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Auto Review: A tale of three Mazdas

  • Written by Julie Boselly, Publisher

We had the opportunity to test out three different Mazdas. It felt like a Goldilocks story. Which one was “just right?”

If you’re set on a Mazda, deciding comes down to how much space do you need for you or your family, what will you use your vehicle for the most, and what’s your budget? The three models we tested were all Grand Touring, aka, top of the price chart models. Don’t fret, each has a base model with fewer bells and whistles and a price drop.

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Auto Review: 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited

  • Written by Jack Unruh & Julie Boselly

The Hyundai Elantra Limited is a small, peppy sedan that is seemingly built for commuting. It has a small, 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that sips gas like it’s a glass of wine. But, that doesn’t mean this car can’t get up and go. The Elantra is packing 147 horsepower, which brings it up to speed surprisingly fast. The 6-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic transmission is smooth, and quick, when accelerating.

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Classic Car Corner: Stranded

  • Written by Tom Berg, Windermere

Alas, if you own classic cars, you’re going to need to be towed now and then.  Thank goodness for AAA. In the last year I’ve been towed FOUR times. This time they told me was my last free tow and they were going to charge me a modest fee for any tows I may need the rest of the year. They aren’t making any money on me but I’m sure lots of people with new cars go years without needing AAA services so it must average out because they are still in business.

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Classic Car Corner: 1942 ‘Blackout’

  • Written by Tom Berg, Windermere

With my goal in mind of having fewer cars at the end of this year than the beginning, I recently sold my 1947 Studebaker M-5 pickup.

I really liked that truck due to its uniqueness and rarity, but it was hot-rodded up and I prefer original condition classics, so I let it go with the idea that maybe I’d find another one someday.

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Classic Car Corner: The Commando

  • Written by Tom Berg, Windermere

Several years ago I saw a really cool Jeepster Commando at the Big Rock car show in Duvall. I thought that I should have one. Well, I didn’t see any more and had somewhat forgotten about it until this spring when I got to drive one at the Mecum Auction in Seattle. It was a perfect restoration, was like brand new and sold for $26,000 plus 10 percent buyer’s premium — a little too nice and too pricey for me, plus I didn’t have a bidder card anyway.

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