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Volkswagen Questionably Advertises the Manual Transmission as a Security Feature Volkswagen Questionably Advertises the Manual Transmission as a Security Feature

“Manual Transmission Foils Car Theft” is a headline we write all too often, and now Volkswagen has taken advantage of America’s stick shift incompetence to advertise its Jetta GLI’s manual transmission as a security feature. So just leave your manual car unlocked, the commercial suggests. It’ll be fineeee. Maybe.

The U.S. is going gaga over mid-size pickup trucks right now, and VW, Ford, and Hyundai may bring some compact trucks into the fold soon. And while that’s exciting in its own right, what I want to know is: When are the utes making a comeback? This 1973 GMC Sprint is basically a rebadged Chevy El Camino, with both cars…

German Police Stop Over 100 Cars Involved in Road Rally German Police Stop Over 100 Cars Involved in Road Rally

This past weekend in Michigan, hundreds of rusted-out shitboxes likely spewed fluids, rust, and unburnt fuel all over the roadway, and while that event had its own share of drama, it didn’t get hit hard by the fuzz like a fancy-car road rally in Europe did. Specifically, German police stopped “Eurorally” last week due…

Why the Second-Generation Dodge Dakota Deserves Your Attention Why the Second-Generation Dodge Dakota Deserves Your Attention

This morning, Automotive News quoted Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley as saying Ram is planning to bring a mid-size truck back to market. The story reminded me of something I’ve been meaning to discuss: the second-generation Dodge Dakota. It is deeply underrated.

This Buick Minivan Has a Shockingly Beautiful Interior This Buick Minivan Has a Shockingly Beautiful Interior

The Buick GL8 is a big luxury minivan that we don’t get in the U.S., and once you see these stunning interior photos of a new concept variant, you’ll realize that this is a damn shame.

My $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer's New Owner Is Giving the Jeep the Love It Always Deserved My $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer's New Owner Is Giving the Jeep the Love It Always Deserved

Before Project POStal there was Project Redwood, an $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer with rusted-out rocker panels, no driver’s side floors, and dents covering much of the body. After fixing the Jeep’s mechanicals and driving it over 3,500 miles from Michigan to Utah and back, I sold it. And now the new owner has sent me…

This Jeepney Driver’s Hands-Free Manual Transmission Shifting Technique Is Absurd

It’s getting harder and harder to find folks who can actually operate a manual transmission in the U.S., but in other parts of the world, sticks are still the norm. And in the Philippines, one man in particular makes self-shifting look incredibly easy. By using his foot.

How I Fixed My $500 Postal Jeep After It Left Me Stranded in the Rocky Mountains How I Fixed My $500 Postal Jeep After It Left Me Stranded in the Rocky Mountains

My brothers and I were at a motel at the base of a grueling Rocky Mountain pass, and I couldn’t sleep. The following day, we were set to ascend a steep grade called “Wolf Creek Pass,” and I wasn’t sure how my $500 postal Jeep would fare. But because of a brake issue, we didn’t drive up the grade the next day; here’s…

The Last-Minute Repair Frenzy That Saved My $500 Postal Jeep Project The Last-Minute Repair Frenzy That Saved My $500 Postal Jeep Project

“That’s it. I’m calling it—Project POStal is officially dead. I cannot drive this Jeep,” I declared a day after I’d planned to leave Michigan on an 1,800 mile journey to Utah. I didn’t feel comfortable driving the $500 postal Jeep, so I had no choice but to give up. Here’s the story of the valiant wrenching effort…

I Had Three Strange Run-Ins With the Police in My $500 Postal Jeep

I still have so many stories to tell about my $500 Postal Jeep adventure from Michigan to Utah, including what the final legs were like, what it was like to off-road, and of course, what it all cost. But first, it’s time to describe the three bizarre and hilarious encounters with police I had while driving my most…

Unsold New Cars Are Overflowing Into Empty Shopping Centers and Fields Unsold New Cars Are Overflowing Into Empty Shopping Centers and Fields

Dealerships have too many cars, Volkswagen is planning its pickup truck offensive, Chinese EV startup Nio is making a splash, and questions about how to profit from autonomous cars. All this and more for The Morning Shift of Monday, April 29, 2019.

