The Truth About Cars » Cheap http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 03 May 2016 16:30:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 TTAC News Round-up: Chevy Hot to Sell You a Sedan, Volvo’s V90 Peek and Cheap Gas http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-chevy-hot-sell-sedan-volvos-v90-peek-cheap-gas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-chevy-hot-sell-sedan-volvos-v90-peek-cheap-gas/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2016 17:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1256737 “What do I gotta do to get you to drive out of here in a brand-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu today?” That, Ford and Google are moving to the country, Hyundai halts in China and Volvo’s wagon spied in some guy’s garage … after the break! Chevrolet needs to move these sedans, folks Automotive News reported that […]

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“What do I gotta do to get you to drive out of here in a brand-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu today?” That, Ford and Google are moving to the country, Hyundai halts in China and Volvo’s wagon spied in some guy’s garage … after the break! Chevrolet needs to move these sedans, folks Automotive News reported that […]

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What Automotive Patent Would You Hang on Your Wall? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/automotive-patent-hang-wall/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/automotive-patent-hang-wall/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1145529 The fine brain trust at How a Car Works has a great idea: print out free high-res patents and frame them because all our money goes to cars and not decorations, obviously. It got our motors running. What would we want to hang on the walls? How a Car Works has the Willys Jeep patent available […]

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The fine brain trust at How a Car Works has a great idea: print out free high-res patents and frame them because all our money goes to cars and not decorations, obviously. It got our motors running. What would we want to hang on the walls? How a Car Works has the Willys Jeep patent available […]

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VW Offering $39 Monthly Jetta Leases to Hook Customers in Later http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/vw-offering-stupid-cheap-jetta-leases-to-hook-customers-in-later/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/vw-offering-stupid-cheap-jetta-leases-to-hook-customers-in-later/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 22:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1081369 The Nissan Versa sedan might be the cheapest car in the U.S., but it isn’t holding candle to the cheap lease rates available for the Volkswagen Jetta. Regardless of the almost $4,500 price differential between the two cars in base model trim, Jetta lessees are spending less than half each month compared to the Versa, as low as […]

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The Nissan Versa sedan might be the cheapest car in the U.S., but it isn’t holding candle to the cheap lease rates available for the Volkswagen Jetta. Regardless of the almost $4,500 price differential between the two cars in base model trim, Jetta lessees are spending less than half each month compared to the Versa, as low as […]

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New Or Used? : Excuse Me While I Contradict Myself… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/new-or-used-excuse-me-while-i-contradict-myself/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/new-or-used-excuse-me-while-i-contradict-myself/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:06:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=738593 A reader sent me these parameters for picking his next vehicle I’m at a crossroads. I’m looking for a cheap – laughably cheap – like less-than-$3,000 cheap – car for my next daily driver. It’s got to be economical (near 30 mpg hwy) and fun to drive, with decent aftermarket support (so I can throw […]

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A reader sent me these parameters for picking his next vehicle I’m at a crossroads. I’m looking for a cheap – laughably cheap – like less-than-$3,000 cheap – car for my next daily driver. It’s got to be economical (near 30 mpg hwy) and fun to drive, with decent aftermarket support (so I can throw […]

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Piston Slap: What Makes a Bad Suspension? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/piston-slap-what-makes-a-bad-suspension/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/piston-slap-what-makes-a-bad-suspension/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:27:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=681034 TTAC commentator Seminole95 writes: Sajeev, The Wall Street Journal recently suggested that part of VW’s problem in the US is the slow growth in Passat sales. About the Passat sales, they attribute it to a cheapening of the components relative to the European Passat, stating: “The American model also got a simpler, lower-cost suspension that […]

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TTAC commentator Seminole95 writes: Sajeev, The Wall Street Journal recently suggested that part of VW’s problem in the US is the slow growth in Passat sales. About the Passat sales, they attribute it to a cheapening of the components relative to the European Passat, stating: “The American model also got a simpler, lower-cost suspension that […]

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Black Friday: Valvoline Motor Oil And Recyclable Low-Quality Tools http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/black-friday-valvoline-motor-oil-and-recyclable-low-quality-tools/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/black-friday-valvoline-motor-oil-and-recyclable-low-quality-tools/#comments Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:02:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=666714 If there ever was a combination of good and bad offers for the DIY auto enthusiast, it’s the so-called Black Friday deals. 5 Quarts of Valvoline with a Purolator Classic for $9.99 plus a $5 Valvoline coupon is pretty much the best oil deal I have seen since the G-Oil giveaways. Impact wrenches that are […]

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If there ever was a combination of good and bad offers for the DIY auto enthusiast, it’s the so-called Black Friday deals. 5 Quarts of Valvoline with a Purolator Classic for $9.99 plus a $5 Valvoline coupon is pretty much the best oil deal I have seen since the G-Oil giveaways. Impact wrenches that are […]

