Big Thrill, Tiny Package: The Story of my EP3 Honda Civic Si

Follow my train of thought: In a local supermarket, walking through the dairy aisle after picking up a pack of mozzarella slices and whole wheat bread, I wondered how universal my mundane grocery-getting adventure was. Then, I thought about how most car enthusiasts, rich or poor, wanted the same thing for the most… » 6/05/14 2:46pm 6/05/14 2:46pm

Restoring a Dollar-Store Supercar - The Story of my BMW E39 M5

There are a few cardinal rules when buying a car to resell: Don't buy one with potentially expensive mechanical issues. Don't buy electrically complicated cars without proper diagnostic equipment. And never buy one that needs expensive bodywork. Unless, of course, it's a BMW E39 M5. This is the story of how I bought… » 5/23/14 9:49am 5/23/14 9:49am

Why they're called "Beaters" - The story of my Honda Civic DX

A cheap daily is usually a car that wears its battle scars with pride, like a soldier having fought several battles in an ongoing war. If you use that as a measuring stick, this Civic is the most decorated Honda in existence. If dents are a sign of character, consider this the automotive equivalent of Nelson Mandela.… » 5/15/14 10:20am 5/15/14 10:20am

Reviving Honda's "other" Coupe - The Story of my Honda Prelude Si

One thing Honda has mastered without a shadow of a doubt is reliability. It's no small feat that out of the tens of millions of VTEC systems they've installed in their cars, not one has ever failed. This translates into a plethora of 20 year old Hondas on the market. How reliable could they be, and could you have an… » 5/07/14 8:34am 5/07/14 8:34am

How much Porsche does $800 buy? - The story of my Porsche 944 S

There are 3 things you must be when buying and selling cars for a profit: observant, cheap, and above all, sneaky. It's not enough to know where to look and how to get a good deal on some hot metal, you have to be able to stroll into an auction house full of potential bidders and make sure it's taken off the market… » 4/30/14 3:21pm 4/30/14 3:21pm

The Rusty Bavarian: The Story of my BMW E36 M3

When assessing the practicality of a project, it's important to know the point in which you throw in the towel and admit defeat. I'm a bit of an oddity in this regard, as I was born without the part of my brain that makes sound automotive decisions. This is exactly why I bought a crashed and rusty 16-year old, 4-door… » 4/25/14 2:14am 4/25/14 2:14am

Rare Rotary Resurrection Rescue - The Story of my Mazda RX-7 FD

If you asked the Jay Lenos or Wayne Carinis of the world about barn finds, they'd likely say the era when you could find a relatively unmolested gem in someone's garage is long gone. While that may be true for a '30s era Duesenberg J, the time to find modern classics in strange places is just beginning. That's how I… » 3/24/14 2:52pm 3/24/14 2:52pm

When Life Gives You a Lemon: The story of my 99 Ford Taurus Wagon

There are cars that inspire excitement and promote a sense of status and luxury, and then there are cars that force us to challenge our preconceived notions of what qualities a car should have, and gives us something completely new - for better or worse. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the story of how I bought a car… » 3/18/14 9:26pm 3/18/14 9:26pm

How more = less. The story of my 2002 Cadillac Seville STS

In my life, I've learned that it pays to be cautious. This is the reason I don't have any unwanted kids, I've never broken a bone, and don't have any credit card debt. However, when it comes to cars, I tend to put caution in its cushioned container, throw it out the window and let impulse take the wheel. » 3/04/14 11:54am 3/04/14 11:54am

The 180 MPH Cheaper Sleeper: The story of my Mercedes S600 V12 TT

There are many ways to convey luxury in an automotive context, but the ones who have re-written the rulebook are the crafty and understated engineers at Mercedes-Benz. They believe that luxuries are an expression of the ridiculous amount of features your car possesses. And the S600 is the embodiment of that vision of… » 3/01/14 3:07am 3/01/14 3:07am