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The Old Trans-Am vs. The New Camaro

right quarter

I’ve owned my ’76 Trans-Am for more than 20 years. It used to be an incandescent gas hog relative to the new cars. It’s not anymore. I have driven several during the past year that use about the same – or more – gas than the old Pontiac does. My car averages about 16 MPG…

Inside Baseball

Businesspeople Sharing Information

Here are some things to know about new cars the car industry probably would prefer you didn’t know. * It doesn’t matter what brand you buy –  Not nearly as much as it used to, that is. The trend toward homogeneity – especially within a given segment (e.g.. “compact crossovers under $30k”) is such that it’s…

Direct Injection Debacle

crusty valves

You may have noticed that new cars with gas engines “diesel.” They clatter and rattle a little at idle. It’s especially noticeable if you raise the hood (and remove the big plastic sound-deadening cover almost all new car engines are covered with). What you’re listening to is the sound of direct injection – which is…

2015 Nissan NV200

'15 NV side windows

My buddy the electrician is being eaten alive by the cost of feeding the full-size (and V-8 powered) van he uses to haul his stuff from job to job. Eleven in the city (and 15 on the highway) makes 33 gallons (the size of the tank in his Ford E-350 van) disappear almost as fast…

The MSM Is Dying…

MSM graphic

Yes, the MSM is dying. But the alternative media is hardly making a living. Most of the people doing it are doing it as I am – by the skin of their teeth, just trying to hang on (or they are financially independent and making a living is no longer an issue; for example Lew Rockwell).…

Your Carb on Ethanol

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It isn’t pretty. I hadn’t done more than minor adjustments and external cleaning of my ’76 Kz900’s carburetors in probably ten years. The bike only sees about 500 miles of road time in a year – and it sits for months sometimes over the winter. This gave the ethanol-laden “gas” we’re being force-fed time to do…

Your Car Isn’t

EDR 3

You paid for it – possibly making payments on it for years. It’s your car now . . . right? Maybe. But the data it contains effectively belongs to someone else. Don’t believe me? Then take a look at your owner’s manual – if you own (well, think you own) a new car. On page…

2014 Mercedes E-Wagon

'14 E350 lead

The E-Class Mercedes has – or can be ordered with – just about whatever you could possibly want. Just not always in the same model. If you want an E wagon, for example, you can order a death-dealing 577 hp twin-turbo V-8. But you’re out of luck if you want the 42 MPG-capable 2.0 liter…

Clover Can’t Stay In His Lane

clover lead

Another day, another Clover.  Here’s one who can’t manage the challenge of keeping his car in his lane. He swerves wide onto the shoulder – god help any pedestrians or bicyclists who happen to be in his way. And then swings wide the opposite way, crossing over the double yellow into the path of oncoming…