The Truth About Cars » ttac http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 06 May 2016 15:00:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 TTAC is Hiring: Will You Be America’s Next Top Newsbot? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-is-hiring-will-you-be-americas-next-top-newsbot/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-is-hiring-will-you-be-americas-next-top-newsbot/#comments Thu, 14 Jan 2016 12:30:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1266217 The current newsbot’s programming has gone awry and it now thinks it should work for someone else! Sacrebleu! What should we do? Find a new newsbot, of course. Yes, that’s right. Aaron has decided to spread his wings. He’ll still be here for the next few weeks prior to his move to greener pastures, but he’ll be […]

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The current newsbot’s programming has gone awry and it now thinks it should work for someone else! Sacrebleu! What should we do? Find a new newsbot, of course. Yes, that’s right. Aaron has decided to spread his wings. He’ll still be here for the next few weeks prior to his move to greener pastures, but he’ll be […]

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Want To Be a TTAC Contributor? Here’s How http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/want-ttac-contributor-heres/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/want-ttac-contributor-heres/#comments Tue, 05 Jan 2016 19:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1257417 Hello, 2016. Last month/year, I promised you that I’d post details on how to submit your written work to The Truth About Cars. This is the fruit of that promise. If you’d like to be featured at TTAC, here’s what you gotta do. Unlike prior instances of TTAC putting out a call for new blood, this is not […]

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Hello, 2016. Last month/year, I promised you that I’d post details on how to submit your written work to The Truth About Cars. This is the fruit of that promise. If you’d like to be featured at TTAC, here’s what you gotta do. Unlike prior instances of TTAC putting out a call for new blood, this is not […]

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For(u)m Follows Function – TTAC Gets A New Discussion Area http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/forum-follows-function-ttac-gets-a-new-discussion-area/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/forum-follows-function-ttac-gets-a-new-discussion-area/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:00:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1127649 For a while, TTAC has had a forum hidden in the depths of its technical innards that’s gone almost wholly unused. Most of this had to do with the forum itself, while being a part of TTAC, requiring a different user login that was entirely separate from your WordPress commenter login. Well, we fixed that, […]

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For a while, TTAC has had a forum hidden in the depths of its technical innards that’s gone almost wholly unused. Most of this had to do with the forum itself, while being a part of TTAC, requiring a different user login that was entirely separate from your WordPress commenter login. Well, we fixed that, […]

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A Comprehensive Look At What TTAC Readers Drive, In Three Charts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/comprehensive-look-ttac-readers-drive-three-charts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/comprehensive-look-ttac-readers-drive-three-charts/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:23:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1018226 In December, we conducted an informal survey of what TTAC readers are driving via a Question of the Day format. I’m happy to say that the results of that questionnaire are finally available, and we have our best look yet at what kind of cars TTAC readers are driving. With the help of a B&B member who […]

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In December, we conducted an informal survey of what TTAC readers are driving via a Question of the Day format. I’m happy to say that the results of that questionnaire are finally available, and we have our best look yet at what kind of cars TTAC readers are driving. With the help of a B&B member who […]

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Welcome To The 2015 Model Year TTAC http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/welcome-2015-model-year-ttac/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/welcome-2015-model-year-ttac/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:01:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=971041 Now that you’ve all sufficiently recovered from your New Year’s festivities, I’d like to welcome you all to the 2015 edition of TTAC. It’s been roughly 18 months since the, *ahem* mid-cycle refresh, and just four months since Jack departed the EIC post (but not the site), to spend more time with his guitar collection. For […]

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Now that you’ve all sufficiently recovered from your New Year’s festivities, I’d like to welcome you all to the 2015 edition of TTAC. It’s been roughly 18 months since the, *ahem* mid-cycle refresh, and just four months since Jack departed the EIC post (but not the site), to spend more time with his guitar collection. For […]

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Own An Interesting Car? Want To Be Pestered About It Online? TTAC Wants YOU For An AMA http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/interesting-car-want-pestered-online-ttac-wants-ama/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/interesting-car-want-pestered-online-ttac-wants-ama/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 21:03:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=920362 Yesterday, TTAC contributor Jim Yu volunteered for a virtual Q&A on what it was like to own a Volkswagen Phaeton. I’m pleased to announce that Jim will be back soon for another AMA (Ask Me Anything) on his very first car, an isuzu Impulse. And we’ve decided to open the floor to anyone willing to […]

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Yesterday, TTAC contributor Jim Yu volunteered for a virtual Q&A on what it was like to own a Volkswagen Phaeton. I’m pleased to announce that Jim will be back soon for another AMA (Ask Me Anything) on his very first car, an isuzu Impulse. And we’ve decided to open the floor to anyone willing to […]

