Archive for December 2012

2012 Volkswagen Golf R - An "Uber Heiss" Hatch, Indeed - Review

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf R in Rising Blue Metallic rising against the cool blue yonder. Yet it's a "Uber Heiss" (Exceptionally Hot) Hatch.
* * * * * * * * * * * * Hatches are Un-Loved in America Unless They Happen to Be “Hot” Around the globe the Volkswagen Golf is regarded as the “Papa” of family compact cars with liftgates. The GTI version has few peers for the “benchmark of all hot hatches” title. Americans’... Read more »

Keeping Four Eyes Peeled - New Windshield Wiper Blades Let the Sunshine In - DIY Vehicle Maintenance

The traditional metal-frame windshield wiper blades on one of our personal rides were two years old. Usually this car is quietly parked in the garage. Despite the infrequent exposure to the sun's UV rays, pollution, road grime, car wash soap, and road salt, the rubber has lost its pliability and appears glazed. Even though this frame accepts replacement rubber inserts, the metal bracket springs stick from corrosion, so we decided on a fresh set of blades with frames. SUV and wagon owners should be checking their rear wiper blade at this time. Don't wait for the rubber to be torn from the blade to do this maintenance.
Outside temps have already started their wintry descent. As traffic races by a fresh splash of salted road slush smacks the middle of your car’s windshield. Instinctively you activate your the windshield wipers. As the wiper arms move to and fro the result is smeared rather than cleared glass.¬† More aggravating is the chatter which... Read more »

The Factory or Bust in the 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDi - Factory Tour / Review

The Candy White 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDi turbo-diesel family sedan back "home" at its 1.2 million square foot "birthplace" nestled in 1400 acres of rolling hills outside Chattanooga, Tennessee. The $27,000 sticker of our SE model with 6-speed manual transmission asserts that "fuel efficient family car suited for long trips" and "on a budget" are not mutually exclusive.
* * * * * * * * * * * * Suffering¬† from “battery electric vehicle range anxiety” this holiday season? We at “Drive…He Said” picked up a “half-witted” key to a 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDi, to evaluate what might be the perfect antidote. What better way to combat our own anxiety than by... Read more »