It’d been a year of flipping through dead-end internet listings and skimming Hemmings, and five years since I sold my little 1963 AMC Rambler. But after meeting my car-nut boyfriend, Dan—owner of one too many Land Rovers—I knew it was time for me to get another old car. He tried to steer me down the British route, but I’ve always had a heart for American classics.I grew up on Long Island with a gearhead father who brought me along to Sunday car shows, letting me ride along in a rumble seat not long after I could walk. He overflowed with stories about growing up in Brooklyn, a car-crazy child in a big, bustling city. At 12 years old, he used to steal his father’s Cadillac to go cruising while Grandpa was out on his boat—or vice versa. My father eventually moved out to the south shore of Long Island to start a custom sport-fishing boat business but has never stopped being a motorhead—a passion he’s passed on to me. The problem was … [Read more...] about Cross-country Coronet: An adventure in a 1966 Dodge Coronet
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What Car Should You Buy The experts at Jalopnik answer your car-buying questions. Geoff has had absolutely terrible luck with WRX: multiple accidents, several major repairs, and to top it all off he is getting knee replacement surgery so he can’t drive a manual anymore. He is looking for another four-door car that is fast and fun with all-wheel-drive. What car should he buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars. ) Here is the scenario: My WRX is cursed! In almost exactly 2 years, I’ve been hit 3 times, two while the car was completely stopped. I’ve also had transmissions work for faulty parts, (throw-out bearing recall x2) issues with the cable shift connection, and a turbo leak on top of that. The car is 100% stock, save some window tint! When we bought it originally, the idea was to keep it around 3 years and then trade it for something my wife could also drive. She can’t /won’t drive a … [Read more...] about My Subaru WRX Is Cursed! What Car Should I Buy?