The Truth About Cars » bark m http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:27:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Ask Bark: Buyback is a Bitch http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/barks-bites-buyback-bitch/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/barks-bites-buyback-bitch/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:30:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1331466 Andre writes: Bark, I’ve lurked on TTAC for around eight months and just registered to ask for a recommendation. (Thanks! —Bark) My daily driver is a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, and it’s likely I’ll be taking the buyback option on the vehicle based on the agreement-in-principle between VW and the government on the “defeat device.” It’s been a […]

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Andre writes: Bark, I’ve lurked on TTAC for around eight months and just registered to ask for a recommendation. (Thanks! —Bark) My daily driver is a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, and it’s likely I’ll be taking the buyback option on the vehicle based on the agreement-in-principle between VW and the government on the “defeat device.” It’s been a […]

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Bark’s Bites: I’m Afraid, But I Still Race http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/barks-bites-im-afraid-still-race/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/barks-bites-im-afraid-still-race/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1329857 “You know, if it’s not fun anymore, you could just quit.” I stared at my father as he spoke these words, confused beyond belief. He had just picked me up from a brutal three-a-day football practice in the heat of the Ohio summer. As I sat there in the passenger seat of his piano black […]

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“You know, if it’s not fun anymore, you could just quit.” I stared at my father as he spoke these words, confused beyond belief. He had just picked me up from a brutal three-a-day football practice in the heat of the Ohio summer. As I sat there in the passenger seat of his piano black […]

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Ask Bark: What Should I Drive While My Vette Gently Sleeps? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/ask-bark-drive-vette-gently-sleeps/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/ask-bark-drive-vette-gently-sleeps/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:00:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1327305 Jerrid writes: I’m getting ready to move to the Kansas City to attend a professional school for a year.  I’ve currently divested myself of all cars with the exception of my now daily driven toy which is a modified C6 Z06.  This will be fine until about, oh say, November or December when the snow […]

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Jerrid writes: I’m getting ready to move to the Kansas City to attend a professional school for a year.  I’ve currently divested myself of all cars with the exception of my now daily driven toy which is a modified C6 Z06.  This will be fine until about, oh say, November or December when the snow […]

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2016 Ford Mustang V6 Convertible Rental Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/2016-ford-mustang-v6-convertible-rental-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/2016-ford-mustang-v6-convertible-rental-review/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1323834 Ever since I left the city, you, you, you You and me we just don’t get along You make me feel like I did you wrong Going places where you don’t belong —Drake, “Hotline Bling” Biloxi, Mississippi is a place where dreams go to die. Sad imitations of Vegas casinos line the coast half-filled with […]

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Ever since I left the city, you, you, you You and me we just don’t get along You make me feel like I did you wrong Going places where you don’t belong —Drake, “Hotline Bling” Biloxi, Mississippi is a place where dreams go to die. Sad imitations of Vegas casinos line the coast half-filled with […]

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Ask Bark: The Supercut, Episode One http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/ask-bark-supercut-episode-one/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/ask-bark-supercut-episode-one/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:20:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1323882 Since we’ve been doing these Ask Bark columns at the beginning of the year, I’ve received well over a hundred questions from you, our loyal readers. While I truly want to answer all of them, some of them don’t need a 1,000 word response, so they’ve been languishing in my inbox because I can’t turn them into […]

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Since we’ve been doing these Ask Bark columns at the beginning of the year, I’ve received well over a hundred questions from you, our loyal readers. While I truly want to answer all of them, some of them don’t need a 1,000 word response, so they’ve been languishing in my inbox because I can’t turn them into […]

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2016 Fiat 500X Rental Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/2016-fiat-500x-rental-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/2016-fiat-500x-rental-review/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2016 18:30:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1320762 Dear Fiat (FIAT?), I didn’t want to love your little 500X crossover. I frankly find the very notion of it ridiculous. In fact, the only reason why I selected it as my rental car last week was because the keys were strangely missing from the cabin of the Ford Edge SEL that I really wanted to borrow. […]

