Monthly Archives: April 2012

Fleet Update – Our First New Long-Termer: 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid

Mark my words: the Koreans are coming. Folks who have been reading TTS for a while may recall that last fall I dipped my foot in the Kia Optima Hybrid, and at the time emerged mostly impressed but unconvinced largely thanks to the demo car’s really spooky steering. At the time I concluded that I was better-off just holding onto the Accord Hybrid for my solo HOV-lane commute for the time being until something else caught my fancy. But I kept coming back to the Kia. Yes, seriously. Meet TTS’s first *new* long-term test car: a Satin Metal premium package 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid.

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Forget-Me-Not: The Acura NSX

The Acura (Honda) NSX is a car I keep forgetting about. I forget how light and quick they are. I space how timeless the design is, both inside and out, even though they were derided as boring on introduction. My mind slips away from the new 1991 NSX I drove, slowly and carefully, back from a body shop while I was working at an Acura dealership while in high school.

I also keep forgetting the damn things are now collectible.

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Holy or Unholy Union? 2002 Meets S2000.

I have mixed emotions when it comes to stuffing an engine bay with a motor from another marque. I wouldn’t put a Chevy LS6 lump in my Cobra replica, but I might put one in my BMW 528e. I’d think twice before using my largest and most viscious shoehorn to cram a Porsche 911 mill into a Corvair. Shoot me if I put Ford 5.0-liter in my vintage Ferrari. Continue reading


Fleet Update – Let There Be Light! And Leaks!

This weekend several little things got done on half the fleet.

Trinity, the 2004 Toyota Matrix XRS, received five quarts of fresh Mobil 1 and a filter. Nothing particularly interesting there except to note it now appears all four of my cars leak oil. Yay, me.

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