My Midlife Crisis, or Adventures in Audi Maintenance

Posted in Beater Cars, Car Buying, European, European Review by Dustin Driver | January 15th, 2015 | 1 Response |


Sure, it’s not really that bad as midlife crises go. I mean, yes, when I hit midlife I did switch jobs three times and got divorced, but that’s more the result of a constant and chronic whole-life crisis, not one of the midlife variety. No, my midlife crisis was automotive. My vehicular partners have all been Japanese and reliable and, literally, colorless (silver, beige, white, black, gray). I had owned my 2003 Mazda Protégé 5 for 10 long years. It was a fun, zippy, practical, economical car that could really do anything. But at 37 something snapped and I decided I needed more elegance, more power, more refinement. Enter the A4. Read More…

Michelin Pilot Super Sport: Track Review

Posted in Featured, General, muscle cars, Mustang, Other, Tires by MrAngry | September 22nd, 2013 | 1 Response |


So last week I had mentioned that I was heading down to Laguna Seca with my 2013 Ford Mustang GT. Aside from being a factory track pack car, the only upgrades are stainless steel brake lines, upgraded pads and some high temp fluid, otherwise, that’s it. When it came to tires (and as mentioned in my previous post) I ditched the worn out Pirelli P Zero’s and mounted a shiny new set of Michelin Pilot Super Sports. The goal was to baseline the car in stock form for a year and then incrementally upgrade it based on my findings.

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eBay Deal of the Week: 1990 Molser Consulier Targa

Posted in Best of, Domestic Rides, eBay Motors, General, Other, Promoted, Rides by MrAngry | July 1st, 2013 | 2 Responses |


Spyker, Koenigsegg, Bugatti, Pagani and Mosler. Boutique car companies who have made names for themselves selling rare icons of automotive performance to the public. Today these companies are fairly well known, but in the beginning they were little more than brief mentions in the automotive rags of the day. Mosler is one such company, and this 1990 Molser Consulier Targa that currently resides on eBay is one of the cars that helped put them on the map. Oddly enough, when you read the spec sheet on the Consulier Targa, performance is the last thing that comes to mind. For instance, the engine was a 2.2-liter Turbo II Chrysler engine. It was the same one that powered K-cars, Minivans, and the Dodge Daytona’s of the day. Power was estimated at around 200 hp, with a 0-60 time of 5 seconds. The big news however was that Consulier was offering $25,000 to any regular production car who could beat their cars around a race track.

The one you see here has just 11,288 miles on the clock, has never been titled, and is one of 100 units built from 1985-1993. That means this is one very rare car. Click through to check out more pics and a video, or click on the link below to go directly to the ad.


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2013 VW Beetle Convertible With Sound & Nav: Akatuki4 Review

Posted in Car Reviews, European Review, Featured, Akatuki4 Review, Volkswagen by Kurt Ernst | March 25th, 2013 | 1 Response |

2013 VW Beetle Convertible

Thumbs Up: Better than the last Beetle Convertible in every way

Thumbs Down: Cloth seats not available, not much rear passenger room

Buy This Car If: You were there in the 1970s and long for your first Beetle convertible

It’s probably safe to say that few cars ever sold in North America achieved quite as large a cult following as the original Volkswagen Beetle. Countless numbers of us learned to drive behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Beetle, and those of us in snow-belt states soon learned the advantage of skinny tires and a rear-mounted engine in winter. We also learned about things like snap oversteer on black ice, ejecting windshield wiper blades and a heating system that varied between “primitive” and “nonexistent.” Read More…

2014 Mazda6 i Grand Touring: Akatuki4 Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Featured, Import Review, Mazda, Akatuki4 Review by Kurt Ernst | March 18th, 2013 | 3 Responses |

2014 Mazda6 i

Thumbs Up: Perhaps the best-looking midsize sedan, premium feel

Thumbs Down: Could use more power, transmission not particularly sporty

Buy This Car If: You’re shopping for a midsize sedan with good looks and an upscale feel

