2005

My Auto Show Memory: The 30th Tokyo Motor Show
My Auto Show Memory: The 30th Tokyo Motor Show

In 1993 I was living in Ichigao, Yokohama, and working for an IT company in Tokyo. One early morning commute, crammed into a carriage approaching 150 percent capacity, I spied advertisements for the 30th Tokyo Motor show. A few weeks later, tickets in hand, I stood outside the sprawling Makuhari...Read More»

2010 Ford Super Duty F-250 2WD Reg Cab 137" XL Angular Front Exterior View
New Shocks and Systems From Rancho Aim At Super Duty Trucks

Rancho has some new stuff out for serious off-roaders and for guys who just want to make their trucks a little better than stock. If you run hard through the woods or desert, Rancho's RS7000MT is designed with a high-pressure gas charge that's separate from the internal oil. This should make it...Read More»

2005 Pontiac Grand Am 2-door Coupe GT1 Open Doors
Lexus Goes Off-Road Racing

  Lexus has certainly proven its racing prowess in the Grand Am Series powering Chip Ganassi’s team to victory in the 2011 24 Hours of Daytona in January. Now the auto manufacturer announced that it will be the primary sponsor for an off-road racing team that campaigns one of its LX 570...Read More»

2006 Honda Element LX
A Valentine's Day Wish For The Family Sedan

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways..." I doubt that Elizabeth Barrett Browning had automobiles in mind when she wrote those words, especially since she died in 1861. But you would have to attribute the staying power of the car to nothing less than love, when you consider the relationship...Read More»

AutoTones app
Want Your Car To Sound Like A SuperCar? There's An App For That

Ever wished your Chevrolet Cavalier sounded like a supercar? Of course you have, and now it can. Like everything else in the world, there's an app for that. Created by Black Frog Industries, the AutoTones app is an engine sound simulator for your iPhone. The app is easy enough to use: choose the...Read More»

Artist Laurence Gartel's Tesla Roadster for Art Basel Miami 2010
Audi, Tesla Head To Miami With Very Different Takes On The Electric Car

Art festivals are big business these days, and they all take different forms. Some, like the ones in Venice, Sao Paolo, and New Orleans look like museum exhibitions splattered across entire cities. Others, like the one taking place in Miami this weekend, look like super-schmancy versions of you...Read More»

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Honesty On The Road Comes With A Pricetag

I can’t figure it out. Is the story on Syracuse.com about the inefficiency of a government bureaucracy or about honesty going wrong – the no good deed goes unpunished twist. A 2005 Jeep slid on a snow covered road and hit a guard rail on a state road in Mexico, New York. The damage was...Read More»

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0
Top Five Ford Mustang Commercials

Closing in on its fiftieth anniversary, the Ford Mustang has seen many improvements, including more power, better handling, advanced safety features and improved fuel economy. Yet, with all of these improvements, the Mustang has not strayed far from its origins. Over the years there have been...Read More»

2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue GX
Should I Buy A Car From A Dead Brand?

Their names are the road kill of the recession--HUMMER, Pontiac, Saturn, Mercury and Oldsmobile. Does their purchase represent opportunity or pitfall? After all, they have proven that their brands will not stand the test of time, but does that really matter? Buying a discontinued brand is like...Read More»

Wrecked Toyota Prius owned by Elizabeth James, photo by Ted James, from Houston Press
Drivers At Fault In So-Called Sudden Acceleration Toyotas, NHTSA Says

Despite ominous news reports of cars careening out of control, there's no substitute for data. And now it looks like many reported cases of so-called "sudden acceleration" in Toyotas are actually due to driver error. That's the preliminary conclusion coming from investigators at the National...Read More»

Dealer
Help! Doug: Why Aren't "Too Good To Be True" Ads Illegal?

Q. The car dealer's TV ad promised $4,500 for anything I could "push, pull or drag" in. I made the trip, but it was "Too Good To Be True" and would've had to buy one of the cars on their lot with a really bloated price. Otherwise, they wouldn't give me squat for my old truck. Why can't "too good to...Read More»

Consumer Reports rates the Subaru Legacy
Help! Doug: Why The Discrepancy Of Subaru Engine Ratings By Consumer Reports?

Question: The April 2010 Consumer Reports' "Annual Auto Issue" gives the 2004 Subaru Legacy's four-cylinder engines the worst possible rating. I read this, but still had a mechanic look a 2004 Subaru Legacy over I might have purchased, except the mechanic told me: "It's got Subaru's classic head...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»

2009 Saturn Aura
2005-2010 Saturn Models Added To GM Certified Used Roster

General Motors has just added Saturn models from the 2005 through 2010 model years to its Certified Used Vehicles program. Although the brand is no more, and most Saturn showrooms have closed, you'll find the certified Saturn models wherever GM Certified Used Vehicles are on offer—that's at 3,400...Read More»

2010 Infiniti G37 Sedan
Infiniti May Add Front-Wheel Drive To Its Lineup

People buy luxury cars for a variety of reasons -- notably, the status, style, and comfort they provide. Performance is also important to many upscale buyers, and accordingly, luxury lots are full of rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles. Infiniti, however, insists that high-end shoppers...Read More»

Scott Brown
MA Senate Race Result Boosts Consumer Interest in GMC Canyon

Well, it's no strange thing for politics and election results to affect economic conditions and commerce in one way or another. In Massachusetts, however, the recent senatorial election to fill the vacant seat of the late Ted Kennedy seems to have sparked interest in the daily ride of the winning...Read More»

Airbags
NHTSA Investigates Ford F-150 Airbag Malfunction

Toyota is not the only truck maker with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) poking around in their business (see earlier post HERE on the recent Toyota Tundra recall). NHTSA has turned its investigative eye toward Ford in relation to reports of airbag malfunction in the F-150...Read More»

Did Scott Brown Ride Pickup to Victory in Massachusetts?

Close observers of the all-important race to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts may have noticed that a pickup truck was prominently involved in the campaign. Scott Brown, the Republican candidate who defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in a surprising upset, campaigned around the Bay...Read More»

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe FWD 4-door Auto SE Angular Rear Exterior View
DR. Gizmo Part IV

"Dr. Gizmo" By Phil Arendt Mechanical Problem Raises Engine Idle Speed Question 1 My 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe with a 6-cylinder engine has a high idle and the check engine light is on. I took the vehicle to my local mechanic who replaced the throttle position part. The car ran better after the repair...Read More»

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