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About mkaresh
mkaresh is a Lead on Epinions in Cars & Motorsports
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Location: Detroit, Michigan
Member Since: Oct 16, 1999
Homepage: TrueDelta

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Reviews Written: 560
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mkaresh's Recent Opinions
Date Written Review Title Product / Topic Product Rating Review Rating
Jan 24, 2013 2013 Dodge Dart review: Some interesting features, needs to lose weight Dodge Dart 2013
in New Cars
  Product Rating: 3.0    Very Helpful
Jul 3, 2012 2012 Volkswagen Passat: designed for what Americans want? 2012 Volkswagen Passat
in New Cars
  Product Rating: 4.0    Very Helpful
Jul 30, 2011 2012 Honda Civic: what happened? 2012 Honda Civic
in New Cars
  Product Rating: 2.0    Very Helpful
May 16, 2011 Deliberately posting low prices with no intention of honoring them? Giftbrand.com
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  Product Rating: 1.0    Show
May 4, 2011 Small car, not so small price: is the Fiesta worth it? 2011 Ford Fiesta
in New Cars
  Product Rating: 4.0    Very Helpful
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mkaresh's Most Popular Reviews
#452 Overall: 2.8, 2.7T, 4.2: Which A6 is best?
#20 in Autos & Motorsports: 2.8, 2.7T, 4.2: Which A6 is best?
#495 in Books: The popularity of this book frightens me
#144 in News & Magazines: Excellent car buyer's guide
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mkaresh's Author Popularity
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#1 in Autos & Motorsports
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#130 in News & Magazines

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Two sorts of reviews:

Some auto reviews are based on ownership, while others are based on rentals or test drives. Both can be valuable. Owners can report their reliability history and have more time to discover the nuances of the car. Talented non-owners, on the other hand, often have a fresher, less biased perspective and, especially if they’ve driven many different vehicles, notice things that owners have come to accept as "normal."

Those who write reviews based on their ownership experience might want to include the length of this experience in the title of their review and to update their review periodically. This way users who want to read about long-term experiences can find the appropriate reviews easily.

The best auto reviews:

The best auto reviews knowledgeably evaluate the vehicle from a unique perspective. Technical knowledge is nice, but not entirely necessary. What is necessary is to understand and clearly communicate what one personally likes and dislikes about the vehicle.

To do this, it helps to be aware of what your automotive turn-ons and turn-offs are. And while you’re at it, inform the reader. My own automotive turn-ons include quick, communicative steering (sadly quite rare); precise short-throw shifters with a mechanical "feel" (gotta have a clutch); and largish seats with generous lateral support. Innovative packaging and clean yet aggressive styling also have their appeal.

Turn-offs include, well, the opposites of these: numb steering, flaccid shifters, and undersized seats. I also don’t care for large vehicles with tight interiors. Smaller cars handle better, so if a vehicle is going to be large it had better be large for a good reason.

TrueDelta:

In 2004, to fill gaps in the information available online, I launched TrueDelta.com. So far, TrueDelta provides vehicle price comparisons more thorough than you'll find anywhere else, the Internet's most up-to-date vehicle reliability information, and a real-world fuel economy survey that includes questions about driving style and driving conditions. If you want to be part of this research you can join the panel at TrueDelta's vehicle reliability page. To encourage participation, only panel members will receive free access to all of the reliability information at TrueDelta.