Solaris alternative for comparable money: is it worth buying a Kia Cerato II for 600 thousand
A few weeks ago, we were thinking about buying a used Hyundai Solaris, arguing along the way that, given the fluctuations in the exchange rate, these cars today are not…

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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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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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Hyundai Santa Fe I with mileage: inevitable corrosion due to drainage and a very simple electrician

This mid-size crossover can now be found at a price of 350-400 thousand rubles. They say he has very reliable 6-cylinder engines, and all-wheel drive – like SUVs. The feature set is promising, but, as always, there is a catch. We will understand the reliability of used Santa Fe I in two parts: in the first we examine the body, interior and electrics, and in the second – the chassis, transmission and motors.
Origins and technology
Santa Fe was released in 2000 to fill the gap between the expected small Hyundai Tucson crossover and the larger Terracan, also known as Veracruz. The car was created on the Y4 platform, on which Hyundai Sonata EF had already been produced for two years by that time. Continue reading

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 differences in cost and quality can be very significant … We will study the features of preheater with different “pedigree” and determine what is right for you!
Prestarting heater – not to say that a mandatory but extremely useful device for any car allows you to make trips more comfortable, save time and fuel on warming up and significantly extend the life of the engine with warm winter starts. For some (as a rule, expensive cars of the upper price segment) this unit can be installed from the factory as a standard option. 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 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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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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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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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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