OT: Talking Cars Tuesday - Gas Money

OT: Talking Cars Tuesday - Gas Money

Submitted by JeepinBen on May 29th, 2018 at 1:15 PM

That's right, it's Tuesday. Anyway, gas prices were up at least $0.50 per gallon compared to last memorial day. We're not at the $4/gal like we were a few years ago, but we're above the $2.50 that we've had for a while. With gas going back up is that going to affect any of your car buying purchases so far? Would you drive less? What kind of mileage do you get now? How much are you worried about it in your new car?

(Trying to avoid the geo-politics of gas pries. Between OPEC, fracking, infrastructure/gas taxes etc. let's just stick to the cars, eh?)

OT: Talking Cars (Wednesday??): Unsung heroes

OT: Talking Cars (Wednesday??): Unsung heroes

Submitted by JFW on May 23rd, 2018 at 9:33 AM

We've all had those cars in our life that are aspirational, or illogical and high maintenance, but we love them anyway (I'm guessin many used BWM/Land Rover/Jag owners can call into that category. 

Today, however, I've been inspired by an article in Jalopnik that talked about how the Vibe is underappreciated. 

what are the underappreciated cars in your stable over the years? Maybe it was the Corolla you bought used with high miles for the kid, but the damn thing just keeps running. Maybe it's a '75 Duster with a slanted six, canvas seats, and no AC that got you through college. Maybe it's the Honda Accord that you drove way longer than you financially had to because it. would. not. die. 

For me, it was my '98 ZJ. 318/Quadra Trac/Low Range. That damned thing went through anything. It only got stuck when I was stupid and high centered it. It never cost me anything but a radiator and consumables. And the radiator only failed when it was 14 years old. And it still drove me home. While towing a boat. It only got retired because the wife couldn't handle the rust anymore. I have a Commander now and if I found someone with a high mileage ZJ with little rust I'd be tempted to trade them right there. 

What's yours? 

OT: Talking Cars Tuesday: What's your biggest gripe among new cars?

OT: Talking Cars Tuesday: What's your biggest gripe among new cars?

Submitted by JFW on May 15th, 2018 at 12:05 PM

We live in an automotive platinum age. When I was a kid, 100K was ancient for a car. Now it's a medium sized milestone. You can practically close your eyes and pick from a list of auto manufacturers and come up with something that will be more reliable, powerful, and fuel efficient than something even 10 years ago, and definitely more than something 20 years ago. 

However, not everything is perfect, and, I like to whine. What's your biggest gripe about new cars? 

For me it's the death of simplicity. It really hit me when I drove an old fleet Ford Five Hundred a couple years back on a long trip. This car had acutal keys, an AM/FM/CD radio, manual HVAC controls, and manual lights. 

And I *loved* it. Something about the simplicity spoke to me, and actually made my driving less stressful and busy. It was a great road trip. My Miata is the same way. 

I admit, I may be getting old, and you can all get off my lawn. But still...

My '07 Commander has been acting wierd (trying to waterproof my driveway with oil, for example) and I've been looking online at new/used cars. It's damned hard to find a car that doesn't have automagic everything and a screen the size of a small tablet in the center stack, or $400 easily losable key fobs.

What, if any, are your gripes? 

OT: Talking Cars Tuesday

OT: Talking Cars Tuesday

Submitted by JeepinBen on April 3rd, 2018 at 10:23 AM

Time for your (least?) favorite off topic thread to make its occasional comeback to help kill time between the Final Four and the Frozen Four.

So, this week, stealing directly from the folks at Jalopnik, what's your biggest automotive regret? Did you sell that thing that's now a classic? Did someone offer you the chance to buy something you should have? Did you let your significant other drive something into the ground? Let's hear about the regrets & heartbreak.

OT: Talking Cars Tuesday - Auto Show Time

OT: Talking Cars Tuesday - Auto Show Time

Submitted by JeepinBen on January 30th, 2018 at 1:23 PM

Back after some travel it's your (non) favorite automotive discussion on a college sports website.

