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Guest Opinion: Why We Let Our Boyfriends Drive Our Cars

posted by on 25 April 2005 in Columns

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It’s a rare event in which my boyfriend Jason and I head out to a VW get-together driving in separate cars. In the good old days when my GTI was on the road, it often served as our chariot. There was only one problem – it was not I who was behind the wheel. I […] More…

From the Armchair – Of Wives And Wagons

posted by on 12 April 2005 in Columns

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I got a phone call this weekend. It was a friend from high school. He’s doing well these days, living in upstate New York, about to get married and looking for a good all-wheel-drive second car to complement his Boxster S and keep the miles off his leased Land Rover Discovery. Naturally, I suggested a […] More…

Der Ölmesser: A Letter To Clifford

posted by on 4 April 2005 in Columns

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Dear Clifford, You’re only 9-years-old right now, but I know your 16th birthday will be here before we know it. God help us all. It’s no surprise you’ve already developed a healthy appreciation for all things automotive – look who your dad is – and you’re wise enough to know that if 200-hp is great, […] More…

Rearview Mirror: Will Higher Gas Prices Really Change Your Life?

posted by on 28 March 2005 in Columns

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I just got back from a week-long driving trip in Europe. Four of us Vortex staffers made the trip to Geneva for the annual auto show, then spent the next five days bombing about the countryside of Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, and Austria in a trio of premium hatchbacks. And by premium, I mean that they required frequent refillings of premium unleaded gasoline. More…

Staggered For A Reason

posted by on 21 March 2005 in Columns

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All too often I see claims being made about why it is stupid to put staggered wheels on a FWD VW. Amidst the numerous reasons given why one should never dream of doing such a thing, my favorites are; “It adversely affects handling” and “Your car isn’t RWD.” You may well expect that right about […] More…

Der Ölmesser: The Best GTI Ever Made Is…

posted by on 1 March 2005 in Columns

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The Mk3 GTI VR6. Here’s why… When criteria such as affordability, mod-ability, livability, and an over all fun-factor are considered, the 3rd-gen GTI with a VR6 engine comes out on top. Don’t believe me? Check this out: The Mk1 GTI is a blast to drive, no doubt. If you can find one still running and […] More…