Friday, December 3, 2021
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Conspiracy . . . or Merely Convenient?

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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...

“No Scheduled Maintenance Needed!” . . and Other Vile Lies

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One way that car companies attract business is by advertising that their vehicles are low-maintenace and - sometimes - no maintenance. This sounds too good to be true and - as...

The Cheap Drive

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I wrote the other day about stepping off the debt escalator. About the freedom that comes with not having to make payments. Car payments in particular. For every dollar you pay,...

SkyDiving Without a Parachute

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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...

Changing Oil Too Soon – or Too Late?

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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...

On the Merits of Ugly Cars

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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...

Politically Incorrect Teenager Driver Tips

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What type of car is a good choice for a teenaged driver? I get asked this a lot. Everyone's got an opinion. Here's mine: * Avoid giving your teen an underpowered car. This may...

Trannies . . .

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Well, no - it’s not what you thought. This column isn’t about Caitlyn (nee Bruce) Jenner. It is about your car’s transmission. About pros - and cons. And about how to...

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

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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”?

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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...
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