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2015 Mustang… Will it be Probe Revisited?

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 09 April 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The legendary Mustang dodged a bullet years ago when Ford considered turning it into a front drive jalopy. Now, history may be about to repeat itself.

2015 Mustang… Will it be Probe Revisited?

Mustang people will recall the hollow point bullet that was dodged back in the early ’90s when Ford almost ruined the iconic RWD American pony car. By turning it into an import-style FWD car. That car, by the grace of Elvis, ended up being sold as another car – the Probe – and in 1994, Ford brought out a new Mustang that harkened back (stylistically) to the original ’64 Mustang – and which was based on the same solid axle/RWD layout. But Ford management had given serious thought to slotting in the the Probe as the “new” Mustang.

Test Drive: 2013 Honda Accord Coupe

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 08 April 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

In the past, the Accord sedan was the go-to car in its segment (along with the Toyota Camry sedan). That may no longer be true – for the sedan. But the coupe is still in a class by itself.

Test Drive: 2013 Honda Accord Coupe

The two-door layout might just do it. Buyers who in past years would probably have never considered a Kia or Hyundai – much less a Ford or Chevy – over a car as blue chip as the Honda Accord now frequently do consider it. Toyota’s got the same problem as far as the Camry. People are starting to consider their options.

Hulk Smash!

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 04 April 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business, Opinion, Eric Peters

There are some great things about new car technology. Unfortunately, there are a few infinitely irritating things that may just bring out the Incredible Hulk in those forced to put up with them.

Hulk Smash!

I’ve ranted in the past about being rope-a-dope’d into a state of exhausted fury by annoying automotive technology. Well, I’ve got fodder for a fresh rant. This past week, I had a new BMW X to test drive (you can read the review here). Overall, not a bad car. But there are some things about it that would have me breaking out the ball peen hammer. To wit:

Four Ways to Find Financial Backing for your Business

on Thursday, 04 April 2013. Posted in Small Business, Business

Starting a business means needing capital for startup, promotional efforts and other costs. These days, crowdsourcing offers an alternative to traditional sources of funding.

Four Ways to Find Financial Backing for your Business

You have what may be the idea for the next big thing. The only obstacle that stands between you and your dreams is that little necessity called money. If you find that even with your savings and the spare change you scrounged from the couch cushions you still come up short of your goal, you may need to consider other avenues to fund your dream. The alternative at this point is to give up on your idea altogether.

Car Maintenance You Can Still Do Yourself

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 03 April 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

New cars seem very complicated, and in many ways they are. Still, some basic, but important maintenance tasks can be handled easily at home, in the comfort of your own garage.

Car Maintenance You Can Still Do Yourself

Is it harder – or easier – to work on “new” cars?

Many people have been intimidated into submission – and don’t even check their car’s fluids anymore. This is too bad – because while it’s true new (and recent vintage) cars are more complex than cars have ever been, in some ways, they’re actually easier to work on.

Warren Buffett Compares Gold to Capital

Written by Robert Jackson Smith on Tuesday, 02 April 2013. Posted in Economy, Business

Mr. Buffett sometimes strays beyond his area of expertise and comments on things like taxes and gold.

Warren Buffett Compares Gold to Capital

Warren Buffett is a well-respected stock picker (and rightly so), whose every word is hung onto by many would-be investors. Unfortunately, Mr. Buffett sometimes strays beyond his area of expertise and comments on things like taxes and gold.

Test Drive: 2013 BMW X3

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 02 April 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The X3 is very good – as good as it probably can be, given the times. But it would be a lot better with a diesel under its hood. Or better yet – our Dear Leaders out of our lives.

Test Drive: 2013 BMW X3

Here’s the most important thing to know about the just-updated 2013 BMW X3:

Oil & Filter… It’s a Start

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 28 March 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Keeping your very expensive car or truck on the road and running requires more maintenance than just regular oil and filter changes. Here are a few common maintenance items that are often overlooked.

