The new trend in sports cars isn’t all that new. Reimagined classic sports cars (or recreated, in some cases) are all the rage, with the new Toyota Supra set to join the long list of classics to be revived in the coming months.
That list already includes the Nissan GTR (replacing the Skyline after a brief hiatus) and the Honda/Acura NSX. It’s not just sports cars – even luxury cars are getting in on the fun – in a different way, of course – with Jaguar and Aston Martin offering rebuilds of classic cars (in the case of the DB4 GT, you’ll need a paltry $1.9 million) that are surely out of just about everyone’s price range. Even Lancia (!!) recently got in on the action with a remake of the Delta S4.
So, let’s get inspired by that new Supra. What classic affordable sports cars would you like to see revived? Here are our picks:
Have you noticed your car slowing down with age? Most drivers don’t push a car to its limits on a track, but that doesn’t mean that a slip in engine performance isn’t noticeable – especially when merging onto a highway. For true gearheads, the root cause isn’t usually that hard to diagnose, but for day-to-day drivers, it can be a bit tougher, and even result in higher maintenance bills.
Noticing a lack of get-up-and-go in your ride? Here are a few potential causes:
Old, Dirty Air Filters
It’s called a combustion engine for a reason – and that combustion requires oxygen. A clogged or dirty air filter can cause decreased or even contaminated airflow into the engine, both of which can restrict performance. Make sure you’re regularly cleaning out and replacing your oxygen filter – if you don’t, your car can even have trouble starting up, as the dirt the filter is *supposed* to be catching can pollute the rest of the engine and even affect the spark plug.
You wouldn’t run very well without oxygen. Your engine is the same way, only made of metal and a lot cooler.
Carbon Deposits On Valves
So, you cleaned up that old air filter and now your engine has all the oxygen it needs to perform. Great job! That still might not do the trick, though.
Here at Berryman, we know the value of having a pristinely clean fuel system – it’s the basis for our Chemtooler product. Remember that air we just talked about? Well, if your valves can’t close all the way (or as fast as they’re supposed to), that oxygen can escape during the compression stroke process. This is caused by buildup on the intake valves themselves, and can rob your car of power or cause backfiring. Nobody wants that!
Low Tire Pressure
This one obviously has nothing to do with the engine, but it can make a world of difference, especially as the leaves finish turning and the temperature drops around us. Noticing decreased acceleration and overall performance in the winter? That may be a tire pressure issue.
Getting into a car during the winter can be agonizing (at least when a cozy bed is just a few steps away), but it’s not just the interior of the car that’s been getting cold overnight – everything else is, too. That includes the air inside of the tires, and as we all know, when gases cool down, they contract. That means that your tire pressure may actually be lower than expected – and can lead to a surprising loss of performance.
Auto enthusiasts are, at their core, romantic about the driving experience. They envision driving experiences on deserted mountain roads, twisting and winding and pushing their ride’s handling capabilities to the limit. For purists, this includes a stick shift, rear-wheel drive and a light, nimble chassis.
Ask an automotive forum what kind of car fits your needs – odds are, unless you’re hauling a ton of cargo, you’ll be met with a lot of answers reading “Mazda Miata” or some kind of a hot hatch.
To that end, there was some outcry in the enthusiast community recently when Ford announced that they’d be halting production and selling of their non-SUV, non-truck cars (save for the Mustang) in North America. The culprit is one that the community is all-too familiar with: the crossover.
Crossovers have been gaining in popularity for years now. In a way, they represent the best of both worlds for most car buyers – the utility of an SUV with the fuel economy of a sedan – but to enthusiasts, they’re often lacking the soul and driving experience provided by sedans and coupes.
Still, there’s no denying their popularity – while the top three most sold cars in 2017 were, as always, pickup trucks (in order: F150, Silverado, Ram), crossovers take up a whole lot of real estate on the sales charts. In fact, for the three largest Japanese manufacturers (Honda, Toyota and Nissan) all saw crossovers top their internal sales charts. Toyota’s RAV4 is, coincidentally, the fourth-best selling car in America, while Nissan’s Rogue and Honda’s CR-V aren’t far behind. That’s more than the Civic, Accord, and Corolla – three of the highest-selling cars of all-time.
Have car owners sold their souls for practicality, or is it time to embrace the crossover overlords?
Here’s where this blog post heads into some editorialized territory: I (the author) consider myself a car enthusiast. My last car, one of the last two-door Accords to roll out of Honda’s factory, wasn’t the sportiest thing around, but it was a blast to drive and had a ton of character. But after a while, two doors aren’t enough.
I was staunchly against the idea of buying a crossover when it came time to get a new ride. I looked at just about every affordable sedan I could find, and was agonizing over whether to get a new, four-door Accord or go with the Toyota Camry.
It took one test drive to change my mind on both my car search and on crossovers in general.
If you’d told me a week ago that I’d be driving a RAV4 around town, I would have been devastated. But after a few days with it, I can see why they’re so popular. It’s not the most exciting thing in the world – but here are a few reasons why auto enthusiasts are wrong (gasp!) about the crossover craze.
When I bought my Accord, I was sure that there was plenty of space. After all, there was plenty of trunk space for a Costco run and to haul around my laptop. Moving across the country on a budget very quickly changed my mind – and getting a dog shortly after was the final straw. It’s not just about trunk space – it’s far more comfortable for passengers, better for storage and, despite spending a lot of my weekend time on a couch, gives me the option of throwing a bike or a snowboard in the back and going on an adventure.
Sticker prices for crossovers and sedans don’t typically differ all that much, but generally speaking, dealer supply for crossovers is still (slightly) ahead of customer demand. That means it’s fairly easy to get a deal on them – especially with mainstay sedans like the Accord and Camry recently undergoing facelifts – leading to a better overall deal.
My favorite thing about my previous Accord was its low ride – it made everything feel more visceral – leading to a fun driving experience where I could truly feel the road. Crossovers are a different experience entirely. Not only is it great to see over cars in traffic, but getting fast food and driving in construction-heavy areas are far more pleasant experiences now. The added ground clearance will also come in handy once winter starts, being from a snow-heavy region.
Fun In Its Own Way
Granted that I wasn’t going from a sports car to a crossover, just a typical sedan, but contrary to popular belief, it’s actually possible to have fun in these things! It’s a bit of a different sensation, but the ride height and softer suspension add a little bit of inertia when accelerating, braking and going around corners.
Buying a used car can sometimes feel like a gamble. While the previous owner may have taken extreme care of their vehicle with routine maintenance and care, another could have been a driven by a teenager who took the car for a few joy rides. To ensure that you are getting what you expect, here are some important items for you to check:
Buying a new car is about far more than just improving your commute – it’s a long-term investment and, sometimes, the start of a relationship with a dealer or manufacturer.
While things like price and fuel mileage are easily quantifiable, perceived reliability is often based on manufacturer reputation – with companies like Honda and Toyota flaunting their reliability in their advertisements. That approach works, too – both companies have two sedans that rank at or near the top of the sales charts year in and year out. Those vehicles – Honda’s Accord and Civic and Toyota’s Camry and Corolla – also are often mentioned as the most reliable cars on the road.
While those cars score high marks in areas like resale value and average maintenance costs, the cars with the best longevity look quite a bit different – they actually tend to be large SUVs.
The timing belt is essential to the proper function of your engine. Your timing belt acts as a link between the two most important halves of your car’s engine allowing for proper air flow, at the correct time, within your engine.
Due to its importance and the immense force under which a timing belt functions, it is essential to replace your timing belt routinely as recommended by your vehicle’s user guide.