Tag Archive for cars

Winter Driving . . . in a Modern Car

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Times have, as the saying goes, changed. If you learned how to drive before – roughly – the mid-1980s, you probably learned how to drive in a car without anti-lock brakes or traction/stability control. The skills acquired (hopefully!) such as learning to apply just enough braking pressure to slow the car without locking up the…

The Pledge

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Want to know why Republicans – especially Republican “conservatives” – are getting zero traction politically as well as philosophically against the “liberals” they claim to oppose? Why they are a spent force? It is because they’re hypocrites. Pots calling the kettles black. You cannot – to cite just one example of their intellectual-ethical disconnect –…

Fizzle

EV lead

If electric cars are The Future, why are so many automakers – quietly – backing away from them? GM has decided against mass production of its Adam electric city-car. Audi has kiboshed the Tesla-esque electric R8 that had been scheduled for a launch sometime this year or next. Nissan has slashed the base price of…

Civilian cop cars?

Hi Eric, I live in South NJ. I’ve noticed the police in my county and adjoining counties have begun driving police cars that are unmarked (e.g. no rooftop sirens, no police paint). They look like civilian cars. Most I’ve seen are black suv’s but I’ve also seen white cars too. Only reason I know they…

Retro Review: AMC Marlin Fastback Coupe, 1965–1967

Pontiac’s GTO, which appeared in 1964, had every other American automaker rushing to cash in on the emerging youth market for big-biceped intermediate muscle coupes— including AMC. AMC, however, decided on a unique twist. Instead of me-tooing the Big Three’s muscle cars, it went with the personal luxury coupe concept – anticipating cars like the…

Electric Lemon Aid

Elon Musk is brave. You’ve got to give him that. After all, the PayPal billionaire and co-founder of Tesla Motors was ballsy enough to provide one of his six figure electric lemons (produced courtesy of $465 million in taxpayer-extorted “loans” to the company) to a writer for the New York Times. Who proceeded to write…

The Hate List

The big things, they’ve fixed. You know . . .  brand-new cars that won’t start – or stall out at the worst possible moment (like in the middle of a busy intersection). New cars used to do stuff like that pretty routinely, but only rarely nowadays. It’s the small things they’ve made worse. Some of…

Muscle Cars Were Slow

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I’m probably gonna get bagfuls of hate mail for this one – but the truth is that most of the muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s were slow. At least, compared with what’s considered quick today. Very few ’60s and ’70s muscle cars could do 0-60 in less than seven seconds. Most were low-to-mid-15…

Why the Majors Love Mandates

I’ve written previously about the add-on cost of government-mandated “safety” equipment such as multiple air bags and (most recently) stability control, tire pressure monitors and (soon) back-up cameras and (very possibly) in-car Breathalyzers, too. It’s hard to pin down the exact per vehicle cost of these things – chiefly because they’re not listed as individual…

Debt by a Thousand Little Cuts….

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In Medieval times, supposedly, there was a punishment called “death by a thousand cuts,” designed to make the process as long and as painful as possible. In modern times, the state does what amounts to the same thing to our finances – and thus, to our financial security – via a tower of taxes and…