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Bad Karma

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What if you build it – and they don’t come? Send the bill to the taxpayers! Twice. This is how you make money in the New America. Well, the green America. Don’t earn it. Steal it. The “business model” is simple enough: Glom on to a politically high-fashion issue – electric cars, for instance. Then…

Changing of Our Guards

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This weekend we celebrate the changing of our guard. Which, when you stop to think about it, is more than a little odd. Do the inmates of Rikers Island throw a party when they get a new warden? To celebrate the changing of the color of the uniforms worn by their cagers? And yet, we…

2015 Nissan Pathfinder

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One of the few holes left in the current car market is the one for a full-sized/three-row people-carrier that’s available with all-wheel-drive but which is neither a minivan nor an SUV … and which you can buy for just under (or maybe a little over) $30k. It’s a hole the Nissan Pathfinder is trying to fill. WHAT IT IS…

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…

Free (and Easy) Fixes & End Runs

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Do you know what to do – well, what to try – if you can’t move your car’s gear selector lever out of Park? Well, first, don’t panic. And don’t try to force it. Because you might just break it – and then you’ll really be stuck. Instead, look around the console area near the shift…

Summer Slows (And a Fresh Clover Video)

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Just a quick note to thank all who’ve recently chipped in. Another batch of stickers is headed out tomorrow! We’re still a few quarts low on the dipstick – but I’m hoping that’ll change during the next few days. You guys – EPautos’ readers – have always come through and I’m confident you will again. PS:…