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Vote On Which Diesel Engine You Think Is Best! Ford vs Chevy vs Dodge


Diesel Engine Shootout: Ford vs Chevy vs Dodge – An infographic by the team at AutoAnything

2011 Accessories Follow up For Ford F150’s


This is a follow up on our post that we put up yesterday. We received a reply from a Ford F-150 owning customer of ours who felt a little bit left out of the mix, so we created some extra pages for all of you F-150 lovers :)

Check out F150 Accessories for your specific year by clicking on any of the following quick links:

Auto Accessories Dual!


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.

The 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: Who Let The Snakes Out?


Darjeeling Limited Snake Box

Snakes on a plane? Pass. Snakes under the hood of one of the most legendary muscle cars? Please. Ford’s latest iteration of the monstrous Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has some serious fangs, and no amount of fluting is going to charm the speed off its scales. Check out what makes this beast so venomous:

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2011 Ford Explorer: Coming to America, and Being Built Here Too


Neil Diamond America

In a press release that seems inspired by Neil Diamond’s uber patriotic anthem, Ford announced on January 26 that they’re coming (back) to America to manufacture the radically redesigned 2011 Ford Explorer. The new Explorer will be produced in the company’s Chicago factories, adding approximately 1,200 new jobs to the region. The assembly line is due to start rolling at the start of the 4th quarter.

With the US economy still on the mend from the financial fallout of 2008 and 2009, Ford’s decision to bring the project to Chicago is a hopeful sign and should help revitalize the area. Along with the Explorer, these Chicago factories will also be assembling the new Ford Taurus and the Lincoln MKS.

Not only will the 2011 Ford Explorer be built here in the US, it’s also getting a serious makeover. Gone are the days of the Explorer as a large, lumbering SUV. The 2011 models are going to fleet-footed crossovers equipped with Ford’s new EcoBoost engine, a 6-speed transmission, innovative inflatable seat belts, and unibody construction. Better still, the new Explorer is expected to enjoy a 25% reduction in fuel consumption from the current gas-guzzling Explorers. 

2010 Ford Taurus SHO: The Sleeper Awakes


2010 Ford Taurus SHO

Long the favored sedan of government fleets and giant-haired late-night talk show hosts, the Ford Taurus doesn’t exactly evoke images of tire-smoking performance. But back in the ‘90s, the Taurus had a turbocharged SHO option available, and that wicked-fast trim is coming back for the 2010 model year, but with a far more eco-friendly footprint. Better buckle up, Fish & Wildlife Service bureaucrat—your company car’s grown a pair. Continue reading

The 2011 Ford Focus: The Least Embarrassing-to-own Focus Yet


I’m not ashamed to admit that when the first Ford Focus models were unveiled back in 1999, I was a hater. It seemed like the Ford blew its load on the headlight design but didn’t have any creative juices left to finish the job. So they ended up with a bug-eyed, anemic, practical-joke of a car. Continue reading

Return of the King: Mustang’s New 5.0 Reins in More Horsepower & Torque for 2011


2010 Ford Mustang GT

AutoWeek has gotten the inside line on the new 5.0-liter that Ford plans to ship in the 2011 Mustang.  Brace yourself, as it sounds like Ford has made plans take hold of the reins in the American muscle ring.

412 ponies will be driven by 390 ft-lbs of torque…from a 5.0 V8… with a redline of at least 6,500 RPM.  That’s 83 horsepower per liter.  The all new aluminum block and cylinders have been designed to let the engine breathe like an Olympian running the 100-meter dash. Cast iron sleeves help protect the light-weight block while distributing large amounts of heat away from the cylinders.

Now compare this to is American breathren.  The Camaro SS outputs 422HP from it’s 6.2-liter V8, and the Challenger puts out a healthy 425 HP from its 6.1-liter SRT8 hemi.  Both vehicles should weigh considerably more than the 2011 Mustang, which should give the Blue Oval a significant advantage.

So, which would you take down to the strip?

Automotive Watches, Tailgating Gear, Power Programmers & More! An AutoAnything Weekly Update


Warehouse BoxesHoly smokes do we have a new product payload for you.  Christmas time is around the corner, so we thought we should add some products that might make your shopping a little easier this year. Over the last month, we partnered up with Taxor, a manufacturer of men’s watches, women’s watches, and automotive clocks.  But what makes these time pieces are extra special because they feature the logo of your mistress de la garage.