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Dear Fiat (FIAT?), I didn’t want to love your little 500X crossover. I frankly find the very notion of it ridiculous. In fact, the only reason why I selected it as my rental car last week was because the keys were strangely missing from the cabin of the Ford Edge SEL that I really wanted to borrow. […]

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Bark’s Bites: How Did a Fender Bender Turn Into Murder in New Orleans? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/barks-bites-fender-bender-turn-murder-new-orleans/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/barks-bites-fender-bender-turn-murder-new-orleans/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1321746 It’s an all-too-familiar tale in the Crescent City of New Orleans, a city that has held the dubious title of “Most Dangerous City in America” on multiple occasions. 164 murders occurred in the city limits in 2015, the fourth highest murder rate per capita of any American city and the 32nd most of any city in […]

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It’s an all-too-familiar tale in the Crescent City of New Orleans, a city that has held the dubious title of “Most Dangerous City in America” on multiple occasions. 164 murders occurred in the city limits in 2015, the fourth highest murder rate per capita of any American city and the 32nd most of any city in […]

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Ask Bark: Living In Mom’s Basement with a Viper ACR http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/ask-bark-living-moms-basement-viper-acr/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/ask-bark-living-moms-basement-viper-acr/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2016 15:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1318554 Jeremy writes: I’m making about $60,000/year after taxes as a recent college grad and I’m still living with my parents. My expenses excluding student loans are minimal, and those loans are small enough that I should have them paid off this year. I want to buy a car with limits far beyond mine and try not to […]

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Jeremy writes: I’m making about $60,000/year after taxes as a recent college grad and I’m still living with my parents. My expenses excluding student loans are minimal, and those loans are small enough that I should have them paid off this year. I want to buy a car with limits far beyond mine and try not to […]

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Ask Bark: Is $6,000 Too Much To Spend On A High Mileage Car? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ask-bark-6000-much-spend-high-mileage-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ask-bark-6000-much-spend-high-mileage-car/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2016 12:31:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1310130 Sophia writes: Thank you for taking the time to read and answer this email, it’s greatly appreciated. I have a budget of $6k and would like to buy a used car (automatic transmission). I really like the Scion tC models from ’06-’08 (I’m a fan of its smooth curves).  Is it worth spending $6k on […]

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Sophia writes: Thank you for taking the time to read and answer this email, it’s greatly appreciated. I have a budget of $6k and would like to buy a used car (automatic transmission). I really like the Scion tC models from ’06-’08 (I’m a fan of its smooth curves).  Is it worth spending $6k on […]

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Ask Bark: To Lease or Not Lease a CPO Dealer Demo? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ask-bark-lease-not-lease-cpo-dealer-demo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ask-bark-lease-not-lease-cpo-dealer-demo/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:00:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1305673 Sam writes: Hi Bark, I have a multi-part question and I’m interested to get your insight. Part one: To CPO or not. After decades of driving Fords, I’ve decided to treat myself with a sporty German car. A BMW 328i seems like just the ticket. I’m looking at a 2015 model year dealer loaner with 4,000 miles, and it’s available […]

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Sam writes: Hi Bark, I have a multi-part question and I’m interested to get your insight. Part one: To CPO or not. After decades of driving Fords, I’ve decided to treat myself with a sporty German car. A BMW 328i seems like just the ticket. I’m looking at a 2015 model year dealer loaner with 4,000 miles, and it’s available […]

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Ask Bark: Hi, I’m A Millennial Who Likes Cars! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ask-bark-hi-im-millennial-likes-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ask-bark-hi-im-millennial-likes-cars/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2016 13:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1304073 Conner (Conner? Is that a real name?) writes: Hey Bark, Twenty-three-year-old car buying millennial here. I recently got my first big boy job that pays big boy money. But because I’m definitely not a big boy yet and have nearly no responsibilities other than making rent, I’m going to spend it on silly things like […]

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Conner (Conner? Is that a real name?) writes: Hey Bark, Twenty-three-year-old car buying millennial here. I recently got my first big boy job that pays big boy money. But because I’m definitely not a big boy yet and have nearly no responsibilities other than making rent, I’m going to spend it on silly things like […]

