We can’t help it: sometimes we just hate certain cars. It could be because of the way they look, drive or how they were made. This can happen despite the badge it wears on its nose.
Chewing gum, zip-ties, cardboard and beer cans: what do all these things have in common? Why, they’re all useful in desperate car repairs, of course!
I was on Craiglsist, as I spend much of my time these days, the other night when I came across language that troubled me deeply. (And no, I wasn’t on the part of Craigslist where you find someone to hurl sexual insults at while they clean your apartment for free. I already got someone for that this month.)
Say you’re driving around on a backroad somewhere and suddenly something in your car breaks. A check engine light comes on. You pull over. You don’t have a toolkit with you. There’s no cell service. Or it was that scary time before cell phones. What then?
There are certain things in life you shouldn’t cut corners on. Surgery comes to mind. Tattoos: another good answer. Absolutely for toilet paper and sushi. But you don’t need to pay top dollar for some of the things for your car.
Through general agreement, us Jalops came together yesterday and decided that tires are one thing that you should definitely not go cheap on. This makes sense, as they are the only bit of the car that touches the road. You don’t have to go tippy-top shelf, but you probably shouldn’t be buying a set for 50 bucks,…
Most of the time, the extent of my talking about cars with casual friends is, “Yes, I travel places and drive cars for a job.” Outside of your little circle of enthusiast friends, people often get bored when you get too into talking about your passions. That’s an unfortunate thing.
It’s easy to get lost in the appeal of a convertible. The wind in your hair, the openness of the experience and the smell of the fresh air are all tantalizing possibilities when you put the top down. Of course, it’s not always all sunshine and smiles.
Summer is in full swing and there’s no better way to enjoy it than with the top down in a convertible. Enjoying the warm and sun-filled winds as they tangle your hair into a wild and carefree rats’ nest is a thrill unique to rag tops.
Laws are designed to keep the peace, maintain order and establish safety in a society. Sounds good. But sometimes the laws are so illogical that they make no sense at all.
Today, I became aware of the Suzuki Boosterjet, Suzuki’s name for its line of small, direct-injection turbocharged gasoline engines, first a 1.4 liter last year and now a 1.0. Unquestionably, it’s a wonderful name. But is it the best?
Help me out here, pals. While I love my co-workers here on the USS Jalopnuts, it has come to my attention that at least two of my co-workers are drooling simpletons who can’t wrap their puny, moist, palpitating brains around the idea that the front-mid engine layout is a thing. They’re idiots, right?
A couple summers ago on a road trip through California, I came across an intersection that had a street with my last name, and also gave me an empire. Because I have an insatiable appetite for dumb coincidences, I got a photo of me standing next to the sign. With this new website Crossing.us, I can now find every…
Because laws are written by people and people are oftentimes strange, it’s of no surprise that the laws themselves can be weird. Especially automotive law. Holy shit do some of them make no sense!
Our cars are our metal babies. We pour so much time, effort and love into them to make them run smoothly. We spend sleepless nights fixing them up. We become well-acquainted with sunrises.
Well all know that automotive awards are bullshit, and the newest list to make the rounds is the Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. Some of the winners are predictable while other are surprising, but it does raise an interesting question, what car gave you the most satisfaction?
A set of wheels can make or break a car’s looks. The wheels actually take up a pretty decent percentage of a car’s side profile, especially if they are big and the car is sleek. Which is why it’s extremely important to make sure they look good. How do we feel about these?
“Yeah!” you think one day. “I’ll do it myself! I’ll replace the whole front end! Then I’ll drop in a new engine. And then get to the bottom of that electrical gremlin that’s been triggering my windshield wipers on odd-numbered days.”
Having your car die on you is a pretty major inconvenience. Having it die in a place where it’s nightmarishly difficult to pull over or fix it is even worse. Quite a few of you have had this happen. I’m so sorry.