While this may not come as a surprise to many readers, Mazda doesn’t sell nearly as many Mazda6 sedans as Honda sells Accords or Toyota sells Camrys. That’s not to say the previous Mazda6 was a bad car, but it was easily lost in the crowd, especially when competitors spend serious money on television and print advertising. Read More…

2013 Honda Accord Sport: Akatuki4 Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Featured, Honda, Import Review, Akatuki4 Review by Kurt Ernst | March 11th, 2013 | 1 Response |

2013 Honda Accord Sport

Thumbs Up: Reasonable power and ride quality

Thumbs Down: Sport in name only with CVT

Buy This Car If: You want Honda reliability in a relatively entertaining midsize sedan

When Honda redesigned the Accord for the 2013 model year, it also made a serious attempt to broaden the product line and appeal to an even wider array of customers. One such model is the new-for-2013 Accord Sport, which lies one step up from the bottom of the range and is meant to appeal to younger buyers looking for some entertainment value with their family sedan. Read More…

2013 Mazda 3 i Grand Touring Sedan: Akatuki4 Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Featured, Import Review, Mazda, Akatuki4 Review by Kurt Ernst | March 4th, 2013 | Leave a Reply |

2013 Mazda3 i Grand Touring

Thumbs Up: Impressive handling and fuel economy; good content for the money

Thumbs Down: Dated exterior design

Buy This Car If: You want a commuter car that delivers both features and frugality

Just a few short years ago , a car that served up features like a blind spot detection system, adaptive headlights, Bluetooth audio streaming, navigation, keyless entry with push-button start, rain-sensing wipers and a Bose Centerpoint surround-sound audio system would have fallen into the luxury car realm, priced far out of reach of the average consumer. Read More…

2013 Kia Optima SX Limited: Akatuki4 Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Featured, Import Review, Kia, Akatuki4 Review by Kurt Ernst | February 25th, 2013 | Leave a Reply |

2013 Kia Optima SXL

Thumbs Up: Looks good, best-equipped Kia we’ve ever driven

Thumbs Down: More chrome does not equal more luxury

Buy This Car If: You’re a Kia loyalist who’s looking for entry-level luxury

Not too many years ago, Korean automotive brands were shopped almost exclusively by those who couldn’t afford a Japanese alternative. Then Hyundai and Kia borrowed a page from the Japanese automaker playbook; once they’d drawn in the initial batch of customers with low prices, the Korean brands began to step up quality. Read More…

2013 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L V6: Akatuki4 Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Featured, Honda, Import Review, Akatuki4 Review by Kurt Ernst | February 18th, 2013 | Leave a Reply |

2013 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L

Thumbs Up: Usable back seat, Acura quality with a Honda price tag

Thumbs Down: Stops just short of being a driver’s car

Buy This Car If: You need sedan-like room but prefer a coupe body style

Honda has completely revamped its Accord lineup for 2013, and an all-new Accord Coupe is among the models. While that may have been met with some indifference in the past, the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe is a surprisingly capable car that looks great both inside and out. In fact, the only thing we can’t figure out about the new Accord Coupe, especially in higher-trim versions, is why it’s sporting a Honda badge and not an Acura logo. Read More…

2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club: Akatuki4 Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Featured, Import Review, Mazda, Promoted, Akatuki4 Review by Kurt Ernst | February 11th, 2013 | 2 Responses |

2013 Maxda MX-5 Miata Club

Thumbs Up: Still delivers razor-sharp handling and superb value

Thumbs Down: Long overdue for replacement

Buy This Car If: You prefer your affordable fun in topless form

Mazda’s MX-5 Miata, in its current form, dates back to the 2006 model year. That’s when the second generation of the world’s favorite sports car gave way to the current generation, dubbed “NC” in Miata-speak. Seven years is a long time to sell any model without significant changes, but the Mazda MX-5 Miata has one primary advantage: it’s outlived all of its competition. Read More…

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