Archive | June, 2011

Review: 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible: Topless Hot Wheels

America loves the new Chevrolet Camaro. You really can’t argue with the previous statement, as the new Camaro outsold the Ford Mustang in 2010. That was with one body style, the coupe. All while the Ford Mustang had both a coupe and convertible, along with a myriad of other speciality models. So what happens when you chop the top off the Camaro? Chevrolet has taken out the sawzall and handed me the keys to find out. Read More…

Review – 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe: The Red Blooded Coupe

Holy crap, Cadillac has a sexy coupe for sale. I mean, who thought I would utter those words in 2011? Well there they are, in black and white type.

The reality is that any variant of the CTS-V is awe inspiring, and I’ve already attempted to find the meaning of life with the CTS-V Sport Wagon. But when the opportunity arises, who am I to turn down the opportunity to find out what is it like to live with the CTS-V Coupe? Read More…

Review – 2011 Ford F-150 FX4

We’ve established more than once that I am not a truck guy. In all reality I don’t live in the country, I don’t work in construction, and while we have boats at my cabin, I only tow them a handful of times a year. So in essence, I don’t have a huge need for a truck on a daily basis.

Now that I’ve said all that, it is true that every time a truck lands in my driveway for a week I seem to get all excited. I like driving trucks. They are big, loud (comparatively speaking), and have ridiculous capabilities that I’ll never end up fully utilizing. But hey, those capabilities are there. Read More…

Travis Pastrana Copies Ken Block’s Formula: Hot Chicks + Cool Car = Views

Travis Pastrana has just revealed his new 2011 rally car livery in the best possible way, by spoofing Ken Block’s viral videos. Ken Block’s formula is typically hot chicks + cool car = views. Pastrana took it one step further, “hot” old chicks + cool cars + ripping on competition = views.

Couple of things that take the video to the level of awesome:

  • Pastrana mentions how it’s going to be amazing when he beats Ken at the X Games again
  • Pastrana notes that his new DC Team gear will be available after Ken’s, since Ken’s the boss
  • Pastrana points out that his schedule is busier than Ken’s
  • Old chicks dancing in skimpy clothes

Whether or not you follow the X Games, it is likely that you’ll find this video hilarious.

 

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Review: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco: 40 Is The New 30

You know what they say…,..40 is the new 30. Well it is sure is when it comes to miles per gallon these days. With gasoline well over $4 per gallon in many cities, consumers are starting to look to fuel efficient cars, and 40 mpg is quickly becoming the new standard.

Back when I reviewed the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, I deemed it the most competitive compact car on the market. Thing is, quite a few competitors have launched new compact cars since then, with more on the way. I spent a week with the Eco model of the Chevrolet Cruze to see if it is still top of the compact class, and to determine if that 42 mpg highway rating really realistic. Read More…

Four Awesome Features All Federmobiles Should Have

This past weekend I ended up running an errand in my buddies 2010 Volkswagen GTI. The first thing I noticed was four buttons sitting in-front of the shifter. These four features are clearly things I need on future Federmobiles.

  • Oil Slick: Pretty self explanitory. Push it and the car will create and oil slick puddle so the bad guys will crash.
  • Missiles: Again, pretty self explanatory. Push to activate the heat-seeking missiles that will destroy that Toyota Corolla in front of you.
  • Ludicrous Speed: This one is an interesting feature. Push the button and you will instantly be well above legal speeds. Think of it as NOS, but from the future.
  • Eject: Well obviously this is for the ejector seat. You know that annoying kid you have to drive in the carpool? Yea, warn him if he doesn’t quiet down he’ll be taking a trip into the sky…

Yes, all of the above are awesome features in my buddies GTI. I love it. I can’t wait for the next Federmobile to have the above features.

Note: The above features are not real. The buttons have stickers on them. No children have ever been ejected from my buddies GTI.

The 2011 Chrysler 200: Chrysler Impresses When Press Car Breaks

As some of you learned late last night via my Twitter and Facebook stream, the armrest on the Chrysler 200 broke. Now before you get into the Imported From Detroit quips, I want to give some background on the situation.

A few weeks back I had the 2011 Dodge Avenger Heat in my driveway. It shares the same armrest design as the new 200. When operating normally, the armrest should slide back and forth. When it slides back it should lock into place with a click. When the 200 arrived on Monday the armrest slid freely with no click. Meaning the armrest never locked into place at any point.

This leads me to think that at some level the armrest was already broken to a degree. I believe me putting weight on the armrest last night was merely the straw that broke the 200’s back.

I received a call promptly this morning from my Chrysler rep after she learned of the situation. I actually offered to drive the car to a local dealership and have the armrest repaired.

Chrysler isn’t taking the situation lightly. It has asked me to stop driving the car and is sending someone up to take it back tomorrow. It is actually shipping it directly to Detroit, and having the 200 team look at it.

I am told this is the first time the 200 team has heard of anything like this happening. It is planning on doing a full investigation in an effort to determine what was the cause of the breakage.

Chrysler’s reaction is what impresses me. It seems to be very concerned as to why something like this would happen. Enough so that it would take the time to look at this specific press car in an attempt to determine what caused the break. Would every automaker do that if a part broke on a new press car? None the less an armrest? I’m not sure, but today Chrysler is, and that’s something to note.

MN C&C – June 2011

Another month brings another gathering of cars and people drinking coffee. Sadly I was unable to attend due to being in Iowa for a wedding. Luckily David Nichols who has a site called Track Time Audio, was able to snap some great photos and provide us with a gallery full of eye candy. So grab a nice tall glass of lemonade and click through the gallery below.

Towing Experience: When A CTS-V Coupe Has A Blow Out

This is the tale of my experience with the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe and having a blowout during that time. I assure you it’s entertaining if it isn’t you that is living it.

My fiancée and I were just leaving home in the CTS-V Coupe, off to see some friends, when a large pothole on an onramp blew out the front passenger side tire. Immediately after hitting the pothole I realized the tire blew out and pulled over. At this point I didn’t realize how bad a situation this really was going to become. Read More…

Review – 2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 Sport: Made For Little Suzy’s Parents

You know, I read an article once about a group of Volkswagen Touareg owners that got together to go off-roading a few times a year. These owners were proud to have a Volkswagen SUV that could truly go off-road, competing with the best that Jeep and others had to offer. Sadly, this group was the minority when it comes to Touareg owners.

Most people want a SUV/CUV that has the ability to tow and maybe go off-road, but mostly they just want to get little Suzy to school through the snow and make it to Costco before it closes. Volkswagen gets this reality and when it came time for the second generation Touareg, it kept little Suzy and her parents in mind. Lets see how it turned out. Read More…