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…

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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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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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One hundred and forty-one: compare AZLK-2141 and Audi 100 C2 (part 1)

AZLK-2141 – Moskvich, who never became Aleko, but remained forever “forty-first”. This is the first (and, in fact, the last) serial front-wheel drive car of the Lenin Komsomol Automobile Plant, which in the mid-eighties initially even competed with the super popular Togliatti representatives of the “eighth” family. But what if you compare this car with the legendary German “weaving” – Audi 100 with index C2? Yes, this car was produced a decade earlier than the “forty-first” entered the Soviet roads, but it will be more interesting to compare the front-wheel drive from Audi 40 years ago with its younger Soviet counterpart. Moreover, in their design, it turns out, you can find a lot in common.
A bit of history
In the early seventies, the designers of the AZLK plant tried to “jump” to a higher class, taking an intermediate position between the Zhiguli, their own previous models and the Volga. Continue reading

The muscles of the world. Why, after 70 years, a descendant of the Land Rover Series I got an aluminum body again? (part 2)

Computer and aluminum are power!
How to combine the strength and rigidity of the frame with the characteristics of the supporting body? It was here that engineers, along with the good old theoretical mechanics and sopromat, came to the aid of engineers many times over the past three decades, computer power. In fact, why, relying on the results of scientific achievements, with the help of computers, not choose the optimal profile of the power element depending on the expected load? Those calculations, which previously took months, today are done in … one minute. In fact, the mass of the element becomes the boundary condition: it should be as small as possible, but, say, the choice of the metal thickness and such quantities as the polar moment of inertia can be left at the computer. Continue reading

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

But it’s cheap to repair: is it worth buying Lada Kalina for 300 thousand rubles
Already at the moment of reading the title, the opinions of readers are probably divided into at least three streams. A third already instinctively replies “it’s not worth it, this…

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Check and trust: improved diesel fuel has proven itself in business
Seven thousand kilometers, 6 regions, almost 600 liters of fuel and Land Cruiser is a participant in the Silk Way rally: they found out how diesel affects the engine and…

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5 reasons to buy and not buy Ford Fiesta Mk6 (part 1)
The world bestseller, one of the most massive cars of the European range of Ford concern and at the same time is the owner of not very, to put it…

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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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