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Test Drive: 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 19 December 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

Ford has a home run with the new Mustang. It looks great, it runs great, and with the Ecoboost engine, it's a ferocious muscle car that also gets great mileage.

Test Drive: 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost

A four cylinder muscle car, anyone?

Test Drive: 2015 Chrysler 200

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 04 December 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

Chrysler now, finally, has a winner in the family car segment with the 200. The only question is if buyers will migrate from their love of the Toyota Camry to an American-brand.

Test Drive: 2015 Chrysler 200

The American family car came this close to extinction.

Making The Best Of "Climate Change"

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 20 November 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business, Opinion, Eric Peters

With global warming missing in action, the premature onset of cold, winter weather means drivers need to think about how best to prepare their cars for the slushy, icy white stuff.

Making The Best Of

The globe refuses to warm. What happened, Al?

Still Waiting for Signs of Intelligence

Written by Robert Jackson Smith on Sunday, 03 August 2014. Posted in Economy, Business

What has this world come to when you have to negotiate with governments over how much of your own money you can keep? When you only get to keep what the government says you can keep…there are no rights anymore.

Still Waiting for Signs of Intelligence

I just read in The Wall Street Journal, “The boom in ‘inversion’ deals, in which a U.S. firm buys a foreign company and moves overseas, has raised the ire of President Barack Obama, who has said the practice is ‘wrong.’”

Test Drive: 2014 Hyundai Equus

Written by Eric Peters on Sunday, 03 August 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

Handling and ride-wise, the Equus is a very different car than its German rivals. It is like being in a first-class suite on Titanic. A massive object moving at a good clip, unperturbed by the “water.”

Test Drive: 2014 Hyundai Equus

Ever buy a generic drug?

Most of us have – because we know it’s the same drug as the name-brand drug. Just costs a lot less. If it works the same, who cares about the label?

Another One Bites The Dust

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 01 August 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

The Pontiac hobby is an older guy’s hobby – which is to say, a dying hobby. When the Boomers – and then Generation X (that’s me) do the inevitable fade-away, so will the mass-market interest in the cars of our generation.

Another One Bites The Dust

Some unhappy news came in the mail yesterday. A notice that my favorite car magazine – High Performance Pontiac – will be ceasing publication after the October issue.

Test Drive: 2014 Scion tC

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 29 July 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

Few cars in this price range – which is just barely out of the economy car price range – are as fun to play with.

Test Drive: 2014 Scion tC

By the early ’70s, it was getting tough for anyone under 30 to partake of known muscle cars like the Pontiac GTO and Chevy Chevelle SS...not so much because they were expensive to buy, but because the insurance Mafia was making it increasingly impossible for the younger set to afford driving one as a result of extortionate premiums.

Test Drive: 2014 Nissan Rogue

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 21 July 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

Nissan's Rogue offers a third-row seat, something its competitors are missing. But buyers may ask if the little crossover keeps enough "sport" in the SUV acronym.

Test Drive: 2014 Nissan Rogue

Pretty much every major automaker sells a compact crossover SUV. Some are front-wheel-drive, some all-wheel-drive, a few are rear-wheel-drive. You can get fours – and turbo fours. Diesels – and V-6s. A few even have manual transmissions. Some are “bread and butter” – others prestige-branded.

What Might That Leak (or Puddle) Mean?

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 21 July 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

If your trusty car has gotten a case of the drips, knowing what you're seeing can help you determine if the problem is minor, or likely to wallop your wallet.

What Might That Leak (or Puddle) Mean?

It’s a little odd to think of it this way, but cars and people are both machines, with systems (circulatory, cooling, hydraulic)  . . .  and when either leak, it’s cause for further investigation.

Test Drive: 2014 Toyota RAV4

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 15 July 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

The RAV is like the girl you (hopefully) marry. Might not make your pulse jump just to look at her. But she’s the one for the long haul, because you never get sick of having her around, because she doesn’t let you down – and she’s not high-maintenance.

Test Drive: 2014 Toyota RAV4

Toyota’s got these TV commercials featuring the Muppets, who assert the vehicles aren’t boring.

What Might That Smell Mean?

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 14 July 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

You can guesstimate with some accuracy what might be wrong with your car just by using your nose.

What Might That Smell Mean?

You can guesstimate with some accuracy what might be wrong with your car just by using your nose. If you’re hip to what various smells suggest. Let’s have a look – or rather, a whiff!

Test Drive: 2015 Cadillac Escalade

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 11 July 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

Cadillac hasn’t caved in. Indeed, it has upped the ante. Instead of bending with the prevailing winds of political correctness and downsizing, de-powering or even outright dropping the V-8 from the roster, Cadillac made it even stronger.

Test Drive: 2015 Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac may be having trouble selling its ELR electric car (see here) but no such worries selling its anti-matter opposite, the Escalade.

The Beetle as Speedster

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 09 July 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

Forget this business of trying to tie in the current car with the original car. It doesn’t make sense - and it doesn’t work.

The Beetle as Speedster

VW has changed New Beetle back to just “Beetle” again. I think both names are the wrong names for this car. A much better name would be Speedster.

If You Hear This Sound...

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 08 July 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

Your car can and does talk to you. Understanding its "language" can go a long way to preventing and solving problems before they get expensive.

If You Hear This Sound...

If your car’s engine starts making a “funny noise,” should you be worried?

Test Drive: 2014 Buick Regal GS

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 07 July 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

You’re either in – or you’re out. Buick needs to make up its mind.

Test Drive: 2014 Buick Regal GS

When the Regal GS came out back in 2011 as a new 2012 model, it had two very un-Buick (but extremely cool for a Buick) features: A screamin’ mimi turbocharged 270 horsepower 2.0 four (shared with the Saab 9-3, RIP) and – wait for it – a six speed manual transmission to go with it.

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