2009

Review: the 2010 Pontiac Vibe
Review: the 2010 Pontiac Vibe

Besides the more angled windshield and the beefier wheel arches the Pontiac Vibe hasn't changed from the previous model.  There really isn't anything that stands out on the exterior, although the look of the car is fine for a small affordable vehicle of this type.  The performance has...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»

2010 Chevrolet Traverse
Recall Alert: GM Recalls Nearly 250K Crossover SUVs

There's more recall news afoot, and this time it's General Motors in the news. The company has recalled 243,043 of its Lambda crossovers--Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Saturn Outlook--due to possible damage that could occur to the second-row seat belts when the seats are...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Traverse
Seatbelt Issue Prompts Recall Of GM Crossovers

General Motors is recalling several of its popular crossover utility vehicle models for a seatbelt issue. In short, it might result in a seatbelt that looks buckled sliding out of place just when you need it. The recall affects 243,403 vehicles, including 2009 and 2010 Chevrolet Traverse, Buick...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»

2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic 4-door Wagon Angular Front Exterior View
Consumer Groups Petition F.T.C. Over Rental Car Recalls

PETITION FOR INVESTIGATION AND LEGAL ACTION REGARDING PRACTICES OF ENTERPRISE HOLDINGS INC For Enterprise Rent-A-Car the affects of a $15 million settlement over the company’s rental of a recalled PT Cruiser simply won’t go away. The Houck sisters died when they lost control of their rental and...Read More»

2010 Cadillac Escalade
Cadillac Escalade A Beacon For Thieves, Says Insurance Data

If you plan to purchase a Cadillac Escalade, Ford F-250 Crew Cab, Infiniti G37, or Dodge Charger Hemi, you might want to check in with your insurance agent first. Why? Because these vehicles have the highest theft rates (from inside, or of the vehicle itself) of any models one to three years old...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»

2009 Cadillac Escalade
GM Recalls 1.5 Million Buicks, Cadillacs, Chevys, GMC, HUMMERs, Saturns For Fire Hazard

General Motors has issued a recall for over 1.5 million  cars, trucks, and SUVs from across seven GM brands and four model years. According to notices from the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicles in question feature a heated water fuel system (HWFS)...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»

2009 Toyota Corolla 4-door Sedan Auto S (Natl) Tail Light
Prevailing In A Real Life Car Repair Dispute

Patrick and Vanessa Ryan figuratively raised their window and yelled at their insurance company: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” But from the description of the extended repair as related at nj.com, it took a lot of persistence and perseverance to overcome multiple...Read More»

2002 Mercury Cougar Sport Premium
Have You Driven A Hideous Mercury Lately?

I read today that Ford may well be winding down Mercury a brand that once had a brand image, a car line and products that people once bought. And for the life of me, when I read that, I could not think of a single memorable Mercury car or commercial in the last decade. Sure there are some models...Read More»

2008 HUMMER H3 4WD 4-door SUV Alpha Front Exterior View
It's Really Over: Last HUMMER H3 Rolls Off Louisiana Line

It's really, finally over. Yesterday, the very last HUMMER H3 rolled off the production line in Shreveport, Louisiana, part of a special order for rental-car company Avis. After a lengthy and ultimately failed effort to sell the quintessential maker of sport-utility vehicles to a Chinese company...Read More»

Dealer - Sale
Frugal Shopper: Does It Make Sense To Buy A Used Rental Car?

If you're thinking about a late-model used car instead of a new one, the used cars on offer by major rental companies can be tempting. From a price standpoint, you're getting a nearly new vehicle that's been regularly checked over and maintained, for a bit less than a comparable used car would cost...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Tiguan FWD 4-door SE Front Exterior View
2009 Volkswagen Tiguan: An All-New Sporty Crossover

The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan SE ($28,875 as tested) is an all-new compact SUV that Volkswagen is releasing this year. The automaker calls it the GTI of crossovers, a good description based on my test drive. The Tiguan's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is the same one as the GTI and the...Read More»

2009 Toyota RAV4 FWD 4-door 4-cyl 4-Spd AT Sport (Natl) Front Exterior View
2009 Toyota RAV4 Four-Cylinder: No Longer The Baby Of The Family

The RAV4 Sport four-cylinder ($24,600 as tested) had a handling-tuned suspension and P235/55R18 tires on alloy wheels, plus fog lamps, a roof rack with cross bars, heated outside mirrors, color-keyed trim outside and unique charcoal fabric inside. Options expand to include a JBL premium stereo with...Read More»

2009 Toyota Prius
Recall Alert: Toyota Begins Floor-mat Fix

Toyota's recall problems began last fall with complaints of floor mats being tangled under accelerator pedals, a scenario which could lead to unintended acceleration. After telling owners to either use zip-ties as a temporary fix or to remove the floor mats altogether while it worked on a fix...Read More»

Screenshot from YouTube video "New GTR R35 crashes following Evo IX MR"
If Planning Insurance Fraud, Don't Upload Video to YouTube

Oh, those crazy kids. They do a little nighttime street racing on a mountain road. They manage to wreck their 2009 Nissan GT-R performance coupe. Then they file a seemingly inaccurate insurance claim saying the car was damaged in a collision on the I-10 freeway. There's just one little problem: A...Read More»

2008 HUMMER HX Concept - Jabonski
A Chevy Volt-Like H3--And H5--If HUMMER Lives

Raser Technologies remains interested in acquiring GM's HUMMER brand--and plans a new model range including extended-range electric HUMMER H3 models as well as a new compact H5 off-roader if it convinces the automaker to sell it the brand and associated factories and contracts for manufacturing. GM...Read More»

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