Archive for March, 2008

Great Track Cars

Posted in 'stang, acura, audi, bmw, camaro, cars, competition, ferrari, mitsubishi, porsche, Track Events with tags , , , , , on March 18, 2008 by lee76

I’ve always said, “Need to get out to the track,” or “Gotta go to one of those high performance driving schools the Club does.”  Yeah, yeah.  Well, I did it.  Now I’m addicted.  Here’s the problem, however.  I have a car that cost almost fifty grand, and it would be the only thing in my current sparse stable I could take out to the track that could “hang.” I really don’t want to replace the brakes, the brake fluid, the tires, possibly the rear floor (Mike?), my bank account, my ego, my engine (hey look, anyone is at risk of money-shifting).  So I’ve been looking for a track car.  Something that can be modified with a proper roll cage if I get that that far into it; something that I won’t care if I ding up.  My results are set forth below, and they are just off the top of my head.  Feel free to add more cars via “comments”: Continue reading

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Automotive Maintenance

Posted in cars, Maintenance and Care with tags , on March 5, 2008 by lee76

I’ve given a few hints about well-maintained cars in previous posts.  However, I won’t just hint in this one.  Maintenance is of paramount importance.  I am not just talking about taking it in for dealer “scheduled” maintenance or the occasional oil change in your driveway.  Drivers need a maintenance regime with respect to all fluids, filters, and rubber items.  You need to properly wash, wax and maintain the paint, keep the interior in shape and all the components functioning properly.  Otherwise, no matter what you buy, you’ll end up with a piece of crap that also looks like crap.  I’ll start with mechanical and end with cosmetic maintenance. 

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Used All Wheel Drive Rides

Posted in audi, bmw, cars, mercedes, mitsubishi, subaru with tags , , on March 4, 2008 by lee76

As promised, here is the review of some used all wheel drive cars.  Many of these can be had for fairly reasonable prices, some are still quite dear, and others, well let’s say you wouldn’t want your friends to catch you driving them, but they’re still loads of fun.  I didn’t include the obvious Subarus and Mitsus.  It is indeed possible that your experience is different, but I haven’t seen a used Subaru or Mitsu that wasn’t beat to hell.  I’m sticking to the Germans on this one, with one exception.

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