eric

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

A Cool Gadget

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If you wrench – or even just tinker – you may already have a portable jump-starter rig. They are super handy to have. For those who aren’t hip, it’s jumper cables plus a high-capacity battery (lithium-ion) that recharges via household current. If you – or someone else – ever needs a jump, you won’t need another…

The Mindset of Heroes

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This video was taken by a couple of guys filming outside a federal courthouse in Houston, TX: It’s interesting chiefly because it reveals (again) the arrogance of these armed government workers (cops, “agents,” etc.) who see themselves as a kind of Praetorian Guard, above the law and entitled to bully and abuse people even when…

The Bank Run

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If you own a VW diesel guilty of “cheating” Uncle, you’d better scuttle on down to your local VW store. Not to “fix” it (they’re not broken) but to get your money before there’s none left. On Tuesday, Uncle announced the most draconian punishment ever meted out to a car company over the TDI “cheating”…

VW Settlement Cost Estimated at $15 billion

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Serious money… WASHINGTON — Volkswagen AG’s settlement with nearly 500,000 U.S. diesel owners and government regulators over polluting vehicles is valued at more than $15 billion cash, two sources briefed on the matter told Reuters on Monday. The settlement, to be announced on Tuesday in Washington, includes $10.033 billion to offer buybacks to owners of…

CA Heroes Shoot (and Kill) Teen Over Burnout

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  Around 3:20pm on Saturday Fresno police claim they were responding to a call about a person walking with a rifle. During their manhunt, they noticed Dylan Noble doing a burnout in his pickup truck and pulled him over. When Dylan pulled over in the area of Shields and Armstrong, investigators say he didn’t comply with officers’…

Particulate Filters for … Everyone!

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VW – desperate to appear chastened over its “cheating” sins – has just announced it is going to fit particulate filters to its 2017 model year cars in anticipation of the next round of Uncle’s emissions fatwas. No surprise, right? Diesel-powered cars have had particulate filters for years. They’re used to catch… particulates, which are small…

Another Example…

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Of the lesser standard to which Heroes are held. Read the item below about a Colorado Hero who shot an innocent man in the back, killing him – and was (initially) merely put on “paid leave” and only eventually convicted of second-degree murder and is now subject to a fairly lenient 8-24 year sentence. Read…

2016 Nissan Titan XD

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Straddling the middle is no easy thing – but that’s what Nissan hopes to do with its new Titan XD. It is tougher – in terms of the beefiness of its frame, the grunt of its engines (including a standard gas V8, with a turbodiesel V8 available optionally) and its ability to pull and push more…