China, Russia or Europe? Features and differences of engine preheaters
Like any equipment, automotive pre-heater is offered by manufacturers in different price segments and has “regional features” depending on the country of origin and brand. There is a choice, and…

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In 1948, Georgia made a variable compression motor and outperformed Infiniti
At that time, when the ICE power supply systems were imperfect, and the gas distribution mechanisms were primitive, the return per liter was small, and the consumption of gasoline and…

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Wide bonnet car and trailer
Last time we talked about how an unusual off-road passenger car was developed at the NATI Scientific Automotive and Tractor Institute on the eve of the war, and how its…

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5 reasons to buy and not buy Ford Fiesta Mk6 (part 3)

LOVE # 3: WINTER ADVANTAGES
Winter operation of any car has a lot of features, but it is precisely in the harsh conditions of the Russian winter that Fiesta shows many positive qualities. First of all, the owners are pleased with the windshield heated over the entire area: “A convenient thing in general is a lobovuha with heating! The whole yard is puffing with scrapers, and you are sitting in a typewriter like a bird and waiting for it to warm everything up, “” This is super! For four years, weaned from the scraper. Even in severe frost (it happened at minus 40) he pressed the heating, and after 2-3 minutes he wiped the ice with the wipers. Everyone, let’s go! By the way, for severe frosts on the “climate” there is a good MAX function, that is, turbo heating of everything: the cabin, frontal, rear, mirrors and seats. ” Continue reading

Like a Niva, it’s only better: is it worth buying a Toyota RAV4 II for 500 thousand rubles (part 2)

However, those who want a crossover with an automatic transmission will also not be disappointed: this is an old and four-stage, but delightfully reliable Aisin U140. Given in addition that it can work with engines up to 3 liters, and the maximum available engine in RAV4 has only 2.4, the box does not work at its limits. True, off-road rides, coupled with poor service, can easily compensate for this “oversight,” and there were plenty of the first and second in the life of many crossovers. It’s hard to get the box before 250-300 thousand, although control electronics failures may occur earlier, and the wear of the torque converter lock plates depends on the riding style. However, from a mechanical point of view, the resource, provided that the oil is replaced every 60-80 thousand, can exceed 350 thousand kilometers. It’s only unconditionally to believe in this reliability is too late: given the age of the machines, all the boxes have probably survived at least one intervention, and it is absolutely impossible to study the history of service after 15-20 years. Continue reading

Like a Niva, it’s only better: is it worth buying a Toyota RAV4 II for 500 thousand rubles (part 1)

Just a month ago, we thought about buying a third-generation Toyota RAV4 and found out that one of the main problems when choosing is a considerable price level for such a popular model, which many even consider to be overpriced. What to do if you want a crossover from Toyota, but you don’t have a million in your pocket? One of the obvious answers is to collect half a million and buy the RAV4 of the previous, second generation: our colleagues from Avito Auto confidently say that for this amount you can buy a live car. Their prices are already more or less market, and the lack of a clearly middle-aged age is compensated by some technical features in which the “second” RAV4 is even better than its heir. Which ones?
Determining the maximum age of cars on the market is not difficult: the second generation RAV4 appeared at the turn of the century, in 2000, so that the oldest copies will soon celebrate their twentieth anniversary. Continue reading

Awesome rust, insidious step, call a friend: Cadillac Escalade 3 gen with a range of 200,000 km (part 1)
Do I need to visit an official dealer for owners of large luxury SUVs? Recently, we have already answered this question in the affirmative, at least if we are talking…

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Checked “Driving”: Auto Blanket
The most effective way is to insulate the engine compartment. To do this, it is necessary to cover the engine with a strong, non-combustible and rather thick (20-30 mm) material.…

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Wide bonnet car and trailer
Last time we talked about how an unusual off-road passenger car was developed at the NATI Scientific Automotive and Tractor Institute on the eve of the war, and how its…

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Two in one: buy a Honda Civic VIII for 460 thousand (part 2)
Hard but breathing The next car is an illustration of how neither the Civic nor any other car in the aftermarket should be. So, the most expensive instance for 480…

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