So, NAIAS just finished up at Cobo Hall and I'm looking forward to heading to the (world's largest!) Chicago Auto Show in a couple of weeks here. I'm excited in that my wife's lease is up later this year so we'll actually get to go as car shoppers. I find the auto show great for that because

  1. You can look at all the cars in one place. No going to 5 different dealers to look at 5 models
  2. Along those lines, you can see how the seats fit, how big the trunks are, etc. so that when you do go to a dealer you can worry about driving the car
  3. No sales people - no pressure to buy!
     

Anyone head to Cobo? Any new debuts have you all kinds of excited? I'm traveling for work next week, so this thread will be spotty at least until the "real" offseason

OT: Talking Cars Tuesday - Family Roadtrips

OT: Talking Cars Tuesday - Family Roadtrips

Submitted by JeepinBen on November 28th, 2017 at 11:40 AM

Well we're through the busiest travel weekend of the year, but heading into the rest of the holidays, when folks load up the family truckster and travel around to see family on that great American tradition - the road trip.

So, great memories from your youth of piling into that new thing known as the minivan? Did you just pile all 5 of your kids into a Suburban? (and schedule a vascectomy?) Did you travel this weekend and decide you need a new car?

OT: Talking Cars Tuesday - Beating Winter

OT: Talking Cars Tuesday - Beating Winter

Submitted by JeepinBen on September 19th, 2017 at 11:42 AM

Typically I only do a bye-week thread in season, but c'mon. This board is depressing today. I know, what we really need is another thread about our 3-0 football team and how disappointing they are. Go elsewhere to discuss that, there's plenty of threads.

ANYWAY - it's been unseasonably warm but winter is on its way. What's your best winter driving story? Kick a storm's ass? Drive circles around an SUV in your RWD car with winter tires? Have snow come through your convertible top? (guilty, in the 91 YJ)

My best? I was living in Lansing when we got about 13" of snow in 2011. I made it to work in my normal 10 minutes for the 5 mile commute. 4 lane wide street, 32" tires, 40mph speed limit, that was just fine. I may have passed an entire line of people who were waiting behind a plow truck.

OT: Talking Cars Tuesday - Best Feature

OT: Talking Cars Tuesday - Best Feature

Submitted by JeepinBen on August 8th, 2017 at 9:38 AM

I read an interesting theory on why cars today have 8,000 USB ports and are offering wifi. Basically, car companies think they're the new cupholders, which were the new ashtrays. If you get in a car from the 1980s, you'll see that there were ashtrays everywhere. I think the late 80's suburbans had 7. There were ashtrays in doors, in consoles, all over. Then, move to the late 90's early 00's and it was all about cupholders. It was a big deal when Porsche added them. WHAT ARE YOU DOING DRINKING IN A PORSCHE?!?! But they had to. Everyone needed 600 cup holders. Today it's keeping people charged and plugged in with USBs.

That said, what's the best feature(s) in your car that you can't live without for your next one? Big sunroof? Did you recently get heated seats and now you can't understand how you survived winter without one? Android Auto/Apple Car play? What's your must-have in your next car?

OT: Talking Cars Tuesday - Summer Shows & Cruises

OT: Talking Cars Tuesday - Summer Shows & Cruises

Submitted by JeepinBen on July 18th, 2017 at 9:36 AM

Well here in Chicago Saturday was perfect. 78 and sunny, a wonderful day to get a little too much sun at a car show. The winner of our show was a pristine, Lansing built, Cutlass Supreme with a beautiful white paint job. Some were surprised that this '57 Chevy didn't take it:

So - do you go to car shows over the summer? Have a car you show? Are you a local who hates the bustle of the Dream Cruise (I have non-sports loving family in AA who hate the bustle of home football games similarly), are you a car fan who loves the bustle of the dream cruise? What's your perfect car for a summer car show or cruise?