By on September 7, 2018

It would have been nice to make it to a 10th anniversary, to celebrate a full decade as a contributor to this august website. Oh, that a man might know / The end of this day’s business ere it come! / But it sufficeth that the day will end / And then the end is known. My first contribution to TTAC appeared on December 20, 2008. This is the last one. I’m not quitting the business; you can find me at Road & Track, Hagerty Magazine, Watch Journal, Bicycling, Popular Mechanics, Zoom-Zoom Magazine, and a few others. It’s time to move on to work on some other projects.

Oh, well. Let’s enjoy our final moments together. Come with me as I open the throttle on Mercedes’/AMG’s mild underachiever of a three-liter twin-turbo V6 from the Thai border to Hatyai and from there to Hua Hin. The speeds are outrageous, the 7-Elevens along the way are serving hot sandwiches, and the monkeys that hang from cages mounted to late-model diesel Hiluxes are giving us quizzical looks.

Earlier this year, I reviewed this car’s lesser sibling and was cautiously impressed. My biggest complaints at the time concerned the timid, clattering engine and the relative paucity of standard equipment. The C43 addresses both of these concerns at a price that hovers around the $55k mark here in the States. The problem, if there is one, is that about twelve “stacks” more will put you into a C63 sedan. Why not go all the way?

The biggest reason I can think of doesn’t apply to Americans. In many other countries, particularly in Asia, there are significant taxes on engine displacement. In Malaysia, for example, the difference in road tax between a C43 and a C63 over five years would just about match the original difference in sticker price. In many markets, the C43 is now the top C-Class offering because there simply isn’t measurable interest in anything faster. I suppose that’s reasonable.

[Get new and used Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG pricing here!]

Not that the C43 is particularly fast, at least not by modern high-performance standards. It will launch pretty hard from a dig, courtesy of the two small turbos and standard AWD, but if your stoplight opponent is driving something like a Camaro SS or Mustang GT you can expect to see some taillights in short order. Which is fine, because Mercedes-Benz does not admit the existence of those vehicles. The C43 is assumed to operate within the narrow ecosystem inhabited by the BMW 340i and Audi S5. Against them, it does fine. For 2019, USA-model C43 sedans will boast 385 horsepower instead of the 362 found in this current model. It won’t make much of a difference.

The preferred method of highway operation in Thailand goes something like this: Drive at 90-110mph until you reach a cluster of trucks, then wait patiently for them to move over, then floor it to the kickdown and drive to the next group. Somewhat embarrassingly, the C43 proved unable in these circumstances to keep up with the Volvo S90 T8 Twin Engine that I also drove over these roads. The idea that an AMG-labeled Benz can’t keep up with a Volvo? Not good.

When the road began to curve, however, the C43 made up the gap and then some. This is a rock-solid platform for high-speed cornering, offering linear turn-in and a reasonable amount of feedback from the 19-inch wheels. Default behavior is to push the nose, as is the case with pretty much every other Mercedes sedan in history, but unlike many of its predecessors this AMG doesn’t tighten the line with throttle. So you increase the pace until the nose starts to slide and then you’re not going to do any more. Which is fine.

This was a right-hand-drive car, which pointed up the relatively tight space between steering wheel and door panel for me. It’s funny how I didn’t notice this issue in the LHD variants. There must be something in my brain that re-evaluates driver fit when I’m sitting on the “wrong” side of the car. Or Mercedes-Benz has moved the wheel over a bit. I doubt that. Thirty years ago it was common for RHD cars to have wonky wheel positioning but surely the Benz-Borg now engineers them to be separate but equal.

The Burmester sound system is serviceable but no more; the Revel Ultima setup in a Lincoln Continental would shame it. Come to think of it, there isn’t much that a Continental doesn’t do better than a C43. It’s just as fast in a straight line, no less confidence-inspiring in corners. It offers more space, more features, and better materials inside. The rear seat is a joy, whereas the rear seat in a C43 is a bit of a punishment. If the two cars cost the same, which they do not when comparably equipped, you’d be silly to get the Benz. Why would you? Because it’s a “pure” rear-drive platform? What difference does that make when everybody forces their performance sedans to take a heavy dose of ZZZ-Quil in the form of an overactive AWD system?

