Paul Williams

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What’s the origin of the “boler” name?

Only a few years ago, you could pick up a vintage boler camper trailer for $1,500, maybe less. But over the past five years or so, interest in these diminutive Canadian-built, 40+ year old fiberglass trailers has soared to the point that $10,000 can be asked for an example in excellent condition. Why the demand? …

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2018 Chevrolet Volt: An Owner’s Perspective – Part 2

2018 Chevrolet Volt: An Owner’s Perspective – Part 1 With just over 5,000 kilometers on the odometer, I’ve owned my Satin Steel Metallic 2018 Chevrolet Volt for five months. And for four of those five months it has been cold. Very cold. So I will have relevant comments for those driving an electrified vehicle in …

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2018 Kia Rio 5-door — heating up the segment

Used car dealers must be having a tough time these days. Why? New car dealers, that’s why. What with their competitive pricing, easy financing, and long, comprehensive warranties, new car deals are more attractive than ever. But the kicker, I think, is the availability of sexy new features — like heated steering wheels and advanced …

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CanadianDriver.com – ran well when parked

Websites come and go, but there’s no website cemetery that I know of. Likewise, there’s no Website Hall of Fame. If there was, I reckon CanadianDriver should be in it. CanadianDriver was the brainchild of Grant Yoxon of Ottawa, Canada. He registered the name in 1998 as what was then called a “link list.” A …

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2018 Chevrolet Volt: An Owner’s Perspective – Part 1

After many years of test-driving cars and writing review articles for various Canadian media outlets, I’ve finally bought a new car. It’s a 2018 Chevrolet Volt, a model that’s interested me since its introduction in 2011, and even before that, actually, as a concept shown at the Detroit Auto Show in 2007. Then it was …

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Hi-Gear Engineering MGA Five-Speed Conversion – A Do It Yourself Adventure

Hi-Gear Engineering MGA Five-Speed Conversion – A Do It Yourself Adventure There is no oil in the gearbox! That’s the first thing I read upon receiving the four boxes that comprise Hi-Gear Engineering’s five-speed conversion for the MGA. Opening one of the boxes, I found the same message writ large: “THERE IS NO OIL IN …

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MGA Adventures

In 1955, the MG car company finally introduced its all-new sports car, the MGA. It replaced the vintage MG “T” series cars that dated back to the 1920s, and in doing so, belatedly left behind the era of the car as motorized carriage. The MGA, in contrast to the charming but primitive previous-generation MG TC, …

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Honda S2000: Future Classic!

Named for the year in which it was released, former Honda chief Hiroyuki Yoshino said the Honda S2000 represented “Honda leading the way in sports cars in the next millennium.” Well, not quite. As it turned out, the S2000 became more of a closing act than an opening salvo, as Honda’s attention turned toward more …

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2018 Mazda CX-3: Big fun in a small package

You get a lot standard in the 2018 Mazda CX-3. Large seven-inch display, wide-angle rearview camera, push-button start, air conditioning, internet capable radio, cruise control, and get this… a six-speed manual transmission! You don’t see many of those anymore. And you get Mazda’s new “G Vectoring Control” system. More on that later. The “base” GX …

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2018 Nissan Qashqai: Another Jumbo Shrimp from Nissan

It’s called a Qashqai. I know, another weird car name. Sorry, but nobody I met could remember it even after hearing the name a few times. Repeat after me… cash-kye! In the US they didn’t even bother. There it’s called the Nissan Rogue Sport. Ha! Okay, Nissan’s latest introduction to the Canadian marketplace, the Qashqai …

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