The Truth About Cars » beater http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:42:47 +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 » beater http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Piston Slap: Deep Six the 626? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/piston-slap-deep-six-626/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/piston-slap-deep-six-626/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 13:05:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1275713 Joey writes: Hello Sajeev, I’ve been a reader of yours for years and greatly enjoy your style. (Woot! —SM) My question is about my ’97 Mazda 626, with a hair over 215,000 miles on it, that’s been in my family for its entire life. It’s reliable, economical, and generally in good condition. However, I am up for […]

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Joey writes: Hello Sajeev, I’ve been a reader of yours for years and greatly enjoy your style. (Woot! —SM) My question is about my ’97 Mazda 626, with a hair over 215,000 miles on it, that’s been in my family for its entire life. It’s reliable, economical, and generally in good condition. However, I am up for […]

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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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Piston Slap: Fanning the Dakota’s Fail Flames for Cherokee LSX-FTW? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/piston-slap-fanning-dakotas-fail-flames-cherokee-lsx-ftw/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/piston-slap-fanning-dakotas-fail-flames-cherokee-lsx-ftw/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:19:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=953801   TTAC Commentator anti121hero writes: Hello Sajeev! Very long time reader, but first time I’ve ever reached out. To start, I happen to be a huge RWD ford fan, (I’m actually helping my best friend put together his 94 mark viii). Now with your interest gained… I have a 1993 jeep cherokee, 2 door, 4.0 […]

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  TTAC Commentator anti121hero writes: Hello Sajeev! Very long time reader, but first time I’ve ever reached out. To start, I happen to be a huge RWD ford fan, (I’m actually helping my best friend put together his 94 mark viii). Now with your interest gained… I have a 1993 jeep cherokee, 2 door, 4.0 […]

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Hammer Time: Not All Cheap Cars Are Beaters http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/hammer-time-cheap-cars-are-not-beaters/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/hammer-time-cheap-cars-are-not-beaters/#comments Mon, 26 May 2014 10:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=829882 One dollar of depreciation in four years. Fifty-five miles per gallon. Forty-eight thousand miles. I may have very well owned the cheapest car in America a few years ago. Back in 2009, I bought a 2001 Honda Insight with 145,000 miles for all of $4001 at an auction. After four years and with 193,000 miles, I […]

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One dollar of depreciation in four years. Fifty-five miles per gallon. Forty-eight thousand miles. I may have very well owned the cheapest car in America a few years ago. Back in 2009, I bought a 2001 Honda Insight with 145,000 miles for all of $4001 at an auction. After four years and with 193,000 miles, I […]

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New or Used? : This Musician Wants An Escort (Wagon) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-or-used-this-musician-wants-an-escort-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-or-used-this-musician-wants-an-escort-wagon/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:30:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=806738 I’m a working musician from NYC. I have a conundrum. Since 1998 I’ve owned a 1989 BMW E30 ‘vert, which has served me well as a touring artist — it just hit 160k, most of those miles mine. However, all those miles have come at a price, between 40k timing belt changes and other occasional […]

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I’m a working musician from NYC. I have a conundrum. Since 1998 I’ve owned a 1989 BMW E30 ‘vert, which has served me well as a touring artist — it just hit 160k, most of those miles mine. However, all those miles have come at a price, between 40k timing belt changes and other occasional […]

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Hammer Time: $100 Worth Of Charity… And Fun? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/hammer-time-100-worth-of-charity-and-fun/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/hammer-time-100-worth-of-charity-and-fun/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=726314 By the time you read this, I will have bought the last $100 car sold at a public auction… that actually runs! This 1994 Ford Explorer XL has just under 94,000 miles and has been sitting at a local water department for a couple of years now. The exterior is nothing special, but the interior […]

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By the time you read this, I will have bought the last $100 car sold at a public auction… that actually runs! This 1994 Ford Explorer XL has just under 94,000 miles and has been sitting at a local water department for a couple of years now. The exterior is nothing special, but the interior […]

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Piston Slap: Bennie Bucks on the Winter Beater? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/piston-slap-bennie-bucks-on-the-winter-beater/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/piston-slap-bennie-bucks-on-the-winter-beater/#comments Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:16:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=662242 TTAC Commentator 28-Cars-Later writes: Sajeev, I’ve got a small conundrum for Piston Slap.  Winter is fast approaching and for those of us in the mid-Atlantic states this is a serious affair. My winter beater has been my trusty (but not rusty) ’98 Saturn SL/auto/164K, which in the spring started showing its age and developed transmission […]

