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Junkyard Find: 1978 Toyota Truck

The Toyota Hilux pickup truck first hit the streets in 1968, shoving aside flimsier trucks based on the Corona and Crown within a few years. While the Hilux (or “Hylux”) name got a bit of marketing use by Toyota in North America, this truck was known here as, simply, the Truck. I found this well-worn-but-unrusted […] The post Junkyard Find: 1978 Toyota Truck appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Truck, Toyota, North America, Denver, 1970s, Toyota Hilux, Corona, Hilux, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era, 1978


Viaduct Elegy: Chapter 2: The New Colossus

Viaduct Elegy is a four-part series from Automoblog feature columnist Tony Borroz, who broke the law in preparation for writing it. He is a Seattle native and author of The 2018 Indy 500 Notebook and  Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle format. Tony grew up in a sportscar-oriented family, but sadly, they were British cars.  Finally, finally, finally they are tearing down the Alaskan Way Viaduct, a colossal, monumenta...
Tags: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Magazine, Portland, Autos, Seattle, Boeing, Denver, South, Northwest, Rockies, Yukon, Don, Tony, Sodo


2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE Review: Steady & Comfortable

90 Good 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE Overall Impression The interior is a strong point.Plenty of cargo space for a hybrid.It's not exactly sporty but it's efficient. Pros Fuel Economy Comfortable Interior Cons Entune Interface CVT Transmission Sedans are losing their appeal as SUVs and crossovers take a lion’s share of the market, but this sedan will get you to look twice. The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid received a complete makeover last year and it’s a good one. The ...
Tags: Apple, Autos, Toyota, Epa, Denver, Amazon Alexa, Camry Hybrid, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, Driving Dynamics


Tastemaker: A Scrambler built by the Editor of Meta

Ben Giese is a man of exceptional taste. As the creative director and editor-in-chief of the aesthetically superior motorcycle magazine, Meta, he has to be. But he’s also a rider, who grew up racing motocross. So when his 2017-model Triumph Scrambler went under the knife, both form and function vied for top spot. “I wanted to transform it into a true ‘scrambler‘ that could take me well beyond the paved city streets of Denver, and deep into the mountains and deserts of the Southwest,” Ben t...
Tags: UK, California, Motorcycles, Customs, Denver, Scrambler, Ben, Joshua Tree, Woody, Scandinavian, Custom Motorcycles, Triumph Bonneville, Motogadget, Shinko, Triumph motorcycles, British Customs


Junkyard Find: 1992 Jaguar XJ6 Vanden Plas Majestic

Jaguar XJ40s are so plentiful in U-Wrench-It yards that I don’t even notice them as I wander around searching for the elusive Suzuki Equator (no luck there, yet). In fact, none of the Jags I’ve photographed prior to today’s Junkyard Find have been XJ40s, but we’ve got a one-of-121-built super-rarity here in Denver: a genuine […] The post Junkyard Find: 1992 Jaguar XJ6 Vanden Plas Majestic appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Jaguar, Denver, 1990s, 1992, Jags, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, British cars, Vanden Plas, British Car, Luxury Sedan, Luxury Car, Depreciation


2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring Review: Fabulous & Fun

97 Stellar 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring Overall Impression Still hard to beat after all these years.RF doesn't sacrifice the fun-to-drive character. Pros Price Point Ride & Handling Cons Limited Cargo Space Heavier Than The Soft Top The Mazda Miata has been around for 30 years and the new MX-5 stays true to what made the drop-top so popular among enthusiasts. What’s better than dropping the top and going for a spin on the weekend? For around $35,000 you can h...
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Epa, Denver, Mazda, Mazda Miata, Miata, Mazda North American Operations, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, Power Retractable Hard Top, Miata RF Overall the interior, Bridgestone Blizzak


2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited Review: Ideal For Work or Pleasure

