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2020 Kia Telluride

The upsizing continues. And for once, under the hood to go with it. Kia's new Telluride is much bigger than the mid-sized Sorento it replaces. But...

2019 VW Jetta GLI

You may remember the commercial for the 1984 VW GTI, which was backtracked by a modified version of the Beach Boys’ classic '60s song,...

2019 VW eGolf: Electric Boogaloo II

I made it home - without a flatbed! And without having to plug the eGolf in - and wait - before I could get home. But...

2020 Kia Soul

Kia has made the box bigger - but mostly on the inside. This includes the boom inside the box! The just-updated Soul is bigger under the...

2020 Nissan Altima

For a long time, Nissan’s Altima and Maxima sedans have been so similar it’s been hard to tell them apart - and not just...

2020 Dodge Charger

Just because it's new doesn't mean it's not old. And that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad. In fact, it can be very good. But you'd better get...

The Me Too Corvette

Where should a Corvette’s engine be? Historically, it has always been up front and usually under a rear-opening hood - which made it easier to...

2020 Lincoln Corsair

The Ford Escape is one of the best-selling compact-sized crossovers on the market. But what if you’d like an Escape with a bit more...

2019 Toyota 86

Many people buy Toyotas because they are Toyotas - which have a reputation for being durable, reliable cars that are known to depreciate less...

2019 VW Beetle Final

In 1979, VW stopped selling the Beetle - at least, in the United States. Uncle would not allow it. The car designed back in the 1930s...

Saaaaaaaaaaaafety-Free Beetle. . .

Well, almost. The VW Beetle, which is being retired after this year, is one of the few new cars you can still buy without all...

2019 BMW M35i

Why sell the same basic car two different ways? Well, first of all, you make it not quite the same - in order to appeal...

Classic Cars

The Rear Wheel Drive Resurgence

Two things once defined American cars. They were almost always rear-wheel-drive - even the economy cars - and they sometimes could be had with V8 engines. Or...

Leaving Well Enough Alone

I could improve the reliability, traction, handling and braking of my antique muscle car - update the thing - but that would miss the...

Tempus Fugit

The other day, I found myself behind what - to me - is a relatively new and certainly modern Mustang GT from the mid-'90s...

Insurance That Isn’t An Offer You Should Refuse

There is a form of vehicle insurance that’s not a moral outrage - because you’re not forced to buy it. Classic car insurance. Ordinary car insurance...

Old Car Pre-Flight!

Pilots usually don’t fly before they make sure the plane will. Or rather, that it will probably continue flying once it’s up in the...

Classic Cars and Classic Owners

Are old cars for old people? It seems to be so - if you go by what one typically sees at an old car show....

Why You Can’t Afford to Not Buy a Classic Car!

If you like cars, you probably like classic cars. Like looking at them, at least. But if you’re like most of us, you probably don’t...

Doomed: Pontiac G8 (2008-2009)

There are many examples of too little, too late in the automotive world. The 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 is perhaps the only example of more-than-enough ...

Heartbreaking – and Heartwarming

I came across something on YouTube that brought back memories of a car I once owned - and which someone else just found. Well, he...

Life is Short

Local guy - a guy I know - got killed last night (news story here) driving his rat rod VW Beetle. No one knows...

Gearing Matters

Weight - and gearing - have a yuge effect on fuel economy. Even to the extent of almost eliminating 40 years of “advanced” technology, including...

Motorcycles

Cycle Therapy

There are sound, practical reasons for owning a motorcycle that transcend fantastic gas mileage and low buy-in cost. I speak of the therapeutic aspects of...

Little Stinker Emerges!

Yesterday was one of the first warm/dry days we've had up here in The Woods of southwest Virginia, so I decided to step away...

Motorcycles in the Saaaaaafety Crosshairs

Motorcycles are the last vehicles still largely free from Uncle’s asphyxiating grasp. That is about to change. The unelected regulatory apparat known as the National...

Does Biker Deserve Death Sentence?

You may have seen the video below that documents a road rage incident which occurred the other day in California. A motorcyclist is riding adjacent...

2018 BMW  K 1600B

Motorcycles aren't subject to Uncle's fuel-efficiency fatwas. Not yet. Which explains why BMW is putting its sixes in its bikes  . . . while removing them...

Motorcycles Can’t be Automated

What happens to motorcycles in a world of automated - not autonomous - cars? Don't you hate that slippery shuck and jive? "Autonomy" means independent;...

The Not-Disposable Bike

Just as there was a sweet spot for cars - a moment in time when they were just modern enough to start perfectly every...

VW May Dump Ducati

Apparently, Volkswagen Group is considering selling off Ducati as the automaker seeks to streamline operations to fund a strategic overhaul after the emissions-cheating scandal, two people...

App Before You Wrench

Back in the day, when your bike wasn’t running right, you had to wrench to figure out why. Now, you can tap an app...

Two Wheeled Red Barchettas . . .

Motorcycles will probably prove to be the real-life Red Barchettas. You may remember the great Libertarian anthem by the classic rock band, Rush. It depicts...

A Slingshot Around Uncle

There is a way out. Of half a dozen (or more) air bags and seat belt buzzers and back-up cameras and narc-you-out black boxes and...

The Pointless Flex

It's amazing what you can do in a three-row/eight passenger SUV   . . . but not many people do it anymore. This 2020 Kia Telluride...

Latest Radio: David Knight Show 8/23/19

Here's the audio of my chat earlier today with David Knight; among other things, we talked about the parking brake 180 of the head...