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TTAC Commentator 28-Cars-Later writes: Sajeev, I’ve got a small conundrum for Piston Slap.  Winter is fast approaching and for those of us in the mid-Atlantic states this is a serious affair. My winter beater has been my trusty (but not rusty) ’98 Saturn SL/auto/164K, which in the spring started showing its age and developed transmission […]

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Krugerrands For Clunkers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/krugerrands-for-clunkers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/krugerrands-for-clunkers/#comments Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:31:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484204 This essay on Delicious Tacos, about the life and death of an $800 Mercedes-Benz diesel sedan, drove home one of the unfortunate realities of living in a snowy climate: it’s nearly impossible to find anything for $800 that hasn’t been completely consumed by oxidization. For those who don’t have to deal with road salt, there […]

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This essay on Delicious Tacos, about the life and death of an $800 Mercedes-Benz diesel sedan, drove home one of the unfortunate realities of living in a snowy climate: it’s nearly impossible to find anything for $800 that hasn’t been completely consumed by oxidization. For those who don’t have to deal with road salt, there […]

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Monday Mileage Champion: Volkswagen Wins! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/monday-mileage-champion-volkswagen-wins/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/monday-mileage-champion-volkswagen-wins/#comments Mon, 01 Apr 2013 19:35:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=483103 Take a look at this piece of… 272,522 miles. No fooling. This 1996 Volkswagen Passat 5-speed sedan has traveled a distance nearly equal to 11 times the circumference of planet Earth. It also visited the dealership well over 50 times during that time period as well. Which is just barely good enough for… 38th place. […]

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Take a look at this piece of… 272,522 miles. No fooling. This 1996 Volkswagen Passat 5-speed sedan has traveled a distance nearly equal to 11 times the circumference of planet Earth. It also visited the dealership well over 50 times during that time period as well. Which is just barely good enough for… 38th place. […]

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Monday Mileage Champion: Where Few Caddys Fear To Tread http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/monday-mileage-champion-where-few-caddys-fear-to-tread/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/monday-mileage-champion-where-few-caddys-fear-to-tread/#comments Mon, 04 Mar 2013 20:32:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=479742 I haven’t recommended a new Lincoln in well over 20 years now. With rare exception, the brand never lives up to the hype of whatever a Lincoln was supposed to represent at various times in recent history. The ultimate luxury coupe that was the Mark VIII. The import fighting LS. The Lexus/Mercedes wanna-be that was […]

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I haven’t recommended a new Lincoln in well over 20 years now. With rare exception, the brand never lives up to the hype of whatever a Lincoln was supposed to represent at various times in recent history. The ultimate luxury coupe that was the Mark VIII. The import fighting LS. The Lexus/Mercedes wanna-be that was […]

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New or Used? : Economic Outpatient Care Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/new-or-used-economic-outpatient-care-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/new-or-used-economic-outpatient-care-edition/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:30:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=478075 Hello Steve, I’ve enjoyed for a couple of years now the articles you’ve written for TTAC and the insight you give on used cars and the business you work in. Since you do provide your contact information, I thought I’d write to ask a question relevant to my used-car-shopping situation. The situation – this girl […]

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Hello Steve, I’ve enjoyed for a couple of years now the articles you’ve written for TTAC and the insight you give on used cars and the business you work in. Since you do provide your contact information, I thought I’d write to ask a question relevant to my used-car-shopping situation. The situation – this girl […]

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Question Of The Day: What Was Your Best Automotive Deal…. Ever? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/question-of-the-day-what-was-your-best-automotive-deal-ever/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/question-of-the-day-what-was-your-best-automotive-deal-ever/#comments Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:29:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=467388 The bidding kept going down and down at the inop auction. A sale where all cars are usually either dead or dying. “$200! would-a-give-me $200! $100! $100! How about-a-hundred!” Pretty soon the bidding went all the way down to $50. For a whole car! No takers. No sale. Until… I was a member of the auction staff […]

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The bidding kept going down and down at the inop auction. A sale where all cars are usually either dead or dying. “$200! would-a-give-me $200! $100! $100! How about-a-hundred!” Pretty soon the bidding went all the way down to $50. For a whole car! No takers. No sale. Until… I was a member of the auction staff […]

