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The Pros – and Cons – of Keyless Car Keys

Many new cars don't come with keys. At least, not a traditional physical key that goes into an ignition switch that you then turn to start the engine. Instead, you get...

Life in Hock

We live in a society driven by debt. Cars, for example, have become hugely expensive (even on the low end) relative to what people can afford - because of the easy availability...

Things You Should Never Do (When Working on a Car)

A good mechanic often has the scars to prove it. My friend Tim - a professional mechanic with years of experience - just acquired a new one the other day. While...

The Almost Muscle Car: Chevy Monza, 1975-1980

The '70s (and early '80s) were Weird Years for the car industry. The muscle car era of the '60s was fading fast, but the fumes still lingered… what would come next?...

Cars That Broke Bad (Or just Broke)

Automotive good ideas gone bad range far and wide - whether it's a classic  fail like the exploding Pintos of the early '70s - or a late-model train wreck like the Pontiac Aztek. Here...

And Now Cummins. . .

It takes a lot for a major car company or engine manufacturer to deliberately circumvent a regulatory fatwa. As policy. Not a "rogue engineer." The entire engineering department; the upstairs bosses... everyone...

Elon’s Carbon Con (Elections Have Consequences, Part Deux)

People sometimes said Ayn Rand's writing was . . . heavy. Obvious, too. Villains with names too good to be true (or believable). Elsworth Monkton Tooey... rhymes with ... things unpleasant. Well,...

An Old VW For Everyday Use?

My friend (and web ninja master of EPautos) Dom asked me the other night what I thought about getting an old VW to replace his modern car as his everyday driver....

Economic Obsolescence

Several of the most successful car (and engine) designs were successful because they were around for a long time. The original VW Beetle is an example and so is the small...

Takata Air Bags Bad… Government Air Bags Good!

Probably the most interesting thing about the (can't help myself) exploding Takata air bag scandal is the doublethink it exposes. On the one hand, we are told - in the literal/parental sense...
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