Monthly Archives: January 2010

DC Auto Show

The Washington DC show is being run in conjunction with the SAE Government/Industry meeting which I typically attend. So last night I went to the sneak peek. Took a bunch of pictures with my phone. Will post more soon. Below … Continue reading

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Toyota Suspending Sales of 8 Models Due to Recall

I’ve lost track of how many cars Toyota is recalling. It involves at least 4 million vehicles, and there is some overlap among different problems. There were issues involving stalling engines and others, but most of the attention has been … Continue reading

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Flat Tire In Corolla Land

One night a few weeks ago my Mom got a flat tire on her car. She called me for help. What to do? Luckily (proper preparation, actually) we have AAA memberships. I called them and help was there within about … Continue reading

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Headlight Bulb Change, Not So Fast

Well, if we thought all bulbs were easy to change quickly from the last time I did so, we’d be mistaken. Flashback to a previous model Toyota Corolla / Chevy Prizm (in this case a neighbor’s car) and we find … Continue reading

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2005 Acura RL 3.5: Luxury Car, Economy Price

Image source:  Wikimedia When this model debuted as a 2005 model it had everything. The Acura flagship dropped the famed Legend name in favor of the RL moniker in the mid-1990s as part of Honda’s strategy to focus more attention … Continue reading

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2005 Porsche Boxster: James Deanery At A Discount

Image source:  Wikipedia The original Porsche 550 Spyder serves as the inspiration for the Boxster line. The 550, of course, was indelibly etched into pop culture when James Dean was killed in one while driving to a race in Salinas, California, … Continue reading

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Mechanic Horror Story: The Oil Change That Never Was

Here is yet another adventure in Corolla land. This one involves the second oil change that was done on the car. I still couldn’t remove the oil filter because it was on so tight. I needed a lift due to … Continue reading

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2005 Nissan Xterra: Xtreme Bargain?

Image source: Wikimedia   This is one of the old school truck-based SUVs, built body-on-frame. Sticker was about $21k to $27k when new. The same model is still in production in 2010. Equipped with a 4.0 liter V6, good for … Continue reading

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2002 Lexus SC430: Grampish Boulevarder?

Image source: Wikimedia I’ve driven one of these. Everything was butter smooth, just exquisite; power everything and a little bit of chassis flex because it’s an open top car. Equipped with the same 300 hp 4.3 liter V8 as in … Continue reading

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2001 Kia Rio: Your Basic Korean Bargain, En Espanol

When it was new Kia really broke new ground, not with automotive engineering but with a 5 year 60,000 mile warranty and a 10 year 100,000 powertrain warranty on a car with a base price of $8,595. That takes confidence. … Continue reading

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