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When You Can’t Give ‘Em Away…

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When you have to resort to paying people to buy something, it ought to tell you something about the value of the thing you’re trying to “sell.” Such thoughts apparently haven’t occurred to GM, which continues to describe the Volt-based (and twice-as pricey) Cadillac ELR electric car as a “combination of leading technology with stunningly attractive…

Bicycle Licenses…

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How come they don’t require bicyclists to have licenses – and carry insurance? Put another way – in the language of Cloverism (authoritarian collectivism; see here for a fuller explanation) how come they’re allowed to ride free of such conditions and controls? After all, drivers are not. Shouldn’t consistency apply? Operating a car is considered a conditional…

The End of AM/FM Radio?

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A new car without a radio? It sounds as unthinkable as a new car without floor mats or a heater. But there is a real danger that your next new car might come without an AM/FM receiver. Or, might cost you extra. Seriously. As unthinkable as it sounds – and as undesirable as it would…

Service 101: Manual Transmission Fluid (Lube) Change

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Most people know it’s important to regularly change their car’s oil – the engine’s oil, that is. But many forget (or just don’t know) that it’s as important – for the same reasons –  to periodically drain and change the “oil” inside their car or truck’s manual transmission. I put “oil” in quotes because technically,…

2015 Nissan Altima

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I’ve written before about the fact that federal fuel-economy mandates are subtly but significantly eroding away the choices available to consumers – and increasing the cost of the diminishing choices that remain. The ’15 Altima being a case in point. At first glance, it’s what they call in the car biz a carryover – the…

Great Engines of Yesterday

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Modern car engines are hard to fault… objectively. They start immediately – even when it’s 15 degrees out. They rarely stall out – leaving you dead in the water in the middle of a busy intersection. Most require not much more from you than gas and oil for the first 100,000-plus miles from new. But…

The Insurance Agenda?

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Without all this insurance, most of us would be pretty rich. Or at least, not poor. But that (us being poor, or at least struggling) may be exactly what’s wanted. It is very hard to acquire capital assets, avoid debt and build up savings when one is forced to spend a large and growing percentage…

The Syclone That Came… And Went

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How many appealing vehicles can you name that were only sold for one year? Even the Edsel lasted three. Here’s one that came – and went – as fast as it went: the 1991 GMC Syclone. Zero to 60 in 4.3 seconds . And that was back in ’91 – when a new L98 (Tuned…

“Parental” Car Controls…

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It’s being touted as “parental control” technology – a way for worried parents to keep tabs on their teenaged drivers. But what’s good for the proverbial goose (the 17-year-old) is just as good for the gander (his parents).  And if recent precedents – and trends – are any guide, will be exactly that. People never…

A Driving Lesson For Clover

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How does one pass another car safely and legally? Thanks to Clovers (see here to learn more about them) it is a functional impossibility. First, Clovers impose deliberately unrealistic, under-posted speed limits on most roads in order to frustrate and criminalize virtually all drivers all the time. To make driving an unpleasant, slow-motion grind. This is…