Eric's Autos / Automotive

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2014 Mercedes E-Wagon

The E-Class Mercedes has - or can be ordered with - just about whatever you could possibly want. Just not always in the same model. If you want an E wagon, for example, you can order a death-dealing 577 hp twin-turbo V-8. But you're out of luck if...

Eric's Autos: Inside Baseball

Here are some things to know about new cars the car industry probably would prefer you didn't know. * It doesn't matter what brand you buy - Not nearly as much as it used to, that is. The trend toward homogeneity - especially within a given ...

Eric's Autos: Your Bike on Ethanol

It isn't pretty. I hadn't done more than minor adjustments and external cleaning of my '76 Kz900's carburetors in probably ten years. The bike only sees about 500 miles of road time in a year - and it sits for months sometimes over the winter. ...

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2014 Nissan Rogue

Pretty much every major automaker sells a compact crossover SUV. Some are front-wheel-drive, some all-wheel-drive, a few are rear-wheel-drive. You can get fours - and turbo fours. Diesels - and V-6s. A few even have manual transmissions. Some are ...

Eric's Autos: Revenue Collection in Reverse

It's not possible to do much about income taxes, or the taxes we're forced to pay on "our" property in order to maintain the fiction we - rather than the government - "own" it. These taxes eviscerate the "freedoms" which "the troops" are ...

Eric's Autos: Pork Products

There but for the grace of Mike Valentine go I, I thought. Yesterday was the first nice day we've had out here in The Woods in almost a week. So I took my '03 ZRX1200 out for a run. The pork to people ratio in The Woods is relatively favorable ...