The Truth About Cars » Aftermarket 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 The $100,000 Pickup Truck is Real, and You Have Dealers and the Aftermarket to Thank For It http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/100000-pickup-truck-real-dealers-aftermarket-thank/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/100000-pickup-truck-real-dealers-aftermarket-thank/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1331250 The time is ticking ever closer to the day an OEM slaps a $100,000 MSRP on a truck. It will happen, and it won’t be long before it does. In 1997, $27,000 bought a lavishly equipped F-150 Lariat SuperCab with a 5.4-liter V8. Adjusted for inflation, that’s about $40,000 in today’s money. Adjusted for reality, that […]

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The time is ticking ever closer to the day an OEM slaps a $100,000 MSRP on a truck. It will happen, and it won’t be long before it does. In 1997, $27,000 bought a lavishly equipped F-150 Lariat SuperCab with a 5.4-liter V8. Adjusted for inflation, that’s about $40,000 in today’s money. Adjusted for reality, that […]

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No More Regrets: Tesla Will Now Upgrade Your Ludicrous-less P90D For an Insane Price http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/no-regrets-tesla-will-now-upgrade-ludicrous-less-p90d-insane-price/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/no-regrets-tesla-will-now-upgrade-ludicrous-less-p90d-insane-price/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2016 18:30:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1310490 For Tesla Model S P90D owners who have concluded they won’t soil their firm, supportive seats if given the chance to go faster, well, they’re in luck. Tesla Motors is offering to bring “Ludicrous” mode to owners of the top-end Model S as an aftermarket upgrade, assuming their wallet can match their need to blow everything […]

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For Tesla Model S P90D owners who have concluded they won’t soil their firm, supportive seats if given the chance to go faster, well, they’re in luck. Tesla Motors is offering to bring “Ludicrous” mode to owners of the top-end Model S as an aftermarket upgrade, assuming their wallet can match their need to blow everything […]

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2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth: Sensuous Italian Loses Passion on Boat Over the Ocean http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/2017-fiat-124-spider-elaborazione-abarth-sensuous-italian-loses-passion-boat-ocean/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/2017-fiat-124-spider-elaborazione-abarth-sensuous-italian-loses-passion-boat-ocean/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2016 17:10:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1308882 After teasing Americans from a distance at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, a production version of a meaner Fiat 124 Spider has been unveiled by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in advance of its New York premiere. The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth is a mouthful to pronounce, but the Old World name should help […]

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After teasing Americans from a distance at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, a production version of a meaner Fiat 124 Spider has been unveiled by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in advance of its New York premiere. The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth is a mouthful to pronounce, but the Old World name should help […]

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Piston Slap: The Parts vs. Production Fallacy http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/piston-slap-parts-vs-production-fallacy/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/piston-slap-parts-vs-production-fallacy/#comments Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1214729 Mike writes: Sajeev, I have a 2009 Nissan Xterra 4WD with 69,000 miles on the clock. It has been very well maintained and caused me no problems whatsoever. Hell, I’m still running on the original brakes and my service people tell me there’s no need for a brake job yet! I’ve been very happy with this […]

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Mike writes: Sajeev, I have a 2009 Nissan Xterra 4WD with 69,000 miles on the clock. It has been very well maintained and caused me no problems whatsoever. Hell, I’m still running on the original brakes and my service people tell me there’s no need for a brake job yet! I’ve been very happy with this […]

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Piston Slap: At What Rate, the Falcon’s Restomod Wings? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/piston-slap-rate-falcons-restomod-wings/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/piston-slap-rate-falcons-restomod-wings/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1151185   Stephen writes: Sajeev, I drive a ’65 Falcon convertible with the 289 and a T-5, hydraulic clutch, and 4-wheel discs just like it came from the factory. (Wink – SM) I replaced all of the rubber in the front suspension about 15 years ago and it’s past time to do it again. I’m up […]

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  Stephen writes: Sajeev, I drive a ’65 Falcon convertible with the 289 and a T-5, hydraulic clutch, and 4-wheel discs just like it came from the factory. (Wink – SM) I replaced all of the rubber in the front suspension about 15 years ago and it’s past time to do it again. I’m up […]

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Piston Slap: Express-ions via More Data Points? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/piston-slap-12/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/piston-slap-12/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1150873 TTAC commentator TrenchFoot writes: Hey, I’ve got a problem in that I like data. As an engineer and car enthusiast, I want to know more data points than the manufacturer thought I would/should. So I want to add some tech to my ride, and I want it all. The problem is, no one seems to sell […]

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TTAC commentator TrenchFoot writes: Hey, I’ve got a problem in that I like data. As an engineer and car enthusiast, I want to know more data points than the manufacturer thought I would/should. So I want to add some tech to my ride, and I want it all. The problem is, no one seems to sell […]

