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Last Updated by: admin on 08 October 12 @ 03:30 PM EST

10 May 15 @ 12:33 AM

Hey! Citroën Fans -- Stop Reading This Page! -- Instead, Go to eBay Immediately

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Photo Credit: eBay seller

If you're a Citroën affectionado, or anyone that may be interested in adding a rare and one-of-a-kind car to your collection, now is a good time to be surfing eBay.

Read on for a summary, and some information about these cars from the CarCynic...


Posted by: admin on 10 May 15 @ 12:33 AM EST [Article Anchor]

26 March 15 @ 10:05 PM

Please Check your Zipper

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This is one of many articles related to automotive safety here on To find other articles, just search for "safety" using the search box on the left.

OK -- Stop what you are doing and check your zipper. (If you use a jacket, like shown, it can help to avoid being fired for indecency.) See all those little teeth things -- on both sides? They all go together one from one side then one from the other. Try it (This can be a fun exercise to do with a friend.) If the zipper doesn't do that properly we get -- a jam. Now pretend each little tooth was a car -- one of them yours. If there is a closed lane, or a reduction in the number of lanes, we must merge exactly the same way, or there will be -- a jam. Here is an article on arstechnica which includes a video from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. You may think that it is rude to wait until nearly the last minute to attempt to force your way in. It turns out that a zipper merge (or late merge) is actually the most effecive way to keep everybody moving. What if it's not your lane that's blocked? Think it's not your problem? By slowing to make room, and even stopping to force the zipper, you'll actually get through the jam faster. When you are not near the merge point, keep it tight (pay attention to your following distance) and again -- to the limit that it is safe to do so -- force the zipper. Only the clueless will think you are being mean.

You (should have) learned how to zip your zipper when you were just a few years old. If drivers would learn to zipper their mergers, we would have a significant reduction in the time spent in traffic.

Posted by: carcynic on 26 March 15 @ 10:05 PM EST

29 November 14 @ 09:29 PM

What's a Citroën BX TS? I Don't Know, but there is one For Sale on eBay

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Photo from eBay. Credit: Seller.

Update: This vehicle has been listed again on eBay. This article has been updated including additional information from the seller. May 2015.

Here's something really interesting that recently popped up on eBay: A 1989 Citroën BX "TS". Since the CarCynic wouldn't mind adding a BX to his collection, I was immediately interested, and started my research.

The term "TS" wasn't familiar to me despite the fact that I think I know pretty much about most Citroën models, especially the classic ones. Sure enough, There is nothing about a BX TS on the Citroën BX Wikipedia Page, or on

Further Googl'ing got a few hits - mostly in Spanish (That is significant, as we will see), but there were also articles that said a Citroen BX TS never existed.


Posted by: carcynic on 29 November 14 @ 09:29 PM EST [Article Anchor]

24 November 14 @ 07:28 PM

10 Warning Signs that Your Car may be Getting You in Financial Trouble

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An automobile is an excellent vehicle to drive you straight into the poor house. Here's 10 Warning Signs that your car may be getting you in financial trouble.

1. You lost your job because your car broke down. You can't afford to get your car fixed because you lost your job. (and you do not know how, or have the tools to fix it yourself).

2. You stop by the wheel shop to make a payment on your 22 inch spinners on the way to the food bank.

3. You wrecked the rental they gave you while your car was in the bodyshop from your last wreck.

4. You had to run out of the tattoo parlor because your car was being repo'ed, causing the tatoo artist to leave the last 5 letters off your tattoo that is supposed to say "I Love Danielle".

5. You suddenly realize you are upside down in your car (as in - you owe more than it is worth) while you are upside down in your car (as in - you are hanging from the seatbelt, in a ditch.)

6. You can't afford the car with Traction Control because you are still paying the medical bills from the time you skidded off the road during a rain shower.

7. What the Pawn Shop will give you for your speaker box and amp is less than the fine you got for playing your car stereo too loud.

8. While performing your job as a police negotiator, the kindnapper shows you that you spent 15% over MSRP for your car.

9. Your yard full of cars that you bought to "fix up and sell" is designated as a Superfund sight.

10. You have spent more money in principal, interest, repairs, and extra insurance fees on your Hyundai Accent than the book value of a BMW M3 of the same year.

Posted by: carcynic on 24 November 14 @ 07:28 PM EST

19 September 14 @ 02:03 PM

Does Citroën have a Future in the WRC?

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As we near the end of the 2014 World Rally Championship season, many are asking what will become of Citroën's involvement in the 2015 season and beyond. Some recent comments by Citroën's new chairman Carlos Tavares' have certainly cast a dark shadow over at least the future of the Citroën DS3 World Rally Car. So what are the possibilities for Citroën's WRC future, if there is one at all?


Posted by: carcynic on 19 September 14 @ 02:03 PM EST [Article Anchor]

07 June 14 @ 01:02 AM

How did the CarCynic's Father know about the GM Ignition Switch Issue 45 Years Ago?

This is an article about Automotive Safety. To find other Safety Related articles, use this Canned Search

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45 Years ago, Cars didn't have Air Bags. American Cars didn't even have shoulder harnesses, and many Americans didn't wear the lap belt. It would be 10 years until the first NHTSB crash tests, and 15 years until the first US Seat Belt laws. The term "Blood Alcohol Level" didn't exist outside of a few medical research committees, and a "Breathalyser" would have been science fiction.

The Carcynic wasn't tall enough to see out a car windshield, and child car seats were largely unheard of. But in my Dad's smelly old Volvo, buckling up was mandatory -- No complaints, no questions, no discussions. So when one day my Father started a safety lecture even before we fastened our seat belts, I remembered it. It was 10 years before I would even get a "Learners Permit", but something compelled him that day to warn me about adding unnecessary objects (weight) to my future keychain. Perhaps another reason why I remember it was that I was just about eye-level with the ignition switch.


Posted by: carcynic on 07 June 14 @ 01:02 AM EST [Article Anchor]

19 May 14 @ 06:49 PM Aerial Photography

The Carcynic's Aerial Photography Drones may be available to provide incredible, free aerial shots of your event or property:

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The Carcynic operates UAV's (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) in accordance with actual laws on the books at the time of the UAV operation (flight).
The Carcynic operates UAV's safely. Memos and Internal Letters are used as guidelines, but safety to people and property is the primary concern.
The flights mentioned or shown here are not UAV operations of the Carcynic's employer.
The Carcynic has received no compensation in any form for the flights/photographs shown above.
The Carcynic flies only for enjoyment.

Why is the Carcynic a safer Aerial Photographer?:

The Carcynic has 25 years of Aerospace Engineering Experience
The Carcynic has 30 years experience building and flying Unmanned Model Aircraft.
The Carcynic and the Carcynic's trained safety spotters have full scale (Real, manned Aircraft) flight training.
The Carcynic does not use store-bought "Go-Pro" "Action" Cameras. The Carcynic's Drones use cameras whose design and installation makes them suitable for in-flight use, While providing High-definition Video and/or Still photography.
The Carcynic does not use store-bought or toy quadcopters. The Carcynic uses hobby and professional components in his own multirotor designs.

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The Carcynic loves to talk about Drones!
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Flights cannot occur with in 3 miles of an active airport.

Posted by: carcynic on 19 May 14 @ 06:49 PM EST

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