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May.23.2008
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Even though I had served as online editor for more than six years at MotorTrend.com and have called myself a writer for at least 25, I originally found the idea of having my own blog a bit intimidating. In the time since I posted my first blog at that 'other' automotive website, I've become a lot...
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May.23.2008
I was standing in the airport security check line, trying to catch an early flight home from a recent road test of the 2008 Ford Focus in Seattle.   It had been a quick overnight trip, so I wanted to carry my small bags onto the plane, so I could buzz past the baggage conveyor at LAX and get...
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May.23.2008
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I'm typing this on an airplane on my way home to Los Angeles, marveling over where my travels have taken me during the last week: More than 8000 miles on three airlines (Northwest, American, Frontier), six different airports (Los Angeles 4x, Chicago Midway 2x, Las Vegas McCarren, Denver 2x, Chicago...
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May.23.2008
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The first rains of winter have arrived to the Los Angeles area. While many of you might laugh at this announcement because you may have been living with seasonal rain and snow for several weeks already, this is actually a monumental day for So-Cal drivers. And for me, especially; it is practically...
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May.23.2008
I love driving a manual transmission. My current vehicle, a 1998 Honda Accord, has racked up nearly 145,000 miles on the original clutch, and it’s still going strong. Almost every car I’ve ever owned was a manual, except for the beautiful classic 1968 Ford Mustang I owned in college. All said, I...
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May.23.2008
At the moment I was given a sneak peek at Ford's sporty Verve concept, I knew it was love at first sight. Here before my eyes was a sleek sedan. It was sexy, shapely, sporty. It looked fast and it had four doors. It answered my motherly personal need for the function of a four-door with the price...
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May.23.2008
It doesn’t matter whether the kids are 5, 10 or 15 years old; if you put more than two of them together in any sedan for more than just a few minutes, be prepared for the discordance of sibling complaints. An anything-but-pleasant opera highlighted by the all-too-familiar chorus of “Moooom, he...
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May.23.2008
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From the moment the Hummer’s roof banged against the height-restriction bar stretched across the exit of my parking structure, I knew my initial concerns about the size of the H2 were just the tip of the iceberg. It didn’t bump the pole on the way up the ramp! That scrape, and the sign on the gate...
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May.23.2008
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There are no two ways about it: The Cadillac CTS is a gorgeous car, and you will feel gorgeous when you drive it. It doesn’t matter if your blouse is spotted with spit-up and you have dark circles under your eyes from late-night feedings, when you sit behind the wheel of this incredible sedan, you...
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