State of the Garage (and Car Vacations) Address

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It has been a while since I posted on Hooniverse so I thought I would catch you up on what’s going on in the Yu garage. A couple of Germans may soon be added. Plus, I have photos to share from my recent trips to Seattle, Los Angeles, and Japan. … Continue Reading

How Not to Sell My Salvage Titled Volvo

Jim Yu August 31, 2015 For Sale


As you may remember, my beloved 6MT Volvo V50 T5 was rear ended and declared a total loss in April. Some enterprising individual bought the wreck at an auction, proceeded to fix/replace the rear hatch, and flip it on Craigslist. Almost three months later, it still sits, stale. Make the jump to see why. … Continue Reading

My New Car: 2008 Saab 9-3 SportCombi

Jim Yu June 29, 2015 All Things Hoon


The search is over. No more rental cars. No more reading the bus schedule. No more blurry eyes from staring at Craigslist, Buggy Bank, Autotrader, and Bring A Trailer. The search is over.

Make the jump to see my new ride.

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Hooniverse Goes to the Citroen Conservatoire


Lady and gentlemen, the Citroen Conservatoire is one of those places where you say to yourself, after the visit– If I die now, I have no regrets and I’ve lived a full life. The collection is that extraordinary. And here’s the secret– It’s not a private collection that is next to impossible to see. Just send a courteous email to the staff, and they’ll happily fit you in.

There are hundreds of cars in the collection, so I have split this tour into four posts. Make the jump to see Nirvana-on-Earth.

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Shopping for Saabs (x4)

Jim Yu April 27, 2015 All Things Hoon, For Sale


The wrecked Volvo is going to be replaced by some kind of Saab, probably. Last weekend, I checked out four. And I need your help.  … Continue Reading

Need to Replace the V50 Wagon

Jim Yu April 21, 2015 All Things Hoon, For Sale


That, lady and gentlemen, is $9,199 worth of damage. A matte black Yukon with a pre-runner bar rear ended my beloved wagon. The car, 1 of just 400 FWD 6-speed manuals sold in America, is a total loss. As many of you know, it takes me a long time– typically more than a year– to choose and find a car. Well, I don’t have the luxury of time and need your help. Make the jump to see what I’m considering.

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Hooniverse Goes to Formula E


1 series. 10 teams. 20 drivers. 40 cars. Say what? Because the electric racers don’t have enough juice to run the entire hour-long race, Formula E drivers have to switch cars midway through. And you know what? That’s not the most absurd thing about this series. Make the jump to find out why I think the series is a novelty with a three-year expiration date, tops.

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Flagship Dealerships of the Champs-Elysees: Renault, Citroen


Ready for something weird? Really weird? French weird?

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Flagship Dealerships of the Champs-Elysees: Peugeot, Mercedes, Toyota

Jim Yu February 24, 2015 Hooniverse Goes To...


After spending two days at Retromobile, I yearned for more! Five fancy dealerships– Peugeot, Mercedes, Toyota, Renault, and Citroen– were within a few blocks of each other along the Champs-Elysees. I braved sub-freezing weather to visit them, and I was not disappointed.

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Retromobile 2015: Potpourri Edition

Jim Yu February 20, 2015 Hooniverse Goes To...


We end Hooniverse’s coverage of Retromobile 2015 with random oddities. From old prototypes to coach-built one-offs, we’ve got everything. I approached this white car from the rear and assumed it was some obscure Japanese car, perhaps a Mazda. Wrong. It’s a 1963 Lancia Flaminia by Pininfarina. I really dig the taillight treatment.

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