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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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  • 2024 Acura TLX Type S: Review

    2024 Acura TLX Type S: Review

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    I love a good sports sedan. It’s one of my favorite vehicle variants behind the wagon. Honda has been making good sporty sedans for decades, and their latest Integra Type S is one of my favorites. I’ve also spent some time behind the wheel of a 2021 TLX SH-AWD A-SPEC, which kicked off the 2nd…

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  • 2024 Mercedes GLB35 4MATIC Quick Review: More than the sum of its parts

    2024 Mercedes GLB35 4MATIC Quick Review: More than the sum of its parts

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    On paper, the 2024 Mercedes GLB35 4MATIC compact crossover has a lot stacked against it. The price and relative lack of power alone are enough to cause pause, yet in reality the little wannabe SUV masquerades as a high-sitting hot hatch with some AMG goodness baked in. This thing is a little ripper, a blast…

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  • 1967 Ford Mustang Project NONWICK: Pt5 – The Quick Update

    1967 Ford Mustang Project NONWICK: Pt5 – The Quick Update

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    Man, life sure gets in the way of stuff, right? Regardless, the project continues because I’m not letting this one turn into the wagon (which I still own, believe it or not). So where do we stand on my 1967 Ford Mustang project car? I’m almost done with disassembling all the bits that I think…

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  • 2024 Buick Envista Avenir Quick Review

    2024 Buick Envista Avenir Quick Review

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    After a slew of small CUV misses, General Motors has landed a solid hit in the second generation Chevy Trax, which manifests in Buick land as the Envista. The Envista’s Avenir trim is outfitted with many luxury and wannabe-sporty goodies, yet the compact crossover is available solely in front-wheel-drive guise and with a 1.2-liter turbocharged…

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  • The BMW i7 M70 …is the nicest car I’ve ever driven

    The BMW i7 M70 …is the nicest car I’ve ever driven

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    I’m shocked, too, but here we go; this BMW i7 M70 is the nicest car I’ve driven. From its power delivery and ride quality to the seat comfort and overall enjoyability of the machine, it’s just a fantastic vehicle. Just don’t look at the front of it…

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  • 2024 BMW i5 M60 xDrive Sedan Quick Review

    2024 BMW i5 M60 xDrive Sedan Quick Review

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    It’s easy to tell which electric vehicles were designed to be such from the ground up and which were originally designed for ICE propulsion or to be on a shared platform with ICE versions of the same vehicle. This primarily manifests in the packaging but is also expressed in the vehicle’s overall persona, so vehicles…

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  • RC4WD C2X RC Rock Crawler Intro & Rock Slider Upgrade

    RC4WD C2X RC Rock Crawler Intro & Rock Slider Upgrade

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    Many automotive enthusiasts are nerds to their core. I’m one of those, and my 4WD-focused nerd-ness spans from my full-size rig to radio controlled vehicles, the “driving” and upgrading of which is just as satisfying and admittedly much less time (and money) consuming than the vehicles which they imitate. I’ve been playing with the RC4WD…

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  • BFGoodrich is finally ready to get down and dirty with the KO3 tire

    BFGoodrich is finally ready to get down and dirty with the KO3 tire

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    I don’t typically get excited about new tire news. This is different, though. Nearly ten years ago, I was introduced to the amazing world of all things off-road by way of a tire launch event down in Mexico. BFGoodrich invited me to sample the then-new KO2, and it blew up my brain. I loved not…

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  • The Kia EV9 is Expensive but also Excellent

    The Kia EV9 is Expensive but also Excellent

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    As tested, this particular Kia EV9 costs $74,000. That’s an electrified buoyed-up boatload of cash. And this one is still one below the top-spec GT-Line model. Plus, there’s talk of a bonkers high-performance EV9 GT still to come. That said, the EV9 delivers excellent range, great power, fun styling, a lovely interior, and tremendous charging…

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  • 2024 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison Quick Review

    2024 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison Quick Review

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    The 2024 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison is the biggest the brand has ever gone with its midsize truck, chucking an enormous amount of off-road equipment at the platform to the degree that it compromises the vehicle’s ability to actually be a pickup. We didn’t engage low range in our time with the ZR2 Bison, but…

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  • RealTruck Releases BAK Revolver X4ts Cover

    RealTruck Releases BAK Revolver X4ts Cover

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    RealTruck, Inc., a leader in the production of functional aftermarket accessories and a popular online destination for truck, Jeep®, Bronco®, and off-road enthusiasts, and a partner on our ongoing 2018 Lexus GX460 build project, has unveiled its latest product, the BAK Revolver X4ts bed cover. This innovative cover, designed for a variety of pickup trucks,…

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