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The Big Two

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Well, they’re still using the Dodge Brothers in ads. But they’re hired actors – like shopping mall Santas. It’s an Italian-run operation now. Chrysler no longer exists. It’s Fiat Chrysler Automobiles now – the order reflecting who owns whom. Is it a bad thing? That depends on your perspective. If it annoys you that “our”…

“Good People”

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I’ve mentioned my neighbor, the state cop, before. We know one another; I’ve been over to his house – and he to mine. He has an old bike – and we’ve hung out in our respective garages talking bikes (and cars). He seems to be a nice guy and probably is a nice guy ……

Last Minute Car-Guy Christmas Gifts

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Got a gearhead on your Christmas list – but you’re not a gearhead and so have no idea what to get? Here are some last-minute suggestions for items to put under the tree (or in the garage) this year: * Five or six quarts of the finest synthetic motor oil available-  That would be Amsoil.…

For-Profit Policing

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You’ve heard of greasing the skids? A bill introduced in the Texas legislature would do just that – giving cops credit card readers, as an adjunct to their radar detectors. Instead of just, license, registration and proof of insurance, please – it’ll be: License, registration, proof of insurance… and Visa or Mastercard, please. And no,…

2015 Cadillac CTS

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Do you want the good news – or the bad news – first? All right, the bad news: The 556 hp V-8 powered CTS-V is no more. At least, for now. At this moment in time, Cadillac no longer sells a V-8 powered passenger car. Cadillac! GM’s luxury division was once synonymous with V-8 luxury…

Taking Water

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All – I’m not sure why but – like someone threw a switch to “off” – reader support has fallen to virtually nil this month. The pie chart on the main page ought to be about half green (and half red) at this point. But – as you can see – it is three-quarters in…

The Right to Resist

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If  someone attacks you, it is unquestioned  that you have a right to defend yourself. If, in the process, the attacker is injured – even killed – it’s fundamentally on him. Why does this maxim not translate to our interactions with cops? Why is it that they may attack us – and even if it is lawless attack, we…

2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost

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A four cylinder muscle car, anyone? Ford has done it before – back in the ’80s. Remember the Mustang SVO? It rivaled the V-8 Mustang GT’s straight-line performance, but did so with greater sophistication as well as better handling in the curves due in part to its lower curb weight (the result of having several hundred…

How Uncle Killed Pontiac

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The French philosopher-economist Frederic Bastiat wrote about the unseen repercussions of government interfering with the market’s natural progressions. In other words, what might have been. Perhaps the saddest four words in the language. One such might-have-been is the 1982 Turbo Trans-Am. You have probably never heard of it. Because, of course, it was never produced.…

2015 Subaru Legacy

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Subarus used to be such an easy sell. If you were a buyer looking for an AWD car, Subaru was one of the few that sold them. And pretty much the only one that wasn’t also an expensive German brand. Subarus – including the 2015 Legacy reviewed here – still come standard with all-wheel-drive. But…