It’s unpleasant to say so, but this car really has no business being labeled as an AMG anything. A simple ‘C450 4Matic’ badge would describe it nicely without writing checks the powertrain and suspension are unwilling to cash. The C63 which sits above it in the lineup isn’t exactly an inspiration to the enthusiast driver but it does carry on the tradition of putting a big(ish) engine in a small(ish) sedan. This C43, by contrast, is simply a competitor for the better-trimmed compact entry-luxury offerings from the other Germans. I’d rather save 14 grand and take a C300, which feels more comfortable in its own skin. Or I’d spend the extra money and get the big engine just to have that freeway head rush.

There’s nothing wrong with the C43 AMG. The problem is that there’s also nothing that would motivate a potential owner to make personal sacrifices or work longer hours to buy one. Eight years ago, shortly after I began my career here at TTAC, Mercedes-Benz changed its slogan to the evocative “The Best Or Nothing.” That’s not reflected in the C43. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not nothing. Nor, however, is it the best. Thanks for reading. I’ll see you around.

[Images Courtesy of Bobby Ang, EVOLTN Magazine]

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86 Comments on “2018 Mercedes C43 AMG Review – That’s All, Folks!...”

  • avatar

    Somewhat ashamed to say I was flipping through the latest Zoom-Zoom Magazine that came in the mail and thought to myself, “Man that guy looks like Jack Baruth.” Looked at the citation and bam, there it was.

    I don’t have to always agree with someone to enjoy their opinions and experiences. Best wishes to you and will hopefully continue to read your articles elsewhere.

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    Good luck, Jack.

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    Farewell. I enjoyed it.

    I m catching you in R&T and PM and Instant o Gram.

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    Kyree S. Williams

    “It’s unpleasant to say so, but this car really has no business being labeled as an AMG anything. A simple ‘C450 4Matic’ badge would describe it nicely without writing checks the powertrain and suspension are unwilling to cash. The C63 which sits above it in the lineup isn’t exactly an inspiration to the enthusiast driver but it does carry on the tradition of putting a big(ish) engine in a small(ish) sedan. This C43, by contrast, is simply a competitor for the better-trimmed compact entry-luxury offerings from the other Germans. ”

    That’s just it. Not long ago, this would have been the C 400. You’d have been able to get just the larger engine and AWD system without any of the go-fast appearance bits and pretentiousness. Then, I guess someone at Mercedes-Benz (rightly or wrongly) decided that people in the market for the mid-range model wanted some status to go with it. Hence, the -43 AMG models, which, as you illustrate, fall far short of a true AMG, like the C 63. They really are just implementing some aggressive tuning and leveraging the AMG name.

    Over at BMW, they’re doing the same thing with the M###i models, starting with the M235i. But now there’s also an X3 M40i and an M550i. And the V12 7 Series is now the M760i.

    I’d be interested in seeing how the new -53 AMG models stack up. These get the all-new I6 engine and electric motor (which can provide gobs of extra power on demand), and will be seen on the E-Class and CLS-Class for 2019.

    And as far as your departure, we’ll miss you. I’ll have to follow you on those other publications.

    • 0 avatar

      I didn’t realize that BMW was doing that. I saw an X3 the other day and thought the owner cobbled together some badges.

      Jack, good luck. Your articles were always my biggest draw to this site.

    • 0 avatar

      All this was started when Audi was desperately trying to use its marketing machine to sell their sub-par FWD-based cars and decided to make it _sound_ like it was in a different league than a BMW 335i or Mercedes C350 (or whatever they had at the time) by calling it an S4.

      So many morons compared the S4 to the M3, and at the very least thought it was well above an ‘ordinary’ 335i. BMW was in fact losing sales due to morons not understanding a thing about cars but reading those few letters and numbers on the model designation. So eventually BMW had to react and make their top-of-the-ordinary-line cars stand out, and then Mercedes followed suit too.

