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Vidcast: Uncle Under The Hood

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I wrote the other day about the disappearing V-8 (and also the disappearing six). This Vidcast gets into all of that: Like a tsunami that hasn’t yet arrived, the seas appear calm. But there is an epic shift under way that will become increasingly obvious over the next several years, as we get within sight…

Cadillac and The Disappearing V-8

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Mourn with me. Cadillac – Cadillac! – no longer sells a single car powered by a V-8 engine. Or such will be the case in about two months, when 2014 fades to 2015. Come Jan. 1, all new Cadillac cars will be powered by fours or sixes. Some will be turbocharged. But none will larger…

2015 VW Golf TDI

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In theory, choice is good. In practice, too many choices can be overwhelming – especially when the choices between X and Y come down to little things (and the price is little different). VW’s just-updated Golf is by no means the only choice among compact economy cars. There are lots of them. But it is…

Stickers Have Arrived!

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The “EPautos” stickers have finally arrived! We paid top dollar to get high quality/all-weather materials, including water-resistant vinyl facings (opposite side is sticky). They can be placed on your car – or used as coasters (or decorate a coaster with one). Here’s how you get one: * Donate $10 or more, one time(either via PayPal…

What Does Your Car’s Warranty Actually “Cover”?

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Most new vehicles come with several warranties. The one most people think of first is the new car “bumper to bumper” (or “basic”) warranty. It covers just about everything except routine maintenance items such as oil and filter changes, brake pads, etc. Routine maintenance is on you. And more important to know, if you fail to…

2015 Subaru WRX

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Sometimes, less is more. The just-updated Subaru WRX, for instance. It has less engine than previously – but more power. Performance is better – and gas mileage has upticked noticeably. Also noticeable is the new six-speed manual transmission, which has one more gear than the previous WRX’s five-speed box. One other thing’s that’s less, by the…

New Car “Buyers” . . .

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Who can afford to spend $30,000 – the average purchase price paid as of 2013 – on a new car? The answer is … very few. Most new car “buyers” are in fact debtors. They sign loan documents and make monthly payments. Typically, for five years, the length of the average new car loan. Some extend…

If The Tesla D’s Such a Great Car…

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My teeth hurt. Over the past week, I’ve been assaulted by one “news” story after the next about the latest  fruit of government motors. Not GM. Tesla. The Model D. It is very slick! And very quick! It has all-wheel-drive! Not one but two electric motors (which isn’t new, by the way). Orgiastic comparisons with…

2015 VW Tiguan . . . Manual No More

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Some lament the passing of the manual transmission – me among them. But that puts me among the minority, because the majority seems to prefer the automatic, especially now that automatics are often the more fuel-efficient choice. Perhaps this changing of the proverbial guard accounts for VW’s decision to offer the ’15 Tiguan in automatic-only form for…

Speed limits and Limited Government: Unlimited Nonsense

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I view speed limits much as I do “limited” government. . . Throw ‘em both in the woods! The premise underlying each is absurd. And imposing the absurd using violence? That’s just nuts Why should anyone be subject to punishment merely for driving “x” speed? Is it not of a piece with punishing someone for merely consuming alcohol?…