The Truth About Cars » jack baruth http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:00:59 +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 » jack baruth http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Here Are the ‘Winners’ of the ‘TEXAS EDITION’ Badges http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/winners-texas-edition-badges/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/winners-texas-edition-badges/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1274801 Last week I offered you, the man or woman in the street, a chance to own a “TEXAS EDITION” badge at my expense. I asked you to tell me what you’d do with such a badge. After an exhaustive selection process consisting of me having a couple shots of Ketel One Citroen and picking shit […]

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Last week I offered you, the man or woman in the street, a chance to own a “TEXAS EDITION” badge at my expense. I asked you to tell me what you’d do with such a badge. After an exhaustive selection process consisting of me having a couple shots of Ketel One Citroen and picking shit […]

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2015 BMW 640i Convertible Rental Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2015-bmw-640i-convertible-rental-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2015-bmw-640i-convertible-rental-review/#comments Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1273097 Who has two thumbs and loves the ’79 Eldorado? This guy. I’ve spent more time writing about it than I’ve spent writing about Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Maseratis … combined. What made the ’79 Eldorado great? Everything. It was styled with a crispness and strength of purpose never again seen on a Cadillac. It had a […]

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Who has two thumbs and loves the ’79 Eldorado? This guy. I’ve spent more time writing about it than I’ve spent writing about Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Maseratis … combined. What made the ’79 Eldorado great? Everything. It was styled with a crispness and strength of purpose never again seen on a Cadillac. It had a […]

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2015 Ford Focus SE Rental Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2015-ford-focus-se-rental-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2015-ford-focus-se-rental-review/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1268865 Once more into the breach, dear friends / Or close up the segment with our heavily-rebated dead. This is the third time I’ve encountered this generation of Ford Focus SE, having enjoyed the car on its press preview and suffered through an overheated PowerShift sedan in Florida traffic a year later. Now I return once […]

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Once more into the breach, dear friends / Or close up the segment with our heavily-rebated dead. This is the third time I’ve encountered this generation of Ford Focus SE, having enjoyed the car on its press preview and suffered through an overheated PowerShift sedan in Florida traffic a year later. Now I return once […]

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No Fixed Abode: A Very Special Feature http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/no-fixed-abode-special-feature/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/no-fixed-abode-special-feature/#comments Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1266121 Supposedly, there’s a Powerball ticket somewhere in this house. It’s Wednesday night as I write this, a few hours before the drawing. By the time you read this, you will know that I did not win the Powerball, and neither did you. I feel mathematically justified in believing that not a single TTAC reader is […]

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Supposedly, there’s a Powerball ticket somewhere in this house. It’s Wednesday night as I write this, a few hours before the drawing. By the time you read this, you will know that I did not win the Powerball, and neither did you. I feel mathematically justified in believing that not a single TTAC reader is […]

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My Greatest Hits (And Biggest Misses) Of 2015 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/greatest-hits-biggest-misses-2015/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/greatest-hits-biggest-misses-2015/#comments Fri, 01 Jan 2016 17:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1253073 It’s that time of year again! As I did in 2014, 2013, and 2012, I’m channeling my inner Joni Mitchell by linking back to some of my most popular articles of the year and also reanimating some of the things that I loved but you hated. So let’s set the wayback machine to “not terribly […]

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It’s that time of year again! As I did in 2014, 2013, and 2012, I’m channeling my inner Joni Mitchell by linking back to some of my most popular articles of the year and also reanimating some of the things that I loved but you hated. So let’s set the wayback machine to “not terribly […]

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Finally, Your Chance To Be A True Fleetwood Mack http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/finally-chance-true-fleetwood-mack/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/finally-chance-true-fleetwood-mack/#comments Wed, 23 Dec 2015 20:00:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1249369 Four and a half years. That’s how long it’s been since I served as a cross-country delivery driver for TTAC reader doctorv8‘s 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Talisman. As the more eagle-eyed of the Best & Brightest noticed earlier this week, that same Fleetwood is now for sale after a $10,000 freshening. So let’s catch up on what’s […]

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Four and a half years. That’s how long it’s been since I served as a cross-country delivery driver for TTAC reader doctorv8‘s 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Talisman. As the more eagle-eyed of the Best & Brightest noticed earlier this week, that same Fleetwood is now for sale after a $10,000 freshening. So let’s catch up on what’s […]

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No Fixed Abode: I Want To Believe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/no-fixed-abode-want-believe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/no-fixed-abode-want-believe/#comments Mon, 21 Dec 2015 16:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1247898 Three years ago, around this time, I begged the nice people at Ford to build a proper Lincoln. This was shortly after I begged Cadillac to put a V-8 in the ATS. If you put the two articles together, you might get the sense that I have the completely antediluvian mindset that an American luxury […]

