Josh writes: I’ve asked you a few questions over the years, and the answers have always been excellent. Well now… I’ve yet another: about a month ago I picked up a rather humble ’99 Fleet Car White Saturn SL1. Despite an intermittent “Service Engine Soon” idiot light (which I suspected to be the typical rather crusty EGR valve, and was right), rear power windows I was warned by the owner “to not put them down,” it was clean overall, had traveled only 110k miles in its lifetime, and was a one-owner car. I paid the sum of $1,100 cash money and became the proud new owner. It has four new tires (that match!), doesn’t piss any of its fluids or smoke, and has cold air conditioning. And three cheers for damned near 40 mpg. On to my question: when the engine idles, it sounds “squeaky.” Not squeally, like belt squeal… but squeaky. And it’s more than just a squeak when it idles, it’s present while driving. I can … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: Saturn Squeaks for a New Serpentine Belt?
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In car reviews, recounting how much “better” the Korean automakers are than they were in decades past has become painfully cliché. It doesn’t need to be said that Hyundai and Kia make world-class cars these days and have for some time, except in one area: performance. This is what the 2018 Kia Stinger GT aims to change. The Stinger is a sport sedan, from Kia, benchmarked against and aimed directly at the Germans for a lot cheaper. From... Kia. The idea of a performance-focused, rear-wheel drive sedan with a 365 horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine, Brembo brakes and an adaptive suspension that does zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, a car that can be had for the fraction of the price of a BMW 340i—all while wearing a Kia badge—is audacious. Arrogant, even. So what if it makes decent compacts and minivans; how dare Kia think it can do this?, a skeptic may wonder, and understandably so. This is a brand that once competed with Geo and Daihatsu, and now it wants … [Read more...] about The 2018 Kia Stinger GT Is The Real Deal
There’s a strong case to be made that the Ferrari 488 Spider is the single greatest modern automobile for sale in all the world.No, it does not ride with the minx-fur plushness of a Rolls-Royce Phantom. No, it does not brim with the cutting-edge electronic gizmos you’ll find in, say, a BMW 750i. It is not as fast as a few ultra-exotic supercars. And it costs … well, a bit more than a new Honda Accord. That said, after spending a week behind the wheel of this Italian marvel, I cannot think of another car that, in one package, combines such beauty, speed, refinement, comfort, quality, livability, character, and sheer sex appeal as the 488. Being able to open the cockpit to the world outside at the touch of the button is simply a bravura encore to this Ferrari’s already majestic performance—as if to say, “You think that was great, now try it with the sun shining through your hair.”The test car arrived dressed in a historical color first seen on … [Read more...] about One Week With: 2018 Ferrari 488 Spider
“The Tesla Model S was a moment. The Model 3 is a product.” That pair of sentences perfectly summarized the several hours we spent last month with the 2018 Tesla Model 3 kindly loaned to us by reader Jeff Southern of Atlanta. We’d covered more than 100 miles on a variety of highways, back roads, and suburban stop-and-go arterials, testing everything from full-on acceleration to cruise control, on routes from straight-ahead six-lane Interstates to twisty mountain back roads. The Tesla Model 3 turns out to be better, in some ways, than its advance press made us fear. Breathless reviews about its amazing abilities led our group of experienced auto reviewers to fear the effects of blinders, hyperbole, or naivete. CHECK OUT: 2018 Tesla Model 3 - full review Our drive reassured us. The Model 3 is an eminently competent electric car that should make owners happy. If the company can fix what appear to be major quality problems, that is. But times have changed, and the Model 3 … [Read more...] about 2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range: first drive review of 310-mile electric car
The Kia Stinger ignites passionate debate like few other cars we’ve driven at CarAdvice. With a big engine up front, loads of space in the middle and power going to the rear, there was no shortage of hype. As soon as it arrived in Australia, we knew we wanted to buy one. Here it is, resplendent in Hichroma Red. Think of this as a rolling logbook, a little window into life with the cars in the CarAdvice stable. You’ll find the most recent entries at the top, and the older instalments at the bottom. Expect to see monthly updates from here on out. They might be longer, more in-depth breakdowns of specific trips, or sentence-long snapshots of foibles that have popped up. Let us know if you have questions about the cars and we’ll try to answer them. Most of all, enjoy! THE BASICS 2017 Kia Stinger 330Si Purchase date: October 2017 Price paid: $60,985 Odometer (06/03/18): 11,300km Options, Modifications Service costs Interval: 10,000km (car … [Read more...] about Cars We Own: 2017 Kia Stinger 330Si diary