Monthly Archives: March 2011

Clover hate mail…

I received this from an angry Clover; thought I’d share: You write like you are on a coffee buzz! Why are you so angry. Don’t you know that driving like a maniac only wears out your brakes and wastes gas? And, you only get there 3-5 minutes sooner than the person doing the speed limit,…

Updating an older car with an overdrive transmission…

Ernie (poster here) asked me about this. In my opinion, the biggest functional disadvantage of owning an older (pre-computer, so  – roughly –  1981 and  older) vehicle is  the  built-in compromise of either  decent  fuel economy/highway legs or  good acceleration off the line. Many of the cars from that era – especially performance cars and…

U Rant Section

auto_q&a

Got a question – or just want to post something? Let loose here. Anything goes. Well, almost. Cloverites will be Thrown in the Woods summarily.  Anybody who is registered and logged in can create a post. Here’s how: You must be logged in Click on your name (top right) Select ‘Write’ Create your post Be…

To Serve And Protect … Or Harass and Collect?

What good are cops, really? I mean to the average, non-violent citizen just trying to go about his business? For him, cops are a nuisance – and increasingly, a threat. They don’t protect his property; indeed, they spend their days trying to take it away via enforcement of various and ever-increasing laws ranging from the…

2011 VW Touareg

The just-redesigned 2011 VW Touareg offers direct-injected, diesel – and combination direct injection-hybrid-electric powerplants. You can get as much as 425 lbs.-ft.of torque – and 380 hp. But you won’t get more than 28 MPG – 24 MPG if you pick the hybrid. Yeah, I have questions too… . WHAT IT IS The Touareg is…

The Clover Test

Clover new led

Could you be a Clover? Maybe you don’t even know what a Clover is? Here’s how to know : * Do you use your rearview mirror? Clovers tend to be oblivious to their surroundings – and in particular, of their fellow motorists. They don’t notice that their rear bumper has grown a tail six other…

Traffic Stop Cautions… For Women

Traffic stops are more stressful for women than for men – especially at night and especially when the stop takes place on some not-well-traveled road… and it’s just you and the cop. If it is, in fact, a cop… . There are creeps out there with cop-style wig-wag lights built into the grille of their…

“Less Government” Republicans… Not

You expect sickly, smothering statism from liberal Democrats (well, ok, Democrats in general). It’s their stated policy, after all. At least give them credit for being above board about it. But when it comes from a Republican (as often as not one who touts his or her “conservative” credentials) it’s like getting cold-cocked by a…

The One Year Wonder (And Why)

'83 Wing lead

When it was new, the ’83 Honda GL650 Silverwing Interstate seemed like a sure-bet winner. The basically identical GL500 had been successful for several years prior and before the GL, there had been the CX – the first of the series to use the transverse “twisted” 80 degree pushrod V-twin, which was a better-engineered, better-built…