Saturday, September 18, 2021

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    2022 Toyota Supra GR

    Would you be interested in a lighter, quicker - and less expensive iteration of BMW’s Z4 roadster? With a hard top rather than a...

    2022 Lexus RX350

    Mad Max drove the last of the V8 Interceptors. This may be your last chance to drive the last V6 powered crossover. Which also happens...

    2022 Hyundai Sante Fe

    Crossovers are criticized - correctly - for looking and being the same, as if cut from the same mold, regardless of badge. Most of them...

    2021 Toyota Venza

    Well, it’s back. Most people probably didn’t know it was gone. The Toyota Venza. It’s been absent from Toyota’s roster of models since the 2015 model...

    2021 Mazda Miata

    It’s easy to forget there are still cars that are about driving rather than transportation. Cars that make the trip more appealing than the...

    2022 Hyundai Sonata

    Does anyone still make mid-sized family sedans? Haven’t they all been cancelled - in favor of crossovers? Most of them, yes. Including - most recently...

    Legroom City

    I thought I'd show everyone just how much legroom there is for the driver (and front seat passenger) inside the 2022 Hyundai Sonata I've...

    2021 Ford Bronco Sport

    The resurrected Ford Bronco gets all the press. But there’s another Bronco that may warrant your attention, if you’d like something a bit less...

    2022 Mini Cooper

    What has the Mini Cooper got that the VW Beetle lacked? The question arises because the Mini is still here - while the Beetle isn’t....

    2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye

    What’s wrong with 707 horsepower? Nothing that 797 horsepower can’t cure! That’s a two sentence summary of the Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye - the most...

    What’s Wrong with 707 Horsepower?

    Nothing 797 horsepower can't cure! Have a look at this beautiful animal. They just dropped it off - and I'm headed out for a drive!

    2021 Ford Mustang Mach I

    How much is a $60k Mustang worth? Every cent - plus change. That’s not quite what it costs to buy a new Mach 1 - if...

    Classic Cars

    Doomed: Jaguar X-Type 2002-2011

    American car companies - GM and Ford especially - get heckled a lot and justly for repackaging their economy cars and trying to sell...

    Black Plastic

    I hate plastic engine covers, which cover practically all new car engines. They serve the purpose of making all engines look the same. Of...

    Doomed: VW Phaeton (2003-2006)

    If you could get a really good ribeye at McDonald’s, would you be willing to pay a Peter Luger steakhouse price for it? Probably not. Especially...

    Doomed: Chevy Cosworth Vega (1975-1976)

    It worked better for Pontiac. The now-iconic black and gold paint scheme made famous by the ’77 Trans-Am that Burt Reynolds drove into automotive history...

    Doomed: Cadillac Seville (1976-2004)

    When did Cadillac start becoming BMW - or trying to? This can be pinpointed with some precision. It was 1976, the year of the Seville....

    Encomium to Pontiac

    It is coming up on the eleventh anniversary of the death of Pontiac, a fatality not so much of the 2007-2008 financial collapse -...

    The Gone Ones

    Tempus does fugit. I've been test driving new cars long enough that the first new cars I test drove are now Antique cars, literally. I...

    Gas Guzzling . . . Then and Now

    I took my '76 Trans Am out yesterday; I needed a reboot - and it needed exercise. Drove the orange-painted, screaming chickened "gas guzzler"...

    The Yugo and its Merits

    The joke goes: How do you double the value of a Yugo? Fill up the gas tank! True enough. And yet, nearly 800,000 of them were made...

    Doomed: Li’l Red Express, 1978-1979

    High-performance trucks are back - but they aren't new. One of the first of the breed dates back to the height of the Disco era,...

    Closing the Antique Vehicle “Loophole”

    One way to save a lot of money - and avoid a lot of hassle - is to opt out of paying the annual...

    Motorcycles

    Old Bike Asterisk *

    Ever try finding a firing pin for an Iowa Class battleship's 16 inch guns? They probably didn't make very many - and the ones...

    Reader Question: The Grom?

    Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Zane asks: Wondering what you think of the Honda Grom/Monkey? Its been a decade, and tons...

    New Wheels Without All The New “Features”

    There is a way to get a new vehicle without getting all the new “features” such as an engine that turns itself off every...

    The Deadwire Departs

    Harley—Davidson just admitted that a Harley without an engine is like a beach without the ocean. Not many, apparently, want to go there. So the...

    Spring Bike Pre-Flight

    Motorcycles have something in common with lawn mowers and weed whackers: It's common for them to just sit for months during the off season....

    Why The King Died

    No, not Elvis. This old Kawasaki motorcycle I've got sitting in my office. It has a neat little engine of a type you don't see...

    Indoor Motorcycle Storage

    After my divorce, I realized I needed a new companion. The problem being, “she” was living in the garage. I refer to my much-beloved and...

    Reader Question: Mummified ’83 Silverwing?

    Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Kyle asks: I am having my grandmother ship a 1983 Honda GL650 Silverwing to me. It...

    Enter the ZRX

    I started one of my bikes yesterday after it had been sitting for the past six months - the time it took for me...

    First Bikes

    Bikes are not unlike shoes in that you want one that fits. If you're a big guy, there are bikes that won't. And if you're...

    No Helmet, no Diaper . . .

    It's hard to not get down when you see what's going on all around. The poltroonish passivity of the populace. Stay safe! Diaper up! So I...

    Diaper Report 9/17/21

    An uneasy stasis has been achieved. The people who cling to their Face Effacers continue to cling to them; those who hated them no longer...

