Eric Peters: 2017 Fiat 500X new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Fiat 500X new car review

By Eric Peters You know what “Fiat” stands for, right? Fix it again, Tony. Well, they keep on trying. The 500 coupe – which is small and cute like the Mini Cooper – isn’t selling like the Mini. And the larger, less cute 500 L isn’t selling at all. Fiat needs a winner. Maybe a […]

Eric Peters: The Uncle-ized car

Eric Peters: The Uncle-ized car

By Eric Peters What’s the cost of Uncle when it comes to our cars? How much have his various fatwas added to the MSRP? One way to add it all up is to compare a current Uncle-ized car with a pre-Uncle car. That is, a car saddled with all of Uncle’s equipment – and which […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk new car review

By Eric Peters I was suspicious, too. “Trail-rated” rated Jeeps have – up to now – always been real-deal Jeeps. Longitudinal engine (front to back, not transverse/sideways-mounted) and (most important of all) rear-wheel-drive-based, with a real-deal part-time 4WD transfer case and 4WD Low range gearing. Not front-wheel-drive-based, with an available light-duty all-wheel-drive system and no […]

Eric Peters: An “apple” a day…

Eric Peters: An “apple” a day…

By Eric Peters You’ve heard about eating an apple a day to keep the doctor away. It’s good advice. Eating healthy can’t hurt, at any rate. Well, here are some things you might want to do to avoid hurting your car – in order to keep the mechanic away: * Parking brake on first – […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Kia K900 new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Kia K900 new car review

By Eric Peters Sometimes, a good idea doesn’t work twice. The Hyundia-Kia conglomerate looked at the success Toyota has had with its Lexus luxury line – and in particular, the original (1989) Lexus LS 400 sedan – and figured what worked for Toyota ought to work just as well for them. What Toyota did was […]

Eric Peters: First they came for the V8s…

Eric Peters: First they came for the V8s…

By Eric Peters First they came for the V8s. They were common, once. Most cars – ordinary family cars – usually had one under the hood. High school kids drove V8-powered used cars. Anyone Gen X or older will remember. And then they were gone. Well, not entirely. V8s are still around – but they’re no longer […]

Eric Peters: 2016 VW Jetta new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 VW Jetta new car review

By Eric Peters Since VW can no longer sell a diesel-powered Jetta (or any other diesel-powered car) it looks like hybrids – and high cost – are in our future. The TDI engine is gone – for good, it looks like. The Feds have yet to rescind the fatwa prohibiting VW from selling any 2016 […]

Eric Peters: Tesla all fired up

Eric Peters: Tesla all fired up

By Eric Peters Tesla is all fired up. Literally. At a demo for media in Paris, a Model S went up in smoke. Caught fire, burned itself to a smoldering slag heap. At a media event (see here). Where – one assumes – there were reporters on hand. Not much reporting took place. To find out about this auto da fe it […]

Eric Peters: 2016 BMW X1 new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 BMW X1 new car review

By Eric Peters Well, this is weird. Doing the background research I always do before I start to spew my opinion about a new car, I discovered that while the “compact” size BMW X1 is smaller on the outside than the “mid-size” X3, it actually has more room inside for people. And almost exactly the […]

Eric Peters: Full service gas is back…

Eric Peters: Full service gas is back…

By Eric Peters Maybe you remember full-service gas stations. Not like in New Jersey today. Where – by law – you ‘re forced to wait for a lout (whoops, “attendant”) to slouch on over and eventually gas up your car … and usually, your fender, too. He takes his time, doesn’t care whether your time […]

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