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Ask Bark: Big Fun On A Small Budget? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ask-bark-big-fun-small-budget/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ask-bark-big-fun-small-budget/#comments Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1301105 El Jo writes: Hey Mr. Bark, I’m looking for a reliable sporty or sportscar that I could get for under $6,000. This would be a daily driver, so it can’t be totally impractical, and I don’t want to have to take it to the mechanic all the time. It should be stick shift and newer […]

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El Jo writes: Hey Mr. Bark, I’m looking for a reliable sporty or sportscar that I could get for under $6,000. This would be a daily driver, so it can’t be totally impractical, and I don’t want to have to take it to the mechanic all the time. It should be stick shift and newer […]

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Ask Bark: The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Lover http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ask-bark-loneliness-long-distance-lover/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ask-bark-loneliness-long-distance-lover/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2016 14:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1299545 Steve writes: Mr. Bark: My lady lives 650 miles away. Most of the time I fly to see her, but over the past 18 months I have put 40,000 miles on my Ford F-150 due to the odd weekends where it’s too expensive to fly, I can’t board my dog, or I want to do […]

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Steve writes: Mr. Bark: My lady lives 650 miles away. Most of the time I fly to see her, but over the past 18 months I have put 40,000 miles on my Ford F-150 due to the odd weekends where it’s too expensive to fly, I can’t board my dog, or I want to do […]

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Ask Bark: Which Beater Should She Bet On? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ask-bark-beater-bet/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ask-bark-beater-bet/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2016 15:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1292914 New-to-TTAC reader Kobe writes: Hi Bark, I’ve only begun to read TTAC and your email responses are a great read, so I figured I’d give sending you a question a shot. Two of my wife’s friends are looking for reliable, used cars. The parameters I’ve been given were $4,000 or less (as she will need to […]

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New-to-TTAC reader Kobe writes: Hi Bark, I’ve only begun to read TTAC and your email responses are a great read, so I figured I’d give sending you a question a shot. Two of my wife’s friends are looking for reliable, used cars. The parameters I’ve been given were $4,000 or less (as she will need to […]

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2016 Dodge Durango Limited RWD Rental Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/2016-dodge-durango-limited-rwd-rental-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/2016-dodge-durango-limited-rwd-rental-review/#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2016 15:00:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1289977 There sure has been a lot of talk about crossovers around here lately, hasn’t there? Regardless of your opinion on owning a CUV, it’s hard to deny the functionality that a three-row CUV offers the business and/or pleasure rental customer. The ability to carry an entire sales team to a meeting, as well as some presentation […]

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There sure has been a lot of talk about crossovers around here lately, hasn’t there? Regardless of your opinion on owning a CUV, it’s hard to deny the functionality that a three-row CUV offers the business and/or pleasure rental customer. The ability to carry an entire sales team to a meeting, as well as some presentation […]

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Ask Bark: What’s The Lexus Replacement Consensus? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-bark-whats-lexus-replacement-consensus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-bark-whats-lexus-replacement-consensus/#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2016 14:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1289753 TTAC commenter Sobro writes: Bark, Insert friendly greeting and small talk here. I was lucky that Sajeev is a sunroof enthusiast as well as a Ford fanboi when he promptly answered my question about the clunking roof in my wife’s 2003 Lexus ES300. At 170,000 miles, her glorified Camry is nearly as grounded to the […]

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TTAC commenter Sobro writes: Bark, Insert friendly greeting and small talk here. I was lucky that Sajeev is a sunroof enthusiast as well as a Ford fanboi when he promptly answered my question about the clunking roof in my wife’s 2003 Lexus ES300. At 170,000 miles, her glorified Camry is nearly as grounded to the […]

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Ask Bark: Which Car Will Make The Best Nostalgia Machine? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-bark-car-will-make-best-nostalgia-machine/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-bark-car-will-make-best-nostalgia-machine/#comments Tue, 23 Feb 2016 15:00:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1288713 Greg writes: Hi Bark, I’m a 32-year-old red-blooded male, life-long car enthusiast and hopeful to be raising a few future enthusiasts in the foreseeable future. I can smell which way the wind is blowing and know that the car market is going to look very different in the future. I’m excited about electric cars, but […]

