Author Archive | Eric Peters

Whatever Happened to CNG-Powered Cars?

It’s interesting to speculate about why solutions that would have actually worked – which did work –  seem to always just kind of .  . .   go away.  Not the fabled 100 MPG carburetor. That probably never existed. But how about cars powered by compressed natural gas (CNG)? They did exist. And – much more […]

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Demonizing the Demon

People who are jealous of their right to own firearms know how important it is to mercilessly stomp even the slightest suggestion that their right to own a gun be restricted in some manner, no matter how trivial it may seem. Because the principle at stake is critical. If it is acceptable to chip away […]

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The Money Pit

People made fun of cars like the Vega and Chevette – but at least GM made money on them. And when GM stopped making money on cars like them, it stopped trying to sell them. They got cancelled and replaced. Profitability used to determine whether a car remained in production. Of course, those were the […]

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The Government Is Violent

Violence is, unfortunately, fungible. As this society becomes more and more officially violent, it is probable that unofficial violence will also increase. In fact, it is almost a mathematical axiom. It is also one not comprehended by those most responsible for initiating the process. Police and politicians seem baffled by the growing disenchantment with their […]

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Pop Goes the Car Bubble

Almost every negative thing happening in the car business – in particular, ludicrous technical complexity for the sake of electronic gimmickry and also to cope with diminishing returns federal “safety” and emissions mandates – could be gotten under control by the simple expedient of cutting off the monopoly money/debt-financing that makes it all possible. The […]

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Beware the Car Options

Whatever their failings, machines generally don’t second-guess you. Turn them on, turn them off. Point them in a certain direction. Command them to move or spin or do whatever it is they were made to do and – assuming they are not broken – they will usually do it. And won’t try to nudge you to do […]

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Prohibitionism Advances in Utah

The slippery slope argument gets mocked a lot – but here’s another case that proves the point: Utah has just done what thinking brains knew was inevitably coming. The state government has nearly halved the legal threshold defining what risibly continues to be called “drunk” driving (see here) from the iffy .08 BAC (Blood Alcohol […]

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A Pat on His Orange Head

At last, something. Trump “pulled out” of the Paris Climate Change Agreement – agreed to by his predecessor back in 2015 and awaiting a majoritarian 55 of the earth’s nations to agree before it becomes binding within those countries. That is to say upon the people within those countries – who had no say in the matter […]

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Before You Go Old . . .

Maybe you’ve been thinking about buying an older car as a way to avoid some of the hassles, expense – and Big Brother-ish – aspects of owning a new car. These are all-too-real. Especially the Big Brother-ish stuff, which is becoming insufferable as well as all-but-unavoidable. Good luck finding a new car without at least six […]

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Black and Blue

Naturally, the solution to the problem of police abusing their authority is to hold them less accountable when they do exactly that. Leave it to “law and order” Republicans such as Texas Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Ted Poe to evolve such logic. They have put forth the Black and Blue – whoops, Back the […]

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The Semi-Retired Car

New cars come with maintenance schedules that give you time/mileage intervals for things like oil changes, tune-ups, tire rotation and so on. Follow these recommendations and – assuming a decent/sound car to start with – it ought to be a long-lived car. But what about old, semi-retired cars? They came with maintenance schedules, too. But these […]

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Nothing Runs You Like a Deere. . .

We are allowed to use the land as the sovereign sees fit – and not otherwise. If we use it in ways forbidden, the king – whoops, Uncle – will punish us. He can also just take it from us via another noxious doctrine – that of eminent domain. But until recently, we at least owned our […]

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A Great Time To Buy a Used Car

You might want to buy a used car while they’re cheap – but not just because they’re cheap. And cheap they are. Because of unprecedented desperation tactics to sell new cars – including under-bid incentives, cash back offers and “free money” loans at zero or nearly zero interest. Which the car companies have had to resort […]

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‘Autonomous’ Cars

Within 12 years, only 5 percent of the driving done in this country will be done by “autonomous” drivers – according to a study that is getting huge play all over the mediascape. That is to say, only 5 percent of the driving will be done by people like you and me – ordinary people going […]

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Living in the Homeland

One of the truly scary things about living in The Homeland, as it is officially styled nowadays, is that you are subject to punishment prior to conviction. Merely to be accused is sufficient to deprive you of liberty and property. And even when – after much expense (yours) and time forever lost – you are […]

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The Danger of Low Speed Limits

Almost every new car I test drive – even the humblest hybrid – has a speedometer that reads to at least 120 mph. 140 is common; 160 not unusual. Some cars have speedometers that read to 180 or even 200 MPH And some of those are capable of pegging them. Few ever do. It would […]

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The $94,000 Traffic Ticket

Imagine a ticket for “failure to display a front license plate” – not even a moving violation – costing you almost six figures. Nathan Cox of Mechanicsville, VA doesn’t have to, because he lived it. Well, he paid it. $94,000. And it could have been worse. Initially, he was looking at $1.3 million. Technically, it […]

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Irreparable Damage

You’ve heard the saying – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it? True enough. But there are also things you can’t fix once broken. The car will never be quite right again – and may be a lot wrong. These Irreparables include: * Water damage – This has always been a killer; a water-logged interior […]

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Demonized

Really, it’s surprising it took them so long. But it is much more surprising that automotive journalists are leading the chorus ululating for the outlawing of the Dodge Demon muscle car. The automotive journalists at Automotive News – which is (or was) to the car world what The New York Times once was to the news-gathering world, […]

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