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What’s Next At TTAC http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/whats-next-at-ttac/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/whats-next-at-ttac/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 04:33:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=876314 People often talk about particular events being seared into their minds: Pearl Harbor, JFK’s assassination, 9/11…I remember the first time I ever read an article by Jack Baruth. It was 2009, and I was sitting in the living room of my parents’ house, on summer break from college, working a menial job as a receiver […]

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People often talk about particular events being seared into their minds: Pearl Harbor, JFK’s assassination, 9/11…I remember the first time I ever read an article by Jack Baruth. It was 2009, and I was sitting in the living room of my parents’ house, on summer break from college, working a menial job as a receiver […]

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TTAC Wants YOU – To Be Part Of Our Reader Review Program http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/ttac-wants-you-to-be-part-of-our-reader-review-program/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/ttac-wants-you-to-be-part-of-our-reader-review-program/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:10:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=837041 Less than a month after our “Reader Review” program began (with Bark M taking TTAC reader Gene’s Chevrolet SS for a spin), the program is picking up momentum: we have now chalked up our fourth review, and we’d like to take the chance to formally extend this opportunity to all of our readers. Thanks to […]

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Less than a month after our “Reader Review” program began (with Bark M taking TTAC reader Gene’s Chevrolet SS for a spin), the program is picking up momentum: we have now chalked up our fourth review, and we’d like to take the chance to formally extend this opportunity to all of our readers. Thanks to […]

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TTAC Mini-Meet Up Tonight In Calgary http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/ttac-mini-meet-up-tonight-in-calgary/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/ttac-mini-meet-up-tonight-in-calgary/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 15:07:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=826858 According to Google Analytics, Calgary, Alberta is one of the top cities where TTAC is read. And in honor of that (and the fact that I’m out here right now), myself and reader Daveincalgary are hosting a mini-meet up, and bringing along a couple of cool cars as well. Tonight at 6 PM, myself, Dave […]

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According to Google Analytics, Calgary, Alberta is one of the top cities where TTAC is read. And in honor of that (and the fact that I’m out here right now), myself and reader Daveincalgary are hosting a mini-meet up, and bringing along a couple of cool cars as well. Tonight at 6 PM, myself, Dave […]

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TTAC Editors Pick Their Best And Worst Of 2013 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/ttac-editors-pick-their-best-and-worst-of-2013/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/ttac-editors-pick-their-best-and-worst-of-2013/#comments Thu, 26 Dec 2013 13:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=684394 Over the past year, we’ve collectively driven hundreds of cars between us. We thought that we’d bring you an unofficial list of some of our favorites for the year. Jack Baruth: Best car: Regrettably, it’s the Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series. It combines all the drama and thrill of the Viper with a buttoned-down suspension […]

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Over the past year, we’ve collectively driven hundreds of cars between us. We thought that we’d bring you an unofficial list of some of our favorites for the year. Jack Baruth: Best car: Regrettably, it’s the Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series. It combines all the drama and thrill of the Viper with a buttoned-down suspension […]

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QOTD: What Do YOU Want To See As Part Of A TTAC Forum? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/qotd-what-do-you-want-to-see-as-part-of-a-ttac-forum/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/qotd-what-do-you-want-to-see-as-part-of-a-ttac-forum/#comments Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:46:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=650322 For the past little while, we’ve been working on a new project expressly for our readers: a TTAC forum. And we want your input to help shape it. The comments section of TTAC is unquestionably as important as the articles themselves, and the discussions within it help shape our editorial direction. At the same time, […]

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For the past little while, we’ve been working on a new project expressly for our readers: a TTAC forum. And we want your input to help shape it. The comments section of TTAC is unquestionably as important as the articles themselves, and the discussions within it help shape our editorial direction. At the same time, […]

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TTAC Shirt Winners Announced! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/ttac-shirt-winners-announced/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/ttac-shirt-winners-announced/#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:29:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=631914 We gave you two different chances to win. Time to announce the winners. We don’t have good email addresses for everyone, particularly some of our longer-serving commenters, so make sure we don’t miss you. We picked these by pulling the comment numbers from the thread and using a random function in Perl to pick the […]

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We gave you two different chances to win. Time to announce the winners. We don’t have good email addresses for everyone, particularly some of our longer-serving commenters, so make sure we don’t miss you. We picked these by pulling the comment numbers from the thread and using a random function in Perl to pick the […]

