It’s a crappy situation but it still happens: Someone hits your car while it’s parked and drives off without leaving you a note. Jalopnik Friends, let’s combine our super powers and see if we can identify the kind of car that hit this Tesla Model X! Here’s what happened. Over the weekend, a reader named Dario went to a basketball game with his wife and kids in Dallas. Upon returning, they found that someone had hit their car while it was parked in a parking garage. As you can see from the photo, the person caused some pretty serious damage and didn’t leave a note. (Classy.) There were no witnesses, either. Dario has taken pictures of what the other car left behind—what look like bits of the tail light and the bumper. Do these fragmented bits ring any bells for you, Internet Sleuths? What could they have come from? … [Read more...] about Can You Help Identify These Parts From A Tesla Model X Hit-And-Run?
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With only 10 days left before my $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer has to drive 1,700 miles from Michigan to the off-road trails of Utah, I’ve been desperate for wrenching help lately. Luckily, this past weekend, some friends noticed this desperation, and helped me defeat my arch nemeses: electrical gremlins. My initial plan was to hire a witch to brew up a special potion to extract the electrical gremlins from the soul of my 1986 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. But I didn’t have to take that spiritual route, as a Jalopnik reader named Brandon volunteered to conduct the exorcism with nothing more than a Haynes repair manual and a multimeter. Brandon was a beast at electrical diagnoses. He had emailed me last week offering to help wrench, and even volunteered to take point on the electrical system, which—at the time—was in peril. I had no taillights, no turn signals, no brake lights, no trailer brakes, no HVAC blower fan and no rear window control. But Brandon came over, swapped … [Read more...] about Praise The Car Gods The Electrical Gremlins Have Left My $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
Porsche followed up its hit Mission E electric sedan concept from last year with a lifted wagon version at last week’s Geneva Motor Show. While only the sedan is confirmed for production next year, it could lead to more variants including a coupe and convertible. Porsche’s head of electric vehicle development, Stefan Weckbach, discussed the possibility of a two-door electric sports car based on the Mission E platform in a roundtable interview this week. The options on the table are a coupe, convertible and possibly rear-wheel drive models, according to Car And Driver. But prior to the debut of any models built on the joint Audi/Porsche PPE (Premium Platform Electric) EV platform—still three or four years out—there may be other Mission E variants on the way. “If you talk about two-door cars or convertibles, the [Mission E] platform will be ready for that,” he said this week at an auto show roundtable interview. Not all Mission E versions are likely … [Read more...] about Porsche Is Considering A Sporty Electric Coupe Based On The Mission E
CMT is in early talks about producing a show featuring spouses in NASCAR, a source with knowledge on the potential show told Jalopnik on Monday. As the series loses its only full-time woman driver, this doesn’t look like a step forward. Interestingly, this isn’t the first time anything like this has been proposed. Fox News reported in 2010 that TLC was looking into a similar idea, but that it never made it on air because all of the women involved got along too well. That’s the key word, though: women. In TLC’s 2009 concept, Fox News reported that those involved in the TLC idea were Kevin Harvick’s wife, DeLana Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s sister, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, Mike Skinner’s wife, Angie Skinner, and Jeremy Mayfield’s wife, Shana Mayfield. Nearly a decade later, there’s a new group of women as Sports Business Daily reports. A pilot for the potential CMT show included Kyle Busch’s wife, Samantha Busch, Kurt … [Read more...] about CMT Is Looking Into A Reality Show About NASCAR Spouses
It seems that one of the most important pieces of equipment for a dealership’s service manager should know how to use is a telephone. If the service manager at Titan Ford in New South Wales, Australia, was able to properly hang up his telephone-machine, then a pretty colossal mess involving a Focus RS head gasket recall could have been avoided. Of course, it wasn’t, which is why we’re here. Xander is a Focus RS owner from Australia, and, according to his Facebook page, appears to be a fan of small dogs and orange shoes. He had posted about his Focus RS before, a post expressing his displeasure with the head gasket issues that Focus RS have been suffering all over the globe, issues that have led to a recall to replace the improper gaskets. Xander’s original post has been removed, but the image associated with the post has been re-posted here: Additionally, Xander has had issues with Titan Ford’s handling of the recall, stating in another Facebook post: In … [Read more...] about Dealer Calls Man A ‘Fuckwit’ Over Ford Focus RS Head Gasket Recall