Eric Peters

Eric Peters is an automotive columnist and author of Automotive Atrocities: The Cars You Love to Hate (Motor Books International) and a new book, Road Hogs.

Doomed: Honda S2000 (1999-2009, RIP)

 

Race cars make terrible street cars — but every now and then, one will be offered for sale to the general public. Usually, briefly. L-88 Corvettes with lumpy solid lifter cams and three Holley two barrel carbs. SD-421 Catalinas with acid-dipped frames. Cobra R Mustangs with Tremec five-speeds, no insulation or AC and radio delete. […]

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The Best Corvette Ever?

 

One reads that the latest Corvette is the best Corvette ever, but is it? It is certainly the best-performing Corvette ever. That can’t be debated. The numbers tell the tale. It accelerates more quickly, has the highest top speed, and can lap a track at a pace no previous Corvette could match. But do the […]

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Volvo Commits Sepukku

 

With gas cheaper than it has been in at least 50 years — strongly suggestive that there is plenty of it available and will be for some time to come — Volvo has announced its decision to build nothing but expensive plug-in hybrid and full-on electric cars beginning after the 2019 model year. Cue the […]

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Lincoln’s Comeback Continental

 

Comebacks are never easy — but they are doable. Ask Cadillac. Not so very long ago, GM’s luxury car division was on the mat, the count at seven or eight. Cadillac had lost its mojo, traded it for Metamucil. Its cars weren’t even gaudy anymore. Just old. Then an ether-fed cold start. Over the course […]

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Air Cooled Oddballs — Outlawed by Uncle

 

Cars used to be like motorcycles still are (for now). You could even buy them with air-cooled engines, just like you can still buy bikes with air-cooled engines. No radiator to leak or water pump to fail or hoses to burst and leave you stuck by the side of the road — and later, holding […]

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Utah Has Just Become Drier

 

The slippery slope argument gets mocked a lot — but here’s another case that proves the point: Utah has just done what thinking brains knew was inevitably coming. The state government has nearly halved the legal threshold defining what risibly continues to be called “drunk” driving (see here) from the iffy .08 BAC (Blood Alcohol […]

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Before You Go Old

 

Maybe you’ve been thinking about buying an older car as a way to avoid some of the hassles, expense — and Big Brother-ish — aspects of owning a new car. These are all-too-real. Especially the Big Brother-ish stuff, which is becoming insufferable as well as all-but-unavoidable. Good luck finding a new car without at least […]

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A Great Time to Buy Used… But Not Because They’re Cheap

 

You might want to buy a used car while they’re cheap — but not just because they’re cheap. And cheap they are. Because of unprecedented desperation tactics to sell new cars — including under-bid incentives, cash back offers, and “free money” loans at zero or nearly zero interest, which the car companies have had to […]

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Can You Hear Me Now?

 

It sounds good — and that’s the problem. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has proposed legislation that would make it perfectly legal to buy hearing aids over the counter. Great, right? The thing is it is already legal to buy them. Warren’s dishonestly titled bill — the Over The Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 — […]

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God Help the Speeder

 

Almost every new car I test drive — even the humblest hybrid — has a speedometer that reads to at least 120 mph. 140 is common; 160 not unusual. Some cars have speedometers that read to 180 or even 200 MPH. And some of those are capable of pegging them. Few ever do. It would […]

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