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2015 Audi A3 Review

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Mercedes started it with the sub-$30k (just barely) CLA sedan -- putting the three-pointed star within reach of an entirely new demographic. Now Audi's joined the fray with the 2015 A3. Like the Benz CLA, the A3 is ...

Modern Car Knowledge

Posted on August 18th, 2014 in , , , , | 2 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist If you haven't been under the hood of a new car lately -- or (just as important) read one of their owner's manuals -- here are a few things to know that you might not yet ...

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 Review

Posted on August 15th, 2014 in , | 2 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Small engines can do big things . . . in not-little cars. If they're turbo-diesels. And if the car is a new Mercedes E-Class sedan. The 2014 E250 sedan, to be precise.

Who’s to Blame When Air Bags Don’t Save Lives?

Posted on August 11th, 2014 in , | 6 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Toyota just announced a recall of more than 650,000 cars -- for potential problems with the air bags. "Improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger airbag to deploy abnormally in ...

Another One Bites The Dust

Posted on August 4th, 2014 in , | 3 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Some unhappy news came in the mail yesterday. A notice that my favorite car magazine -- High Performance Pontiac -- will be ceasing publication after the October issue. Pontiac itself, of course, ceased building -- scratch that, ...

2015 Volvo V60 Review

Posted on August 1st, 2014 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist For the past several years, Volvo has been trying hard to sell American buyers other-than-wagons . . . models like the snarky C30 hatchback, the C70 convertible and the S80 lux sedan . . . without ...

Inflation and Oil Changes

Posted on July 28th, 2014 in | 2 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist They tell us inflation -- the benign-sounding word used to euphemize the deliberate devaluation of our money by simply creating new money (pieces of paper) out of thin air and flooding the economy with it -- ...

2014 Toyota RAV4 Review

Posted on July 25th, 2014 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Toyota's got these TV commercials featuring the Muppets, who assert the vehicles aren't boring. But is boring bad? What if boring works?

What Might That Leak Mean?

Posted on July 21st, 2014 in , , , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist It's a little odd to think of it this way, but cars and people are both machines, with systems (circulatory, cooling, hydraulic) . . . and when either leak, it's cause for further investigation.

2014 Audi Q5 Diesel

Posted on July 18th, 2014 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Slowly -- finally -- diesel engines are becoming available in the kinds of vehicles that really could use 'em : crossover SUVs. These vehicles are bought because they're roomy, versatile and useful. But their design layout also ...




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