Most prefer easy jobs that don’t require special tools, are simple to diagnose where they can usually beat the book time, and aren’t likely to have the customer back (and angry) when those fixes didn’t work or because they broke something else in the process of fixing the first thing. A lot of independent mechanics… Read more
I was out of work for 4 months during the 2008 recession. It took me about 2 weeks of not working before I started to go nuts and ultimately started volunteering at a local museum. So yeah, I get what you mean.
According to the German Aerospace Center, the car’s aerodynamics came at the expense of safety. Not only was the car difficult to drive but a strong crosswind could sweep it right off of the road. Read more
Thing is, that lifetime fluid thing has a way of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. Because in most cars, when it finally kills the transmission, it ends up ending the useful life of the car unless you’re willing to spend way too much money on a new transmission. But hey, at least they’re not lying to us when they… Read more
Any GMT-800 series truck. They look great (except for the cat-eye Silverados IMO, but some people love those too). They are the perfect combination of modern power and capability, without being way too big and stupidly tall like they all are now. They are very simple to work on, tremendously durable and incredibly…
VW has never been the same since Piëch left...
Needs a wing.
He was right to think that Tesla is overvalued. He was wrong to think that it mattered.
Variable geometry turbo might cause boost control problems with high miles (the most recent ALH-powered car I bought is just starting to give me overboost codes in certain situations with 300,000 miles on it—also, it still doesn’t consume any oil through a 10,000 mile oil change). Read more
Sorry. It was less pornographic before I cropped the naked model out of the photo.
Hey hey! A little warning! Im looking at this while on break.
Something from leftfield here, the old VW 1.9 TDi. No powerhouse for sure but a workhorse that was really really light on the drink. If you maintained it properly (belts and oil) it was really solid. The later 1.6 and 2.0 TDi had way more problems and never achived nearly the same fuel economy figures. Read more
Yeah. Just being diplomatic. If my E30 could read, it’d be like.. “Whut??”
My mind, like many others, immediately goes to engines like the Ford 300 Inline Six and the small block Chevy, but when I think of very cool engines, this is one of my favorites:
For durability and longevity, the VW ALH 1.9l TDI. These engines are incredibly durable and efficient, and are know to rack up half a million miles with relative ease if maintenance is kept up to date.
For me personally, it’s Nissan’s VQ series. I loved my 4thGen Maxima, and put 311, xxx miles on it with no issues. Can’t say the same for that car’s manual transmission though (weak 2nd gear synchros). Two transmissions and the same issue each time is why it got sold. Read more