Unless you’re driving an R31 Nissan Skyline, you’ve probably lost your car in a parking lot before. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. My 1996 Toyota Camry is one of the most common cars ever made so I lost it on an almost daily basis until I installed a big, dumb ol’ roof rack on it.
Driver’s Ed: the gateway through which every driver must pass in order to reach the holy land of driving. You hope that Driver’s Ed will pass by uneventfully, because nothing is worse than prolonging the process of getting your driver’s license.
It’s easy to look back on cars of years past and say, “Wow, things were just better back then,” simply because memory is grounded in perception, which is imperfect. Of course things seem better in the past: we selectively remember the good parts. But what about now?
Everyone has a collection of accessories that forever reside in their car to make driving just a little easier. My daily driver is a 1996 Toyota Camry V6 LE. It has a cassette player and an AM/FM radio for entertainment. The antenna is currently missing from my car so my audio options are either silence or whatever…
It’s Friday the 13th, in October, which means things are getting spooky over here amongst the Jalopnik staff. (Actually, things aren’t much different than usual, just a little cold with autumn air rolling in.) But we got to talking about our scariest moments in a car, and figured we’d all have a big share session.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to a car show or meet and I encounter at least a dozen people gazing at the gleaming, state-of-the-art machines and shaking their heads. They reminisce fondly on days of fewer regulations, leaded gas or massive engine displacement. “They just don’t make them like they used…
To the people who dutifully fill up their tanks as soon as the needle hits a quarter-tank, I’m not talking to you. I’m talking to the adventurers who live dangerously close to the edge, who exist merely to play the great game of chance.
Searching for wildly depreciated used luxury cars on the internet is a fun way to spend the hours between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. At that time, no one can hear you mumbling about Mercedes G-Wagens under your breath and questioning out loud to no one in particular if the entire electronics system is available for cheap on…
It is a game that every single driver has played at least once: the Oh, Damn My Fuel Light Is On; Let Me See How Far I Get It To The Next Gas Station game. It’s a very fun game with very real consequences!
Car design evolves to fit both the aesthetic of the age and road regulations. Things like safety and aerodynamics play a part in how a car looks. Other times, a car’s layout is what, hopefully, designers think will be most helpful and look the best for customers. Problem is, they don’t always stick the landing.
All cars have to adhere to regulations and be structurally sound, safe and meet a whole host of other checklist items that I can’t even begin to imagine. Then car designers have to take all of those rules, apply them to a car and then also somehow figure out how to make the car pretty. It doesn’t sound easy.
It’s kind of funny how lifeless hunks of metal can become such large parts of our lives. Maybe it’s because we spend so much time around cars, we can’t help but to integrate ourselves with them. And because most of us are social animals, of course some aspects of our relationships have been directly impacted by cars.
4K “Ultra HD” video resolution is no longer new-fangled technology, so there should be plenty of cool car content that’s been made in this extra-sharp format by now. I’m hoping the Jalopnik commentariat can give myself and other TV owners some good ideas of what to watch.
Yes, cars are inanimate objects. They are not carbon-based life forms like we are. But that doesn’t change the fact that sometimes we perceive them as being alive. It doesn’t stop us from forming bonds with and through them.
Regardless of where you live, you have a neighbor working on something in their driveway or garage. I used to have a neighbor that used his 100-foot long driveway as a drag strip to test out his 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda at 2 a.m. After he was arrested, I got a new neighbor who is much more considerate.
Until personal teleportation devices are invented, rental cars will probably make up a fair chunk of the cars in traffic pretty much everywhere you go. And sometimes they’re vacations in and of themselves.
Just about everything Chrysler made from the late ‘70s to the mid ‘90s was based on the front-drive K-platform. The platform was used on sedans, wagons, coupes, vans, convertibles, trucks, and hatchbacks.
You’re in a new city for work or vacation and you need some wheels to get around. Time to hit the rental desk. Time to see what will be your chariot for the next few hours or days.
Yes, I am fully aware that far too many of us are far too reliant on GPS systems when we travel. Most people probably don’t even carry maps in their cars anymore. I know my parents don’t (haha). That said, these systems aren’t completely fail-proof.
In the Very Serious business of cars, there is no shortage of people and cultures that take themselves very seriously. Without jokes or smiles. Who are they?