Sometimes, you really shouldn’t meet your heroes. That’s doubly true when your heroes happen to be cars.
Car people are insufferable nostalgists. It’s true! We glorify everything old and weird and full of character, but many times when we actually go to drive our motorized idols, they aren’t quite what we thought they’d be.
This is something I probably shouldn’t admit publicly, but I will anyway. I have a deep-seated, irrational fear of anything electrical under the hood of a car. I’m especially fucking terrified of the battery. But I can’t be the only one with an automotive phobia. Gather around, everyone. It’s time to be vulnerable.
Just a few days ago, we reported that General Motors had to stop sales on 60,000 crossovers because the labeled fuel economy ratings were wrong by one or two miles per gallon. And just last month, lovable losers Mitsubishi got in trouble for messing with tire pressures to get better MPG ratings, a few years ago…
Bumper stickers might be universally terrible, but which one is the most truly and extraordinarily bad?
Nothing ruins an automotive experience quite so badly as a horrible steering wheel.
Lately I’ve been met with blank stares from so-called “friends” when I explain that I’m seriously considering buying this one first-generation Toyota MR2 with a busted A/C, semi-functional headlights, an exhaust leak and a very rough interior, and maybe some questionable brakes (I’m not sure yet) because it runs like…
We live in an unprecedented time for cars, a time when the things we drive are faster and cleaner and safer and more advanced than they’ve ever been in history—a time with the fewest compromises. And the power gains we’ve seen in just the last few years have been just amazing.
I know this headline isn’t going to win me any friends, and I’m even a little surprised I’m writing this, but I’ve recently come to a realization: I haven’t had much fun in the recent 400+ horsepower cars I’ve driven.
There’s been an increase in talk about the Porsche Panamera lately because we’re on the verge of its second-generation replacement. And, most of this talk is about two things: hope that this new one looks better, and lots of complaining about how ugly the current one is. Well, everybody, you’re all wrong: the Panamera…
You’ve saved up some money. You’ve made peace with the spouse. Time to start a car project! Now, where do you start? With a bone-stock blank canvas or something pre-wrenched?
Last week, I asked you to tell me some of the coolest tips and tricks you’ve learned over your years of wrenching. Hundreds of readers contributed tons of great “wrenching hacks,” but here are some of my favorites.
While there’s a lot you can learn by reading automotive repair manuals, little “wrenching hacks” can make fixing cars a million times easier. What are the best tips and tricks you’ve got up your sleeve?
Not all car enthusiasts are born equal. Some grew up in a family of race car drivers, and some saved up for years to buy their first jalopy against their strict parents’ wishes. Whatever the case may be, we all arrived here somehow. My question for you is, what made you fall in love with the automobile?
Last week, I asked Jalopnik’s wrenchers to tell us about their worst, most embarrassing wrenching misdiagnoses. Here are the most pathetic cases of “Oh crap, that wasn’t actually the problem?”
The cars that car enthusiasts want and the cars that car companies have to build to remain in business seem to grow increasingly distant from each other, and that leads to a problem.
I always knew that it can be tough to get your car fixed by a reputable mechanic without any problems. I hadn’t realized it could get “bring a gun with you” bad.
One of the biggest nightmares in wrenching on cars is misdiagnosing faults. You spend hours and hours on what you are sure must be the problem, only to realize that you wasted an entire afternoon.