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Decisions: Have you thought this through?

Lets face it; there are many choices in this world and sometimes they aren’t always easy to make. But fortunately, there are a few resources at hand to simplify our decisions so we can get on with our lives. We’re working on a few things to make shopping for auto accessories easier, but I thought this might be a good time to revisit an old classic; customer reviews.  So lets look at a few fan favorites from our floor mats department.

Weathertech floor mats are a tried and true design made from a premium rubber compound.  We have 1302 reviews, scoring a solid 4.75 / 5 stars for appearance, ease of installation, price, value and quality.

Weathertech Extreme Duty floor mats are a more rugged version of the OG mats.  Made from harder plastic with taller side walls, these rubber mats will do a fine job of controlling spills. And out of 1985 reviews, these mats score an average of 4.25 stars.

Husky Liners are bringing in big numbers in the review arena; you can read 5652 reviews on our site, all with an average rating of 4.87 / 5.  An extra-tall side wall and bulletproof plastic rubber make these liners perfect for any workhorse vehicle.

Husky Weatherbeater floor mats offer a more refined look than their liners, but still boast the same solid construction and custom fit. After 526 customer reviews, we can see they also score an average of 4.87 / 5 stars.

Clearly all of them are winners, but only you can decide which set of car mats has the right style, fit and price for you.

BMW’s Electronic Brake Override: The Future For Non-Bavarian Autos Soon?


Weird Car Accident

It used to be that Bimmers were showcases for cutting-edge automotive technology. Were you to draw comparisons to grocery stores, BMW would be a Whole Foods (organic, grass-fed, hormone-free), and Detroit’s Big 3 would be 7-11s (pre-packaged, corn syrup-fortified, jerkyed). However, Washington is tossing around the idea of making one of BMW’s standard safety features mandatory in all North American cars: brake override systems. Continue reading

The New 2011 BMW X5 Cometh


2011 BMW X5

April may be the cruelest month, but BMW is poised to stir the automotive world’s dull roots by officially unveiling their latest iteration of the X5. AutoAnything is here to play Madame Sosostris, peering into the future to unlock the secrets of the BMW X5. (P.S. Fear death by water!) Continue reading

Is that a Jaguar, or an Audi?


My mistake, it’s a Leopard.

New Mini Clubman on the Horizon, the People Rejoice


Mini Clubman Rally Edition

Well, people like me rejoice.  I’ve always been a huge fan of Mini Coopers; they’re practical, unique, fuel efficient and they handle like a go-cart…that’s a good thing.  When the Clubman came out, I considered trading in my Subaru, but I couldn’t justify the trade-in.  But now they are just tempting me further with the Mini Clubman Rally Edition.  It gets the full treatment; 17″ wheels, a Midnight black paint job with silver racing stripes, HID’s, a sexy black/anthracite interior, sport package and aero kit, a roof rack (!), and green rear view mirrors…?

Yeah, not sure about the mirrors, but everything else sounds perfect.  Coming in at $32,999, it’s pricey for a Mini, but it’s also going to be very exclusive; only 70 examples of the Rally Edition will be shipped to the states. If you want one, call your Mini dealer today… I mean now, mister.

Mini Clubman Rally Edition - Front and Rear

Source: Motoring File

Those Lucky Dog’s at AutoBlog


I’m a car fanatic.  And I appreciate hybrid technology and recognize for a number of reasons that it’s something should adopt on a large scale.  That said, my true passion lies in performance.  There is nothing like hearing a high-revving V12 at wide open throttle, or an American V8 grunt it’s torque levels from 2,000 RPM.  This is why many get in the journalism game, to have the shot at personally reviewing cars they could probably never afford, or at least justify owning.

Johnny over at AutoBlog just got his hands on a 2010 GTR for review and he ran into a pack of animals that only Godzilla could properly challenge; the Ferrari F355 Spyder, Ferrari F430 Spyder, BMW M6 and the Dodge Viper SRT10.  Just another day for the autobloggers, must be nice…

Ford Making Cars That Will Park Themselves


This isn’t the first time we’ve seen technology like this. BMW has the technology for their cars to pull forward into a garage after you get out of the vehicle and pull out the key. Toyota has a similar technology called Intelligent Park Assist, which lets their cars parallel park themselves into a parking space, although there have been some reports that this technology might need a little more fine tuning before it’s ready for the masses.

Ford has unveiled today their own parking assist technology which is similar to Toyota’s. The cool thing about it is that it will actually find (via sensors) a parking space before you can activate the system. It will be first rolled out in the Cadillac line of autos, but it should find it’s way to Ford and maybe Mercury, if that brand doesn’t hit the chopping block. Here’s a cool demo video from Ford.

Twin Turbo M5 Engine Dropped into an E30 M3


Twin-Turbo BMW M5 Engine in a BMW E30 M3

This build has been going on for over a year, but it’s no easy task to make a monster like this.  The mad scientist behind this Frankenstein has dropped an S62 engine from the E39 M5 and then slapped a twin-turbo kit on it.  To provide some insight as to what exactly this all means, here’s a little background information on the two cars.

In stock form, the S62 M5 engine produces nearly 400 horsepower and 369 ft-lbs of torque.  This is a lot of horses, even when placed in a 4-door saloon car that tipped the scales at 3,800 pounds.  0-60 could be achieved in just 4.9 seconds.  If you took off the speed limiter, you could reach a top speed of 187mph.

Now the E30 M3 only weighed 2,844 lbs.  With its 192hp Inline-4, you could run it up to 60mph in around 6.5 seconds. Back when the E30 was produced, that was very fast for a car.  Backed by big names like Prodrive and AC Schnitzer, the E30 M3 was a very successful race car, competing in anything from road races to rally competitions. 

With that background, you can understand that putting an M5 engine into the lighter weight M3 should deliver ridiculous levels of acceleration.  But putting a twin-turbo kit onto the 4.9-liter V8 behemoth will surely reach levels of insanity that are only known by those in an asylum.  The car isn’t finished yet, but you can follow the build here.

Source: S14.net via Kultivate