2001

Honda Expands Recall Of 2001-2003 Honda And Acura Vehicles
Honda Expands Recall Of 2001-2003 Honda And Acura Vehicles

Honda is widening its already-announced recall of certain 2001-2003 model year Honda and Acura vehicles over airbag fixes. The automaker says, in a statement, that the issue is that the affected driver’s airbag inflators “may deploy with too much pressure, which can cause the inflator...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Routan
Rebel Attack: Greenpeace Uses The Force Against Volkswagen

I blogged yesterday about VW trying to engage its fans in helping to make the next commercial in its series “Drive Until.” I found this to be a good approach to winning fans and more adherents to the VW brand. It’s a great way to interact with the VW buyers and keep the company...Read More»

2001 Buick Park Avenue Ultra
How To Avoid Buying A Bad Used Car

Bad used cars can turn what should be a happy occasion--fresh wheels in your driveway--into a nightmare. But buying a used car has all of the pitfalls of buying a new car, plus many of its own, not the least of which is inheriting someone else's problems. “Let your mechanic look it...Read More»

2002 Toyota Prius
Recall Alert: 2001 through 2003 Toyota Prius

Toyota’s recall woes continue, as the Japanese automaker issued a recall for a total of 106,000 Prius vehicles worldwide, 52,000 of which are in the United States. This recall, however, shows Toyota’s dedication to keeping their customers safe, as it was a voluntary recall, and not...Read More»

2001 Toyota Prius
2001-2003 Toyota Prius Recalled

With the floor-mat and sticky-throttle-pedal recalls in its rearview mirror, Toyota now is recalling the first-generation Prius for a problem with steering. Toyota says it's conducting the recall for about 52,000 Prius sedans sold in the U.S. in the 2001 to 2003 model years. Globally, the recall...Read More»

2001 Mercury Grand Marquis
The 5 Biggest Mistakes Used Car Buyers Make

Making a mistake buying a used car can cost you hundreds, even thousands of dollars more than necessary. That doesn’t take into account the added time and stress to make things right. When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I compiled a list of the most common mistakes my...Read More»

2001 Toyota Camry sedan
Selling Your Car On Craigslist: Be Honest

A friend of mine needed help selling her 2001 Toyota Camry on Craigslist. No wonder. The car was beaten up: someone side-swiped this sedan, breaking off the driver-side mirror, leaving scraped metal down the side. There were other cosmetic issues, including stained seats and torn-up fenders. The...Read More»

2008 Saturn Astra
Saturn Dealerships Proved Perfect Fit For Kia's Expansion

Over the past several years, around the U.S., Kia has really started hitting its stride. And while simply getting into any of its new vehicles—like the redesigned 2011 Kia Optima—will point out that it's no longer strictly a compromised, bargain-basement brand, nowhere is this more...Read More»

2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee
How To Avoid The Repair Run Around

Not everyone has a good way of selecting auto mechanics. And there's every reason to be suspicious of motive when you go into a repair shop without much knowledge on your car's problem--or much experience with the service department. How can you avoid the repair run-around? I'll walk you through an...Read More»

2010 Suzuki Swift
Suzuki Swift Delayed To 2012 Or Beyond

One of Suzuki's most intriguing new models—the all-new Swift hatchback—isn't arriving to U.S. dealerships this year after all. According to Automotive News, citing American Suzuki's head of product development and business Steve Younan, the product plans for the Swift were put on hold...Read More»

2001 Toyota RAV4
Transmission Woes Prompt Warranty Extension On Toyota RAV4 Models

Toyota has announced that it will provide an extended warranty on 2001-2003 model-year Toyota RAV4 models, according to the New York Times Wheels Blog, for an issue with the automatic transmission and electronic control module. The issue, which affects around 235,500 vehicles, can lead to a...Read More»

2011 Shelby GT500
Ford Mustang Timeline: The Good, The Bad, and The Muscly

The Ford Mustang is one of a handful of cars rightfully called icons. Since its first spin on a car-show turntable at the World's Fair in 1964, it's been the auto industry's standard measure of overnight success. And for at least some of its wild youth, it was the cautionary tale of what happens...Read More»

1997 Ford Mustang
Dr. Gizmo Solves Your Car Troubles: Pt. 5

Brakes Pull Hard To The Left Question 1 I have a 1965 Ford Mustang with a 289 V-8 engine, 4-speed manual transmission and original equipment drum brakes. Just prior to putting my baby away for the winter, the brakes were pulling to the left every time I stepped on the pedal. The car has only about...Read More»

2003 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan GLI
Volkwagen's 48 MPG Wonder: Jetta TDI Diesel Sedan

NEVER-ENDING EXPERIMENTATION The price of fuel has gone up way too much. In response to this: Ive written already about how to boost power in your car with a hydrogen generator. Ive told you how to use evaporated water-alcohol infusion (EWAI) to do this also. Ive shared my experience with mixing...Read More»

2010 Suzuki Swift
2010 Suzuki Swift? No…But The Feds Say So!

The next-generation version of the Suzuki Swift, due out next year, isn't quite a sure thing for the U.S. market; but we've been told it's been engineered this time with federal regulations in mind. If the 2011 Suzuki Swift does come to these shores, it would take on the growing segment of sporty...Read More»

1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Safety Group Points To Jeep Grand Cherokee Fire Concerns

On Friday, the Center for Auto Safety petitioned NHTSA to initiate a defect investigation that could potentially cover hundreds of thousands of Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs from model years 1993 through 2004. According to the group, on these older Grand Cherokee models, the plastic fuel tank actually...Read More»

2010 Suzuki Swift
Suzuki Swift And New XL7 Headed To U.S.

Suzuki’s lineup in the U.S. is looking a little thin now that its partnership with Daewoo is well and truly over, however, the Japanese automaker is planning a raft of new models in coming years, starting with the recently revealed 2010 SX4 SportBack set for launch later this year. In the next...Read More»

2001 Honda Accord Sdn EX
Honda Expands Airbag Recall For Accord, Civic, Acura TL

If you own a Honda Accord—and there are plenty of you out there, it being a longtime mid-size sedan favorite—there’s a small chance that your airbag might detonate with an unpleasant bonus: some shrapnel. In some isolated incidents in specific Hondas and Acuras made earlier this decade...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
The 2010 VW Jetta TDI Sportwagen

You say that you want a vehicle that is fuel efficient, inexpensive to operate, has a huge cargo area and is environmentally sound then might I recommend one that quite possibly might also never depreciate? For  years, VW has quietly imported small numbers of TDI models into the United States and...Read More»

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