When I set out to replace my tired, foot-worn factory floor mats, I knew I wanted to do so with a set of more durable, all-weather mats. Living in southern California spares me from dealing with slush and snow, but aside from providing protection to the carpet underneath, I thought all-weather mats could also give the interior of my 2007 Toyota Yaris hatchback an aesthetic improvement. As you would assume, they should also last longer than carpet mats, which
Toyota getting back to performance with their Gazoo Racing Division makes me happy. I don't follow racing closely, but seeing Toyota's return to the WRC with a fantastic Yaris, reading about their first win at Le Mans (albeit against no real competition), following the news about the new Supra (even if it will be automatic) and reading about them confirming a new 986 HP super car are all welcome bits of information. Here's hoping more of this cool stuff
Just a short clip my bro-in-law took of Romario, a few friends and I cruising to the 23rd Annual All Toyotafest 2018 in Long Beach, CA.
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The 23rd Annual All Toyotafest did not disappoint! Romario and I were the only two Yaris' representing at the show this year but overall, it was the largest Toyotafest to date; over 550 cars registered. Some folks came from hundreds of miles away to show their cars. Just an awesome day of awesome cars and awesome people. I heard from a few folks during the show (and since) that they went to register too late and missed the
Hit up the 2018 West Coast Eibach Honda Meet at the Auto Club Speedway. My bro-in-law and his team entered their cars. Wasn't there long --which was good because it was heat stroke hot. Snapped some pics and these are some of the more interesting ones...
I've owned my car for just over 10 years. Despite not thinking I'd have it very long, it's become the car I've owned the longest --and modified the most. My previous cars had decent audio systems but I've never gotten around to it with my Yaris...until today.
I had a local shop install some JBL 2-way components, JBL 4-channel 1000 watt amp, 10" Image Dynamics subwoofer in sealed box and a bass knob on the dash for easy low
It's that time of year again, Cali folks!
That's right, it's Toyotafest prep time. Last year was my first year entering and attending. It was awesome to see the variety of Toyotas in attendance. From a mint condition 'Back to the Future' pickup truck to heavily modified 4Runners, all generations of MR2's to completely restored classics and JDM market stuff; the show is simply fantastic. If you didn't have a chance to see it, my photo album of last
...only 73,600 miles. Still not the lowest mileage 2nd gen Yaris on the forum, if you can believe it.
Some folks on the forum have posted recently about the mileage you typically get rid of a car at. I'll never get rid of this car because it's worth far more to me than I'd ever be able to sell it for but it's an interesting question. Some were saying they never keep a car past 100k, which I thought was
One of the things I enjoy most about Wheelwell (aside from all the interesting and informative conversation with you all) is dipping into the 'Rides' section, browsing through all the cars and dropping likes on those that I do.
How often, if ever, do you fall into a rabbit hole in the 'Rides' section?
For anyone interested in getting some Forza 7 wallpapers for your desktop, mobile, tablet, etc., head on over to the Xbox site with this link:
They also have Forza Horizon 3 wallpapers, along with wallpapers for a variety of other shooters, sports, action, etc. games. Enjoy!
A handful of fellow socal Yaris owners on the forum have been talking about getting a meet together, and we finally made it happen.
Cafe 86 in Chino, CA, an AE86 owner/enthusiast/club member owned coffee, boba and treat shop, was the location chosen. Afterwards, me, my better half and two bro-in-laws took the short drive up to Mount Baldy. Was a good Sunday.
"Finally, after many months of Ford Focus RS owners complaining about failing head gaskets, the automaker has issued a technical service bulletin that will replace head gaskets—and, potentially even entire cylinder heads—on vehicles built between Aug. 2015 and July 2017 free of charge."
This is something that has been in the back of my mind since the story originally hit the news wire. Anyone that follows/engages me here on Wheelwell knows that I've had Focus RS on the brain
This morning, I read a 'The Return of Mazda's Rotary' article on Japanese Nostalgic Car that (by the title) had me very interested. Here's a snippet from it...
"It’s official, Mazda’s rotary engine is making a comeback, but perhaps not in the way sports car enthusiasts hope. Rather than powerful, turbocharged powerplants in a new RX car, the new rotary will serve as range extenders on a fleet of self-driving electric vehicles that Mazda and Toyota are co-developing together."
This last Saturday, my better half and I caught the tail end of the Super Street Magazine and Toyo Tires Calendar Launch and Car Meet at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.
It ran from 9-12 PM, but we got there later because we weren't sure the rain would allow it. They were actually selling Super Street branded umbrellas at the meet lol. Despite only catching about the last hour or so, I saw some really cool rides. Here are
Some interesting Gazoo Racing news via our friends at Japanese Nostalgic Car.
#toyota #toyotaracingdevelopment #trd #gazooracing
Thought about it last night after watching the latest episode of The Grand Tour. James May did a package on the VW Up and mentioned its artificial engine noises. I found it amusing how the sound would transition from what you'd think was an EV from the outside shots, to what sounded like a Fiat 500 Abarth during the interior shots.
It reminded me of how quite a few car manufacturers have been doing this for some time now, unbeknownst