Redneck or Resourceful?


I noticed this little car’s altered appearance as I exited the Wal-Mart in Fremont, Ohio today. Honestly, I am a sucker for popup headlights or those similar to the bug-eyed Sprite. So, these caught my eye and made me want to look closer.

As you can see in the picture, this may not have been a voluntary accessorizing of the car. Perhaps an accident removed the bumper cover and headlights? Whatever the case, is this a redneck or resourceful adaptation of the original look?


Offroading in a Buick Terraza


Have you ever wanted to drive the access road next to the railroad tracks? My job allows me to do that on occasion. But who would choose to use a Buick Terraza minivan for offroad driving? The dirt/gravel roads have plenty of craters available to navigate. Thankfully, the AWD Buick handled things well and there were no problems.

Ten Miles from the Dealership…

While waiting for my van to be repaired, I read a fun story about a couple who traded in their Cadillac for a Jaguar XK8 convertible. I couldn’t help smiling with understanding as I read their typical story.

Office Lens 20160421-172447“As we drove along on a country lane with the top down, Barb and I looked at each other and grinned. Last time we did this, we got married.

“This time we bought a Jaguar. … There was not warranty, but Dave Mueller, our salesman, said, ‘If any problems crop up in the next week or so, we will of course take care of them.’ And he was as good as his word.

“Ten miles from the dealership, a warning light appeared on the dash. ‘DSC System Fault.’ Oh-oh; now it starts, I thought. Dynamic Stability Control. I immediately called Dave, and he said, ‘Take it to the Jaguar dealer and we’ll pay for whatever it needs.’ Turned out it was a faulty steering position sensor ($495), instantly diagnosed and fixed the next day. Done, and no more problems since. Or ever again, I’m sure. The British car owner’s prayer.”

Peter Egan in “The Jaguar Solution” in Road & Track August 2012