Writer’s Rides

2013 Ford Mustang GT Base: Ridelust Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Domestic, Domestic Review, Domestic Rides, Featured, Ford, General, muscle cars, Mustang, Other, Rides, Writer's Rides by MrAngry | September 3rd, 2012 | 13 Responses |

2013 Ford Mustang GT Base

So here it is. The review that the Ford Motor Company doesn’t want you to read. This is the review where I detail why the new 2013 Mustang GT base model is the best performance bargain on the road today. If you do a search on the web you’ll notice that every Mustang GT currently reviewed comes equipped with the full premium and electronics package, navigation, as well as leather interior. This is all well and good, but it can also raise the price upwards of $10,000 if you’re not careful. However if you’re into all that techie stuff, then by all means go buck-wild and option your ‘Stang however you see fit. Me, I’m somewhat of a minimalist which is why I was so excited to get my hands on the car you see here. This is a 2013 Mustang GT base model in ingot silver. It was ordered with two options and two options only. Option 1: the track pack, which gets you the 3.73 torsion differential, the larger radiator and oil cooler from the BOSS 302, performance brake pads for the Brembo brakes, and some 19-inch wheels that are wrapped in sticky 255-series Pirelli tires. Option 2: the stellar Recaro seats from the BOSS 302 and Shelby GT500.

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The Great White Whale: 1992 Caprice Wagon

Posted in Car Reviews, Chevrolet, Domestic, Domestic Review, Domestic Rides, Featured, General, Rides, Writer's Rides by MrAngry | August 20th, 2012 | 4 Responses |

1992 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon

So here’s the deal. The other day I was cruising Craigslist looking for a used minivan to use as a beater car. You see I like having a car that I don’t care about, that I can park anywhere and more importantly that I can fit loads of stuff into. Back in the day I had a Mercury Villager and I loved that thing. However when I moved out to California I ditched it because I didn’t want to pay the shipping. Fast forward to 3 days ago when I spotted this thing – a 1992 Chevrolet Caprice wagon with the optional 350 cu in mill. The description simply said, “1992 Caprice Wagon, Grandma owned, 58,000 miles and in good shape”.

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Writer’s Rides, 2011 VW GTI

Posted in Car Buying, Volkswagen, Writer's Rides by Kurt Ernst | June 22nd, 2011 | 8 Responses |

2011 VW GTI

There’s been some changes in my garage lately, thanks in part to the economy but thanks also to changing vehicle needs. I sold the bike a few months back, and just last week I got rid of my 2006 Acura TSX and my 2006 Mazda MX-5. Of the two, it was much harder to see the MX-5 go. The car was, hands down, the best handling ride I’ve ever owned. As a weekend toy, it was second to none, and it never failed to put a smile on my face each and every time I got behind the wheel. It had its limitations, too, like doing track days without adding an expensive, heavy and less-than-elegant supplemental roll bar. If money were no object, I’d still have the MX-5 in my garage. Sadly, money is very much an object these days, and downsizing from three cars to two was as much about economic survival as it was about anything else. Read More…

No Doom for Zoom-Zoom

Posted in auto industry, Mazda, Writer's Rides by J D Stadler | May 23rd, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Controversial styling and "CamCord" bloat lead to lower sales?

A short while ago, there was a rumor that Mazda may kill off the Mazda6 due to low volume sales.  I can’t say I was surprised but the news definitely left me sad.  Actually, my first thought was literally “But what about the Shinari concept??!”  As many of you know, Mazda reps have since dispelled the rumor via several outlets and made it clear the 6 is here to stay.  *Whew* Those of us who are fans of “the driver’s alternative to Camry and Accord” felt like we dodged a bullet.  For me though, my love for the model wasn’t always so profound.  In fact, I downright loathed it.  So what happened?
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The First Car Blues

Posted in car modifications, FAIL / Funny, Honda, Writer's Rides by J D Stadler | February 25th, 2011 | 24 Responses |

Not my exact car, but close. Needs more rice.

[Kurt’s note: This article marks the official debut of Jen Stadler on RideLust. You’ve already read her stuff in the “Learning To Fly” article, and I think you’ll agree that she’s got a RideLust sense of humor. She’s another misfit with 5w30 in her veins, so please welcome her to the RideLust family.]

