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  • Craigslist Crapshoot: E39 BMW You Shift Yourself

    Craigslist Crapshoot: E39 BMW You Shift Yourself

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    The E39 BMW 5-Series remains one of the few from the brand that I actually still lust over. While an E39 M5 would be a dream, the 540i is also an excellent vehicle. You can get them with a proper 6-speed manual gearbox as well, and there’s one for sale just down the road. It’s…

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  • Remember the Corvette Museum Sinkhole? It’s Been 10 years…

    Remember the Corvette Museum Sinkhole? It’s Been 10 years…

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    In February of 2014, the National Corvette Museum found itself making national news. Not in a way it would’ve hoped, unfortunately. A sinkhole opened up under the Skydome portion of the facility and took 8 Corvettes down into the Earth. You can actually watch the event unfold because there’s security camera footage of it happening.…

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  • The Audrain Veteran Car Tour: Where 40 mph is Amazing!

    The Audrain Veteran Car Tour: Where 40 mph is Amazing!

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    Driving a modern car at speed is pretty effortless. The machine is designed to keep you comfortable and safe. If it were legal, you could cruise at triple digits on the highway in almost anything new, and doing so would be a breeze. As you slide backward through automotive history, however, the ability to drive…

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  • 2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line AWD Review: Fantastic family hauler of the future

    2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line AWD Review: Fantastic family hauler of the future

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    You know when someone you trust tells you that something is good, but you’re still skeptical? That was the case with my own doubts and the Kia EV9. This is a great three-row family hauler, and any questions about its merits should be thrown to the wayside. In fact, most people buying Suburbans and the…

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  • 2024 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE AWD: Review

    2024 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE AWD: Review

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    Despite its raging sales success, the Corolla has always been a bit of “an car.” It was an obvious choice if you wanted a reliable commuting appliance that wasn’t too expensive. Lately, Toyota has been adding a bit of diversity to the lineup with the Corolla Cross, the GR Corolla, and the Corolla hatchback. There’s…

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  • 2024 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring: Review

    2024 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring: Review

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    Can you believe that the fourth-generation ND Miata went into production in March 2015? I went to a launch event in October of that year and was pretty impressed, but in North America, we didn’t actually get it until the 2016 model year. That still means that the ND is nearly nine years old, so…

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  • 2025 Subaru Forester Touring: Review

    2025 Subaru Forester Touring: Review

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    The Subaru Forester is the definitive all-wheel-drive family mover for those with safety as a top priority, and though the midsize CUV has been updated for 2025, it’s heart still shines that of the same old Forester that has helped define Subaru for the last few decades. So, do the changes for 2025 make a…

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  • 2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0T Autobahn: Review

    2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0T Autobahn: Review

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    We are now in the eighth generation of VW’s hatchback Golf. Introduced in 2022, the latest iteration looks incredibly sharp comes with a redesigned interior and a host of comfort and tech features. While you used to be able to spec a Golf in a more basic format, these days, it’s only available in GTI…

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  • 2024 Genesis G70 3.3T: Review

    2024 Genesis G70 3.3T: Review

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    You have likely passed a Genesis sedan or SUV and said, “Oh damn, what is that” at some point. During one of my first Genesis sedan road tests, I had a couple at a gas station say, “Nice Bentley.” That seems to be pretty indicative of most people’s thoughts on the Hyundai luxury spinoff; they…

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  • 2024 BMW X2 xDrive28i: Quick Review

    2024 BMW X2 xDrive28i: Quick Review

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    Automotive reviewers love to lament the coupe-ified CUV/SUV trend for taking something useful and deliberately making it less so, and the trajectory that started largely thanks to the BMW X6 back in 2007 has now manifested in the 2024 BMW X2, and in this case the X2 xDrive28i. So let’s ignore the practicality compromises inherent…

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  • Mercedes-Benz eSprinter – I LOVE Electric Work Vans!

    Mercedes-Benz eSprinter – I LOVE Electric Work Vans!

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    The Mercedes-Benz eSprinter is an all-electric version of the Mercedes workhorse commercial van. How does it compare to competitors from Ford, Ram, and Rivian? Let’s take a look! I’ve now driven the Ford E-Transit and the Benz eSprinter. I need to add the Ram Promaster EV and Rivian RCV to my list to see which…

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  • This is how I fixed many issues on my Lexus GX 470 – Part I

    This is how I fixed many issues on my Lexus GX 470 – Part I

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    My new-to-me used 2003 Lexus GX470 looked great in its first pictures. But because it is a twenty-year-old truck with 200,000 miles, it was not perfect. I’ve itemized a list of its issues, and now I’ll show you how I fixed them. I’m trying to do this with a reasonable budget because the older I…

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  • 24 Hours of Lemons Thunderhill 2024: The Ranchero is better than ever!

    24 Hours of Lemons Thunderhill 2024: The Ranchero is better than ever!

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    It’s taking a long time to get to a place like this. Our history at the 24 Hours of Lemons has ranged from fun but broken to much less fun and very broken. We always have fun, but the degree of that fun and the level of broken varies from race to race. At the…

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  • One-Take Video Review: 2024 Toyota Sienna

    One-Take Video Review: 2024 Toyota Sienna

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    Note: After fifteen years of writing car reviews, I have decided to venture into video. I am starting off slowly and rather amateurishly, so please bear with me, these videos can only get better. These will be one-take videos. I’ll only discuss the vehicle, and you won’t even have to see me. Additionally, whatever I…

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  • 2024 Polaris Slingshot SL – Does Less Wheels Equal More Fun?

    2024 Polaris Slingshot SL – Does Less Wheels Equal More Fun?

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    The Polaris Slingshot is an autocycle. It’s not quite a car and not quite a motorcycle. This three-wheeled vehicle lives in a gray area. It also lives in a segment hampered by its very design. The three-wheeler will never be as good as a four-wheel machine, and it’s not as wildly thrilling as two-wheeled vehicles.…

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  • Road Trip: 2024 Volkswagen Atlas 2.0T SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION

    Road Trip: 2024 Volkswagen Atlas 2.0T SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION

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    Road trips are a time-honored tradition here in the States. Well, they could also be elsewhere, but I don’t live there. The week this 2024 VW Atlas arrived to test, I had just purchased a new vehicle (more on that soon). As excited as I was to take it on a road trip, it came…

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