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  1. We’ve survived 2019 and are a year away from a new decade. Here are a few things that happened in the past year: Elon Musk was in the news a lot as he revealed the Mad Max-inspired Tesla Cybertruck to gasps, started to dig a tunnel beneath Las Vegas, opened a factory in China to build Model 3s, and was found not to have defamed a British cave explorer by calling him a "pedo guy" when he was insulted. To the dismay of short-sellers, Tesla’s stock price recently hit an all-time high. In the world of politics, the Mueller report was released with lots of anticipation but not much else
  2. Finally, some good news out of Cadillac. The current batch of alphanumeric names is probably the worst in the business now that Lincoln abandoned theirs. EV is the future, BEV or otherwise. Our household is on our second EV, and next year we'll get our third. We're never going back to ICE.
  3. Cheers and Gears has a policy of no political talk on the boards, but it's impossible to do the traditional review of the year's significant events without mentioning some of the actions of the federal government that so permeate the news and our lives. Those who get their delicate sensibilities easily offended are urged to skip this post and go elsewhere, such as link. That said, here are some of the things that happened in our country: The deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history occurred in Parkland, Florida in February. Teenagers became vocal activists, in stark contrast to t
  4. Well, that was a fast year. Here are some of the things that happened in 2017: A new American President was sworn into office and found to be a truth-challenged, serial golfing narcissist whose primary goal appeared to be undoing all the achievements of his predecessor. His own crowning achievement was a windfall of wealth to corporate America and its officers at the expense of the lower and middle classes, future generations, and blue states. A series of hurricanes swept through the Gulf of Mexico and ravaged Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico, resulting in hundreds of billions of do
  5. 2016 was a year that almost everyone wants to forget. The election season that seemed to go on forever ended with the surprising election of a thin-skinned accused sexual predator demagogue and reality TV host to be 45th President of the United States. This extremely unpopular candidate had nearly 3 million fewer votes than the almost equally unpopular runner up. The Zika virus hysteria hit a fevered pitch. The Pokemon Go fad came and went. Transgender people using bathrooms consistent with their identities seemingly became the most important topic for legislatures across the count
  6. Congratulations on the job. You've come a long way since your angst-filled youth. Glad things are working out for you.
  7. Hey trinacriabob. Nice to see you stop by and give an update on your LaCrosse. W-bodies were decent cars but didn't have the best packaging. Good to see that yours has been reliable for the most part. Perhaps the 2018 Regal could be a contender if you decide to replace your LaCrosse.
  8. I wanted to buy an RX-8 when they first came out, but the dealers had $4,000 added dealer markup. I'm glad that I didn't end up with one of these oil-burners. As for the question, I might prefer the Camaro.
  9. The 1987 Brougham used the same grille design as the '81 deVille/Fleetwood with the infamous V8-6-4. The '87 had different front turn signal lenses with the Cadillac crest and cleaner-looking side moldings. The wire wheel covers were also slightly different. As for the question, I'd take the M3.
  10. Sorry to hear. It's a difficult decision to put a companion down. Dogs give much more than they ask for.
  11. The E-Class used to have a unique look. The C and S-Classes always looked similar. Now they all look the same, with that worn bar of soap look. I liked the 2003 to 2009 E-Class a lot, except for the weak V-6 engine. The outgoing E-Class did nothing for me. Benzes no longer have any appeal to me, except for maybe the Metris van.
  12. When I was at the L.A. auto show, I was surprised at the lack of attention that Chevrolet was giving the Malibu. It was just kind of there. The car itself seemed nice enough, with much better packaging than the outgoing model. However, if I were getting a new sedan now, I'd get an Accord, even though it's in its fourth year of this generation.
  13. At the beginning of the year, in the sports world, the New England Patriots were deemed cheaters with quarterback Tom Brady allegedly throwing underinflated balls in a playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts. Two weeks later the Super Bowl closed with perhaps the worst call in the history of the game by the losing Seahawks. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that denying same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk, was made a hero by some marriage traditionalists by refusing to do her job in issuing same-sex marriages licenses and was sent to jail for
  14. I bought myself a 2006 ION 3 sedan a year ago for $5,500 plus tax and license, and it had 52,000 miles on it. This car replaced my Prelude as the daily driver/beater, and I have put 8,000 miles on it (I still have my Silverado and IS300). I was actually searching for an ION because they are cheap and I like the plastic body panels. Some days I feel like a Sentra would have been a more substantial and less crude car, but for the most part, I like it and it's been trouble-free other than the driver's door window stopped going down (window actuators seem to be a common problem). Mileage isn't
  15. It looks like a mess in the pictures. I'll see it in person on Friday at the LA Auto Show and see if my opinion changes.

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