2008

2008 Chrysler, Dodge Minivans: Recall Alert
2008 Chrysler, Dodge Minivans: Recall Alert

Chrysler is recalling nearly 300,000 2008 model year Chrysler Town & Country, Chrysler Grand Voyager, and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans to replace a potentially defective airbag module. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website lists the potential number of...Read More»

2007 Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet Impala Owners File Class-Action Lawsuit

In what’s sure to be a nightmare for the GM legal team, a class-action suit has been filed against General Motors involving 2007-2008 Chevrolet Impalas. The suit complains that GM knew about and fixed “rear-end problems” on Impala police versions for those model years, but not for...Read More»

2008 Chevrolet Impala
Chevy Impala Owners File Class Action Lawsuit Against GM

Do you own a 2007 or 2008 Chevrolet Impala? Have you gone through an alarmingly high number of rear tires since you’ve owned the car? If so, you may want to look into a class-action lawsuit filed against General Motors that alleges the automaker knowingly ignored problems with the rear...Read More»

2011 Ford Edge
It's Official: SUVs Are Safer Than Cars (Well, Mostly)

If you drive an SUV, you know that part of their allure is the feeling of safety they provide. Even compact SUVs can seem studier than their shorter, svelter car cousins. But studies haven't supported that impression of safety with facts -- until now. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has...Read More»

2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X
Jeep Wrangler In NHTSA Airbag Probe

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is looking into a potential defect with the airbag system on 2007 and 2008 model year Jeep Wranglers. Some 222,000 vehicles are affected by the investigation. The NHTSA has received 29 consumer complaints of airbag light illumination and/or...Read More»

2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer
April Sees Record High Used Car Prices

If Kelley Blue Book and Manheim Consulting are correct, used car prices are at an all-time high, favoring consumers looking to trade their existing car on a new model or even sell their used car in a private party transaction. In particular demand are late-model, fuel efficient cars, which...Read More»

2008 Toyota Highlander FWD 4-door Base (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Recall Watch: 2008 Toyota Highlander

Toyota has issued a recall for up to 307,848 2008 Toyota Highlanders and Highlander Hybrids. The recall documentation states that the two sensors in the side curtain airbag system, which detect rollover, can fail. If one sensor fails, an airbag warning light will illuminate and the roll detection...Read More»

2008 Toyota RAV4
Toyota Recalling Some RAV4, Highlander Models For Airbag Issue

Toyota has announced that it will recall some 2007 and 2008 RAV4 models, along with some 2008 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid models, to replace a potentially defective airbag sensor assembly. The issue concerns the vehicles' roll-sensing side-curtain airbag system; the failure of one of...Read More»

2008 Ford Escape Hybrid
Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Vehicles: Be Protected

Maybe it’s because I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer that friends and family are always asking me for help when they buy used cars. Most people only buy a handful of vehicles in a lifetime and for many it’s a nervous-making experience where they could use some help. I...Read More»

Rebecca Black - Friday
Rebecca Black, Eminem Giving Chrysler Extra (Blemished) Face Time?

Quick: Which music-video face do you most associate with Chrysler now: Eminem, or Rebecca Black? Chrysler no doubt would rather have you think of its Super Bowl commercial, starring Eminem, but it would be hard to find someone who logs any time connected and hasn't seen the cobbled-together music...Read More»

2008 Lincoln MKZ
Lincoln, Lexus, Jaguar – First, Second, Third in J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study

There’s good news, more good news, and a shade of concerning news for family car buyers in the results from the latest annual vehicle dependability survey from J.D. Power and Associates. Ford Motor Company’s Lincoln brand topped Toyota Motor Company’s Lexus division for the best...Read More»

2008 Lincoln MKZ
J.D. Power: Lexus, Lincoln—And Porsche 911—Found Most Trouble-Free

Looking back three years, Toyota has the most dependable vehicles, while Ford and GM again showed that many domestic-brand vehicles are far less trouble-prone than average. That's as measured by J.D. Power and Associates, as part of its annual Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), which tallies...Read More»

2006 Kia Optima LX
2006-2008 Kia Optima Recalled For Shift Cable Issue

Kia is recalling 70,115 Kia Optima models from the 2006 to 2008 model years, all with automatic transmissions, for an issue with the shift cable. The affected Optima models were made from September 29, 2005 through June 13, 2007, and have a shift cable that might have not been correctly installed...Read More»

2008 Ford Focus
The Choice Between New Or Rebuilt Auto Parts

Replacement parts in the car repair industry are available in two flavors- new and rebuilt. You should know how the rebuilt or remanufactured (reman) supply stream works, what parts on a car are usually good buys in the rebuilt version and the possible pitfalls. Understanding the rebuilt system is...Read More»

2009 Ford Escape
What Does It Cost To Trade Your Car With A Dealer?

The simplest way to dispose of a vehicle is to drive onto the sales lot of your local car dealership and proclaim, “I need another car and I’ve got a trade.” Chances are you’ll drive away a few hours later in your new vehicle, leaving behind your old car for the dealer to...Read More»

2009 Ford Taurus SE
Mistake #5 – Not Working as Hard On The Trade Value As The Selling Price

The Internet has changed how we buy cars. It’s no longer that unusual to buy a vehicle at the dealer’s invoice cost or below. This has resulted in a dealer’s profit margin being reduced from the glory days when margins were high and selling was easy. The Internet and the economic...Read More»

2007 Jeep Wrangler X
Jeep Owners Rally For A Recall, But NHTSA Says It's All Internet Hype

Auto recalls are a little like trips to the dentist: time-consuming, frustrating, and even though we know they're food for us, we'd rather avoid them. As such, it's a little unusual to find consumers hankering for a recall, but a growing contingent of Jeep owners are doing just that. The problem...Read More»

2008 Lexus IS 350 4-door Sport Sedan Auto Side Exterior View
Lexus GS and IS Involved in New Toyota Recall

Beleaguered Toyota can't seem to catch a break. The latest blow to the automaker comes in the form of a recall affecting some 245,000 Lexus GS and IS models sold here in the United States. Globally, the recall involves about 1.5 million vehicles. The reason for the recall: issues involving oil...Read More»

2008 Lexus IS 350
Huge New Toyota Recall Includes 245,000 Lexus GS, IS Sedans

It appears that the worst of Toyota's recall woes might not yet be past. The world's largest automaker confirmed plans today to recall nearly 1.7 million vehicles globally, for issues including oil leaks, faulty fuel pumps, and fuel lines. The number includes about 245,000 Lexus IS and GS models in...Read More»