eric

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

Worst Car Design Trends

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Looks may be in the eye of the beholder – we can argue about the aesthetic appeal of the Pontiac Aztek all day long without anyone proving they’re right – or wrong. But functional flaws are objective. Here are some picks of the litter: * Steamroller wheels (and tires) –  I recently reviewed the 2015 VW…

Oklahoma Murdering Hero Goes On Vacation

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A volunteer sheriff’s deputy plans to vacation in the Bahamas while facing a second-degree manslaughter charge in Oklahoma, his attorneys told a judge Tuesday, drawing immediate criticism from the family of the man he killed. Robert Bates pleaded not guilty during the hearing in Tulsa district court. The 73-year-old former insurance…

Low on the Dipstick

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Hi all – I know I posted a fundraising appeal just the other day – and big thanks are due to a couple of people who responded almost immediately. But we are still way low for the month (46 percent off as of today, April 24) with about a week left in the month. If things don’t…

You Say You Want a Revolution?

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Looking back on the American Revolution, John Adams (in 1813) wrote: “But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations.”…

2015 VW Passat TDI

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When you’re the only game in town, you’ve pretty much got the market cornered. But it helps when what you’re selling is also what people want. People want Passats. It’s a very popular car, in part because it’s the only German car in its class – and in this price range. The rest are (cue…

Michigan Heroes Beat Innocent Man To A Pulp

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INKSTER, MI — A horrific raw video has surfaced online showing police officers strangling an innocent man and pounding the man’s head over and over again. The incident began when Floyd Dent was pulled over for a traffic stop. Floyd said that during the traffic stop, cops planted drugs in his car. Many people still…

Passing the Hat (And Next Radio Gig)

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A couple of EPautos stalwarts have really come through (thanks, Escher!) but as you can see from the pie chart, we’re not quite yet at the halfway mark (half black, half red) and there are only about 10 days left in the month. You regulars know I really dislike rattling the cup this way, but it’s…

When You Can’t Give ‘Em Away…

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When you have to resort to paying people to buy something, it ought to tell you something about the value of the thing you’re trying to “sell.” Such thoughts apparently haven’t occurred to GM, which continues to describe the Volt-based (and twice-as pricey) Cadillac ELR electric car as a “combination of leading technology with stunningly attractive…