Nothing like looking through old pictures to remember bad decisions in past car sales, is there? That photo dates back to 2005…the silver Ram is a 2001 5.9-powered Quad Cab that took the place of the worst vehicle in my history, a 1999 Blazer that broke down more often than a teenage girl that got dumped before prom. It was a good truck, performed well enough, but didn’t have the excitement that I wanted. The other truck is a 1984 Dodge Ram D150, a 318/four-speed shortbed I found in a front yard in Illinois with a “FOR SALE” sign in the windshield. $1,700 took it home, and after a set of tires, new shocks all the way around and a basic sound system was installed, it was a sweetheart of a truck. I had intended to give the D150 to my dad, but he wasn’t having any of that, soI drove it across the country that summer after my first deployment to Iraq before heading back to Texas, where my Diplomat was going to come out of paint. I wound up selling it to a … [Read more...] about BangShift Question Of The Day: Which Would You Rather Take, Brand New Truck Or Proven Workhorse Pickup?
Question of the day
We've all heard the stats. Flying is safer than driving. Bicycling is safer than driving. Swimming with sharks with lasers on their heads is safer than driving. And despite Volvo's claims of an ultrasafe, fatality-free car in the next ten years, cars are destined to remain killers. You can't argue with physics. And there's always the human element: we're fallible. Not to conclude that cars will kill us all, but the risk is out there. Real hardcore motorcycle riders say to "ride the bike you want to die on." Which brings us to the question of the day: if you could know it was going to be your last drive, what would it be in? My choice is a classic 12 cylinder Ferrari, like the 275 GTB. The magnificent sound of the engine is what I'd want to hear if I was on my way out. As the Simpsons' Sideshow Bob once averred, "I shall send you to heaven before I send you to Hell." … [Read more...] about Question of the Day: In Which Car Would You Like to Die?
Autofiends.com . Our unofficial motto (can’t get the tech guys to change the site…) is “No Boring Cars.” Which means as the news of the day rolls in (grist to the mill) I need to parse it to determine what is and what isn’t “boring.” For instance there’s those pics of the new Prius that Jalopnik has whipped itself into its daily frenzy over (PRIUSGASM!!!!). And through the magic of search engine optimization Autofiends could probably get some decent traffic out of the post. More traffic makes the boss happy and (maybe) gets me more money! Only problem: the Prius is dull. Like, rock in sand dull. And not fancy Japanese rocks in Zen sand, but regular Texas Hill Country rocks in Great Plains dust. There’s a lady I know and I think she’s massively boring. She falls asleep at parties, says perhaps one sentence over the course of a night out and at restaurants has the tastes of a six-year-old. I mean really, what adult … [Read more...] about Question of the Day: What Makes A Car Boring?
If you’re reading this article, that means Fuhrer Schmitt has figured out under what moniker this article should be filed under. As far as I’m concerned it should be a “Question Of The Day”, but it could easily slot into “WTF” and “Wild Arse Rumor Of The Day”. So, here we go…I was grazing the internet whilst watching “That Mitchell And Webb Look” on DVD when I came across an article by Business Insider entitled “Here Are The 10 Brands That Will Disappear In 2011”. So, I hit the pause button on my DVD player and took a look to see what they predicted. It starts off with names I pretty much suspected would disappear; names like “Reader’s Digest”, “Blockbuster Video” and “Radio Shack” (which I thought HAD already gone). Then, the article starts to get a bit suspect. It starts predicting that “BP” will enter bankruptcy and may even be broken up in order to … [Read more...] about Question Of The Day: Kia Today, Gone Tomorrow?
