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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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It's been available on cars since 1951, and the hydraulic type of system used on those cars is still found today, but increasingly, automakers are switching over to electric power steering. Find out more in my "How It Works" column... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Look no more -- I've rounded up some pretty cool ones for the auto lover on your list. Find 'em over in my gallery at AutoTRADER. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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No one likes buying tires, but it's a necessity, and there are things you should know if you're going to get the right tire, and at the right price. Find out more in my story over at AutoTRADER. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Sport-utilities are among the most popular vehicles in Canada and the U.S., but it wasn't always that way. They started out as rough, tough workhorses, built on truck frames and with a ride to match. Find out how they evolved... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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A Jaguar sport-utility, and a diesel at that? Two things you might never have expected from the automaker, but the combination is pretty good ... save for some quirks that spoil some of the fun. Find out more in my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Canada currently allows a maximum of 10 per cent ethanol in fuel overall, but if a proposed amendment passes, it could go to 15 per cent. What does this mean for an older vehicle? Find out more in my story... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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But do you know all about wheels? Most people know there's a lot of technology in tires, but they don't think about the rims. Find out more in my "How It Works" column in the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Put a Legacy station wagon on steroids, and you've basically got the Subaru Outback. I like it because it has the practicality of an SUV, but without the exaggerated height and size. Find out more in my review at the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The company that made its mark with value is doing it again -- an all-wheel (rear-biased) sports sedan that can run with the big boys but costs far less. Find out more in my review at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's brutally fast, it's brutally expensive, and if your budget allows it, you want one. Find out more in my review at AutoTRADER. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Mazda's smallest sport-ute isn't a powerhouse, but among the new crop of compact crossovers, it's great fun to drive. Find out more in my review at AutoTRADER. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Once considered a science-fiction scenario, many cars are now able to keep their distance from the car in front, come to a complete stop and then start again in heavy traffic, warn if another car's alongside, and slam on the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's one of the world's largest automotive aftermarket trade shows, and that includes Canadian companies. There were quite a few of them looking for business at the show -- find out more in my story at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Love manual transmissions? Mazda is still one of the few mainstream automakers that puts one in every trim level of its volume-selling model, which in this case is the Mazda3. Find out more in my review at AutoTRADER. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's the biggest, craziest show in town, and it's strictly for trade to get products on the shelves -- but of course there are cool cars as well. Here's what caught my eye at SEMA for AutoTRADER. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It wasn't the first mass-produced car, and it wasn't the first built on an assembly line, but Ford's Model T ran with that all the way to the top. Find out more about what's possibly the most important vehicle ever... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Level 1, Level 2, Level 3: What are the differences? And why are there different levels? Find out more in my "How It Works" column at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Flat tires aren't fun, but there are some options, including run-flat and self-sealing tires. Each has its good and bad points, of course ... find out what they are in my story at AutoTRADER. Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I have old cars, so I went to what's believed to be the world's largest antique-auto flea market, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. And what did I buy? A pen! In addition to car items, vendors often have a few unrelated items on their tables. One fellow had a glass pen that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Pens and Paper
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It's not often people will ignore a Tesla to check out a minivan, but when I plugged in my Pacifica Hybrid, that's what they did. Find out more about this electrified people-mover in my review at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Drop the top, and you'll wonder how we ever thought a sunroof could be enough. Nissan's two-seater roadster provides lots of driving fun, but could look better inside for the price. Find out more in my review at the National... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Each year, as they have since 1955, antique auto vendors and enthusiasts come together at Hershey, Pennsylvania for what's believed to be the world's largest old-car swap meet. This year's was held the first week of October. Come see some... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Are the priciest ones better? Do you need them with all-wheel drive? Are two winter tires enough on a two-wheel-drive vehicle? And what about "all-weather" tires? Find out about these and more in my story at AutoTRADER. Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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As I've been doing for many years, I went to Hershey, Pennsylvania recently, home of what's believed to be the world's largest antique auto flea market. It's still huge, but not what it used to be, and that's almost entirely... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca