Steering types and their properties

Last week I mentioned the steering box as one of the key transition points between the driver’s arm efforts and the resultant directional change of the motor vehicle he is driving. Its importance comes from the fact that the steering box (also sometimes referred to as the rack) is the device that differentiates the rotational […]

My Nissan X-Trail stalls for no reason, what’s wrong

My X-Trail has become a constant ulcer-inducer. Around the time of the recent fuel shortage, I had to accelerate hard, and when I slowed down the vehicle went off. Since then it has been doing it every now and then. On particularly bad days it can go off four times on a 10-kilometre stretch, yet […]

Enough of the aesthetics, now the power beneath the bonnet

For two weeks, I lightly discussed the aesthetic aspects of skin-deep motor vehicle design. More detailed explanations will follow at a later date, but for now let us look at the other important design factor; performance. While looks, and ultimately the outright appeal of a car, tend to be subjective and rely heavily on individual […]

How the Probox escaped list of ugliest things

While last week’s article may have been a bit controversial, it did not provoke a post-bag of outrage as sizeable as I may have desired, but there were responses. Suspects were fronted, and disagreement reared its ugly (pun intended) head more than once. Of note was the concord over the Toyota Will’s lack of visual […]

The ugliest cars on our roads

There is no beauty that hath not some strangeness about its proportions,” so quoteth one Francis Bacon. Another wag added: “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder,” and that went on to be modified in various ways, with “beholder” being swapped for “beer-holder” and, for automotive interiors, “cup-holder”. Anyway, Mr Bacon had his own […]

Overdrive: Keep it off when overtaking or lugging loads

If there is one thing any columnist tries to avoid, it is repeating oneself. Unfortunately, I will have to do just that this week. I had talked about overdrive earlier, but reader feedback suggests I left a lot of unsatisfied curiosities out there, so we will have to put aside the happy-go-lucky merry-making of test […]