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On the Bill Meyer Show

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Here’s the audio clip of last week’s appearance on Bill Meyer’s HD Radio show: EPautos.com depends on you to keep the wheels turning! The control freaks (Clovers) hate us. Goo-guhl blackballed us. Will you help us?  EPautos stickers – new design, larger and magnetic! – are free to those who send in $10 or more to…

Avoiding a Louisiana U Boat

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Something you don’t want may be floating your way soon. Well, it probably won’t actually float there. More likely, a truck will carry it there. To a used car lot near you – and far from the scuba diving lesson it got in Louisiana during the recent (and still ongoing) historic flooding down there. Dry…

2017 BMW M2

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Speed is not – contrary to the saying – always just a question of money. Sometimes, you get to pay less to go just as fast. And get some other worthwhile things, too. In the BMW M2 coupe, for instance. It’s just as quick as the very similar in shape and layout but slightly larger…

Mid-Month Appeal

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It’s that time of the month again… . We’re about halfway through August and a bit shy of half-way to Green (see pie chart on the right side of the main page). I don’t like having to make these pitches for your support; I wish I could afford to do this purely for the pleasure of…

Tesla All Fired Up…

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Tesla is all fired up. Literally. At a demo for media in Paris, a Model S went up in smoke. Caught fire, burned itself to a smoldering slag heap. At a media event (see here). Where – one assumes – there were reporters on hand. Not much reporting took place. To find out about this auto da…

Ancient Cars vs. Modern Cars

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Modern cars have been around a long time – at least three decades, since the mid-late 1980s. This was the period when the first electronic fuel injection systems and ECUs (the computer that controls the fuel injection and other functions) were installed in mass-produced cars. Cars built before the 1980s are not merely old, they are ancient.…

Rearden Steel … in Real Life

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Engines are getting smaller again – but not because gas is getting expensive again. At about $2 per gallon for regular unleaded, the pressure to downsize engines isn’t economic… it’s regulatory. The federal government is about to kick up the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirement to 54.5 MPG. The current standard is 35.5 MPG. This…

2017 Honda Ridgeline

2017 Honda Ridgeline

Everything makes a comeback. The El Camino, for instance. Only today it’s called the Ridgeline – and Chevy doesn’t make it. Honda does. But it’s the same thing, basically: A car with a pick-up bed Better, in some ways. Because it has four doors instead of just two, no driveline hump dividing the floorpan in…

Now Uncle is “Investing” in Tesla

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Elon Musk may be the ultimate crony capitalist – the PT Barnum of our time. But to give PT his due, he was an honest con man. He never used the government to make his marks hand over their money. People stepped right up without a bayonet in their backs. Elon, on the other hand,…