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I’ll Never Own An Old Harley

Harley People

What they say may be true. Or at least, it’s why so many went Jap back in the day. Me among them. I have been working on an ’80 Harley Sportster for about a month now. Mark that. Working on an ’80 Sportster. Not riding the thing. I understand now why they’re often referred to…

2016 Acura ILX

'16 ILX lead

When you pay almost $30k for a luxury-sport sedan, you expect better performance than you’d get out of a $20k economy sedan. Acura’s ILX –  the upmarket cousin of the Honda Civic – didn’t deliver it when it was launched two years ago as an all-new 2013 model. Well, not with its standard engine, at…

“EPautos” is Offline

EPautoslogo

The URL for EPautos.com is offline – hopefully, just temporarily. Some of you have already found your way back using ericpetersautos.com (which is still working normally. We are working the problem and hope to have “EPautos” back online shortly. UPDATE: I have been in touch with Dom and we are “this” close to getting the EPautos URL…

High Heels and Four-Wheel-Drive

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It’s a good idea to skip the high heels if you’re going out for a hike. Similarly, a two-wheel-drive truck is just about the worst possible choice for attempting to make your way up a steep gravel driveway in summer. Forget winter. I rediscovered this truth the other day after not making it up my…

Clovers Ed

student driver pic

As a rule, poor drivers aren’t born. They are made. The other day, I came upon one such in process. She (as it happened) was obstructing five or six cars, all bunched up behind her. The speed limit was 55. She was doing between 40 and 45. On the roof of her car, a placard read:…

2016 Kia Sedona

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Minivans have become kind of like timeshares. Not many people seem to want to buy in. Part of the problem is image. Minivans are the automotive equivalent of middle-aged ED. Or at least, likely to be associated with it. A much bigger problem for minivans is the availability of crossovers – many of which have everything a traditional minivan…

Getting There…

van by the river

A progress report: We’re still about 55 percent away from pulling out of the red for the month, but since my last post about this a couple of days ago, a number of people have stepped up. At least we’re not 78 percent in the red! Still, the dipstick is way low. As you all know,…

When Speed Doesn’t Even Scratch The Paint

tickets to sve lives

There are fast drivers and there are sloppy, incompetent drivers. They are not necessarily the same drivers. This is a distinction I have been trying to make for years in my writing about the “speed” issue. It’s one of the least understood, most demagogued issues I know of. And it has caused generations of pointless…

2016 Mercedes Sprinter Van

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Living in a van down by the river may not be such a bad thing. Especially if your van is a Mercedes Sprinter van. It’s in the same class (and useful for the same purposes) as the Nissan NV van (and the new Ram ProMaster van). But what sets it apart from those utilitarian appliances is…

Tall Boys

'15 F-150 ladder pic

The other day, I rolled my 1976 Pontiac Trans-Am out of the garage for a drive. As I backed it out, I looked left at the brand-new Nissan Sentra “press car” (review here) that was parked on the pad. It made my antique muscle car seem small. In part because the Sentra – like almost…