Press fleet vehicles are full of little surprises.A rap CD with a certain word used 200 times in a three minute song.Then there are the unusual litany of condoms, leftover roaches (the smokable variety), and paternity results that no doubt tell you more about your peers than you ever thought possible.Finally, there was a trade-in that topped them all. I called it the Thelma and Louise car.Two young ladies decided to chronicle their love affair on the headliner of a 1990 Volvo 740 wagon.Oh the tales! Oh the pictures! From the very front of the windshield to the rear tailgate, I got to read up on more raunchy poetry and admired a surprising variety of artistic renderings, just by folding the rear seats and taking in all that scenery.It was like caveman scenery. Except there was no cave and certainly no man.I didn’t buy the vehicle. Honest. It was actually owned by Stan the Old Man when he was a wholesaler. Like any true Southern gentleman, Stan replaced the headliner and preserved … [Read more...] about Question Of The Day: What Is The Strangest Thing You Found In A Car?
The music starts. A pulsating display of automotive brilliance comes through the screen and draws you into the moment.The car… is perfect.The person driving the car… is Wow!The music.. the action… the excitement…In the last moment, you see the seductively low price and the equally elusive lease terms.Or maybe you simply saw this instead. Today’s question of the day is… “Has a car commercial ever put a vehicle on your shopping list that otherwise, you wouldn’t have considered.” … [Read more...] about Question Of The Day: Have You Ever Fallen For A Beautiful… Car Commercial
It’s not quite the 31st yet, but since a few of us won’t be at our computers on New Year’s Eve (*ahem*), I figured this is an opportune time to turn the floor over to the B&B.The question of the day is simple. What would you like to see more of in 2015? What would you like to see less of? This is *your* site, and we serve you, not the manufacturers or the advertisers or anybody else. Let us know. We’ll be paying attention. … [Read more...] about Question Of The Day: Auld Lang Syne
I recently had the opportunity to attend the Philadelphia Auto Show, where I found myself sitting in a shiny, new 2015 Ford Flex. For those of you who aren’t up on your modern Fords, this is the one that looks like a port-a-potty tipped on its side.So anyway: I’m sitting there, playing with all the beautiful buttons, taking in the surprisingly well-crafted interior, reading about the available 365-horsepower turbocharged engine, checking out all the cool, high-tech features, when it hits me: there is absolutely no way I would ever buy this car.And I admit, my reasons for this are entirely superficial. On paper, it appears the Flex offers excellent interior room, and excellent powertrains, and excellent equipment, and even surprisingly reasonable pricing. But I just could never get past the fact that I’m driving a vehicle that looks like an enormous coffin on wheels. In fact, it’s interesting that they call it the “Flex,” because every single line on … [Read more...] about Question Of The Day: What’s The Best Car You’d Never Buy?
Today’s Question of the Day is remarkably simple, but it took a reader suggestion to make it appear.Reader David J. wrote in this morning, stating TTAC is not short of opinions about cars. I would like to see each submitted state the car or truck, SUV, etc he or she owns or leases. Here’s a start for me: own a 2010 model Prius V and a 2014 Audi Q5.We know that some commenters are linked with certain cars (Davefromcalgary and his Verano 2.0T 6MT, CoreyDL and his Audi) but I’d be interested to see a snapshot of what everyone else drives.I’ll start: 2015 Mazda3 Sport. Previous cars are a 2003 Mazda Miata Shinsen, a 1998 Volvo V70 (5-speed manual) and a 1997 Miata in British Racing Green. … [Read more...] about Question Of The Day: What Do You Drive?
In the past, I’ve written these “Question of the Day” columns with an open-ended question in mind; a question that invites serious participation from you, the highly educated TTAC reader. Well, today, I’m going to try a different approach: I’m just going to tell you what I think, and hope you’ll agree with me. The topic is combination turn signal-brake lights, which are the stupidest thing that currently exists in the auto industry.Yes, folks, that’s right: stupider, even, than the Jeep Compass.For those of you who aren’t exactly sure what I’m talking about, allow me to explain myself. I’ll use the Chrysler 300 as an example, although it certainly isn’t the only offender.Here’s what happens: you get behind a Chrysler 300, and it’s slowing down, so the brake lights come on. Suddenly, the driver – who is undoubtedly trying to locate the Uber rider who hailed him – puts on the turn signal to make a … [Read more...] about Question Of The Day: Why Are Automakers Still Allowed to Use Combination Turn Signal Brake Lights?