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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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"I heard gunfire, but I thought it was a car backfiring!" the witness cries out on camera to the news reporter. "You've probably never heard a car backfire in your life!" I yell at the television screen. And then I... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Almost 75 years later, Jeep's still got it going. It's rough, it's bouncy, it's choppy, and that is certainly not a criticism. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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There's an art to wringing more horsepower out of an engine, including using such items as turbochargers or free-flow exhaust. Find out more in my Driving Force column in Metro. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The truck-torque-tow wars are in full swing, and this time around it's Ford's Super Duty. Go to the biggest, and you can essentially drive the equivalent of half a tractor trailer. Find out more in my story over at the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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There are things you should do, before and during delivery, to protect yourself when you're buying a used car ... even if it's from a dealer. Find out what they are in my story over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Turbocharged engine and two fewer doors? Check and check, so let's take this car for a spin over at Autofocus! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's a very exciting time to be a truck fan, as the manufacturers are constantly updating their vehicles to keep an edge in this white-hot market. Find out what GM has done with its trucks in my review over at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Ever heard the phrase, "What's the worst that can happen?" Well, when you're driving, that could include a crash, a fire, a flat tire, or your brakes failing. If you're not sure what to do in these emergencies, check out... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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In many cases, your car is "telling" you it needs repair, but you need to know how to speak its language. Come and see some common symptoms, and what you need to do when they show up, over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The Transit Connect essentially kick-started the compact work van segment, and now there's a new one that's even better than the original. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Manufacturers generally bring out a new model, and then "refresh" it after a couple of years ... but it's a far bigger job than you might think. Find out more in my Driving Force column in Metro. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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"We're bringing 26 cars out of the museum," said Dodge on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. "Would you like to come?" "I'd love to see them," I said. "Oh, no," Dodge said. "You get to drive them." So go... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's redesigned, it has a great new turbocharged engine, and it's nice to drive. But is there $28,000-plus in a compact hatch? Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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... and not every car model started out the way it ended up. Find out how ten automakers switched lanes in my photo gallery over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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They've fallen out of favor with a lot of buyers, who have moved over to crossovers or SUVs, but you still can't beat them for moving people and cargo. Read my review of the Honda Odyssey at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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That depends on a number of factors - what you're towing or hauling, what features you want, and what cab configuration works best for you. Read more in my story over at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's a car that puts you squarely in the lap of luxury, with performance to spare, but it's also unnecessarily complicated - and really, the self-driving thing is still just a gimmick. Find out more in my review over at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's the FJ Cruiser's last year, and it's going out in style, with a cool (but pricey) Trail Teams Edition. I found some mud and got it dirty - find out more over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Pen company Franklin-Christoph has branched off into paper and notebooks, using a proprietary paper that's made from sugar cane. I wrote about it in Pen World magazine - check it out! Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Pens and Paper
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Many reasons, including cost, infrastructure, and R&D budgets that have to stretch over so many different types. Find out more in my Driving Force column in Metro. Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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A new one was recently installed in my road, and it's...umm...interesting watching some people trying to figure them out. Find out just how they work in my piece over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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But for some, they're the perfect solution. Which leads me to a rant about the people who, whenever they heard the phrase "electric car," feel obligated to remind me that you can't get in one and drive across the country... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Call it the thrill of a lifetime. Dodge turns 100 years old this year, and to commemorate it, the company invited a very small group of journalists to the Meadowbrook estate in Michigan. It then pulled out 26 cars from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I don't think anyone was expecting Hyundai to hit a home run when it announced it would build a luxury, rear-wheel-drive sedan, but the Genesis was it. And now there's an all-new one for 2015. Find out more in my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Hyundai's smallest SUV competes in Canada's hottest segment, and it's a viable contender there. Find out why in my review over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca