Learning the Hard Way that Fiona's BMW engine came from a California Motorcycle

Yep, another lesson learned the hard way, the Chang way.Monday, Memorial Day, I took Fiona out for a test drive to evaluate how the recently refurbished shock absorbers affected the ride.  In regards to this, she felt fine.However, perhaps 3 miles into the test ride, Fiona suddenly started making a sharp snapping/tapping noise that followed the RPMs.  Dammit.I stopped, put her in Neutral gear to evaluate while leaving the engine running.  It sounded very much like a backfire or exhaust leak.  I ...
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Porsche 996 Turbo: Everything You Need To Know

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Mercedes-Benz launches sales of its premium all-electric EQV van

Mercedes-Benz is now selling its EQV 300 all-electric premium van in Europe, the second EV to come out of the automaker’s initiative to produce a line of battery-powered models under its new EQ brand. A concept version of the EQV was first shown in March 2019. But unlike so many concepts destined for nonexistence, this one was marked for series production. The EQV, which can seat up to eight people, is designed to appeal to customers seeking a more luxurious ride. The base price of €71,388 (abou...
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Daniel Abt fired from Audi’s Formula E team for using pro sim driver in virtual race

Audi fired Daniel Abt from its Formula E racing team after learning he had a professional sim driver race for him during a virtual competition called the “Race at Home Challenge” held over the weekend. The automaker said in a statement via Formula E that Abt had been suspended from Audi Sport “with immediate effect.” However, it appears the consequences are more serious and final. Abt said in a video message published Tuesday on YouTube that Audi had dropped him from the team. “Today I was infor...
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BMW M2 Ends European Production This Fall

BMW is ending production of the M2 Competition and M2 CS for the European market this fall. The 370-horsepower coupe proved a hit with enthusiasts, offering a straightforward package reminding us that simplicity is often a virtue, but it’s living on borrowed time on the Old Continent, as is the hardcore 410-hp CS variant. Why would BMW […] The post BMW M2 Ends European Production This Fall appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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The BMW: The Epitome of a Luxury Vehicle

“There may be little practical difference between a Ford Mondeo and a BMW three series, but in terms of perceptions of who you are and what you are, then they are worlds apart.” – Martin Jacques Are you as BMW aficionado? And do you own a BMW or are you considering purchasing a BMW? The BMW is a popular car brand across the world, and it was the best-selling luxury vehicle in 2010. Therefore, it is worth knowing a bit about what makes this motor vehicle so special. What is a luxury vehicle? L...
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2021 Porsche 911 Targa & Targa 4S: Third Body Style of The New 911 Generation Arrives

The rollout of the 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S is complete. Following the Coupe and Cabriolet, the third body style of the new 911 generation is now making its debut. It’s sharper now, with some of the previous rough edges smoothed off. It’s also an excellent middle ground between the coupe and the cabriolet. It lets the sunshine in on fair days and stays snug the rest of the time. There’s a lot of numbers to go along with the new Targa, but the most important one is 19 seconds. Tha...
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Get Ready to Buy a Rental Car for Dirt Cheap

There’s not a ton of demand for rental cars right now, and the impact on that industry is starting to show: Hertz, which also runs Dollar and Thrifty, filed for bankruptcy last week. Read more...
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Ghosts Of Dieselgate: VW Loses Important Case in Germany

Volkswagen’s emission-related malfeasance was promptly identified and dealt with in the United States. The company was accused of using suspect software to game testing scores on diesel-equipped models in 2015. By October of 2016, VW was on the hook for a $15.6 billion financial penalty, in addition to mandatory fixes or buybacks on affected vehicles. […] The post Ghosts Of Dieselgate: VW Loses Important Case in Germany appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Lordstown Motors Claims Late-June Pickup Reveal, Future SUV

A fledgling electric vehicle company with a sprawling former General Motors plant in its possession will reveal its first model in late June. That’s according to Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns, who said the debut of the Endurance, originally slated for the Detroit auto show, will take place online instead. A full-size pickup that shuns […] The post Lordstown Motors Claims Late-June Pickup Reveal, Future SUV appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Danger Zone: Federal Moto’s Kawasaki GPz1100

The year is 1986, and Tom Cruise is playing Maverick in Top Gun—flying an F-14 Tomcat by day and tearing around on a Kawasaki GPZ900R by night. If you fell in love with that film and the bike ridden by its motorcycle-mad star, you’re not alone. “We all know that movie,” says Michael Muller of Federal Moto. “And we always knew that when Federal Moto built its first custom sportbike, we’d need the beefiest bad boy of the 80s: the GPz1100.” The GPz1100 was the older, bigger brother of the Ni...
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The Dean Jeffries 356 Carrera Is The Weird-Looking Grandfather Of The Outlaw

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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe: Refresh Time Already

Hyundai apparently feels that boasting the freshest faces in the industry will help it woo the American buying public. With a full stable of crossovers now realized, it’s not a terrible strategy. Just two model years after its debut, the midsize Santa Fe crossover (which replaced the Santa Fe Sport and necessitated a name change […] The post 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe: Refresh Time Already appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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McLaren Poised to Cut 1,200 Jobs

McLaren says circumstances have encouraged it to get fairly aggressive in its restructuring efforts. Coronavirus lockdowns forced the company, like so many others, to postpone production and forego sales. While an undesirable scenario for any manufacturer, McLaren Group already faced additional headwinds by being a relatively small manufacturer dependent on low-volume specialty products with astronomical […] The post McLaren Poised to Cut 1,200 Jobs appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Here’s how many cyclists it takes to charge a Tesla as fast as a Supercharger