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Three years ago, around this time, I begged the nice people at Ford to build a proper Lincoln. This was shortly after I begged Cadillac to put a V-8 in the ATS. If you put the two articles together, you might get the sense that I have the completely antediluvian mindset that an American luxury […]

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No Fixed Abode: Baxi To The Future http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/no-fixed-abode-baxi-future/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/no-fixed-abode-baxi-future/#comments Thu, 10 Dec 2015 14:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1238793 Arunabh Madhur gave up a 15-year career in brand, media and digital content marketing to set up M-Taxi, the second company that has launched bike taxis in Gurgaon. “You’re our first lady customer and I will take you for this ride myself,” says Madhur, a biker himself and an enthusiastic member of a Gurgaon super […]

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Arunabh Madhur gave up a 15-year career in brand, media and digital content marketing to set up M-Taxi, the second company that has launched bike taxis in Gurgaon. “You’re our first lady customer and I will take you for this ride myself,” says Madhur, a biker himself and an enthusiastic member of a Gurgaon super […]

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No Fixed Abode: Learning From Willie G. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/no-fixed-abode-learning-willie-g/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/no-fixed-abode-learning-willie-g/#comments Thu, 03 Dec 2015 17:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1232937 The appeal of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle was once as much of a mystery to me as was the appeal of country music. As a teenager, I’d walk five miles in each direction just to sit briefly on a yellow RZ350 before the salesman shooed me out of the showroom. I was captivated by the names […]

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The appeal of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle was once as much of a mystery to me as was the appeal of country music. As a teenager, I’d walk five miles in each direction just to sit briefly on a yellow RZ350 before the salesman shooed me out of the showroom. I was captivated by the names […]

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Hey, Here’s A Great New Use For License Plate Readers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/hey-heres-great-new-use-license-plate-readers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/hey-heres-great-new-use-license-plate-readers/#comments Wed, 02 Dec 2015 17:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1231793 Two weeks ago, the B&B took the time to educate me about license plate readers and their various extra-legal uses. As someone who has worked at least part-time in the tech industry since the mid-90s, I started thinking about what the cost would be of a distributed plate-tracking business. Eventually the readers will be smaller […]

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Two weeks ago, the B&B took the time to educate me about license plate readers and their various extra-legal uses. As someone who has worked at least part-time in the tech industry since the mid-90s, I started thinking about what the cost would be of a distributed plate-tracking business. Eventually the readers will be smaller […]

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Giving Thanks: You Gotta Be Rich to Own a Cheap Car – No Fixed Abode http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/you-gotta-be-rich-to-own-a-cheap-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/you-gotta-be-rich-to-own-a-cheap-car/#comments Thu, 26 Nov 2015 16:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1229849 Editor’s note: This article originally ran February 4th, 2015 and will likely be one of the all-time most read TTAC editorials for years to come. If you’re a fan of automotive personality Matt Farah and/or his show, “The Smoking Tire”, you probably know that Matt recently bought a 1996 Lexus LS400 with 897,000 documented miles on […]

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Editor’s note: This article originally ran February 4th, 2015 and will likely be one of the all-time most read TTAC editorials for years to come. If you’re a fan of automotive personality Matt Farah and/or his show, “The Smoking Tire”, you probably know that Matt recently bought a 1996 Lexus LS400 with 897,000 documented miles on […]

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No Fixed Abode: Steady Going Nowhere http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/no-fixed-abode-steady-going-nowhere/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/no-fixed-abode-steady-going-nowhere/#comments Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1207481 This is Part Two; Part One is found here —JB The Best & Brightest didn’t contest my point too strongly earlier this week when I suggested that the American family vehicle of choice has long possessed familiar dimensions despite sporting a diverse variety of exterior styles, from “tri-five” to high-hip CUV. Some of you thought it […]

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This is Part Two; Part One is found here —JB The Best & Brightest didn’t contest my point too strongly earlier this week when I suggested that the American family vehicle of choice has long possessed familiar dimensions despite sporting a diverse variety of exterior styles, from “tri-five” to high-hip CUV. Some of you thought it […]

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Rental Review: 2015 Volkswagen Beetle 1.8 TSI http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/rental-review-2015-vw-bettle-tsi/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/rental-review-2015-vw-bettle-tsi/#comments Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1191058 This will likely come as a bit of a surprise to those of you who get your news through glass bottles tossed into the ocean and carried by persistent currents to the remote island on which you’ve been stranded by the crash of your FedEx plane, but Volkswagen is in a little bit of trouble […]