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Housekeeping: How Are We Doing? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/housekeeping-how-are-we-doing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/housekeeping-how-are-we-doing/#comments Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:00:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=499857 Slightly over a month ago, we had a spot of regime change here at The Truth About Cars. At the time, we unveiled a five-point program to improve the site and improve the reader experience. I’d like to take a moment to review these five points and give you a chance to provide further feedback […]

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Slightly over a month ago, we had a spot of regime change here at The Truth About Cars. At the time, we unveiled a five-point program to improve the site and improve the reader experience. I’d like to take a moment to review these five points and give you a chance to provide further feedback […]

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What’s This S#!+ About A TTAC E-Newsletter http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/whats-this-s-about-a-ttac-e-newsletter/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/whats-this-s-about-a-ttac-e-newsletter/#comments Wed, 07 Aug 2013 14:12:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=498518 Have you noticed that lately we’ve added a little box at the end of most stories asking you to sign up for the “TTAC E-Newsletter”? Sure you have. You’re observant like that. But why would you possibly want to do such a thing? It’s simple, really. Once a week or so, we’re going to send […]

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Have you noticed that lately we’ve added a little box at the end of most stories asking you to sign up for the “TTAC E-Newsletter”? Sure you have. You’re observant like that. But why would you possibly want to do such a thing? It’s simple, really. Once a week or so, we’re going to send […]

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QOTD: What Should We Rent Next? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/qotd-what-should-we-rent-next/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/qotd-what-should-we-rent-next/#comments Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:52:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=496627 It’s no secret that over here at TTAC, we like to pay for it – at least when it comes to test cars. Sure, we do go to the press fleet frequently, but when time and budget allow, abusing our Hertz #1 Club Gold membership is a great way to get behind the wheel of […]

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It’s no secret that over here at TTAC, we like to pay for it – at least when it comes to test cars. Sure, we do go to the press fleet frequently, but when time and budget allow, abusing our Hertz #1 Club Gold membership is a great way to get behind the wheel of […]

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We’re Not Getting The Holden Ute, But Not For Reasons You’d Expect http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/were-not-getting-the-holden-ute-but-not-for-reasons-youd-expect/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/were-not-getting-the-holden-ute-but-not-for-reasons-youd-expect/#comments Mon, 03 Jun 2013 15:59:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=490631 Every so often, the same tired rumor will pop up again, like a particularly resilient pimple that habitually reappears in the same conspicuous spot. Thanks to the incessant hunger for clicks among auto websites, these rumors refuse to die, no matter how asinine they are. How many times have you seen a “BREAKING” or “EXCLUSIVE” […]

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Every so often, the same tired rumor will pop up again, like a particularly resilient pimple that habitually reappears in the same conspicuous spot. Thanks to the incessant hunger for clicks among auto websites, these rumors refuse to die, no matter how asinine they are. How many times have you seen a “BREAKING” or “EXCLUSIVE” […]

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Ed Niedermeyer In Today’s Wall Street Journal http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/ed-niedermeyer-in-todays-wall-street-journal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/ed-niedermeyer-in-todays-wall-street-journal/#comments Sat, 03 Nov 2012 19:18:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465799 TTAC alumni Ed Niedermeyer has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. The piece discusses the spin surrounding the bailout in this year’s campaign. Check it out here.

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TTAC alumni Ed Niedermeyer has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. The piece discusses the spin surrounding the bailout in this year’s campaign. Check it out here.

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TTAC’s Ten Best Shortlist http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/ttacs-ten-best-shortlist/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/ttacs-ten-best-shortlist/#comments Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:37:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=463503 Similar to the TWATs, we are seeking to nominate the 10 Best cars on sale today. The nominees are selected exclusively be our readership, just like the TWATs. During the nomination process, we recieved nominations for different models of the same vehicle line (i.e. Corvette 427 and Corvette ZR1, Mustang and Shelby GT500). For the […]

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Similar to the TWATs, we are seeking to nominate the 10 Best cars on sale today. The nominees are selected exclusively be our readership, just like the TWATs. During the nomination process, we recieved nominations for different models of the same vehicle line (i.e. Corvette 427 and Corvette ZR1, Mustang and Shelby GT500). For the […]

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Hey Readers; Tell Us About Your TWATs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/hey-readers-tell-us-about-your-twats/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/hey-readers-tell-us-about-your-twats/#comments Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459759 Some time ago in TTACs history, the site held an award for the poorest choices in the automobile kingdom. We called it the Ten Worst Automobiles Today – or, the TWATs, for short. It’s been almost 4 years since the TWATs were last run, but for 2012, they’re back. Conventional wisdom has it that it’s […]

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Some time ago in TTACs history, the site held an award for the poorest choices in the automobile kingdom. We called it the Ten Worst Automobiles Today – or, the TWATs, for short. It’s been almost 4 years since the TWATs were last run, but for 2012, they’re back. Conventional wisdom has it that it’s […]

