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At $2,600, Would You Knock Around In This 2004 Dodge Neon SRT-4?

While it’s important to stay hydrated, today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe hot-shoe Neon went a little too far into the wet and now has an engine knock. The seller says that’s too much for him, but could his price be too much for us.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Here’s Exactly What It Cost Me To Buy And Rebuild A BMW E30

It all started 14 months ago with a straightforward objective: buy an older BMW 3 Series in need of some work, make it fully functional, and freshen up its appearance. It was a process I’d done before, and one that I’m sure I’ll do again. However, this time I greatly underestimated what I was getting […]

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I Made The Mistake Of Driving Two Of My Dream Cars

The problem with the second one was that it might be cursed. The problem with the first one was that it might be perfect. I finally got to drive two 1990s Toyota Crestas, dream cars of mine never originally sold in the United States, in the hopes that they’d disappoint me and I’d stop wanting […]

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Building My BMW E36 M3 Rally Car Is a Race Itself

My first rally race with my newish-to-me 1995 BMW M3 is coming up on me faster than the trees I hope to be near-missing at the event next week. I still have a whole spreadsheet of service items to get done. I keep wondering this to myself: “Am I screwed?”Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Check Out the Original 230,000-Mile Clutch From My Project BMW E30

“If I finish this project, anything afterwards will be a piece of cake.” Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a seemingly endless project with this thought? I have, as the 1989 BMW E30 I picked up half a year ago has certainly put me through the ringer.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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How I Saved My Project BMW E30 From Rust Oblivion by Learning to Weld

You may have noticed I’ve been silent about my recent BMW E30 purchase. The fanfare of buying an elderly autobahn cruiser has been met with months devoid of updates. I can tell you it’s not because I’m having the time of my life driving it. It’s because I found something catastrophic within.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Here’s Everything Wrong With the Stock FD Mazda RX-7 You Bought For $7,000

The final FD generation Mazda RX-7 was an ambitious car for its day, with high tech like sequential turbos on its twin rotary engine. As such, it was packed to the gills with sensors and hoses and lines, lines that you will discover when you finally tear into your once top-of-the-line sports car that you […]

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This Nissan 240SX Convertible Was a Legendary Rip-Off From Hell But Is Now Part of the Family

Matthew Cox’s 1993 Nissan 240SX convertible looked fine enough in the eBay photos. It was his chance to own a rare version of a car he loved, and it was fine on the outside! Then he got a good look under the car’s shiny pearl white paint, and discovered that he may have bought one […]

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This Nissan 240SX Convertible Was a Legendary Rip-Off From Hell But Is Now Part of the Family

Matthew Cox’s 1993 Nissan 240SX convertible looked fine enough in the eBay photos. It was his chance to own a rare version of a car he loved, and it was fine on the outside! Then he got a good look under the car’s shiny pearl white paint, and discovered that he may have bought one […]

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What I Learned Driving An $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer 3,500 Miles To Moab And Back

Last week David Tracy and I drove 3,500 miles from Michigan to Moab and back, including two passes over the Rocky Mountains and a little off-roading. It’d have been a fun road trip in a normal truck. But we didn’t do it in a normal truck. We did it in an $800 1986 Jeep Grand […]

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Here’s A Simple Way To Beat Big Intimidating Projects

Putting a project car together or keeping an old car running can get overwhelming. In the quest to restore my 1975 International Scout, it seems like every time I start something I end up half-starting 10 things and finishing nothing. So I’ve devised a simple system to stay focused and organized.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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My $100 Nissan 300ZX Proves Affordable Barn Finds Still Exist

I got pretty much the same reaction every time I told someone about my newly-acquired Nissan Z. “With the Diablo headlights? Those are looking good.” No. “The sleek ’70s one? Poor man’s E-Type?” Nope. I got the one that looks like an 8-bit alligator. And I still can’t believe how it happened.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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