Calling Oppo's paint and rust-protection experts:

My 850R has a few places where the paint has flaked off around the wheel arches. The body is galvanised, so the rust hasn't taken hold too badly just yet, but it's beginning to show a bit of surface rust, and I want to get it protected before they start salting the roads this winter. The worst spot is in the photo,… » 10/04/14 1:33pm 10/04/14 1:33pm

What Are The Biggest Auto Show Flops Of The Past Decade?

What you see above is a hit grand slam, bottom of the 9th, bases loaded, walkoff. When Volvo dropped the gorgeous XC-90 in our laps earlier this year I thought it couldn't get any better. Little did I know the Swedes had an ace in the hole in the form the of XC-90 R-Design with matte blue paint that they just dropped… » 10/02/14 8:35pm 10/02/14 8:35pm

Well, Vikkie has a bit of a checkered past...

Oh Craigslist. Well, I went to try and get insurance for the Volvo. I have now learned that she has.... a rebuilt title. This kind of sucked. But, the good news is what caused it. The car was stolen in 2010. And the police didn't find it fast enough so they wrote the car off. They then found it and sold at auction,… » 9/25/14 8:02pm 9/25/14 8:02pm

Euro Opponauts, which are our everyman hero cars?

Despite the overseas reality, we in the Old World are more limited regarding high performance cars, largely for physical and to some extent also social reasons. Supercars may be the reigning kings of the autobahnen and autostradas, but they're too expensive for the average person, too wide for many roads, and attract… » 9/25/14 12:47pm 9/25/14 12:47pm

Can Someone Explain Tire Ratings To Me?


Alright. Vikkie needs new tires. Badly. The size is 205/55/R16 with a 91V M+S on it. I know nothing about tires. I'm trying to stay somewhat affordable, and have a budget of around $100 per tire. Some of the ones I'm looking at have a lower speed rating according to the store. What does this mean? These Goodyears are… » 9/25/14 9:53am 9/25/14 9:53am