Automotive

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.

Volt Double Down

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 03 July 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business, Eric Peters

GM is making ludicrous and insane economic decisions in building the Volt and Cadillac ELR. But perhaps these are the politically correct decisions.

Volt Double Down

The Volt electric car has been a fizzle for GM – and that’s putting it kindly. Only a small handful have sold – and that’s putting it euphemistically, given the massive subsidies that went into building it and the equally massive incentives ($7,500 a pop at the federal level, not counting state-level payola) that have proved necessary to get anyone to “buy” one.

Test Drive: 2015 Audi A3

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 01 July 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

This is a “Goldilocks” car. Like the porridge in the story, it’s just right. Not too big on the outside, but not too small on the inside.

Test Drive: 2015 Audi A3

Mercedes started it with the sub-$30k (just barely) CLA sedan – putting the three-pointed star within reach of an entirely new demographic.

Modern Car Knowledge

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 30 June 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

Your new car is not the same as your old car. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to owning and maintaining modern cars.

Modern Car Knowledge

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:

Test Drive: 2014 Mercedes S550

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 24 June 2014. Posted in Automotive, Business

Every car at this level is a tour de force of indulgent opulence, but the S – being the newest – will wow you more than the others. At first, it can be slightly overwhelming. Like finding out you just won the Powerball.

Test Drive: 2014 Mercedes S550

We live in a world defined, alas, by compromises – even in the ethereal realm of high-end luxury cars.

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