Oil & Filter… It’s a Start

Imagine if all you did for exercise was bicep curls with your right arm. Or tried to lose weight by eating one moderate-sized/lower calorie meal a week. It might do some good – kind of like only changing your vehicle’s engine oil/filter regularly. But by neglecting the rest of it, you’re not doing as much as you could. Or should. Yet it’s exactly what a lot of people do – probably, because many of them don’t know much about – or think much about – other (and just as important) routine maintenance items. For instance:

Different Bikes – Different Pros (and Cons)

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 26 March 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

If you're thinking about buying a bike, but have never owned one before, deciding what to buy can be confusing. Eric Peters has some beginner tips to help out.

Different Bikes – Different Pros (and Cons)

This article is for the person who hasn’t got a motorcycle – yet – but who is beginning to think about getting one. You may be leaning toward a type of bike that could be all wrong for you. Which could lead to making the mistake of buying the wrong type of bike before you find out it’s not right for you – which is easy to do, because of two factors:

Test Drive: 2013 VW Beetle TDI

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 19 March 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

VW's updated Beetle now comes with a diesel option. A fantastic engine, the diesel makes a good car even better, but the new economics of diesel power may work against the redesigned Beetle.

Test Drive: 2013 VW Beetle TDI

The latest Beetle (new but no longer “New”) is more than an economy-minded car. It got bigger last year – as well as sportier and more luxurious.

Career Transitions: Making the Best of a Job Loss

on Tuesday, 19 March 2013. Posted in Economy, Business

It is possible to recover from a job loss, even in a tough economy. Staying positive, getting out of the house and using available resources can help you move forward.

Career Transitions: Making the Best of a Job Loss

Even if you detest your job, it can be devastating to get the news that you have been terminated or laid off. Instead of allowing this to send you into a downward spiral, however, it is important to look for the positive aspects that can accompany this transitional period of your career.

Retro Review: Ford Maverick Grabber, 1970-’75

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 18 March 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Nearly four decades after the last one left the line, the Grabber’s appeal continues to increase. As they were when they were new, these cars are a performance bargain – and potential wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Retro Review: Ford Maverick Grabber, 1970-’75

There is an interesting species of near muscle car that came into being and briefly existed for a handful of years, beginning in the early 1970s  – just as the high tide of the real muscle car was receding. These were cars that did not come with high-powered V-8s from the factory. But which did come with V-8s that could very easily be made high-powered. The rest was already covered. They had the necessary foundations: rear-wheel-drive layout, sporty two-door styling. And they often had advantages many of the factory muscle cars of the ’60s did not, including low curb weight – and a low price tag.

Test Drive: 2013 Lexus RX350

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 12 March 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The first crossover SUV may still be the best crossover SUV. For 2013, the Lexus RX350 proves its still leader of the crossover pack.

Test Drive: 2013 Lexus RX350

The earth is round – and goes around the sun. No big deal. Everyone (ok, almost everyone) knows it and accepts it as a given. But there was a time when these were revolutionary – even heretical notions.

The Diesel Dilemma

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 05 March 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Diesel engines are durable and efficient. Naturally, through regulation government has made it too costly for most people to operate a diesel-powered vehicle.

The Diesel Dilemma

Summer’s coming – and so (probably) are higher gas prices. There has already been a nationwide uptick of about 40 cents a gallon over the past few months – and we’re still a few weeks away from spring. It’s likely we’ll see over $4 a gallon gas after spring arrives – and maybe more than that by high summer. (In California, gas is already close to $5 a gallon.)

When Do Business Centers Come in Handy?

on Monday, 04 March 2013. Posted in Small Business, Business

Coworking is a rapidly growing, global business trend that is driving growth in commercial real estate and providing new business opportunities to grow and innovate in ways not previously possible.

When Do Business Centers Come in Handy?

The commercial real estate industry has been severely challenged by the global 2008 recession and the tepid recovery that has forced several economies into multiple recessions. The ways existing businesses operate has changed dramatically. 

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