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Not All New Car News Is Bad News!

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Some of the news is good news. It’s not all shrapnel-spewing air bags, annoying buckle-up buzzers and engines that shut themselves (and the AC) off at stoplights to “save gas.” Here are some new features you’ll find in new cars that won’t make your teeth ache: * In-car WiFi –  Did you know you no longer…

Car Lingo

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How much do you know about cars? It’s not just trivia, either. Knowing some things about cars – or at least, some car lingo – can help you come across as more car-savvy, even if you’re not a gearhead. And that can help you avoid getting ripped off by a bad apple car salesman or…

The Old Car Hobby… Literally

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Old car shows are getting old. Not just the cars, either. I’ve been going to car shows since I was a teenager in the ’80s and what’s changed is that now there are almost no teenagers (or even 20-somethings) at the car shows I attend. The typical owner/attendee is a guy like me in his…

Blue Haze: Mazda RX8 (2001-2011)

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Some of the greatest ideas never get fleshed out and remain… great ideas. Mazda’s rotary engine, for instance. And the car that was built around it. The RX8. Well, it began with the RX-7 – which first came to market in 1978. It was the heir-apparent of the Japanese (home market) 1967-’72 Cosmo – Mazda’s…

What They’re Not Telling You About New Cars

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Did you know that some (and soon, probably many) new cars don’t rely entirely on an alternator to generate the electricity needed to run accessories and – critical thing – keep the battery charged? And that these are not hybrid cars? BMW and Mazda were the first to graft hybrid-esque regenerative braking technology onto non-hybrid…

GM’s Cobblepot: The 1971-1977 Chevy Vega

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In the popular TV series, Gotham (it’s a prequel to the Batman story) there’s an episode called “Everyone Has His Cobblepot” – a reference to something embarrassing in one’s past. The Chevy Vega’s is GM’s Cobblepot.    Like most failures, it wasn’t intentional. But it was – in retrospect predictable. Chiefly because then-GM President Ed…

The Thorium Powered Car

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Why is it that alternative technologies that clearly do not work –  which are so gimped by functional and economic problems as to be not-viable on the market absent huge subsidies and even then, it’s hard to give them away – continue to receive seemingly endless financial and political support … while technologies that actually might work better than…

Lock-Down Nation

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While waiting for a dentist appointment, I was listening to a news report about NewYork City being on “lockdown” because of snow. Only the official vehicles of the anointed were at liberty to be out and about. Ordinary citizens were subject to arrest merely for daring to attempt travel. It reminded me of the old Soviet…

What’s a “Clover”?

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I get lots of e-mails from new readers asking what a “Clover” is. I explain that it’s several things. In general terms, a Clover can be of the Left or Right persuasion. A Democrat or a Republican. Those are, however, superficialities (though many get hung up on them regardless). The fundamental thing is that he is…

Rules For Successful Speeding

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We all do it – and that includes the cops who spend their days giving us tickets for doing it. Of course, they enjoy legal impunity to speed as much as they like, as often as they like. “Speed” only “kills,” it seems, when one is not wearing a special costume. At any rate, since we…