The Truth About Cars » Sajeev Mehta http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 17:30:53 +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 » Sajeev Mehta http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Vellom Venom Vignette: 2015 Awards Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/vellom-venom-vignette-2015-awards-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/vellom-venom-vignette-2015-awards-edition/#comments Fri, 01 Jan 2016 22:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1253225 Today, TTAC’s editors present their annual round-ups for 2015. Sajeev brings you his winners and losers in the highly subjective field of design.  Best Styled Sedan, Tesla Model S: This sedan (okay, hatch) deserves to be a repeat winner. The Model S’ clean sheet of vellum has yet to be toppled in sleekness (cab backward-ish platform, low nose, relatively […]

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Today, TTAC’s editors present their annual round-ups for 2015. Sajeev brings you his winners and losers in the highly subjective field of design.  Best Styled Sedan, Tesla Model S: This sedan (okay, hatch) deserves to be a repeat winner. The Model S’ clean sheet of vellum has yet to be toppled in sleekness (cab backward-ish platform, low nose, relatively […]

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Rolls-Royce Unveils Wraith ‘Inspired by Sajeev’ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/rolls-royce-unveils-wraith-inspired-by-sajeev/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/rolls-royce-unveils-wraith-inspired-by-sajeev/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1133433 The latest creation as part of Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke Collections might as well have come from the Fox-body-loving garage of our own Sanjeev Sajeev Mehta. Showered in a svelte shade of heavy-metal brown, this Wraith ‘Inspired by Music’ model is just as inspired by the Brown Car Appreciation Society as it is Rock & Roll. Starting with […]

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The latest creation as part of Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke Collections might as well have come from the Fox-body-loving garage of our own Sanjeev Sajeev Mehta. Showered in a svelte shade of heavy-metal brown, this Wraith ‘Inspired by Music’ model is just as inspired by the Brown Car Appreciation Society as it is Rock & Roll. Starting with […]

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Vellum Venom Vignette: 2013 Awards Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/vellum-venom-awards-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/vellum-venom-awards-edition/#comments Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=682274 In a few days, TTAC’s editors will present their best and worst automotive picks of 2013. Today, Sajeev Mehta brings you his winners and losers in the field of design. Winners and losers below the jump. Best Styled Car of 2013: Tesla Model S.  What happens when you have no rulebook, no badge engineered platform […]

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In a few days, TTAC’s editors will present their best and worst automotive picks of 2013. Today, Sajeev Mehta brings you his winners and losers in the field of design. Winners and losers below the jump. Best Styled Car of 2013: Tesla Model S.  What happens when you have no rulebook, no badge engineered platform […]

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The Time My Girlfriend Almost Bought An Aveo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/the-time-my-girlfriend-almost-bought-an-aveo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/the-time-my-girlfriend-almost-bought-an-aveo/#comments Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:44:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454745 Back in April, Sajeev and Steve found some time to reply to my letter where I posed the impossible question. As gearheads, we all want something fun, fast, efficient, and cheap (well, most of us want cheap). Much like a traction circle, all these needs are in competition and in order to make good on one […]

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Back in April, Sajeev and Steve found some time to reply to my letter where I posed the impossible question. As gearheads, we all want something fun, fast, efficient, and cheap (well, most of us want cheap). Much like a traction circle, all these needs are in competition and in order to make good on one […]

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Dr. Sajeev Mehta, or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bronco http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/dr-sajeev-mehta-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-the-bronco/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/dr-sajeev-mehta-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-the-bronco/#comments Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453146 “Hey Sajeev, it’s Mark. We’re up in Tomball looking at a ’95 Bronco. We could use some advice.” Without sarcasm, a laugh, or any explanation, Sajeev replied with one word, “Run.”   Being a Canadian in Texas, where gas and well-used V8 SUVs are cheap, I was inclined to make very questionable choices which went […]

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“Hey Sajeev, it’s Mark. We’re up in Tomball looking at a ’95 Bronco. We could use some advice.” Without sarcasm, a laugh, or any explanation, Sajeev replied with one word, “Run.”   Being a Canadian in Texas, where gas and well-used V8 SUVs are cheap, I was inclined to make very questionable choices which went […]

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Piston Slap: The Gassy Dart, the Bosch-eating Magnum http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/piston-slap-the-gassy-dart-the-bosch-eating-magnum/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/piston-slap-the-gassy-dart-the-bosch-eating-magnum/#comments Wed, 18 May 2011 22:38:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395000 TTAC reader sportsuburbanGT writes: Hi Sajeev, Have a couple of questions: I have a 72 Dodge Dart that I am performing a 318 to 340 swap.  It’s taken longer than I planned (lack of time), I backed the car in the garage 2 years ago and now I am planning on firing it up in […]

