Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Prius new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Prius new car review

By Eric Peters The burden on the Champ is to remain the Champ – or know when to retire before retirement is forced upon you. The Toyota Prius is still the Champ – and has been the Champ for 20 years’ running. No other hybrid matches its combination of mileage and cost-to-benefit ratio. Meaning, the cost […]

Eric Peters: Avoiding underhood quackery

Eric Peters: Avoiding underhood quackery

By Eric Peters Cows walk willingly up the ramp to get that knock on the head. It is wise not to follow their example when it comes to getting your car fixed. And – it’s not necessary to know a lot about cars to avoid getting that knock on the head… or that great GM […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Mazda3 new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Mazda3 new car review

By Eric Peters In the last Terminator movie, an aging, saggy Arnold tells his younger, time-traveling and still-buff self: I have been waiting for you. Well, me too. For the SkyD diesel engine that Mazda was going to offer in the Mazda3 sedan/hatch. This was supposed to have happened in 2015, as a follow-up to […]

Eric Peters: Servicing the semi-retired car

Eric Peters: Servicing the semi-retired car

By Eric Peters New cars come with maintenance schedules that give you time/mileage intervals for things like oil changes, tune-ups, tire rotation and so on. Follow these recommendations and – assuming a decent/sound car to start with – it ought to be a long-lived car. But what about old, semi-retired cars? They came with maintenance schedules, […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Mercedes Metris new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Mercedes Metris new car review

By Eric Peters When you hear “minivan,” probably the first thing that pops to mind is not Mercedes. But in Europe, Benzes are dominant in the commercial/work fleet – everything from taxis to buses to other types of haulers. Like this Metris. For about the same as you’d pay to drive home in  a Dodge […]

Eric Peters: Before you go old . . .

Eric Peters: Before you go old . . .

  By Eric Peters Maybe you’ve been thinking about buying an older car as a way to avoid some of the hassles, expense – and Big Brother-ish – aspects of owning a new car. These are all-too-real. Especially the Big Brother-ish stuff, which is becoming insufferable as well as all-but-unavoidable. Good luck finding a new […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Cadillac ATS new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Cadillac ATS new car review

By Eric Peters It was the late ’90s and Cadillac was trying to shed the AARP Aura that had enveloped the brand like a sickly fog of Vicks Vapor Rub since at least the late 1970s. GM’s luxury line had been slick and cool and most of all, young  . . . back in its Mad Men-era […]

Eric Peters: Despite their worst intentions

Eric Peters: Despite their worst intentions

By Eric Peters Cars are so much better than the government had intended that one can only imagine how good they might have been had the government not been involved at all. In the first  place, the government meant for most of us (but not them) to be driving small cars with not much power. […]

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW C650 GT new motorcycle review

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW C650 GT new motorcycle review

By Eric Peters It’s hilarious that they get away with calling something like the ’17 BMW C650 GT a “scooter.” Please. Ok, it looks like one. It is a step-through and it doesn’t have a manual transmission. By those measures, sure, it’s a scooter. What time does Matlock come on? But it’s also something else. […]

Eric Peters: App before you wrench

Eric Peters: App before you wrench

By Eric Peters Back in the day, when your bike wasn’t running right, you had to wrench to figure out why. Now, you can tap an app on your phone. And know what needs wrenching… without wrenching. Or at least, before wrenching. Motorscan – which makes diagnostic scan tools for Harleys and BMWs and a […]

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