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The One Good Thing About Tesla

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Tesla’s $60,000-plus electric car is a terrible idea – as a commercially viable consumer product. But the way Tesla sells (well, tries to sell) its cars is a fantastic idea. A revolutionary idea. And so, a very dangerous idea. To the entrenched interests. You know – car dealers. Here’s why: Tesla does not have dealerships.…

Be Careful About This . . .

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Be Careful About This . . .If you like to buy used cars, you may also like to pay cash. It’s a great way to convince a seller you’re serious – and ready to deal. Unfortunately – these days – it can also lead to literally unimaginable trouble. Not from the seller. Not even from…

Where Do Cops Come From?

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Ever wonder how come there are men (and women) in costumes “policing” the rest of us? Most people accept this relationship as both given – and eternal. That there have always been men (if not always women)  in costumes “policing” the rest of us. But, in fact, it’s a relatively novel thing. Think back to…

EcoBoost Blues

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Back in the late ’70s, engineers over at Chrysler came up with a way to help their existing engines – which had been designed back in the 1950s and ’60s – stay compliant with emissions control requirements  passed years later. It was called Lean Burn. Some of you may remember. By increasing the air in…

Drives Me Up The Wall

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Some people are mad at GM (and Chrysler) over the bailout bucks. I’m not happy about that, either. But lately, I’m mad at Ford – which bequeathed unto us the idiot idea of pick-up truck bed walls so high you need a ladder to access what’s in the bed. I’m well over six feet tall…

Seatbelt Laws Can Be Deadly

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Not “buckling up for safety” can get you killed all right. By a cop. That’s what happened to Deland, Florida resident Marlon Brown about a week ago. Brown was killed – run over – by Deland Police Officer James Harris, who pursued him with his squad car after Brown tried to run away on foot…

Nine Speeds, Ten Speeds: All To Keep Up With CAFE

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In a few years, six-speed transmissions will probably seem as dated as Powerglides or threes-on-the-tree do today. Several current model-year cars already have seven and even eight-speed transmissions (Porsche 911, Chrysler 300, BMW 5 Series, etc.). This is about twice the number of gears the typical automotive transmission boasted as recently as the Clinton Years.…

Clover Taxonomy IV

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Keeping track of Clovers is almost a full-time job. Like whack-a-mole, they just keep popping up! Here are the latest specimens, submitted for your delectation: * The Cop-Bedazzled Clover –  He’s the one who will slam on his brakes and slow to 20 below the speed limit if there’s a cop up ahead – even…

Sail Fawn Big Brother

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I probably won’t be able to write new car reviews come next year – or the year after. Because I probably won’t be able to drive the damn things anymore. Maybe you won’t be able to, either. The jihad against sail fawn gabbling – and worst of all, texting – is about to bear fruit…

Fizzle

EV lead

If electric cars are The Future, why are so many automakers – quietly – backing away from them? GM has decided against mass production of its Adam electric city-car. Audi has kiboshed the Tesla-esque electric R8 that had been scheduled for a launch sometime this year or next. Nissan has slashed the base price of…