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This will likely come as a bit of a surprise to those of you who get your news through glass bottles tossed into the ocean and carried by persistent currents to the remote island on which you’ve been stranded by the crash of your FedEx plane, but Volkswagen is in a little bit of trouble […]

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No Fixed Abode: The Last Days Of Bronco http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/no-fixed-abode-last-days-bronco/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/no-fixed-abode-last-days-bronco/#comments Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:00:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1183210 In 1996, Ford sold about 28,000 Broncos. This was the same year the Explorer finally cracked 400,000 units, the vast majority of them XLT trim or above, and each one carrying a healthy markup over the Rangers from which they were unashamedly derived. The Ford dealership where Rodney and I worked sixty-five hours a week […]

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In 1996, Ford sold about 28,000 Broncos. This was the same year the Explorer finally cracked 400,000 units, the vast majority of them XLT trim or above, and each one carrying a healthy markup over the Rangers from which they were unashamedly derived. The Ford dealership where Rodney and I worked sixty-five hours a week […]

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What Were Once Minis Have Become Habitual http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/minis-become-habitual/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/minis-become-habitual/#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1182786 This past Sunday night, I wandered over to my local movie theater to catch Black Mass. Although I’m suffering from a bit of Joel-Edgerton-related-ennui lately and I never really got over the idea of Hey, that’s Johnny Depp in makeup, I had to admit that overall, it was a tightly plotted and thoroughly entertaining film. […]

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This past Sunday night, I wandered over to my local movie theater to catch Black Mass. Although I’m suffering from a bit of Joel-Edgerton-related-ennui lately and I never really got over the idea of Hey, that’s Johnny Depp in makeup, I had to admit that overall, it was a tightly plotted and thoroughly entertaining film. […]

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No Fixed Abode: Whatcha Gonna Do When They Don’t Come For You? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/no-fixed-abode-whatcha-gonna-dont-come/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/no-fixed-abode-whatcha-gonna-dont-come/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1140242 Might as well admit it: I have an unhealthy fascination with the service known as car2go. It’s just so… improbable. I’m pretty sure it began as a way to dump some Smart “ForTwo” inventory into service so the Daimler-Benz lines could keep operating at something like capacity. Since its inception, the service has been in […]

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Might as well admit it: I have an unhealthy fascination with the service known as car2go. It’s just so… improbable. I’m pretty sure it began as a way to dump some Smart “ForTwo” inventory into service so the Daimler-Benz lines could keep operating at something like capacity. Since its inception, the service has been in […]

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Bro, Do You Even Lift? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/bro-even-lift/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/bro-even-lift/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:00:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1133017 Last week, our own Doug DeMuro asked the B&B for their opinion on the stupidest automotive feature. He then gave his personal opinion as to what that feature might be. I’m here to tell you why he’s completely wrong, and why he’s probably also completely right. Let’s review Doug’s suggestion for “stupidest automotive feature” right […]

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Last week, our own Doug DeMuro asked the B&B for their opinion on the stupidest automotive feature. He then gave his personal opinion as to what that feature might be. I’m here to tell you why he’s completely wrong, and why he’s probably also completely right. Let’s review Doug’s suggestion for “stupidest automotive feature” right […]

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No Fixed Abode: Walljobbed. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/no-fixed-abode-walljobbed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/no-fixed-abode-walljobbed/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1102601 I grew up in the back of two-door family cars ranging from a ’67 Camaro to an ’83 Civic 1500 “S”. It never seemed like a hardship to me. Nor does it seem like a hardship to have my six-year-old son in the back of my Accord Coupe. He knows how to let himself in […]

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I grew up in the back of two-door family cars ranging from a ’67 Camaro to an ’83 Civic 1500 “S”. It never seemed like a hardship to me. Nor does it seem like a hardship to have my six-year-old son in the back of my Accord Coupe. He knows how to let himself in […]

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The Night That Danger Girl Stole A Black Challenger From The Airport http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/night-danger-girl-stole-black-challenger-airport/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/night-danger-girl-stole-black-challenger-airport/#comments Sat, 30 May 2015 17:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1077714 “Let me show you how this works,” Danger Girl laughed, as we descended the stairs in the airport parking garage. I call her Danger Girl because 0. I keep putting her in danger, sometimes mortal; 1. She soloed in a Cessna before she turned seventeen; 2. She has certain other dangerous habits that, this being […]

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“Let me show you how this works,” Danger Girl laughed, as we descended the stairs in the airport parking garage. I call her Danger Girl because 0. I keep putting her in danger, sometimes mortal; 1. She soloed in a Cessna before she turned seventeen; 2. She has certain other dangerous habits that, this being […]

