2002 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG: 2200 miles in 10 days; reckon that has bedded in the new trans! Sep15

2002 Mercedes-Benz E...

As per this little film, when I acquired the E55 it needed a new transmission. The shop, Wincos in San Francisco whom I can thoroughly recommend, offered a 90 day guarantee with it. The trans was used, so I enquired as to the mileage. Since asking this seemed to be the most amusing thing Mr...

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Impressive, futuristic without being intimidating, but above all really, really good at everything. Your writer tends to brainstorm recollections of a car after he has experienced it, and usually it takes time to reach a conclusion. Not so with the C450. My experience began inside a...

Alea Jacta Est: the coming of the E55, and the departure of the Stinky Subaru Aug30

Alea Jacta Est: the ...

So said Caesar, crossing the Rubicon. By crossing this tributary of the Tiber, Caesar had committed an act of war; he was massively out numbered by Pompey, and looked unlikely to win the coming civil war. But he rolled the dice anyway – and today, we know him because of it. What does...

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First published on autoshopper.com on July 15 2013, worthy of a rerun since the Honda has just left us Since publishing this, I discovered James Ruppert is still using the Bangernomics handle I remember from my teenage years – imitation sincerest form of flattery etc In this culture of...

Hello, 2016 Ford Fiesta ST; Goodbye, 1996 Honda Civic Jul26

Hello, 2016 Ford Fie...

42 miles: Pick up, at a Starbucks in Redwood City. We met them there to minimize the miles driven by someone other than me. Handbook recommends no running in period. I set a 4k rev limit 82 miles: Noted a “birth mark” paint blemish in the hood. Probably picked it up sitting in...

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With efficient high top European-style vans finally making it to the US, it is relevant to examine the state of the technology. This effort is badged as a Renault, and while that name might be unfamiliar to many Americans, the company is Nissan in the US. Renault has a heritage similar to...

Toyota CH-R vs. BMW ...

Since this pair were experienced in close proximity, and are similarly priced, it seemed sensible to speak about them in the same piece. On the face of it, a hipster crossover from a mainstream maker, and a small van from a premium maker do not warrant meaningful comparison: however, each...

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The 2013 Focus ST is a new model for US customers, and a replacement for a well-loved – and quite big selling – European Focus ST. The comparison is important, since Ford says that European and US spec Focus ST are to be the same; indeed, in the spirit of the original Taurus SHO, only a 6...

The Cars Shine At Alfa Romeo’s Un-Museum Apr28

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(First published on Autoshopper in Nov 2015) Above:The Alfa Carabo concept of 1968 A stroke of luck allowed a recent visit to the recently re-opened Alfa-Romeo museum, located just on the outskirts of Milan, in Arese, near the site of the now-demolished old factory. The environment is...

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Shadowing parent Hyundai, Kia has been steadily developing their brand in recent years, and offerings such as the Optima and Soul have been impressive when tested. The bottom line seems to be that Kia offers the same as Honda or Toyota, but at a better price. With prices starting at $54k, Kia...