Engine

The Choice Between An Electric Or A Belt Driven Cooling Fan
The Choice Between An Electric Or A Belt Driven Cooling Fan

Even in the water cooled engine, air flow plays an important role. The movement of air across the fins of the radiator is as essential as the movement of coolant through the tubes of the radiator. Without air flow the car would certainly overheat, which is the reason the radiator is mounted in the...Read More»

1997 Saturn SL
Buy Here Pay Here: A Tough Way To Buy A Car

It’s tough to have no money and need a car. Throw in a bad credit history and the chances of you having something to drive to work are like finding a '57 Chevy in an Amish barn. Your last resort may be a “Buy Here, Pay Here” (BHPH) car lot. Their practices are so suspect that the new Consumer...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Polo Sedan unveiled in Russia
New Volkswagen Polo Sedan: Built In Russia, For Russians

Russia is hard on cars. The cold weather, the large amount of salt used as a result of cold weather, and variety of street conditions wage a constant assualt on passenger vehicles. Volkswagen has fired back a salvo with the launch of the 2011 Volkswagen Polo Sedan, a car designed specifically for...Read More»

2011 Buick Regal
2011 Buick Regal Review: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love A Buick

Buick recently invited automotive writers to sample the 2011 Buick Regal on the roads surrounding San Diego, California. It was rather fitting that I traveled to the 2011 Buick Regal media event in San Diego on the day of the Lost finale. I have found a number of similarities between the two...Read More»

2011 Shelby GT350
Mustang Sales Lagging Camaro, Ad Blitz Coming

Sales of the 2010 Ford Mustang are trailing the 2010  Chevrolet Camaro by a significant margin through April. Ford sold 20,836 Mustangs, while Chevrolet sold 29,907 Camaros. The last time a Camaro outsold a Mustang was in 1985. Ford doesn’t want to see that record broken anytime soon, so they...Read More»

Fiat 500 Abarth
Give Me Some (Fiat) Panda Love

Many, many years ago, on a continent far, far away (Europe), I got a ride in a Fiat Panda, the original one, which I think had a rousing total of 45 horsepower, and possessed such poor build quality that it would have made  a vodka-soaked, Communist era Lada line worker recoil with socialist...Read More»

2006 GMC Canyon Crew Cab 126.0" WB 2WD SLE1 Angular Front Exterior View
GM Finally Considering Entering The Compact Pickup Market In The U.S.

According to sources leaking information to PickupTrucks.com, GM is considering entering the compact pickup truck market. The Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon twins are due for replacement, possibly in 2012. It’s unknown at this time if the rumored compact truck is a replacement for the...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Chrysler To Debut The New 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

With more than a year having passed since its unveiling, Chrysler has begun production of the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which will hit the market in a little while, with the first cars set to arrive at dealers in June. Although the general look of the car is similar to the previous generation...Read More»

Gas pump
Summer Driving Tips To Save At The Pump

As summer starts to creep into the end of May, the temperature is usually not the only thing to rise. For many, Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of summer, and with it, the summer travel season and higher prices at the pump.     Of course, one major factor as to whether you are heading...Read More»

1997 Oldsmobile 88
Valvoline's 300,000 Mile Engine Guarantee

Since March 1, 2010 Valvoline has been offering to guarantee your engine for up to 300,000 miles, if you “religiously” use their motor oil. The company's material is up front about the limitations that apply: A vehicle must have less than 125,000 miles on it, 18 months lead time between...Read More»

2011 Volvo S60
2011 Volvos To Keep An Eye On

2011 Volvo S60 The newly redesigned S60 is going to make a name for itself in the luxury mid-size sedan class. Boasting a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that can push out a strong 300 horsepower, it nearly demolishes its previous model, which was a five-cylinder producing a mere 208 horsepower. The...Read More»

Consumer Reports rates the Subaru Legacy
Help! Doug: Why The Discrepancy Of Subaru Engine Ratings By Consumer Reports?

Question: The April 2010 Consumer Reports' "Annual Auto Issue" gives the 2004 Subaru Legacy's four-cylinder engines the worst possible rating. I read this, but still had a mechanic look a 2004 Subaru Legacy over I might have purchased, except the mechanic told me: "It's got Subaru's classic head...Read More»

2010 Porsche Boxster Spyder
Porsche Boxster - Greatest Ad Ever? Maybe

I came across this older Porsche Boxster ad recently and thought to myself, this ad summarizes in under two minutes what makes Porsche cars some of the most desirable on the planet. It's about desire, passion and the perfect product. Watch this ad and tell me you weren't taken with the wonderful...Read More»

2010 Scion xD 5dr HB Man (Natl) Front Exterior View
Top Safety Features Of The Scion xD

Being one of the most affordable small cars in the automobile industry, one wouldn’t usually expect the Scion xD to have the bells and whistles that luxury vehicles have. But in terms of safety, Toyota, despite the recent scare, has ensured that its Scion xD will keep you safe in case of an...Read More»

2010 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2-door Coupe S Engine
Why 'Cheap' Oil Changes Aren't So Cheap

This Friday a customer brought me a car with the oil pressure light on. He had recently had an oil change done on the car by a local chain quick-lube shop. The car, a late model MINI Cooper, uses a cartridge filter that fits over a sleeve inside the oil filter housing cap. The quick-lube shop had...Read More»

Building the 2011 Bentley Mulsanne's V-8 Engine
Help! Doug, I'm Baffled Over Consumer Reports Reliability Ratings of Used Subaru Legacys - Part 1

Question: The 2010 Consumer Reports' April "Annual Auto Issue" gives 04 Legacy's 4 cylinder engines the worst possible rating. I still had my mechanic look at a 04 Legacy I considered purchasing and he found the "legendary head gasket problem". Reviewing CR again, I'm baffled by how the lousy...Read More»

2001 Plymouth Neon Highline
About Your Car's Gasket

The last time I had seen my friend’s son he had asked me about a car problem. So when we met again I inquired how it worked out. His reply was that the “gasket” was bad. When I probed further I could see that there was no interest in revisiting this car repair encounter. The car was fixed and...Read More»

2010 Buick Regal GS Concept
Making Buick Regal Again, It Ain't Easy

You know when you surf the web for good car news, you know, the stuff that gets your blood pumping when you see big, fat wheels, torque-melting power from a turbocharged engine, or sexy and graceful lines made from the finest metals mother earth has to offer, Buick is really not a name that leaps...Read More»

2010 Land Rover Range Rover
How GM Should Have Saved HUMMER

_How GM Should Have Saved HUMMER     I am saddened and angered by the demise of HUMMER. A uniquely American creation, HUMMER could have been SO much more than what it became.   I believe that the people who ran HUMMER got too caught up in striving to one-up Jeep. HUMMER wanted to be...Read More»

The Car Connection Daily Headlines
I agree to receive emails from the site. I can withdraw my consent at any time by unsubscribing.
Thank you! Please check your email for confirmation.