The Truth About Cars » Lemon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:00:36 +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 » Lemon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Piston Slap: A Fusion of Malcontent? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/piston-slap-fusion-malcontent/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/piston-slap-fusion-malcontent/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:08:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=988370   Casey writes: Dear Sajeev, I love your column! Anyway long story short I’m an idiot. When I met my wife she had a 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac that was in ROUGH shape inside and out, cosmetically and mechanically. She liked her truck though and it worked for us for a few years. Recently […]

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  Casey writes: Dear Sajeev, I love your column! Anyway long story short I’m an idiot. When I met my wife she had a 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac that was in ROUGH shape inside and out, cosmetically and mechanically. She liked her truck though and it worked for us for a few years. Recently […]

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Hammer Time: Reversing the Clusterscrews http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/hammer-time-reversing-the-clusterscrews/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/hammer-time-reversing-the-clusterscrews/#comments Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:54:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=660202 I admit it. Every once in a while I buy a vehicle that simply doesn’t work out. Everything checks out at the auction. But then, I get a birthday surprise. It could be a transmission that randomly goes out of overdrive after about 20 or 30 miles. Or an engine that has far too many […]

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I admit it. Every once in a while I buy a vehicle that simply doesn’t work out. Everything checks out at the auction. But then, I get a birthday surprise. It could be a transmission that randomly goes out of overdrive after about 20 or 30 miles. Or an engine that has far too many […]

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Piston Slap: Inject Fuel Directly into…Oil? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/piston-slap-inject-fuel-directly-into-oil/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/piston-slap-inject-fuel-directly-into-oil/#comments Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:49:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=497213 Evan writes: Sajeev, I have a piston slap question for a friend at work. She drives an ’11 Mazda CX-7 2.3. For over a year she has had an issue with fuel in the oil. Enough that the oil level has been as much as 1″ above the full mark on the dipstick as a […]

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Evan writes: Sajeev, I have a piston slap question for a friend at work. She drives an ’11 Mazda CX-7 2.3. For over a year she has had an issue with fuel in the oil. Enough that the oil level has been as much as 1″ above the full mark on the dipstick as a […]

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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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Have You Ever Said Goodbye To… A Money Pit? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/have-you-ever-said-goodbye-to-a-money-pit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/have-you-ever-said-goodbye-to-a-money-pit/#comments Sat, 11 Aug 2012 12:40:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456323     A 1995 Volvo 960. Supple leather that made long trips easy. Great safety and visibility. It represented what I thought would be the perfect family car. I financed it quick enough. But then the troubles began. First the engine coughed up a burnt valve. Took care of that. Then the strut mounts started […]

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    A 1995 Volvo 960. Supple leather that made long trips easy. Great safety and visibility. It represented what I thought would be the perfect family car. I financed it quick enough. But then the troubles began. First the engine coughed up a burnt valve. Took care of that. Then the strut mounts started […]

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Hammer Time: And Now For Something Completely Different… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/hammer-time-and-now-for-something-completely-different/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/hammer-time-and-now-for-something-completely-different/#comments Mon, 23 Jul 2012 15:58:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453892   This 2009 BMW 535i has 45,000 miles and looks absolutely drop dead gorgeous. It offers nearly the same acceleration as a 550i, and far more space than the 335i, which is more sought after in the enthusiast world. To me, if you’re a true keeper, all of this is good news. The better news? […]

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  This 2009 BMW 535i has 45,000 miles and looks absolutely drop dead gorgeous. It offers nearly the same acceleration as a 550i, and far more space than the 335i, which is more sought after in the enthusiast world. To me, if you’re a true keeper, all of this is good news. The better news? […]

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Piston Slap: A Sticky Subie Situation? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/piston-slap-a-sticky-subie-situation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/piston-slap-a-sticky-subie-situation/#comments Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:53:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=441494   TTAC commentator gessvt writes: Sajeev – Looking for some advice on a “to sell or not to sell” situation. A little background: I’ve been a fairly faithful Blue Oval guy for most of my driving years, with a few brief forays into cheap, reliable imports for college duty, and a recent contract gig that […]

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  TTAC commentator gessvt writes: Sajeev – Looking for some advice on a “to sell or not to sell” situation. A little background: I’ve been a fairly faithful Blue Oval guy for most of my driving years, with a few brief forays into cheap, reliable imports for college duty, and a recent contract gig that […]

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Piston Slap: of Lemons and VW GTIs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/piston-slap-of-lemons-and-vw-gtis/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/piston-slap-of-lemons-and-vw-gtis/#comments Tue, 03 Apr 2012 13:05:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=437564   Paul writes: Good Morning Sajeev, Today is my 2010 GTI’s 15th day in the shop (shocking, right?). Earlier this month it was in for 13 days, I had it back for 6, and I dropped it back off two days ago. The issue is somewhat strange, but in my mind, easily fixable. I have […]

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  Paul writes: Good Morning Sajeev, Today is my 2010 GTI’s 15th day in the shop (shocking, right?). Earlier this month it was in for 13 days, I had it back for 6, and I dropped it back off two days ago. The issue is somewhat strange, but in my mind, easily fixable. I have […]

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Piston Slap: The Two-Sided Ethical Dilemma http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/piston-slap-the-two-sided-ethical-dilemma/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/piston-slap-the-two-sided-ethical-dilemma/#comments Mon, 17 Oct 2011 15:10:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414908   Bill writes: Hello TTAC crew! My Mom is in need of a new car. The problem is her trade in: It is a 2002 PT Cruiser with a serious overheating problem ($1700+ quote at two reputable repair places) Now here is the problem. Do I keep my dang mouth shut when we go to […]

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  Bill writes: Hello TTAC crew! My Mom is in need of a new car. The problem is her trade in: It is a 2002 PT Cruiser with a serious overheating problem ($1700+ quote at two reputable repair places) Now here is the problem. Do I keep my dang mouth shut when we go to […]

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TTAC does the 24 Hours of LeMons. And Dies. Again. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/ttac-does-the-24-hours-of-lemons-and-dies-again/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/ttac-does-the-24-hours-of-lemons-and-dies-again/#comments Sat, 21 Nov 2009 16:24:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=336325 The weekend of October 24-25 was the third running of the 24 Hours of LeMons at Motorsport Ranch in Houston, TX. TTAC was there for the insanity.  And it was the fourth time our LeMons race car, a 1972 Datsun 240Z hit the track.  I was an honorary “penalty” judge this time ’round (props to […]

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The weekend of October 24-25 was the third running of the 24 Hours of LeMons at Motorsport Ranch in Houston, TX. TTAC was there for the insanity.  And it was the fourth time our LeMons race car, a 1972 Datsun 240Z hit the track.  I was an honorary “penalty” judge this time ’round (props to […]

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Sign of the Times: Badvertising Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/06/sign-of-the-times-badvertising-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/06/sign-of-the-times-badvertising-edition/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2009 08:32:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=317770 What do you do when your £50,000 ($82,000) Range Rover requires, in the span of 42,000 miles, the following repairs? Six front ball joints; Four front arm bushes [bushings?]; One new seat base; Front and rear [near side?] struts; Air conditioning system; Anti-roll bar bushes; and A “full” suspension unit According to the Daily Mail, […]

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What do you do when your £50,000 ($82,000) Range Rover requires, in the span of 42,000 miles, the following repairs? Six front ball joints; Four front arm bushes [bushings?]; One new seat base; Front and rear [near side?] struts; Air conditioning system; Anti-roll bar bushes; and A “full” suspension unit According to the Daily Mail, […]

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