Transmission

Car Repair Horror Stories
Car Repair Horror Stories

_ Everyone has had one - a car repair horror story. The failed fuel pump that causes you to be late to the family reunion and the minor repair that turns into a budget busting car expense from hell are examples. My own experience, which I often recall when travelers seem entirely too upset over...Read More»

Kenworth T270 Hybrid Service Truck
The Kenworth T270 Hybrid Medium-Duty Work Truck

Kenworth, owned by Paccar, has a medium-duty Class 6 (26,000 pound gross vehicle weight) hybrid-electric truck based on the model T270 platform. This truck utilizes the Paccar-Eaton diesel-electric hybrid drivetrain in a parallel hybrid format and produces 25-35 percent better fuel efficiency for...Read More»

2010 Honda CR-V
What Do You Want From An Extended Warranty?

Do you play warranty roulette? Sort of flip a coin to decide if some plan B approach to car repair is appropriate for you. Or are you a resigned “let the chips fall where they may” person and never even consider whether you want to pay up front for something that may never happen. Let’s...Read More»

Car repair
Car Repair Guys Can Be Good Guys Too

The mission of  AllCarAdvice is to protect, instruct and entertain its readers. Protect them from unscrupulous car related practitioners, instruct them about ways to enhance their car owning experience and entertain them with all the peripheral things that happen with and about cars...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»

2010 Ford Fusion
A Tribute To Car Repair Technicians

Some years ago a trade publication, read primarily by technicians and repair shop owners, ran an ad placed by a specialty tool maker. It read: “Don’t let some nut ruin your day.” The ad showed a mechanic with a puzzled look on his face gazing at an inaccessible nut and bolt assembly as if...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour 2WD 5dr EX Engine
The Importance Of An Oil Change

It’s there dominating the “to do” list and procrastinating only makes it worse. It’s the car’s oil change. Was that reminder sticker on the windshield purposely put there to make you feel bad? Let’s try a different approach, looking at all the good things that happen when the oil and...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Coupe 2-door I4 Auto EX-L Angular Front Exterior View
An Unusual Car Buying Checklist

All the important decisions about your car purchase are nailed down: the powerplant, what amenities you’re insisting upon, the color and how you want the interior appointed have all been found in one car. But are you sure that when the adrenalin subsides and the sales pressure is off you’re...Read More»

2010 Audi Q7 quattro 4-door 3.0L TDI Premium Plus Angular Front Exterior View
Audi Q7: Hoop Dreams?

Say you're an NBA pro who is Cadillac Escalade weary.  After all, it's a rolling cliché.  What should a hoop tender do? How about heading center court in the four-hoop logo mobile--an Audi Q7 3.6 Premium?  It's packed with electronic wizardry and bucks the V8 trend with a snorting bull...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»

2011 Buick Regal
Buick Regal GS Concept: Get Some!

Do you ever get frustrated when you see a performance Buick on stage at a Barrett-Jackson auction and wonder why Buick no longer makes anything remotely like that?  Stew no longer as Buick has seen fit to release information today on the Buick Regal GS concept. Back in October of 2009, I...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Genesis
Top Five Family Sedans of 2009

Just because you have to haul around a wife and two and ¾ children around with you doesn't mean you have to drive a hum-drum SUV.  2010 is a wonderful year to be a family man when it comes to picking out a family car. These five cars are inexpensive to buy and run yet are reliable and generally...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»

2010 Volvo C30
The 2011 Volvo C30: Looks Like Somebody's Been to the Plastic Surgeon

The Volvo C30, that odd little Parisian breadvan-style two door hatchback, has gone and had itself a little visit with the plastic surgeon for a nip, a tuck and a serious face pull. The guys in Sweden apparently decided to make the front end look like the face of a bulldog that had just survived a...Read More»

42 10 prius
CarMax Releases List of Ten Features Car Buyers Want, World Ignores Them

CarMax, those automotive supermarkets full of overpriced used cars, have decided that they too want to be a vital information resource for car shoppers. As such they polled a number of their detainees/customers and asked them what sort of features they wanted in their next car. The answers ranged...Read More»

2006 Volkswagen Rabbit
VW Phases Out Production of Golf MK2, Successor To Original Golf MK1 and Known as Rabbit

After receiving the okay to test drive cars from my managing editor about 35 years ago, the very first car to come pass through the driveway was a 1974 VW Rabbit, the successor to the original VW entry in the U.S., the Beetle. What a difference a model makes. The Rabbit was front-drive with a...Read More»

2009 Saturn Aura 4-door Sedan I4 XE Angular Front Exterior View
New Buick Regal Goes Hollywood!

2011 Buick Regal in Hollywood (source: msheena) On my way to the 2011 Buick Regal event, hosted on November 12th at the Hollywood Palladium, I had some time to kill at LAX while I waited for my ride. As I stood outside baggage claim, I tried to count how many Buicks drove past. It turns out it was...Read More»

2010 Suzuki Kizashi
Suzuki's 2010 Kizashi Will Start under $19,000

This Japanese midsize-sedan is just about to hit showrooms and we now have concrete pricing numbers. Although its being marketed as a cost-effective econo-sedan, the Suzuki Kizashi will offer style, performance and even an optional luxury package, at a price and time that most automakers had not...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.