Car Culture Roundup Weekend 09 Dec 2023

Here’s our weekly Jalopnik series rounding up the latest in car culture. We’ve featured our most-read suggestions, as well as some you may have missed.


Hyundai finally replaced my engine. Millions of other owners are not so lucky

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After two long years, Hyundai has finally replaced the engine my 2018 sonata. It took numerous dealer visits, fiddling with Hyundai corporate, thousands of miles of driving and hundreds of gallons of oil. Fortunately, it was done for free for me. Unfortunately, other Hyundai/Kia owners are either still waiting for a decision on whether to have their engine replaced, are currently dealing with engine issues, or have been denied a replacement. – Lawrence Hodge Read more


Hot girls drive cars with cigarettes, but what the hell does that mean?

A blue Chevy Lumina parked on what looks like a pier on a lake.

Can’t you just smell the Virginia Slims from here?
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Radwood helped make otherwise forgotten cars from the 80s and 90s cool and brought a greater appreciation for the unloved machines that carried our grandparents through the Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations. Weird cars like classic Volvos and Mercedes diesel have always been popular among some enthusiasts, but the current trend on TikTok celebrating “smoking cars” tickles my sadistic side as I see young people celebrating automotive outcasts. – Logan Carter Read more


Electric cars lose half their value in just three years

Nissan and Volkswagen electric cars are parked at a Charge Point electric vehicle charging station on July 28, 2023 in Corte Madera, California.

photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images)

Good morning! It’s Monday, December 4, 2023, and that’s it The morning shift, your daily roundup of the top automotive headlines from around the world, all in one place. Here are the important stories you need to know. – Andy Kalmowitz Read more


Teen killed by salesman after failing to buy car on Facebook Marketplace

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A Pennsylvania he was a teenager shot to death by another teenager in Baltimore after he decides not to buy a car he saw advertised for Facebook Marketplace. Carlos Carrazana Ricardo was killed after he and his friend traveled to West Baltimore to check out a 2006 Acura TL they saw Market. Ultimately, he decided not to buy it and was shot in the head while driving, according to The Baltimore Banner. – Andy Kalmowitz Read more


Dead in the US: Jeep Renegade

Yellow Jeep Renegade 2023

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Goodbyemy little friend with boxes. Jeep kills on Jeepster Renegade subcompact crossover in the US and Canada at the end of the year.

The small SUV — which starts at $29,445 (including destination) — is about $500 less Jeep Compass as the automaker’s cheapest offering. now, this crossover will serve as Jeep’s most affordable vehicle. – Andy Kalmowitz Read more


This dealer is trying to sell a 1995 Honda Accord for more than original MSRP

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i love a clean, with low mileage car just as much as any of us but me do not like seeing those same cars with insane price tags. This is one of those cases. Found by my random scrolling of Facebook car groups, Verne Eide Honda in Sioux Falls, South Dakota has this 1995 Honda Accord Sedan for sale. it is flawless. The problem is that it costs more than the original. – Lawrence Hodge Read more


An Italian town discovers the real cause of flat tires and it’s not the mafia or angry neighbors

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A mysterious perpetrator has been at large since July in a mountain village in Italy, tire cutting and terrorizing car owners which parks in the historic center of Vastogirardi. According to guard. But the repeat offender turns out to be a dog named Billy who just had a bad case of gum inflammation. – Jose Rodriguez Jr Read more


Nearly 2 million electric cars were sold in the US this year

New Tesla electric vehicles fill the parking lot at the Tesla store on Route 347 in Smithtown, New York on July 5, 2023.

photo: Ioan Paraskevas/Newsday RM (Getty Images)

Good morning! It’s Wednesday, December 6, 2023, and that’s it The morning shift, your daily roundup of the top automotive headlines from around the world, all in one place. Here are the important stories you need to know. – Andy Kalmowitz Read more


Kudos to the Jeep Renegade

Kudos to the Jeep Renegade

After nine years in production, the compact Renegade is no longer available in the US.


Grand Theft Auto VI trailer teases Vice City Cars

Grand Theft Auto VI trailer teases Vice City Cars

Grand Theft Auto VI honors Florida culture with airboats and street takeovers.


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