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How do I contact the Motor Trend subscription department?
Customer service can be reached at 800/800-6848 within the U.S. Send an e-mail directly (
motortrend@palmcoastd.com) or use the E-mail function at MT Online (clicking on the "E-mail Us" link at the bottom left of each page). From the E-mail section, select the desired destination from the scroll box menu.

How do I contact the Truck Trend subscription department?
Customer service can be reached at 800/274-1971 within the U.S. Send an e-mail directly (
trucktrend@palmcoastd.com) or use the E-mail function at MT Online (clicking on the "E-mail Us" link at the bottom left of each page). From the E-mail section, select the desired destination from the scroll box menu.

How do I order a magazine back issue?
Contact Primedia Customer Service, 866/601-5199

Please send your request by mail to our editorial offices at: Motor Trend/Truck Trend, Attn: Back Issues, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., 7th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515. PLEASE CALL FIRST to ensure that we have the issue available (323/782-2220). Our editorial office retains most Motor Trend back issues published as of January 1993 and later and most Truck Trend back issues published as of February 1998 and later. Back issues cost $8.00 each, and can be purchased only by check or money order. When making your request, please indicate the month and year of the back issue you would like to receive and make sure to include your return address.

If the Motor Trend (only Motor Trend) issue you desire was published prior to 1993, please send an e-mail to Del Fisher (delfi@attbi.com) who maintains a sizeable collection of Motor Trend magazines dating back to the earlier days of our publication. He can provide a catalog of all his offerings for $3.00. If you prefer, you can send Del a request via snail mail at:

Back-Issue Car Magazines
P.O. Box 170243
Arlington, TX 76003

How do I contact the editorial staff?
The editors can be reached by sending a message from the
E-mail Us page (link at the bottom left of each page). We regret that we can not personally reply to every letter nor research for your specific request, but we do read each letter to consider for possible publication in a future issue.

How do I advertise online?
Eric Schwab, Eastern Advertising Manager, Primedia, Inc. at: 313/967-5113 or eric.schwab@primedia.com
Jason Rice, Western Advertising Manager, Primedia, Inc. at: 323/782-2188 or jason.rice@primedia.com

Can I use text and images on my Web site?
We can not grant permission for individuals to reproduce text, graphics, or images from Motor Trend magazine, books, or Web site, as we need to protect our rights and investment in this material.

However, MT Online has a Wallpaper section intended to allow people to download those specific images for non-commercial purposes. (A link to Amazon.com or advertising makes the site commercial.)

We do welcome links to MT Online and TT Online, and we suggest that you link to the stories that caught your interest.

Can you link to my site?
Our Hot Links section is currently limited to advertisers and business partners.

What car is best for me?
That is a question only you can answer. The definition of "best" is too personal for us to advise, influenced by driving style, aesthetic tastes, previous experiences, current and future needs, budget, and so on. Motor Trend offers information and opinions on vehicles to aid readers in making purchase decisions. Develop a list of eligible vehicles, read the related articles, and go to the dealership and take some test drives.

How can I get a job at Motor Trend?
We generally recommend a degree in journalism or English to aspiring automotive journalists, supported by a minor in engineering and/or photography. In addition to writing skills, professional photographic skills are essential in the magazine business. Most pros start by contributing to smaller, aftermarket and road-test oriented magazines to develop skills and contacts.

As with any job, the keys are experience and timing. The members of the Motor Trend editorial staff have contributed to a variety of magazines, working their way up to leading positions and establishing a strong reputation within the automotive industry. Most editors have raced competitively to hone their professional driving skills.

If you are interested in pursuing possible employment at Primedia, Inc. call the human resources job line at 323/782-2002. Or visit our corporate Web site at www.primedia.com for job listings.

Beyond publishing, naturally the manufacturers employ a vast number of workers, including test drivers. Each has its own human resource department that could best explain qualifications and positions available.

Online resources: www.autocareernet.com, www. truckingcareernet.com, and www.motorcareers.com

Book: "Careers for Car Buffs" by Richard and Mary Lee (847/679-5500).

Where can I find performance numbers on my car?
For performance numbers and basic specifications of vehicles, check Road Test Review in Motor Trend magazine each month. Also, MT publishes an annual newsstand-only outsert compiling data from the past five years.

