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2018 Acura TLX A-SPEC

  • Written by Julie Boselly with some assistance from Jack Unruh
Acura has always been known for well-crafted cars, and the 2018 TLX lives up to its reputation. With an interior that is in (almost) every way user-friendly, and an exterior that is incredibly pleasing to look at, this sedan does not disappoint. The lack of excitement and sportiness that the A-SPEC package promises make the price tag seem a little far-fetched though.
 
The A-SPEC certainly picks up  speed  faster  than my every-day car, but you don’t feel out of control, which is a positive! It handles corners and turns well. However, 290 horsepower is equivalent to many options at lower price points. Braking also seemed rough at times. I’d like to drive the base model to see the difference in handling.
 
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Classic Car Corner - Studebaker

  • Written by Tom Berg, Windermere

Good news---bad news:  I finally got around to selling a car!  I’ve always said that I like to drive my cars and I finally had to concede that I was no longer able to drive each one of them enough to even keep them running.  I now know how many is too many so I parted with my 1962 T-bird.  It was a great car, good driver and very dependable but something had to go so I took it to the Lucky Collector Car Auction at Tacoma’s LeMay Marymount Event Center and got what I needed to out of it.  Someone got a pretty nice car.  So how long did I last until another car came along?  I must admit not very long at all.  About two weeks later I was surfing through Craigslist under Studebaker just to see what was listed and a car I was familiar with was now for sale.  Several years ago I stopped by the Saturday afternoon car gathering at back of McDonald’s in Clearview, Wash.  I happened to be driving my Studebaker Grand Tourisimo Hawk and I saw an empty parking space next to another Studebaker.  Studebakers are not all that common so I thought it would be cool to have two of them side by side so I pulled in next to it.  The other Studebaker was a great looking 1957 President Broadmoor 4 door wagon in Apache red and Arctic white.  I talked to the owner for awhile and learned the entire history of the car. I was really impressed and thought I would see if I could find one someday for myself.  I never found another one anywhere in the United States and darned if this one didn’t show up on Craigslist right after I sell a car.  I knew immediately it was the same car I had seen years before and I knew I was going to have to buy it so I did.

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Classic Car Corner - More Trucks

  • Written by Tom Berg, Windermere

MORE TRUCKS. In my most recent column I noted that I had just bought two Willys trucks and was building another roof to cover more cars so I thought I was done buying for now.

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Classic Car Corner - Another Willys

  • Written by Tom Berg, Windermere

As previously written, I was searching for a Willys pickup to replace the one I sold several years ago but found and bought a 57 Willys Forward Control pickup instead, a totally different model.  Two weeks later I accidentally discovered a 1954 Willys pickup just like I had been looking for in Olympia and couldn't resist buying it also. I’m now building an extension to one of my buildings to house both of them. My new pickup is a bit rustic looking.  It appears to have original green paint (what’s left of it) that’s protected by a layer of what looks like yellow pollen and a white roof that’s missing a few chunks of paint. The body is mostly dent free and not rusted through  (it spent most of its life in dry Eastern Oregon) which is a priority for me. I will probably just clean it up and call it good, the patina look is very popular these days. Another reason I had to buy this truck was that it appears to be completely original. Most of these 4-wheel-drive trucks get beat up offroad and have lift kits and newer, bigger engines installed. I prefer original condition and that’s what this truck has. As they say “It’s only original once.”
My new Willys pickup had not been used much in the last few years.  When that happens the first thing to go is the brakes. When I test drove this truck they were bad enough that I almost crashed. I budgeted myself enough to get the brakes done and buy a new set of tires but the brake bill came in at double my budget so I guess the antique tires will have to do for now.
The brake system required virtually all new or rebuilt parts and these old trucks don’t come apart too easily. My thanks to Mike for his great work on this one.  Now if it will start I can be confident it will stop.

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Auto Review: Mitsubishi fails to impress

  • Written by Julie Boselly, Publisher

If memory serves me correctly, Mitsubishi has produced vehicles that are fun to drive. However, the two latest we tested were not my favorites, by far. For some reason, I feel bad giving cars poor reviews. They got me, and my passengers, from A to B safely. Unfortunately, I was left guessing where the value was, compared to other vehicles in the same price range.

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