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      Your first consideration should be avoiding...

      Your first consideration should be avoiding severe rust. Cars from this era, especially from the '70s, rusted pretty badly. Aside from terminal rust, nothing on these cars is really that difficult to...
    2. I would have a huge hangar full of immaculately...

      I would have a huge hangar full of immaculately restored Malaise Era cars, set up in a museum format with lots of old promotional material and technical drawings showing how some of the "exciting...
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      I think this is really the crux of the issue...

      I think this is really the crux of the issue right here. Toyota hasn't been serious about low-priced models since the 1980s. Every "cheap" model they've launched, from the Echo to the xB to the...
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      Soft dash tops have been around a lot longer than...

      Soft dash tops have been around a lot longer than that. My Pontiac has a slightly spongy dash pad, which is basically a plastic coating over some type of firm foam. The coating always tended to get...
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      I don't know much about center cap applications...

      I don't know much about center cap applications for aftermarket wheels (there are just too many, in my opinion!) so I can't address this question directly. But I will point out that generally you...
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      Scam of the week -- Fake motor oil

      I saw this mentioned on Jalopnik and I thought it was worth discussing. New Jersey is asking retailers to pull some off-brand oil from the shelves because testing shows that it doesn't meet any...
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      I LOVE the 1986-88 Stanza Van (aka Nissan...

      I LOVE the 1986-88 Stanza Van (aka Nissan Prairie). Two sliding doors, no B-pillars, available 4WD, and for good measure, two spark plugs per cylinder! It was like they designed the most practical...
    8. I agree that demographics are a murky business,...

      I agree that demographics are a murky business, and it's entirely possible that the actual sales of the Escalade don't match the stereotypes. But we all know the stereotypes exist, and I can recall...
    9. How do we know that? That's really the question...

      How do we know that? That's really the question that I'm asking. You can't just say, "Whatever is on the market currently is the correct product, because otherwise the automakers would be offering...
    10. I would say that the Germans basically defined...

      I would say that the Germans basically defined that path, and Lexus at least started out by copying them. In more recent years, Lexus has gone off in some different directions, but the result of that...
    11. I read this whole article the other day. When I...

      I read this whole article the other day. When I think about Cadillac, I always struggle to separate my own personal views from "what the market wants". Because personally, if GM wanted me to go...
    12. Great find! More of these boats needs to be...

      Great find! More of these boats needs to be preserved. Cars like this probably have a much lower survival rate than the '50s and '60s stuff. Give it a good detail and take it to some local shows...I...
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      $27K 2015 Midsize Sedan comparison (cars.com)

      These days I don't put much stock in comparison tests, because it seems like modern cars are so similar that different people can test the same group of cars and get opposite results. Nonetheless, I...
    14. As I've said before about this vehicle, I don't...

      As I've said before about this vehicle, I don't pretend to know whether it's going to be successful, but it does seem clear that Toyota thinks they can make it successful. If this were just about...
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      At first I thought it was a hatchback/liftback,...

      At first I thought it was a hatchback/liftback, but now looking at it again, I'm not so sure. If it's really a sedan, I guess it would have to be the Civic. It sure doesn't look small to me though....
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      I don't think this is a Civic. Look at the...

      I don't think this is a Civic. Look at the dual-exhaust setup. Even the current Civic Si has a single exhaust. Why would they go to a dual system on a car that's only offered with small 4-cylinder...
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      Hey, the A-bodies are fantastic, at least from a...

      Hey, the A-bodies are fantastic, at least from a durability perspective. I still see A-bodies on the road every day, and the last one was built over 18 years ago. Even Toyotas and Hondas of that age...
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      My '90 is still going with 127K miles now...I...

      My '90 is still going with 127K miles now...I started with 65K in 2008. Most of the real annoyances have been engine-electrical problems. Nobody seems to make a throttle position sensor or an...
    19. I think the real genius of the Magliozzi brothers...

      I think the real genius of the Magliozzi brothers is that they managed to bring together a blue-collar style and an NPR-approved level of intellect in a way that worked seamlessly. "Car Talk" is...
    20. Check out Luscious Garage...

      Check out Luscious Garage. They're a hybrid-specialist shop in California. If you can get past their San Francisco hippy-dippy-ness, they seem to know more about the Prius than Toyota does. Their...
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