1999

What's In A VIN: Where Was Your Vehicle Made?
What's In A VIN: Where Was Your Vehicle Made?

Question: I keep hearing about my vehicle’s VIN. What is it? The vehicle identification number (VIN) is similar to a person’s social security number: it follows the vehicle around for life and is used by various government, banking, and insurance agencies for identification...Read More»

1999 Subaru Impreza Outback
1999 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport Overview

Where to start with the 1999 Subaru Outback Sport? Well, it is my first car, and I paid $3,700 with about 128,000 miles on it. I've always been a Subaru fan so I had to get one. When I first test drove it, I was amazed by the quickness and the get-up-and-go from the little 2.2-liter flat-four...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Mind Tricks, Reality Distortion, and Other Car Sales Tactics

My son's totally-optioned-out 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI was declared a total loss by State Farm. A "Total Loss Specialist" called me and said, if we'd sign this and that, we'd get a check for $27,240. That sounded about right. So we signed this and that, my wife took off work, and a nice, very...Read More»

1999 Ford Taurus SHO
How To Avoid Endless Car Repair Bills

You can’t keep a car forever. Sooner or later you will reach a point of diminishing returns and that Ford Taurus you have been driving since Bill and Hillary were in the White House will cost you more that it is worth. But how do you avoid that money pit that develops when a vehicle drops...Read More»

1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
California Planning To Retire Cars Earlier

The California Bureau of Auto Repair (BAR) is planning to up the ante on its vehicle retirement program. There are over three million vehicles in California that are 15 years old or older. This is the vehicle population that the BAR regulatory action is targeting. Since older vehicles were...Read More»

Masterpiece Poster Photo by Michael Furman
The Milwaukee Masterpiece: The Midwest's Pebble Beach

Milwaukee's Masterpiece:  The Other Pebble Beach Scouting for a fine family of cars?  Check out the Milwaukee Masterpiece on our nation's other West Coast-Lake Michigan's western shore, August 21st and 22nd.  This year's event features Duesenberg and celebrates Alfa Romeo.  It's a full weekend...Read More»

2011 Shelby GT500
Ford Mustang Timeline: The Good, The Bad, and The Muscly

The Ford Mustang is one of a handful of cars rightfully called icons. Since its first spin on a car-show turntable at the World's Fair in 1964, it's been the auto industry's standard measure of overnight success. And for at least some of its wild youth, it was the cautionary tale of what happens...Read More»

1997 Chevrolet Suburban
Dr. Gizmo Solves Your Car Problems - Pt. 3

Normal Process Raises Battery Concern Question 1 For the first time since I have owned my car, I checked the battery water level. My battery is three years old. When I removed the caps from the battery, I found three of the six cells had hard crystals at the bottom of the openings. I did some...Read More»

2002 Honda CR-V
Dr. Gizmo Solves Your Car Problems - Part 1

Engine Falters During Acceleration During heavy acceleration in my 2002 Honda CRV, the 2.4-liter engine cuts out as if it is not getting enough gas. I took the car to my local repair shop where a mechanic said he could not diagnose the trouble because the check engine light is not on. He said he...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
Five Reasons To Buy a VW Golf TDI

Lets face it. The latest iteration VW Jetta has been dorky since day one. It looks like a bloated Corolla and while the introduction of a first rate TDI version was a brilliant move to give it just the slightest hint of hipster appeal, this sedan has never been more than an entry level model for...Read More»

1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Safety Group Points To Jeep Grand Cherokee Fire Concerns

On Friday, the Center for Auto Safety petitioned NHTSA to initiate a defect investigation that could potentially cover hundreds of thousands of Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs from model years 1993 through 2004. According to the group, on these older Grand Cherokee models, the plastic fuel tank actually...Read More»

1999 Volkswagen New Golf GLS
VW's Newest Hot Hatch Gets an R

One of the most anticipated cars to be seen at the Frankfurt Auto Show this week was the new, pepped-up Volkswagen Golf, which is being labeled the R. It is taking its place in history among the hot hatch lineup that VW has given us over the years (starting with the original Mark 1 Golf GTI). The...Read More»

1926 Pontiac Two-Door Coach, owned by Paul Jaszczak
Found: America's Oldest Pontiac...and Oldest Original Pontiac Owner

As the guy with the signboard used to promise, the end is nigh. Pontiac is about to recede into automotive history, but with 84 years of Ponchos out there (1926-2010), it'll be a while before they pass from our memories. Back in June, we wrote about the Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance in...Read More»

1999 Chevrolet C/K 1500
Insuring Your Chevy Truck

The Chevy truck has been one of the top-selling truck brands since the 1940s. Today, the Chevy Silverado is the second most popular pickup truck on the planet. With 526,575 sales in 2007, (down only 2.4% from 2006), the Chevy truck is second in sales only to the Ford F-Series, which sold 588,952...Read More»

Bugatti Diva 15-Bar Pump Espresso Machine
Bugatti Coffee Maker Also Offers Jolt, Sticker-Shock

Sadly, we here at Stalag TCC cannot afford to own Bugattis. Yes, a fortunate few get to test drive them, but when the sun goes down, we head home in humbler rides. However, there'll soon be a way for even schmoes like us to get a piece of the Bugatti pie, thanks to the Bugatti Diva 15-Bar Pump...Read More»

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport
Bugatti Bordeaux Will Have to Wait

  We've shown you the grainy teaser photo of that new Bugatti concept--some call it the Bordeaux, some sources pick it out as a new Royale. Whatever the name, you'll need to exercise some patience--because, when it comes to an actual, real successor to today's Bugatti Veyron, the car-enthusiast...Read More»

Ferrari TR 59
Competing California Concours Events Fire Up In August

Californians may have their share of problems these days, but come August, they'll be the envy of auto fans around the globe. Not only will they be nearer than most to the 59th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, but they'll also be near the first-ever "Concours d’Ignorance: An Automotive...Read More»

1999 Chevrolet Venture
Moms and Minivans Don't Always Mix

Sometimes, a minivan just isn't the right answer for families. My first minivan experience was almost a fairy tale. After a few years of schlepping the car seat in and out of various sport-utility nightmares, I finally decided to let my brain entertain the idea of owning a minivan. I didn’t want...Read More»

2009 Audi A4
Taxpayers Help Automakers: Whom Would You Bet Your Money On?

In the December issue of Automobile Magazine, editor Jamie Kitman excoriates American auto manufacturers. He claims they should've seen the handwriting on the wall with the energy crisis of 1973 and started making better small cars then. And if you call the new-for-1979 Chevy Caprice (some 600...Read More»

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