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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. ...
 
The Man Sedan (part Austin)
Posted Monday, November 26, 2007

So I was reading Allen's post on "manly sedans" and the same thought kept popping into my mind, "Why are sedans so UNmanly?"I am a man and I think that sedans are great cars simply because they are more functional than a coupe. They can hold friends or family members, they are good for hauling stuff, and with a little creativity and sometimes help from a nice manufacturer, you can have LOADS of fun in them. I personally drive a 1997 Nissan Sentra. It is not a good sedan. It has 1.6 liters of dull permeating its bright green exterior. It is not a fun drive. While it is reliable, Allen was writing about was the funnest, most entertaining sedans, and its a hard sell. Generally speaking sedans are sold for their function, or their class, but not so much for their character. If...
 
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...
 
My Grown-Up Christmas List
Posted Monday, December 24, 2007

I was thinking on my way to work about what I would like to have if money was never an issue. Since it is the season for gifts we figured Austin and would write our Christmas lists out and explain why we want what we want. I believe most of the stuff on my list pertains to vehicles, speed or various things having to do with elements of this site. Allen: 1. A Red Rider Double Pump Action BB gun. Why? Duh, haven't you seen A Christmas Story? Besides I can shoot out tires on Austin's Sentra. And no, won't shoot my eye out. (Austin: I grew up with one of these. Good luck killing a bird with it. It's hard.) I'm not trying to kill a bird, just shoot out your tires... 2. This one is a triple whammy. A monster truck, Lotus Exige, and Toyota Prius. The Toyota Prius is for my sister...
 
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...
 
In the Niche: (Part 1)
Posted Monday, October 29, 2007

Allen: Where have all the rear wheel drive (RWD) economy sport compacts coupes gone (maybe this market is a little too specific)? Are they gone for good? If you haven't figured out by now I'm a big fan of oversteer and not the kind that involves your "good friend" the E-brake, Austin. I've been keeping up with concept cars that are being produced in the past few years in hopes that they will fill this "Niche market", like the Saturn Sky or Pontiac Solstice when they were still concepts. It turns out that GM decided to make them convertible roadsters, sadly. With the demise of the beloved Nissan 240sx in 1998 there has been nothing to fill the void. Nothing for me to hope to drive sideways and still get the 28 miles per gallon while cramming (And I do mean CRAM.) my family, friends,...
 
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...
 
Nissan GT-R Line-Up and Colors.
Posted Thursday, October 25, 2007

Ok, so it appears that everyone wants to know about the Nissan GT-R. It is by and far the most popular post so far on 62mph, so here is more of what everybody loves. The current Nissan GT-R line-up is going to consist of three(3) different models. And here they are according to Nissan. There will not be any performance difference between the three models. All three will have the VR38DETT 3.8 Liter Twin Turbo engine and 6 speed dual clutch transmission. There will be six available colors. Ultimate Metal Silver, Titanium Gray, Pearl white, Red, Dark Metal Gray, and Super Black. So that makes 5 out of 6 in the monochrome scale, and one color. GT-R (standard) Comes in Ultimate metal silver with a black interior. This will come with an optional Bose sound system. GT-R Premium...
 
My 240sx Suspension
Posted Thursday, November 1, 2007

Allen: I figured I would write a post about the suspension set-up in my 240sx. Suspension modification is one of those things that if done incorrectly can make your car handle worse. I spent several month researching on what I wanted to do. I chose the Whiteline suspension kit which can be purchased at www.pdm-racing.com (these guys are awesome! I've ordered other things from them than just my kit.). The reason I chose this kit was because it had been tried and tested on the 240sx (S13). It comes with lowering springs, adjustable sway-bars, and full polyurethane bushings. It is very labor intensive to replace all of the bushing on a 240sx or any car for that matter. It took me 11 hours with a lift, press and torch because some of the bushings could not be pressed out and had...
 
They're Grilling Me!
Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I've been noticing an increasing trend in some of the import cars.  The front end of the cars seem to be similar to a degree that I almost feel like manufacures are loosing thier individuallity. Four cars that I have come across with this trend are almost all of the Audis, Volkswagen Jetta, VO X, and unfortunately or fortunately, the Nissan GT-R.  Now I don't find the grille on the front of these vehicles to be ugly and in fact, I find that they make most of the vehicle have an more aggressive appearance.  It just irritates me that there is no originality.  I like choices.  Who doesn't?  I don't want to go halfway around the world and find a car that looks the same.  Granted, Volkswagen and Audi have a good excuse because they because they are like two siblings...
 
Nissan Rogue First Impressions
Posted Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Recently I won a free oil change from the local Nissan dealership in a free raffle at a nursing home. Normally I change my own oil, but it gave me a reason to hang out at the dealership for an hour and take a look at the new Nissan Rogue compact SUV. The Rogue has not been as well received by the critics as Nissan probably would have hoped, but the sales numbers are showing the the public loves it, and this is not surprising on both sides. The Rogue basically looks like a small Murano, which to me is a good thing. I would say that for its class it is the best looking small SUV/crossover out there. In comparison to the Toyota Rav4, Honda CRV, and Suzuki Grand Vitara the Rogue is a work of art. I am not crazy about the styling of any of these vehicles mostly due to their wide rear ends. The...
 
Drifter's Do it Sideways! (Why I like drifting.)
Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Drifting has become this rapidly growing racing sport around the world. There are national circuits for the United States as well as open drift days for the average driver to test his or her skills. But why is it so popular? What makes it better then just normal racing? Well I intend to tell you why I like it so much and I can only hope that most people who enjoy drifting will agree with me. First off let me explain what drifting is. Drifting is getting your car sideways or over steering it and doing it with style. What I mean by style is plenty of tire smoke and good angle. But that is not what makes drifting attractive to me. Drifting is attractive to me because it takes away the element of money (to an extent you still have to have some money for repairs, tires, etc.)....
 
