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More Random auto news Jalopnik seems to have missed More Random auto news Jalopnik seems to have missed

Don’t hold your breath for a Kia N like performance brand: In a move that’s perplexing to me because of past statements on Kia being sporty, Hyundai not, Kia has decided not to have a performance brand in the same vein as Hyundai N. Motor1 reports that, after speaking to Autocar, development big wig Albert Biermann…

People are really clueless as to what car they drive People are really clueless as to what car they drive

Cars in general really. Its disturbing the amount of people that tell me “I don’t know anything about cars. All I know is how to drive them and that they need gas.” Whats more dumb though, is that people literally have no idea what they drive. The following is an actual list of cars, fictional names that people have…

2019 Ford Edge ST starts at $41,200 2019 Ford Edge ST starts at $41,200

The Edge got redesigned for 2019, but the big news is the new ST trim to satisfy peoples insatiable stupid crossover performance needs.

Cadillac betting big on CT4/CT5 as well as new models Cadillac betting big on CT4/CT5 as well as new models

Following up on this mornings Morning Shift, Motor1 is reporting that GM dumped $175 million into the Lansing Grand River plant for retooling for the 2 new models. The plant currently makes the CTS, ATS and Camaro. Originally I thought that the CT5 was going to be a consolidated model replacing both the CTS and ATS.…

The '18 Mustang has transmission problems The '18 Mustang has transmission problems

So its looking like 2018 Mustang owners have been having serious issues with the new 10 speed transmissions. Not simple issues either. Total failures at less than 10 thousand miles. Since the middle of last month I’ve counted about 150 different owners who have called in for tows on their 2018 Mustangs.

Forgotten Cars: Kia Borrego Forgotten Cars: Kia Borrego

You’d have to be dumb to introduce a big, thirsty full size SUV during an economic downturn right? Yes, but Kia did it anyway with the introduction of the Borrego (also known as the Mohave in other markets) at the 2008 NAIAS in Detroit.

2018 Hyundai Sonata update 2018 Hyundai Sonata update

As of this writing, I’ve accumulated 21,064 miles on the Sonata. And its been great. The car is pretty much flawless with me going to the dealer only for routine oil changes. (let me use this opportunity to say that Hyundai dealers are fantastic. They just built a new one in my city and everything from the design of…

Cadillac ATS: Cimarron 2.0? Cadillac ATS: Cimarron 2.0?

Well not exactly. But the ATS wasn’t the hit GM thought it would have been. With it along with the CTS being on the way out for 2019 to make way for the 2 in one CT5, I think it’s safe to say that the Germans and Japanese had nothing to worry about from the ATS sales wise.

Audi A7's are unreliable. (Maybe?)  Audi A7's are unreliable. (Maybe?) 

Depends on who you talk to and where you look. Sort of. I thought it was just here and there. Until I looked more into it at work. In the past 2 months we have had close to 200 different A7 owners call in for being stranded. And mostly all of them ended up being towed for engine trouble.

I'm thinking about starting a business I'm thinking about starting a business

I’ll be 30 this year. And I’m honestly tired of working for other people. I’m tired of worrying about if I have enough time off to make my kids thing for school, or if I have enough sick time to cover if I’m not feeling good, office politics (I just had a meeting with the office manager because of some drama I…

PSA: Please don't do this and inform others not to do this as well PSA: Please don't do this and inform others not to do this as well

STOP FUCKING DRIVING WITH JUST YOUR LED DRL’S ON AT NIGHT! THAT SHIT IS DANGEROUS. I cant tell you how many cars I see on a nightly basis that are just driving along with just LED DRL’s on and no headlights. It may look cool but its not when you wreck because of it.

Someone give this Focus RS a home Someone give this Focus RS a home

Seriously. I work about 2 miles from Worthington Ford in Long Beach and this RS has been on their lot FOREVER. Cargurus says its been on their lot for 542 days. They want $42,245. You’d think they come down from the 40's for it but something tells me they are stubborn in budging. And this price is down from $47,245…

Forgotten Cars: Hummer H3T Forgotten Cars: Hummer H3T

You know, if Hummer could have weathered the storm that killed it that was the Recession, and high gas prices (somehow Jeep survived and I’m not sure how), it would be working today as GM’s Jeep fighter. With the SUV,crossover and truck craze, they would probably be having record sales.

The 2019 Lincoln MK...err Nautilus starts at $40,340 The 2019 Lincoln MK...err Nautilus starts at $40,340

In an attempt to to freshen things and make the lineup more appealing, the MKX, a nameplate thats been around since 2007, becomes the Nautilus. Its good to see them going back to actual vehicle names instead of the alphanumeric crap we’ve had from everyone for over 2 decades now.

Forgotten Cars: Ford Contour SVT Forgotten Cars: Ford Contour SVT

The Contour was probably one of the few times a vehicle was brought to the American market virtually unchanged from its home market. It was essentially a renamed second gen Mondeo brought over from the European market. Many people even forget it was here for 6 years, from ‘94 until ‘00. For a brief 2 years, ‘98 till…

The 2019 Mustang Bullitt starts at $47,590 The 2019 Mustang Bullitt starts at $47,590

Which is honestly a lot of coin for a special edition non Shelby Mustang. True to its heritage though, you can only get the Bullitt on the GT. No Ecoboost here. V8 only. There are only 2 color options: Shadow Black and Dark Highland Green. I choose the classic Bullitt green because honestly, I don’t know if its the…

The 2019 Cadillac XT4 starts at $35,790 The 2019 Cadillac XT4 starts at $35,790

Not as cheap as I thought it would be, but in its attempt to cash in on the sickness that is the crossover craze, this sub XT5 model tries to win over young buyers (which it wont. Crossovers mainly attract older over 50 people) with style? Sure. Here’s the price break down.

The surprising and frustrating things I have learned so far working at AAA The surprising and frustrating things I have learned so far working at AAA

I changed jobs. No more work in finance for me. Wanting stability and the ability to grow with a company I went to the Automobile Club of Southern California, AAA. It’s been about 3 months since I started and I like it. Great pay, great benefits, 401k etc. I work in the emergency roadside department. As I have noticed…

Forgotten Cars: Mitsubishi Endeavor  Forgotten Cars: Mitsubishi Endeavor 

Every once in awhile mediocrity comes along on 4 wheels and tries to capture buyers. That was the Endeavor. Conceived under Mitsubishi’s “Project America” program that was supposed to bring vehicles to market specifically for North America, it was produced from ‘03-’11, a surprising run.

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