Eric Peters: 2017 BMW X1 new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW X1 new car review

By Eric Peters Size no longer matters. Well, size can be deceiving. Sometimes, a smaller-on-the-outside vehicle has more room inside than a larger-on-the-outside vehicle. The BMW X1, for instance. It is BMW’s smallest crossover SUV but it has about the same (slightly more, actually) interior space as the significantly larger-on-the-outside BMW X3. Which is . . . weird. […]

Eric Peters: Automotive inanities

Eric Peters: Automotive inanities

By Eric Peters The other day, I was visiting my friend’s repair shop. He was working on a late 1980s Subaru wagon. I  noticed it had 13-inch wheels and four-lug hubs. You never see this anymore. That’s too bad. The smallest wheel/tire you’ll find a new car riding on is a 15-incher. My ’76 Trans-Am, a […]

Eric Peters: It won’t be like the Jetsons

Eric Peters: It won’t be like the Jetsons

By Eric Peters What does it mean when people talk about self-driving cars? We really ought to be talking about programmed cars. And about who does the programming. The “self-driving” car doesn’t decide for itself how fast it goes or what route it takes – at least, it won’t until it becomes an autonomous thinking machine, an artificial intelligence. […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Ford Focus RS new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Ford Focus RS new car review

By Eric Peters Everyone knows Rocky – the movie character. Not many people know Chuck Wepner – the real-life boxer who went 15 rounds with Ali – and knocked him down, too. Wepner became the inspiration for the movie character. Similarly, almost everyone knows the Subaru WRX STi – the all-wheel-drive Rally Race drifter. Fewer […]

Eric Peters: Not so Merry Men

Eric Peters: Not so Merry Men

By Eric Peters Robin Hood may have been a fictional character, but the thing that drove him and his “Merry Men” to become outlaws was real enough: Oppressive laws. Specifically, oppressive taxes. At every turn, the Sheriff of Nottingham and his not-so-merry men would demand their pound of flesh. The only way Robin and his men could survive […]

Eric Peters: Oil change pratfalls

Eric Peters: Oil change pratfalls

By Eric Peters Changing a car’s oil is pretty simple – so it’s surprising it gets done wrong so often. Sometimes, by “professionals”  . . . who actually aren’t. See that part above about “simple.” Many places that do oil changes (such as tire shops and quick-lube joints) do not pay trained mechanics to do them. […]

Eric Peters: 2018 Mercedes GLC300 new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Mercedes GLC300 new car review

By Eric Peters Well, the diesel’s gone. It never even arrived, to be precise about it. Mercedes thought about offering it – had planned to offer it. Had even announced it was coming – back in early 2016, when the then-all-new-GLC was announced as the replacement for the GLK. But then Dieselgate happened and while it was […]

Eric Peters: Fungible Laws

Eric Peters: Fungible Laws

By Eric Peters Even better – from a certain point-of-view – than a radar trap based on an under-posted speed limit is a radar trap with a changing speed limit. One that can be dumbed-down at random and with no prior notice, at the whim of the same government workers who enforce the limits and profit from […]

Eric Peters: No more keys for you!

Eric Peters: No more keys for you!

By Eric Peters BMW is the first major car company publicly talking about eliminating car keys entirely. Instead, an app would be installed on your smartphone to unlock – and start – the car. Honestly, how many people really need it?” That’s BMW’s Ian Robertson – referring to traditional physical keys, including electronic key fobs, […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Subaru Impreza new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Subaru Impreza new car review

By Eric Peters Subaru has at least four things going for it. With the exception of just one model – the BRZ sport coupe, which is a quasi-Subarau, a step-Subaru that’s really half-Toyota – every car they sell comes standard with all-wheel-drive. This is particularly standout in the lower-priced sedan/wagon market, where Subaru’s entry-level model, the Impreza, […]

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