92 SOLID 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited Overall Impression Luxurious interior.Good car for working professionals.However, it doesn't always like snowy weather. Pros Fuel Economy Ride & Handling Quiet & Comfortable Cons Lacks AWD Option Not Compatible With Android Auto The 2019 Toyota Avalon is a full-size sedan with lots of room inside, a large trunk for cargo, and standard features galore. The Avalon Hybrid bumps up the fuel efficiency to a level not seen in trad...
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Epa, Denver, Car News, Denis Flierl, Avalon Hybrid, Toyota Avalon Hybrid, Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 60: Returning to Colorado

Left Quartzsite this morning and ended up near Tucson by 5:00 PM. Long day behind the wheel but it's time to get back home and get some stuff done, Scarlett repaired or sold or both, and get Uma the URRV ready for another trip.I did stop by my FIL's home to pick up the camera/lens and meds I'd forgotten to bring with me in the flight back to AZ from Denver.Warm day, sunny skies, and I was in the RV driving...oh well.So now spending the night at the Snyder Hill BLM site near Tucson.  It's becomin...
Tags: Colorado, Motorcycles, Arizona, Denver, Sunset, Tucson, Scarlett, Az, Quartzsite, FIL, RV Trips, Snyder Hill BLM


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 57: Linking up with RichardM in Quartzsite, AZ

Broke camp early and left the State Trust Land near Congress, AZ. Leaving last night's campsite area A couple of hours later, I was in the traffic zoo that is apparently Quartzsite in late January!Holy Cow, never seen so many RVs and cars crammed into so small a town.  The BLM areas looked quite saturated as well.  December is definitely the time to be at Quartzsite, not late January when there's a Gem Show, Hamfest (Ham Radio gathering), Schoolie-Palooza (RVs converted from old school bus...
Tags: Alaska, Motorcycles, Arizona, BLM, Denver, Sunset, Lightroom, La Paz, Bridget, Scarlett, Quartzsite, Scarlett Repairs, RichardM, RV Trips, Quartzsite AZ, Congress AZ Leaving


The Southwestern Sojourn - Days 54 -56: A Wedding in Denver, and now back in Arizona

Friday, Jan 18.Didn't get much riding done, wasn't feeling it I guess.  The weather wasn't great, light snow and snow-covered streets.  I had ridden Fiona to the auto parts store to get a 35mm socket wrench that I will be using to seat the replacement oil seal for Scarlett's leaking final drive.Saturday, Jan 19.Today was Eric L's and Danielle F.'s wedding day at the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver.   It was a lot of fun seeing all of Eric's daughters together in one place again, they'd all...
Tags: Colorado, Motorcycles, Arizona, Denver, Sunset, Eric, Bridget, Martha, Scarlett, Danielle, Fiona, Quartzsite, Phoenix AZ, State Trust, RV Trips, Brown Palace Hotel


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 52: Back in Sun City

Left the boondocking site near the Painted Rock Petroglyph campground today just before noon.  I should probably have waited a bit longer for the water that fell yesterday to dry up.Getting out of the site was no problem, there was a layer of rock laid on top of the sandy ground.The dirt road leading back to the campground was another story.  I could feel the wheels wiggling a bit in the softer spots that "looked OK" but the worst parts were the large puddles.Some of them were wide enough, long ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sun City, Denver, Scarlett, RV Trips, Painted Rock Petroglyph


2019 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Review: Quiet & Confident

90 SOLID 2019 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Overall Impression Quiet CabinSmooth RideStylish Design Pros Luxurious Interior Abundant Features All-Wheel Drive Capability Cons Visibility At Times Headroom & Cargo Capacity The 2019 Mazda CX-9 offers up three-row seating, abundant features, and plenty of safety tech for growing families. But it’s the driving dynamics that set this family hauler apart from other seven-passenger SUVs. Mazda wants you to “feel alive” when you dr...
Tags: Apple, Autos, Epa, Denver, Bose, Mazda, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, Evergreen Colorado, Santos Rosewood Trim Interior


