2008

Veloster? How About A Hyundai Zuma, Kona, or Pi Instead?
Veloster? How About A Hyundai Zuma, Kona, or Pi Instead?

The 2012 Hyundai Veloster is coming to next month's 2011 Detroit auto show, and the Accent-based sports coupe has plenty of unusual features brewing for its world debut, with 2+1 doors, a dual-clutch gearbox and 40-mpg-plus fuel economy at the top of the list. It's also likely at this point that...Read More»

2008 Chrysler Town & Country
Chrysler, Dodge Minivans Recalled For Inadvertent Airbag Deployment

Chrysler last week initiated a safety-related recall of 367,350 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, all from the 2008 model year, for an issue with improper water drainage off the heating and air conditioning (HVAC) system in these vehicles. The issue, which is caused by...Read More»

2003 Pagani Zonda
TheCarConnection.com's Top 10 Cars with Angry Faces

This might come as a shock if you've spent the last 10 years behind the wheel of a cutesy Mazda Miata or a snuggly Volkswagen New Beetle and thought all cars were like rolling versions of Hello Kitty characters--warm, fuzzy, and somewhat squishable. Now, the wonders of science have studied how cars...Read More»

2008 Ford Taurus SEL
Buying From A Car Dealer: Getting The Most For Your Trade

The world of car sales—private sellers or at a dealership—is like the Wild West. It’s free-wheeling and whoever does the best job negotiating the terms of the deal, wins. It’s the unpredictable nature of the business that turns off many people to selling vehicles themselves...Read More»

2008 Aston Martin DBS
2007-2008 Aston Martin Models Recalled For Suspension Issue

Aston Martin dealerships might be a little busier over the next few months, as the British sports-car maker, which was long owned by Ford but sold to a Kuwaiti financial services company last year, moves to recall a total of 1,090 cars in the U.S. The recall includes 2007-2008 Aston Martin DB9...Read More»

2006 Ford F-250 Super Chief concept
Contrary To Reports, Lincoln Not Planning Luxury Pickup

Reports that Lincoln might be planning a luxury pickup based on the current Ford Super Duty dredged up memories of Blackwood and Mark LT, a pair of vehicles best forgotten. But fortunately for Ford/Lincoln fans and pickup purists everywhere, our source inside Ford says no such thing is happening...Read More»

2008 BMW 3-Series 328i
Ask TCC: What Should I Know About Buying A 2008 BMW 3-Series?

As you might imagine, we get a lot of questions about buying cars--both new and used. Our friend Scott Mowbray wrote: I'm looking at a 2008 BMW 328 or 335, with about 25,000 to 30,000 miles, from a dealer, warranty remaining one owner etc. Possibly with a six-speed standard transmission. Any...Read More»

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Ask TCC: Chevy Silverado or Jeep Grand Cherokee?

Each day, the editors here at High Gear Media get questions from car shoppers who want a direct opinion on what they should buy. We're always happy to give our hands-on experience out in the form of advice (though we're also keen on getting you to share your brains and to write for High Gear Media...Read More»

2008 GMC Yukon 2WD 4-door 1500 SLT w/4SA Angular Front Exterior View
Trade Your Car Or Sell Privately: Pros And Cons: Part VI

We’re looking at issues around selling your car privately or trading it in with a car dealer. It’s generally assumed you will get less if you trade. Yesterday we looked at the example of a more expensive SUV: a 2008 GMC Yukon 4-wheel drive with 40,000 miles. According to Kelly Blue Book...Read More»

2010 Dodge Grand Caravan
Dodge Caravan: The Ad That Made Me Have Kittens

Obviously any human who watches advertising has an opinion on what is good, what is bad and what is just plain out there. And where the automobile is concerned, the ads have to meet the target audiences' needs and desires, the ads have to be dead on and make you say either consciously or...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»

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer
Five Cars With Surprisingly High Insurance Costs

Get a more expensive car, and you might expect the insurance premium to be quite a bit higher.But that's not always true. Instead, the most expensive cars are often those models most often involved in accidents. Insurance companies know they're more likely to have to pay out a claim on cars that...Read More»

2010 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid 4WD Crew Cab 143.5" 3HB Front Exterior View
The Vacation Of Torque And Batteries

Taking vacation should never interfere with one’s love of the automobile, in fact it should enhance it by giving the vacationer--that is me in this case--ample opportunity to look at cars and think about their societal value and advertising value, and not to think about how the car ahead of me is...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Hyundai: The Next Two Years

Over the past two decades Hyundai has moved from being a manufacturer of budget cars with average quality to become a serious player in the auto industry with world class cars that equal or better more established brands in reliability, performance and price. Yes, Hyundai is definitely the brand...Read More»

2008 Lexus LS 600h L
Lexus Recalls 138,000 Cars—Including LS 600h—For Engine Defect

Lexus has announced that it will recall about 138,000 of its luxury sedans in the U.S.—including the 2008 model year of its flagship Lexus LS 600h L hybrid—due to a potential engine defect. In some 4.6- or 5.0-liter V-8 engines, along with some 3.5-liter engines, valve springs might be...Read More»

Continental ContiSportContact 5P tires
Car Advice: Shopping For Tires

When you go to the movies you wouldn’t think of going up to the cashier without knowing the title of the show you wanted to see. The same thing goes for buying tires. The first thing you should do is go to the sidewall of your tires and write down the size. The number is going to say something...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»

2008 Mercedes-Benz ML550
Frugal Shopper: Pricey Parts Can Push Ownership Costs Upward

The Yugo sure doesn't have a reputation for reliability or durability. But they sure are cheap to repair. Meanwhile, for several Mercedes-Benz AMG models, the cost of parts alone for routine maintenance could leave a much larger hole in your wallet than you might anticipate—even if can afford the...Read More»

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