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Housekeeping: Niedermeyer Parts Ways With TTAC http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/housekeeping-niedermeyer-parts-ways-with-ttac/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/housekeeping-niedermeyer-parts-ways-with-ttac/#comments Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:56:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454900 “And all the troubled world around us Seems an eternity away And all the debt collectors Rent collectors All will be behind us But they’ll never find us ‘Cos we’ll be dri-i-i-i-ivin'” -The Kinks “Drivin'” The last time I made an announcement about my status here at TTAC, I made it clear in the headline […]

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“And all the troubled world around us Seems an eternity away And all the debt collectors Rent collectors All will be behind us But they’ll never find us ‘Cos we’ll be dri-i-i-i-ivin'” -The Kinks “Drivin'” The last time I made an announcement about my status here at TTAC, I made it clear in the headline […]

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TTAC Gives, And TTAC Taketh Away; Blessed Be Thy Name Of TTAC http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/ttac-gives-and-ttac-taketh-away-blessed-be-thy-name-of-ttac/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/ttac-gives-and-ttac-taketh-away-blessed-be-thy-name-of-ttac/#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2012 12:51:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=449787 A TTAC contributor who shall remain nameless recently raised an issue at our secret conclave regarding the free gifts that automakers sometimes give out to journalists during press trips. Said writer was due to receive a very big ticket item (less expensive than a Rolex, but more than an iPod) and wanted to know if […]

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A TTAC contributor who shall remain nameless recently raised an issue at our secret conclave regarding the free gifts that automakers sometimes give out to journalists during press trips. Said writer was due to receive a very big ticket item (less expensive than a Rolex, but more than an iPod) and wanted to know if […]

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Meet TTAC: Coast To Lake Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/meet-ttac-coast-to-lake-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/meet-ttac-coast-to-lake-edition/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2012 16:19:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=449559 Interested in meeting your least favorite TTAC author? Perhaps you’re a fan of my unique lyrical styles, or you’re a lonely female journalist stuck on the West Coast with a boyfriend who plays Goth music through a Les Paul that isn’t even from the f**king Custom Shop. Maybe you’re one of the GM forum loons […]

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Interested in meeting your least favorite TTAC author? Perhaps you’re a fan of my unique lyrical styles, or you’re a lonely female journalist stuck on the West Coast with a boyfriend who plays Goth music through a Les Paul that isn’t even from the f**king Custom Shop. Maybe you’re one of the GM forum loons […]

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Project G-Body Part 3: The Grand National Lives! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/project-g-body-part-3-the-grand-national-lives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/project-g-body-part-3-the-grand-national-lives/#comments Thu, 14 Jun 2012 13:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=448821 When we last left off with Project G-Body in March, Joey was about to pull the trigger on a Grand National. Three months later, the Grand National is home, and nearly in showroom condition. A number of ratty cars with shady owners eventually led us to a ratty car with a shady owner – and […]

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When we last left off with Project G-Body in March, Joey was about to pull the trigger on a Grand National. Three months later, the Grand National is home, and nearly in showroom condition. A number of ratty cars with shady owners eventually led us to a ratty car with a shady owner – and […]

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TTAC Project $1500 Volvo Is Here http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/ttac-project-1500-volvo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/ttac-project-1500-volvo/#comments Thu, 24 May 2012 13:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=445849 With the my Miata now gone (sold to a friend who has given me the right of first refusal when it comes time for him to sell it), I needed a new car with a bit more practicality, and a low price tag. A quick call to my friend Vasco, who functions as Toronto’s version […]

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With the my Miata now gone (sold to a friend who has given me the right of first refusal when it comes time for him to sell it), I needed a new car with a bit more practicality, and a low price tag. A quick call to my friend Vasco, who functions as Toronto’s version […]

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Review: 2012 Acura RL http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/review-2012-acura-rl/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/review-2012-acura-rl/#comments Sun, 13 May 2012 13:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=441436 Despite debuting over seven years ago, extensively refreshed in 2009 and nip/tucked again in 2011, the Acura RL remains a mystery. Flagship products usually sell in small numbers, but the RL is one of the rarest sedans in America. This isn’t exactly been a badge of honor for Acura. Overlooked by shoppers who flock to […]

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Despite debuting over seven years ago, extensively refreshed in 2009 and nip/tucked again in 2011, the Acura RL remains a mystery. Flagship products usually sell in small numbers, but the RL is one of the rarest sedans in America. This isn’t exactly been a badge of honor for Acura. Overlooked by shoppers who flock to […]

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