Category: Articles & Commentaries

Discussions on topics of interest to drivers concerning things they may not understand about their vehicles as well as articles on the future of the auto industry.

Electric Cars, Autonomous Cars – They’re Just Cars!

BMW i3

I have been pondering some items related to electric cars and autonomous cars, and in particular how messy even the automotive press treats these subjects. Advertisement Which is point one. While the development of electric cars is expanding seemingly in tandem with electric cars, they are in fact separate and distinct. More on that later. …

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Fuel Changes Set Off Warning Light Hell!

A 1,500 mile road trip to see the Great American Eclipse was just completed, and it was well worth every mile. While my attempt to record the event fell far short, the trip remains a big one crossed off the bucket list. Advertisement The car, an Audi A4 2.0, enjoyed the trip too, but evidently …

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GM Vehicles Now Have 17 Differing Back-up Start Pockets

While putting together a review of 2018 push button start models, we discovered that the new GMC Terrain and Acadia had been added, and that this was introduced in the Acadia in 2017. In addition, these two models have hidden key holes, like those used by Chevrolet. But what struck us was that the cars …

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Too Many Warning Lights Can Only Indicate Driver Overload

We had the opportunity recently to browse through the owner’s manual of a high-end European model SUV. As is our duty, we scanned the segment listing the various warning lights and indicators that may reside on the car’s instrument panel. We were frankly floored. For many years an Asian model SUV held the record (as …

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U.S. Cars Sold Overseas Leave Drivers in the Dark

Malibu console

Over the last several months we have been contacted by two drivers of U.S. cars sold and likely built overseas who could not find a back-up spot to drop the key fob in the event of the fob’s battery dying. Well, a good deal of sleuthing and a hunch resolved one of these cases. First, …

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