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. Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:37:53 +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 » bark m http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com 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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2016 Cadillac XTS Rental Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2016-cadillac-xts-rental-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2016-cadillac-xts-rental-review/#comments Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:33:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1271929 Stress and nervous tension are now serious social problems in all parts of the Galaxy, and it is in order that this situation should not be in any way exacerbated that the following facts will now be revealed in advance. Douglas Adams, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” The Cadillac XTS is a good car. […]

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Stress and nervous tension are now serious social problems in all parts of the Galaxy, and it is in order that this situation should not be in any way exacerbated that the following facts will now be revealed in advance. Douglas Adams, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” The Cadillac XTS is a good car. […]

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Bark M. On The Smoking Tire, This Time With Added Soberness http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/bark-m-on-the-smoking-tire-this-time-with-added-soberness/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/bark-m-on-the-smoking-tire-this-time-with-added-soberness/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:59:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1158514 “Fiesta, Fiesta, Fiesta.” Our own Bark M. found himself in Los Angeles, so why not crash The Smoking Tire Podcast and praise the Fiesta ST a bit? King Farah of Lexus was joined by Bark and Jeff Glucker of Hooniverse to talk about the Fiesta, autocross (where Bark predicts future hatemail), haters, and the GT350R […]

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“Fiesta, Fiesta, Fiesta.” Our own Bark M. found himself in Los Angeles, so why not crash The Smoking Tire Podcast and praise the Fiesta ST a bit? King Farah of Lexus was joined by Bark and Jeff Glucker of Hooniverse to talk about the Fiesta, autocross (where Bark predicts future hatemail), haters, and the GT350R […]

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TTAC Goes Karting, And So Should You! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/ttac-goes-karting/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/ttac-goes-karting/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1140994 One of the great secrets of TTAC is how little we, the writers, know each other. I have met our fearless leader, Mark Stevenson, exactly once. I have met Sajeev exactly once — and he was wearing a judge’s robe and a headdress. I have met Murilee exactly once, and he was berating me for […]

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One of the great secrets of TTAC is how little we, the writers, know each other. I have met our fearless leader, Mark Stevenson, exactly once. I have met Sajeev exactly once — and he was wearing a judge’s robe and a headdress. I have met Murilee exactly once, and he was berating me for […]

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Bark’s Bites: The Joys of Owning a Six Hundred Dollar Subaru http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/barks-bites-joys-owning-six-hundred-dollar-subaru/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/barks-bites-joys-owning-six-hundred-dollar-subaru/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:52:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=903058 “I have a couple older Subaru wagons (96-97) for sale in Morehead. Message me if you are interested.” Interested? Was I ever! As I stated in one of my more recent contributions to TTAC, I have been driving my Boss 302 as my daily driver ever since I bought it (with a brief interruption from […]

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“I have a couple older Subaru wagons (96-97) for sale in Morehead. Message me if you are interested.” Interested? Was I ever! As I stated in one of my more recent contributions to TTAC, I have been driving my Boss 302 as my daily driver ever since I bought it (with a brief interruption from […]

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Bark’s Bites: Oh, No, I Think I Might Have Bought the Wrong Mustang http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/barks-bites-oh-no-i-think-i-might-have-bought-the-wrong-mustang/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/barks-bites-oh-no-i-think-i-might-have-bought-the-wrong-mustang/#comments Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=644554 According to my most recent e-mail from my rental car company of choice, I have rented exactly thirty-one cars this year. Thirty-one flavors of cars, everything from Altima to Yukon (Sorry, I haven’t rented any Lincoln Zephyrs this year). Up until this week, I hadn’t rented one of the more popular choices on any lot, […]

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According to my most recent e-mail from my rental car company of choice, I have rented exactly thirty-one cars this year. Thirty-one flavors of cars, everything from Altima to Yukon (Sorry, I haven’t rented any Lincoln Zephyrs this year). Up until this week, I hadn’t rented one of the more popular choices on any lot, […]

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Bark’s Bites: Saving the Stuck Salty Swissman http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/barks-bites-saving-the-stuck-salty-swissman/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/barks-bites-saving-the-stuck-salty-swissman/#comments Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:30:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=496465 Please welcome the return of former guest columnist and industry insider Bark M. His piece on buying his Boss 302 turned out to be awfully popular, so I’ve asked him to return with a regular column. His first “Bark’s Bites” is a tale of a fairly bizarre trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats in which […]

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Please welcome the return of former guest columnist and industry insider Bark M. His piece on buying his Boss 302 turned out to be awfully popular, so I’ve asked him to return with a regular column. His first “Bark’s Bites” is a tale of a fairly bizarre trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats in which […]

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Spy Photography the TTAC Way http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/spy-photography-the-ttac-way/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/spy-photography-the-ttac-way/#comments Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:03:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=481177 Spy photographer Bark M strikes again! Well, actually, this is the first time he’s struck. Any guesses as to what it is? For reference, our man spotted this vehicle outside Auburn Hills. What’s throwing us off is that there’s no Alfa Romeo bodywork clumsily attached to the rest of the car…

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Spy photographer Bark M strikes again! Well, actually, this is the first time he’s struck. Any guesses as to what it is? For reference, our man spotted this vehicle outside Auburn Hills. What’s throwing us off is that there’s no Alfa Romeo bodywork clumsily attached to the rest of the car…

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