Eric Peters: Three things to know about oil changes

Eric Peters: Three things to know about oil changes

By Eric Peters You’ve heard the saying, your mileage may vary? The same applies to oil and filter changes, too. The intervals (time and mileage accrued) are general recommendations that may not apply in your specific circumstances. Variables that affect change intervals include: How old the car is; how often the car is driven; how […]

Eric Peters: Before you buy a bike

Eric Peters: Before you buy a bike

By Eric Peters Motorcycles are a lot of fun. They’re also relatively inexpensive to buy – and they get great gas mileage. But if you’ve never ridden before, there are some things you should consider before you buy your first bike: * Motorcycles (and scooters) take more skill and involvement to operate than a car […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Scion iA new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Scion iA new car review

By Eric Peters Does it matter what the wrapper says if it’s the exact same Snickers bar inside? That, as the saying goes, is the question. Toyota’s small car spin-off needed a new model; Mazda had one to spare. A deal was struck and – voila – the (ahem) Scion iA. Mechanically, it’s a Mazda2 […]

Eric Peters: Why the old stuff was cool

Eric Peters: Why the old stuff was cool

By Eric Peters It’s hard to imagine a 7.4 liter V8 that only made 200 hp. It did. Back in ’76, the year my Pontiac Trans-Am left the Norwood, Ohio line. And my car was pretty much top-of-the-pile. The typical V8 of that era offered up perhaps 170 hp. Some less. Seems sad, right? Sure. […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Acura ILX new car review

Eric Peters:  2016 Acura ILX new car review

By Eric Peters When you pay almost $30k for a luxury-sport sedan, you expect better performance than you’d get out of a $20k economy sedan. Acura’s ILX – the upmarket cousin of the Honda Civic – didn’t deliver it when it was launched two years ago as an all-new 2013 model. Well, not with its […]

Eric Peters: The next “safety” jihad

Eric Peters: The next “safety” jihad

By Eric Peters When things get ridiculous they tend to become hilarious. Or, pathetic – and aggravating. Example: The government wants to require that hybrid and electric cars be fitted with devices that make them noisy, so that the blind will be aware of their presence. See here. Apparently, there is an epidemic of blind […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Acura ILX

Eric Peters: 2016 Acura ILX

By Eric Peters When you pay almost $30k for a luxury-sport sedan, you expect better performance than you’d get out of a $20k economy sedan. Acura’s ILX – the upmarket cousin of the Honda Civic – didn’t deliver it when it was launched two years ago as an all-new 2013 model. Well, not with its […]

Eric Peters: Car cliffs notes

Eric Peters: Car cliffs notes

By Eric Peters I always read the owner’s manuals that come with the new cars I test-drive and review. They’ve morphed from pamphlets to Moby Dick-esque semi-novels over the past 20 years or so. And like Moby Dick, getting through them can be a challenge. So I thought I’d give you the Cliffs Notes version. […]

Eric Peters: 2016 Lincoln MKC new car review

Eric Peters: 2016 Lincoln MKC new car review

By Eric Peters Lincoln is working to rebuild itself; to rejoin the first rank of luxury brands and compete directly – on equal terms – with Cadillac, Lexus, BMW, Acura, et al. First, it will need to shed some pounds. And some price. I just spent a week in the 2016 MKC, which is Lincoln’s […]

Eric Peters: Ode to the carburetor

Eric Peters: Ode to the carburetor

By Eric Peters Once upon a time, there was a simple mechanical device that fed fuel to your car’s engine. It had no electrical hook-ups, was not dependent on sensors nor controlled by a computer. It was held in place by four bolts and could be physically removed from the engine in less than five […]

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