Eric Peters: Not a four wheeled-indenture

Eric Peters: Not a four wheeled-indenture

By Eric Peters The more I work on the ’72 Beetle – aka Sexual Chocolate, the car I am helping my teenage protege learn to work on – the more I realize why most teenagers have lost interest in cars. It’s the money, mostly. The Beetle is not just easy to work on, it is […]

Eric Peters: 2018 Nissan Versa new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Nissan Versa new car review

By Eric Peters Last year, the average price paid for a new car was about $35,000. But that doesn’t mean you have to pay $35k to drive home a new car. A nice new car. Heat did come standard . . . You could, for example, buy a brand-new Nissan Versa – with AC, with a four […]

Eric Peters: Cowboys, truckers and us

Eric Peters: Cowboys, truckers and us

By Eric Peters Being a trucker – especially an owner-operator – used to be a lot like being a cowboy was back in the 1800s. On your own timetable, beholden to none – so long as the cows (or the cargo) got where they needed to be on time. Independent, free. Which, naturally, is why both […]

Eric Peters: Another reason for the electric car push

Eric Peters: Another reason for the electric car push

By Eric Peters Whenever the government is rabidly enthusiastic about something you can be reasonably sure you shouldn’t be. Electric cars are being pushed for all kinds of reasons, none of them beneficial to us. If that weren’t the case, then it wouldn’t be necessary to push (mandate, subsidize) electric cars. They would be embraced as naturally – as freely […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Mazda Miata RF new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Mazda Miata RF new car review

By Eric Peters The one thing wrong with the Miata – for some people – Mazda just fixed. That thing being the Miata roadster’s convertible top. Not everyone likes a soft top – including some people who really like the Miata. Soft tops, though much improved in terms of protection from the elements – still […]

Eric Peters: Automated cars = slow

Eric Peters: Automated cars = slow

By Eric Peters How fast will automated cars go? Will it take you longer – or less – to get where you want to go? The answer to those questions can be discovered by taking a ride on a city bus or any other government-run public conveyance They all operate at Least Common Denominator Speed […]

Eric Peters: Chocolate rain

Eric Peters: Chocolate rain

By Eric Peters Old cars are full of surprises. When I pulled out the rear seat of the ’64 Chevy Corvair project car I bought in the mid ’90s, I found a mini-bar from the ’70s – complete with cheesy disco-era decanters and shot glasses. The bar was made of wood – which had been cut to […]

Eric Peters: 2018 BMW K 1600B new motorcycle review

Eric Peters: 2018 BMW  K 1600B new motorcycle review

By Eric Peters Motorcycles aren’t subject to Uncle’s fuel-efficiency fatwas. Not yet. Which explains why BMW is putting its sixes in its bikes  . . . while removing them from its cars. Including even mid-sized cars like the 5 Series sedan, which now comes standard with a tiny 2.0 liter four. Not because that’s what BMW buyers want but […]

Eric Peters: Making Winter less cold

Eric Peters: Making Winter less cold

By Eric Peters If Al Gore is right, all we’d need to do is collectively rev our SUVs’ engines and the cold of winter would shoo away – or at least dial back a bit. It hasn’t worked so far. Hence climate change rather than global warming. It gets around the embarrassment of cold that still comes – […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica new car review

By Eric Peters Give ’em credit for not giving up. Chrysler – the company that invented the things – is the last of the Big Three to still have a minivan in its lineup. GM and Ford long ago said to hell with it – ceding this market to the Japanese (and Koreans). Which the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna […]