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)”

Are the American auto manufacturers giving up on cars?


A few years ago, familiar American nameplates started to disappear, Plymouth, Mercury, Oldsmobile, Pontiac victims of overcapacity.    These models share most components with other corporate models.   Plymouth shared engines, suspensions with Chrysler and Dodge. Mercury with Ford and Lincoln.   Chevrolet, Buick shared parts with Oldsmobile and Pontiac. American manufactures have long struggled building fuelContinue reading “Are the American auto manufacturers giving up on cars?”

This is going to hurt, Volkswagen


By: Jamie Kitman/Automobile Magazine If one can call a battle with cancer a “personal Vietnam,” as writer and critic Susan Sontag once did, then maybe it is fair to term the lyin’-cheatin’-pollutin’ scandal that Volkswagen brought upon its house its personal nuclear holocaust. I mean, kaboom: VW’s loud proclamation that its new line of turbodieselContinue reading “This is going to hurt, Volkswagen”

The Worlds Most Important Car


By CityFella We’re the phone company, we don’t care we don’t have to!   Ernestine the Operator( Lily Tomlin) There was a time where there were three automobile companies in the North America. GM, Ford and Chrysler.  Yes there were smaller car companies and imports, for the most part if you bought a car inContinue reading “The Worlds Most Important Car”

Poor People Big Cars Rich People Small Cars


A couple of years ago,  I gave a home tour of San Francisco.   San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities to live in country. In the Seacliff  neighborhood the average listing price for a home is 7 million dollars . In front of many of these homes was  the Toyota Prius‘s.  People in theseContinue reading “Poor People Big Cars Rich People Small Cars”

BIG MAN RIDES: Mazda Miata (Wedging an XXXL into a Large)


Introduced in 1990 the Mazda Miata was an instant hit.   It  was a spot on interpretation of the 1960 British Roadsters and unlike the British cars it was reliable.    The small convertible has received worldwide acclaim. There are thousands of Miata Clubs worldwide. Unfortunately its days are numbered.  The Mazda isn’t  selling very many of the cars and being aContinue reading “BIG MAN RIDES: Mazda Miata (Wedging an XXXL into a Large)”

A Luxury Car that gets 45mpg, is the 2013 Lincoln MKZ for you?


When you think of Lincoln, you think  Towncar and Limos cars that whisk you away from airports or take you to posh events.  But never a car you would own. Buick and Cadillac has abandon grandpa, gone is the floaty numb cars of old.   The Lincoln Motor Company (new name) wants to change your perception onContinue reading “A Luxury Car that gets 45mpg, is the 2013 Lincoln MKZ for you?”

Panasonic closes plant: Anti Japan Protests sweeps China


Panasonic halted operations at three factories in China after angry protesters ransacked Japanese businesses over the weekend amid rising tensions over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Violence against Japanese companies was seen in Xi’an, Dongguan, Changsha and Guangzhou, according to local media reports. A Panasonic factory was set on fire and a Toyota dealership in QingdaoContinue reading “Panasonic closes plant: Anti Japan Protests sweeps China”

2013 Honda Accord: When yawn meets YAWN!


Subaru, Toyota and Honda builds the most reliable cars on the planet.  Loyal owners trade their Legacy’s, Camry‘s and Accords for other Legacy’s Camry’s and Accords. The Camry and the Accord has been the first and second best selling car in the US for a number years.  Last year, Nissan’s Altima  moved in the second place.  This yearContinue reading “2013 Honda Accord: When yawn meets YAWN!”