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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....
 
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...
 
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...
 
Will the Lotus Never Wilt?
Posted Thursday, November 15, 2007

Of all of the cars out there; Of all of the news that I read; Of all of the gimmicky re-releases; there is one car that I never tire hearing about; the Lotus Elise. I feel like one of Odysseus' crew members from the Odyssey. The ones who get caught up with the lotus eaters and never want to leave. That is me. I am a lotus eater. I am high on the Lotus. I just cannot get enough of this stupid looking car, and they just keep getting better. The Elise premiered in 1995 at the Frankfurt Auto Show and has now been going strong for 12 years. In the US however the Elise has only been on the market for a few years as it was introduced here in the 2005 model year. The Elise is basically a super small, light weight, sports car with a tiny engine and a massive power to weight ratio. It comes...
 
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.)....
 
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...
 
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...
 
Can You Roll with 100hp? (AE86 Dyno)
Posted Monday, April 14, 2008

Did I ever mention how much I love my old 1987 Toyota Corolla? Well, I do. (If you don't care about reading my article and only care about the numbers then scroll the to bottom of the page.) The past several month, life for Austin and I has been down right insane. I'm pretty sure there isn't a person out there reading or checking out our web site who hasn't experienced the craziness of life at one time or another. During this craziness, Austin somehow manged to coerce me out of my S13, 240sx, or what ever you'd like to call it. So I've been stuck driving my Corolla. Which it turns out I like actually better. So If your interested in an S13 email me allen@62mph.com During the progression of time I met some fellow AE86ers' (I guess that is what you call us... it's a word...
 
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...
 
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 Saturn Astra
Posted Thursday, January 8, 2009

I live right by an elementary school and have to drive by it to get home.  The past few days I have noticed this sharp looking white 5-door compact and can't help but wonder who makes that car.  Turns out it is the new Saturn Astra. I know yesterday it was mentioned that GM and Chrysler have their work cut out for them. GM, who I think is ahead of the game over Chrysler, deserves major credit when they decided to bring the Saturn Astra over from Europe.  This isn't a new car for GM as the Saturn Astra is based on a Opel and Vauxhall car that has been selling for years in Europe. The Astra is available in either a teenager friendly 3-Door or a family friendly 5-door, both equipped with a 1.8 L Variable Valve timing engine capable of a modest 138 HP.  I wasn't joking about the...
 
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...
 
AZ Toyota Drive
Posted Wednesday, January 21, 2009

About 10 days ago I took a little drive with the local AZ Toyota crowd up one of the best drives in the state of Arizona.  We started at the Quick Trip located at the beginning of Highway 88 and drove all the way past Canyon Lake to Tortilla Flat. I met Brady at the "QT", the unofficial organizer for the majority of the AZ Toyota clubs in the Phoenix area, who proudly brought his AE86 with a silver top 20V 4AGE powered engine.  But as the Toyota's started to wheel in, Cris (Picture Below) and John showed up with later generation Corollas.  But we didn't just have Corollas showing up to this, there was a Celica GT-S, a *cough* Infiniti G35 *cough*, MR-S, and several 3rd generation Supras. The supra below is Clint's and has a turbo charged 2.5 L 1JZGTE engine putting 330 HP...
 
Honda S2000
Posted Thursday, February 5, 2009

Time to pay homage.  Honda announced last week, this is the last year of the S2000 roadster; a brilliant car that ran a 10 year stretch.  I for one am sad to see such a keen car be removed from Honda's dependable but fairly boring line-up.  That's not to say that Honda is a bad company but the only other sporting oriented car they have is the Civic SI. The S2000 roadster is almost a perfect combination of sport, handling and fun.  It is a tribute to the company to pull 237 HP out of a 2.2L engine without forced induction and still maintain dependability.  If you've ever driven one you know. I had the privileged of driving a 2002 s2000 with the 2.0L f20c engine with 240 horsepower (all stock just smaller displacement than the later model S2000).  It wasn't too spectacular below...
 
Chevy Volt
Posted Friday, February 27, 2009

"One small step for man and one giant leap for mankind."  Well, the Chevy Volt isn't really a giant leap but it is a small step in the right direction.  The Volt is a car that can change the way Hybrids are looked at, operate, and change the mindset of the general public. What makes the Volt Different from other Hybrids? What makes the Volt unique is its power train; the engine, electric motor, and transmission.  The Volt truly is an electric vehicle first and a gasoline vehicle second.  This idea goes against the grain of all other Hybrids out there.  The 1.4 L gasoline engine is essentially a generator for the batteries not unlike a Honda generator someone might use for camping.  The engine does not supply horsepower or torque directly to the drive wheels, that is all supplied...