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Fuelly.com: online way to track your vehicle’s fuel efficiency

Fuelly.com: online way to track your vehicle’s fuel efficiency

I review Fuelly.com, a Web site that helps you track your car’s fuel economy. There are some really neat features and the Web site is easy to use, but there is always room for improvement.

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Meritline 12V to 5V USB Car Charger Review

Meritline 12V to 5V USB Car Charger Review

One of the things I hated the most about portable devices were all of the proprietary power jacks. Sometimes manufacturers will standardize on jacks — for example, Motorola-made mobile phones use all the same type unless it’s a Moto smart phone — but you still have a bunch of oddly-shaped adapters. A few years ago, […]

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The economics of fuel economy

The economics of fuel economy

My daily commute — about sixty miles — plus my entry about the Smart car yesterday led me to thinking about fuel prices and how they impact my bottom line. Gas going to four dollars a gallon doesn’t make a real difference in my commuting. certainly not to the point where I would move closer […]

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A miniature car in a big company?

A miniature car in a big company?

I walked out of my building at work about two weeks ago. I noticed that there was a bright yellow Smart ForTwo car in the visitors parking lot. I decided not to buy one after being one of the first people in Virginia that was awarded a reservation over a year ago. The ForTwo was […]

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I didn’t do the smart thing

I didn’t do the smart thing

I put a $99 deposit down on a smart car almost a year ago. At the time, I owned my motorcycle and a Mitsubishi Montero with about 140,000 miles on it. I thought the smart car would be good for zipping around town with another person, and for doodling up to DC when the weather […]

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ReadiVac 36104 12-Volt Wet/Dry Auto Vacuum review

ReadiVac 36104 12-Volt Wet/Dry Auto Vacuum review

An inexpensive little vacuum cleaner for your car with a few big problems.

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Bond: Deerslayer

Bond: Deerslayer

When Bond showed me his 2004 MINI Cooper S I liked it so much I bought one for myself. While I’m on car four since then, he’s kept his Coop in great shape. That is, until a deer decided to jump in front of his car on the interstate last weekend. Tags: mutant insects

Herculito takes first place
By September 25, 20077 Comments Read More →

Herculito takes first place

My uncle Nino, who has been living in Mexico for a few years, entered his modified Volkswagen Beetle in a car competition in Morelia, Mexico. Herculito (Little Hercules) competed against three hundred other cars and took first place. Here are the two pictures he sent along: Nino has always been into custom cars. He has […]

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Moving smartly along

Moving smartly along

To the delight of some and the lamentations of other Gibberish readers, I have put down a $99 reservation on a 451 model smart car. I received an email from smart on Monday, asking me to confirm my choices. The process took about three minutes, and featured what I believe to be final pricing. I […]

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2007 vs 2002 SmartCar Fourtwo comparison photos

2007 vs 2002 SmartCar Fourtwo comparison photos

A really neat photo set from GeekAustin has surfaced comparing the next-generation SmartCar Fourtwo to the original version. I put a $99 refundable deposit down on a Fourtwo about two months ago. The 2007 model is apparently a little bit wider. The front headlamp assembly has been redesigned. Much to the chagrin of those who […]

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