eric

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

Federal Hero Buys a Challenger…

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A California FBI agent has admitted to stealing more than $136,000 seized during drug investigations in order to fund a lavish spending spree that included the purchase of a Dodge Challenger muscle car and cosmetic surgery for his wife.  On Monday, former special agent Scott M. Bowman pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count each of obstruction of…

The Crush

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Hidden in VW’s announcement yesterday that it was “setting aside” nearly $9 billion to buy back – and destroy – about half a million diesel-powered cars convicted of “cheating” Uncle’s emissions tests was a statement by CEO Matthias Mueller that tells us how craven – and divorced from reality – car company CEOs are these…

Nissan Joins The Safety Cult

Nissan – up to now – has been the only major automaker that does not install those annoying “belt minder” buzzers in its cars. If you elect not to wear your seat belt, a light comes on – but no got-damned buzzer. Well, that’s about to change: Nissan Motor Co. is making a new safety…

PA “Hero” Murders… Cat

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We’ve all read about Hero Cops murdering people’s dogs, but now they are gunning for cats, too:  This incident was reported back in January of this year by WFMZ news: Members of the community protested because they say the cat wasn’t sick or injured, he just slipped out of the house and when a neighbor…

The Uncle-ized Car

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What’s the cost of Uncle when it comes to our cars? How much have his various fatwas added to the MSRP? One way to add it all up is to compare a current Uncle-ized car with a pre-Uncle car. That is, a car saddled with all of Uncle’s equipment – and which complies with all…

Tax-by-Mile and the End of Civilized Society

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Most people don’t go gray overnight; it is a gradual process. But one day, you wake up, look in the mirror and… you’re hair has gone all white. It’s the same with things like tax-by-mile. This can’t, for practical reasons, be decreed overnight. For one thing, most of the cars in service – or at…

Insurance Fraud Hero

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Hero cop Lynn Harper of the Las Vegas Metro PD has been charged with several crimes related to burning a “four-wheeler” and trailer in an attempt to collect money from the insurance policies covering the vehicles. Harper, who is described as a “decorated veteran” of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, had left the trailer, with the…

2016 Dodge Challenger R/T

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Satan’s hot daughter showed up in my driveway and asked me to take her for a ride. She had on a sexy red outfit. And her 485 horsepower 6.4 liter Hemi V8’s burble was all the temptation it took to happily hock my soul for eternity …. or at least as long as my license…

Update on the Mercedes Diesel “Scandal”

Daimler AG appointed investigators from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu to help gather documents and e-mails on its diesel-engine emissions, part of a probe requested by the U.S. Department of Justice. The investigators are looking for indications the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars used illegal devices that shut off exhaust controls at several Daimler sites, Der Spiegel reported.…