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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Healthy load on the roof - we pass by the traffic police without stops!
The reader’s question is answered by the head of the Main Directorate for Road Safety of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, Lieutenant General of Police Mikhail Chernikov. Related…

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One hundred and forty-one: compare AZLK-2141 and Audi 100 C2 (part 2)
Inside Muscovite is an abundance of booming plastic, the shade of which, depending on the year of manufacture, ranged from light brown to gray-black. “Oak” head restraints, obvious ergonomic punctures,…

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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

Honda Jazz and Fit I with mileage: arches rot without lockers, and wiring can throw problems
Honda’s reputation in Russia is generally good: it is believed that the cars are fairly reliable, moderately simple and pleasant to drive. In the case of the Honda Jazz and…

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Motor V12 with a gun - there were such trucks in the USSR!
In the Soviet Union, trucks were the main cars. They were produced in huge quantities by giant, large, medium and small plants. Almost every citizen of the USSR one way…

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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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Dangerous filters: how to distinguish a fake from the original? (part 2)
Purely theoretically, the size of the oil filter is unimportant. The main thing that came up on the thread and landing surface. But there are much more important characteristics. For…

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