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Greg writes: Hi Bark, I’m a 32-year-old red-blooded male, life-long car enthusiast and hopeful to be raising a few future enthusiasts in the foreseeable future. I can smell which way the wind is blowing and know that the car market is going to look very different in the future. I’m excited about electric cars, but […]

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Ask Bark: Too Much Junk in the Trunk (and Everywhere Else) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-bark-much-junk-trunk-everywhere-else/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-bark-much-junk-trunk-everywhere-else/#comments Thu, 18 Feb 2016 15:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1286026 Ben writes: Hey Bark, I have a brother with a mechanically-healthy 2001 Toyota Camry LE four-cylinder automatic. I’m estimating it has about 180,000 miles now. He uses that car everyday — extensively on the job, and for visits to family members out of state. Mileage is piling up fast. He does have the car regularly maintained […]

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Ben writes: Hey Bark, I have a brother with a mechanically-healthy 2001 Toyota Camry LE four-cylinder automatic. I’m estimating it has about 180,000 miles now. He uses that car everyday — extensively on the job, and for visits to family members out of state. Mileage is piling up fast. He does have the car regularly maintained […]

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Ask Bark: Two Doors Good, Four Doors Better http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-bark-two-doors-good-four-doors-better/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-bark-two-doors-good-four-doors-better/#comments Tue, 16 Feb 2016 16:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1285265 The commenter known as Economist writes: Dear Bark, I, like you, am a committed family man with two small children. Both of them are in car seats. I currently drive a 2007 Acura TL, but I miss the small cars of my youth. I dream of getting a Miata like I used to have years […]

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The commenter known as Economist writes: Dear Bark, I, like you, am a committed family man with two small children. Both of them are in car seats. I currently drive a 2007 Acura TL, but I miss the small cars of my youth. I dream of getting a Miata like I used to have years […]

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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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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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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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Ask Bark: Growing a Family While Trying To Shrink Bills http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-bark-growing-family-trying-shrink-bills/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-bark-growing-family-trying-shrink-bills/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:30:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1279394 Ben writes: Hi Bark, I am currently in my second year of a 3 1/2 year lease on a 2015 Mazda3 GT — which is probably the most engaging, convenient and efficient vehicle I’ve ever owned. Everything they say about Mazda nailing the driving dynamics is spot on. I wasn’t married prior to leasing the vehicle, nor did I […]

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Ben writes: Hi Bark, I am currently in my second year of a 3 1/2 year lease on a 2015 Mazda3 GT — which is probably the most engaging, convenient and efficient vehicle I’ve ever owned. Everything they say about Mazda nailing the driving dynamics is spot on. I wasn’t married prior to leasing the vehicle, nor did I […]

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2016 Hyundai Veloster Rental Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2016-hyundai-veloster-rental-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2016-hyundai-veloster-rental-review/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2016 14:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1275657 Did you ever have to find a way to survive and you knew your choices were bad, but you had to survive? Irving Rosenfeld, “American Hustle“ The rental car lottery is a funny thing. Some days you win; other days you end up having your olfactory receptors assaulted by an invisible army of plastic-forming chemical fumes. Faced […]

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Did you ever have to find a way to survive and you knew your choices were bad, but you had to survive? Irving Rosenfeld, “American Hustle“ The rental car lottery is a funny thing. Some days you win; other days you end up having your olfactory receptors assaulted by an invisible army of plastic-forming chemical fumes. Faced […]

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Ask Bark: What Should I Buy For My First Whip? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ask-bark-buy-first-whip/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ask-bark-buy-first-whip/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1274017 Ask Bark? is picking up steam like a train on the island of Sodor, man! Thanks for all of your questions after last week’s installment, as well as the great advice you gave our friend, Josh. However, be warned — Bark will not be punked like the author of “Ask Amy” was this week. Don’t write […]

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Ask Bark? is picking up steam like a train on the island of Sodor, man! Thanks for all of your questions after last week’s installment, as well as the great advice you gave our friend, Josh. However, be warned — Bark will not be punked like the author of “Ask Amy” was this week. Don’t write […]

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