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The Truth About “Planned Obsolescence”

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Have you noticed how quickly new cars get old? Buy it today and – three years down the road – an “all new” version is introduced. At that moment, your car becomes yesterday’s news. It’s not your imagination. The interval between model cycles – the car industry term for the shelf-life of a given vehicle…

Conversations With Clover – Part Deux

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It is important to understand what we’re up against – those of us who oppose human interactions based on violence. And what we’re up against is . . . Clover. This Unknown Troll has plagued EPautos for years; but as annoying as he is, he does serve a valuable purpose. His posts give us insight…

2014 Nissan Altima

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You may have heard this story: Back in the mid ’60s, that wild and crazy guy John Z. DeLorean – father of the GTO – almost fathered a Pontiac rival to Chevy’s Corvette. It was a slick two-seater called Banshee (internally, XP-833) that got disappeared as soon as GM upper management discovered what he was…

Death Song For the Manual Transmission

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There are things in life you desperately want but know you can’t have anymore. Maybe it’s a 20-year-old girlfriend  . . . if you’re 45 and not rich/not Brad Pitt. A two-pound bag of M&Ms . . . if you’re Oprah. The manual transmission is another. It’s not very practical; and the truth is it…

2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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Does the Camry hybrid – vs. the regular Camry – make economic sense? Or is it an emotional (and political) thing primarily – as in: Hey, look how much I care about the environment? Hmmmm . . . On the one hand, the Camry hybrid will cost you $3,460 more to buy than an otherwise…

Untergang for GM?

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Picture that scene in the bunker. The Fuhrer railing at his generals, spittle-spewing maledictions about their treachery and lies. Cue GM CEO Mary Barra – poor woman – inside the tube towers, ashen-faced subordinates sitting around the big table… . How could this have happened? And (probably) Why must I be surrounded by idiots? Actually,…

Bikes Like They Used To Make ‘Em . . . Again!

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People get into bikes for many reasons, but probably two of the big ones are fun – and affordability. The fun is directly proportional to the affordability, too. A bike you can buy outright eases stress. Big payments for the next several years adds stress. And stress is the mortal enemy of fun. As motorcycles…

Troubles….

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Donations have almost completely dried up. This is not your problem, I realize. But it’s a serious problem for EPautos.com Though we have a six figure audience – averaging about 100,000 “unique visits” each month – only a relative handful of those visitors are supporting the site with donations. That would be ok if I…

2014 Audi A8

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Two things about the Audi A8. First, it’s a relative bargain. $75,100 to start – and that’s with Quattro all-wheel-drive. To put that in some perspective, Mercedes wants $92,900 for the least expensive Mercedes S-Class . . . without AWD. Now, the Benz does come standard with a V-8 while the Audi comes standard with…

If You’ve Never Bought a Truck Before . . .

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Trucks, like high-performance sports cars – like minivans for that matter – are specialty vehicles. Which means they’re compromised vehicles. Some things, they’re very good at – usually, much better at them than a jack-of-all-trades family car. A high-performance sports car, for instance, can be driven faster around a race track (or your favorite winding…