2007

Video: VW Hitches Its Wagens To Film Buffs
Video: VW Hitches Its Wagens To Film Buffs

Chances are pretty good that you've seen When Harry Met Sally -- and even if you haven't, you've almost certainly witnessed that scene. You know: the one where Meg Whatshername shows Billy Whosit that women have an uncanny ability to lie? As it turns out, many people have been known to visit New...Read More»

2007 Honda Odyssey
2005-2007 Acura RL, Honda Odyssey Recalled For Brake Leaks

Honda will recall 470,000 vehicles in the U.S. due to an issue that could cause brake-fluid leaks—leading to the loss of braking power. In the affected vehicles—2005-2007 Honda Odyssey and Acura RL models—if any fluid other than the original brake fluid is used in the system, a...Read More»

2011 VW Jetta Review: Less is More

Jetting Coach Class    During the 1960s, VW plugged its iconic Beetle’s low price and conversely its “pound for pound” cost.  By weight, it claimed its price was “more than…any car.”  The ugly Bug’s most attractive figure: the window sticker’s bottom line.   For 2011, VW draws...Read More»

2010  Volkswagen Jetta
Rabbits Cause No Start Symptom At Airport

A diet that is rich in soy has many benefits – lowering bad cholesterol, preserving levels of the good kind, not to mention being rich in nutrients like protein, amino acids, fiber and calcium. So what has this got to do with cars? We’ll have to take a trip to the parking lots of Denver...Read More»

Argonne Lab's Green-Car Event: VW and Audi Diesels Clean Up

Argonne Laboratory's Green Car Event "A portfolio of alternative fuel choices" says Argonne National Laboratory's   researcher Forrest Jehlik, is what America needs.  With these options, he contends, our nation can wean itself from its ever-increasing use of foreign fuel. He argues that diesel...Read More»

2007 Honda Civic
Why You Should Consider A Certified Pre-owned (CPO) Vehicle

When my daughter informed me that her Toyota Matrix was too small for her growing family, I found myself extolling the virtues of certified pre-owned vehicles (CPO). I knew her budget didn’t warrant a new car, and didn’t want my daughter and her young family riding around in just any...Read More»

2006 Honda Civic Hybrid CVT Angular Front Exterior View
Trade Your Car Or Sell Privately: Pros And Cons: Part III

Car dealers serve a useful function, even though some can be a pain to deal with. One area of useful service that many car buyers are thankful for is the fact that dealers take trade-ins. This saves many car buyers the time, effort, and aggravation of trying to sell their old car on their own...Read More»

2005 Toyota Corolla CE
Feds Investigate Stalling Issue -- Could Affect 1.2 Million Toyotas

The possibility of another recall looms for Toyota, as the federal government has upgraded an investigation regarding stalling issues in 2005-2007 Toyota Corolla and Matrix models. The issue, the results of faulty engine control modules (ECM), can cause the engine to stall, fail to start, or react...Read More»

2010 Kia Rondo
Kia Rondo Discontinued: Rest In Peaceful Cabinosity

One of the most space-efficient vehicles on the market, the Kia Rondo, won't be back for 2011. So confirms Kia on its official U.S. website, where it uses the saying that "all good things must come to an end." Truthfully, you probably remember the weird, new-agey 'Rondoism' ad campaign—with...Read More»

2009 MAZDA3
Mazda Recalls 2007-2009 Mazda 3 And 5 Models

Mazda has announced a recall of almost 200,000 cars due to a problem with the steering. A defect in the power-steering systems of 2007-2009 Mazda 3 and Mazda 5 models could cause a sudden loss of steering assist, increasing the likelihood of a crash. The affected models were all built between April...Read More»

2009 MAZDA3
2007-2009 Mazda3, Mazda5 Recalled For Power-Steering Issue

Mazda is recalling 2007 through 2009 model-year Mazda3 and Mazda5 models for an issue with the power-steering system. The recall follows an investigation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), looking into power-steering system failures in the 2007-2009 Mazda3. Altogether...Read More»

Parts is Parts? Car Repair Tips

Avoid the Chinese-Made Torture Most cars will need repairs.   New car dealers, chain stores and independent shops provide service.  Overall, Consumer Reports' auto editor Jim Travers says repair shop satisfaction surveys reveal that independents score highest.  This varies widely by car...Read More»

Dodge Charger Police Car
Traffic Fatalities Up For Police Officers, Down For Everyone Else

Today's vehicles provide much better occupant protection than those of three decades ago. And we've also made tremendous progress in making our roads a bit safer, and in getting people to buckle up. But, in a puzzling twist it seems, law-enforcement officials are more often perishing in their...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
2011 Volkswagen Jetta Ad Pulled; Common Sense Goes With It

Sometimes, sadly, common sense goes right out the door and the greater good "saves" society.  This happened with a recent ad for the new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, called “Shoot the Gap.” Apparently 400 or so people were upset enough for a Facebook group to be created calling for the...Read More»

2007 Lexus LX 470
Recall Alert: Lexus LX 470

Another Toyota product has been subjected to a recall, although this time it's a make and model that is no longer on sale. It's the 2003-2007 Lexus LX 470. 39,000 LX 470s are being recalled due to a faulty steering shaft. Apparently, if the wheel is turned to full lock after too many shocks to the...Read More»

2006 Honda Civic Sedan
Car Dealer Tricks: The Independent Trade Value (Summary)

Car dealers have a bad reputation for good reason. After working as Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I liken the business to a shark tank where only the strongest survive. This leads to an approach where car dealers and their sales staff use tricks to get more money out of customers than...Read More»

Ford Th!nk Flags
Car Dealer Tricks: The Independent Trade Value (Part III)

Car dealers have a bad reputation for good reason. This series of articles is dedicated to a long list of tricks that car dealers use to get more money out of customers than they want to pay. As an ex-Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I saw first-hand how subtle some of these tactics can be...Read More»

2002 Chevrolet Impala LS
Car Dealer Tricks: The Independent Trade Value (Part II)

We’re looking at tricks that car dealers use to get more money out of customers than they want to pay. This compares to being upfront and transparent in their business dealings. Part II describes the specific trick of using a supposedly independent trade valuing source to buy a trade for less...Read More»

2007 Subaru Impreza 4-door H4 MT i Side Exterior View
Subaru Could Be In For An Extreme Makeover

Subarus are many things: sporty, reliable, fun to drive, and a favorite among tuners. But there's one thing Subarus aren't, at least by conventional standards: pretty. One man has been given the task of changing that. Since its U.S. launch in 1968, Subarus have been compared (unfavorably) to...Read More»

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