David Tracy
Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).
Jul 4

Ha, we rented a Patriot in Florida maybe 5/6 years ago — to this day I still claim it’s the worst vehicle I ever drove (for comparison, my first vehicle was a 2000 neon in high school). Every time we got in the Patriot I complained about how poorly designed and thought out the interior was until my wife, who grew up Read more

Jul 3

An extremely comprehensive history of a car that does not deserve to be remembered. 

Jul 3

One of the last vestiges of the Daimler-forced marriage of shitty Mitsubishi-based platforms into the Chrysler group vehicles. It has it’s reasons for leaving, but also for sticking around as long as it did. With the Voyager taking over for the Caravan, now is the time for the smallish people mover to come out for the Read more

Jul 3

One of these pulled into the parking lot of the shop I was working at several years ago. The guy complained of “some electrical issues”, which I would soon discover was the understatement of the year. I’ve never seen anything like what this thing did. The starter would keep turning with the key out, rolling one window Read more

Jul 3

I. . .actually agree completely with Davids take.

You’re going from 2 crappy cars of the same type to one functional one of each. One sedan, one truck, and one SUV. Think of it as two daily drivers plus a toy.

(I’m counting the Rodeo as the “toy” since it sounds like it needs a lot of work, but at the same time, a Read more

Jul 2

This is very, very, very good David. Thank you for doing a picture+text article with an interesting topic. More of this pretty please. Read more

Jul 2

First of all, I wouldn’t call any of them junk. Any one of those 5 is better than any new car on market right now. Read more

Jun 30

I’ve got a love/hate relationship with my ‘04 Touareg. Love the off-road tech and capabilities, but hate that VW was the manufacturer.

Jun 29

That will be a great buy on govdeals.com before you know it. Thanks Uncle Sam!

Jun 26

The story of David falling asleep in this heap while pumping gas and in his pajama pants is and will forever be my favorite Jalopnik story. There are car people and then there are CAR PEOPLE.

Jun 26

My knee-jerk reaction was to judge, but... Thinking back, younger me did shit at least as stupid as this and I was just a lot luckier. Read more

Jun 26

Really you stole this story from the Rocky movies. :)
I feel my self a little sad. Very cool end to a fun story. Will enjoy your video. If you want the emotional impact, you’ll need to visit the remains of jeepy (Pixar story name?), to bring home the emotional impact.
Also thinking Jeepy Balboa for the rocky story line. Read more