2007

The Volkswagen Bug Got Into Me; Will It Get Into You?
The Volkswagen Bug Got Into Me; Will It Get Into You?

You see them all over the road and driven by all types of people. The teenage girl in a Jetta, the aging hippie in a New Beetle, the family man in a Passat Estate, the Yuppie tech guru in his Golf diesel, and the tuner subculture rocking their GTIs with the sunroof vent popped, staring at you...Read More»

2011 Jetta Diesel SportWagen Revised: New Face, Great Space

Jetta TDI SportWagen:  Facelifted While the big news from VW this summer is the upcoming bigger yet more affordable Jetta sedan, a facelifted version of the not that old Jetta SportWagen rolled into showrooms late last year. From the front, this wagon has the latest Golf's grille.  The shiny...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
2011 VW Jetta: No Mo' Mojo?

VW, the brand and manufacturer that brought us the Beetle, the Golf, not to mention innovative and creative ads for decades, seems to be losing its mojo, at least in North America, and quite paradoxically as it's designing its best cars ever. How can I say this knowing VW is on a path to replace...Read More»

2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer
How Extended Warranties Work

Extended warranties are the automotive version of the hedge bet. You pay money up front so that if you experience some car failure down the road you won’t have to jeopardize your child’s college fund to replace the transmission in that 2007 Ford Explorer that you’re driving. That’s...Read More»

Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion (MkVI)
Top Five Volkswagen Music Ads

As I got off the train to go to work this morning, in my clouded head that so desperately needed strong, black coffee to make the synapses fire, and kick other bodily functions into top gear, I bemoaned the fact that there's so little good car advertising outdoors in most public places. What a...Read More»

2010 Chrysler Town & Country
Recall Alert: Chrysler to Recall 600,000 Vehicles

Chrysler has announced a major recall effort today. The recall covers five models which are suffering from various maladies. About 285,000 2008-2009 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan models are being recalled because of a short circuit in the electrical system that could start a...Read More»

Gas Gauge
Report: To Keep Safety, Performance, MPG Gains Come At A Price

If we want to keep our vehicles as safe as they are and don't want to sacrifice performance either, improving fuel economy will come at a substantial extra cost per vehicle. That's the predictable conclusion made by a new National Academy of Sciences report released this week. The study had been...Read More»

2010 VW Jetta TDI Cup Edition: Track Star?

VW sent a Jetta TDI Cup Edition to this year's Midwest Automotive Media Association's Spring Collection at Road America.  Nestled in Wisconsin's scenic kettle moraine, the storied RA is an ideal place to put the pedal to the metal and test the shapely mettle of sports-oriented automobiles. The...Read More»

2009 BMW M3
Help! My Check Engine Light Is On

If you own a reasonably late model vehicle, at some point you are going to experience the little yellow "check engine" light illuminating in your gauge cluster. Just as the book A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy notes: “Don't Panic.” While possible, it’s highly unlikely your car is going to...Read More»

2007 Dodge Caliber
2007 Dodge Caliber In New Sticky Accelerator Pedal Probe

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating yet another potential case of sticking accelerator pedals, this time in 2007 Dodge Caliber compacts. According to trade journal Automotive News, the NHTSA has received five complaints of accelerator pedals that stuck in the open...Read More»

Jacoby's boots as seen in Detroit
Stephan Jacoby's Boots: Mark Barnes Interview, VW's Stride for Success?

VW's Boot Camp:  A CEO and COO Stride for Success One coup after VW's 2010 NAIAS coupe debut: face time with VW's chief operating officer Mark Barnes.  I wanted to know what makes VWoA's new leadership tick.  News sources say the top member of VW American management team (Stephan Jacoby) has...Read More»

Tom Wolfsburg Edition Jetta: Caravella-Colored Steamlined Baby Revisited

Thomas Wolfsburg Edition Jetta? (VW's Caravella-Colored, Jetta-Streamlined, Fahrenheit Baby) Volkswagen's promotional models that are, well, special.  VW often calls them Wolfsburg Editions.  This year, the Jetta gets the Wolfsburg treatment:  a turbocharged 200 hp direct-injected engine, a...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe 2-door Man Angular Front Exterior View
Movie Star Gets A Facelift

Let’s play a game. I’ll give you ten facts about a car and you tell me the name and make of the car. Ready? Here we go. This car: Is one of the most popular cars of all time with over 22 million produced and a life span of over 75 years. Was the brainchild of, and named by, Adolph Hitler. Was...Read More»

2008 Honda Odyssey Touring
Brake Issue Prompts Recall Of 2007-2008 Honda Odyssey, Element

Honda is recalling about 412,000 vehicles—2007 and 2008 model-year Odyssey minivans and Element utility vehicles—for an issue in the braking system that can lead to an overly soft brake pedal. Fortunately, the issue is gradual and couldn't cause a sudden loss of braking. According to Honda, the...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»

2007 Jeep Commander 2WD 4-door Limited Angular Front Exterior View
Ask TCC: What's With the Seats in My 2007 Jeep Commander?

  The 2007 Jeep Commander can be one luxurious, well-equipped, and comfortable SUV. In our review of the current 2010 Commander, we praise its front seats for support and space. At least one owner we know is having problems with their Commander. TheCarConnection reader Bob Schumann wrote to Ask...Read More»

Natural Gas Hybrid Camry
Two Tales Of Texas Tell Different Stories About Big Oil

We all know that oil is a limited resource. We also know that America is hugely dependent on the stuff, and that much of it comes from foreign sources, which puts the U.S. in some awkward positions, politically, economically, and strategically. Most of us also know that emissions from gas-powered...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»

2007 Toyota Tacoma 4WD Double 128 V6 AT (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Toyota Investigates Tacoma Unintended Acceleration

Toyota Tacoma gets added to Toyota's list of vehicles being investigated regarding reports of unintended acceleration. The folks at Autoblog have reported that Toyota has added the Toyota Tacoma to the sizeable list of its vehicle models subject to investigations. Autoblog indicated that the...Read More»

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