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TTAC reader sportsuburbanGT writes: Hi Sajeev, Have a couple of questions: I have a 72 Dodge Dart that I am performing a 318 to 340 swap.  It’s taken longer than I planned (lack of time), I backed the car in the garage 2 years ago and now I am planning on firing it up in […]

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Super Piston Slap: Subaru’s Marketing of Fear http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/super-piston-slap-subarus-marketing-of-fear/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/super-piston-slap-subarus-marketing-of-fear/#comments Sun, 03 Apr 2011 19:48:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=389691 Dan writes: Sajeev, I don’t know if this adds up to material for one of your columns but here you go if you want it. I am shopping for a new WRX wagon.  These are pretty rare around here, hunted to extinction.  I’ve been checking around and the number in inventory at the typical dealership […]

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Dan writes: Sajeev, I don’t know if this adds up to material for one of your columns but here you go if you want it. I am shopping for a new WRX wagon.  These are pretty rare around here, hunted to extinction.  I’ve been checking around and the number in inventory at the typical dealership […]

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Edsel: The Official Pace Car of 2011 Gator-O-Rama 24 Hours of LeMons http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/edsel-the-official-pace-car-of-2011-gator-o-rama-24-hours-of-lemons/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/edsel-the-official-pace-car-of-2011-gator-o-rama-24-hours-of-lemons/#comments Sun, 27 Feb 2011 07:21:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=385440 The post Edsel: The Official Pace Car of 2011 Gator-O-Rama 24 Hours of LeMons appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

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Ask The Best And Brightest: Can We Talk About Dexos1 And API Testing Standards? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/ask-the-best-and-brightest-can-we-talk-about-dexos1-and-api-testing-standards/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/ask-the-best-and-brightest-can-we-talk-about-dexos1-and-api-testing-standards/#comments Tue, 19 Oct 2010 12:14:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=369359 This Autoweek article gave me a college flashback: when UT Austin’s Petroleum Engineers offered me a scholarship, but the Mechanical Engineers said no dice.  Mostly because high tech, high mileage oil talk is rather boring.  Much like discussing a cutting edge, long-life coolant before the Dex-Cool fiasco. So let’s open a can of worms for […]

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This Autoweek article gave me a college flashback: when UT Austin’s Petroleum Engineers offered me a scholarship, but the Mechanical Engineers said no dice.  Mostly because high tech, high mileage oil talk is rather boring.  Much like discussing a cutting edge, long-life coolant before the Dex-Cool fiasco. So let’s open a can of worms for […]

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Between The Lines: Smarter Than Luxury? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/between-the-lines-smarter-than-luxury/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/between-the-lines-smarter-than-luxury/#comments Fri, 01 Oct 2010 13:05:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=367209 Is going Between the Lines this time ‘round more like shooting fish in a barrel?  Let’s find out with the latest ad campaign from Lincoln, as covered by the Detroit Free Press: Ford said today it is rolling out a new ad campaign for its Lincoln brand with the tagline “Smarter than Luxury,” and starring […]

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Is going Between the Lines this time ‘round more like shooting fish in a barrel?  Let’s find out with the latest ad campaign from Lincoln, as covered by the Detroit Free Press: Ford said today it is rolling out a new ad campaign for its Lincoln brand with the tagline “Smarter than Luxury,” and starring […]

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Review: The Rolls Royce Phantom http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/review-the-rolls-royce-phantom/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/review-the-rolls-royce-phantom/#comments Wed, 29 Sep 2010 19:35:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=367119 While TTAC gets scorn for lofty criticisms of mainstream vehicles, should we demand perfection in a $405,000 (as-tested) vehicle? Because the Phantom is inches away from yesteryear’s glory: the highest regarded, finest engineered luxury vehicle before anyone cared about luxury vehicle upstarts like Mercedes-Benz or Lexus. That’s not to say the Phantom isn’t drop dead […]

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While TTAC gets scorn for lofty criticisms of mainstream vehicles, should we demand perfection in a $405,000 (as-tested) vehicle? Because the Phantom is inches away from yesteryear’s glory: the highest regarded, finest engineered luxury vehicle before anyone cared about luxury vehicle upstarts like Mercedes-Benz or Lexus. That’s not to say the Phantom isn’t drop dead […]

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Piston Slap: The Snow, The Lease And The Tranny http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/piston-slap-the-snow-the-lease-and-the-tranny/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/piston-slap-the-snow-the-lease-and-the-tranny/#comments Mon, 12 Jul 2010 09:53:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=360687 TTAC Commentator Jenneil624 writes: I lease a 2008 Mazda3 2.3L with an automatic transmission and 30K miles. I have had the car for two years and have been very satisfied. I am strongly considering buying the car at lease end. Here is the problem. After one year of ownership, I got stuck in some snow […]