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        BMW had the E36 325i and MB had the 190E 2.6 when the first S4 was released in 1991.

        With the B8 S4 in 2010, I know BMW lost two potential sales of its 335xi by not having a spare tire or an engine oil dipstick. My buddies also preferred the exterior styling of the S4.

        Neither believed the S4 was comparable to the M3. The S4 is far better suited for the purpose of ripping around with studded Nokians on roads that are consistently covered in ice and/or snow for four months of the year.

        However, both cars have barely even been used in the last couple years. For one owner, the RX-8 is more fun in summer and he’d rather drive the old R50 Pathfinder on the salty, pot-holed city roads. So it’s mostly only used for highway trips. For the other, he’s working so much that he doesn’t have time for anything but his 3/4-ton Duramax work truck. I’m not sure he even drove the S4 or his C6 Z06 within the last year. The STI is the one he uses out on the lake when it’s frozen.

        So I guess Audi fooled them into buying lame FWD-based vehicles they don’t really need with that S designation. Oh well, I think they’ll keep them forever regardless. They’ve had a lot of fun with them, both on track and off. And where else are they going to get a better manual transmission sport sedan with a fully mechanical AWD system?

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          During the winter having a front-heavy FWD-based understeering barge is even worse than in the summer.

          But lots of people just think that winter means AWD is better, they don’t have much experience or knowledge on these matters. Sure, for the majority the main thing is that they don’t get stuck in the snow (because they don’t bother to think about things or arrange things so that they won’t easily get stuck for no real reason) and that they can step on the accelerator and get off the line at stoplights easier. They don’t care about handling, precision, feel or anything. But I digress, of course everyone talking about S4 lives at the North Pole and only talk about the time before E90 330xi and 335xi. And of course those who bought Audis think they’re the most beautiful creations on earth. You can’t beat that argumentation…

          BTW RWD BMWs can be faster than AWD Audis on an ice track, did you know that? On the same type of studded tires. Because you can’t have high cornering speeds if you can’t get the car to turn in, can’t get precise feedback on the exact grip levels, and you can’t mash the accelerator because you’re understeering.

          And BMW AWD vehicles are definitely faster, since not only are they not a clusterf***k of a car design meaning only understeer but they also have a far better AWD system. Nowadays Audi has slowly changed their AWD system to something closer to BMW’s, away from their crappy unintelligent and unpredictable dumb mechanical one. but only slowly and in a few models at a time.

          • 0 avatar

            You’ve read too much, and experienced too little. Your biases are borne of theoretical nitpicking of engineering details that the marketing departments have fed you.

    • 0 avatar

      Sedans are dying!! I have absolutely, positively no clue why. LOL! Things like this piece of sh-t should be Exhibit A. Short trunk/long hood styling of a 1970 AMC Hornet only with way higher door sills, a stubby nose to make up for the 3 feet of hood to engine clearance required by the Feds, and no driving enjoyment whatsoever.

  • avatar

    Thanks Jack, from someone who both first discovered this place, and stuck around, mostly thanks to your writing.

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    The departure of JB will mean that TTAC is no longer great and will need to be made great again.

    • 0 avatar

      TheTruthAboutCars Turnaround Action Commenceth!

    • 0 avatar
      Pete Zaitcev

      Well, it survived the departure of RF. But yeah, I’m not too optimistic.

      • 0 avatar

        Same here, Pete. The sad part is that all this parade of talent has gone out the door apparently because the owner Interscope simply doesn’t care. They think readers will be attracted by clickbait, and profit will be assured by their “business model” absent any truly compelling content or actual good faith with the readers who were the core clientele of the site.

        I still come here to see if there’s anything interesting, but I wander away faster and faster, and the habit has begun to fade. Jack’s departure kicks out the strongest remaining leg of its increaingly wobbly stool. Good luck, Jack.