    Electric Social Distancing

    GM has just advised owners of the Chevy Bolt electric car to park the thing at least 50 feet away from other cars, so...

    The Non-Replacement for Displacement

    Tesla thinks it has the replacement for displacement - for the V8 engine in your classic car, truck or project car. It is a...

    Latest Radio: Bill Meyer Show/KMED 9/15/21

    Here's the audio of my weekly gabble with Bill Meyer over at KMED Radio in Oregon; we talked about the Toyota Supra GR I'll...

    How “Speeding” led to Needling

    If you get people to accept one thing they will bow to the next thing. Like giving people what are styled "tickets" for "speeding." Which...

    Latest Radio: Bryan Hyde Show 9/14/21

    Here's the audio of my weekly gabble with Bryan Hyde, host of the Bryan Hyde Show in  Utah! We talked about the link between...

    Don’t Forget to Remember

    When you're down, it's time to get out. I remembered this important axiom of mental health yesterday. Or rather, I was reminded of it, by...

    The Fire Sale

    Apparently, it’s not sufficient to pay people $7,500 to “buy” an electric car - using your money (as a taxpayer) to facilitate the transaction....

    Decontenting

    Car freaks know all about decontented cars. These were cars shorn of options that added weight - and expense - and which decreased performance....

    What’s It All About?

    The question is on every thinking person's minds - though the answer varies. What is this all about? The Push for the Jab? The most benign...

    Dealing with the Depression of Sickness Psychosis

    It is easy to get down when it seems that almost everyone you see looks sick. When society is ill - and you feel...

    Jab This

    To all those who regard me and other people who have chosen not be injected as "selfish" or "stupid" or "reckless": Get therapy. I am...

    Cycles

    Don’t Forget to Remember

    When you're down, it's time to get out. I remembered this important axiom of mental health yesterday. Or rather, I was reminded of it, by...

    Old Bike Asterisk *

    Ever try finding a firing pin for an Iowa Class battleship's 16 inch guns? They probably didn't make very many - and the ones...

    Bridging the Supply Gap

    Getting around may become harder in the months - and years - ahead. What good is a car without gas? Or a motorcycle without...

    Reader Question: Old Bike Retrofit?

    Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Ira asks: I'm in the market for a motorcycle dated earlier than 1980. I'm in NYC...

    New Wheels Without All The New “Features”

    There is a way to get a new vehicle without getting all the new “features” such as an engine that turns itself off every...

    Spring Bike Pre-Flight

    Motorcycles have something in common with lawn mowers and weed whackers: It's common for them to just sit for months during the off season....

    The Electrocution of Motorcycles

    A car is fundamentally an appliance. While a few are bought and kept for the fun of it or because the buyer likes the looks...

    Why The King Died

    No, not Elvis. This old Kawasaki motorcycle I've got sitting in my office. It has a neat little engine of a type you don't see...

    Reader Question: Mummified ’83 Silverwing?

    Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Kyle asks: I am having my grandmother ship a 1983 Honda GL650 Silverwing to me. It...

    Give ‘Em an Inch . . .

    The problem with giving an inch is they always take a mile. This is why it is so important to never give them the...

    Enter the ZRX

    I started one of my bikes yesterday after it had been sitting for the past six months - the time it took for me...

    New Car Reviews

    2022 Toyota Supra GR

    Would you be interested in a lighter, quicker - and less expensive iteration of BMW’s Z4 roadster? With a hard top rather than a...

    2022 Lexus RX350

    Mad Max drove the last of the V8 Interceptors. This may be your last chance to drive the last V6 powered crossover. Which also happens...

    2022 Hyundai Sante Fe

    Crossovers are criticized - correctly - for looking and being the same, as if cut from the same mold, regardless of badge. Most of them...

    2021 Toyota Venza

    Well, it’s back. Most people probably didn’t know it was gone. The Toyota Venza. It’s been absent from Toyota’s roster of models since the 2015 model...

    2021 Mazda Miata

    It’s easy to forget there are still cars that are about driving rather than transportation. Cars that make the trip more appealing than the...

    2022 Hyundai Sonata

    Does anyone still make mid-sized family sedans? Haven’t they all been cancelled - in favor of crossovers? Most of them, yes. Including - most recently...

    Legroom City

    I thought I'd show everyone just how much legroom there is for the driver (and front seat passenger) inside the 2022 Hyundai Sonata I've...

    2021 Ford Bronco Sport

    The resurrected Ford Bronco gets all the press. But there’s another Bronco that may warrant your attention, if you’d like something a bit less...

    2022 Mini Cooper

    What has the Mini Cooper got that the VW Beetle lacked? The question arises because the Mini is still here - while the Beetle isn’t....

    2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye

    What’s wrong with 707 horsepower? Nothing that 797 horsepower can’t cure! That’s a two sentence summary of the Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye - the most...

    What’s Wrong with 707 Horsepower?

    Nothing 797 horsepower can't cure! Have a look at this beautiful animal. They just dropped it off - and I'm headed out for a drive!

    Fixes Coming!

    I wanted to "hip" everyone to some good news. I have found computer help; real-deal serious computer help. All of the various glitches the...

    Reader Question: Scarce Oldsmobile Parts?

    Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Mitch asks: Have you had or heard about any problems getting auto parts recently? I ask...

    Win a Lift Kit!

    EPautos' advertiser American Trucks/Extreme Terrain just announced a lift-kit giveaway for popular Jeep Wrangler models worth $1,000. The contest does not require a purchase...
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