The Side Mirror Provides Safety

The under-appreciated side mirror, also known as the fender mirror, door mirror, or wing mirror, has been around literally before the automobile.  The first recorded side mirror was actually on a horse and buggy to be able to monitor what was happening behind the driver and to the side of the driver to avoid accidents. …

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The Shifter (Clutch) Is Crucial

Talk to any driving purist and they will tell you the only way to go with a transmission is with a manual transmission.  The combination of man, car and road combining as one is what driving is all about, or so the purist will tell you.  And no car part is as crucial in this…

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The Parts of a Tire

One of the least appreciated parts of your vehicle is the tire, and yet without them, where would we be?  Sitting in the driveway, that’s where!  So let’s take a look at the parts of a tire and maybe a little history about them. Oh heck, let’s do the history first.  Originally, tires consisted of…

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The Nubira Provides Reliability

 Some people think that the bigger the car, the better it’s put together, and the longer it’ll last. As a result, smaller cars are sometimes overlooked, or considered unreliable vehicles that will end up in a junk yard sooner rather than later. The Nubira is an example of a car that might be small in…

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The Nissan Z Cars: Japan’s Answer to Muscle Cars

The year was 1949.  The car was a 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, the first American “muscle car,” according to Car Digest, and who are we to argue.

What was a muscle car?  It was exactly as its name suggests, a lightweight car with a whole lot of muscle, usually a powerful engine capable of taking on all competition in a street drag.  They were quite popular in the United States during the 1950s, 1960, and even early 1970s.  Then the oil embargo hit, and the new hot words were “economical” and “fuel-efficiency,” and the muscle cars disappeared from the American roads.

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The Mercedes-Benz 2011 R-Class

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but a small number of people who observed the first 2005 Mercedes-Benz R-class said it was a work of art. Designers constructed a curious creation by combining a sharp, pointed nose similar to the 2002 F400 concept model to what looked something like an extended SUV.…

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The Mercedes M-Class 2012

2012 has brought minor changes to the Mercedes M-Class for one good reason: why would you want to mess with a good thing? This very popular mid-size SUV had already established a nice niche in the market despite its price tag and the makers of Mercedes decided for 2012 they were just going to tweak…

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The Lexus SC Series Lacks Feng Shui

Lexus entered the world of personal luxury coupes with the introduction of the Lexus SC Series in 1992.  At that time they introduced the Lexus SC 400 and it promptly garnered Motor Trend’s Import Car of the Year award as well as making Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best List for 1992.  By anyone’s standards…

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