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1997 Nissan Sentra GXE
Posted Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Nissan Sentra has been around for ages, and we felt that it would be nice to test drive an older one to see how they are still holding up. The answer is that after 10 years and 120,000 miles they are holding up as well as could be expected. They still aren't any fun. ...
 
In the Niche: (Part 2)
Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Allen: I spent all night working on this. Here's the list in order of importance to me: 1. Rear Wheel Drive (Limited Slip differential should be an option.) 2. 28 mpg (Preferably, a 4 cylinder) 3. Around or Under $25,000 4. Manual Transmission 5. Must be classified as a compact and have 2 doors. All of the other options I can live with. A Turbocharger would be a great option but is not necessary (See "F** Front Wheel Drives and you will get an idea of what makes a Turbo great.) You might be wondering at this point if any car like this ever existed? The answer is yes. Most cars produced up until the 1980s were rear wheel drive. The production of front wheel drives came into play in the mid-1980s due to cost. They can produce a front wheel drive compact cheaper then a rear...
 
Garage: 1992 Mazda Miata MX-5
Posted Tuesday, December 9, 2008

[caption id="attachment_332" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Miata MX5"][/caption] Shortly after the sale of the second (and sometimes first) love of my life the SV650, I was left with a horrible dilemma. What am I going to do without a second vehicle? My wife was nine months pregnant and was due literally ANY day. ANY day. Many people go through a period of time during moments when there just doesn't seem to be that much mental clarity. Sometimes it is after their kids go away to college, or sometimes it is when they are about to have kids. I did what any man going through one of these times does...I bought a Miata. That at least is what my wife tells me. I would rather say that the Miata is one of the single best handling cars to drive stock and as a result is likely one...
 
Toyota AE86 Corolla GTS
Posted Monday, December 3, 2007

We test out an AE86 coupe in the canyons of Arizona. This being the first time that either of us have driven this car with any real intention, we quickly find out what all of the hype is about. With a small 1.6 liter engine, and a fully tuned suspension this car manages to make short work of the canyons....
 
BMW 1 Series
Posted Thursday, October 18, 2007

BMW 1 Series: On sale in the spring of 2008, the 1 Series Coupe will be available in two versions; the 128i and the 135i. Powered by a 3.0-liter, 230 horsepower inline 6-cyinder engine that generates 200 lb-ft of torque, the 128i Coupe will feature Valvetronic valvetrain management and aluminum/magnesium construction—core elements of BMW’s EfficientDynamics. The powerful 135i Coupe features BMW’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower and an incredible 300 lb-ft of torque from as low as 1,400 rpm. With its direct piezo gasoline injectors, twin low-mass turbochargers and air-to-air intercooling, optimum performance and economy is achieved with no loss in engine response. For the 135i Coupe, acceleration from 0-62 mph is accomplished in...
 
2008 CBR1000RR (Plus my Experience on an earlier Model)
Posted Monday, October 22, 2007

"In 2008 Honda reinforces a long-standing legacy of creating breathtaking breakthroughs in the liter bike class. The all-new CBR1000RR establishes a higher standard for weight reduction and compact, centralized mass to produce the pinnacle of sportbike performance and rideability." Allen: I bet you're wondering, why post about a motorcycle (maybe not)? We at 62mph like to review all thing motorized. I'd put a post about a go-ped if it could do 200 mph, but mostly because both Austin and I ride. This is a gorgeous motorcycle. I picked the color for the picture that I liked but there are many options including a black/ metallic gray combo that will cost you extra because only 500 are going to be produced. I can only imagine that this bike like its predecessor packs some serious...
 
In The Niche - Motorcycles
Posted Thursday, November 8, 2007

If you have been following any of the blogs up to this point you know I'm very particular about what I like. It doesn't mean that I don't like other motorcycles or cars that don't meet particular requirements. For instance, I really like the Mini Cooper even though it is front wheel drive it is rated in my top ten out of all the cars I have driven. It is that I have high regard for vehicles that meet my stringent requirements. In other words they are perfect for me. I thought I would write this one on some motorcycles that I find meet my requirements. First off is the best motorcycle that I have ever ridden. The Suzuki SV650. This bike is the most versatile, under rated and all around great bike on the planet. They make everything for them. I'm not joking about that either....
 