My retinas are still smoking, but my appetite finally came back from reading Mr Angry’s list of 30 Custom Cars from around the world. Unfortunately for me, I saw more than a few similarities between those chariots of fire and my own first set of wheels. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say many of those in my age group made dubious “modifications” to our cars in the name of coolness, so at least I wasn’t alone. The difference between, say, my parents’ generation and mine is that their Mustangs, GTOs, and Roadrunners still look awesome and fetch big money at Mecum; our Civics and Focuses? Not so much. Read on, to see what I mean. Read More…

Vehicular Highlights of 2010: Ridelust Style.

Ridelust End of Year

Over the past year both Kurt and myself have done our best to bring you guys the best that the automotive world has to offer. We’ve attended shows, reviewed loads of cars and have even managed to have a little fun along the way. The best part about what we do though are the emails, comments and feedback that we receive from our readers. For instance, if for some reason we stumble, we know damn well that you guys are going to nail us to the wall for it. Same goes if we have strong opinions about certain subject matters or if we throw some humor your way. Our goal is to make Ridelust.com a place where you guys can come, hangout and enjoy everything that the mechanized world has to offer and for 2011 I promise that it’s only going to get better. Below is quick listing of 5 of my favorite highlights from 2010… enjoy.
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RideLust Asks: What’s The Most Disappointing Car You’ve Ever Owned?

Posted in BMW, Car Buying, car modifications, Cars, General, New Cars, Reader Rides, Used Cars, Writer's Rides by Kurt Ernst | November 20th, 2010 | 10 Responses |

We’ve all been there before: as a kid, you get a new toy only to realize that it’s nowhere near as cool as it looked in the commercial, or maybe it doesn’t even survive from Christmas to New Years without breaking. Later in life, maybe you realize that the hot blonde exchange student you’ve been trying to close the deal with has personal hygiene issues, or breath that smells like rotting fish and ass. Maybe you work hard to join a country club, only to realize that every other member is a complete tool, and you’ve got nothing in common with any of them. No matter what the details, one thing is for sure: life will disappoint you.

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Why Mazda Got My Money

Posted in Mazda, New Cars, Writer's Rides by Dustin Driver | November 10th, 2010 | 7 Responses |

Yep, that's a manual in a minivan.

My family is extremely fortunate—this year we were able to afford a new car. We went with Mazda. Here’s why: Mazda has consistently shown that it cares about driving. You see, a lot of car manufacturers just focus on getting you from Point A to Point B. Mazda focuses on the drive.

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Winter Tires: Studs or Studless?

Posted in Mazda, Safety, Tires, Writer's Rides by Dustin Driver | November 4th, 2010 | 2 Responses |

My family and I recently left the snowless San Francisco Bay Area for the high desert of Central Oregon. We now reside in a winter wonderland where snow swirls down out of the sky and temperatures regularly drop below freezing. That means snow tires. In Oregon, we can legally run ice-shredding studded tires. But I picked up a set of studless Bridgestone Blizzaks. Why studless? They’re quiet, they don’t tear up the roads, and from what I discovered from my extensive research as a professional journalist, they grip almost as well as the studded beasts. I also have a front-wheel-drive car (Mazda Protege 5) that does well in inclement weather even when shod in summer rubber. What do you think? Studded or studless?

The Worst Car You’ve Ever Owned…

Posted in FAIL, Funny, Writer's Rides by MrAngry | October 12th, 2010 | 9 Responses |

Toyota Tercel

Ever had a car that you were totally embarrassed to own? I know I have and truth be told it’s not a wonderful experience. All of us out there in grown-up land have had our ups and downs in life. Sometimes they’re emotional, sometimes they’re financial, but for me… it was always auto related. My first job out of college was working for a print company in New York City. I had no money, lived in a rodent infested apartment in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and had no real car to speak of. At that time however my sister had this old busted up 1989 Toyota Tercel. It leaked oil, had rot holes in it the size of softballs and a blown exhaust that made it sound like a Messerschmitt 109 coming out of the clouds. It did however run and since it was free I had no choice but to take my rightful place behind the wheel. I actually remember taking it to a club once where the valet actually told me they wouldn’t put it in their lot and to park it on the street… yeah, it was that bad.
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