Eric Peters: 2016 Nissan Titan XD new truck review

Eric Peters: 2016 Nissan Titan XD new truck review

By Eric Peters Straddling the middle is no easy thing – but that’s what Nissan hopes to do with its new Titan XD. It is tougher – in terms of the beefiness of its frame, the grunt of its engines (including a standard gas V8, with a turbodiesel V8 available optionally) and its ability to […]

Eric Peters: The cost of the VW scandal… so far

Eric Peters: The cost of the VW scandal… so far

By Eric Peters The VW emissions “cheating” scandal has been below the fold for a couple months now, but the repercussions are beginning to hit home. Literally. At home. If you are among those who own a diesel-powered VW – whether “affected” of not – its resale value has dropped by about 20 percent, according […]

Eric Peters: 2016 VW Golf R new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 VW Golf R new car review

By Eric Peters Here’s an irony for you: When VW launched the hot hatch Golf R last year, it came only only with an automatic transmission. This year, Ford has launched the even hotter hatch Focus RS – which comes only with a manual transmission. Ships passing in the night… . Now VW has decided […]

Eric Peters: Charge it….

Eric Peters: Charge it….

By Eric Peters In “Third World” countries – the ones Americans take comfort in making fun of – they just take your money. The cops, I mean. No pretext, just hand it over. And now, here. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is using a gadget called an Electronic Recovery and Access to Data Machine (ERAD – […]

Eric Peters: 2016 BMW X5 eDrive new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 BMW X5 eDrive new car review

By Eric Peters BMW is going electric in a big way. The company honchos say so, openly. They see the IC engine as doomed – not because of scarce gas but omnipresent Uncle. Emissions and fuel-efficiency fatwas are becoming literally impossible to comply with. Think I’m exaggerating? Consider: In Europe, they consider (and regulate) carbon […]

Eric Peters: Other people’s lemons…

Eric Peters: Other people’s lemons…

By Eric Peters There’s a lady I know – a neighbor – who was ready to junk an otherwise sound ’90s-vintage Buick station wagon because one day it began to lose power while she was driving and eventually, it conked out by the side of the road. It wouldn’t restart and she had to have […]

Eric Peters: 2016 BMW 330 eDrive new car review

Eric Peters:  2016 BMW 330 eDrive new car review

By Eric Peters Here – for once – is a hybrid that does not suck. Gas – or otherwise. The BMW 330 eDrive. You can drive the thing 80 MPH(or faster) on just the batteries. And as far as 15-20 miles. Without gimping along like a Vespa scooter, dragging a conga line of infuriated sufferers […]

Eric Peters: Uncle’s roads…

Eric Peters: Uncle’s roads…

By Eric Peters When you’re a Libertarian, you get challenged a lot to conjure what things would be like absent Uncle’s interventions. For example, roads. The contra argument – against privately built and managed roads – always presumes that things as they are, including particularly the existing network of government-built roads, is the only way […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Dodge Charger new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Dodge Charger new car review

By Eric Peters American cars are all but extinct. Not American brands. GM and Ford are still making cars. But they are very different kinds of cars now. Mostly, they are front-wheel-drive in layout, “sensible” in in demeanor and powered by a four … with perhaps a six available optionally. Forget a V8. An exception […]

Eric Peters: A shaker that scoops!

Eric Peters: A shaker that scoops!

By Eric Peters I have just made my ’76 Trans-Am’s shaker scoop functional! First, some background: While all second generation (1970-81) Trans-Ams (well, except the ’80-’81 turbo models, which had an off-center hood blister) came with a shaker scoop (so named because it sat on the air cleaner and poked through the hood and shook […]

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