Full road tests offer more details (where the vehicle was made, dimensions, and more) and can be purchased as a back issue for $8.00. Road Test Review provides the month and year each article was published to assist your research.

To purchase a back issue from our main offices, call 323/782-2220. Note: back issues are in limited supply.

Also, most local and college libraries carry a full Motor Trend magazine archive.

Can you e-mail me an article?
No. If an article is not available online, it can only be obtained by ordering the back issue that it was published in. Please call 323-782-2220 to order back issues of Motor Trend or Truck Trend.

Why didn't you test my specific make, model, trim, and engine?
While Motor Trend tests more vehicles than any other publication in the world, we do not test all variants of every model each year. Because most readers are automotive enthusiasts, we focus more on testing mid- and upper-level models. We do not automatically test vehicles every model year if there was not a significant change. Often last year's performance numbers and road test evaluation apply to this year's model.

What is the top speed on my car?
We rarely test top speed and then only on the fastest cars in major comparison articles.

When will you publish an article on...?
We report on news and vehicles as soon as availability and our production process permits. We do not intentionally hold back on information, rather we attempt to create a balanced package of timely informative and entertaining material each month. Keep watching, no vehicle for sale in America escapes our attention.

Tell me more about next year's model...
We incorporate the information we unearth in our stories, Trends pieces, and online
Future Vehicle Forecast (FVF). If a FVF item is brief, it is simply because we do not have more information. Watch this unique online feature for continued updates.

Can you diagnose my car?
Not if we're to publish a magazine each month. We have partnered with
Meta-Cog on an excellent piece of consumer software called AutoTech that can help.

Start by asking your dealer and/or trusted mechanic. If you have doubts, find fellow owners through clubs or enthusiast Web sites who may be able to advise. There is some great information available online from owners who have experienced the same problems and found solutions.

Have you heard about any problems with my vehicle?
We would suggest visiting
www.alldata.com for a listing of recalls and technical service bulletins. A Usenet search may turn up related newsgroup postings from other owners.

Can you help with my poor owner experience?
Again, not if we're to publish a magazine each month. If you are not satisfied with your dealer's efforts to correct your problems, contact the regional supervisor and/or manufacturer's customer service department. Both numbers should be in your owner's packet.

If you feel you have a "lemon," there should be information with your owner's manual on how to submit a "lemon law" claim.

Can you recommend a performance recipe for my car?
Every month we present modified cars and trucks, reporting on what works and what does not. However, we cannot cook up a specific recipe for your vehicle, based on your needs, driving style, DIY talents, geography, and budget.

The single best single improvement you can make is to enhance your driving ability. (Attend a professional racing school or enroll in an autocross school hosted by your local chapter of the Sports Car Club of America, 303/694-7222.) The next best refinement to make your vehicle quicker is a set of ultra-high performance tires. These are two relatively inexpensive ways to significantly improve performance without sacrifices.

The results we've seen with low-cost modifications are modest at best: There is no magic solution. You can't throw $300 at a suspension, for example, and "fix" a setup that the manufacturer spent millions to develop. You may alter the performance to your tastes, but compromises are inevitable with any changes.

Keep an eye on the Performance Trends and Truck & SUV Trends columns in Motor Trend magazine for ideas on modifications. Advertisements in the back of Motor Trend are among the best sources for aftermarket parts. You can also explore the Internet following the links in our Hot Links section.

What is horsepower?
Horsepower is a measure of an engine's work-producing ability, combining both an engine's twisting force and its ability to rev.

What is torque?
Torque is a measure of twisting force: No motion is required. Without motion, all the torque in the world does no useful work; without torque, there's no horsepower. The measurement "horsepower" was invented to gauge the newly developed steam engine. After watching a horse plodding around a circle turning a water pump (a job the newfangled contraption would soon have), James Watt devised a complex formula of which we offer this radically simplified version: horsepower equals engine rpm multiplied by torque (at that rpm), then divided by 5252 (hp = rpm x torque/5252).

What is the difference between understeer and oversteer?
Front-driver vehicles typically exhibit understeer, meaning that through a turn, the front tires lose traction first causing a plowing effect. The vehicle pushes to the outside of the turn until speed is lowered and traction regained. Rear-drivers tend to lose traction out back, causing the rear to slide to the outside of a turn.

