How new does a car have to be for you to consider it a "new car"?

What qualifies as a "new car" varies greatly depending on who you ask. Some people think a car becomes "old" as soon as it is no longer showroom fresh. A former co-worker of mine who restored Model-Ts used to tell me he didn't care much for "newer cars" like my 54 year old Plymouth Belvedere. This weekend we want to… »8/27/11 5:00pm8/27/11 5:00pm

Junkyard Build Quality Challenge, Door Panel Edition: USA vs Germany vs Japan!

Those of you who read my posts about easy Honda speedometer replacement and hellish Ford window regulator replacement know my oft-repeated rants about German over-complexity, Detroit quality corner-cutting, and Japanese cheap-but-well-thought-out engineering. Where do I get my facts? The junkyard! »12/13/09 11:30pm12/13/09 11:30pm