How many cyclists does it take to charge a Tesla? No, this isn’t the start to a bad joke, it’s a legitimate question. It’s also one that Finnish record breaker show Ennätystehdas (or The Record Factory) managed to answer. Whether you actually should charge your Tesla using captive cyclists is another question entirely, though. [Read: Engineer finds Tesla Model 3 is secretly equipped with hardware for powering homes] Given how little power the average cyclist generates compared to cars and how bi...
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2020 Lincoln Aviator Review – Finally, This Is the Lincoln I Expected

We were never a family that splurged on high-end brands. Store-brand staples were generally good enough for most household needs. Our TVs and stereo equipment were Sony only because my dad sold electronics at a big retailer in the Eighties. We straddled the fine line between frugality and cheapness. We just weren’t those kinds of […] The post 2020 Lincoln Aviator Review – Finally, This Is the Lincoln I Expected appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Mecum Auction Offering a 25 Bike Collection

Mecum Indy 200 Auction At the Mecum Indy auction, there will be a collection of 25 motorcycles up for sale. Al Phillips of Chicago will offer his long-time collection at the auction house for its Indianapolis sale on July 12, 2020. If you can’t find something out of this collection that you want to bid on then you’ll never find a bike you could love. It will be interesting to see how well-attended the auction is with the COVID-19 situation still causing issues. The state of Indiana is now reope...
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1979 Honda Trail 90 For Sale on Bring a Trailer

Get Your Vintage Trail Bike Now Honda is bringing back the classic trail bike in the new CT125, but the company hasn’t committed to bringing it to North America yet. It likely will eventually, but right now all we can do is sit and wait, right? Wrong. You can get the trail bike you need right now. This 1979 Honda Trail 90 is for sale on Bring a Trailer.  the bike offers an 89cc single-cylinder engine with a dual-range four-speed transmission. It’s a semi-auto, so you have no clutch. Pop the gea...
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Where these 4 top VCs are investing in manufacturing

Even though it’s a vast sector in the midst of transformation, manufacturing is often overlooked by early-stage investors. We surveyed top VCs in the industry to gather their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing manufacturing. Traditionally, manufacturing companies are capital-intensive and can be slow to implement new technology and processes. The investors in the survey below acknowledge the long-standing barriers facing founders in this space, yet they see large opportuniti...
Tags: Startups, TC, Science, Hardware, Tech, Remote Work, Automotive, Venture Capital, Manufacturing, Robotics, Eclipse Ventures, Dayna Grayson, Lior Susan, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Three Dressed Up As a Nine: Ford Debuts Edge ST-Line

All the flash with only some of the dash — that basically sums up Ford’s 2020 Edge ST-Line, a midsize CUV that mimics the looks of the sport-focused ST but politely says “no thanks” to a hotter engine. Orders opened today for the new addition to the oft-overlooked Edge family. It was the strange popularity of […] The post Three Dressed Up As a Nine: Ford Debuts Edge ST-Line appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Autos, Crossovers, New Cars, Edge, Ford Edge, News Blog, Product Planning, Cuvs, Appearance Packages, Ford Edge ST-Line, ST-Line

Motorcycle Filmmaker Gaurav Jani Dies

A Blow to the Motorcycling Community If you haven’t heard of Gaurav Jani, you’ve missed out on some fantastic motorcycle films including Riding Solo to the Top of the World and One Crazy Ride. Gaurav passed away on May 24 due to organ failure due to infection, according to RideApart. For those of you who haven’t seen Riding Solo to the top of the World, it’s one of the best adventure motorcycle documentaries out there. The 94-minute documentary shows him riding through the territory of Ladakh, ...
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Porsche Cartoon

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Watch a documentary about Batman's Batmobile through the ages

From the stately and elegant Batmobile Cadillac seen in the 1943 movie serials to the latest militaristic models, this is the on-screen history of Batman's Batmobile. Of course the true high point was the 1955 Lincoln Futura tricked out by George Barris for the 1960s TV series.
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Aston Martin Boss Shown the Door; New One Opens for Mercedes-AMG CEO

A cross-Channel coup of sorts has seen Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer replaced by Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers in a move made official by the British luxury performance brand Tuesday morning. Head of Aston since 2014, Palmer’s ouster reportedly came after the recently listed automaker’s stock price plummeted through the end of 2019, with the […] The post Aston Martin Boss Shown the Door; New One Opens for Mercedes-AMG CEO appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Modified old Thar gets a feature Mahindra won't offer even in the 2020 Thar

Almost every second Mahindra Thar in the country gets one or more forms of...
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Chetak electric scooter granted design patent in Europe - IAB Report

The Chetak electric scooter has been granted design patent in Europe. The...
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Buy/Drive/Burn: Three Family Sedans From 1989

Today’s trio of sedans was suggested by an old MotorWeek review of the new-for-’89 Maxima. Let’s pit that fresh-faced midsizer against the more established Taurus and the more luxurious Mazda 929. Which is worth a Buy? Ford Taurus We start today with our oldest competitor. Brand new for the 1986 model year, the Taurus was […] The post Buy/Drive/Burn: Three Family Sedans From 1989 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Kawasaki Vulcan H2 supercharged cruiser could be under development - Report

A Kawasaki Vulcan H2 has come up in the rumour mill. A supercharged cruiser...
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Junkyard Find: 1986 Saab 900 S Sedan

The original Saab 900 was a favorite of Colorado car shoppers during its 1979-1994 sales run, and I still see many of these cars during research expeditions to my local yards. So many, in fact, that I neglect to photograph most of them. When I visited some of Phoenix’s excellent yards while on my way […] The post Junkyard Find: 1986 Saab 900 S Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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How The Ford Escort RS Cosworth Almost Got A Triple-Decker Wing

Escort Cosworth co-designer Frank Stephenson talks about the design influence behind the car's wild rear wing, and how it was almost even more bonkers
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