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TTAC Commentator Jenneil624 writes: I lease a 2008 Mazda3 2.3L with an automatic transmission and 30K miles. I have had the car for two years and have been very satisfied. I am strongly considering buying the car at lease end. Here is the problem. After one year of ownership, I got stuck in some snow […]

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Piston Slap: Paradise By The Dashboard Light. Or Hell http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/piston-slap-paradise-by-the-dashboard-light-or-hell/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/piston-slap-paradise-by-the-dashboard-light-or-hell/#comments Mon, 12 Jul 2010 09:47:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=360683 Cindy writes: I have a 2009 Honda Pilot that I love very much. I was wondering how far I could drive once the gas light comes on. Highway or city. Thanks! Sajeev Answers: I just love crazy questions like these; they are the most interesting to read on car forums. So let’s Piston Slap this […]

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Cindy writes: I have a 2009 Honda Pilot that I love very much. I was wondering how far I could drive once the gas light comes on. Highway or city. Thanks! Sajeev Answers: I just love crazy questions like these; they are the most interesting to read on car forums. So let’s Piston Slap this […]

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Review: 1958 Mercedes 300SL, Factory Restored http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/review-1958-mercedes-300sl-factory-restored/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/review-1958-mercedes-300sl-factory-restored/#comments Fri, 09 Jul 2010 11:05:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=360583 Germany 1958: Women are allowed to take a job without asking their husband for permission. Europe makes its first baby steps to an EU. Elvis Presley arrives as a GI in an army barracks in Friedberg. Mercedes is in its fourth year of the gullwinged 300SL, one of the finest automobiles of all times. The […]

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Germany 1958: Women are allowed to take a job without asking their husband for permission. Europe makes its first baby steps to an EU. Elvis Presley arrives as a GI in an army barracks in Friedberg. Mercedes is in its fourth year of the gullwinged 300SL, one of the finest automobiles of all times. The […]

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Piston Slap: The Ten Coolest Engineering Feats of The 24 Hours of LeMons Dallas (pt. 2) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/piston-slap-the-ten-coolest-engineering-feats-of-the-24-hours-of-lemons-dallas-pt-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/piston-slap-the-ten-coolest-engineering-feats-of-the-24-hours-of-lemons-dallas-pt-2/#comments Thu, 17 Jun 2010 16:46:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=359019 One has to be slightly off their rocker to make a LeMons racecar. But then again, you also have to possess self-awareness not seen in most other forms of motorsport. Simply put, this race series totally rocks. And without any further ado, here are the final five vehicles in TTAC’s Ten Coolest Engineering Feats of […]

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One has to be slightly off their rocker to make a LeMons racecar. But then again, you also have to possess self-awareness not seen in most other forms of motorsport. Simply put, this race series totally rocks. And without any further ado, here are the final five vehicles in TTAC’s Ten Coolest Engineering Feats of […]

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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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Piston Slap: Design Week: Crooked Shift Patterns http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/piston-slap-design-week-crooked-shift-patterns/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/piston-slap-design-week-crooked-shift-patterns/#comments Wed, 18 Nov 2009 15:28:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=335314 TTAC Commentator Karl_Donina writes: Hi, Sajeev. I want to know why it’s so fashionable for automakers to provide obnoxiously labyrinthine automatic shifter gates. It seems to have started with Jaguar’s innocuous J-shaped gates of the ’80s, but these days it seems to have become passé to provide a simple, easy-to-use linear gate — push button […]

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TTAC Commentator Karl_Donina writes: Hi, Sajeev. I want to know why it’s so fashionable for automakers to provide obnoxiously labyrinthine automatic shifter gates. It seems to have started with Jaguar’s innocuous J-shaped gates of the ’80s, but these days it seems to have become passé to provide a simple, easy-to-use linear gate — push button […]

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Piston Slap: Design Weak: Big Ass Wheels http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/piston-slap-design-weak-big-ass-wheels/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/piston-slap-design-weak-big-ass-wheels/#comments Mon, 09 Nov 2009 22:26:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=334549 Mike writes: Sajeev, what ever happened to 14-inch wheels?  I mean, seriously, does the Caliber really need to be shod with 17-inchers? Why does my dad’s new half-ton pickup have 17-inch wheels? His old one had what used to be the industry standard 235-75R15. He about had a coronary when he found out new tires […]

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Mike writes: Sajeev, what ever happened to 14-inch wheels?  I mean, seriously, does the Caliber really need to be shod with 17-inchers? Why does my dad’s new half-ton pickup have 17-inch wheels? His old one had what used to be the industry standard 235-75R15. He about had a coronary when he found out new tires […]

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