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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Aug 16, 2019. 14 comments

The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel's $36,890 Starting Price Undercuts Chevy And Ford

The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel's $36,890 Starting Price Undercuts Chevy And Ford
Truck YeahThe trucks are good!  

The EcoDiesel is back in the Ram 1500 for 2020, after some, uh, regulatory issues meant that the launch of the fifth-generation Ram pickup in 2019 featured only gasoline engines. Now we know how much it’ll cost: $36,890 for the base model, or the lowest among the Big Three’s full-size pickups.

You’ll have to tack on an additional $1,695 to that to account for...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Aug 15, 2019. 3 comments

Pearl Jam — 'Corduroy'

Pearl Jam — 'Corduroy'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

Pearl Jam is out of fashion these days, but I still return to Vitalogy every few months. Its peak is “Corduroy,” maybe the greatest breakup song of all time.

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Aug 15, 2019. 21 comments

The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Will Start At $59,995

The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Will Start At $59,995

Chevy said the mid-engine C8 Corvette would cost under $60,000 when the car launched, but didn’t reveal specifics. Now we know for sure. The 1LT base model will start at $59,995, Chevy said Thursday, with two other, more leather-y trims tacking on several thousand more.

Here are the prices and trims, per Chevy:

We’ve said previously that the only thing that matters about this car is price,...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Aug 14, 2019. 24 comments

Ford's Dual-Clutch Transmission Continues To Be A Disaster

Ford's Dual-Clutch Transmission Continues To Be A Disaster

Ford’s dual-clutch transmission, code-named DPS6 and used in its Fiesta and Focus, has been troubled for years . It’s the subject of a potential $4 billion lawsuit . It had Ford secretly telling dealers to fix it. Worse, Ford reportedly knew it was bad for years and failed to make fixes. Ford said today it would be extending warranties on some Fiestas and Focuses because of it, in what has...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Aug 12, 2019. 3 comments

Silver Jews — 'Smith And Jones Forever'

Silver Jews — 'Smith And Jones Forever'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

What a shame . I’ll probably never be able to fully articulate what David Berman meant to me, except to say he made me feel less alone. I never saw him in concert, even when I had the chance, because at some point I got to an age when I was finished learning too much...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Aug 08, 2019. 6 comments

The natural place for an S-10 is of course on the beach. 

The natural place for an S-10 is of course on the beach. 

The natural place for an S-10 is of course on the beach. 

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Aug 08, 2019. 5 comments

Silver Jews — 'Random Rules'

Silver Jews — 'Random Rules'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

RIP, sweet prince.

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Aug 07, 2019. 7 comments

The Greatest Try Ever Is What I Watch When Things Get To Be Too Much

The Greatest Try Ever Is What I Watch When Things Get To Be Too Much
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I can’t remember when, exactly, I first saw this clip from a rugby match played on January 27, 1973 between the Barbarians and New Zealand. Which is strange because I do remember the feeling quite distinctly, goosebumps rising as I watched a sport—rugby union—I only half-understood.

You don’t really...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Aug 06, 2019. 16 comments

Jaguar Knows Its Time Is Running Out

Jaguar Knows Its Time Is Running Out

There’s a new Land Rover Defender in the works , a new and electrified Jaguar XJ , and a new Range Rover. According to Autocar, there is also an all-electric version of the Range Rover coming, in addition to an all-electric Land Rover Discovery, said to be coming by 2025. Jaguar knows that it must change or die.

Autocar’s report is based on “company documents,” but Autocar being British, and...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Aug 05, 2019. 7 comments

R.E.M. — 'The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite'

R.E.M. — 'The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

This album I had on repeat for the duration of 1998.

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Aug 02, 2019.

Pink Floyd — 'Wish You Were Here'

Pink Floyd — 'Wish You Were Here'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

Still gets me every time. 

Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Aug 02, 2019. 1 comments

Here Are the Most and Least Stolen Cars in America

Here Are the Most and Least Stolen Cars in America

You may want to find an extra-secure place to park your Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat.

