2 Jul 2020

Friendship over with Intrepid, Focus Wagon is my new best friend. Things escalated quickly, so now we're behind the wheel of yet another super cheap car.

After Monday's official announcement of the death of my 1997 Chrysler Intrepid 3.5L I wanted to give a quick tour of the replacement beater, this 2006 Ford Focus SE ZXW. The Focus enjoyed it's time in the North American spotlight before Ford axed it after the 2019 model year, but it sold incredibly well here in Canada, especially Québec where the local KennyUPull has over 40 to choose from.

My green Focus wagon is the second trim in the Focus l...

29 Jun 2020

Romances sometimes die fast. That's what's happened with my new-to-me 1997 Chrysler Intrepid 3.5L as I look under the body.

This week on TestDrive we're throwing in a wrench to our plans for the 1997 Chrysler Intrepid I bought several weeks ago. After taking it to a number of shops I had high hopes of fixing the brake issue, but after getting the chance to thoroughly look under the car we've found some very troubling issues. We go over the damage, neglect, and rot that has eaten away at this once flagship sedan with some close up 4K footage of this wreck of a car.

We also discuss what's next for...

22 Jun 2020

It's Mojito! week here on TestDrive! We're looking at the action-packed 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon to see what off-roading is like when you aren't a pro.

Our review of the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is a little different from our usual episodes of TestDrive Spotlight. This time around we're talking about the car communities and the culture behind them that can make or break an experience for new enthusiasts, and what we can do about it. We discuss some of the limitations and difficulties novice enthusiasts face when joining a new community, and some ideas on how we can all make the experience b...

15 Jun 2020

Our first week back behind the wheel of a new vehicle in some time, we're looking at the history of Jeep's Cherokee nameplate and the legacy of their compact SUVs.

The Jeep Cherokee is one of the most iconic American off-roaders of all-time. Launched in 1974 under American Motors ownership, the Jeep Cherokee served as a two-door full-size SUV built on a body-on-frame chassis with RWD/4WD prowess. Few examples exist today that are worthy of display, but we're lucky FCA North America has produced some high-quality footage for use in this episode.

The Cherokee was followed up in 1983 with a new uni...

11 Jun 2020

This poor 1997 Chrysler (Dodge) Intrepid has been left sitting for a while, and likely hasn't been washed or vacuumed since the owner before the ones I bought from. That means it's detailing time!

This week I bought a very rough and neglected 1997 Chrysler Intrepid 3.5L to use as a runabout, but also because I have a crush on the Intrepid. It was painfully obvious to me that the previous owner bought this car simply to have a set of wheels to get back and forth, without any care about the condition the vehicle was in. We've since learned this was true knowing the car has some steering bushing i...

8 Jun 2020

It's time for another episode of 'Let's waste money on junk!'. On today's show we're looking at the latest vehicle to join the PRN Garage, this time it only cost $500.

For quite some time I've needed a beater, a car to get me from one auto manufacturer to another without having to pay for taxis. After some searching online I found the next vehicle I wanted to buy, a car that I had some experiences with as a child growing up in Mississauga Ontario. While we've revealed the car already on Instagram and Facebook, try and guess what car I've bought.

Clue #1: The car's model year is a 1997

Clue #2: Th...

1 Jun 2020

This week on TestDrive we’re taking a look at the Mercedes-Benz S-Class all the way back from 1951 until 2005. Sonderklasse translates from German to Special Class in English, which elegantly fits this vehicle.

25 May 2020

Infiniti has served as Nissan's Premium brand for over 30 years, but has the time come for the Japanese automaker to call it quits? We go over Infiniti's North American sales information from 2016-2019 and our thoughts on the future of the Infiniti brand.

11 May 2020

This week we're looking at Québec's Highway Safety Code to see what laws are on the books that residents and visitors should know when driving in La Belle Province.

4 May 2020

This week on TestDrive we're getting ready for Spring by pulling out our Craftsman C459-36401 2-in-1 gas-powered lawn mower and getting it prepped for the season.

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