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Swagger Wagon Swagger Wagon
I was at the Houston 2011 Auto Show last week and ran into this Limo edition Toyota Swagger Wagon and wanted to share this with you. I am not sure if you guys have seen the TV commercial for the Toyota Swagger Wagon, or seen it on Youtube but its kinda funny Continue reading here: Swagger Wagon
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Timing Belt Replacement Cost Timing Belt Replacement Cost
Reader Question Hey Austin, can you give me a rough estimate on what the timing belt replacement cost would be on my 1999 Honda Accord with the small 4 cylinder engine? I have been told so many different price quotes that I am not sure what the correct/normal replacement cost would really be. Dan Hey...
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Name That Shifter, No. 10 Name That Shifter, No. 10
It’s that time again. Time to identify the vehicle that houses the shifter seen here. Leave your answer in the Backfires comment section by mid-day Wednesday. The first person to correctly guess this week’s shifter will win a Save the Manuals sticker and magnet. Related posts: Name That...
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Dark Performance Territory: The Porsche 911 Black Edition Dark Performance Territory: The Porsche  911 Black Edition
In the sports car world, the most emotional colour (or color for the large American audience) would likely be judged as red. Signifying passion and desire, the colour red is famously exhibited on the shapely, aerodynamic bodies of the most popular high-performance sports cars. However, as lovely...
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2012 Ford Focus U.S.-Spec – First Drive Review 2012 Ford Focus U.S.-Spec – First Drive Review
Ford has cracked the code on the C-segment and returned the Focus’s honor. Ford was keen that we drive a preproduction 2012 Focus out of the public eye. That’s how we wound up near Potrero, California, separated from the Mexican border by nothing but a rocky brown hill. Well, that’s not exactly...
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Audi Quattro Concept Meets Ur-Quattro – Feature Audi Quattro Concept Meets Ur-Quattro – Feature
Retro Roundup: Audi punches the reset button on the car that made the brand cool. From Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro on down to Audi’s Quattro, German speakers for centuries have abandoned their own language for Italian to express articles of passion. Quattro means “four” in the language of...
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Audi Quattro Concept Meets Ur-Quattro – Video Audi Quattro Concept Meets Ur-Quattro – Video
Retro Roundup: Audi punches the reset button on the car that made the brand cool. Watch the Video: Audi Quattro Concept Meets Ur-Quattro – Video Related posts: Audi Quattro Concept Meets Ur-Quattro – Feature Audi Quattro Concept – Auto Shows Audi Quattro Concept – First Drive...
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Ford’s Jost Capito Talks SVT and RS Future, RevoKnuckle, and Technology Trickle-Down Ford’s Jost Capito Talks SVT and RS Future, RevoKnuckle, and Technology Trickle-Down
“You will see new technology in the Focus ST. I can’t tell you what yet,” Jost Capito says. Ford SVT PR flack Henry Platts chimes in, “We haven’t said anything about the suspension yet.” I’m at the Ford Special Vehicle Team headquarters in Allen Park, Michigan, just a few miles away from...
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Chevy Volt Availability Plan Accelerated in 2011 as Response to High Demand Chevy Volt Availability Plan Accelerated in 2011 as Response to High Demand
It looks like GM’s decision to run the Chevy Volt hype machine around the clock for the past two years has paid off: The car is so hot, the company has announced that Volts will be available at dealerships in all 50 states by the end of 2011. As of now, it’s only on sale in six markets—New...
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The Continental: Ford’s Three-Cylinder, Notes From the Focus Launch, Ghia is Put to Sleep, and a New Gumpert The Continental: Ford’s Three-Cylinder, Notes From the Focus Launch, Ghia is Put to Sleep, and a New Gumpert
Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental. Last week, I wrote about BMW’s possible three-cylinder engine strategy....
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