eric

Author of "Automotive Atrocities" and "Road Hogs" (MBI). Currently living amongst the Edentulites in rural SW Virginia.

On Air

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Today (11 a.m.) I will be on the Bill Meyer show (FM 106.7 & AM-1440 KMED Radio ). Tune in, if you can – and if you can’t I’ll have the recorded version up on site sometime later this week. I should also have my most recent appearance on The Tom Woods Show available shortly.…

2015 Audi Q5 TDI

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In the U.S., diesels are sold at least as much on the strength of their performance as their economy – the reverse of the usual dynamic. Which explains why they are almost exclusively found in high-end vehicles like the 2015 Audi Q5. It’s nice that this crossover SUV can deliver 30-something MPG on the highway. But…

Equal Time For Tesla?

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Will I, as an online car colonoscopist, be forced by the FCC to give “equal time” to people outraged by my doubleplusungood articles about Tesla and electric cars generally? Will men in black visit me if I “deny” what they call “climate change” (such a convenient term given that climate changes constantly in whatever direction,…

Nevada Heroes Get it All Wrong

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Highway Patrol Error Results In Hellish Roadside Experience For Classic Car Owner A string of errors on the part of troopers with the Nevada Highway Patrol resulted in a humiliating and frightening experience last year for a couple from Washington cruising down the highway in their classic 1962 Chevy Impala. Now, the couple, Robin and…

The Almost Muscle Car: Chevy Monza, 1975-1980

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The ’70s (and early ’80s) were Weird Years for the car industry. The muscle car era of the ’60s was fading fast, but the fumes still lingered… what would come next? What would be in between? Chevy’s answer – well, one of them – was the Monza 2+2. Though small, it was still rear-wheel-drive. And…

Huge Thanks

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To the person who stepped up the other day and pushed EPautos into the green zone (and out of the red) before the end of the month… a first! These are difficult times and such gestures of support are not merely appreciated, they are lifelines. Thank you. I am working on another “classic” car article;…

Blame Nixon

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The American automobile industry has loved Uncle long time now. But it was not always so – at least, not to the extent we’ve come to accept as normal. There was a time – some of you will remember it – when the car companies would actually resist government intrusions into their business, even going so…

Gas in The Tank

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We’re close… but not quite there. About three-quarters full. But still about a quarter-tank empty. I’m hoping some of you reading this will chip in, last minute – and help push us into the black before we end the month in the red. Thanks to “GuitarMan,” the pressure to buy a new computer has eased…

2015 VW Jetta

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VW’s Jetta sedan hasn’t got a lot of sex appeal. Nothing about it seems automotive centerfold worthy. And yet, it’s a perennial favorite – one of the most successful (in terms of sales and model longevity) cars in its class. If this seems contradictory, it’s not. Think about people you dated in high school and…