2003

Volkswagen Takes Controlling Stake in Italdesign Giugiaro
Volkswagen Takes Controlling Stake in Italdesign Giugiaro

On Tuesday the Volkswagen Group announced, at a joint press conference with Italdesign Giugiaro, it will take a 90.1 percent stake in the Italian design firm, with the Giugiaro family owning the remaining shares.  With a history of successful cooperation between the two companies, creating...Read More»

2003 Toyota Sequoia
Recall Alert: 2003 Toyota Sequoia

Another day, another recall for beleaguered Toyota. This time it involves 50,000 2003 Toyota Sequoia SUVs, due to an issue with the anti-rollover software. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into complaints of unexplained sudden braking or slowing 16...Read More»

2003 Toyota Sequoia
Toyota Recalls Another SUV For Stability Control Issue

Toyota Motor Sales has announced a recall of about 50,000 Sequoia sport-utility vehicles from the 2003 model year for an issue with the electronic stability control system. An issue with the control unit's program logic could cause the stability control to activate at low speed (about 9 mph, Toyota...Read More»

2003 GMC Yukon Denali 4-door AWD Angular Front Exterior View
Six Million Chevy, GMC Trucks And SUVs Being Investigated For Possible Brake Failure

Earlier this week, Vik mentioned General Motors' plan to equip many GM models with brake-override systems, which will slow vehicles in the event of sudden acceleration. This is a preemptive move on GM's part, brought about partly by concerns associated with Toyota's ongoing recall. Unfortunately...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»

2003 Acura TL
Honda Adds 378,758 Cars To Its Airbag Recall

In November 2008, around the same time that Big Three automakers were making repeat visits to Washington to request federal support, Honda began having troubles of its own -- specifically, troubles with airbags in the 2001 Honda Accord and Honda Civic. The company immediately issued a recall for...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Passat
The 2010 VW Passat Comes Only One Way: Fully Loaded

At first glance you might look at the $27,195 MSRP for the 2010 VW Passat and suffer from a bit of sticker shock. But then you will notice something. This car isn't just well equipped it comes with most any toy you can imagine all as standard equipment (barring navigation). VW has even been nice...Read More»

2002 BMW X5-Series 4.6is
BMW X5 VS. Lexus RX300: 100K Mile Rematch

We added an X5 to the fleet of silver SUVs in our driveway this past week. As a 2002 model with 120,000 on the odometer, it does not show its age. The silver paint is still well preserved and the black leather and dark poplar trim show nary a sign of wear and tear. It came from a loving home, with...Read More»

2003 Dodge Intrepid SE
Review: 2003 Dodge Intrepid SE

It is a car this writer has loved to hate over the years; four to be exact. This was mandated more by the length of the payment book and less by owning the envy of German and American engineering. One warm June day in 2005, the untimely death of my 1995 GMC Sierra mandated a hasty decision to buy...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»

GM badge, 2006
GM Sheds Mark Of Excellence…Again

It seems that GM might be a little ashamed of being GM right now…or the automaker just wants to keep things on the low down. General Motors now has confirmed that it plans to stop using its corporate logo on its vehicles, so that it can promote its four core brands—Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick...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»

2004 Chevrolet Express 3500
Full-Size Vans: What You Need To Know To Arrive Safely

It's that time of the year again when church groups, summer camps, seasonal jobs, and corporate outings bring people not necessarily accustomed to full-size vans into them. While minivans are closely related mechanically to sedans and lower crossover vehicles and typically have top-notch safety...Read More»

2003 Pontiac Vibe
2003 Pontiac Vibe GT Will Live Longer Than My Pontiac Dealer

 Snarky person that I am, I must point out that the blogging software here at FamilyCarGuide.com won't be dropping the Pontiac brand. Long after GM drops that brand, I'll still be here talking about my 2003 Pontiac Vibe GT. My husband managed to snag a demo model from a dealership in Pontiac...Read More»

2003 Chevrolet Suburban LS
2003 Chevrolet Suburban Finds New Life As A Family Vehicle

My brother-in-law just bought a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban. Wow. Some of us responded the same way when I announced I was buying a minivan -- shock. He's not one for big vehicles, even though he's quite tall. You get the point... this is not the vehicle most people would peg him to drive. So, why on...Read More»

2008 Opel Insignia
Opel Insignia "Sport Tourer," Saab 9-X Air for Paris

GM is prepping the ground for its 100th anniversary celebration tomorrow by announcing two more vehicles that will make their debut at the Paris auto show next month. The first is a wagon version of the Opel Insignia sedan, shown this summer at the London auto show. The striking new wagon version...Read More»

2010 Audi RS 5
Spy Shots: 2010 Audi RS 5

TheCarConnection.com's spies have caught Audi engineers working on an RS 5 prototype in the California desert. The 2010 Audi RS 5's aggressively revised front fascia carries all of the menacing design traits of Audi's other RS models, but it looks particularly fetching on the already seductive A5...Read More»

2008 Volkswagen Rabbit
Volkswagen Looking for Cost Cuts on Next Rabbit

Volkswagen's been hammered by the sinking dollar for years--but the German automaker has a plan to spread its currency pain more evenly. Along with building a U.S. factory due to be announced last month, the automaker's trying to slash production costs for its next generation of vehicles, including...Read More»

VW Recalls Six Years of Passats

Passat owners, take notice: VW is recalling the mid-size model for potential problems with 1999-2005 versions. The recall of gasoline-powered Passats is voluntary, the German automaker says. Affected Passats with an automatic transmission may have an underbody heat shield, which could become...Read More»

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