Junkyard Find: 1999 Ford Contour SVT

Over the decades since the 1960s, the Detroit car companies have tried their best to make dollars selling their Euro-market cars in North America, with varying degrees of success. Ford did tolerably well with the Capri and Fiesta over here, then raked in little American-market income with the Merkur XR4Ti and got bombed, Dresden-style, with Merkur […] The post Junkyard Find: 1999 Ford Contour SVT appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Ford, Autos, North America, Detroit, SVT, Denver, Dresden, 1990s, 1999, Contour, Fiesta, Merkur, Ford Mondeo, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard


Ford is shutting down its Chariot shuttle service

Ford is shutting down Chariot, the shuttle startup that it purchased just two years ago that was supposed to be a part of the automaker’s fresh effort to move beyond the traditional business of buying and selling cars. Chariot will end service on commuter routes in the UK on January 25, according to a company update Thursday. Other commuter routes in New York and San Francisco by February 1. The dynamic shuttle service also had an enterprise business, which were routes with corporate and tran...
Tags: Transportation, UK, New York, San Francisco, Tech, Spokesperson, Chicago, Austin, Transit, Automotive, Ford, United Kingdom, Transport, Seattle, Detroit, Denver


Junkyard Find: 1953 Pontiac Chieftain sedan

More pre-1960 vehicles than one might think show up in the big U-Wrench wrecking yards; you won’t find a ’55 Chevy coupe, but I’ve seen Nash Metropolitans, a ’55 Buick, a ’49 Dodge, a ’58 Edsel, a ’53 Willys, and a ’50 Studebaker in recent years, and that’s just a small sampling. Today’s Junkyard Treasure […] The post Junkyard Find: 1953 Pontiac Chieftain sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Dodge, 1950s, Denver, 1952, Buick, Pontiac, Sedan, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Manual Transmission, Flathead, Straight Six, 1952 Pontiac


2019 Chevy Traverse LT Review: Spacious But Lacking Elsewhere

88 GOOD 2019 Chevy Traverse LT Overall Impression Stable on the open road.Transmission shifts smoothly.Fuel economy lags behind competition. Pros Cargo Capacity Passenger Room Cons All-Wheel Drive System Lacks Important Driver-Assist Systems The 2019 Chevy Traverse is ideal for growing families who need to carry extra cargo during the day. It received a complete redesign last year and gets more legroom in the second and third rows. In this regard, it’s set up well ag...
Tags: Autos, Chevy, Denver, Bose, Equinox, Chevy Traverse, Chevy Equinox, Denis Flierl, Traverse, Test Drives, CHEVY TRAVERSE LT, Chevy Traverse LT Review, Chevy Traverse Interior, Denver Traverse


2019 Toyota Highlander SE Review: Ideal For Active Families

93 Good 2019 Toyota Highlander SE Overall Impression Easy to maneuver overall.All-wheel drive option is nice.Good choice for a growing family. Pros Family Friendly Tech-Focused Interior Cons 3rd Row Passenger Room The Toyota Highlander looks like it could tackle some rough terrain, but it’s better suited for a family’s rough use. The SE V6 all-wheel drive model we tested is good for city commutes and the occasional trip to the back country. Families looking for versatil...
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Epa, Honda, Denver, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, Toyota Highlander


2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn Review: Smooth & Powerful

94 Excellent 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn Overall Impression Roomy and plush interior.5.7-liter Hemi is a powerhouse.Optional air suspension is smooth as butter. Pros Towing Capacity Comfortable Cabin Engine Performance Cons Options Can Push The Price Up Driver Assist Systems Limited To Higher Trims The 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn is a workhorse with added luxury and tremendous cargo-hauling capability. Add in the 5.7-liter V8 and you can haul about anything: a horse trailer, l...
Tags: Apple, Colorado, US, Usb, Autos, Epa, Denver, Hemi, Floyd Hill, Longhorn, Ram Trucks, Denis Flierl, Harmon Kardon, Test Drives, GVWR


