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Idle Discussion: Warm It up or Start It and Drive It?
Idle Discussion: Warm It up or Start It and Drive It?

Everyone seems to have their opinion about letting a car's engine idle to warm up in cold weather. I wondered about the facts, and tried to track some down on the web. Here are some thoughts based on what I already knew, and what I learned during my search. Why let your engine idle? 1...Read More»

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SRX-y New Crossover From Cadillac

The all-new 2010 SRX has been downsized and uscaled and designed to be a real world luxury car for those who want the security and heft of a SUV along with the athletic handling and luxury conveniences of a 4-door sedan. The walkaround revealed a deep, rich cherry red clearcoat finish, punctuated...Read More»

2010 Dodge Viper
Dodge Viper STR-10 ACR-X Coming To a Track Near You

Dodge is taking an opportunity before bidding farewell to the bad boy fave to make a lighter, tighter, meaner, and not quite street legal Viper.   The Viper STR-10 ACR-X is based on the already scary quick Dodge Viper, but with some significant differences:   First of all, there is about 160...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius 5dr HB II (Natl) Open Doors
Top Story for 2009: Toyota Overtakes GM as Number One in Sales

Although most end-of-year/end-of-decade stories focus on the 10 or so top stories that have marked the decade, this one is going to focus on the six top seven or eight bombshells of he automotive world in the last decade. Looking back only a couple of years, we come to what has to be the real...Read More»

2010 Honda Dog Friendly Element
Weeklong Test: Honda Element 4WD EX With Dog Friendly Package

The notion of family is a funny thing. It can be a husband and wife with their 2.3 children just as easily as it can be an out and proud gay man and his 6 year old, recently adopted Boxer dog named Daisy Mae. So to honor the health and well being of the often times overlooked canine family member...Read More»

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe FWD 4-door Auto SE Angular Rear Exterior View
DR. Gizmo Part IV

"Dr. Gizmo" By Phil Arendt Mechanical Problem Raises Engine Idle Speed Question 1 My 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe with a 6-cylinder engine has a high idle and the check engine light is on. I took the vehicle to my local mechanic who replaced the throttle position part. The car ran better after the repair...Read More»

2010 Lexus RX 350
2010 Lexus RX 350 - Soft, Squishy, Safe and High

Ok, let me say this upfront -- I am not a huge fan of the SUV/crossover category. I prefer a different type of vehicle and one that differs from the Lexus philosophy of driver involvement. Which is to say somewhere between clobbered into a comatose state and numbed out with a double dose of...Read More»

2005 Chevrolet Blazer 2-door Open Doors
Can Cellphones Cause Car Fires, You Bet They Can

You want to know what a shame is? It's a shame when an editor of a major online automotive ezine or Blog comes out halfway for an issue and then almost as quickly when the pr people of the fuel industry rear their heads, the editor falls back to accepted orthodoxy because it's easier not to rock...Read More»

2009 Dodge Avenger 4-door Sedan R/T *Ltd Avail* Angular Front Exterior View
2009 Dodge Avenger- Road Trip -498 Miles

                               Somewhere eastbound just outside Concord, California, I knew the fate of the Dodge Avenger. It made me feel uneasy. I wanted to like the car. It ran well enough. The air conditioning blew some cool air, but it seemed to make the little...Read More»

2012 Tesla Model S prototype
Tesla Motors and the Model S Prepare To Take on the World

When electric car company Tesla Motors officially arrived on the scene in March of 2008, their first offering, the Roadster, definitively put to rest the long held notion that electric cars cant make your pulse race.  Since its debut the six figure carbon fiber bullet has been busy dismantling the...Read More»

2010 Pontiac G6 w/1SA
General Motors Plans 'Fire Sale' To Move Final Saturns, Pontiacs

With the first of the year just around the corner, General Motors is making preparations to find buyers for the last of its Saturn and Pontiac models. It is planning a fire sale with an interesting twist. Normally, new cars are sold to their first buyers on what is known as a CO or Certificate of...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen’s Future: Das Old GM

In 2009 General Motors went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Upon coming out the other side, Pontiac was dead, Saturn was up for sale, Saab was for sale, and Hummer was practically already sold. GM had lost, killed, or abandoned four of its eight brands sold in North America. While fans of these brands...Read More»

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Numbers, Numbers – What Makes Cars Feel Faster

Anyone who has been around the block quickly knows that there is a world of difference between speed on paper and speed behind the wheel.  But why is that, and are there any legitimate shortcuts for the thrill seeker in all of us?   It turns out that the first problem is one of omission. Take...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Genesis 4-door Sedan 4.6L V8 Side Exterior View
2010 Hyundai Genesis: A V-6 Gem

Not long ago, the name Hyundai was to luxury cars what plastic roses are to Valentine's Day.  The Korean brand didn't generate motoring passion. That's changed.  Like its mid-size Azera sedan, Hyundai's latest car shows that its designers, engineers and suppliers whip up a convincing alternatives...Read More»

2010 Cadillac CTS-V
Five Fun Sedans for TALL Drivers

If you're tall, you already know people like us don't fit in things as well as average sized people do. Cars are too small, clothes are too short, doorways are too low, flying is miserable, and beds can't hold us.  How tall are we talking about... 6'0"... 6'3"? How about 6'9"? That's right, I'm...Read More»

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Live, Love, Laugh, Race!

I live to race. I love the smell of burning rubber, racing fuel, and concession stand food. My past was certainly nowhere near as exciting as my new life--I live to race. I power a voluptuous flat-black rat '72 Beetle around the track, just as fifteen other cars do each Saturday night, to the sound...Read More»

2009 Chrysler 300
The 2009 Chrysler 300C Heritage Edition Mixes Luxury

Chrysler's 300C full size sedan has been a favorite of citified tuners and improves all over the country since it first came to market. The rear-wheel-drive 300C is also loved for its elegance and for this sedans stylish and rakish exterior and luxurious interior. Even though the 300C is quite the...Read More»

2010 Toyota Tundra
2010 Toyota Tundra 4X4 Crewmax: New Competition For Ford And GM

The Toyota Tundra stays relatively unchanged for 2010. The biggest change comes with the all-new 4.6-liter i-Force V-8. It replaces the larger 276-horsepower, 4.7-liter V-8 with 313 pounds-feet of torque, but its stronger, lighter and more efficient. Since the rest of the Tundra remains about the...Read More»

2004 Volkswagen R32
Future Auction Stars - Cars You Should Start Collecting Now

Believe it or not you don't have to go back all that far to find something that is already commanding a premium and is becoming an instant classic. Sure, everyone knows that a 1963 Stingray or a 1966 Mustang fastback is a find. The funny thing is though, a lot of expensive collectors items were...Read More»

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