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Hammer Time Remix: The Ultimate Tightwad Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/hammer-time-remix-the-ultimate-tightwad-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/hammer-time-remix-the-ultimate-tightwad-car/#comments Sun, 11 Nov 2012 19:03:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=466510   Saturn? Civic? Neon? A diesel owned by this long-time TTAC commeter? For the longest time I’ve been trying to figure out what penny pinching prodigy earns the most keep. I’ve spent years pondering this question. Well, more like a few dull moments at the auctions. I finally figured out the answer this evening. The cheapest car […]

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  Saturn? Civic? Neon? A diesel owned by this long-time TTAC commeter? For the longest time I’ve been trying to figure out what penny pinching prodigy earns the most keep. I’ve spent years pondering this question. Well, more like a few dull moments at the auctions. I finally figured out the answer this evening. The cheapest car […]

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How To: Invest In A Beater http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/how-to-invest-in-a-beater/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/how-to-invest-in-a-beater/#comments Wed, 22 Aug 2012 13:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457458 Congratulations!!! And my condolences. You have just bought yourself a vehicle that may be worth more dead than alive. Did you follow my car buying advice? Of course not! You wanted cheap to the extreme and now you got it. Bald tires. Doors that may be lovably ‘scrunched’ just a little bit thanks to those […]

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Congratulations!!! And my condolences. You have just bought yourself a vehicle that may be worth more dead than alive. Did you follow my car buying advice? Of course not! You wanted cheap to the extreme and now you got it. Bald tires. Doors that may be lovably ‘scrunched’ just a little bit thanks to those […]

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New or Used: Two Too Many Beaters? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/new-or-used-two-too-many-beaters/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/new-or-used-two-too-many-beaters/#comments Thu, 16 Aug 2012 19:33:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457055   Anonymous writes: I picked up a Forester for a song and a dance ($500) this past summer, and did brakes and an oxygen sensor. We have less than $750, total, into it. It presently has 256K miles (another reason I don’t really want to use it as a daily driver!) I’ve had my 1999 Saab 9-5 […]

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  Anonymous writes: I picked up a Forester for a song and a dance ($500) this past summer, and did brakes and an oxygen sensor. We have less than $750, total, into it. It presently has 256K miles (another reason I don’t really want to use it as a daily driver!) I’ve had my 1999 Saab 9-5 […]

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Piston Slap: Keep the Jeep, Change your Name? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/piston-slap-keep-the-jeep-change-your-name/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/piston-slap-keep-the-jeep-change-your-name/#comments Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:43:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=450948   John writes: What sort of upgrades would you recommend for a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited? I bought it to replace my 300CE, which was the feature of a previous Piston Slap. I am planning on keeping this one for the foreseeable future. The only problems with it right now are broken fog lights, the […]

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  John writes: What sort of upgrades would you recommend for a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited? I bought it to replace my 300CE, which was the feature of a previous Piston Slap. I am planning on keeping this one for the foreseeable future. The only problems with it right now are broken fog lights, the […]

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Working On a Harlequin Interior For My Civic, One Junkyard Piece At a Time http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/working-on-a-harlequin-interior-for-my-civic-one-junkyard-piece-at-a-time/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/working-on-a-harlequin-interior-for-my-civic-one-junkyard-piece-at-a-time/#comments Wed, 30 May 2012 18:03:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=446763 There’s a liberating feeling when you have to fix some interior component on a beater transportation car (e.g., my destined-to-become-a-track-car 1992 Civic DX) and you don’t care about color matching. Item #3,491 on the list of Parts Whose Failure Doesn’t Stop You From Driving, But Still Drives You Crazy: the glovebox door latch. My Civic […]

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There’s a liberating feeling when you have to fix some interior component on a beater transportation car (e.g., my destined-to-become-a-track-car 1992 Civic DX) and you don’t care about color matching. Item #3,491 on the list of Parts Whose Failure Doesn’t Stop You From Driving, But Still Drives You Crazy: the glovebox door latch. My Civic […]

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Piston Slap: Honda Fanboi, Beater Enthusiast, Wannabe Racer? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/piston-slap-honda-fanboi-beater-enthusiast-wannabe-racer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/piston-slap-honda-fanboi-beater-enthusiast-wannabe-racer/#comments Mon, 21 May 2012 11:51:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=445259   Carleton writes: Sajeev, I have two essentially unrelated questions but both seemingly require something that I greatly lack: money.  I’m a 22 year old engineering student in New Hampshire and have been around cars my whole life.  Over the past few years, I’ve purchased several older motorcycles on craigslist very inexpensively, sorted the mechanical issues, cleaned them […]

