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Modern Car Knowledge

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If you haven’t been under the hood of a new-ish car lately – or (just as important) read one of their owner’s manuals – here are a few things to know that you might not yet know about, but probably should: * Don’t use anti-seize compound on spark plug threads – Well, check first to…

Did You Know . . . ?

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As with software (and hardware) every now and again, it’s necessary to do an update. Same goes for automotive knowledge. Maybe a better term would be conventional wisdom. Things change – and new things come along. For instance: A lot of people still assume that 28-32 pounds of air in a tire is about right.…

The Small Car Catch-22

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Little cars that don’t costs much to buy – or to drive – are making a comeback. The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage I just reviewed, for instance (see here). It’s equipped with a tiny but extremely fuel-efficient three-cylinder engine capable of returning mid-40s on the highway – and high 30s around town. That’s almost as good…

Unwanted Exotics

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Let’s raise a glass to the Unwanted Exotic. It is very low production – and very high cost – and thus, rarely seen. Like a Bugatti Veyron. If we were talking Bugattis, there would waiting lists; people wrangling and wheedling to get their hands on one by any means – no matter the cost. But…

A View Down The Road

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a story about Ford’s creepy MyKey system (see here), now standard equipment in all new Ford vehicles, and the ugly possibilities for controlling how we drive by controlling how the car can be driven. This week, I’m test-driving one of the latest Lincolns (the new MKZ) and it’s got…

Not All the New Cars News is Bad News

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Here’s a bit of good news about new cars, for a change: Some routine maintenance tasks are easier to do – or don’t need to be done as often. Sometimes, they don’t need to be done at all. For example, most new cars don’t require periodic adjustment of their fuel injection systems¬† – which will…

Another Car We Can’t Buy

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Here’s another car you can’t buy because of government rigmarole – the Ford Kuga. Well, not quite. You can buy the vehicle – it’s sold as the Ford Escape in this country. I just reviewed it last week (see here). What you can’t buy here is the Escape with the same engines that are available…

Does it Ever Make Sense to Buy a New Car?

I’ll probably get in trouble. After all, I write new car reviews. Advising people not to buy new cars is not what you’d probably expect. But, here’s the fulsome scurvy truth: I – and every car journalist I know – drive used. Because we know. And now, I’m gonna spill the beans, give you the…