The General Motors Ride-and-Drive, 2011

July 9, 2011 David Zatz 0

The General Motors Ride-and-Drive has been making its way throughout the nation, to address the gap between their cars and public perception. In short, Chevrolets, Buicks, and GMCs are far better than most people think they are, and GM is out to prove it by letting you drive their cars […]

Chevrolet Cruze car review

2011-13 Chevrolet Cruze car review

June 9, 2011 David Zatz 0

The Chevrolet Cruze is a fascinating car. Taking a niche in the midsize realm, but competing against Corolla and Civic rather than Camry and such, the Cruze is a relatively large car that has nimble handling, an upscale interior, a delayed-reaction powertrain. The Cruze interior is considerably larger than that […]

GEM electric car

A GEM of an electric car

February 9, 2008 Terry Parkhurst 0

Electric cars have been called “the next big thing” many times in the past, thanks to their quiet motors, clean (nonexistent) exhaust, and the ubiquity of electric power in every other part of our lives. Remember how executives at General Motors, back in 1980, were predicting that by 1990, fully […]

White Zombie: electric-powered drag car

May 9, 2007 Terry Parkhurst 0

The White Zombie is a Datsun 1200 that turns 11.466-second elapsed times in the quarter mile with a trap speed of 114.08 miles-per-hour. And to cap it off, there are about 800 pound-feet of torque at zero rpm. How’s this possible? Well, it’s solely through electricity. It’s an electric-powered Datsun […]

Saturn Sky: driving a very fun car

October 9, 2006 David Zatz 0

The Saturn Sky was one of the most exciting new vehicles of its time, not because of its blazing speed (it’s not all that fast), its excellent cornering and road feel, or its technology; but because it provides some of the looks of the first-generation Dodge Viper in a cute, […]

dealer service bay

Avoiding dealer scams and unnecessary maintenance

July 8, 2006 David Zatz 1

Updated September 2018. Dealers have many ways of making money, and selling cars is just one of them. Today, with manufacturers making warranty work a “loss leader” and Internet sales squeezing price premiums, ripping off existing customers probably seems more attractive to even well-intentioned dealerships. Let’s start with the humble […]

Chevrolet SSR car review / test drive

October 9, 2005 David Zatz 0

Review Notes: 2005 Chevrolet SSR Automatic Unusual features Well-designed convertible hardtop; unusually well-done retro styling Above Average: Fun factor, instant acceleration from any speed Needs Work In: Daft cruise control, minor squeaks and rattles EPA gas mileage 17 city, 23 highway (automatic; manual is 16/26) but expect less   One of […]