Posts in category "Cars"

The Often Misguided Romance Of Your First Car

The Often Misguided Romance Of Your First Car
I’ve written extensively about my first car and am about to do it again but for us car guys this is “your first”. So all other cars will be judged against it and it’s usually the car you cut your teeth on mechanically and every other way. My first car was my late dad’s 1986... Read more »

Sunday is The Best Day on the Motorsports Calendar

Sunday is The Best Day on the Motorsports Calendar
This Sunday is a great day, not only is it my son’s birthday but it’s a day with not one, not two but three iconic auto races. The day starts out in picturesque Monaco with Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix. I don’t know if there is a better landscape and harder course on any surface... Read more »

Why I Love Buicks

Why I Love Buicks
So I mentioned last week I bought a vehicle, it’s a preowned Buick Enclave SUV, smooth riding, powerful and sweet ride but my love of Buicks is in the fiber of my being and is a life long love affair, let me explain. When I was born my father had a 1972 Buick Electra 225... Read more »
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What To Do When You Buy A Car

What To Do When You Buy A Car
So I recently bought my 10th car (yeah I’m a car guy), and every purchase is different but I’ve learned a lot in buying cars (good & bad), and use those experience the next time I’m buying a car. So for this one I had used two different apps to find cars (Cars.com & Car... Read more »

What To Do When Your Check Engine Light Comes On

What To Do When Your Check Engine Light Comes On
No one likes to see the check engine light come on (maybe unscrupulous mechanics do), and when it does please don’t ignore it. It could be as simple as your gas cap is loose or needs replacing or that you have serious engine issues. Many reputable shops will diagnose the check engine light for free,... Read more »

Boys And Their Love of Cars

One of the best parts of being a dad of a little boy (and there’s a lot of them), is I get to relive parts of my childhood AND do a lot of the things my late beloved father did for me. So recently I was thinking of some of my favorite toys growing up... Read more »
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What A Car Recall Notice Should Look Like

What A Car Recall Notice Should Look Like
So the other day I get a mailing from a local Chevrolet dealer (actually this is like the third mailing within a year), it was made to look like a recall notice but was about a car I haven’t owned in over 10 years. Seriously. The recall is legitimate, it’s the infamous ignition issue for... Read more »

The Legacy of Jim Mateja

The Legacy of Jim Mateja
As a writer there are people who have influenced you and folks you’d pay good money to read their stuff, even if it was the phone book. The late Roger Ebert was appointment reading (especially in a bad movie review), Walter Mosely has dialogue that I still cling to and Jim Mateja showed me what... Read more »

Shopping For The Family Truckster: Buick Enclave, Jeep Grand Cherokee & Tesla Model S

So this week I wanted to check on actual SUV’s in my search to replace our family truckster. The first vehicle was a 2014 Buick Enclave, essentially the model replacement for our GMC Envoy Denali. Now the Enclave is bigger, has three rows of seating and is more car like. When you drive it, you... Read more »
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Shopping for the Family Truckster: Full Sized American Cars

Shopping for the Family Truckster: Full Sized American Cars
So over the next few months I am in the process of researching, shopping and testing a replacement for our 2005 GMC Envoy Denali. Today I started with two SUV alternatives the 2014 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 2LZ and the 2014 Chrysler 300s. For me the Impala was a very familiar drive, I have 20 years... Read more »
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