Ford’s PowerShift transmission has had a rough go of it since being introduced in 2010, mainly for being shitty. It’s also been the subject of lawsuits and, now, a hefty 10 million Australian dollar fine handed out to Ford by the Australian government, which called the way Ford responded to consumer complaints over the transmission there … [Read more...] about Ford Given Massive Fine In Australia Over Its Crappy PowerShift Transmission
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Austin, who is surprisingly from Texas, has a BMW that he wants to sell and use the proceeds for something that he can transform into a machine that’s part daily driver and part rally-racer. This is a goal we can all support, so what car should he buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. Do you want us to … [Read more...] about I Want To Sell My BMW And Replace It With A Rally Car! What Car Should I Buy?
Everyone these days, from Tesla to Cadillac to Nissan to BMW to Infiniti, has some kind of semiautonomous system that controls the throttle and steers for you on highways. Most of them are exercises in sheer terror. But even if they were good—especially if they were good—they shouldn’t exist anyway. Let me tell you a brief, boring story. On Sunday I was out on … [Read more...] about Why Adaptive Cruise Control Should Be The Last Driving Aid Before Full Autonomy
There is are extremely few circumstances when you should pull the emergency brake on a train. Like, almost zero. We should get rid of it entirely, and replace it with this thing. An emergency handle just to let the train driver know something’s up. The emergency brake is a plague upon the subway system of my fair city of New York. People seem to pull it all willy-nilly … [Read more...] about Good God Can We Finally Replace The Lousy Emergency Brake With This
Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know. 1st Gear: Ford’s Also Making 25.5 Billion In Cuts While we’re deeply saddened that our answer to “have you driven a Ford lately?” will be “no, because you killed off … [Read more...] about Jeep’s Success And Hyundai’s Losses Illustrate Why Ford Killed Its Small Cars
When I wrote my Bumper Stickers Suck take back in February, the only dissenting voice in the office came from Jalopnik superboss Patrick George. Unfortunately, Patrick wasn’t there the day that we were to argue about them, so I thought I was in the clear... until Night Man Justin Westbrook spoke up. Justin, I was dismayed to learn, is very Pro Bumper Sticker. He embraces … [Read more...] about Are Bumper Stickers Great Or Horrible? A Cargument
Making a car is expensive, and nobody would want go through the process of building an entire working automobile if they’re not thinking of putting it on sale. And yet here is (or isn’t) the Prodrive P2, an all-wheel drive monster that never even was meant to be bought. The P2 made itself known to the world on Top Gear back in 2006, when it got Jeremy Clarkson to … [Read more...] about I’m Still Mad We Never Got The Incredible Subaru-Based Prodrive P2
Land Rover has a reputation for being one of the most unreliable brands on the market. And yet, people still drive them like they’re going out of style. Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Freelander is a Land Rover that has actually gone out of style, but will its price have you bringing it back? Reading through the comments on yesterday’s accident marred 2007 … [Read more...] about At $4,499, Could This 2004 Land Rover Freelander SE3 Set You Free?
Today we’re going to learn about the three different stages of “oh, shit” from the new owner of a BMW Z4 and his passenger-friend recording him drive it straight into a wall. The first stage of “oh, shit” is slightly alarmed but mostly excited, when the Z4 first starts to go sideways on the wet road. The second stage of “oh, shit” is … [Read more...] about Watch The Proud New Owner Of A BMW Z4 Crash It Straight Into A Wall
It’s hard to put the success of the Mazda Miata into perspective, a unbelievably huge hit from a rather small company. How small? Small enough that Mazda didn’t have enough money to to put out the Miata and a minivan at the same time, and it chose the minivan first. This is the Mazda MPV, a multi-purpose vehicle if you want to use the cool terminology of the day. It … [Read more...] about Mazda Was So Small In The 1980s That It Put Off The Miata To Make A Minivan