    • 0 avatar
      DC Bruce

      Sadly, the departure of JB (and is his brother going, too?) marks the end of interesting stuff on TTAC. What’s left is re-writes of press releases and other outlets’ articles and the occasional tepid and bland review. “QOTD” and “Drive/Buy/Burn” are the cheapest of clickbait, whose value depends directly on the quality of the audience that participates.

      Regrettably, but not surprisingly, it appears that that audience is drifting away.

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    What a weird departure. In any case see you on the ‘gram and in R&T. Hopefully your next story about me will cover a more pleasant event.

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    Rick T.

    “Alas, poor Jack! We knew him, B&B: a fellow
    of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy…”

    Good luck!

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    30-mile fetch

    You’ll be missed Jack. You have been the strongest writer here by leagues, and your perspective has been unique. I knew you’d outgrow us someday.

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    Jack, you will be missed. Like jack4x, I mostly stuck around to enjoy your writing. I’ve noticed this website going downhill in the last few months, and have already started weaning myself from it. I’ll catch your writing in one of the other sites you mentioned, and wish you the best going forward. BTW, you still owe me a “Texas Edition” badge for my trousers that I won in a contest you held. :)

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      I started reading TTAC somewhere around 2004 or 2005 and with the departure of Jack really don’t see any need to come back. It has become a pale imitation of itself.

      Verticalscope has done their best to make what was once the best automotive websites completely irrelevant. I’m sure the reason they didn’t take the money and run and sell it back to Farago is because they didn’t want to be embarrassed by what he and jack could have done with it. So now it will wither as a shell of itself, kind of like a cheesy Malaise Era tarted up K-car but not anywhere near as interesting.

      RIP TTAC.

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    Best wishes!

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    Farewell Jack. I’ve always enjoyed your prose and views on most subjects. That being said, I’m glad I’ll be able to read on at the other sites, and of course over at RG. Best of luck!

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    Agree the car is mostly meh.

    Sorry to see you go from this August site.

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    Was it something we said?

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    Based on past history, I half assume that within 6 months there will be a shakeup at TTAC, and the B&B (Baruth & Baruth) will be back again. If not, bummer. In the last year or so TTAC has gone from being a snarky but informed website that reveled in its outsider status to simply a blog serving as an excute for a couple guys to get access to a press fleet or attend junkets.

    I’m hopeful that TTAC can find itself again. Getting a few writers from yester-year back would sure help.

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    Oh this sucks. There is very little reason to visit this site now. The rest of the contributors are extremely inexperienced and their writing is extremely bland.

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    “Come to think of it, there isn’t much that a Continental doesn’t do better than a C43.”

    Probably right, and if you’re careful with the options sheet, a Continental may not be much more money.

    Best of luck to you, Jack. I’ll miss your stuff on this site.

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    I would not pay even nearly that much for the C43 AMG, in fact I wouldn’t buy that car as new ever, because it has an ‘old’ engine in it! Mercedes has already brought out the new inline-6 turbo engine with the 48V system, so that takes a lot out of that car.

    Seems weird to pay top dollar for a new Mercedes, when it has an engine that is not top-shelf.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      The !6/hybrid system is designated as -53 AMG. In 2019, there’ll be an E 53 AMG and a CLS 53 AMG. But not a C 53 AMG. So this C 43 AMG’s V6 bi-turbo isn’t an “old” engine so much as one that’s less powerful than the I6.

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    Dave M.

    Thanks for your many years and contributions here, Jack – TTAC will greatly miss you but I look forward to picking you up on the mentioned sites. You remain my idol when it comes to wordsmithing.


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    The same peeps buying this are the same peeps that buy a CLA because it says Mercedes.

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    So sorry to see you go, Jack, you were the most interesting writer on this site, the one I most looked forward to reading, whether or not I agreed with what you said.

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    Good luck in all your endeavors Jack. I always looked forward to reading your articles. You have a great gift for prose but you know that you don’t need me to tell you. Sorry to see you go.