My $500 Postal Jeep Triumphantly Arrives in Moab After a Grueling 1,800-Mile Journey My $500 Postal Jeep Triumphantly Arrives in Moab After a Grueling 1,800-Mile Journey

“It’s too far gone,” the unbelievers said. “It cannot be saved.”Project Postal—the $500 postal Jeep that at the time had a two-foot rust hole in its frame and a cracked engine—was met with plenty of doubt from the beginning. And people were right to be skeptical, but after intense wrenching that consumed my life for…

My $500 Postal Jeep Has Been Stuck in a Colorado Days Inn Parking Lot For Two Days My $500 Postal Jeep Has Been Stuck in a Colorado Days Inn Parking Lot For Two Days

I haven’t written an update on Project Postal—my rusty, junkyard-grade $500 postal Jeep—since Wednesday, because driving the Jeep drains me to no end, and more importantly, the vehicle has been broken for two days, and my brothers and I have been running around trying to fix it.

My $500 Postal Jeep Made It 400 Miles to Illinois but It Was Truly Miserable My $500 Postal Jeep Made It 400 Miles to Illinois but It Was Truly Miserable

After fixing the engine, ignition system, frame, body, suspension, steering, and basically the whole damn car, I finally got my $500 Postal Jeep on the road, and amazingly, it’s gone 400 miles from Michigan to Illinois without a major issue! Well, except for one: I was miserable the whole time.

After Endless Setbacks My $500 Postal Jeep Finally Begins the 1,800 Mile Journey to Moab After Endless Setbacks My $500 Postal Jeep Finally Begins the 1,800 Mile Journey to Moab

I haven’t showered in five days, and I’ve barely slept. Trying to prepare my dilapidated $500 Postal Jeep—dubbed Project POStal—for an 1,800 trip to Utah brought me so close to the brink that on Thursday, I actually gave up. The Jeep was too far gone, I decided. But a last-minute burst of energy changed everything,…

My 1,800 Mile Trip in This $500 Postal Jeep Is Starting to Look Less Hopeless My 1,800 Mile Trip in This $500 Postal Jeep Is Starting to Look Less Hopeless

I’m supposed to leave tomorrow on an 1,800 mile expedition to Moab, Utah, but the amount of work I have to do to get my 1976 Jeep DJ-5D—dubbed Project POStal—ready will likely push that back. Still, I have lots of great news to report: The engine now sounds better than ever, I have the front axle all hooked up, the…

The Jeep Wayout Concept Is a 2020 Jeep Gladiator Turned Into an Overlanding Beast

One of the most exciting things about the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, and about mid-size off-road trucks in general, is that they make for excellent overlanding rigs. And to prove this point, Jeep has built the “Wayout” concept for the Moab Easter Jeep Safari. Check out its awesome rooftop tent.

Here's How the Jeep M-715 Five-Quarter's 700+ HP Engine Sounds

With the M-715 “Five-Quarter” concept, Jeep somehow turned the already perfect M-715 military truck into something even perfect-er. Among modifications that contributed to bringing this Jeep into the pantheon of legendary concept Jeeps is the Hellcrate engine. Here’s how it sounds.

The Jeep J6 Concept Is the Regular Cab Long-Bed Jeep Pickup We've All Been Yearning For The Jeep J6 Concept Is the Regular Cab Long-Bed Jeep Pickup We've All Been Yearning For

When the 2020 Jeep Gladiator debuted at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, many complained that the first Jeep truck since 1992 was too big. “I want a regular cab,” the masses of internet truck-diehards yelled in all caps. Well, there’s some good news for them, as last week, Jeep showed off exactly that in the Jeep J6…

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