Secondhand Saint: Mercedes-Benz R129 (SL-Class, 1990-2002)

Mercedes SL500 (Front). Not as swoopy as the newer ones but still very nice in its own right.

For years, Mercedes-Benz has been one of the most highly respected brands in the luxury car market.  The SL, their flagship, has consistently been ahead of its time, no matter which generation, in the amount of technology offered.  Expensive when new, these cars have always taken a seat at the top of the automotive table.  But, thanks to depreciation (the used car buyer’s friend), all this technology can sit in your driveway for less than the cost of a new Kia Forte. Continue reading Secondhand Saint: Mercedes-Benz R129 (SL-Class, 1990-2002)

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Premium Cars are fantastic, but foolish to buy brand new

Many people like the idea of buying a new car for various, often trivial, reasons. They may like the idea that nobody has possibly abused their car in the past, think it is the only way to have a full warranty, or maybe they just like saying they bought a new car. Regardless of their reasons, when it comes down to reality, these people are wasting thousands, sometimes even tens of thousands, of dollars that they could use elsewhere. This is especially true in the area of premium, high-end cars.    Continue reading Premium Cars are fantastic, but foolish to buy brand new

Aston Virage. It’s great…but, why?

Aston Martin Virage, an apparition in the dusk

Aston Martin have come out with a new model called the Virage, which is supposed to “fill the gap” between the DB9 and the DBS. Having seen one in person recently, I can attest that it is a glorious car. The problem with it though is that there really wasn’t a market gap between the DB9 and DBS that needed to be filled in the first place.    Continue reading Aston Virage. It’s great…but, why?

Social Media: Ford’s Golden Goose

Photo courtesy of http://www.makesplash.com

Social media has come a long way from its days of simply linking old friends together and posting up pictures on the Internet.  Now, large companies have been looking to use sites like Facebook and MySpace, among others, to advertise product, and Ford Motor Company can count this among their many other successes. Continue reading Social Media: Ford’s Golden Goose

What to do with the upcoming Porsche Cajun

Porsche Cajun Rendering from topspeed.com

The Cajun is the much-rumored “baby” Cayenne Porsche plans to bring out sometime soon. When I consider the prospect of such a car, I have to consider how it will fit into the market and if it will even work overall. Based on the success of the Cayenne and Panamera, I would definitely say that this car has a very real ability to succeed once in production if properly executed. All of you scoffing purists out there just need to realize: it is cars like these, from which Porsche makes most of their money, that allow them to make all of the pure or wild Porsches that you lust after–so embrace it.    Continue reading What to do with the upcoming Porsche Cajun

Challenger vs Camaro, the Stang will sit this one out, for now.

Camaro vs Challenger. Its High Noon in Texas, ladies and gentlemen.

Ever since Dodge rebooted the Challenger in 2008, muscle car enthusiasts have been absolutely rejoicing.  From the ho-hum V6 model (which, despite its faults, does sell) to the tire-annihilating SRT8, the lineup has always drawn my attention.  Meanwhile, across town, the boys at Chevy created the hot-selling new Camaro, which, with 432 horsepower from the SS, makes a clear (and powerful) case for itself.  The SRT8 happens to be one of the best performance bargains on the market right now, but the Camaro SS may be even better.     Continue reading Challenger vs Camaro, the Stang will sit this one out, for now.

Test Driven: 2006 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited

Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited (front)

Last month, I intended to test drive a Buick Regal Turbo, but after a walk around the used-car lot, I discovered this little gem on the used car lot.  It’s a 2006 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Limited, and I’ve been seriously considering one for after I graduate next spring.  Faced with the opportunity, I decided to postpone driving the Buick and take this LGT for a drive instead. Continue reading Test Driven: 2006 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited

Alfa Romeo, please return quickly. We miss you.

The Alfa Romeo 4C Concept. Resembles the 8C, but far more obtainable. And I can't help but stare longingly at it.

Almost every car nut in the United States wept the loss of Alfa Romeo in 1995.  Alfa was supposed to have returned to America just four years ago with the 8C, but it didn’t happen due to the impending recession and a spotty dealer network (The 8C was sold through Ferrari showrooms, which are, admittedly, few and far between).  However, the 4C was recently given the green light, and Alfa (and Fiat’s) top brass have announced that this car will be the car to bring Alfa Romeo back to the U.S.  This time, I think it will work. Continue reading Alfa Romeo, please return quickly. We miss you.

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