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    @JackB Am sad to see you go. Have been lurking on this site since the Farago days and your posts have been ‘the ones’ to look forward to. I don’t share your knowledge of esoteric watches and hand-crafted whale-skin loafers but I sure have enjoyed your tales!

    There seems to be fewer and fewer reasons to check out TTAC anymore, far fewer industry insiders providing insightful comments, more and more brainless hate-fests.

    Anyway, good luck with your other endeavors, I shall be sure to check them out!

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    Dirty Dingus McGee

    So long, and thanks for all the fish.

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    It seems very appropriate and disappointing that the most negative (aka honest) TTAC car review in some time comes from the departing author of the site’s best content. Thanks Jack for the excellent stuff, which I will continue to enjoy in other locations.

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    Nice, now I can prune another site from my RSS list.

    @TTAC have fun with reprinting marketing brochures

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    I have absolutely no interest in this car. But I’ve been reading this site since forever and have seen many come and go, the departure of Jack will hurt.

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    Dang. Might disagree with JB’s personna, but not with his prose and willingness to ‘tell it like it is’. Much like the late, great Howard Cosell, the more unsettling he is, the more entertaining he is.

    TTAC is truly in need of some new ‘verve’. It seems to have lost much of its mojo. Reviews based on manufacturer’s junkets will not keep it distinct and therefore pertinent.

    More ‘truth’. More opinions. More reviews of rental vehicles, long term reviews and even reviews by the B&B might help.

    Ciao, JB.

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    Jacks departure from this site sucks big time. No offense but your writing in R&T is neutered. Alot of the TTAC J.B. was ballsy. Yeah I know it’s probably worth if for Jack to move on. Considering his enviable writing skills combined with champagne wishes and caviar dreams I suppose it was inevitable. Still sucks.

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    “There’s nothing wrong with the C43 AMG. The problem is that there’s also nothing that would motivate a potential owner to make personal sacrifices or work longer hours to buy one.”

    This was also my conclusion after test driving a C43 coupe. FWIW, you can get an optional “AMG performance exhaust” which does add a dash of hedonism to the experience.

    My biggest complaint was the mandatory 4Matic system. Maybe on some 700+hp car it makes sense to have AWD, but on the C43 it was like f*cking in the dark through a sheet while wearing 3 condoms. All the expected sensation was missing.

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    Time to officially start the TTAC Deathwatch although its been going on for a few years already.

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    Dave M.

    As a long-time reader, you never know what’s around the corner. TTAC goes through ups and downs like any organization. Evolution is good sometimes…

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    Very sorry to see Jack leave.

    Sad also that TTAC management could not be bothered in either the comments or another article to pay praise and thanks to Jack for his contributions.
    Additionally it has been reported that they said budget reasons were why his contributions were decreased. But money can be found for new staff – they should have the honesty to say they wanted him to leave.

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    Middle-Aged (Ex-Miata) Man

    As a longtime reader, occasional commenter (often to my later regret) and one-off contributor I’ve definitely noticed a drop in the quality of TTAC articles over the past year. The site has experienced such cycles before, though, so I’ve been hoping for the rebound any day now.

    This latest news is very discouraging to hopes of that rebound coming any time soon, and the tone of this review sure sounds like it wasn’t Jack’s idea…

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    I will echo most of the other posters, Jack you’re perhaps the last contributor that made TTAC worth reading. I think the only thing that can save th site from utter irrelevance is much more non-press fleet reviews of rental cars, owner reviews, etc.

    • 0 avatar

      I totally agree with gtem.

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        cimarron typeR

        I too. Unfiltered JB is worth the click on the favorites. The press fleet reviews of this site are too vanilla(or have become so). I appreciate owner reviews and implore Interscope to start allowing those.
        Onto the MB, I think the C class in general took a big step back styling wise with the exterior(interior is great). It’s just too feminine , especially the rear end. It doesn’t really give an indication it’s RWD. I think it peaked with the 6.3 C63, which I find myself perusing classifieds for Performance package equipped version.

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      Good to know.