  • GM Watches for Men –  Because you want the world to know that you drive a Corvette.
  • Honda Watches for Men – So you can keep your Honda boxers to yourself.
  • Nissan Watches for Men – So you can time your car going from 0 to 60 in about 9 seconds flat.
  • Dodge Watches for Men – Because strapping a Dodge Hot Wheels on your wrist is unacceptable.
  • Ford Watches for Men – Tired of holding your Ford key out in hopes someone asks what you drive? Wear a Ford watch instead.
  • Dodge Watches for Women – Unless your special talent is telling time by the location of the sun, you need this watch.
  • Ford Watches for Women – Because no outfit is complete without at least one Ford accessory on your wrist.
  • GM Watches for Women – To tactfully remind others what kind of fancy car you drive.
  • Honda Watches for Women – It’s about more than just punctuality–it’s about having mad style.
  • Ford Clocks – Hickory Dickory Dock, tell time with this Ford Clock. C’mon. You knew we had to use it.
  • GM Clocks – Better than running out to your car to check the time–now you can tell time the GM way on your wall or desk.
  • Honda Clocks – Don’t spend your money on a box. Don’t spend it on a fox. Don’t spend it on a sock. Spend it on a Honda Clock.
  • Jeep Clocks – Jeeps beep and clocks tock. Now, Taxor brings you Jeep Clocks–sorry they don’t beep.

And if time isn’t your thing, then we’ve got a few other items that’ll rock your Christmas socks:

  • AVS Seamless Ventvisor – Seamless stockings, seamless rain gutters, seamless plots and now—Seamless Ventvisors.  Get’em today, they’re Ultra Low-Pro for a look that’s slicker than your grandpa’s comb over.
  • Tailgate Cargo Box – No, it’s not a miniature Doug Henning prop; however, the Tailgate Cargo Box does carry all your gear and then magically transform from a cargo carrier into 2 chairs and a table.  Works great for camping too!
  • Hypertech Max Energy Sport – You may have heard about this, you may have even seen spy photos of it, but the day has almost come; Hypertech is entering the world of sport-compacts!  We should have these puppies in stock soon, check back if you want to give your import some extra juice!

Fords Inflatable Seat Belts to Save Lives & Necks


Fords Inflatable Seat Belt

The idea is ingenious. We already use airbags in out steering wheels, dash boards, pillars, seats and headliners, so why not put one in a seat belt? If it works as intended, it should spread out the impact forces and reduce the amount of bruising that occurs. This could prove a major benefit for children and elderly people, who are often more prone to injuries during car crashes.  The inflatable belts are only being developed for the rear seats; featuring smooth edges and more padding that a sheepskin seat cover, these belts should prove to be more comfortable to wear that traditional belts.  Expect them to be released in the next generation Ford Explorer first, with more vehicles to follow. Get the full details from Ford after the jump.

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Why Do Rally Drivers Need Co-Pilots?


Subaru-Rally-Car

Friends have asked me this question before. They seem to think its as easy as knowing the race course, kinda like F1.  But rally is totally different; the courses are longer, road conditions vary and there are obstacles around every turn, not to mention fans hanging out on the track.

Watch as Irish rally driver Jimmy Deane pushes a Ford Escort MkII to the limits.  Driving instructions come from Barry Meade, the co-driver, whose driving instruction is so overwhelmingly positive, you’d think his day job was being a motivational speaker.

 

Via AutoBlog and their sources…

The Ford Fiesta: Will it Blend?


Maybe the better question is, what doesn’t blend?

Design Your Own 2010 Ford Mustang… with Burnouts!


AutoAnything's 2010 Ford Mustang

Ford has released a fancy, schmancy new website that lets you build up a new 2010 Mustang with all the trimmings; custom paint jobs, rims, body kit’s and a custom level of smoke coming from the rear tires. My guess is that this is to help boost sales and beat out the Camaro, but Ford has done a great job here and although it takes forever to load, it’s a fun website to around with.