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BMW To Customer: Aftermarket Parts Cause Fires, Airbag Deployments http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/bmw-rep-customer-aftermarket-parts-cause-fires-unwanted-airbag-deployments/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/bmw-rep-customer-aftermarket-parts-cause-fires-unwanted-airbag-deployments/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1114961 Last month, I shared the story of an unexpected double front airbag deployment in a BMW X5. In the twenty days since then, that car’s owner has been working with BMW NA, which conducted an independent examination of the car while it was in dealership custody. Yesterday he heard from a BMW consumer service representative, […]

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Last month, I shared the story of an unexpected double front airbag deployment in a BMW X5. In the twenty days since then, that car’s owner has been working with BMW NA, which conducted an independent examination of the car while it was in dealership custody. Yesterday he heard from a BMW consumer service representative, […]

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Piston Slap: Minivan or SUV to Take the “A” Liner? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/piston-slap-10/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/piston-slap-10/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 11:30:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1074810   Clark writes: Sajeev, We plan on buying a hard-side folding camper (a.k.a. an Aliner) with a dry weight of about 2,100 lbs. Which minivan or SUV would you recommend? Sajeev answers: I would be remiss if I didn’t admit I kinda want a pop-up camper to tow behind my Ranger. Kinda the same thing…sorta. Anyway, if […]

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  Clark writes: Sajeev, We plan on buying a hard-side folding camper (a.k.a. an Aliner) with a dry weight of about 2,100 lbs. Which minivan or SUV would you recommend? Sajeev answers: I would be remiss if I didn’t admit I kinda want a pop-up camper to tow behind my Ranger. Kinda the same thing…sorta. Anyway, if […]

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Piston Slap: A Tale of Mastercrafted, Aftermarket Dubs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/piston-slap-tale-mastercrafted-aftermarket-dubs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/piston-slap-tale-mastercrafted-aftermarket-dubs/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 12:18:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1038753 Jimmy writes: I hope this new year finds you well. Back in 2007 I bought a new Hyundai Santa Fe. Nothing special, no ABS or four wheel drive. But it did have 20”s on it with low profile 12 inch wide tires. Later that year I had the chance to drive it in the snow. First […]

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Jimmy writes: I hope this new year finds you well. Back in 2007 I bought a new Hyundai Santa Fe. Nothing special, no ABS or four wheel drive. But it did have 20”s on it with low profile 12 inch wide tires. Later that year I had the chance to drive it in the snow. First […]

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Piston Slap: Outdoor Convertible Storage? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/piston-slap-outdoor-convertible-storage/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/piston-slap-outdoor-convertible-storage/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 12:53:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1017562   Ken writes: Sajeev – I thoroughly enjoy your column – keep up the good work! You’ve also answered several questions I’ve sent over the years, so thanks for that. Your latest article on rear quarter panel rust on Hondas got me thinking. I have an attached 2 car garage and 3 cars. You can […]

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  Ken writes: Sajeev – I thoroughly enjoy your column – keep up the good work! You’ve also answered several questions I’ve sent over the years, so thanks for that. Your latest article on rear quarter panel rust on Hondas got me thinking. I have an attached 2 car garage and 3 cars. You can […]

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2013-14 Honda CR-Z Receives HPD Supercharging Kit http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/2013-14-honda-cr-z-receives-hpd-supercharging-kit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/2013-14-honda-cr-z-receives-hpd-supercharging-kit/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=897810 The Honda CR-Z will be gaining much needed firepower under the bonnet thanks to the automaker’s performance division. Autoblog reports Honda Performance Development has introduced an aftermarket supercharger kit good for boosting power from the hybrid’s 1.5-liter four to 197 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. The HPD kit also comes with an air-to-air intercooler, […]

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The Honda CR-Z will be gaining much needed firepower under the bonnet thanks to the automaker’s performance division. Autoblog reports Honda Performance Development has introduced an aftermarket supercharger kit good for boosting power from the hybrid’s 1.5-liter four to 197 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. The HPD kit also comes with an air-to-air intercooler, […]

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Altezza Lights: A Retrospective http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/altezza-lights-a-retrospective/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/altezza-lights-a-retrospective/#comments Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=479378 There are some automotive fads that we can liken to the leather jacket; a contemporary piece of clothing that has endured the test of time to become a staple of one’s wardrobe. The Hoffmeister kink may be the best example of an aesthetic detail that’s achieved this sort of ubiquity and acceptance. On the other hand, certain things, like […]

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There are some automotive fads that we can liken to the leather jacket; a contemporary piece of clothing that has endured the test of time to become a staple of one’s wardrobe. The Hoffmeister kink may be the best example of an aesthetic detail that’s achieved this sort of ubiquity and acceptance. On the other hand, certain things, like […]

