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Project Car SOTU: The ’95 Acura Integra GS-R

Kamil Kaluski July 16, 2014 Project Cars

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“I have nowhere to park it, nowhere to drive it, and no time to spend on it”

That’s what I said about this bone stock Integra when I bought it back in November of last year. In the nine months I have owned it, I’ve put exactly forty eight miles on it and I am not proud of that. But that’s all for bad news, because the good news (I think) is that I have thrown a lot of money at it!

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Craigslist: 1987 Land Rover Defender 90

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The more time I spend around the JK Jeep Wrangler, the lower my desire and lust for Land Rover Defender becomes. Simply, the modern Jeep seems to be able to do everything that the old Land Rovers did but in a better, more civilized, way. They are also cheaper to own and more reliable. Yes, they are missing the charm, a proper rear door, and a bunch of questions from grown-up men wherever you stop, but not much else. So the question becomes, which to buy?

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Hurricane versus Jeep – Jeep Wins!

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This article was written and submitted by Miles Branman of milesperhr.com. Hit the jump for a video. -KK

Hurricane Arthur worked its way up the east coast late last week, leaving a trail of destruction from fierce winds and rain. Among the victims was Chris Scutti. Well, more like Chris’s beloved 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Just before midnight on the eve of the 4th in Arlington, Massachusetts, Chris’s father stepped onto his porch to watch the rain barrel sideways down the street. At the same moment, a huge tree gave in to the forceful winds and was pushed over like an unbalanced toddler. The tree navigated straight towards Chris’s house, more specifically right at Chris’s father, but his Grand Cherokee proved to be the family’s night in shining two-tone gray armor. Parked right in the tree’s path, it absorbed the weight of the tree by acting like a wedge.

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Rant: All Cars Are the Same!

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My mother is currently shopping for a new car and the whole process is completely frustrating her, as it would most people. Unlike most people, she knows exactly what she wants so that should makes things simpler, but it does not. The problem is that no one makes what she wants, because everyone makes the same damn thing!

[Image: Auto Guide, Motor Trend, Pickup Trucks.com]

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Craigslist: 2002 Audi S6 Avant

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Around here, we all love fun/fast/interesting wagons: we have the project Wombat, Tim’s now sold Ford Country Sedan, my own old E39 525i, and a handful of others that I am forgetting. We are split on some German wagons, however, mostly because of the great pricey unknown that comes with them. Bradley, who owns a C4 S6 would say that it is one of the best vehicles he has ever owned, but his other car is an old Porsche Boxster, so he may be biased… and he may enjoy pain. After owning six BMWs I’ll be ok if I never own one again. 

Today’s Wagon Wednesday Craigslist find is a 2002 Audi S6 Avant. The thought of twelve year old German wagon with an unnecessarily complex 40- valve DOHC engine, automatic transmission, and AWD system will have some people cringing and other grinning – which one are you?

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Hooniverse Asks Bonus: What is the best* dash cam?

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I have made a decision to purchase a dash cam for my family car for many obvious reasons. But, it’s damn difficult to figure out what’s what, what size, etc.

Here are my requirements:

  • Fairly affordable, under $150, hence the asterisk in the title.
  • Small, dark color, don’t want to look too much like a dash cam.
  • Permanent (-ish) installation.
  • Auto on/off recording with ignition on.
  • 30-60 minute video capacity, maybe more.
  • Maintenance free – basically I don’t want to touch it unless I have to get the video off it.

Does anyone know anything about dash cams? Pros, cons, what’s best, etc? Any help would be appreciated. Some of my friends recommended this.

Thanks!

[Image source: 9thgencivic.com]

Craigslist: 2000 BMW M5 – Clean and reasonably priced

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The E39 M5, a vehicle that is slowly but surly becoming an icon. Some say that it is the best M5 ever made, that it is just the right size and has just the right amount of power. It may also be last of the reasonable M5s, with no fluffed up fenders, designo side vents, or an overwhelming amount of badges. It’s just a proper naturally aspirated V8 and proper manual gearbox wrapped around a handsome body. It may be the last true wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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All GM Recalls in One Infographic

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Here at Hooniverse we do not cover automotive recalls. There are two reasons for that:

  1. There are other sources that do a much better job of that, and
  2. we hate discussing anything negative when there is so little positive in the news.

That said, recent General Motors recalls have affected so many new and old vehicles that it is worth mentioning which vehicles were recalled and for what. At the very least it may help someone who is shopping for a used car, as most of us often do.

The below infographic comes from our friends at Mojo Motors. Hit the jump to see the complete, and very long, list.

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V.I.S.I.T.: The V.I.S.I.T. Facebook Page

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V.I.S.I.T., or Vehicles I Saw In Traffic, has been a part of Hooniverse since day one. I am not sure who actually started it, perhaps Amber, but even the newest of writers have continued the series. But did you know there was also a V.I.S.I.T. Facebook page?

Join the group, add your two cents, and share your own sighting. The only thing we ask is that you don’t be an a-hole, just because you see El Caminos everyday in southern Texas it doesn’t mean that the guy in northern New Jersey sees them, just as Bentleys are common in the northeast but rarely seen in western Louisiana (I’m guessing). Don’t post stuff just for the sake of posting, and don’t post stuff you found on the internet as that’s super lame. And be cool!

Gallery preview after the jump.

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Classic GAZ Volga made better and worse by Kia

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The  GAZ M21 Volga was a Soviet car produced from 1956 until 1970. It was designed to be the equivalent of the American Buick (maybe a little higher?), where the Zil can be thought of as a Cadillac. Like all communist cars it was quite a miserable vehicle. But as times change and we forget the bad. Currently Eastern Europe is undergoing some kind of a lust for those crappy cars. People all over are restoring them, rebuilding them, and selling these pearls of communist for ridiculous amounts of money.

Whoever created the car in this video did something different. Instead of restoring, possibly re-engineering, or rebuilding, he took an existing vehicle and slapped GAZ 21-like front and rear ends on it.

Viola! Job done!

This designer’s/engineers’s/inhaler’s of bad stuff/boozer’s choice of donor vehicles was an obvious one, the Kia Amati. It’s an obvious choice because the Kia Amati was what the Soviets would have build if they suddenly developed an appetite for quality and technical advancement. The Amati was as generic of a luxury-looking automobile as anyone who ever created generic cars for TV and video-games spots could imagine. Therefore, the GAZ and the Amati were a mach made in automotive hell heaven Kid Rock concert.

Hit the jump for the painfully long thirty minute video which takes a very close look at this marvelous machine. It really is perfect, down to to illuminated check engine light.

[Thanks for the tip, Scott!]

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