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What You Need To Know About Motor Oil
What You Need To Know About Motor Oil

Maybe you're a DIY-er and change your own oil, maybe you don't like to get your hands dirty but you're still curious about how your engine works, or maybe you just feel left out when car guys start talking numbers. Here's a basic guide to motor oil to get you started. Introduction to Viscosity The...Read More»

VW Tiguan Review: Driving VW'S Soft Rover

Whether you like them, crossover utility vehicles are here.  They come in various sizes. Each has a station wagon-like platform, additional height and optional all-wheel-drive.  Unlike truck-type, body-on-frame SUVs, CUVs promise auto-like ride, handling and fuel economy.  Few make good on...Read More»

1997 Ford Mustang
Dr. Gizmo Solves Your Car Troubles: Pt. 5

Brakes Pull Hard To The Left Question 1 I have a 1965 Ford Mustang with a 289 V-8 engine, 4-speed manual transmission and original equipment drum brakes. Just prior to putting my baby away for the winter, the brakes were pulling to the left every time I stepped on the pedal. The car has only about...Read More»

2010 Dodge Ram 1500 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Side Exterior View
Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie: Spring Forward?

Spring Forward: Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie   Dodge's new crew cab 4X4 offers truckers innovative storage compartments called RamBoxes and a new rear coil-spring suspension attached to the vehicle's box-frame with stout car-like control rods.  The result:  side panel and below-the-floor storage...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI
2010 Jetta SportWagon Diesel: VW Has Put Sport Into Wagon

I dont like station wagons, but the new VW SportWagen is a fun one to drive. I really enjoyed the last Jetta I drove (an 08 Jetta SE), so I was looking forward to testing the 2010 Jetta wagon. I test drove the new SportWagon TDI, which is the turbo diesel version. This is the way Europe drives...Read More»

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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»

2010 cadillac srx crossover live 04
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 Dodge Charger 4-door Sedan R/T RWD *Ltd Avail* Front Exterior View
Police Look To Charger as Replacement for Traditional Vehicle

Maybe it was last year's somewhat popular Street Kings, cop movie with Keanue Reeves, or maybe it was the slate gray shark-like unmarked that was dropped off in front of the Mass. State Police HQ in Framingham, recently, but it started the gears moving (albeit rustily) and when we looked around we...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»

2010 Fisker Karma S Concept
Automotive Technology: Where It's Been and Where It's Going in 2010 and Beyond

For decades, people have been making predictions about what life would be like in the 21st century.  Well, its been here for 10 years now, so what is it really like?  Specifically, what can the cars of the future really do?  They dont hover or travel through time yet, or even drive themselves...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 Mazda MAZDASPEED3
Driven: the Mazda3 4 Door Sedan 2.5

If you want to make a bit more of a unique statement than the Civic or Corolla allows you do have options. With gas prices as crazy as they are economy cars like the Mazda3 now make perfect sense. And the unique angularity and giant grin coming from the 3s front grille all conspire to make this one...Read More»

2009 Toyota Camry CE
NHTSA Finds Many Owners Ignoring Safety Recall Notices

Heres an interesting paradox: even as the auto industry faced a record number of 2007 recalls 712 -- the physical number of cars recalled was well down from the record number of cars recalled only three years before.  In 2004 there were 620 recalls, involving 30.8 million vehicles, according to...Read More»

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