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Buick: Still an Old Man Car?

July 23rd, 2014

2015-buick-lacrosse

“You know, we should probably check out a Buick.”

I had no idea my dad was capable of speaking such nonsense. He wasn’t even kidding.

My parents were in the process of shopping for a new car and my dad, a lifelong proponent of foreign cars and skeptic of American cars, uttered the fateful and surprising words.

At 60-years-old, my dad was just doing what many 60-year-olds do. Thankfully my mom is still 59 and hasn’t crossed over into the age of Buicks just yet. She prevented the purchase and influenced a choice that conveys a considerably younger persona.

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The New Breed of SUV: Small Utility Vehicle

July 22nd, 2014

2013 Audi Q5

SUV is an acronym for Sport Utility Vehicle, which I think has been forgotten, as the term now extends to vehicles that are neither sport nor utility.

The earliest SUVs were the first Chevrolet Suburban and military-inspired Jeep vehicles. Soon after those we had SUVs from International and Land Rover, then more from Chevy, Jeep and Ford. Those old Scouts and Broncos and Discoverys were true sport utility vehicles, with the power and capability to conquer any road, or lack thereof, put in front of them.

Today we have “compact SUVs” and “crossover SUVs,” which, in every sense of the word, are not SUVs at all.

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How to Solve This Smelly Problem?

July 21st, 2014

mouse in car

It started with a smell.

The terribly awful odor of death is unmistakable, and it came from somewhere inside my car.

After throwing a small tantrum, I emptied everything out of our Legacy, hooked up the vacuum and told myself I wouldn’t stop until I found “the problem.” I vacuumed every nook and cranny, under the seats, in the glovebox… and found nothing.

The scent didn’t go away, so I dug deeper and did some research.

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Beating the Heat with Cool Cars

July 18th, 2014

2015 Chevrolet Corvette

Yesterday, we were lucky enough get an invite to the New England Motor Press Association‘s annual Ragtop Ramble. The day started out at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Massachusetts, where we met up with representatives from several automakers, automotive journalists and, of course, the cars we’d be driving up to the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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Own a Car that Changed the Game

July 18th, 2014

Acura NSX

Any regular schmuck can own a Camry.

A Camry is proven reliable and economical to own. There’s nothing particularly exciting about a Camry, but you can be sure it’ll always be there when you need it.

Owning a Camry tells the world you appreciate the status quo and would rather opt for comfort and knowing exactly what to expect than take a chance on innovation.

Maybe there’s a part of you that wants to live a slightly more exciting life, but you still crave the peace of knowing exactly what to expect in a vehicle.

You, my friend, need a car that changed the game when new, but today is a solid used choice.

MSN Autos posted a gallery of cars that changed the game, most of which are readily available on the used market. Some, like the Model T, are a little more difficult to find.

Read on to find out which are worth considering as your next car.

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The Problem with a Teen’s First Car

July 17th, 2014

2005 Volvo XC90 V8

I’m lucky I survived into adulthood.

I was like a baby sea turtle as a teenager. On their long journey from the nest to the ocean, seagulls snatch many little turtles up before they ever get a chance to thrive in the water. Baby sea turtles aren’t familiar with their surroundings and don’t know to be afraid. All they see is a flat beach and water on the horizon, and they try to get there as fast as they can.

Same with teenagers. Unleashed on the world with the ability to freely travel wherever they choose, they often forget, or don’t realize, that danger resides around every corner. I was reckless and aggressive as a teen driver, a truth I’m not proud of, but something that’s made me a better driver today.

With experience and technology, I hope we can greatly reduce the number of teen deaths on our roads. The problem is that safety costs a lot of money.

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Piloted Parking: Way Cooler Than Self-Driving

July 16th, 2014

Audi auto parking

In my humble opinion, self-driving cars would kill the auto culture in our country. Why would we want to cede control of our cars to a computer and give up the thrill of manually shifting gears and accelerating from stoplights?

Sure, there would be fewer human-caused accidents, but how many more computer-caused accidents would happen?

I don’t want to live in a world where my car decides which route to take or how quickly I arrive. I want the thrill of getting lost if I make a mistake and the pleasure of finding my own way to a new destination.

I adamantly oppose self-driving cars.

A self-parking car, though, is an entirely different subject.

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Why You Should Go Get Lost

July 15th, 2014

Subaru off-road

“Do you want to go on an adventure?”

My wife asked that question yesterday, which was another 100-degree scorcher. Our air conditioning hadn’t been working since the severe heat set in, and we’ve been spending our days on the water instead of at home, enjoying our paddleboards and cooling off in various lakes around the region.

Our adventure yesterday involved strapping the boards to the racks on our 2013 Subaru Legacy and trying to find the back way to a secluded lake in the woods.

Armed with our GPS, our car and a passionate desire to find water, we hit the road. It was supposed to be a quick journey with a rewarding payoff. Instead we promptly got lost and had the adventure of our lives.

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Happy Collector Car Appreciation Day!

July 11th, 2014

1956 Chevrolet Corvette

Happy July 11th! Today is a very special day for car-lovers: the relatively newly dubbed National Collector Car Appreciation Day is a (real and official) holiday celebrated to raise awareness of automotive restoration and collection and its role in American society. A resolution was passed (one of the few truly bipartisan efforts) by the U.S. Senate in 2010 in order to to recognize the important roles played by automobiles in music, literature, cinema and other cultural and artistic aspects of the American identity. Organized by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the event has been held on the second Friday in July since 2010. This makes today the fifth annual Collector Car Appreciation Day, and its popularity (and knowledge of its existence) is growing. And we couldn’t be happier about that.

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Falling for Mazda and a Turbocharged Wankel

July 11th, 2014
Could a new RX-7 look like this?

Could a new RX-7 look like this?

I officially love Mazda.

I’ve slowly developed a crush on the scrappy little automaker and have been thoroughly impressed by the new Mazda3 and Mazda6. I even had a few scintillating hours with an older MazdaSpeed3.

She rocked my world, and I thought she was a one-time thing. But now I think I’ve transitioned into love.

How did this happen?

Maybe I’m just a sucker for rumors and the promise of future greatness. Maybe it’s talk of turbocharging the Wankel. Whatever the source of my newfound love affair, I dare you to read more and not fall in love, too.

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