Tuesday, January 21, 2020
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Tips/Advice


Conspiracy . . . or Merely Convenient?

Many new cars are optimized for ethanol - "flex-fuel" compatible is how it's usually described. The problem, of course, is that a majority of cars in service are not optimized for...

SkyDiving Without a Parachute

Given how expensive traffic tickets are, it’s amazing so many people won’t buy a good radar detector. Unlike the car you’re driving, it actually is an investment - and not just...

$5 Gas This Summer?

The way things are going,  gas prices will probably top $5 a gallon this summer. We may be lucky if it stops there. Some industry experts, including former Shell CEO John...

On the Merits of Ugly Cars

Remember that song about making an ugly woman your wife so as to be happy for the rest of your life? It applies to cars just as much. Like the pretty girls, everyone...

Changing Oil Too Soon – or Too Late?

Knowing when it’s time to change the oil in a regularly driven car is easy - the car’s manufacturer provides specific time and mileage intervals. They are right there in your owner's...

Another Measure of How We’ve Been Gypped (and Fooled)

Before I write a new car review, I like to do some background research - which helps provide context and hopefully makes the published review informative. Well, I found some interesting...

Who’s to Blame When Air Bags Don’t “Save Lives”?

Toyota just announced a recall of more than 650,000 cars  - for potential problems with the air bags. "Improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger...

Things Cars Ought to Have… But Don’t

I've ranted about stuff new cars come with that seem over-the-top, unnecessary - stupid, even. The obnoxious back-up buzzer in the Toyota Prius hybrid, for instance. Headlights that stay on all...

Small vs. Big: Some Pros . . . and Cons

If you're trying to decide whether to buy a bigger - or smaller - car, you might want to consider some of the following pros and cons: * Small cars usually...

Servicing the Semi-Retired Car

New cars come with maintenance schedules that give you time/mileage intervals for things like oil changes, tune-ups, tire rotation and so on. Follow these recommendations and - assuming a decent/sound car to...
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