2019 GMC Terrain Denali Review: Compelling Choice Overall

90 GOOD 2019 GMC Terrain Denali Overall Impression -Nice to have all-wheel drive available.-Ride is fairly comfortable on the open road. -A more compelling choice among smaller SUVs. Pros Engine Performance Comfortable & Upscale Cabin Intuitive Touchscreen Interfaces Cons Wind Noise (Higher Speeds) Less Cargo Capacity vs. Competition The 2019 GMC Terrain has the same footprint as the Chevy Equinox. However, the Terrain received new exterior styling to make it a ...
Tags: Autos, Epa, Denver, Gmc, Denali, Chevy Equinox, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, GMC Terrain


Lyft is becoming a one-stop transportation app in these 3 cities

Lyft is turning its app into a one-stop multimodal transportation app in a few U.S. cities, the latest illustration of its transformation from ridesharing startup to a company that wants to own, or at least be a part of, every way people move from Point A to Point B, whether it’s cars, bikes, scooters or even public transit. This new version of Lyft’s app, which allows users to request a shared car, find a scooter or bike, as well as see nearby public transit options, is only available in th...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Tech, Transit, Automotive, Ford, North America, Denver, Carsharing, Santa Monica, Valencia Street, Santa Monica Calif


Junkyard Find: 1977 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe

GM shrank its B-Body full-sized models for the 1977 model year, including the massive-selling Chevrolet Caprice/Impala. This proved a wise move in light of certain geopolitical events a couple of years later, and the 1977-1979 full-sized Chevrolet coupes got a cool “fastback” wraparound rear glass treatment. Here is such a car, spotted in a Denver […] The post Junkyard Find: 1977 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Gm, Autos, Chevy, Chevrolet, Denver, Glass House, 1970s, Chevrolet Impala, Impala, Caprice, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era


2018 VW Golf TSI SE Review: Convenient For The Commute

Urban dwellers looking for a sporty compact hatch have a number of options, but none are more agile than the Volkswagen Golf. For under $25,000 the Golf TSI SE comes with added standard features, a new infotainment system, and extra safety technology.  Over the weekend, we drove the 2018 Volkswagen Golf TSI SE to see if it’s a good fit for your driving needs. What’s New For 2018 The Golf Wolfsburg Edition and SEL trim have been discontinued, but the SE trim we drove this weekend is new....
Tags: Vw, Autos, Epa, Volkswagen, Denver, Android Auto, Security Service, Interior, TSI, Volkswagen of America Inc, VW Golf, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, TSI SE Review


Uraling to Castlewood Canyon State Park

Fiona and I rode out past Parker and Franktown to the back entrance to Castlewood Canyon State Park.  I'd recently adjusted the butterfly plates on her carburetors and was testing out the new settings then required on the idle air mixture screws. Note:  Started the ride with the idle air mixture screws at 3/4 turns out from soft seat per the Clymer's manual for the carburetors on Fiona:  Bing 64/32/351 and 352.Got to the back entrance to the state park, cruised down past the trailhead parking lo...
Tags: Motorcycles, Bing, Denver, Elizabeth, Parker, Fiona, Franktown, Rafter, Parker Road, Clymer, Kiowa, Castlewood Canyon State Park, Fiona Repairs, Fiona Rides, Castlewood Canyon Dam


Camping again at Boyd Lake State Park and later Boondocking again in Penrose

This past weekend, I drove the URRV towing Fiona, the '99 Bural with the Beemer engine to Boyd Lake State Park.  Martha was attending a nursing conference in nearby Loveland, CO so we decided to make it a camping weekend.The weekend was cold and windy, not very enjoyable in terms of outside activities.I did go riding out to Pinewood Reservoir as I did same time last year but no pictures really came out, I suggest you look at last year's post for pics if you wish.  LINK.We did get a nice sunrise ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Denver, Colorado Springs, Martha, Penrose, Fiona, Beemer, Loveland CO, Fiona Rides, RV Trips, Boyd Lake State Park, Pinewood Reservoir, Boyd Lake State Park Martha, Fremont County Road


