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My Midlife Crisis, or Adventures in Audi Maintenance

Posted in Beater Cars, Car Buying, European, European Review by Dustin Driver | January 15th, 2015 | 1 Response |


Sure, it’s not really that bad as midlife crises go. I mean, yes, when I hit midlife I did switch jobs three times and got divorced, but that’s more the result of a constant and chronic whole-life crisis, not one of the midlife variety. No, my midlife crisis was automotive. My vehicular partners have all been Japanese and reliable and, literally, colorless (silver, beige, white, black, gray). I had owned my 2003 Mazda Protégé 5 for 10 long years. It was a fun, zippy, practical, economical car that could really do anything. But at 37 something snapped and I decided I needed more elegance, more power, more refinement. Enter the A4. Read More…

You’re Doing it Wrong: Trailer Fail

Posted in Beater Cars, Best of, Chevrolet, Dodge, Domestic Rides, FAIL, FAIL / Funny, Funny, Funny Videos, General, Other, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | January 10th, 2013 | Leave a Reply |

Truck Fail

Ever find it amazing how some people get through life? Take these two icons of society for example. They’re just two guys looking to make a buck by driving a fully loaded truck with no brakes or clutch onto a trailer. It appears however that they’ve failed to put any loading chocks underneath the trailers wheels, a mistake that unfortunately cost them dearly.


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Review: The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History

Posted in Beater Cars, Bizarre, Book Review, Death Wish, Yugo by Leigh | March 9th, 2011 | 6 Responses |

Yugo Girl!

Yugo Girl!

Today is Malcolm Bricklin’s 72nd birthday, and to celebrate this jubilant occasion, I am presenting my review of a book written about perhaps the most reviled of his infamous business exploits: the Yugo.

I recently had the pleasure of reading Jason Vuic’s “The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History.” And just so you know, I thought it was a total hoot. It’s been ages since I last found myself transfixed by a book, owing in no small part to the clever prose of Mr. Vuic and his obvious enthusiasm for the Yugo and its hilarious cast of supporting characters

The tale is peppered with anecdotes that will make you cackle gleefully in public and get the side-eye from old ladies on the train. It will inspire you to torture your coworkers with a relentless barrage of Yugo jokes. Your resulting revelry in everything Yugo will have phones hanging up on you, doors closed in your face. But, oh yes, it’s worth it.

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So That’s What A $1,500 Motorhome Looks Like

Posted in Beater Cars, FAIL, FAIL / Funny by Kurt Ernst | January 9th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

It was the low price that really sold Chet, but the state-of-the-art pop-up living area and authentically-distressed finish were nearly as impressive.

Source: That Will Buff Out

Ridelust Recap: Dustin’s Favorite Cars of 2010

2010 was a good year. The venerable Lancia Stratos came back from the grave. Jaguar built a car with two jet engines in it. The Mustang shaved its mullet and proved itself as a more-than-capable sports tourer. Chevy’s long-awaited Volt turned out to be pretty good. And Cadillac made the most bitchin’ station wagon ever. But my favorite cars this year didn’t make the glossy magazines. They won’t end up in posters plastered to 15-year-olds’ walls. They won’t be featured in Forza or GT5. They are, however, spectacular in every way imaginable. Here they are, in no particular order.

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Are You a Parking Lot Abuser?

Posted in Beater Cars, Bizarre, Cars, Crashes, General, Parking, Tips, Traffic by Corey | December 13th, 2010 | 10 Responses |

I was heading into the grocery store the other night when I saw something that made my jaw drop. A lady, apparently deciding that the cart-return was too far away, decided to give her shopping cart a solid heave… right through the sporadically parked cars in the back half of the lot.

The cart, as Wally-World carts often do, immediately hooked a left into oncoming traffic, causing a guy to slam on his brakes to avoid a collision. The lady, either too callous or too oblivious, pulled away with nary a glance at the narrowly avoided impact.

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Electric Beetle Goes Coast-to-Canadian-Coast

Posted in Beater Cars, Electric Cars, Electric Vehicles, Volkswagen by Dustin Driver | September 12th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

A team of students from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada have crossed the Great North in an electric ’71 VW Beetle. The Beetle was converted to electric by UBC Electric car club. It’s powered by a lithium-ion battery pack and driven by a three-phase A/C motor. The setup is good for a range of 185 miles at 60 miles per hour or 340 miles at 30 mph. It recharges in four hours. Not bad. Not bad at all. The team had a few snags, including a broken half shaft and a busted charger, but they crossed Canada in 14 days. I wonder if they’re selling the Bug. I totally dig it.

Source: Wired Autopia

Keeps You Cool In Summer And Warm In Winter

Posted in Beater Cars, FAIL, Funny, General, Pictures by Kurt Ernst | August 13th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Chet couldn’t understand why his stucco car siding business never took off.

Source: That Will Buff Out

Four Wheeling Isn’t Just For Off Road

Posted in 4x4, Beater Cars, Bizarre, Car Stunts, Crashes, Funny Videos, General, Off-Roading, Toyota, Videos by Kurt Ernst | August 12th, 2010 | 2 Responses |

Why spend hours tearing down interior walls with a ripping bar and a sledgehammer, when you can accomplish the same thing in minutes with an old Toyota 4wd pickup? It’s a whole lot more fun, and you aren’t likely to work up a sweat behind the wheel. If you have a snowplow for the truck, you can even handle the cleanup without any back-breaking labor.

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You Can Learn Anything On The Internet

Posted in Beater Cars, Bizarre, FAIL, Ford, Funny, General, Jeep, Used Cars by Kurt Ernst | August 10th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Jimbo was sure his self-taught bodywork skills would earn him fame and fortune someday.

Source: You Drive What?