Monthly Archives: December 2010

2011 Lexus IS250/350 C

Lexus made its bones – and piles of money – by beating Mercedes-Benz and other Euro status brands at their own game. The top-of-the-line LS series sedan, for example, could be bought loaded with everything for about the same price as a not-quite-top-of-the-line Benz E-Class. And it held its value better, too. Now comes the…

Plug in – and pay up?

Will plug-in hybrids save us from $3 per gallon fill-ups – or at least, ease the pain a little? The hype about these vehicles – which differ from the current crop of gas-electric hybrids in that they can run on pure battery power for longer and, when their batteries run down, can draw power from…

Did you know the Japanese built a GTO?

It didn’t have had three deuces and a four-speed – or a 389. Instead, it had state-of-art technology, including an available twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC V-6, viscous-coupled all-wheel-drive system, four-wheel-steering and an “active” aerodynamic wing on the trunklid. But the end result was much the same: A car that knew how to get you into…

2011 Nissan Maxima

Competition is good – but not always necessarily for the seller. When Nissan introduced the Maxima way back in 1981, the idea of a “four door sports car” – as the car would soon be styled in TV and print ads – was a new idea. Or at least, not a common one. The Maxima…

Christmas Wish List…

Christmas is only hours away now. Maybe Santa will leave one or two of the following things under the tree… * Lower gas prices – Unleaded regular is creeping back up to $3 per gallon and in many areas of the country is already higher than that. Given the flood of Fed funny money, it’s…

Are you a Clover?

Clover pic

What’s a Clover? It’s a person who needs some help behind the wheel – but doesn’t realize it. To put a finer point on it, a Clover is a person who thinks you’re the one who needs the help. Take this test to see whether you’re a Clover: * Do you routinely find yourself at…

The Car Log

One of the first things I do after I buy a vehicle is buy a small spiral-bound notebook (spiral-bound because a pen or pencil fits nicely in the binding.) On the cover I write the make/model/year of the vehicle. In the notebook will go information about all service and maintenance work done to the vehicle…

The Truth About “Giving You a Break” . . .

I’ve had people criticize my criticism of “speeding” tickets. They say I’m encouraging or at least defending wrongful, dangerous activity. But I’d like to ask them a question. If “speeding” is indeed such a thing – not just illegal, but genuinely anti-social in the way that, say, kicking a dog or stealing something or even…