The list is put together by the Highway Loss Data Institute, an arm of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The HLDI derived its data from the insurance claims people filed for stolen vehicles.

Here are the lists:

Somewhat interestingly, the HLDI said that the Cadillac Escalade, which...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 31, 2019. 18 comments

The New Chevrolet Blazer Has Become a Punching Bag

The New Chevrolet Blazer Has Become a Punching Bag
The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?   

The new Chevrolet Blazer is under fire over where it’s built, Aston Martin’s stock is plunging, and BMW and Audi are skipping the Tokyo Motor Show. All this and more in The Morning Shift for Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

1st Gear: The Chevy Blazer Is Already a Headache for GM

The Chevy Blazer, the...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 30, 2019. 24 comments

Ohio's Long Battle Over Front License Plates Isn't Over Yet

Ohio's Long Battle Over Front License Plates Isn't Over Yet

Some states require front license plates, others don’t. Car enthusiasts say the cars look better without them. The police say they have captured violent criminals because of them. The state of Ohio is somehow still in the midst of this debate despite having passed legislation earlier this year abolishing the requirement.

That legislation was set to eliminate the requirement as of July 1,...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 29, 2019. 24 comments

The 2020 Subaru Outback Doesn't Break Any New Ground But It Doesn't Have To

The 2020 Subaru Outback Doesn't Break Any New Ground But It Doesn't Have To
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The 2020 Subaru Outback is the sixth generation of the Legacy-based version of the car. There’s a 260 horsepower turbocharged engine that’s available this time , and there’s a bigger screen in the middle. Otherwise, it’s mostly a collection of small refinements—perhaps wisely, Subaru didn’t go out of its way to try and fix...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 29, 2019. 1 comments

Smashing Pumpkins — 'For Martha'

Smashing Pumpkins — 'For Martha'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

People like to make fun of Billy Corgan, and he makes it very easy, but he also made a lot of good music. Musicians suffer from arrested development. It’s fine. 

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 23, 2019. 24 comments

This Is What We Should Be Doing With The Old Cars

This Is What We Should Be Doing With The Old Cars

“I like old cars,” you say to yourself, “you know, the classic ones. But how can ensure they will be around for the future?” Friend, you need some more electrification in your life.

That’s what Renault did recently with a car based on the 4L Plein Air, with lovely results. They call it the E-Plein Air. And I don’t even care that Renault doesn’t have plans to put this car into production,...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 18, 2019. 11 comments

Steering Is Important But So Is Not Mistaking the Throttle for the Brake

Steering Is Important But So Is Not Mistaking the Throttle for the Brake
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Hackensack, New Jersey, is built along the Hackensack River, which is hazardous to drive in, except with an amphibious vehicle, which you don’t own. The Mercedes ML is also, it turns out, not an amphibious vehicle.

Now, you may be tempted to be feeling rather smug about this. Only an idiot, you say, would confuse the...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 17, 2019. 24 comments

The UAW Has No Reason Not to Push for Everything

The UAW Has No Reason Not to Push for Everything

The UAW kind of sucks , but it is still a union, and therefore inherently good. They started negotiations this week for new contracts with the Big Three, ahead of their current contracts’ expirations in September. It wants the usual things—more pay, better job security, better benefits, etc.—but it’s also bargaining at a time when everyone is waiting for the other shoe to drop.

That shoe...

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Erik Shilling Erik Shilling Jul 17, 2019. 23 comments

Ford's Making a New Crossover to Take on the Subaru Outback: Report

Ford's Making a New Crossover to Take on the Subaru Outback: Report

Ford promised a lot of new vehicles after it said last year it was axing virtually its entire car lineup in the United States. One of those new vehicles, according to Autocar, is a crossover intended to compete directly with Subaru’s Outback, or something like the Focus Active, which the company had initially said it would still sell here before killing it too.

We’ve heard almost all of this...

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