The Right Reasons To Buy Hybrid. (My Reason - TORQUE)
Posted Thursday, December 6, 2007

I've talked to a few people who own hybrid cars purchased right from the factory. Their main reason for the purchase is gas mileage. That is one reason to buy hybrid, but it may not be the best reason.The biggest and best reason to buy a Hybrid is emissions. Hybrids don't run while stopped or even under hard accelerations in the city, this fact alone reduces emissions tremendously. If you own a Hybrid it should make you feel good to know that you are polluting this planet far less than 90% of the vehicles on the road today. If you know me, you know I don't like things that are slow and don't preform. You're probably thinking, "Why write the article, then?" (I know Austin is). Let me tell you my main reason why I would buy a hybrid. As much as I care about my children being able...
 
Cars with Heritage - The Chevy Corvette
Posted Tuesday, December 18, 2007

There is not a vehicle that I can think of that is more iconic then the Chevy Corvette. When I look at a Corvette I see the red, white and blue. The car symbolizes American history almost as much as the Statue of Liberty and is recognized through out the world. It is an engineering masterpiece that General Motors spares no expense on, and it is truly one of best vehicles available for the price. I really have never met a person who didn't know what the Corvette was or looked like. I've known about it since I was five years old, because my first Hot Wheels cars were a '76 Sting Ray Corvette and an '87 Corvette, and I loved both of those little cars. The Corvette was first release in 1953 and was a far cry from the performance driven car of today. It came equiped with a...
 
How To Inspect a Used Car For Purchase
Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2009

If you are ready to test drive and look at the car, I'm going to assume you already talked about the title (No leins, No salvage) and that you have done your homework on the car (dependability, common problems, major maintenance concerns).  I always want to recommend to people to take a car you are serious about to a good and trusted mechanic, but I know some times you don't have one or one is not available when you are looking.  These are guidelines and by no means am I to be held responsible for you buying a lemon.  With that said, now it is the time to check the car out for any major mechanical problems.  If you are doing this at night bring a flashlight. Make sure the car is placed in an open place where you can walk around the vehicle.  If possible make sure the car has not...
 
2009 Mazda 6
Posted Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Have you seen the new Mazda 6, I mean really stopped to take a look it?  It is absolutely sexy.  In fact, it is redefining the word, it's "sixy". The beautiful body lines curve and shape with every aspect of the car.  The wheel arches are complimented by defined but not too intrusive wheel flares.  Then the line that flows the length of the body right to the very edge of the trunk lid gives the illusion of a spoiler which only seems to add to the enjoyment for my eyes.  Every body line on the car never seems to end, they are continuously flowing and always avoiding the piercing headlights.  Those shapely headlights that could cut through the darkness and illuminate the world in its darkest hour.  It is absolutely "sixy". One might expect this vehicle to be lacking on...
 
Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Posted Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I had to put a post on the upcoming Genesis Coupe (GC).  This has been a long anticipated car for me and a step in the right direction for Hyundai.  There are simply not enough affordable rear-wheel-drive sport coupes on the market today. Plus, if Hyundai can make one why can't other companies like Toyota (That is my shameless request for Toyota to come out with a new sports car.) The Genesis Coupe has the combination of looks that are reminiscent of Hyundai's no longer produced 2008 Tiburon,  but the GC has a more ominous feel.  It has the looks of a bee.  They look cool but you really don't want to be messing with it our you might get stung.  Stung by what though?  Hyundai is know for economic cars and low horsepower engines. <img class="alignnone...
 
Firebird Open Drift
Posted Monday, August 11, 2008

We showed up at an open drift event to see the local scene and run Allen's Corolla through it's paces. ...
 
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X launched in Japan
Posted Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The highly anticipated Lancer EVO x (10) is now for sale in Japan. Its bigger and a little softer, but should still be a whole lot of fun. I am really psyched about driving this. I am eager to pair it up against the new STI. "The development goal for the new Lancer Evolution X was to make the car as fast as possible, while also making it as safe to drive as possible. To that end Lancer Evolution X is loaded with the very latest in automotive engineering technology, including the S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) vehicle dynamics control system and the newly developed, power-efficient Twin Clutch SST (Sport Shift Transmission)." The new EVO will have a 2.0L turbo-charged engine with 311 ft-lbs of torque at 3500 rpm. Mitsubishi claims that the new EVO X has "more power over the...
 
