Sam writes: I have a 2015 Hyundai Elantra SE. It has 25,000 miles and serves its purpose of a street parked commuter car that is comfortable enough for the occasional 600-mile round trip on weekends. The only real issue I have with the car is the cheap-car torsion beam rear suspension. Over large bumps on one side of the car the rear of the car feels like it oscillates extremely in each direction. In a straight line it is controllable but I worry that in a off ramp taken a little too fast that a unseen bump could actually upset the car enough to lose control (or surprise a fiancé who is used to the handling of a 200S). The 2007 Honda Fit and 2015 Chevy Volt I drove I believe have similar setups but didn’t feel at all like this, and neither did the 2011 Crown Victoria I drove. I’ve read online that some aftermarket replacement shocks would help with this. Is this really the case? Would a lighter set of wheels also help? Sajeev answers: Of course the Crown Vic … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: Torsion Beam Bump Steer Solutions?
Kia Ceed launched with new ‘GT-Line’ specification Strengthening the appeal of Kia’s new mid-size family car range, the new Ceed ‘GT-Line’ is available on every variant of the new Ceed, including the five-door hatchback and Ceed Sportswagon. The new shooting brake bodystyle of the ProCeed is sold as standard in ‘GT-Line’ specification. Drawing inspiration from Kia’s new high-powered Ceed and ProCeed GT models, all three ‘GT-Line’ models offers a high level of versatility, turbocharged engines and engaging handling, topped with a sporty new look inside and out. The Ceed ‘GT-Line’ is available with a choice of powertrains: Kia’s 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engines, or Kia’s 1.6-litre ‘Smartstream’ CRDi (Common-Rail Direct injection) diesel engine. The downsized range of powertrains contribute to the car’s agile handling characteristics. Emilio … [Read more...] about The Kia Ceed GT Line Is The Solution For Those That Want To Look Fast But Go Slow @ Top Speed
2018 Volkswagen GTI S 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, DOHC (220 hp @ 4700 rpm, 258 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm)Six-speed manual transmission, front-wheel drive25 city / 33 highway / 28 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)27.4 (observed mileage, MPG)Base Price: $27,265As Tested: $27,265Prices include $850 freight charge. Depending on how pedantic you feel like being, one can argue that the original Volkswagen GTI was not the first hot hatch. Alec Issigonis, with the revolutionary Mini, clearly inspired Volkswagen to move to the space-saving front-engine, front-drive, two-box form factor, even though the Austin/Morris original never had a true hatchback. No matter. Whatever the lineage, there’s no arguing that keeping mechanical bits in a separate box from the fleshy bits can yield impressive room from a small car. My personal fleet reflects my typical suburban middle-class life — a minivan, a body-on-frame midsize SUV, and a midlife crisis disguising itself as a roadster-shaped shelf in … [Read more...] about 2018 Volkswagen GTI S Review – The One-car Solution
Four-wheel steering is employed by manufacturers when they want to improve the stability of a car at higher speeds, or its manoeuvrability at lower speeds. As the name suggests, the concept involves steering the wheels of both axles. There are two types of four-wheel steering in the automotive market. The first is active four-wheel steering, which involves electronically or mechanically steering the rear wheels to achieve the desired effect. The other, often called 'passive rear-wheel steering', uses special bushings and suspension components to slightly alter the direction of the back wheels in certain conditions. This less costly and complicated solution can deliver several benefits but, compared to active set-ups, is far more limited in terms of what it can achieve. Active four-wheel steering When the car is travelling at higher speeds, however, the rear wheels will turn in the same direction as the front wheels. This improves stability, as the car doesn't yaw as much, which makes … [Read more...] about What is four-wheel steering? PH Explains
Tweet TweetNot the most fortunate moments for some of the buyers of the F30 BMW 3 Series. Community forums seem to be crowding up with people complaining. Only one issue seems to crop up across the platforms at bimmerpost, f30post, e90post and bimmerfest as well, which is an unpleasant vibration. F30 BMW 3 Series According to most reports, the F30 3 Series owners say this occurs at any speed above 35 mph (~57 km/h) and upon immediate search, solutions don’t exist. Some blame the steering rack, others think the fault is in the suspension whereas some even consider it to be the lack of active steering or plain randomness. F30 BMW 3 Series It should be worth mentioning that the situation isn’t dangerous or even highly unpleasant. Even so, the beautifully designed engineering package is a bit spoiled when it comes to driving by this vibration. Owners are typically annoyed by the situation, some of which have already gotten their cars replaced by dealers because of this exact … [Read more...] about F30 BMW 3 Series Steering Wheel Vibration