See you at the motor show

Now, everybody likes to be looked at, especially when the gaze in question is one of approval. There is nothing quite like the knowledge that one is under the adulating gaze of another; it lends us a sense of worth, a sense of achievement, uniqueness and of being a cut above the rest — you […]

Car clinic: expert answers to your motoring woes

I’m in the process of acquiring a used car. I have realised that I can get a nice Mitsubishi, Mazda or Subaru for about Sh400,000, but the same quality of Toyota costs almost Sh600,000. However, I’ve been advised that these cheaper cars have serious problems when it comes to spare parts, and that they consume […]

Toyota beats them all when it comes to reliability in the 4X4 category

Hello, I work and live in the rural area, so I deal with a lot of rough roads, especially during the wet season. Please recommend a good 4WD with a VVTi engine (diesel or petrol) and has good clearance. Other than Prados, what other makes would you recommend? ——————————– Hi, The moment you say VVTi, […]

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 […]