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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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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 …