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Piston Slap: Putting yourself first via Remote Start? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/457376/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/457376/#comments Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:11:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457376   Jonathan writes: Sajeev, I live in Chicago (actually a northern suburb) and own two cars: 05 Scion xB and an 03 Accord (4 cyl Auto). Due to logistics, day care, scheduling, and the like, both cars are used every day for the 1.5 mile drive to different train stations. And as you can imagine, […]

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  Jonathan writes: Sajeev, I live in Chicago (actually a northern suburb) and own two cars: 05 Scion xB and an 03 Accord (4 cyl Auto). Due to logistics, day care, scheduling, and the like, both cars are used every day for the 1.5 mile drive to different train stations. And as you can imagine, […]

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Vellum Venom Vignette: In God We Trust? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/vellum-venom-vignette-in-god-we-trust/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/vellum-venom-vignette-in-god-we-trust/#comments Sun, 17 Jun 2012 02:28:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=449252 It’s funny how a college professor goes from cool to angry in a split second.  Case in point: my first transportation design class at CCS.  People showed off their designs as per usual, but one day I opened my big mouth. I mentioned that a classmate’s rendering sported wheels that looked like the Star of […]

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It’s funny how a college professor goes from cool to angry in a split second.  Case in point: my first transportation design class at CCS.  People showed off their designs as per usual, but one day I opened my big mouth. I mentioned that a classmate’s rendering sported wheels that looked like the Star of […]

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Piston Slap: Being On The Level With One’s Self http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/piston-slap-being-on-the-level-with-ones-self/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/piston-slap-being-on-the-level-with-ones-self/#comments Wed, 09 Nov 2011 15:41:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416995   TTAC commenter jems86 writes: Dear Sajeev, I need your help again. I live in Colombia and, as you already know, I am the owner of a 2000 Subaru Forester (the 2.0 EDM model). This particular model has rear self leveling struts and recently they went bust. My dealership is asking 4 million pesos (about […]

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  TTAC commenter jems86 writes: Dear Sajeev, I need your help again. I live in Colombia and, as you already know, I am the owner of a 2000 Subaru Forester (the 2.0 EDM model). This particular model has rear self leveling struts and recently they went bust. My dealership is asking 4 million pesos (about […]

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Ford, Aftermarket Tangle Over Collision Replacement Parts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/ford-aftermarket-tangle-over-collision-replacement-parts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/ford-aftermarket-tangle-over-collision-replacement-parts/#comments Tue, 16 Aug 2011 19:03:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=407415 For some time now, there’s been something of a low-scale war going on between OEMs and aftermarket parts suppliers just below the national media radar. The issue: whether or not aftermarket structural parts are as good as OEM parts. Ford has been a major proponent of the OEM-only approach, making the video you see above […]

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For some time now, there’s been something of a low-scale war going on between OEMs and aftermarket parts suppliers just below the national media radar. The issue: whether or not aftermarket structural parts are as good as OEM parts. Ford has been a major proponent of the OEM-only approach, making the video you see above […]

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New or Used: Buffalo Butts Need Not Apply… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/new-or-used-buffalo-butts-need-not-apply/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/new-or-used-buffalo-butts-need-not-apply/#comments Fri, 05 Aug 2011 23:31:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=404869     S.M. writes: Dear Steve and that other Dude, As you well know, I am a little hooked on old-school American iron, preferably of the V8, high performance wannabe-GT cum Land Yacht variety. Problem is, they are letting me down in terms of basic transportation to work. Not that my Cougar and Mark VIII […]

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    S.M. writes: Dear Steve and that other Dude, As you well know, I am a little hooked on old-school American iron, preferably of the V8, high performance wannabe-GT cum Land Yacht variety. Problem is, they are letting me down in terms of basic transportation to work. Not that my Cougar and Mark VIII […]

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Merchants of Speed: The Men Who Built America’s Performance Industry, by Paul D. Smith http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/merchants-of-speed-the-men-who-built-americas-performance-industry-by-paul-d-smith/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/merchants-of-speed-the-men-who-built-americas-performance-industry-by-paul-d-smith/#comments Fri, 24 Dec 2010 23:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=378546 I’ve got this intimidating stack-o-car books to review— it’s been five months since the last one— and so I figured I’d skim them all and pick out a few winners. I cracked this one open, got hooked right away, and read the whole thing while ignoring the rest of the pile. This 1938 shot of […]

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I’ve got this intimidating stack-o-car books to review— it’s been five months since the last one— and so I figured I’d skim them all and pick out a few winners. I cracked this one open, got hooked right away, and read the whole thing while ignoring the rest of the pile. This 1938 shot of […]

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