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    AMG has seriously diluted their brand. So many models carry that badge now, and only a fraction are truly worthy of it. It’s supposed to be the halo, not the robe.

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    AusTim-Healy: Does this Ass(hat) turn you on?

    Nope. The cleanse, sterilization, and ultimately the destruction of TTAC is nearly complete. Well done!

    At a minimum, a REAL managing editor would thank a long standing contributor for their work much-less someone who was E-I-C and saved this place once upon a time. It’d go a little something like –

    “Thank you Jack for all your contributions to TTAC and shepherding TTAC through difficult times in the past. You will always be an important part of what has made TTAC, TTAC. Thanks again, and good luck.”

    Oh, you don’t even have to believe it – just pretend you are writing some press review or click bait story like the one preceding this post.


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    Sorry to see you go, Jack. I always enjoyed your pieces here.

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    Is this car better than BMW 340i?

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    I don’t think I’ve posted here since RF banned me once for making a comment he didn’t agree with, but oh holy hell I can’t believe jack is gone.

    I still remember the first time I read an article by Jack because it was about the BMW 5 Series (2008?). Jack thought the seats sucked in it – but if he had lounged in the optional 20 way comfort seats that you’re really “supposed” to get, I’m sure hw would’ve found the driving experience to be superb. Oh well.

    You will be missed here.

    Existential crisis time now – TTAC really has dropped off a cliff in the last couple of years and Jack’s departure really signifies that the writing’s on the wall. Now I will have to rethink life after TTAC’s demise: kind of like life without Burt Reynolds, I guess.

    So much talent has come and gone here..what us d to be the truth about cars – literally – is now a press release site showcasing 2 new color choices that will be available next year on the Charger and the latest Chevy bow tie logo designs. RF, JB, BS, P&youngEN and many more who have graced these webpages made daily reading fun. And say what you want, I loved DeadWeights commentary. IMO he kind of channeled RFs brashness sometimes. Now, all that’s left is crazy John Taurus screaming at imaginary American car haters. Yes John, all new Cadillacs truly do suck, so deal with it.

    JB and TTAC, thanks for the memories. After 10 years myself, I’m out.

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    Bob Roberts

    Enjoyed the review, but sorry to see Mr.Baruth leave. I am a long time fan of his work. Many years back, I was an avid poster on VwVortex/The Car Lounge, and one of the most riveting threads I remember on there was created by Jack Baruth. It was titled “Motive: Reviewed and Corrected” (or something along those lines) and he gave a no holds barred review and edit of an article on that site’s since aborted online magazine (which was called Motive Magazine)

    If Verticalscope is unwilling to sell TTAC to Mr Baruth et al, maybe they can put him in charge of VWVortex/TCL! After all, Verticalscope owns Vortex now, and that site is a shell of what it used to be. He could inject some serious life into it, and bring it back to its 2005-2007 glory days!

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    Jack is gone from TTAC…his presence on this blog was my pleasure and his observations will always remain with me.

    Witnessed many days on the road just before sunrise

    “I will always remember 2018 as the year when the pickups got their full share of the spotlight. It was on my mind as I stopped at the Pilot station in northwestern Ohio at 6:30 Tuesday morning. The lot was filled with pickups, tired-looking men walking back to them carrying tall cups of coffee, ready to start the day. It made me think of a speech I read a while back where Neal Boortz says,

    Speaking of earning, the revered 40-hour workweek is for losers. Forty hours should be considered the minimum, not the maximum. You don’t see highly successful people clocking out of the office every afternoon at five. The losers are the ones caught up in that afternoon rush hour. The winners drive home in the dark.

    He may well be right. But if the winners are driving home in the dark, the workers are leaving home in the dark, part of that massive manual-labor infrastructure, the Morlocks who keep the world going and keep the power turned on so my increasingly-effete colleagues can blog about microaggression from the comfort of their gentrified loft. I’m not saying that I’m one of them – for Christ’s sake, I was wearing a set of two-tone Edward Green spectators as I stepped out of my Chevy work truck – but I’m saying that I’ve seen them. They are the nine-tenths of the iceberg. Just like the trucks they drive. And it’s the iceberg you can’t see that causes the problems. You ignore it at your peril.”

