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1983–1988 Hurst Olds/442

Oldsmobile had a long and distinguished history - and suffered a slow, painful death. The process of mortification began in the early 1980s, when General Motors gutted the formerly independent engineering departments...

More Digitized Idiot Proofing on Deck for 2014

Is Detroit responsible for making sure you don't back-up over your child? What if you don't have a child? Better yet, what if you know to drive?  Well, it doesn't matter. The National...

In the Rearview Mirror: 1977-81 Z28 Camaro

The smart athlete retires gracefully, at his peak - before he starts to slip and give off that “has-been” stink. To their credit, that’s what Chevrolet managers did when they discontinued...

Because It’s “The Law”….

Most states now have mandatory"buckle up" seat belt laws. But - strangely, when you think about it - no state requires that a motorcyclist wear more than a helmet. So, on...

Let’s Look at Leasing

Leasing a vehicle is a lot like renting an apartment. You pay a monthly fee to use it - but you don't own it and aren't making payments toward ownership. You...

2011 Mini Cooper Countryman

Everyone (well, almost everyone) likes the Mini Cooper - the reincarnated, updated version of the micro-car Brit car of the 1960s. The problem has been that not everyone can use the...

In the Rearview Mirror: 1987 Renault Alliance GTA

The death rattle of American Motors Corp. came in the early 1980s, with the “alliance” between the tubercular American automaker and French automaker Renault. Renault, a big player in Europe, hoped...

The Chiiiiiiiiiilllllllllldren

Maybe this bugs you, too? There's a "school zone" ahead and - clearly, obviously - there are no kids about. But the DANGER! DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!! flashing lights are on anyhow -...

The best $1,500 I ever spent

If gas prices hold at their current $3 or so per gallon, most of us will be paying an extra $240 or so per year for fuel vs. what we were...

Not So “Smart” Air Bags

Will your car's air bags work when they're supposed to? Probably - but not necessarily. They may have become too "smart" for their own good - and ours. All '04 model year...
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