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New Car “Buyers”

Posted on October 20th, 2014 in , , | 2 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 ...

How to Make Your Automotive Dollar Go Farther!

Posted on October 13th, 2014 in , , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist There's not much we can do about the cost of buying a new car, but I can give you some advice that may help you reduce the cost of owning (and driving) it.

2014 VW Touareg TDI Review

Posted on October 10th, 2014 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist There are three mid-sized (and real-deal, with off-road capability) German-brand crossover SUVs that consume not much more fuel than many current economy cars. The fuel, of course, is diesel. And the three are: VW's Touareg TDI -- subject ...

Return of the Triples!

Posted on October 6th, 2014 in , , | 2 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist You may have noticed the general downsizing trend that's going on under the hood. V-8s gave way to sixxes -- and sixxes, to fours. Now, it's down to three. For the first time since the '90s, you can ...

2014 Scion tC Review

Posted on October 3rd, 2014 in , | 1 Comment »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist By the early '70s, it was getting tough for anyone under 30 to partake of known muscle cars like the Pontiac GTO and Chevy Chevelle SS . . . not so much because they were expensive ...

Muscle Cars Were Slow – Part II

Posted on September 29th, 2014 in , , , | 2 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist I wrote a column a couple years ago (see here) that mentioned an unspeakable truth: Relative to now -- classic muscle cars were slow. Back in the day, when the typical passenger car took 10 seconds ...

2014 VW Jetta TDI Review

Posted on September 26th, 2014 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist There are more diesel-powered cars available now than ever. Unfortunately, almost all of them are expensive cars. One of the few -- one of the two -- that's not is VW's Jetta TDI. Its only competition is the ...

The Diesel Dilemma

Posted on September 22nd, 2014 in , | 9 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist The last time people began to sweat the cost of gas, they were able to turn to diesels. The cars delivered tremendous mileage (e.g., a VW Rabbit diesel was capable of 50-plus MPG, as good or ...

2014 Mercedes E-Wagon Review

Posted on September 19th, 2014 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist The E-Class Mercedes has -- or can be ordered with -- just about whatever you could possibly want. Just not always in the same model.

Inside Baseball

Posted on September 15th, 2014 in , , , | 3 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Here are some things to know about new cars the car industry probably would prefer you didn't know.




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