While these terms describe how a vehicle handles when pushed to its handling limits, they are not mutually exclusive. For example, a front-drive vehicle can be induced into oversteer with an abrupt mid-turn, drop-throttle maneuver.

Can you explain what "something" means?
For definitions of basic automotive terms, we recommend "Auto Mechanics Fundamentals" by Martin Stockel and "Auto Dictionary" by John Edwards.

Where can I get more information on a vintage car?
Beyond reading road tests, there are hundreds of car books available rich with information. Visit
www.motorbooks.com to order a free catalog from Motorbooks International / Classic Motorbooks.

I'm due in court, can you tell me something to get me out of a ticket?
Sorry, we can't answer your specific legal questions. We suggest you seek help from the
National Motorists Association ) or ( Speedingticket.net)

What is the difference between four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive?
The difference between all-wheel and full-time four-wheel drive lives mainly in the minds of auto writers and ad copy writers.

The short answer is that there is no cast-in-stone definition. Our research indicates that Audi created the term "all-wheel drive" to differentiate its Quattro system from low-brow, truck-based 4WD setups. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) calls everything all-wheel-drive, including truck-based part-time systems, then adds distinctions. Europeans call everything four-wheel-drive, then add distinctions.

At Motor Trend, the main distinction between four-wheel and all-wheel drive is that the former has a low-range transfer case. This means that our definition will differ from the manufacturers in some cases (i.e. Honda CR-V).

What is a Motor Trend Digital Subscription?
We've partnered with a company called Zinio to provide Motor Trend magazine in a powerful, new digital form with the same layout, text, and advertisements as the print version. The digital format offers a paper-like reading experience, but with many advantages possible only in digital format, including:
· Automatic delivery of every issue directly to your computer via the Internet as soon as it hits the newsstand, often before you would receive it through the regular mail.
· The ability to read your magazines anytime, anywhere - even when you're offline.
· A hyperlinked Table of Contents takes you directly to the articles, features, and sections of most interest to you.
· Keyword search that helps you find a topic or name in seconds.
· The ability to highlight text and add "Post-it"-like notes on a magazine's pages.
· A "Send to Friend" feature that allows you to send free digital copies of your magazines to colleagues, complete with your notes.
· Paperless archiving. Keep back issues on your computer for fast reference and easy storage.

What information is provided in the New Car Price Report?
1. At A Glance: The At A Glance section offers an overview of the vehicle, including a photo.
2. Vehicle Pricing: The Pricing section includes Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), the Dealer Invoice Price, and the Target Price for the base models.
3. Ownership Costs: The Ownership Costs section details the cost to own and operate this vehicle; a consideration in car buying that is often overlooked. In this report, the expenses are broken into seven main categories: Depreciation, Financing, Insurance, State Fees, Fuel, Maintenance, and Repairs. Then we will compare the cost to own this vehicle with the cost to own and operate other similar vehicles so you can make an informed decision.
4. Specifications: The Specifications section includes such information as the vehicle's length, width, height, curb weight, legroom capacity, and cargo space.
5. Performance: The Performance section provides specifications for the standard engine and all optional engines for this vehicle, including horsepower, torque, cylinders, displacement, and fuel economy. Transmission gearings are detailed, along with "Motor Trend" track test data when available.
6. Safety: The Safety section details what safety features (i.e., air bags, ABS brakes) are included as either a standard feature or available as an option. The section also includes recall information for this vehicle, and the safety information provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). If there are recalls for this vehicle, the information will also be provided here.
7. Standard Features: The Standard Features section details all the components that are included in the MSRP on each trimline.
8. Option Packages: The Options section identifies the non-standard equipment available at an additional cost on each trimline contained in the report. Both the MSRP and Invoice price are provided for each option.
9. Rebates and Incentives: The Rebates and Incentives section provides comprehensive information regarding all rebates (national, region, and special) and financing options currently being offered for this vehicle.
10. Competitor Models: The Competitor Models section identifies up to six comparable vehicles that are judged to be similar to provide you with an overview of other vehicles you may want to consider. Information provided for the competitor models includes price, safety rating, and the IntelliChoice Ownership Cost Value Rating.