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Tips/Advice

Tips/Advice


No Oil Change For You!

California has become - ironically - the most anti-car state in the country. Fifty years ago, the Beach Boys sang about the The Little Old Lady From Pasadena. Today, the state government wants...

Other People’s Lemons….

There's a lady I know - a neighbor - who was ready to junk an otherwise sound '90s-vintage Buick station wagon because one day it began to lose power while she...

Some New Car Things to Know

The Uncle-ized car (which is all new cars) has some “features” you may want to consider carefully before you buy in. Features that could hit you with cost - and hassles...

Why Your Mileage Will Vary…

The window sticker says 25 city, 34 highway - but you find that you're seeing much less than that. Is it false advertising? Arguably, yes. Minimally, it's a case of not-so-good explaining. I'll try to...

The “Low Maintenance” and “Reliable” Long Con

The best con is one you never recognize. The one that keeps you paying - and keeps you smiling. You thinking you got the best end of the deal.  Modern cars get you...

Don’t Buy New

Whatever you do, don't buy new. It no longer makes sense - and can be very bad for your wallet. I advise this as an automotive journalist, a guy who writes...

“Gas Hogs”?

It's taken as gospel that pre-modern cars, especially those made in America, and particularly those with big V8s, were "gas hogs." But were they, really? And are new cars as fuel-efficient as advertised? The answer...

Hemi Horror Story

The other day, I ran into a guy I know who owns a late model Dodge Ram pick-up with the 5.7 Hemi V8. The truck has just over 100k on the clock....

Three Things To Know About Oil Changes

You've heard the saying, your mileage may vary? The same applies to oil and filter changes, too. The intervals (time and mileage accrued) are general recommendations that may not apply in...

Car Cliffs Notes

I always read the owner's manuals that come with the new cars I test-drive and review. They've morphed from pamphlets to Moby Dick-esque semi-novels over the past 20 years or so. And...
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