Two in one: buy a Honda Civic VIII for 460 thousand (part 1)
Civic is the undisputed best seller. It was with the advent of this model that Honda was learned as a manufacturer of not only motorcycles, but also cars. Historically, Honda…

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What did the Soviet general secretaries ride: from Ilyich to Sergeyich
The leaders of the new proletarian state were first taken on a rich inheritance left over from the old regime. Mostly in cars from the Imperial Garage or requisitioned by…

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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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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

Those that rumble in the morning: a history of Soviet garbage trucks
Today, without communal cars, the life of a big city is unthinkable, but it seems that they cause continuous inconvenience to the townspeople. We have already talked about Soviet sweepers…

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Awesome rust, insidious step, call a friend: Cadillac Escalade 3 gen with a range of 200,000 km (part 2)
Simple, but change the oil! The “handout” of the previous Escalade is simple in design, and although it does not have clutches, and the differential is free, the oil has…

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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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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…

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