Latest Radio: Bill Meyer Show (KMED) 8/21/19

Here's the audio of my chat earlier today with Bill Meyer over at KMED radio in Oregon!  

Soy Soup

They must serve soy at GM’s corporate cafeteria. It could account for the strange statement released the other day by GM's CEO Mary Barra....

If “Emissions” Actually Mattered . . .

The only electric cars that make sense are being phased out in favor of those that don’t. Hybrids are electric cars without the electric car’s...

HOTCARS Are Coming

A beast is slouching out of Bethlehem - disguised in swaddling clothes. Several Israeli companies with ties to the Israeli national security apparat are developing...

The Consequences of the Intended

Kids didn’t used to roast to death, forgotten in the back seat of cars, because it was hard to forget your kid when he...

Hut! Hut! Hutted! For Wheelies on Bicycles

Here's local news coverage about a teenage kid in Hollywood, FL Hut! Hut! Hutted! by armed government workers for popping wheelies on his bicycle....

Latest Radio: Bill Meyer Show (KMED Oregon) 8/14/19

Here's the audio of this week's chat with Bill Meyer over at KMED radio in Oregon!

The Lee Harvey Oswalding of Epstein

It was surprising to see Lee Harvey Oswald silenced on live national TV by Jack Ruby. Lee had just (supposedly) murdered the president. Precautions...

It’s the Dose . . . Not the Source

Did you happen to see the picture of the electric car "fast" charger being charged by the diesel generator? It's Kodachrome evidence of the...

Another AGW Pummels Another Handcuffed Victim

Another video has surfaced of another armed government worker punching out a victim - a woman - with her hands literally tied (manacled) behind...

Cycles

1975 Kawasaki S1 Saaaaaaafety Ride!

Here's a quick thumb in the eye to Uncle - the government - which demands I wear a helmet for saaaaaaaaaaafety, on the bizarre...

MOCs and Conceptual Thinking

When someone does something wrong, punish everyone who hasn’t done it yet. This is the new American legal doctrine - which seems to be based...

The Fleeting Feeling of Freedom

Every now and then, I do something "risky" and illegal, to remind myself what it was like when we were still relatively free. I roll...

Little Stinker Emerges!

Yesterday was one of the first warm/dry days we've had up here in The Woods of southwest Virginia, so I decided to step away...

Reader Question: Obscure Honda Bike Parts?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! John asks: Do you know of a source for the four hard chrome plated "collars" in...

Spandex Harleys

There's a classic episode of the TV cartoon series South Park lampooning Harley riders. Not bikers, the young guys who used to ride Harleys....

The Electric Suicide of Harley-Davidson

Imagine a Harley that doesn’t vibrate. No bark through the straight pipes when you push the starter button. No nothing through the pipes -...

Rat Bike Cleanup!

Here's a video of "after"... the result of several days' worth of OCD scrubbing and polishing my poor ol' 1983 Honda GL650 Silverwing. This is...

Motorcycles in the Saaaaaafety Crosshairs

Motorcycles are the last vehicles still largely free from Uncle’s asphyxiating grasp. That is about to change. The unelected regulatory apparat known as the National...

If You Don’t Ride Your Bike . . .

One of the things I learned after getting divorced has nothing to do with women. My small herd of bikes sat for a long...

Video Rant: Rotted Fork Seals & OCD Chain Cleaning

Here's a quick ran about leaky fork seals and a neater/easier way to clean a bike's chain: Look for a new rant - tomorrow, hopefully...

New Car Reviews

2020 Kia Telluride

The upsizing continues. And for once, under the hood to go with it. Kia's new Telluride is much bigger than the mid-sized Sorento it replaces. But...

2019 VW Jetta GLI

You may remember the commercial for the 1984 VW GTI, which was backtracked by a modified version of the Beach Boys’ classic '60s song,...

2019 VW eGolf: Electric Boogaloo II

I made it home - without a flatbed! And without having to plug the eGolf in - and wait - before I could get home. But...

2020 Kia Soul

Kia has made the box bigger - but mostly on the inside. This includes the boom inside the box! The just-updated Soul is bigger under the...

2020 Nissan Altima

For a long time, Nissan’s Altima and Maxima sedans have been so similar it’s been hard to tell them apart - and not just...

2020 Dodge Charger

Just because it's new doesn't mean it's not old. And that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad. In fact, it can be very good. But you'd better get...

The Me Too Corvette

Where should a Corvette’s engine be? Historically, it has always been up front and usually under a rear-opening hood - which made it easier to...

2020 Lincoln Corsair

The Ford Escape is one of the best-selling compact-sized crossovers on the market. But what if you’d like an Escape with a bit more...

2019 Toyota 86

Many people buy Toyotas because they are Toyotas - which have a reputation for being durable, reliable cars that are known to depreciate less...

2019 VW Beetle Final

In 1979, VW stopped selling the Beetle - at least, in the United States. Uncle would not allow it. The car designed back in the 1930s...

Saaaaaaaaaaaafety-Free Beetle. . .

Well, almost. The VW Beetle, which is being retired after this year, is one of the few new cars you can still buy without all...

E-Rant: 2020 Kia Telluride

Here's a look at something unusual ... not the crossover SUV part. The engine in this crossover SUV part! Also: EPautos "NoClovers" lapel pins -...

Reader Question: Avoiding Uncle-ized New Cars?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Jim asks: Quick question combining cars with politics. I probably will be in the market for...

Reader Question: Vouch for Corolla?

Here's the latest reader question, along with my reply! Terri asks: I heard you on the Bill Meyer show; you talked about the Toyota Corolla...
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