Here’s a link to our car, make your own if you have a few minutes: http://www.fordvehicles.com/the2010mustang/?id=/customizer/overview/No1648

2009 Pikes Peak Follow Up with Spoilers


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In case you didn’t hear, the 10 minute mark has yet to be broken at the PPIHC. Ford put forth two great cars and two world-class drivers, but this year, it wasn’t enough to shatter any records.  But if nothing else, a high-def video of Marcus Gronholm’s run was recorded, edited and put together by the Motor Trend team.  I think these guys had watched the Climb Dance video a few times, as some of the opening scenes share some resemblance.  Imitation is the best form of flattery and this video leaves little to be desired and improves on many areas that climb dance lacked; new camera angles, high definition video and an incredible sound track.  Check it after the break:

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Pikes Peak Hill Climb is this Weekend, Ford Going for the Gold


Pikes Peak Ford Fiesta Marcus Gronholm 2009

I’ve been to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb twice and it is nothing short of breath taking. Both times I sat in Devils Playground, which is a bank at the top of the mountain; other than being able to see all of eastern Colorado, the Playground affords you a view of a long straight flat twisty road which ends at a hairpin turn, immediately forcing the drivers up a steep incline.

This year, Ford has employed two world class drivers to push their 800 horsepower Ford Fiesta up the peak.  WRC Champion Marcus Grönholm and Swedish rally champ Andreas Eriksson will be piloting the Fiesta and their goal is to break the 10 minute barrier and break the current record of 10:01 set by Nobuhiro Tajima in 2007.

Here’s a video of what Ford has brought to the table, do you think they’ve got what it takes to claim the title?

A Great Tribute to Rally


I don’t know about you guys, but rally racing has a special place in my heart. The raw horsepower, ungodly amounts of torque and the anti-lag systems just scream raw power. Unfortunately you won’t get to hear any engines in this video, but it does have an excellent soundtrack. Sit back and soak up some rally heritage.

If that doesn’t quite do it for you, here’s another with a more modern score. It’s an oldie but goodie:

Monster Madness!


We’ve seen some incredible machines as of late; a twin turbo M5 M3, an LS9-powered Camaro, even a 2700 horsepower F150! But this one probably takes the cake as the meanest, fastest street machine around; its a 94 Mustang Cobra powered by a Viper’s 8-liter V10, which is force fed by a couple of T-76 turbos.  Some modification was needed to make everything fit, including moving the firewall back 10 inches and custom fabricating engine mounts and suspension linkages.

This has all taken months of work, but the day has finally come to turn the key.  Listen and enjoy this deep hiss of this Cobra.

Haven’t you always wanted a Truck with 2,700 Horsepower?


Turbo Jet Powered Ford F150
So did Chris Lentz. He’s actually wanted one for several decades, but his dream finally came true when he found a Czechoslovakian Motorlet M-701 turbo jet for sale. $10K later and a whole lot of JB Weld, the turbo jet was secured to the bed of his 2005 F150 STX. Despite the huge levels of power, this truck is still kinda slow; 0-60 in 8.5 seconds, finishing the quarter mile in 16.3 @ 103 MPH. Faster than a stock F150, yes. Slower than a stock Honda Civic SI, yes. But it’s not the lack of power, its all the extra weight. With the jet mounted to the truck bed, the curb weight of the F150 is a touch over 6,600 lbs! This must be the fastest truck in that weight class, and the coolest truck in any class. Video after the jump:
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Ford Mustang Turns 45 Years Old


This is a big day for Ford as an automotive icon of their design turns 45 years old. The Mustang has had many competitors over the years as the muscle cars war raged on. To this day, many try to live up to the Mustang’s prowess; some do, but many don’t. Check out this time line to see how the mustang has evolved over the years.

Ford Mustang Timeline

Happy Birthday to all the Stang’s out there. Believe it or not, Hyundai considers their Genesis Coupe to be a main competitor with the Mustang, Camaro and Charger, so they also wanted to say Happy Birthday in their own special way. Check it.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Ford Focus RS


2009 Ford Focus - Front Left

Could it be? Would Ford actually bring they’re road-going rally car to the states?  I sure hope so, because that means we’d be seeing these little beasts all over the place.  The 2.5-liter 5 cylinder engine puts out to 305 horsepower and nearly 300 ft-lbs of torque… that’s STi and Evo territory!  Ford says they’re considering bringing the RS stateside, but we wouldn’t see it in the showrooms for at least 2-3 years.  What do you think they should do? Would you want to own one?