater Repairs, Still Not EPA Compliant http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/volkswagen-tdi-owners-being-stuck-with-1000-adblue-heater-repairs-still-not-epa-compliant/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/volkswagen-tdi-owners-being-stuck-with-1000-adblue-heater-repairs-still-not-epa-compliant/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1283266 Owners of some Volkswagen TDI models are experiencing premature selective catalyst reduction (SCR) failures because of AdBlue heaters that, in some cases, aren’t lasting more than 50,000 miles. According to a source who spoke to TTAC under the condition of anonymity, many Volkswagen TDI owners are arriving at dealerships after seeing check engine lights for failing AdBlue (diesel […]

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Owners of some Volkswagen TDI models are experiencing premature selective catalyst reduction (SCR) failures because of AdBlue heaters that, in some cases, aren’t lasting more than 50,000 miles. According to a source who spoke to TTAC under the condition of anonymity, many Volkswagen TDI owners are arriving at dealerships after seeing check engine lights for failing AdBlue (diesel […]

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Ugliest Sales Yet: January Was Nasty For Volkswagen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ugliest-sales-yet-january-nasty-volkswagen/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ugliest-sales-yet-january-nasty-volkswagen/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:30:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1283154 We knew it wouldn’t be easy for them. We knew it would get worse before it got better. But did you know it would be this difficult for Volkswagen of America to sell cars, and did you know it would get this bad this soon? And could it get even worse? Volkswagen brand sales in the United […]

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We knew it wouldn’t be easy for them. We knew it would get worse before it got better. But did you know it would be this difficult for Volkswagen of America to sell cars, and did you know it would get this bad this soon? And could it get even worse? Volkswagen brand sales in the United […]

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VW Exodus: Suspended Tuch Quits, Hands Quality Keys Back to Rothenpieler http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/vw-exodus-suspended-tuch-quits-hands-quality-keys-back-rothenpieler/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/vw-exodus-suspended-tuch-quits-hands-quality-keys-back-rothenpieler/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1283130 Like rats abandoning a sinking ship, Volkswagen managers see the writing on the wall in Wolfsburg. Whether or not their particular jobs are in jeopardy, from their own actions or those of others, the road ahead is long, rough, and filled with busy days and sleepless nights. The latest to jump ship is Frank Tuch […]

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Like rats abandoning a sinking ship, Volkswagen managers see the writing on the wall in Wolfsburg. Whether or not their particular jobs are in jeopardy, from their own actions or those of others, the road ahead is long, rough, and filled with busy days and sleepless nights. The latest to jump ship is Frank Tuch […]

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Ask Bark: What to Do with $300/Month? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-bark-300-per-month/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-bark-300-per-month/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1282938 Every once in awhile, somebody writes in to Ask Bark with a question that makes me check my own bank account to see if I can afford my own recommendation. Today is one of those times. Sit back and relax while you read about our friend’s quest for a more powerful grocery-getter, and then see if […]

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Every once in awhile, somebody writes in to Ask Bark with a question that makes me check my own bank account to see if I can afford my own recommendation. Today is one of those times. Sit back and relax while you read about our friend’s quest for a more powerful grocery-getter, and then see if […]

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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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Piston Slap: Of Cost and Axle Differentials? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/piston-slap-cost-axle-differentials/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/piston-slap-cost-axle-differentials/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1281858 Sajeev, We have three cars in our household that see regularly use, but we are considering going down to two vehicles in an attempt to save some money. However, instead of just getting rid of one of those three cars, we are trading in two of them toward a newer vehicle that we plan to keep long […]

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Sajeev, We have three cars in our household that see regularly use, but we are considering going down to two vehicles in an attempt to save some money. However, instead of just getting rid of one of those three cars, we are trading in two of them toward a newer vehicle that we plan to keep long […]

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Ask the Editor: Why Can’t I Buy a Dodge Dart GT Manual in PA? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-the-editor-why-cant-i-buy-a-dodge-dart-gt-manual-in-pa/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-the-editor-why-cant-i-buy-a-dodge-dart-gt-manual-in-pa/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:05:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1282786 Duncan writes: Because I want a car that will depreciate faster than my 2014 Genesis 5.0 R-Spec, I inquired at a local Pennsylvania Dodge dealer about a 2016 Dart GT with a manual transmission. After a week of them trying to order one for me, I was told that the factory would not sell the Dart GT with […]

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Duncan writes: Because I want a car that will depreciate faster than my 2014 Genesis 5.0 R-Spec, I inquired at a local Pennsylvania Dodge dealer about a 2016 Dart GT with a manual transmission. After a week of them trying to order one for me, I was told that the factory would not sell the Dart GT with […]

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Cadillac Won’t Attempt to Fix the One Model That Isn’t Broken http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/cadillac-wont-attempt-to-fix-the-one-model-that-isnt-broken/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/cadillac-wont-attempt-to-fix-the-one-model-that-isnt-broken/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:15:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1282746 Cadillac has one exceptionally good, class-leading model in its range. That model doesn’t have a V badge. It isn’t even a car. And almost nothing about it is unique. It’s the Escalade. And people can’t get enough of its luxury whipped cream dolloped atop its American apple pie. Contrary to recent reports that the Escalade will abandon its body-on-frame […]

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Cadillac has one exceptionally good, class-leading model in its range. That model doesn’t have a V badge. It isn’t even a car. And almost nothing about it is unique. It’s the Escalade. And people can’t get enough of its luxury whipped cream dolloped atop its American apple pie. Contrary to recent reports that the Escalade will abandon its body-on-frame […]

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