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a smart deposit?

a smart deposit?

I belong to the USA smart automotive company “insiders’ club,” which was not much more than an email list. Until today. Today insiders were allowed to put down a $99, refundable deposit two weeks before the general public on a smart Pure (the base model), the Passion (loaded), or the Passion Cabriolet convertible. The email […]

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Inara cancelled after one season

Inara cancelled after one season

Well, like a hot girlfriend with fatal character flaws, I finally got rid of Inara yesterday. The 2006 Pontiac Solstice was a gem to look at, but even on her farewell tour to meet the buyer I was put-off by how loud, uncomfortable, and unpleasant it was to actually drive her. I was reminded of […]

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I think I may have found my attack shuttle.

I think I may have found my attack shuttle.

My mind naturally drifts to replacement rides as I’m trying to sell my Solstice. The ideal situation, financially, would be to not have a replacement ride at all. The Montero and Cylon cover my transportation needs. However, I am concerned that the more I drive Monty in stop-and-go traffic the more likely he is to […]

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Inara the Mobile Fish Tank

Inara the Mobile Fish Tank

The curse of the Solstice continues. I have been pretty unhappy with my Solstice, mostly for performance and interior issues. I discovered another thing to dislike about the Kappa platform roadster this week: the trunk leaks. Or, at least, mine does. The reverse-clamshell design of the trunk doesn’t have a gasket all the way around […]

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Pontiac Solstice 5000 Mile Review

Pontiac Solstice 5000 Mile Review

Let’s skip right to the bad news, since none of the good stuff has changed. The interior is a piece of shit. “Surprise!” someone said when I told them about it, “it’s a Pontiac.” The truth hurts. The center console is a large plastic piece that runs from the dashboard to the storage compartment/hump in […]

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2005 Subaru Outback Review

2005 Subaru Outback Review

I never know what I’m going to get when I rent a car in San Francisco. I always request a four-door intermediate car, and I have been given that type of car exactly once in seven visits. After my very delayed flight out to SFO, Hertz informed me that they’d given away my car to […]

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They’re Not Driving Fast, They’re Just Flying Low

They’re Not Driving Fast, They’re Just Flying Low

Lady Jaye and I had the great fortune to attend the Richmond Times Dispatch 100 Indy race at the Richmond International Raceway Saturday evening. We’re not big racing fans (I used to watch the World Rally Cup years ago on television), but Lady Jaye waited on the Marlboro-Team Penske team last week and scored some […]

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They're Not Driving Fast, They're Just Flying Low

They're Not Driving Fast, They're Just Flying Low

Lady Jaye and I had the great fortune to attend the Richmond Times Dispatch 100 Indy race at the Richmond International Raceway Saturday evening. We’re not big racing fans (I used to watch the World Rally Cup years ago on television), but Lady Jaye waited on the Marlboro-Team Penske team last week and scored some […]

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Well, there goes getting out of debt.

Well, there goes getting out of debt.

Aftermarket tuning company Hahn Racecraft updated their Turbo Solstice page today, noting that they will offer a 300HP turbo kit. The stock Solstice has 177HP. The car’s Ecotech engine has been proven (on other cars) to scale as high as 500+HP, but that requires a lot more investment on internal parts, etc. The Hahn turbo […]

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And I Would Walk 1000 Miles

And I Would Walk 1000 Miles

No, this post won’t be about the Proclaimers. It’s about Inara, the 2006 Pontiac Solstice roadster I bought almost a month ago. I’ve tacked on just a touch over 1000 miles since I bought her, and I figured now was a good time for a short review. Exterior The Pontiac Solstice is a sexy beast. […]

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