2009 Nissan GT-R Specs
Posted Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Finally after a long wait, the official images have been release of the 2009 Nissan GT-R. The long awaited supercar is believed to have a 3.8L V6 pushing around 450 horsepower to all four wheels although official specs will not be announced until the Tokyo Auto Show. According to Nissan the GT-R will have a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds and can complete the 1/4 mile in only 11.7 seconds. This makes for one freaking fast car. I think that I like the other versions of the GT-R better in terms of looks but we will be excited to drive it when we can. The Skyline was always known for it's raw power wrapped in a very simple interior. It seems like this one has gotten prettied up a bit and they are looking to compete with the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo. We will certainly have a full...
 
Audi Announces New TDI Initiative
Posted Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Audi is launching its TDI initiative on the North American market. As early as next year, Audi will be putting the cleanest diesel engine in the world into production in the USA virtually in parallel to its launch in Europe: the 3.0 TDI with ultra-low emission system will initially be available for the Audi Q7, and later for the new Audi A4 too. Audi has been expanding steadily in the USA for many years now, and sees the market as holding high potential for its cutting-edge TDI engines. The low-sulphur fuel required for the engines’ operation was introduced throughout the country a year ago, paving the way for the initiative to begin. According to calculations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United States could save 1.4 million barrels of crude oil every day if...
 
Chevrolet Launches World's Largest Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Fleet...AGAIN
Posted Thursday, October 18, 2007

LOS ANGELES / NEW YORK – Chevrolet fuel cell electric vehicles will be seen on the streets and driveways of Los Angeles, New York City and Washington D.C., beginning today, in the largest market test ever of its kind. Customers in suburban Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C. will begin driving more than 100 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell electric vehicles as part of a comprehensive deployment plan dubbed “Project Driveway.” It constitutes the first large-scale market test of fuel cell electric vehicles anywhere. A variety of drivers – from regular families to celebrities – will have free use of an Equinox Fuel Cell electric vehicle and the hydrogen fuel it needs to make electricity onboard. The average family will get one of the vehicles for three months and be...
 
Volvo XC60 Concept
Posted Friday, October 19, 2007

Unveiling the XC60 Concept at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2007 was the climax of four months' intensive work at Volvo Cars Concept Centre. The centre is Volvo Cars' very own ‘inventors' workshop'. It includes eight different departments. The staff working in this centre are all specialists of different kinds, and they really know their stuff. The fabrication of the XC60 Concept had about 70 staff involved in working on it. From start to finish Laser equipment is used to cut hinge components in the sheet-metal workshop. There are about 30 or so metalworkers in this department. This time they have taken a V70 floorpan, then modified it as required for the XC60 Concept. The body sides and roof have been made from carbon fibre, of about the same thickness as the sheet metal...
 
Toyota Responds to Reliability Questions
Posted Friday, October 19, 2007

Consumer Reports recently released their 2007 Car Reliability Survey and Toyota did not have the same results that it had in the past. Toyota is known widely for its reliability, and like anyone who sets a benchmark, they are open to severe criticism whenever they start to slide even a little bit. Toyota released a statement today essentially saying, "We didn't do THAT bad." Honestly, Toyota, third place overall is not that good either, especially for a company known for it's reliability. Toyota Statement In Response To Consumer Reports' 2007 Car Reliability Survey "Torrance, CA- Toyota, Lexus and Scion models collectively led the industry with the greatest number of models, 17, ranked "Most Reliable" in this year's Consumer Reports Reliability Survey. With dozens of models from...
 
F** Front Wheel Drives!
Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007

FUN FRONT WHEEL DRIVES (I bet you weren't thinking FUN): Allen: Let me just preface this by saying I'm not a big fan of front wheel drive cars. This took quite a bit off internal fortitude to actually admit that there are a few front wheel drive cars that I actually like. Honestly, just two out of the many front wheel drive cars I have driven. Granted, there are probably others that are just as fun to drive as these but these I have driven and can vouch for. Also, these are the only one I have actually really, and I mean really, enjoyed driving. The first is, as you can tell from the picture, the Mini Cooper (S model shown.). This is like driving a go-kart. You look in the direction you want to go and it goes there. The one I drove wasn't even the S model so I can only...