What Car Should You Buy The experts at Jalopnik answer your car-buying questions. Just recently, Steve got some bad news that he has been diagnosed with cancer. There are a lot of unknowns with this new situation, but the one thing he does know is that he doesn’t want to be stuck just driving a boring-ass Toyota Highlander. What car should he buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. ) Here is the scenario: On Monday I learned that I have cancer. Figure that it makes sense to drive something that I enjoy. I have two kids, 12 and 9. Will want enough room for the three of us. Will be my daily driver in place of my appliance of a Highlander. I want something that is easy to drive and park. Enjoy shifting my own gears. The kids and I can do some basic maintenance. Roll down the windows and cruise. Should not need it longer than ten years. Have had cars ranging from 1940s sedans to a couple of Lotuses, hot rods to … [Read more...] about I Need a Car to Distract Me From Some Bad News. What Should I Buy?
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My unreliable vehicles have turned my garage into a veritable prison from which I simply cannot escape. Night after night, I go to bed with aching elbows and shoulders, wondering if I’ll ever be done fixing these machines. I’m starting to lose hope. As a single guy with no kin nearby, my cars are pretty much my family. And if we’re going to use that metaphor, then I must have the most dysfunctional automotive family in history. Every now and then, my mom calls and asks if I’ve met any girls. “Mom, I haven’t left my garage in 91 days. So no,” I respond. Contact with human beings, male or female, is rare. I have too many Jeeps, and this one Honda, to fix first. I can imagine her rolling her eyes on the other end of the phone, wondering how she, a lady from a small town in Bavaria, ended up producing offspring with such strong redneck tendencies. I think my mom’s quest to ensure she ends up with a grandson came to a halt when I published my … [Read more...] about Am I In Over My Head? All My Old Cars’ Problems, Ranked
My grandfather, nicknamed Popeye because of his huge forearms, was a wheeler dealer decades before Mike ran off Edd (allegedly). As kid, he and I got up at the crack of dawn, and scoured the Southern California drive-in swap meets. The Paramount, the Roadium, were just two drive-in swap meets on our weekend circuit. (Editor’s Note: Jalopnik contributor and author Lawrence Ross is restoring his dream 1966 Chevrolet Corsa and inventing its fictional racing history as he goes along. This is part four of the series. Read one, two and three in those links.) We went in search for the best deals on everything from Hot Wheels to gold jewelry. This was the 1970s, so if you had old junk sitting around the house, there was no Craigslist to foist it on people. You actually had to look a person eye-to-eye, and convince them that your 29-piece china set (with one chipped plate) was indeed a great value. From what you’d heard, and you had no reason to doubt this as the seller, the china … [Read more...] about My ‘Project Mongoose’ Chevrolet Corvair Gets Its Engine And A Good Story
There’s a lot of articles and talk and hand-wringing and general grousing about how people are just not as happy as they used to be, that everyone is lonely, and adults have no friends. Sometimes social media gets blamed, or it’s something either Millennials or Baby Boomers did, because they’re all jerks. But nobody seems to realize the real problem here: Our cars have become too reliable. That’s right! I said it! Our cars are too damn reliable. That’s why you’re sad and lonely—because your car never leaves you stranded, never demands anything of you beyond money, and is too boring for anyone to give a shit about. That’s why I’m convinced that, to have a truly happy, fulfilling life, you need to drive a funreliable car. That stupid word there, funreliable, that’s the key to all this. As you have likely surmised with your big, wet, pulsating brain, the word is a portmanteau of fun and unreliable, two concepts that normally seem … [Read more...] about To Be Truly Happy, You Need A Funreliable Car
Many of the drivers that took part in Friday’s Carb Day, the final day of practice for Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500, weren’t very talkative afterward. But we still have more than half the field who did have something to say afterward. Check out What Drivers Said (courtesy IndyCar PR): ROBERT WICKENS (No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda): “We were just running through the program. We had to do an install first lap, then we did some pit stops. Then we got into our test program trying different things. There wasn’t anything wrong. We have some work to do, for sure. Today was pretty good for track conditions compared to where we have been. We have to make some adjustments. By no means are we in no-man’s land.” (About James Hinchcliffe being in his pit box): “He was just listening, nothing crazy. It’s not like he’s coaching me from in there. He was giving his opinion and talking with the engineers, just trying to lend a … [Read more...] about Here’s What Drivers Said after Friday’s Carb Day final practice for the Indy 500