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Help! My Check Engine Light Is On
Help! My Check Engine Light Is On

If you own a reasonably late model vehicle, at some point you are going to experience the little yellow "check engine" light illuminating in your gauge cluster. Just as the book A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy notes: “Don't Panic.” While possible, it’s highly unlikely your car is going to...Read More»

2003 Chrysler PT Turbo
How To Sell Your Car Online

There are more websites specializing in selling your car online sprouting up each day. Many are free. Some charge a fee. If you need to sell your vehicle quickly, where do you begin? As an former Internet manager for a major car dealer, I learned that unless you’re in a hurry or don't have to...Read More»

2005 Ford Explorer 4-door 114" WB 4.0L XLT Angular Front Exterior View
Buying a Certified Pre-owned Vehicle (CPO) – Part II

My daughter recently asked for help deciding which used SUV to buy. She was surprised when I recommended that she and her husband look at certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles at major dealerships. Her surprise resulted from my havingShe was surprised because I have written extensively on how to buy...Read More»

2010 Toyota Avalon
2010 Toyota Avalon: Smooth, Roomy, And Tranquil

When you get in Toyota's largest sedan, what stands out most is its smoothness and quiet ride. As I drove the Avalon it almost felt like I was floating on air, almost unaware of the dirt road leading up to my house. But it’s more than just a nice ride. It also delivers good acceleration and good...Read More»

Honda Odyssey Concept
Four Great Honda Ads: How Honda Goes Its Own Way

If you love car ads, and I do, you know that some brands stand out for their creativity more than others--and this creativity truly reflects the brand's image and core beliefs. I’m not talking about any special tag lines that some marketing hack in an Armani suit with an expensive watch, a lot of...Read More»

2010 Volvo XC60
2010 Volvo XC60: An All-New Crossover

The 2010 XC60 is an all new crossover from Volvo. It's their newest sport-utility with seating for five. The XC60 looks like a small XC90 and comes in one model in the U.S. called the T6 AWD ASR ($37,200 as tested). They're called crossovers because they drive more like a car, but with the...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»

Fiat 500 Abarth
2011 Fiat 500: Specs And Auto Insurance

If you don’t remember when Fiat hit the streets of the U.S. nearly a half century ago, frankly, you don’t want to. The response by North American drivers was one of disbelief by its cheap quality and unreliability. But due to the recent Chrysler merger, Fiat’s are supposed to be a...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»

First U.S. Ferrari 458 Italia auctioned for charity
Unlikely Car Ads: Buy A Ferrari, Get A Free Oil Change

I was recently watching the latest series of the Cadillac CTS television ads, and something about that luxury marque made me think. You know there are some things that an automotive-obsessed human is unlikely to see in a lifetime: a car ad that doesn't use the cliche of an upwardly mobile, under...Read More»

Buick LaCrosse four-cylinder drive
Favorite Luxury Features Of The Buick Lacrosse

In recent years, Buick has become a name to recognize in the luxury class, and the new 2010 Buick LaCrosse has allowed Buick to compete with some of the most respected names in the industry. While most individuals looking for a luxury sports sedan are finding themselves at dealerships test-driving...Read More»

Synergy Green Camaro
2010 Chevrolet Camaro: Where To Drive

Even without particularly looking for one on the road, when one passes by, it’s a moment of true excitement, thrill, and overall jealousy. After years of waiting for the reveal, Chevrolet released its 2010 Camaro, and no one would legitimately claim anything less than perfection. Most muscle...Read More»

2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara V6 AWD
2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara Is All About Improved Value

Suzuki’s 2010 Grand Vitara compact SUV is in a very crowded marketplace and needs to stand out to make its mark. To that end, Suzuki has gone to lengths to differentiate its offerings from those of its competition and did a mild facelift on the Grand Vitara last year that gives this machine a...Read More»

2010 Toyota Corolla 4-door Sedan Auto S (Natl) Engine
Monitoring The Fluids In Your Car

Fluids are what keep automotive components cool and lubricated and create vital pressure in the transmission. Brake fluid at the brake calipers causes the brake pads to press against the rotors to stop the car. By tracking down the source of the leak, you disclose the part that needs attention...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Tucson FWD 4-door I4 Auto Limited PZEV Angular Front Exterior View
2010 Hyundai Tucson Improved To Near Perfection

The 2010 Hyundai Tucson GLS compact crossover is one handsome machine, especially dressed in cotton white paint that shows off the explicitly curvaceous lines of its exterior. This is a redesigned model for the 2010 selling season and it’s so much nicer than the previous generation Tucson that...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Coupe 2-door I4 Auto EX-L Engine
Finding A Car Battery That Fits And Starts Your Car

BCI stands for Battery Council International. Now you can forget that bit of information because the industry just uses the term BCI when referring to a type of battery cataloging system for cars. What the BCI or battery group number allows you to do is to determine the length, width, height as...Read More»

2010 Toyota Camry
Identifying A Car Emergency

Many drivers never experience a car emergency in a lifetime of driving, so you might not know when one is actually happening. Let’s identify what constitutes an emergency, what categories they fall into and what to do when they occur. The definition of a car emergency is any condition that...Read More»

2010 Toyota Tundra
Why The 2010 Toyota Tundra Is The Construction Worker's Pickup Choice?

Although the Toyota Tundra has been criticized for a variety of flaws, construction workers swear by the vehicle. And although the stereotypical patriotic workers would rather drive an American automobile, the advantages of the Tundra simply outweigh the vehicle’s competitors. Due to the...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe: Big Things, Small Things, All Things

I just drove a new 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe and I have to say I was more impressed than I thought I'd be, and for reasons that would have never occurred to me. When I was a young lad, who still had some youth to misspend, there was this South Korean car company that came in offering a lot of car for...Read More»

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