Auto Reliability ( Re think the wiz bang)


    All new could be all wrong if your buying a new car.  Buyers of the latest and greatest are more often than not, are  The unofficial guinea pigs for Automakers   If often takes a few years to get the bugs out of all new car.  Last week, Consumer Reports released their annual new-carContinue reading “Auto Reliability ( Re think the wiz bang)”

How do you turn on the Radio ?


Auto Infotainment systems problematic for renters and automakers  By:CityFella For decades, the left knob turned on the radio and the right knob changed the station. By the eighties automakers added a  power button. Well that was so 2007.  In many cars the power button and the knobs have been replaced with touchscreens and interfaces. You’ve EnteredContinue reading “How do you turn on the Radio ?”

BIG MAN RIDES: 2014 Fiat 500 L ” The Next Big Thing?”


500L Trekking Many shoppers looking for a roomy car might pass by the Fiat 500L.  A grievous error in my opinion. This 6.4 350 pound man found the Fiat to be one of the roomiest  cars on the planet.   Two days before my test drive, I drove a 2012 GMC Yukon, and I foundContinue reading “BIG MAN RIDES: 2014 Fiat 500 L ” The Next Big Thing?””

BIG MAN RIDES: 2014 Mazda 6 ( The return of the Zoom)


When a large company acquires a smaller company , the smaller company often suffers.   American Motors Corporation was the smallest manufacturer  in the US.   Chrysler bought AMC in 1987.  Chrysler wanted Jeep. Specifically the new Jeep Grand Cherokee that was in development. Chrysler rebadged the AMC cars into its new Eagle Division.  While the Jeep division was thriving, in 1999 Chrysler closed Eagle.  ThereContinue reading “BIG MAN RIDES: 2014 Mazda 6 ( The return of the Zoom)”

Spotted in Natomas: Its not a bird, not a plane, its a 1960 Comet!


The Comet was originally planned as an Edsel model. It was reassigned to Mercury dealerships after the demise of the Edsel brand, where it was marketed as a standalone product for 1960 and 1961 as the Comet. Developed concurrently with the Ford Falcon, early pre-production photographs of the sedan show a car remarkably close to the Comet thatContinue reading “Spotted in Natomas: Its not a bird, not a plane, its a 1960 Comet!”

Dodge Challenger: Will lightening Strike Twice?


There is something about the Pony(1) car for a lot of american males, particularly baby boomers.   Mustangs, Camaro’s and Firebirds, in our youth we walked by them on the way to school and said to ourselves one day……… Unlike, Corvettes, Porsche’s, the average working  guy could buy this car. The Pony car segment peaked by the late sixties, every AmericanContinue reading “Dodge Challenger: Will lightening Strike Twice?”

Lending shortage may turn Europe’s car sales descent into a debacle


German manufacturers like VW will be least affected by any financing problems. (VW)   Europeans plucky enough to ignore the crumbling economy and confident that their jobs are safe might find that a new car isn’t possible because banks won’t lend them any money. With Europe on the brink of a double-dip recession, forecasters areContinue reading “Lending shortage may turn Europe’s car sales descent into a debacle”

Chrysler? Chrysler! (Revisiting the Shotgun Marriage to Fiat)


My love affair with Chrysler began with the 1968 Dodge Charger  from its front end to its rear, its didn’t look like a GM or Ford, it was Mopar.   Of course some of my friends liked the square Roadrunner   the  corporate twin of the Dodge.   I was a Dodge kid until Chrysler introudced the Plymouth Superbird  sure Dodge had version called the Daytona, but they didn’tContinue reading “Chrysler? Chrysler! (Revisiting the Shotgun Marriage to Fiat)”

2011 Volkswagen Jetta (a step backward)


Sacramento’s  Average is $4.17 per gallon The Toyota Corolla was never an exciting car,it is very reliable, has good gas mileage and will safely get you from point A to point B.  The Corolla is the benchmark. For more than 30 years millions of people all over the world buy Corolla’a and replace them withContinue reading “2011 Volkswagen Jetta (a step backward)”