    Jack Baruth.

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    You will be missed. Thank-you for the expanded discussion on your blog. It provides some closure. I think the only thing left from this site that I care about is Alex Dykes success on youtube with Alex on autos.

    The writing was on the wall for this sight over the last couple of years, it kept getting lamer and lamer, junk-yard finds dwindled, discussions on BHPH and auto auctions went away, GM/Tesla/Buick Deathwatch went away, track day with a Camry went away, all the interesting users were chased away, such as Big Trucks, basically all the unique creative real talk was chased off.

    We are left with eating dry toast sandwiches with margarine (not that fancy French stuff made from tallow, but from SOY!), taking baths in luke warm bath water, and an eternal September. The MySpace of automotive blogs.

    The day the ttac died for good can be marked by its epithaph “2019 Chevrolet Malibu RS First Drive – Curiously Viable Transportation”

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      Chris Tonn, How does it feel to have given the Altoids of car reviews?

      Curiously Viable Transportation?? Dude, you blatantly ripped off Curiously Strong Mints, an edgy slogan from Victorian Age Great Britian. You chose to rip something off, and that’s the best you could do?! Be still, my beating heart, while I fan myself with my folding feather fan.

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    Like a syphilitic womb, everything VerticalScope buys becomes scarred and inert.
    They made this site into a Russian Reversal SeaWorld: “At TTAC, shark jump you!”

    I’m done here.

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    Jack Baruth is a man with a taste and individuality.
    (such a men are very rare in this politically correct world)

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    Thank you Jack for your linguistics that you blessed the b&b with … I think that TTAC will definitely survive, but you will be missed here…

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    Best of luck, Jack! Avid readers of this site will miss you.

    Now, would someone lend TTAC a parachute to somehow slow down the fall?

    Who knows, miracles happen.

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    Two big fish in a new pond.
    I’ll be there.

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    Full disclosure: I really didn’t agree with everything you wrote. (Does anyone?)

    Yet the greatest compliment one can extend to a writer is to consider him beelzebub incarnate and still gobble up every last article he churns out. And you’ve always been part of a highly select group on the internet who could come up with a genuinely thrilling opinion piece about the Staten Island telephone directory.

    Road & Track just got themselves a new reader today.

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    Jack, while I rarely comment, I scan TTAC almost daily to see if you’ve posted any new articles. I always enjoyed your creative writing style and especially your unique insights. I will have to search out your articles on other sites! Thank you.

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    (cusses)(considers trolling until banned)
    (logs out)(deletes bookmark)

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    Jack, You’re kind of a jackass, but you’ve got a mean pen and you’re a helluva writer.

    TTAC, I hope someone up top realizes that edgy writing wins the internet. The recent reviews are ok, but ok isn’t compelling.

    This site is its best when there’s controversy. And strong opinions. And people engaged. It’s not been that for a while.

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    Have genuinely enjoyed your thoughts, insights, and writing style these last 10 years. You will be missed.

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    Cautiously joining in on the chorus (with my 360-12 doing it’s best McGuinn) I trust things will continue to go well for you, Jack. (You know the chorus so I’ll leave it there.)

    I came to the party rather late and am really a casual drop-in. I have no reference for what many others do have. That said I do enjoy the efforts of the rest of the staff/contributors also – Matt, Steph, Corey, Murilee, Sajeev, Chris, Hopefully the missing “edge” so many have bemoaned – and what JB brought to his contributions – will be regained at some point. Now, how do I play that suspended fourth on the lead out?

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    Bon voyage, Jack. I’ve been reading you since the Farago days and you were the only reason I kept coming back TTAC. I’ll have to start looking for you over at Road & Track. Cheers!

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    Thanks, Jack, for everything you’ve done for TTAC. It won’t be the same without you.

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