eric

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

Colorado Hero Filmed Torturing Helpless Victim

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A police officer in Federal Heights, CO has pleaded guilty of attempted third-degree assault after video emerged of him beating and literally torturing a restrained suspect while his colleagues looked on. Officer Mark Magness is seen on the video hauling a man out of a police car and smashing his face into a wall, causing…

CA Heroes Want Shootings Kept Hush Hush

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Police organizations in L.A. County and elsewhere in California are attempting to thwart the release of dash-cam footage showing Gardena officers seriously wounding an unarmed man and killing another in 2013. According to court records, the Los Angeles County Police Chief’s Association, California Police Chiefs’ Association, California State Sheriffs’ Association and California Peace Officers’ Association,…

Last Day Push

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Today’s the last day of the month – and we’re still about 25 percent in the red (see the pie chart). This is an appeal to all of you who like what goes on here – and want to see it continue to go on. Please consider supporting EPautos.com if you do. If we can…

The Chicken Tax

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Ever wonder why the biggest market for pick-up trucks (that’s us, the U.S.) has so few trucks available? Yes, yes, there are the big ones – mostly made by the Big Three. But how come the others – smaller brands, smaller trucks – have been so reticent about cashing in on this most lucrative (highest…

2015 Chevy Trax

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Remember the Chevy Tracker? The pocket-sized SUV sold (in the U.S.) from 1998 through 2004? It was very popular – and would probably still be around today were it not for the fact that it got outpaced by federal crashworthiness standards that made it effectively illegal to sell the thing. (The same fate befell another…

Radar Love

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A bullet-proof vest does not mean you’re bullet-proof. It just means most bullets won’t penetrate the vest. But some will. Same with radar detectors. You’ll be less vulnerable – but you won’t be able invulnerable. Probably the greatest threat – the one radar detectors are least able to protect you from – is so-called “instant- on”…

2015 Jeep Renegade

2015 Jeep Renegade Latitude and Trailhawk Models

People seem to really like small SUVs … er, crossover SUVs. New ones keep popping up like dandelions after a spring shower. This new Jeep Renegade, for instance. But for once, it’s not just another… uh… pretty face. It’s one of the very few vehicles of this type that can – when properly equipped –…

Hardley Lives!

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Well, it runs. After re-rigging the wiring and making a few more adjustments, I got ‘er to fire. She actually runs pretty decently, from what I can tell. Strong idle; no visible smoke. But riding the thing is way down the road. No brakes, for one. Rear caliper seized and removed. Front calipers dry as…

Road Rage Hero

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Off-duty Lake County (FL) Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Jones Thompson has been placed on suspension after a recent arrest for charges that include Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and Improper Exhibition of a Firearm. The charges come after a road rage incident in which Thompson attempted to use his personal vehicle while off-duty to make a traffic stop.…