• Jan 24, 2007
Things are pretty quiet in the automotive world right now what with the Detroit Auto Show in the past and a couple weeks to go until the Chicago Auto Show, so we happened to record a very tidy podcast for you this week. 42 minutes and 14 seconds, think that's a record for us, or at least the shortest episode in a good long while. Nevertheless, we've packed the show with some good car talk. We begin by discussing the merits of BMW exporting the 1-Series to the U.S. and ask the question, "Which is uglier, the new Ford Focus or the BMW 1-Series?" We also bring up the topic of the Mazda3's recently discovered issue with breaking and entering (gotta get on that, Mazda!). Next up is talk of the Bullitt Mustang that's on its way with 400 horsepower and a chassis tuned for handling. We thought we liked the Shelby GT, but the Bullitt will be the bomb all-around Mustang when it debuts in a few. Finally, Dan Roth's Future Classic post on the Ford Taurus inspired us to eulogize the old girl on the podcast. It was a great car in its day, revolutionary even, but it's fall from grace was swift and unmerciful in the late '90s and post-millennium. Bada-bing, bada-boom, 42 minutes later our stimulating car talk comes to an end. Enjoy the show!
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      • 8 Years Ago
      All the Mazda 3s and everything except for the 6 are built in Japan. The Mazda 6 is built in Flat Rock, MI with the Mustang
      • 8 Years Ago
      Great resource for all things SHO...

      http://www.shotimes.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      Jesus, Marys.... quit your whining about how "furious" owners of mazda3's should be over the "kick the door and unlock it" trick.

      I own one... and I believe the comment to your original article was spot on: "There is a fool proof mechanism that will allow a thief access to the interior of your car: It's called a window". That says nothing about lock-breaking slim-jims or any of the other crap you can pull to get into a parked car. The key here is not haranguing your dealer until they install a magic plate in the door... it's about hiding or removing steal-able items to remove temptation.

      I guarantee that you could probably pull the same trick on about 3 or 4 other similarly priced and styled cars and people just haven't been dumb enough to let on where the "magic spot" is yet.

      Thanks for the concern... but as this new "problem" won't get me hurt, wont keep it from running, and won't foul up some other system on the car... I don't think it needs a recall, or even some sort of SSC.

      Cheers
      Tom andrews
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey Everyone...check out this web site, barbaraterry.com
      http://barbaraterry.com/
      This lady is a total car expert and really has it going on!
      • 8 Years Ago
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Yamaha_V8_engine

      From the Wikipedia for the SHO V8: "Manufacturing was also a shared process. Ford manufactured the aluminum engine blocks, using a patented Cosworth process, at their Windsor, Ontario plant, then shipped them to Japan for finishing by Yamaha. The finished engines were shipped back to the Taurus plant in Atlanta, Georgia for installation."
      • 8 Years Ago
      I couldn't find any info on the V6 though.