Monthly Archives: November 2010

Seasonal Coverage? Nah… That’d Be Reasonable!

Seasonal riding is a fact of life for many motorcyclists. Come fall – and cold weather – many riders hang up their leathers and park their bikes for the duration. It might be three or even four months before it’s time to throw a leg over again. But we’re required to carry year-round insurance, regardless…

Cadillac Sedan deVille, 1956-1984

Nowadays, all the really big sedans are foreign-made: Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, Daimler Maybachs. It is a sign of the decline of the once-magnificent American Land Yacht, whose sole surviving exemplar as of 2010 is the Lincoln Town Car – a mere middleweight by the standards that once defined “full-size.” Cadillac, for its part, doesn’t make truly…

2011 Lincoln MKS

Lincoln used to be right there with Cadillac as one of the top luxury car brands on the market. In the mid-late 1990s, Lincoln actually outsold Cadillac. Fast forward to 2011 and Lincoln’s hardly even got its foot in the luxury car door anymore – the result of a series of missteps and stumbles (Mark…

RWD, FWD, AWD or 4WD?

What’s the best set-up for winter-weather driving? Or just driving, generally? Is it rear-wheel-drive? Front-wheel-drive? All-wheel-drive? Or four-wheel-drive?  Here are some of the the pros and cons of each: * Four-wheel-drive (4WD) – This system is typically found in pick-up trucks and truck-based SUVs. Most 4WD systems work “part-time” – engine power goes only to…

Cop – or Coot?

There it is up ahead. A Ford Crown Victoria. Better get on the brakes! But is it really a cop? Or just an old coot? There are – mostly – only two kinds of people who drive the Crown Vic: Old people – and cops. Knowing which one’s behind the wheel can save you aggravation…

2011 Toyota Tacoma

Maybe you’re like me and like trucks but don’t need a super sized truck. But you don’t want one that’s too small, either (that would be Ford’s Ranger, the only true “compact” truck left on the market). If that’s the case, you’ve got three trucks to choose from: Nissan’s Frontier, the Chevy Colorado (and its…

Buick Riviera, 1963-1985

Non-Buick people may not know it, but the Riviera nameplate goes back many years before the introduction of the now-famous ’63 coupe. Buick used it to designate the pillarless hardtop coupes and sedans that appeared in the late 1940s and continued through the early-mid ’50s. The ’63 coupe, however, was something entirely new. It made…

How to Find a Good Body Shop

Your car’s got a wrinkled fender – who are you going to get to fix it? If it’s not done right, the car will look wrong – and then you won’t be happy. So, what’s the scoop? How do you tell the Good from the Bad – and the Ugly? Here’s the plan, man: * Check…

Why Are The Roads Full Of Rage?

That old nag Dr. Joyce Brothers says that during a road rage confrontation, “men are at the same mental level as an ape,”  a being who “… protects his space, at all costs and without logical thought as to the consequences.” Well, yeah. It’s not hard to see how dealing with a driving environment chock-a-block…

Fast Cars We Can’t Use…

In the ’70s, when cars were slow, you could drive fast and mostly get away with it. Yeah, you’d get a ticket if you got caught, but speeding was just that – not “reckless driving” – and there was an element of good humor in the cat and mouse game that has always existed between…