Transmission

Ford Fiesta, Focus owners sue over faulty transmissions
Ford Fiesta, Focus owners sue over faulty transmissions

Ford Fiesta and Focus owners are so unhappy with the PowerShift transmissions in their cars, they're taking the automaker to court. Sadly, it won't be the first time that Ford has been sued over the dual-clutch transmission, which was first installed in new vehicles back in 2010. Previous cases...Read More»

GM 9-speed automatic transmission
General Motors introduces 9-speed automatic to take over for 6-speed

General Motors will replace most of its 6-speed automatic transmissions with newer, more efficient 9-speed units starting with some trims of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, the automaker announced Tuesday. The new 9-speed transmission will be available in at least 10 cars by the end, including the...Read More»

1750-cc direct-injected turbocharged intercooled I-4, featured on the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
Chrysler Lets Us Peek Under The Hood Of 2015 Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Models

In something of a surprise announcement, Chrysler has unveiled tantalizing details about powertrain enhancements slated to appear on 2015 model-year vehicles. The list of offerings is something of a grab bag, but the most interesting include: Greater availability of Chrysler's Engine Stop-Start...Read More»

2014 Honda Civic EX CVT  -  Driven
Your Next Vehicle Is More Likely To Have A CVT: Here’s Why

Like it or not: Nearly every new vehicle—we're talking around 95 percent—has an automatic transmission of some sort. And manual transmissions are rare today, except among a few performance-oriented models. That's the obvious. What might not be so apparent to new-car shoppers is that the...Read More»

2013 Volvo S80
2011-2013 Volvo S80 Recalled For Transmission Software Glitch

Volvo is recalling S80 sedans from the 2011-2013 model years. At issue is a problem with the transmission, which could cause the vehicle to stall in traffic. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the problem is linked to a software flaw that can prevent...Read More»

2012 Nissan Versa Sedan
2012 Nissan Versa Recalled For Transmission Problem

Nissan North America has issued a recall for the 2012 Nissan Versa. At issue is a flaw in the vehicle's transmission that could cause a collision with other vehicles or injury to pedestrians. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some Nissan Versas from...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150 towing a trailer
2011 Ford F-150 & Other F-Series Models Recalled For Transmission Flaw

Ford Motor Company has issued a recall for 2011 models of its popular F-150 pickup, as well as 2012 vehicles from the F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 lines. The recall centers around a problem with the brake shift interlock switch, which could increase the risk of a crash. In a nutshell, the flaw...Read More»

2006 Honda Civic Hybrid CVT Angular Front Exterior View
Trade Your Car Or Sell Privately: Pros And Cons: Part III

Car dealers serve a useful function, even though some can be a pain to deal with. One area of useful service that many car buyers are thankful for is the fact that dealers take trade-ins. This saves many car buyers the time, effort, and aggravation of trying to sell their old car on their own...Read More»

2010 Dodge Dakota 2WD Crew Cab ST Angular Front Exterior View
2010 Dodge Dakota: Pickup Truck Review

Available in extended cab or crew cab design, the 2010 Dodge Dakota is a respectable choice for pickup truck. Although, it does have some flaws and there are complaints about the $22,755 price tag. The suspension has been revised for 2010 and there are now more color choices on the market. The...Read More»

2010 Nissan Sentra
Small Price Hike On Nissan’s Sentra And Maxima Models

When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer with a focus on marketing used vehicles, it was well known in the industry that the Nissan Sentra was more than a good deal. The Sentra compared favorably to the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla in size, performance, gas mileage, and 5-year...Read More»

2010 Honda Civic Sedan
Car Dealer Tricks: Bait And Switch - Part III

We have been investigating a marketing ploy that car dealers use to entice customers into their showrooms. It’s called the “bait and switch” because dealers use a low priced ad car (a vehicle they use in an advertisement) as “bait” to lure customers into the dealership. Once there, the...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
2011 Ford Explorer: New Age In Every Way

Let’s face it, I am not what one would term “cool” or “dope” or “wicked”, in fact the only way I could use the word “hip” when describing me would be in the context of hip replacement surgery. So, safe to say, when Ford introduced its 2011 Ford Explorer I knew things were in a new...Read More»

2010 Buick LaCrosse
Car Dealer Tricks: Bait And Switch - Part II

We’re looking at a tactic that car dealers use to entice customers into the showroom with a low priced ad car, and then switch them to a higher priced model. As long as the dealer will actually sell you the lower priced car, nothing illegal is taking place. This is simply good old American...Read More»

2010 Nissan Maxima
Car Dealer Tricks: Bait And Switch - Part I

You finally found the perfect car on sale in the local Sunday paper. The price is so low you don’t dare miss this opportunity to finally get the car you’ve wanted for months. You grab your check book and drive down to the dealership that placed the ad. When you arrive you’re surprised that...Read More»

2006 Ford Ranger XL
Ford CEO Slips "New Ranger" Into Model Offerings List During Interview

Being the proud owner of a 1998 Ford Ranger, regular cab, 2.5-liter engine, five-speed transmission, and step-side bed, I was disappointed when Ford announced that they have no plans to bring the next generation Ford Ranger to North America. Granted, the Ranger has changed little over its 27-year...Read More»

2006 Honda Civic Sedan
Car Dealer Tricks: The Independent Trade Value (Summary)

Car dealers have a bad reputation for good reason. After working as Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I liken the business to a shark tank where only the strongest survive. This leads to an approach where car dealers and their sales staff use tricks to get more money out of customers than...Read More»

Ford Th!nk Flags
Car Dealer Tricks: The Independent Trade Value (Part III)

Car dealers have a bad reputation for good reason. This series of articles is dedicated to a long list of tricks that car dealers use to get more money out of customers than they want to pay. As an ex-Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I saw first-hand how subtle some of these tactics can be...Read More»

2002 Chevrolet Impala LS
Car Dealer Tricks: The Independent Trade Value (Part II)

We’re looking at tricks that car dealers use to get more money out of customers than they want to pay. This compares to being upfront and transparent in their business dealings. Part II describes the specific trick of using a supposedly independent trade valuing source to buy a trade for less...Read More»

2010 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 5.7L V8 6-Spd AT Grade (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
2010 Truck Comparison: Toyota Tundra Versus Chevrolet Silverado

These two pickup trucks each have different relevant features. It's a matter of preference which one you choose, however there may be some advantages that will sway your decisions in one direction or another. To do a comparison on the 2010 Toyota Tundra with the 2010 Chevrolet Silverado we need to...Read More»

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