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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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
The Huracan Spyder is the best regular production car that Lamborghini has ever made. When it comes to design and coherent functionality, it even bests its fraternal twin, the Audi R8. I've driven every major Murcielago/Gallardo and Aventador/Huracan variant released in the last dozen years. Those models were all fast and fun and outrageous, as Lamborghinis must be. Yet there has always been a "but." Advertisement - Continue Reading Below But I can't see out the back of the damn thing. But this transmission is asinine. But the Gallardo plows like a potato farmer. After spending the better part of a week with the brand-new topless version of the Huracan, I couldn't find a conditional "but." Every piece on this machine is worthy of its $262,000 price tag, every element props up its mandate to endlessly entertain the driver and passenger—and anybody else in its visual and aural vicinity.Road & Track's first drive of the Spyder was in Miami, a place not known for great curving … [Read more...] about Lamborghini Finally Got Everything Perfect With the Huracan Spyder
Market research never created a great car. No one asked GM to build a Corvette or Ford a Mustang. The engineers and entrepreneurs who made cars that changed the world—Ettore Bugatti and Ferdinand Porsche, Henry Royce and Andre Citroën, to name but a few—built what they knew was right, not something shaped by the opinions of others. So what, then, are we to make of the 2019 Ferrari Portofino, the most market-researched Ferrari in history?Deep breath … the Portofino is not a great Ferrari. Maranello’s newest GT joins a lineup that includes both the scintillating 488 GTB, our 2017 Best Driver’s Car, and the spectacular 812 Superfast, and it’s competing with a back catalog crammed with glories such as the 275 GTB and the Enzo. Viewed in that context, the Portofino is simply a very good Ferrari. Faint praise be damned: It’s the perfect Ferrari for those who want a fast and elegant, refined and luxuriously equipped 21st century gran turismo they … [Read more...] about 2019 Ferrari Portofino First Drive: The Everyday Ferrari
After more than 30,000 miles with our long-term 2016 Nissan Titan Crew Cab XD Pro-4X with the available 5.0-liter Cummins turbodiesel V-8, we have developed a love-hate relationship with the big yellow truck. In most cases the Titan XD proved useful, but we did find some capability shortcomings and a few ongoing issues.The 2016 Nissan Titan XD represents the first attempt by a non-American automaker to offer a full-size pickup larger than a half-ton. With the realization that a niche market segment exists between the traditional light-duty half-ton and heavy-duty three-quarter-ton pickups, Nissan aimed for something in between. The automaker benchmarked 10-year-old domestic three-quarter-ton pickups for the (unofficially called) eXtra Duty Titan. Unfortunately, modern half-ton pickups have already surpassed that benchmark—at least in payload capacity.In our third Titan XD update, associate editor Scott Evans compared the Titan’s payload specs to the midsize Chevrolet … [Read more...] about 2016 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Diesel Long-Term Verdict