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I’m Tired of Wearing a Helmet

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The tyranny that rules over us could at least be consistent. I’d object less to being told I must wear a helmet when I ride my motorcycle because it’s “risky” if it weren’t done by a cop who is 30 pounds heavy, hypertensive at 40 and a regular consumer of fried pastries (i.e., donuts). Shouldn’t he…

2014 VW Touareg TDI

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There are three mid-sized (and real-deal, with significant off-road capability) German-brand crossover SUVs that consume not much more fuel than many current economy cars. The fuel, of course, is diesel. And the three are: VW’s Touareg TDI – subject of this review – and its rivals, the BMW X5 diesel and the Mercedes ML350 BlueTec. Each approaches…

A Sabot in the Gears?

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People sometimes accuse me of being a technophobe or even a Luddite because of my critiques of modern vehicles. But it’s not fear of technology that drives me. It’s cost-benefit analysis. Increasingly, the costs of all this technology are of little benefit – to me. I don’t feel the need for six (or even one) air…

Want To Avoid Getting Raped by a Cop?

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Why, just don’t get pulled over. This is the advice of George Brown, a captain of the Oklahoma State Police, shared during an interview with a local NBC News affiliate in the wake of revelations that three Oklahoma cops (see here) have been arrested for sexually assaulting women. Asked how to avoid being raped by a…

Help EPautos – Earn Yourself a Dollah

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I am putting out a call for help – actually, to announce an opportunity. Here’s the deal: EPautos has a lot of readers – we average about 80,000 visits a month (sometimes, we get over 100,000). This is readership enough to generate ad revenue – or ought to be. The problem is neither I nor…

Experiment: 1983 Honda GL650

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Regulars here will have already read my series of articles (here and here) about battling the ethanol demon  – and casting him out of the fuel tank (and carburetors) of my ’76 Kawasaki Kz900. Well, I’m now in the process of doing the same to my ’83 Honda GL650 Interstate. The carbs are being cleaned…

2014 Ford Fiesta ST

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What made the original, classic-era muscle cars what they were wasn’t high-horsepower … as such. Oh sure, it was a huge factor. But the decisive factor was the accessibility – the affordability – of those horses. The first (1964) Pontiac GTO – grand-daddy of the breed – was a fairly cheap car. In fact, it was…

“Safety” Winners… And Losers

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Government is always a zero-sum game. There are winners – and losers. It is said – that is, we are told – air bags “save lives.” Well, yes. They do save some lives. Other lives have been lost as a result of air bags, though. Government decides who lives – and dies. Here’s another: Daytime…

Making Your Car (and Bike) Ethanol-Safe

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I wrote recently about the damage done to older (carburetor-fed) vehicles by the alcohol-dosed “gas” that’s pretty much replaced the real deal. See here.  Alcohol, in addition to impairing your judgment and dulling your reflexes, also (in machinery) attracts moisture, hastening rust formation inside the fuel system. Since most older (carbureted) cars and virtually all older…

The Diesel Dilemma

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The last time people began to sweat the cost of gas, they were able to turn to diesels. The cars delivered tremendous mileage (e.g., a VW Rabbit diesel was capable of 50-plus MPG, as good or better than a new Prius hybrid) and – perhaps as important – the fuel itself was cheaper than gasoline.…