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Greetings From Belle Isle: Crashed Camaros and Brakeless Bimmers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/greetings-belle-isle-crashed-camaros-brakeless-bimmers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/greetings-belle-isle-crashed-camaros-brakeless-bimmers/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 15:06:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1073698 Chances are if you have an Internet connection and even a passing interest in automobiles, you’ve heard about the “Jalopnik Camaro crash.” If not, here’s a quick catch-up: Patrick George, who covers a variety of topics for Gawker’s cars-and-planes-and-wow-just-wow blog, managed to understeer his way out of a lead-follow pace lap at Detroit’s Belle Isle […]

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Chances are if you have an Internet connection and even a passing interest in automobiles, you’ve heard about the “Jalopnik Camaro crash.” If not, here’s a quick catch-up: Patrick George, who covers a variety of topics for Gawker’s cars-and-planes-and-wow-just-wow blog, managed to understeer his way out of a lead-follow pace lap at Detroit’s Belle Isle […]

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Trackday Diaries: Civics Lesson http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/trackday-diaries-civics-lesson/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/trackday-diaries-civics-lesson/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 12:00:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1070562 Trust me on this: You will start your trackday career because you love cars, but if you are any good at it you will end up hating cars. Allow me to explain. I took my first lap around a racetrack (Mosport, back in 2001) because I wanted to eventually race wheel-to-wheel and I knew I’d […]

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Trust me on this: You will start your trackday career because you love cars, but if you are any good at it you will end up hating cars. Allow me to explain. I took my first lap around a racetrack (Mosport, back in 2001) because I wanted to eventually race wheel-to-wheel and I knew I’d […]

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Cherokee, Sweetheart http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/cherokee-sweetheart/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/cherokee-sweetheart/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 15:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1067874 “When I see a Range Rover on the street, my blood boils, because we should be able to do a thing like that,” quoth the great Sergio, “And we will.” Say what you like about the leadership Chrysler has had since the days of the AMC/Renault Alliance, but with this comment about the need for […]

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“When I see a Range Rover on the street, my blood boils, because we should be able to do a thing like that,” quoth the great Sergio, “And we will.” Say what you like about the leadership Chrysler has had since the days of the AMC/Renault Alliance, but with this comment about the need for […]

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No Fixed Abode: Return Of The King http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/no-fixed-abode-return-king/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/no-fixed-abode-return-king/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 12:10:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1065490 So here we are, celebrating forty years of the “Dreier”, or 3-Series, depending on how Euro-wannabe you wannabe. Since I don’t wannabe, I’m going to call it “39 Years Of The 3 Series”. After all, we didn’t get the 320i in the United States until the 1977 model year. When it did arrive, it was […]

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So here we are, celebrating forty years of the “Dreier”, or 3-Series, depending on how Euro-wannabe you wannabe. Since I don’t wannabe, I’m going to call it “39 Years Of The 3 Series”. After all, we didn’t get the 320i in the United States until the 1977 model year. When it did arrive, it was […]

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2015 Toyota Prius, Track Tested Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/review-2015-toyota-prius-track-tested/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/review-2015-toyota-prius-track-tested/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 12:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1060434 You may have heard about the challenge I laid down to Jalopnik’s Travis Okulski. You’re probably read about brother Bark’s experience at NJMP this past weekend. But if you haven’t, the story goes like so: A team of scrappy Midwesterners fought a bunch of Euro-weenies and high-net-worth individuals on the mean streets straights and curves […]

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You may have heard about the challenge I laid down to Jalopnik’s Travis Okulski. You’re probably read about brother Bark’s experience at NJMP this past weekend. But if you haven’t, the story goes like so: A team of scrappy Midwesterners fought a bunch of Euro-weenies and high-net-worth individuals on the mean streets straights and curves […]

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No Fixed Abode: Fruit Flies Of The Marketplace http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/no-fixed-abode-fruit-flies-marketplace/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/no-fixed-abode-fruit-flies-marketplace/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 11:30:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1054169 I don’t know what you’re doing with your weekend, but I’m spending mine driving a Prius from the Midwest to the East Coast. Next week I’ll tell you all about my experience with the car, but I’ll say this: it hasn’t been what I expected. Not that my opinion on the subject matters to Toyota; […]

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I don’t know what you’re doing with your weekend, but I’m spending mine driving a Prius from the Midwest to the East Coast. Next week I’ll tell you all about my experience with the car, but I’ll say this: it hasn’t been what I expected. Not that my opinion on the subject matters to Toyota; […]

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