Part of me wants to nominate my 1987 Toyota MR2, bought it in December for $1625. Considering I had to replace the battery, fuel filter, fuel pump, fuel injectors, alternator, spark plugs, several light bulbs, wiper blades, and rebuild the rear calipers, which means I've only been able to put about 25 miles on it (I… » 7/09/14 11:45pm 7/09/14 11:45pm

It's a close argument between the two, considering that in Toyota's home market, the Camry is now sold exclusively with the hybrid powertrain, whereas the Avalon is not sold there at all (points if you know that it ultimately failed as the Pronard over there). But the Camry ( and Honda Accord for that matter) sold… » 7/04/14 12:09pm 7/04/14 12:09pm

I actually own all of the three top deals today strangely, and actually got 2 of the tree for cheaper ($10 less for the jack, stands, & creeper nearly a year ago, and $3 less for the gas can at Menards). I agree, the jack is quite excellent, it fits (just barely) under my 1987 MR2 but also has enough lift to get my… » 6/28/14 9:53pm 6/28/14 9:53pm

From reading that, the pre-joint venture ear was really bad. Quality did improve once it reopened, and GM's failure to implement it speaks more to GM's culture. You'd be hard-pressed to find any significant quality differences between a NUMMI Corolla, a Japanese Corolla, and a Canadian Corolla (yes, for a while Toyota… » 6/24/14 11:11pm 6/24/14 11:11pm

They may take some pride, but from my experiences, there's more pride in the product in non-union factories. Coming from someone with family ties to both Ford and Toyota, I do notice the difference, as the Toyota employee points out more of the product details and shortcomings of competitors than the (retired) Ford… » 6/05/14 6:05pm 6/05/14 6:05pm

Yeah, I would agree that they should just fold a lot of these over into Toyota models instead. If the small gap between the tC and the FR-S/GT-86 can't be increased, get rid of the tC, as well as the xB (JDM Corolla Rumion), bring back something closer to the original xB, and keep the other two. » 6/03/14 10:26pm 6/03/14 10:26pm

I grew reading R&T as well, and recently (within the past few years) started subscribing to Automobile, and I have thoroughly enjoyed it so far. Seeing this now is kinda sad. Those emails in my inbox asking me to renew just might get deleted, and I might be back down to just R&T now... » 5/29/14 6:22pm 5/29/14 6:22pm

I think I'm halfway in agreement with you, there are certain things that drivers should really be prepared for while behind the wheel. From having an ignition coil (not key cylinder, the coil in the distributor in this case) fail unexpectedly leaving me stuck in a left-turn lane to driving with a clutch that was… » 5/28/14 11:30pm 5/28/14 11:30pm

Yep, to add on to that I think he had it approved for a few years and then had it rejected. I keep checking as I would consider getting one for my project car if I could get it running. The ACLU (of course they've taken this fight up to restore vanity plates, not that I mind in this case) claims as of May 8 that the… » 5/21/14 10:39pm 5/21/14 10:39pm