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Winter Tips

Posted on November 24th, 2014 in , , | 7 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist The globe refuses to warm. What happened, Al? The opposite is happening. The globe is cooling. Brutally so. Here in the "South" -- where it's supposed to be warm -- it has been getting colder and colder ...

Features New Cars Ought to Have… But Don’t

Posted on November 17th, 2014 in , , | 2 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist I've ranted about stuff new cars come with that seem over-the-top, unnecessary -- stupid, even. The obnoxious back-up buzzer in the Toyota Prius hybrid, for instance. Headlights that stay on all the time, even in bright ...

2015 Ford Fiesta ST Review

Posted on November 14th, 2014 in , | 1 Comment »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist What made the original, classic-era muscle cars what they were wasn't high-horsepower … as such. Oh sure, it was a huge factor. But the decisive factor was the accessibility -- the affordability -- of those horses.

Safety Winners – And Losers

Posted on November 10th, 2014 in , , , | 3 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Government is always a zero-sum game. There are winners -- and losers. It is said -- that is, we are told -- air bags "save lives." Well, yes. They do save some lives. Other lives have been ...

2015 Ford Fiesta Review

Posted on November 7th, 2014 in , | 1 Comment »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist I've got a triple in my garage. It's loud and fast, but spews oily smoke -- and gets terrible gas mileage. Probably why Kawasaki stopped making triples. Well, this kind of triple triple. (Two stroke triples.) Then there's ...

What Does Your Warranty Actually Cover?

Posted on November 3rd, 2014 in , , , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Most new vehicles come with several warranties. The one most people think of first is the new car "bumper to bumper" (or "basic") warranty. It covers just about everything except routine maintenance items such as oil and ...

2015 Honda Fit Review

Posted on October 31st, 2014 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Last week, I test-drove the new three-cylinder (and turbocharged) Ford Fiesta. It's a neat little car -- emphasis on little. This week, I have the new Honda Fit, which is also little -- but isn't small. At least, ...

If the Tesla D’s Such a Great Car..

Posted on October 27th, 2014 in , , | 15 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist My teeth hurt. Over the past week, I've been assaulted by one "news" story after the next about the latest fruit of government motors. Not GM. Tesla. The Model D. It is very slick! And very quick! ...

2014 Lexus IS250 Review

Posted on October 24th, 2014 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Good things come in small packages -- but sometimes, they're maybe a bit too small. Hence, Lexus' re-bopp of the IS series sport sedan. It's bigger now -- with a passenger-viable backseat. Unlike its most obvious competitor -- ...

New Car “Buyers”

Posted on October 20th, 2014 in , , | 4 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Who can afford to spend $30,000 -- the average purchase price paid as of 2013 -- on a new car? The answer is ... very few. Most new car "buyers" are in fact debtors. They sign loan documents ...




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