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Buggy Mini

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New cars aren’t necessarily problem-free cars. The 2015 Mini Cooper S press car I’ve got this week has developed some hiccups. Not “it’s broke, let’s fix it” hardware issues. Intermittent software weirdness. Last night, the wife and I went to do some shopping and on the way home, stopped at Starbucks for coffee. We got back in…

Working on Cars – Tips That Might Help

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Experience is a great teacher. Here are some things I’ve learned over the years working on cars that may help you avoid hassles when working on your car: * Remove the fill plug before you remove the drain plug – This applies mostly to manual transmissions and rear axles, which typically have a drain plug…

Cloverific Grade School Primer

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The following is interesting on several levels: First, contemplate the atrocious – borderline illiterate – construction of this instruction; the Cloverific short-bus cadences: “That means you are a member of our country.” “How can you be a part of giving back for the freedom you have?” “Good citizens take part in their community… that you show…

2015 BMW M235i

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The best fights are not one-round knockouts. They’re the savage slugfests. Rocky vs. Apollo Creed. The new M2 vs. the new M4. It’s not what BMW intended. But the match-up is inevitable. Both of these super coupes are powered by the same basic superlative straight six (the V-8 is gone in lower-tier M BMWs thanks to Uncle…

The “Peak Oil” Con

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I’ve been reading about “peak oil” being imminent since the ’70s. Oil may indeed be a finite resource but the relevant question is: How much is left? It appears there’s more than previously reckoned. Perhaps a great deal more. Keep in mind (and assuming for the sake of discussion, benign motives) that the “peak oil”…

Making The Best Of “Climate Change”

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The globe refuses to warm. What happened, Al? The opposite is happening. The globe is cooling. Brutally so. Here in the “South” – where it’s supposed to be warm – it has been getting colder and colder with each passing year. Fall has transitioned from balmy to brutal. Two weeks shy of Thanksgiving and it’s going…

Is Alloy Your Ally?

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You may have read about 2015 Ford F-150, which will have an aluminum rather than steel body. It will be significantly lighter than the same truck made of steel, aluminum weighing a lot less than steel. Even better, while aluminum isn’t forever, it usually lasts really long time. Rusted out floorpans (and beds) are about to…

2015 Toyota Prius

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The 2015 Prius is “new” – in the sense that it’s not  a 2014 Prius. But it is pretty much the same Prius as last year’s Prius. Meanwhile, there will soon be a new Prius. Not just another calendar year newer – but a new model, a total overhaul. It’s coming next calendar year (2015) as…

Things Cars Ought to Have… But Don’t

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I’ve ranted about stuff new cars come with that seem over-the-top, unnecessary – stupid, even. The obnoxious back-up buzzer in the Toyota Prius hybrid, for instance. Headlights that stay on all the time, even in bright July daylight  – and which you can’t turn off. But how about stuff cars ought to have – or…

Dear Clover…

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EPautos’ resident authoritarian apologist – Clover – let fly with the following intellectually (and grammatically) palsied, ethically crippled commentary in defense of dragnet-style, random and arbitrary “safety” checkpoints: Eric asking you to stop and talk for 10 seconds is in no way injurious to you. If you believe it is violence to be stopped then…