Demon in the Rib: 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood Ownership Experience (part 1)
In those years when the whole world was already accustomed to compact, light and economical cars with a leading front axle, Cadillac suddenly released a car completely uncharacteristic for the…

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UAZs you have never seen
The first cars to leave the walls of the Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant were ZIS 5V - the famous three-ton. This truck was one of the main vehicles of the Soviet…

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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…

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Hyundai Santa Fe I with mileage: reliable V6 and even more reliable automatic transmissions – they will survive the body (part 1)

From the first part of the review of the first generation of Santa, we already realized that almost certainly you, as a buyer of a used copy, will have to deal with the body – either restoration repair or preventive maintenance. To the joy, the power units of this machine in the bulk are extremely successful. What, however, does not make the car “indestructible” – there are also disadvantages. We will describe them in detail below.
Brakes, suspension and steering
A sure sign of the car, developed in the late 90’s: ESC is not there at all in any trim levels, and in some places there is not even an ABS. The rear axle can have both discs and drums, depending on the motor and the presence of ABS.
Simple brakes from Mando with runs for 200 thousand usually have already undergone repairs once with the replacement of anthers and fingers, as well as all fittings. Continue reading

Dangerous consumables: what is the difference between fake brake discs and pads from the original (part 2)

Now let’s move on to the drives

We have only two of them: the original Hyundai-Kia with the number 517120U000 and the Miles drive with the number K001254. Such wheels are on Hyundai Solaris and Kia Rio.
Nothing new can be said about the Miles packaging: everything is more or less decent and tidy. With Kia, the situation is different. Everything is fine with the box: a lot of cardboard, well closed, the disc does not hang inside, everything is compactly packed. But there is no printing at all, there is only a label.
Inside, the situation is similar: Miles has instructions, Kia does not. Both manufacturers pack the discs in polyethylene and treat them with grease. But Miles has too much of it, so the bag is stained in oil, even outside. Kia has the best lubrication, but the yellow polyethylene of the original part is much denser and clean from the outside. Continue reading

Dangerous consumables: what is the difference between fake brake discs and pads from the original (part 1)

A motorist who saves money on the brakes of his car does not want to live for sure. Maybe he even wants to kill someone. This, of course, is a last resort. If you’re lucky, you can get off easier: a crumpled car, a broken suspension, or just a slight startle. Do you think I’m greatly exaggerating? But no. Cheap brake discs and pads are really very different from the original parts. And how they will behave on the road, no one knows.
On the eye, on the touch and on the vernier caliper
We have already compared the original filters and their analogues. Now let’s move on to the equally important details – brake pads and discs. For comparison, take the original spare parts of the same Hyundai-Kia company and analogues of one company – the Chinese Miles. Let’s start with the blocks.
We have four sets of them: original pads 581012SA70, their analogue Miles with code E400055, original 581014LA00 and their analogue of the same company with code E100036. Continue reading

5 reasons to buy and not buy Ford Fiesta Mk6 (part 2)
LOVE # 5: PRACTICE AND QUALITY OF THE SALON So is everything really bad? Not at all. Firstly, the owners in their reviews positively note both the build quality of…

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Demon in the Rib: 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood Ownership Experience (part 1)
In those years when the whole world was already accustomed to compact, light and economical cars with a leading front axle, Cadillac suddenly released a car completely uncharacteristic for the…

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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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5 reasons to buy and not buy Ford Fiesta Mk6 (part 2)
LOVE # 5: PRACTICE AND QUALITY OF THE SALON So is everything really bad? Not at all. Firstly, the owners in their reviews positively note both the build quality of…

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