Eric's Autos / Automotive

Eric's Autos: What Might That Leak Mean?

It's a little odd to think of it this way, but cars and people are both machines, with systems (circulatory, cooling, hydraulic) . . . and when either leak, it's cause for further investigation. * Black (or dark brown) drip - Usually, this is ...

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2014 Audi Q5 diesel

Slowly - finally - diesel engines are becoming available in the kinds of vehicles that really could use 'em : crossover SUVs. These vehicles are bought because they're roomy, versatile and useful. But their design layout also inclines them toward ...

Eric's Autos: If You Hear These Noises

If your car's engine starts making a "funny noise," should you be worried? It depends on the noise! Some noises are harbingers of real trouble. Others are usually nothing to worry about. Let's take a look at some examples of both kinds of noises:...

Eric's Autos: Quicker Sure, But What About Fun?

I know that the PDK automated manual in the Porsche 911 GT3 (and other PDK-equipped Porsches like the Cayman S I reviewed recently; see here) delivers quicker - and consistently quicker - acceleration; that it can mimic exactly the perfect shift...

Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2014 Buick Regal GS

When the Regal GS came out back in 2011 as a new 2012 model, it had two very un-Buick (but extremely cool for a Buick) features: A screamin' mimi turbocharged 270 horsepower 2.0 four (shared with the Saab 9-3, RIP) and - wait for it - a six speed...

Eric's Autos: Volt Double Down

The Volt electric car has been a fizzle for GM - and that's putting it kindly. Only a small handful have sold - and that's putting it euphemistically, given the massive subsidies that went into building it and the equally massive incentives ($7,...