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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Spectra can compete with Civic, Corolla

Kia Spectra (2004) Driving a vehicle for just seven days and seldom more than a couple hundred miles does not always give us a clear picture of what living with that vehicle for three, four or five years would...

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Vast improvements mark 2005 SLK

Mercedes SLK 350 (2005) PORTLAND, Ore. — It’s amazing how fast cars age these days. Or so it seems. The Mercedes SLK roadster is an example. It feels just like yesterday when we first took possession of an SLK...

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Scion tC a bargain for any age group

Scion tC (2005) Throw out the Gen Y rigmarole. This neatly designed and well-built hatchback is mainstream. It appeals to us. It surely will appeal to anyone who is interested in a sporty two-door car with impeccable fit and...

Tuesday, September 7, 2004

R32 plays fast and furious music

Volkswagen R32 (2004) Small tossable cars were always intriguing to us. And years ago we were befuddled because manufacturers didn’t put more horsepower in the little guys. That was back in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Change was...