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 […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid new car review

By Eric Peters It is no easy thing going from a 500 horsepower Challenger R/T to a no-horsepower Toyota Camry hybrid. Well, ok, that’s not fair. The Camry hybrid does have horsepower. But only about a third as much as the Challenger R/T I reviewed last week. Then again, the Challenger only gives you about […]

Eric Peters: Some new car things to know

Eric Peters: Some new car things to know

By Eric Peters The Uncle-ized car (which is all new cars) has some “features” you may want to consider carefully before you buy in. Features that could hit you with cost – and hassles – once the warranty runs out. And otherwise, too. Let’s have a look at a few of these: * Direct injection […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T new car review

By Eric Peters Satan’s hot daughter showed up in my driveway and asked me to take her for a ride. She had on a sexy red outfit. And her 485 horsepower 6.4 liter Hemi V8’s burble was all the temptation it took to happily hock my soul for eternity …. or at least as long […]

Eric Peters: No dividends for you!

Eric Peters: No dividends for you!

By Eric Peters First, it was (cue the Soup Nazi voice) no affordable diesels for you! Now, it’s no dividends for you. If you’ve invested in VW stock, it looks like you’re out of luck. The stomping Uncle has been giving VW over the diesel emissions “cheating” scandal is having the not-surprising consequence that the company’s losing money. Which means you lose – […]

Eric Peters: 2016 GMC Canyon diesel new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 GMC Canyon diesel new car review

By Eric Peters The easiest way to make a sale is to have something to sell that people want but no one else is selling. Like a diesel pick-up truck, for instance. There are very few – and only one that isn’t at least a 1500. It’s the mid-sized GMC Canyon (and its Chevy-badged twin, […]

Eric Peters: Five months in…

Eric Peters: Five months in…

By Eric Peters It is almost halfway through 2016 and – still – no (new) diesels for you. Not from VW, at any rate. Uncle has still not given his permission for the sale of any 2016 model year TDI (diesel) powered VW cars. The entire inventory sits and waits. Perhaps forever. But another couple […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Subaru WRX new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Subaru WRX new car review

By Eric Peters Speed is indeed a question of money … and not only in terms of how fast do you want to go. Last week, I test-drove the 2016 BMW 340i (review here) which is a ripper in luxury sedan drag. Spool up the turbos and dump the clutch… the thing will leave twin […]

Eric Peters: The new vs. the old

Eric Peters: The new vs. the old

By Eric Peters I got into a debate the other day with a reader about the future of the car hobby; about whether today’s cars are fundamentally disposable appliances that work great for a long time – their chief virtue – but when they do finally begin to wear out, the cost to replace their […]

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