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2004 BMW 330xi Photoshoot

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Hello all! Here is the first post of 2016! I hope everybody had a good 2015 and are hoping for a good year. I know I am! To start off this year (I am a bit late I know), I am posting pictures that I did for a friend of mine. He drives a 2004 BMW 33oxi. Since I have already reviewed this car, I sought to make it a photo shoot and not a review. My thoughts mirror that of the 2001, although I prefer this refreshed’s styling better. It is a dream to drive, and the inline six is a gem. The interior is well built despite its age. I did review this generation with a manual transmission, a 328i, and I can concur that this 330xi would be a quintessential car made better with a proper manual transmission. I hope you enjoy the pictures! Yes, we really did take a BMW 3-Series “mudding”.

 

 

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1993 Ford Bronco Eddie Bauer Review

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Competing with the Jeep CJ-5 and International Harvester Scout SUVs, the first Bronco debuted in 1966. With no automatic transmission or power steering option, the Bronco was considered very spartan for its time, but proved durable and capable off road. It become a favorite for off roading enthusiasts, and it was used widely for off roading competitions. This generation lasted 11 years, before a new generation of Broncos debuted in 1978. Starting from 1978, the Broncos were divided in two categories: the Early Broncos and the Full-Size Broncos. The 1978 Bronco was based off the F100’s platform, and used the truck’s powertrain and other components. Three more generations followed, and they were all a derivative of the F-Series truck. The last generation (1992-1996) was the most well-known, mostly because it was OJ Simpson’s vehicle in a  highly publicized car chase. When I asked my mother if she knew what a Ford Bronco was, she said yes. I was shocked, and I asked her if it was because of the Bronco’s heritage or its coolness factor. She asked me, “Wasn’t that the car OJ Simpson was driving in that car chase?”. Go figure. Ford discontinued production of the Bronco in 1996.

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2007 Nissan Xterra X Review

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Catering to the SUV boom that started in the 1990s, Nissan debuted the Xterra in 2000.  Marketed with the slogan, “Everything you need, nothing you don’t”, the Xterra catered to the adventurous and outdoorsy clientele. The first generation Xterra was derived from the Frontier’s chassis, classifying it as a body-on-frame SUV. It sold well, but it was criticized for its lack of refinement and compromised on road performance. I’ve had the opportunity to drive a 2004 Nissan Xterra SE with a four speed automatic transmission, and I was shocked at how poorly it handled, and how stiff its ride was. It was a cool car, but as an SUV, there were better options out there. The Xterra received a redesign in 2005, and stayed true to the previous generation’s values while offering more refinement and a better driving experience. Continue reading

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2002 Chevrolet Silverado LS 2500 HD Review

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Disclaimer: This vehicle is not stock. Upgrades include 33 inch Cooper All Terrain tires, Spectra Cold Air Intake, Flow Master Series 50 muffler, and a 2 inch leveling kit.

As a vehicle that symbolizes America as a whole, the Chevrolet Silverado is the brand’s arguably most important vehicle. Even though the Silverado is a stand-alone model now, that wasn’t always the case. Chevrolet’s fullsize truck was actually called the C/K Series from 1975-1999. Silverado was a top level trim of the C/K series. In 1999, the C/K Series became no more, and the Silverado became a separate model. It is available in regular and heavy duty versions like this 2500 in this review. The first generation Silverado was a hit, due to its affordability and durability. The numerous configurations available was handy as these trucks became synonymous with the construction and commercial market, while also appealing to the consumer market. Continue reading

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