Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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Prius Math

Does the Prius hybrid make any cents at all? Maybe. If everything lines up right. The new (current generation) Prius is first of all - in my experience, at least - much more...

2011-’12 Saab 9-5: Not The Same-Old Same-Old

If you buy a new Saab 9-5, you will be one of 806 people in the U.S. (so far, as of this writing in late 2011) to own one. That means only...

The “Hurricane Special”

Over the next few months, there will be a large number of flood-damaged cars coming onto the used car market. They'll be thoroughly cleaned up and rehabbed to look ok at...

Americans Don’t Drive….

That great philosopher Jeff Spicoli once sagaciously noted, "Dudes on 'ludes should not drive." Too bad most American drivers are on 'ludes. Or might as well be. They dawdle along at just...

1975 Kawasaki S1 Rebuild: Installment Four

Rebuilding this bike - which had been sitting for probably 20 years before I got it - required more than just a clean-up and refreshing of the mechanical parts. The frame, for...

2012 Toyota Prius: The Only Sensible Hybrid?

It's hard to believe but the Toyota Prius has been around for a decade now. It is both the first successful mass-market hybrid and - by far - the best selling...

The Pushbutton Devil

As bad as the government is about making new cars cost a fortune by issuing regulatory fatwas (such as "fleet average" fuel economy requirements) the automakers themselves are just as guilty....

Time to Chuck it?

There comes a time when it's time to cut your losses. When it no longer makes economic sense to pay for new repairs to an old car. The hard part is...

Nissan non-Nanny Vehicles

Nissan may be the last redoubt of (somewhat) non-Nanny State cars. Nissan vehicles do not have DRLs; you can turn the traction control off (really off - not "limited") and - ...

Some More DIY Don’t Do’s… Learned the Hard Way

Maybe you are thinking about doing some of the upkeep your car needs yourself. It's a great way to save some money - and can be very satisfying, too. But it's...
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