BMW, great at many things, but not everything

BMW X6

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with BMW right now. I’m going to start by saying that everything they have always done well they continue to do at the highest level. The basic M cars, 1, 3, 5, 6, and 7 series cars are all pretty much where they should be, the SUVs as well with the exception of the X6. My problems lie with their attempting to over-segment the market, and how so many of the culprits being just awful cars with little or no purpose.    Continue reading BMW, great at many things, but not everything

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Spotted! Extreme Ricer Civic, NJ

One of the most extreme ricers I have ever seen. If you look in the gallery below you should notice how the exhaust exits into the bumper. My friend heard her drive by in a parking lot and asked if it may be supercharged, I told him no and that what he was hearing was the transaxle begging for death but being denied ever so slightly.

Spotted by -Nick

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On the Subject of Hypocrisy: Honda.

Just in the past two or three years, Honda has lost its mojo.  The S2000, once a respected, yet affordable roadster, suffered from the axe after the 2010 model year.  Since then, the last non-Civic ‘sporty’ Honda has hit the skids.  All we have now is the much-maligned CR-Z—a car that has as much compromises as it does electrons running around in its engine compartment.   Continue reading On the Subject of Hypocrisy: Honda.

Thoughts on the VW Golf R

VW Golf R

So VW have decided the Golf R should come to the US market. The R is basically an up market GTI with AWD and more power, around 265hp on the European models. It is being marketed in the same league as the Subaru STi and the Mitsubishi Evo but offers much more luxury and quality but slacks on performance by comparison. Those of you who play Forza Motorsort 3 may already know about the R and what it brings to the table.    Continue reading Thoughts on the VW Golf R

Test Driven: Nissan Juke SE AWD

Nissan Juke

I’ve been intrigued by this car ever since I first saw its commercial on TV. Nissan says, “That’s right, we put a turbo in a crossover.”. Since then, whenever I have seen one on the street, I just can’t help noticing it, so I had to go check it out.   Continue reading Test Driven: Nissan Juke SE AWD

Front Wheel Drive, My Thoughts On This Love-Hate Relationship

Many folks out there gripe about front wheel drive, and the truth is, there is good reason for it. Take away all the mindless bashing that occurs on forums and look at the physics of it compared to rear and all wheel drive. Simply put, you do not have ANY control over the rear of the car. Both steering and throttle inputs go to the front of the car. This means that if rear of the car becomes seriously loose on ice or in some big maneuver the car will be almost completely uncontrollable. While you can fishtail a little and get away with it, the level of controllability is nowhere near that of a rear wheel or all wheel drive car.    Continue reading Front Wheel Drive, My Thoughts On This Love-Hate Relationship

Test Driven: 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo

Kia Optima SX Turbo, the actual car I drove

I’m gonna start by saying I can’t effing believe this car is a Kia!!! It is good, and I mean really good. The Optima just seems to have everything going for it, and all at a price that offers some of the best bang for your buck around right now. I was very impressed to say the least.   Continue reading Test Driven: 2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo

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