Cars with Heritage (The Z)
Posted Wednesday, November 28, 2007

There are not very many Japanese cars with as long a running production history as the Z car. It has stayed a constant even though its Mothering company changing names from Datsun to Nissan. It even manged to survive the gas crunch and the few years that was removed from the market. The Datsun Z car was first produced in 1969 under the alias of the 240 Z. It came equipped with a straight six engine producing a whopping (I wouldn't hold your breath for this.) 151 horsepower (HP). It was designed to be an enthusiast car with only two seats on a RWD platform. It came equipped with disk brakes and a 4-wheel independent suspension. To complete the package, Datsun made the car with refined body lines and an extra long hood to house the extremely long straight six engine making it...
 
Suppressing my "URGE" to...
Posted Friday, December 7, 2007

I was glancing around the other night, in hopes of finding a concept car that would meet my profile. You know the rear wheel drive, lightweight, enthusiast's car I love so much, and guess what happened to appear. Something to spring life back into my hopes. Something that I could drive sideways and all I have to do is suppress my urge to... vomit. Nissan's concept the "URGE", has a lot going for it in my book but looks are not one of them. The silver and light blue offset by electric yellow is overwhelming to my senses and makes me almost want to cringe. Being the man that I am, I stuck with it and flipped to the specifications page that Nissan had. The Urge is designed for the video game era. It is intended to come complete with an X-Box and the steering wheel is suppose...
 
Yeah, I Saw One
Posted Sunday, March 2, 2008

I started a job recently in North Scottsdale. Yeah, its that Scottsdale, and its the rich area. It is in the air park where the elite, invitation only car club is housed. The one where you pay an arm and a leg to be able to rent crazy sports cars. It is about three miles away from where Barrett Jackson is held. Pretty much every day is an adventure in amazing cars, and this is just when I drive down the road. The first day I worked was the week of the Superbowl and everyone was out. I saw a Bentley Continental GTC, Lamborghini Murcielago, Ferrari F430 Spyder, Audi R8, Porsche GT3 RS, and others. This was day one. Yesterday I almost got in an accident as I was driving next to and, in effect, looking at at Maserati Quattroporte. The point is that I get to see a lot of cool cars...
 
The New Nissan 370Z
Posted Monday, December 1, 2008

I'm really excited about the new 370 Z car that is being produced and feel like Nissan has come full circle with this new Z. The new styling and major redesign of the chassis captures the references from every Z car, and glaringly so from the 240Z. But the new Z car has also capture its own unique styling that I can only describe as a contradictory "sharp-roundness" not found in any other vehicle except in the Nissan line-up (The New Maxima). The headlights and taillights sharply encase the roundness and flares of the wheel wells. The shortened rear of the car and sharper line of the rear hatch add to the meanness factor. But I can't forget about the inverted fangs in the grill that surprisingly add to the lines and aggressive stance of the car. In short, the car screams "Drive me...
 
How To Buy a Used Car
Posted Monday, December 8, 2008

I often look at new car prices and my guts start wrenching. $30,000 here, $60,000 there, $12,000 for a Chevy Aveo. I can't help but wonder, "seriously?" Why buy new when the price of the car is going to depreciate as much as 30% when driving it off of the lot? Then you have to pay for maintenance, tires, full insurance (cause it's new), and what  other accessories you need to have while you're paying it off. The simple solution is buy used. Keep in Mind The question you have to ask first when buying a used vehicle is what do you have budgeted for a vehicle? Keep in mind $1,000 is a minimum that you should have in reserve for repairs on the car the day after you purchase it, for any used car of any age. If can only spend around $5,000 then you should consider looking at cars costing...
 
Lexus IS vs. Infiniti G37 (Price:Power)
Posted Thursday, January 15, 2009

VS I like crunching numbers when it comes to cars.  Weight, torque and horsepower play a huge part of what I like about a car but it isn't the only thing.  Take the new 2009 Infiniti G37 sedan and the 2009 Lexus IS series cars, both battle the same luxury sport sedan market.  Here's a concise list of the specs for both.  Pay close attention to weight, horsepower, vehicle price and transmission options. Infiniti G37 Price: $33,250 (Base), $33,700 (Journey), $35,750 (AWD G37x), $34,250 (Sport 6spd Manual) Horsepower/Torque:  328 HP/269 ft-lbs Weight:  3,581 (Base), 3,590 (Journey), 3,791 (AWD), 3,615 (Sport) Wheel Base: 112.2 Inches Fuel Economy (City/Hwy): 18/26 (Base), 18/26 (Journey), 18/25 (AWD), 17/25 (Sport) Lexus IS Price: $32,325 (IS250), $36,605...
 
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...
 
2010 and 2009 Ford Flex
Posted Friday, February 6, 2009

If you bought the 2009 Ford Flex, I'm sorry to tell you that you may have missed out on a better Flex.  I could write some cheesy thing about how Ford is "Flex"ing its muscles with the 2010 Flex but I won't.  Ford is allowing a new option to be installed on the all-wheel-drive versions of its retro styled box....  Twin Turbos. That's right, twin - &%$@#  - turbos!  The EcoBoost engine will bump the standard 3.5L V-6 from 262 hp to a earth stopping 355 horsepower.  That is nearly a 100 horsepower increase!  This is the part where someone is suppose to mumble under their breath about how the fuel economy will suck...  Well the fuel economy drops from 19/24 (City/Highway) for the standard flex to 18/22.  That's not that bad at all for 355 freaking horsepower! Let...