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What Does Your Car’s Warranty Actually “Cover”?

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Most new vehicles come with several warranties. The one most people think of first is the new car “bumper to bumper” (or “basic”) warranty. It covers just about everything except routine maintenance items such as oil and filter changes, brake pads, etc. Routine maintenance is on you. And more important to know, if you fail to…

New Car “Buyers” . . .

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Who can afford to spend $30,000 – the average purchase price paid as of 2013 – on a new car? The answer is … very few. Most new car “buyers” are in fact debtors. They sign loan documents and make monthly payments. Typically, for five years, the length of the average new car loan. Some extend…

Make Your Automotive Dollar Go Farther!

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There’s not much we can do about the cost of buying a new car, but I can give you some advice that may help you reduce the cost of owning (and driving) it. * Be wary of “service advisors” – Often, these are in fact salesmen (and women). That is, they earn a commission on…

The Return of the Triple

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You may have noticed the general downsizing trend that’s going on under the hood. V-8s gave way to sixxes – and sixxes, to fours. Now, it’s down to three. For the first time since the ’90s, you can buy several new cars with three cylinder engines. These include the 2014 Ford Fiesta (reviewed here) as…

Experiment: 1983 Honda GL650

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Regulars here will have already read my series of articles (here and here) about battling the ethanol demon  – and casting him out of the fuel tank (and carburetors) of my ’76 Kawasaki Kz900. Well, I’m now in the process of doing the same to my ’83 Honda GL650 Interstate. The carbs are being cleaned…

Making Your Car (and Bike) Ethanol-Safe

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I wrote recently about the damage done to older (carburetor-fed) vehicles by the alcohol-dosed “gas” that’s pretty much replaced the real deal. See here.  Alcohol, in addition to impairing your judgment and dulling your reflexes, also (in machinery) attracts moisture, hastening rust formation inside the fuel system. Since most older (carbureted) cars and virtually all older…

Inside Baseball

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Here are some things to know about new cars the car industry probably would prefer you didn’t know. * It doesn’t matter what brand you buy –  Not nearly as much as it used to, that is. The trend toward homogeneity – especially within a given segment (e.g.. “compact crossovers under $30k”) is such that it’s…

Your Carb on Ethanol

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It isn’t pretty. I hadn’t done more than minor adjustments and external cleaning of my ’76 Kz900’s carburetors in probably ten years. The bike only sees about 500 miles of road time in a year – and it sits for months sometimes over the winter. This gave the ethanol-laden “gas” we’re being force-fed time to do…

Kz900 Clean Up

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It’s been raining for five days straight out here in The Woods. Not good for the writing mojo – or for riding. But, a great time to do some cleaning. Air-cooled bikes like my ’76 KZ900 have lots of nooks and crannies – the finned cylinder head/upper engine block especially. Plus, the bike is almost…

“Revenue Collection” … in Reverse

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It’s not possible to do much about income taxes, or the taxes we’re forced to pay on “our” property in order to maintain the fiction we – rather than the government –  “own” it. These taxes eviscerate the “freedoms” which “the troops” are purportedly fighting for and make a mockery of the annual summer celebration whose…