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Porsche Boxster - Greatest Ad Ever? Maybe
Porsche Boxster - Greatest Ad Ever? Maybe

I came across this older Porsche Boxster ad recently and thought to myself, this ad summarizes in under two minutes what makes Porsche cars some of the most desirable on the planet. It's about desire, passion and the perfect product. Watch this ad and tell me you weren't taken with the wonderful...Read More»

2001 AM General Hummer
Car Dealers Seek Exemption From Auto Financing Regulation

Car dealers and the Obama administration are involved in some push and pull that’s pitting the Pentagon against the dealers’ main street roots. Backed by Republican Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, dealers are attempting to carve out an exemption from the administration’s proposal to initiate...Read More»

2001 Plymouth Neon Highline
About Your Car's Gasket

The last time I had seen my friend’s son he had asked me about a car problem. So when we met again I inquired how it worked out. His reply was that the “gasket” was bad. When I probed further I could see that there was no interest in revisiting this car repair encounter. The car was fixed and...Read More»

2010 Land Rover Range Rover
How GM Should Have Saved HUMMER

_How GM Should Have Saved HUMMER     I am saddened and angered by the demise of HUMMER. A uniquely American creation, HUMMER could have been SO much more than what it became.   I believe that the people who ran HUMMER got too caught up in striving to one-up Jeep. HUMMER wanted to be...Read More»

2009 Ferrari California
Road Testing For Daydreamers

The so-called "buff books" (traditional automotive glossy magazines) sell cars with sex appeal and fantasy. We all love to read about the latest exotic sports car or decadent luxury sedan. The magazines jockey for position atop the "road test methodology" food chain, by providing more performance...Read More»

2010 Ford Taurus
Is Ford Playing the Age, Race, Gender Or Ethnicity Card?

So as I sat here today reading up on what was going on in the world of automobiles, I sipped my scalding hot coffee that was as thick as a Firestone truck tire, and almost as black (we had no milk), and then suddenly the caffeine kicked in, my cranial cogs started to grind away and my gray matter...Read More»

2000 Pontiac Grand Am SE
Types Of Car Repair Customers

Car repair facilities are aware that there are many types of car repair consumers, ranging from the person that doesn’t like surprises on the road to those that take the “if it isn’t broken don’t fix it” approach. Do you fall somewhere on this spectrum? Depending on the slant the customer...Read More»

2006 Ford Expedition 4-door XLT Trunk
Buying a Certified Pre-owned Vehicle (CPO) – Part III

I recently helped my daughter decide on which used SUV to buy. She was surprised when I recommended that she and her husband look at certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles at major dealerships. I have written extensively on how to buy and sell vehicles privately and online. I explained to my daughter...Read More»

Mazda MX-5 Cup In BRE Livery
Indy 500 Champ, Mazda, And SCCA Community Racing MX-5 For Charity

Quick! Name two creatures that like driving down the road with the top down and the wind blowing through their hair. The only two I can think of are people and their pets, so the idea of turning next week’s Playboy MX-5 Cup at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca into a fundraiser for the Monterey Society...Read More»

2010 Toyota Avalon
2010 Toyota Avalon: Smooth, Roomy, And Tranquil

When you get in Toyota's largest sedan, what stands out most is its smoothness and quiet ride. As I drove the Avalon it almost felt like I was floating on air, almost unaware of the dirt road leading up to my house. But it’s more than just a nice ride. It also delivers good acceleration and good...Read More»

BMW 2002
BMW Joy: The Ultimate Marketing Machine

Today I had the magnificent pleasure of driving a BMW 2002 tii and I came away not just happy, but filled with automotive joy. I'll come back to why I chose the word “joy” in a bit. Each time I started up the car, a smile came over my face and all I could do was revel in the elemental...Read More»

2010 Ford F-150 2WD SuperCrew 145" XLT Angular Front Exterior View
Points To Consider Before Buying A 2010 Ford F150

As a family vehicle or a heavy hauling machine, the Ford F150 provides features that cater towards the needs of a variety of individuals. As the 2010 Ford F150 emerged from concept to reality, a few key features seem to stick out and take a shot at its competitors. If you’ve ever passed a...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Tiguan FWD 4-door SE Front Exterior View
2009 Volkswagen Tiguan: An All-New Sporty Crossover

The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan SE ($28,875 as tested) is an all-new compact SUV that Volkswagen is releasing this year. The automaker calls it the GTI of crossovers, a good description based on my test drive. The Tiguan's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is the same one as the GTI and the...Read More»

Fiat 500 Abarth
2011 Fiat 500: Specs And Auto Insurance

If you don’t remember when Fiat hit the streets of the U.S. nearly a half century ago, frankly, you don’t want to. The response by North American drivers was one of disbelief by its cheap quality and unreliability. But due to the recent Chrysler merger, Fiat’s are supposed to be a...Read More»

2009 Toyota RAV4 FWD 4-door 4-cyl 4-Spd AT Sport (Natl) Front Exterior View
2009 Toyota RAV4 Four-Cylinder: No Longer The Baby Of The Family

The RAV4 Sport four-cylinder ($24,600 as tested) had a handling-tuned suspension and P235/55R18 tires on alloy wheels, plus fog lamps, a roof rack with cross bars, heated outside mirrors, color-keyed trim outside and unique charcoal fabric inside. Options expand to include a JBL premium stereo with...Read More»

First U.S. Ferrari 458 Italia auctioned for charity
Unlikely Car Ads: Buy A Ferrari, Get A Free Oil Change

I was recently watching the latest series of the Cadillac CTS television ads, and something about that luxury marque made me think. You know there are some things that an automotive-obsessed human is unlikely to see in a lifetime: a car ad that doesn't use the cliche of an upwardly mobile, under...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
What To Put In The Hatch Of The New Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta Hatchback is said to break the stereotype of the “small cars” in the U.S. By having a luxurious interior, rather than your common plastic, the Fiesta brings a more stylish look to a market where similar cars are scrutinized for their cheap materials. But what really...Read More»

Synergy Green Camaro
2010 Chevrolet Camaro: Where To Drive

Even without particularly looking for one on the road, when one passes by, it’s a moment of true excitement, thrill, and overall jealousy. After years of waiting for the reveal, Chevrolet released its 2010 Camaro, and no one would legitimately claim anything less than perfection. Most muscle...Read More»

2010 Lexus IS 350C with F Sport wheels and brakes
One Approach To Brake Replacement

How much does a brake job cost at your shop? That’s a question that you never want to ask, because you’re going to get a generic answer to a very broad question. Most likely you’ll end up with a result similar to what was found by AutoMD in a national study of 600 shops. Over fifty percent of...Read More»

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