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Jul 3
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Dodge is the performance brand... and it’s supposedly getting a new Journey made in Italy and based on the Stelvio. Read more

Jul 3
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The Spark is a pretty good car for the money. The EcoSport is underwhelming, but when a Trax goes for $21K Ford can easily get that price.

Jul 3
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Sadly, the days when you could sell the same vehicle for 20 years are gone. The Journey gets poor fuel economy numbers, barely meets emissions, and does poorly in overlap crash tests. Fixing all of those things costs money. Not only that, supply-chain decisions made years ago may make continued production all but Read more

Jul 3
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It’s worth mentioning that the 2020 Journey isn’t available with AWD or the V6, which suggests to me that it’s just on the lot in 2020 to use up leftover parts. Read more

Jul 3
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I got to briefly drive a 968 Cabrio in Maine a long time ago. It was probably the only one in the state. It was so much more comfortable and quiet than the early cars it was easy to overlook how much faster it was.

Jul 3
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Agreed on the Ranger since he’s sunk so much into repairs already. If it’s just the thermostat then absolutely get it done. Cosmetically it looks to need minor things. Read more

Jul 3
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I have to agree with this, having had a Scirocco 16V and having driven a few 944s and 924s. The Scirocco was simply more entertaining, even the early 8V cars. It wasn’t hard to work on either. My Golf GTI was much more practical and just as quick, but the Scirocco always felt lighter and more nimble. Read more

Jul 3
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I agree. The engine suits the character of the car and since it’s very close in design to a Cosworth BDA it’s also sort of period-correct as well.

Jul 3
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I don’t price the 914/924 regularly, but the 914 as a whole has definitely moved into the vintage collectible stage if it’s in original condition. So many of these were modified. A good condition early chrome-bumpered car or a ‘73 2-liter are getting pricey and definitely collectible. Read more

Jul 2
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An R53 Cooper S with the JCW package was about $25K in 2003 (higher with options), which means it would be around $33K today. It was a decent price but not budget. More than a GTI VR6 or RSX Type-S. But you’re right, it was lightning in a bottle and there’s no real chance Mini could replicate it. It would be like Read more

Jul 2
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The $9K gap between this and an A45 is still pretty big. The A45 is more car, but whether it’s more special depends on the customer.... this GP is a limited thing I think.

Jul 2
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Probably emissions testing... the manuals get last priority and there was a WLTP test backlog. Read more

Jul 2
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I’m sure VW would love Jeep as well as Ram, but acquiring FCA would gain it nothing in most other markets. Read more

Jul 2
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I’m not sure Mazda and Subaru have much in common—Toyota increased its stake in Subaru to 20% this year. Read more

Jun 26
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The BMW/EMW 340 wasn’t at all related to the later Wartburg, and it came out of an actual BMW factory. So I would say it counts. The 340 is more or less a pre-war BMW with a redesigned “pontoon” front end. From 1945-56 Eisenach produced the pre-war 321 and 326, then later the updated 340 and 327, a “sporting” model. Read more

Jun 26
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The early dual-row IMS was more robust but, still, many engines failed (1% failure rate vs 8% for single-row IMS 2000-2005). This mostly happened if the owner didn’t change the oil regularly and/or didn’t drive the car regularly. 10 bucks says the failure occurred after the car was put away for the winter without Read more

Jun 26
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Yeah, I also prefer the droptop version of the narrow-bodied 996. It has a clean look; well-proportioned. And it’s not a rocket ship or track car so I’m not sure you need all the chassis rigidity in the world. Read more

Jun 25
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In the case of Toyota it’s not about corners being cut, it’s about the fact the Yaris (the Toyota Yaris, not the Mazda2 Yaris) is primarily designed for other markets—it’s continuing on in Japan and Europe, for example, and likely makes enough money for Toyota in those markets. Read more

Jun 25
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You’re right. In the U.S. at least, the Corolla from 1968 to 1979 (E10, E20, E30) was basically the size of the later Tercel/Echo/Yaris and it was the entry-level offering. Read more