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  Carleton writes: Sajeev, I have two essentially unrelated questions but both seemingly require something that I greatly lack: money.  I’m a 22 year old engineering student in New Hampshire and have been around cars my whole life.  Over the past few years, I’ve purchased several older motorcycles on craigslist very inexpensively, sorted the mechanical issues, cleaned them […]

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Piston Slap: The Ideal Aussie Indie Film Star? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/piston-slap-the-ideal-aussie-indie-film-star/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/piston-slap-the-ideal-aussie-indie-film-star/#comments Thu, 17 May 2012 10:34:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=444685 James writes: Hi Sajeev, I’m a university student completing their honours degree in screen production. My project for this year is making a short drama/comedy about a young man and his car (surprise, surprise!), so I’m looking for old, tidy cars with character. My search has come down to a yellow 1983 Volvo 244 GL […]

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James writes: Hi Sajeev, I’m a university student completing their honours degree in screen production. My project for this year is making a short drama/comedy about a young man and his car (surprise, surprise!), so I’m looking for old, tidy cars with character. My search has come down to a yellow 1983 Volvo 244 GL […]

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New or Used: Commuter Ying, Sporty Yang http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/new-or-used-commuter-ying-sporty-yang/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/new-or-used-commuter-ying-sporty-yang/#comments Fri, 09 Dec 2011 18:05:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=421888   Mark V. writes: I was wrong, I thought I could drive a 370z touring on a daily basis to work, a 75m round trip on the highway mostly, but I can’t.  Its to loud and its becoming unpleasant to drive.  I don’t want to get a beater for a 2nd car because spending almost 2 […]

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  Mark V. writes: I was wrong, I thought I could drive a 370z touring on a daily basis to work, a 75m round trip on the highway mostly, but I can’t.  Its to loud and its becoming unpleasant to drive.  I don’t want to get a beater for a 2nd car because spending almost 2 […]

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Question of the Day: Hoopties Past, Present… and Future? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/question-of-the-day-hoopties-past-present-and-future/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/question-of-the-day-hoopties-past-present-and-future/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2011 14:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418506 A hooptie is a once-semi-luxurious car that’s depreciated down to just-above-scrap value and is getting its final owner some quality, low-buck miles before being crushed. The Buick Electra 225 was the archetypal hooptie of the 1980s and 1990s, but how about today? More importantly, which current models will be the hoopties of 2025? Sir Mix-a-Lot […]

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A hooptie is a once-semi-luxurious car that’s depreciated down to just-above-scrap value and is getting its final owner some quality, low-buck miles before being crushed. The Buick Electra 225 was the archetypal hooptie of the 1980s and 1990s, but how about today? More importantly, which current models will be the hoopties of 2025? Sir Mix-a-Lot […]

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New or Used: College Priorities, Automotive Compromises http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/new-or-used-college-priorities-automotive-compromises/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/new-or-used-college-priorities-automotive-compromises/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2011 17:33:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=402437 Brenden writes: Sajeev and Steve, My buddy is in college and needs a used set of wheels.  After 2 years of depending upon Baltimore’s awful public transportation system and the generosity of friends, roommates, frat brothers, and total strangers for car rides, his school work is starting to suffer and he’s decided to buy a […]

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Brenden writes: Sajeev and Steve, My buddy is in college and needs a used set of wheels.  After 2 years of depending upon Baltimore’s awful public transportation system and the generosity of friends, roommates, frat brothers, and total strangers for car rides, his school work is starting to suffer and he’s decided to buy a […]

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Piston Slap: Extra Rims for a Simplier Life? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/piston-slap-extra-rims-for-a-simplier-life/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/piston-slap-extra-rims-for-a-simplier-life/#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2011 08:56:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397513 TTAC Commentator talkstoanimals writes: Sajeev, Much to my dismay, in less than a year my job will move from downtown Washington, DC to suburban Maryland. This means I will be forced to drive to work every day rather than being able to rely on the Metro system for the work commute. Currently, my main ride […]

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TTAC Commentator talkstoanimals writes: Sajeev, Much to my dismay, in less than a year my job will move from downtown Washington, DC to suburban Maryland. This means I will be forced to drive to work every day rather than being able to rely on the Metro system for the work commute. Currently, my main ride […]

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