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What’s The Best Fun Cheap 2000s Car That Nobody Thinks About?

CountersteerYour true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.   Since we’re all about to be broke again, maybe, it is probably time to consider what bargain-basement used rides we’ll need to pick up on Craigslist for a song. We all know 1990s cars having a moment thanks to Radwood and the like, …

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In 2008, Buying a Manual Car Meant Better Gas Mileage

Photo: Chevrolet The manual transmission is a dying luxury in today’s automotive industry, but back in 2008, as gas prices climbed beyond $3 a gallon, optioning a car with a stick shift often came with the promise of better gas mileage. We’re Partying Like It’s 2009! Welcome To Recession Jalopnik Good morning and welcome to …

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My Entire Family Drove Our 1989 Pontiac Grand Prix, The Car That Taught Me How to Love Cars

Photo: General Motors By the time the keys to my first car—a 1989 Pontiac Grand Prix—ended up in my hands, it had passed through just about everyone in the family leading up to me. My mom had first purchased it used, followed by my dad after their divorce. He’d finally retired it in favor of …

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How Often You Should Really Wash Road Salt off Your Car

Image: David Tracy If we are headed for another economic downturn (to say nothing of the subprime car loan bubble bursting) it’s more important than ever to keep what you have now in peak condition. Who knows what our financial or living situations will look like after the next big one hits. You may wonder …

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The Compact Car Uprising Is Coming

Photo: Toyota Because buyers are generally trash at forward-thinking and looking ahead, 2019’s overdue downturn will probably yield many of the same things that the last recession from 10 years ago did: A sweeping and dramatic switch from buying crossovers and SUVs to lining up to buy compacts and economy cars. Why do I think …

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Your Reminder That a Hammer Is Often the Cheapest and Easiest Way to Fix Your Car

Yesterday, I spent hours of my afternoon stranded in an O’Reilly Auto Parts parking lot as my 1995 Jeep Cherokee refused to start. I swapped relays, looked through fuses, and even tried jumping the starter motor, before throwing in the towel and calling a tow truck. But before it arrived, I attempted something dumb, and …

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When Car Loans Are a Necessary Evil

Photo: AP The problem with financial advice is that one’s personal finances are, in the end, a zero-sum game. Pay down my credit card debt and put more into my 401(k), you say? I’m trying! The reality is a little more black-and-white. You can’t spend money that you don’t have, after all. Which is why …

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We’re Partying Like It’s 2009! Welcome To Recession Jalopnik

A van gets crushed as part of the Cash for Clunkers program, 2009.Photo: AP Good morning and welcome to 2019! I pray that you’re not working today, that your hangover is at least manageable, and that you’re enjoying the comforts of modern civilization while we still have them. We’re marking the new year by journeying …