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New Or Used? : Large Marge Don’t Want No Land Barge Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/new-or-used-large-marge-dont-want-no-land-barge-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/new-or-used-large-marge-dont-want-no-land-barge-edition/#comments Fri, 05 Apr 2013 10:31:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=483482 Dear Steve and Jeev, My girlfriend needs a car while in the midst of many other big financial decisions that severely limit her car budget. Here’s the situation. She has access to a family owned Mercedes 380SL that has what I believe to be transmission issues. It’s dripping dark red fluid from right about where […]

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Dear Steve and Jeev, My girlfriend needs a car while in the midst of many other big financial decisions that severely limit her car budget. Here’s the situation. She has access to a family owned Mercedes 380SL that has what I believe to be transmission issues. It’s dripping dark red fluid from right about where […]

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My Rich Fantasy Life Laid Bare: Can You Do Better? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/my-rich-fantasy-life-laid-bare-can-you-do-better/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/my-rich-fantasy-life-laid-bare-can-you-do-better/#comments Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=481671 If you haven’t guessed it by now, I love cars and like a lot of people I spend a lot of time thinking about the ones I might like to own. My daydreams live in an odd place, they don’t run towards the higher plane of pure fantasy where the Ferrari and Lamborghini live, and, […]

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If you haven’t guessed it by now, I love cars and like a lot of people I spend a lot of time thinking about the ones I might like to own. My daydreams live in an odd place, they don’t run towards the higher plane of pure fantasy where the Ferrari and Lamborghini live, and, […]

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Question Of The Day: Have We Passed The Peak Of Cheap? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/question-of-the-day-have-we-passed-the-peak-of-cheap/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/question-of-the-day-have-we-passed-the-peak-of-cheap/#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:25:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=461129 The good old days of late summer 2009. It was a great time to buy a new car. Monthly new car sales in North America had plummeted to under 10 million units.  Access to financing seemed to be near impossible for a lot of consumers. Brands were orphaned. Leasing collapsed. Banks were picky. The future […]

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The good old days of late summer 2009. It was a great time to buy a new car. Monthly new car sales in North America had plummeted to under 10 million units.  Access to financing seemed to be near impossible for a lot of consumers. Brands were orphaned. Leasing collapsed. Banks were picky. The future […]

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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: Talk me off the Ledge!!! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/piston-slap-talk-me-off-the-ledge/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/piston-slap-talk-me-off-the-ledge/#comments Wed, 02 May 2012 10:50:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=442413 TTAC Commentator PartsUnknown writes: Sajeev, Long story short, a family friend has an ’86 944 non-turbo sitting in her driveway in suburban Massachusetts. It belongs to her son who lives in Manhattan. Although he loves the car, it simply does not fit his current lifestyle. He wants to sell it, but is not actively pursuing […]

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TTAC Commentator PartsUnknown writes: Sajeev, Long story short, a family friend has an ’86 944 non-turbo sitting in her driveway in suburban Massachusetts. It belongs to her son who lives in Manhattan. Although he loves the car, it simply does not fit his current lifestyle. He wants to sell it, but is not actively pursuing […]

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New or Used: The Right combination of Stupidity and Bravery http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/new-or-used-the-right-combination-of-stupidity-and-bravery/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/new-or-used-the-right-combination-of-stupidity-and-bravery/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2012 13:13:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=429657 Marcus writes: My wife has requested that I get a jeep type vehicle that we can use to do some light off road driving, i.e. she wants to drive on the beach.  I see this as an opportunity to buy a fun 4×4.  I would like to take it off road a bit and try to get it […]

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Marcus writes: My wife has requested that I get a jeep type vehicle that we can use to do some light off road driving, i.e. she wants to drive on the beach.  I see this as an opportunity to buy a fun 4×4.  I would like to take it off road a bit and try to get it […]

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Hammer Time: Cheap, Cheap and Cheap http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/hammer-time-cheap-cheap-and-cheap/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/hammer-time-cheap-cheap-and-cheap/#comments Sun, 03 Jan 2010 17:25:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=340588 Why that car? My cousin was slightly amused at the sight of my 2004 Ford Taurus SES. A rental car seemingly loaded with penny-pinching mediocrity and cut corners. An unusual choice for the holidays. It had made the long journey from Northwest Georgia to Jewish Florida in a day’s time. The leather was cheap, but […]

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Why that car? My cousin was slightly amused at the sight of my 2004 Ford Taurus SES. A rental car seemingly loaded with penny-pinching mediocrity and cut corners. An unusual choice for the holidays. It had made the long journey from Northwest Georgia to Jewish Florida in a day’s time. The leather was cheap, but […]

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