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The Funniest Commercial Ever--It Kills!
The Funniest Commercial Ever--It Kills!

Humor, it's what makes us human and separates us from the animals. Well, that and the legal system and the money-hungry lawyers who pray on the weak and innocent. Never mind that last part. As I was saying, humor isn't something animals really have a good grasp of. It's something that can get us...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta
2011 Ford Fiesta. Fantastic Fun. In An Ad

I just had a chance to see the latest 2011 Ford Fiesta ad and it left me with a huge smile on my face. A grin from ear to ear. It's so unabashedly happy, fun to watch and just so well choreographed--music, dancers, images and all--that it made you want to have your Fiesta. Now I know I sound like...Read More»

2010 Toyota Camry 4-door Sedan I4 Auto LE (Natl) Front Exterior View
Free Speech, The Free Market And The Head-On Crash

Free speech, is the cornerstone of a free society, it has been said. The free market, meanwhile, is that which allows any consumer or entrepreneur to either spend or make some dough based on the capitalist principle. These two bedfellows sometimes can't sleep in the same bed when they both accuse...Read More»

Citroen 2CV
French Citroens, Superior Germans, Stereotypes And Major Hallucinogens

When I was a student traveling in Europe over 20 years ago, and then again when I worked on the Continent, anytime I had the chance to rent a car, I asked for the German model, either a Volkswagen or a Mercedes-Benz or an Audi. Why? Because I knew those cars would be great on the highway, they...Read More»

Continental ContiSportContact 5P tires
Tires 201: Contact Patch Management

In Auto Racing and driving in general, tires play a pivotal role. An experienced race driver and coach once told me that racing is really about contact patch management. The contact patch of a tire is the part of the tire that makes contact with the road. You only have a few square inches of rubber...Read More»

2011 Buick Regal
2011 Buick Regal Review: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love A Buick

Buick recently invited automotive writers to sample the 2011 Buick Regal on the roads surrounding San Diego, California. It was rather fitting that I traveled to the 2011 Buick Regal media event in San Diego on the day of the Lost finale. I have found a number of similarities between the two...Read More»

2011 Toyota Sienna
Best Toyota Ad Ever: The Swagger Wagon

Sure, I know what you're thinking, with a blog title like that, you think I am trying to draw you in with some kind of ill-advised hyperbole that's bound to make you click on the link so I'll get more page views. That is only partially true. The whole truth and nothing but the truth is really...Read More»

2010 Nissan Pathfinder 2WD 4-door V6 SE Side Exterior View
A Green Approach To Car Repair

Are you ever concerned that the process your car undergoes while being repaired does harm to the environment? It shouldn’t be a worry, because there are many ways that the facility that you choose can be green. There are also personal positions about the repair of your car that will promote a...Read More»

1997 Nissan Sentra GLE
Auto Parts Stores Are Doing Well, Are Shops Next?

If the performance of three auto parts retailers is any indication, the doldrums in the auto repair industry may soon be history or maybe not. AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts and O’Reilly Auto Parts have recently performed well based on strong numbers released as they ended their reporting periods...Read More»

Fiat 500 Abarth
Give Me Some (Fiat) Panda Love

Many, many years ago, on a continent far, far away (Europe), I got a ride in a Fiat Panda, the original one, which I think had a rousing total of 45 horsepower, and possessed such poor build quality that it would have made  a vodka-soaked, Communist era Lada line worker recoil with socialist...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen GTI 4-door HB DSG PZEV Angular Front Exterior View
Volkswagen GTI: An Oldie Mit A German Twist

I spent the better part of today driving around in classic cars, none of them was younger than 38 years old, and they made me feel young, proud, happy and inspired as I drove each of them. Inspired enough to post this blog, which is semi-related to the cars I drove today as their collective nation...Read More»

Continental ContiSportContact 5P tires
Laying A Patch: Great Tire Commercials

I was watching the hockey game recently and was pummeled mentally not by my team losing in a horrible, humiliating fashion, but rather by the dozens and dozens of crappy ads that ran all night long. Repetitive and insulting beer commercials, questionable GoDaddy commercials, annoying life insurance...Read More»

1997 Oldsmobile 88
Valvoline's 300,000 Mile Engine Guarantee

Since March 1, 2010 Valvoline has been offering to guarantee your engine for up to 300,000 miles, if you “religiously” use their motor oil. The company's material is up front about the limitations that apply: A vehicle must have less than 125,000 miles on it, 18 months lead time between...Read More»

Consumer Reports rates the Subaru Legacy
Help! Doug: Why The Discrepancy Of Subaru Engine Ratings By Consumer Reports?

Question: The April 2010 Consumer Reports' "Annual Auto Issue" gives the 2004 Subaru Legacy's four-cylinder engines the worst possible rating. I read this, but still had a mechanic look a 2004 Subaru Legacy over I might have purchased, except the mechanic told me: "It's got Subaru's classic head...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour 2WD 5dr EX Open Doors
Honda Accord Crosstour: The New Family Car

While your inner soccer mom might push you to buy a Toyota Sienna or some other minivan, you sacrifice quite a deal of upfront capital as well as gas mileage. But with the 2010 Honda Crosstour, affordability along with a great deal of cargo room opens the door to a variety of family activities that...Read More»

2010 Scion xD 5dr HB Man (Natl) Front Exterior View
Top Safety Features Of The Scion xD

Being one of the most affordable small cars in the automobile industry, one wouldn’t usually expect the Scion xD to have the bells and whistles that luxury vehicles have. But in terms of safety, Toyota, despite the recent scare, has ensured that its Scion xD will keep you safe in case of an...Read More»

Building the 2011 Bentley Mulsanne's V-8 Engine
Help! Doug, I'm Baffled Over Consumer Reports Reliability Ratings of Used Subaru Legacys - Part 1

Question: The 2010 Consumer Reports' April "Annual Auto Issue" gives 04 Legacy's 4 cylinder engines the worst possible rating. I still had my mechanic look at a 04 Legacy I considered purchasing and he found the "legendary head gasket problem". Reviewing CR again, I'm baffled by how the lousy...Read More»

2010 Mazda MazdaSPEED3
The Great Tune-Up Swindle

As an auto-repair shop owner the bane of my existence is when a customer asks me how much a tune-up costs. Nowadays the word tune-up is an obsolete and effectively useless term but I still get asked this question on a near-daily basis. I usually ask my customer if they want me to perform routine...Read More»

2001 Plymouth Neon Highline
About Your Car's Gasket

The last time I had seen my friend’s son he had asked me about a car problem. So when we met again I inquired how it worked out. His reply was that the “gasket” was bad. When I probed further I could see that there was no interest in revisiting this car repair encounter. The car was fixed and...Read More»

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