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If Distracted Driving is Bad…

Posted on June 29th, 2015 in , , , | 1 Comment »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist We're told it's not safe to text while driving because that's a distraction. But how about all these buzzers and flashing lights and (yes, it's true) suddenly vibrating seats and steering wheels? Many new cars come ...

2015 Chevy Impala Review

Posted on June 26th, 2015 in , | 2 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist                                         Photo courtesy of CARICOS Big family cars used to be what American car companies did better than anyone else. Chevy is doing it again.

Mandatory in-Car Breathalyzers by 2020?

Posted on June 22nd, 2015 in , , , , , | 5 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Drunk driving checkpoints presume you're drunk until you demonstrate otherwise to the satisfaction of a cop. In about five years -- maybe sooner -- your car may take over that job.

Unmarked Cars Making The Roads Less Safe

Posted on June 15th, 2015 in , , , , | 10 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Wouldn't it be easier if they just hit us all with another once-annually additional "fee" (that is, another tax) that would be due Jan. 1 and otherwise left us alone on the roads unless we actually ...

2015 Lexus NX300h Review

Posted on June 12th, 2015 in , | 2 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist                                         Photo courtesy of CARICOS Maybe you're like me and think there's something... odd about spending $40,000 on a car because you're, uh, worried about how much gas costs. And yet, they sell. High-end hybrids, that is. And so, ...

Why The Young Hate Cars

Posted on June 8th, 2015 in , | 7 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Well, maybe hate is too strong. But they sure seem not to like them very much. As evidenced by the fact that a record-high percentage haven't even got a driver's license -- and have no intention (according ...

2015 Dodge Dart Review

Posted on June 5th, 2015 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist                                          Photo courtesy of CARICOS Every now and then, you'll see a Dodge Dart. The original ('70s-era) Dart, I mean. They were as durable as the pyramids. Well, the famous "Slant Six" engine was. The bodies tended to rust ...

GM’s Cobblepot: The Chevy Vega

Posted on June 1st, 2015 in , | 26 Comments
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist In the popular TV series, Gotham (it's a prequel to the Batman story) there's an episode called "Everyone Has His Cobblepot" -- a reference to something embarrassing in one's past. The Chevy Vega is GM's Cobblepot.

2015 Lincoln Navigator Review

Posted on May 29th, 2015 in , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist                                          Photo courtesy of CARICOS How the mighty have fallen. Lincoln's Navigator pretty much invented the bling-bling SUV as a cultural archetype and automotive industry phenom that changed everything almost overnight. Including Cadillac's position as the country's number one ...

Neglected Maintenance 101: Wheel Bearings

Posted on May 25th, 2015 in , , | No Comments »
By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist It's the parts unseen -- and unthought about -- that end up living a hard life. And potentially, making life hard on you. Wheel bearings, for instance.




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