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The Great Tune-Up Swindle
The Great Tune-Up Swindle

As an auto-repair shop owner the bane of my existence is when a customer asks me how much a tune-up costs. Nowadays the word tune-up is an obsolete and effectively useless term but I still get asked this question on a near-daily basis. I usually ask my customer if they want me to perform routine...Read More»

2009 BMW M3
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»

2009 Ferrari California
Road Testing For Daydreamers

The so-called "buff books" (traditional automotive glossy magazines) sell cars with sex appeal and fantasy. We all love to read about the latest exotic sports car or decadent luxury sedan. The magazines jockey for position atop the "road test methodology" food chain, by providing more performance...Read More»

1997 Eagle Talon ESi
Discover the Gas Mileage of Any Vehicle

The fluctuating price of gasoline continues to be a serious concern for many new and used car buyers. This results in more buyers researching the gas mileage of the makes and models that make their short list before looking at cars in person. When I was an Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I...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»

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»

2011 Ford Fiesta
What To Put In The Hatch Of The New Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta Hatchback is said to break the stereotype of the “small cars” in the U.S. By having a luxurious interior, rather than your common plastic, the Fiesta brings a more stylish look to a market where similar cars are scrutinized for their cheap materials. But what really...Read More»

2010 Ford Transit Connect
Ford Transit Connect: Truck Of The Year

At the 2008 Chicago Auto Show, the Ford Transit Connect was revealed, a truly revolutionary automobile for the North American market. The Transit Connect brings a contemporary van to North America, something that it hasn’t seen in its history. And despite the fact that the van is compact and...Read More»

2010 Toyota Tundra
Improving Gas Mileage In A Pickup

Trucks are noted for their ability to guzzle gas, especially with prices at the tank rising over the past decade. With their enormous amount of weight and resistance from the bed of the truck, individuals often wonder what steps they can take to improve the gas mileage of their trucks. With better...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 Mitsubishi Outlander GT
2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: A Fully Capable All-Weather Vehicle

The Mitsubishi Outlander has been completely redesigned for 2010. It has a new look on the outside and has a re-engineered 3.0 V-6 powerplant under the hood. The Outlander GT, which I tested with a pricetag of $29,250, is a new model for 2010. The GT is the Outlander loaded with all the new...Read More»

2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser
2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser: A Terrific SUV On Or Off The Road

The 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser is built for people who want to get off the beaten path and onto gravel, sand, and rocks. If you’re looking for leather, don’t look at the FJ Cruiser, which comes only with resistant cloth upholstery and rubberized floor and cargo mats. That’s because people who...Read More»

2011 Ford Super Duty
More Good News For Ford

If you work for Ford, then you probably spend a lot of time smiling. In fact, some days you might seem absolutely giddy, especially since Ford recently posted a $2.1 billion net profit for the first quarter of 2010 and didn’t suffer the disgrace of a bailout or bankruptcy. What would make you...Read More»

2010 Acura RDX AWD 4-door Tech Pkg Trunk
2010 Acura RDX Tech - the Right SUV for These Times

There are so many options in choosing a crossover or pure sport utility vehicle these days. How on earth does anyone make a choice? While some folks think larger is better, I have found some smaller SUVs that do the job of carrying people and their belongings just as well as larger machines –...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-door LT w/1LT Angular Front Exterior View
New Attitudes About The Chevrolet Equinox

In past years, the Chevrolet Equinox has been known for its many flaws such as bad steering, cheap parts, and overall unreliability. But as new generations of the vehicle have become available, the Equinox has proved itself by becoming one of the most affordable mid-size SUVs in the industry. One...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Aveo
Top Five Economical And Affordable 2010 Small Cars

These days car buyers are not only looking for cars they can afford, but they are looking for vehicles that also give good gas mileage. The price of fuel is forever rising and it’s urging car buyers to think twice before they buy large cars. These cars are both affordable and efficient and you...Read More»

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