Junkyard Find: 1999 Acura SLX

Even though we’ve just had two Japanese Junkyard Finds in a row, I’ve been searching for a discarded Acura SLX for so long that I had to share this ’99 in Denver immediately. As the 1990s progressed, it became clear to vehicle manufacturers who did business in North America that they had to sell luxury […] The post Junkyard Find: 1999 Acura SLX appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, SUV, Autos, Truck, Awd, 4wd, Honda, North America, Denver, 1990s, 1999, Acura, Isuzu, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find


Junkyard Find: A 1993 Honda Civic DX Sedan With 323,486 miles

As the owner of a very battered fifth-generation Honda Civic, I’m always aware of examples of Honda’s 1992-1995 subcompact when I spot them during my junkyard travels. I see plenty of these cars with odometers showing better than 300,000 miles, but it has taken a frighteningly wretched-looking one to get me to whip out my […] The post Junkyard Find: A 1993 Honda Civic DX Sedan With 323,486 miles appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Honda, Denver, 1990s, 1993, Honda Civic, Civic, High Mileage, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, 1993 Honda Civic, High Mile Cars, High Miles


Junkyard Find: 2003 Nissan 350Z Coupe

These days, I find many discarded Nissan Z-Cars from the 280Z through 300ZX eras, with the occasional 240Z or 260Z thrown in to add variety. 350Zs, though, have retained sufficient value to evade the high-inventory-turnover self-service yards where I get most of my Junkyard Finds… until now. Just as BMW Z3s and Mazda RX-8s began […] The post Junkyard Find: 2003 Nissan 350Z Coupe appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Nissan, Denver, 2003, Mazda, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Datsun, 2000s, Nissan Z Car, Japanese Sports Cars, Nissan 350Z, 350z, Datsun Z Car


Junkyard Find: 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

Oldsmobile has been gone since 2004, which makes it hard to believe that the Olds Cutlass spent most of the period from the middle 1970s through the early 1980s as either the #1 or #2 best-selling car in the United States. For 1979, the Cutlass came in second place (behind the Chevy Caprice), and thus […] The post Junkyard Find: 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, United States, Autos, Denver, 1979, 1970s, Oldsmobile, Oldsmobile Cutlass, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Olds, Malaise, Malaise Era, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, Cutlass Supreme


2018 Chevy Equinox Review: Fuel Efficient & Family-Minded

The 2018 Chevy Equinox gets new exterior styling and new tech features all in a smaller package. The result is an  SUV that’s a friendlier urban commuter. The new 2.0-liter turbo should give families enough power and fuel mileage gains as they travel about their day.   This week, we’ve been driving the top-of-the-line, 2018 Chevrolet Equinox FWD Premier 2.0T.   What’s New For 2018 The 2018 Chevy Equinox was completely redesigned, from the downsized chassis and body, to the 2.0-liter tu...
Tags: Apple, Review, Autos, Epa, Chevy, Chevrolet, Premier, Car Reviews, Denver, Bose, Android Auto, Equinox, Chevy Equinox, Denis Flierl, FWD, 2018 Chevrolet Equinox


Junkyard Find: 2005 Scion xB, Devil Vampiress Edition

Toyotas mostly don’t show up in the big self-service wrecking yards until about age 15, so discarded Scion xBs are just beginning to appear in U-Wrench-It inventories. Here’s a Scion Toaster covered with totally brutal airbrush murals, spotted in a Denver-area yard a few months back. I can’t tell whether the front body parts got […] The post Junkyard Find: 2005 Scion xB, Devil Vampiress Edition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Customization, Colorado, Custom Cars, Autos, Toyota, Denver, 2005, Mural, Scion, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Airbrush, Rukus, xB, 2000s



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