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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How to pump 10 wheels using a “bucket”: BERKUT Spec-2M test
The ancient tradition of the auto mechanics league requires that you send an inexperienced “salag” for compression, handing him a bucket. However, a bearded joke can be adequately answered by…

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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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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

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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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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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…

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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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