2005

Toyota recalling 135K Matrix, Corolla models for faulty airbags
Toyota recalling 135K Matrix, Corolla models for faulty airbags

Toyota said this week it would recall about 135,000 vehicles, including 2003-2008 Corolla sedans and 2003-2008 Matrix hatchbacks, for faulty airbags that may not deploy properly in a crash. According to paperwork filed with federal regulators, the affected cars were previously recalled as part of a...Read More»

2005 MINI Cooper Convertible
2002-2005 MINI Cooper, Cooper S, And Convertible Models Recalled For Power Steering Loss

MINI's parent company, BMW, is recalling MINI Cooper and Cooper S vehicles -- including some convertibles -- from the 2002 to 2005 model years. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles might lose power steering functionality, making...Read More»

2005 Chrysler Crossfire Limited
2005 Chrysler Crossfire May Be Investigated For Loose & Detached Back Windows

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation of the 2005 Chrysler Crossfire convertible. According to an agency bulletin (PDF), the rear windows on those vehicles may detach over time. ALSO SEE: Young Men Don’t Get The Most Speeding Tickets: Who Does Will...Read More»

Honda Logo
Honda Adds 1,000,000 California Vehicles To Airbag Recall: Accord, Civic, CR-V, Acura MDX, More

Today, Brazil's World Cup team is no doubt feeling down in the dumps. But if you're reading this, guys, take heart: it could be worse. You could work for Takata. Takata's faulty airbags have been responsible for over 11 million vehicle recalls -- and the list is still growing. In fact, it's now...Read More»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
Hyundai Hit With $240 Million Fine In Wrongful Death Suit, Plans To Appeal

With all the attention-grabbing lawsuits being aimed at General Motors right now, it's easy to forget that every automaker spends a significant amount of time in court, dealing with cases that range from the earnest to the inane. One case that falls into the former camp just wrapped up in Montana...Read More»

2005 Lincoln Aviator
NHTSA Nixes Probe Of Ford Explorer, Mercury Mountaineer, Lincoln Aviator

In August of 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an investigation of the 2002-2005 Ford Explorer, the 2003-2005 Lincoln Aviator, and the 2002-2005 Mercury Mountaineer. According to a notice on NHTSA's website, the agency had received numerous reports of those SUVs...Read More»

2005 Ford Freestar Cargo Van
2004-2005 Ford Freestar, Mercury Monterey Recalled For Crash Risk

Ford Motor Company has issued a recall for the Ford Freestar minivan and its twin, the Mercury Monterey. The recall affects 205,896 vehicles from the 2004 and 2005 model years. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the torque converter output shaft in...Read More»

2005 Toyota Camry XLE
Toyota Recalls 420,200 Toyota & Lexus Models From 2004-2006

Toyota has issued a voluntary recall for a range of Toyota and Lexus vehicles from the 2004, 2005, and 2006 models years. According to a press release, the recall centers around a faulty crankshaft pulley, which could cause problems with the vehicles' power steering. The flaw affects crankshafts on...Read More»

2005 BMW 3-Series 325i
2002 - 2005 BMW 3-Series Recalled For Electrical Flaw

Hot on the heels of yesterday's recall of the 2009 BMW X5, BMW of North America has issued a second recall alert -- this time for 3-Series vehicles from the 2002 - 2005 model years. At issue is a flaw in the cars' electrical system that can cause the rear lights to stop working, increasing the risk...Read More»

2005 GMC Yukon Denali used by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
Tampa Mayor's Yukon Denali Was Once A Pimpmobile (Allegedly)

When Bob Buckhorn was sworn in as mayor of Tampa, Florida last April, he nobly decided to pick his city vehicle from the police department's forfeiture fleet. Unfortunately, most of the rides on the lot were luxury class, and given the state of the economy, the new mayor wanted to project a more...Read More»

Idaho state senator John McGee
Idaho State Senator John McGee Booked For DUI, Grand Theft

It's been said that booze and politics shouldn't mix. Over the weekend, one state senator from Idaho learned the wisdom of those words the hard way. Things began innocently enough with a round of drinks at a golf club just outside Boise on Saturday night. News reports don't indicate how many rounds...Read More»

2005 MINI Cooper Hardtop
NHTSA Takes A Closer Look At MINI Cooper Steering Problems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced an upgraded investigation into some 60,000 2004 and 2005 MINI Coopers, which may have a steering defect linked to three vehicles fires. The NHTSA has reviewed over 500 complaints related to loss of power steering, which can...Read More»

AutoTones app
Want Your Car To Sound Like A SuperCar? There's An App For That

Ever wished your Chevrolet Cavalier sounded like a supercar? Of course you have, and now it can. Like everything else in the world, there's an app for that. Created by Black Frog Industries, the AutoTones app is an engine sound simulator for your iPhone. The app is easy enough to use: choose the...Read More»

Wrecked Toyota Prius owned by Elizabeth James, photo by Ted James, from Houston Press
Drivers At Fault In So-Called Sudden Acceleration Toyotas, NHTSA Says

Despite ominous news reports of cars careening out of control, there's no substitute for data. And now it looks like many reported cases of so-called "sudden acceleration" in Toyotas are actually due to driver error. That's the preliminary conclusion coming from investigators at the National...Read More»

2010 Infiniti G37 Sedan
Infiniti May Add Front-Wheel Drive To Its Lineup

People buy luxury cars for a variety of reasons -- notably, the status, style, and comfort they provide. Performance is also important to many upscale buyers, and accordingly, luxury lots are full of rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles. Infiniti, however, insists that high-end shoppers...Read More»

Did Scott Brown Ride Pickup to Victory in Massachusetts?

Close observers of the all-important race to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts may have noticed that a pickup truck was prominently involved in the campaign. Scott Brown, the Republican candidate who defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in a surprising upset, campaigned around the Bay...Read More»

General Motors' OnStar
Tech At Work: OnStar Saves Senator's Daughter's Car

Successfully applying technology in a car is harder than it sounds. Just look at the flack BMW has caught for its difficult iDrive system, or the only-recent entry of Lexus into the telematics market. General Motors, as painfully off as it may be at times, has nailed this area with its OnStar...Read More»

2010 Porsche Boxster Spyder
2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder, New Viper Due In 2012: Today’s Car News

Porsche has launched a lighter and more powerful version of the Boxster, which it plans to debut next month at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show. The third addition to the Boxster lineup, the new car is called the Spyder and will on sale in February 2010 with a starting price of $61,200. [Motor...Read More»

2009 Toyota FT-86 Concept
2009 Tokyo Show: Is the Toyota FT-86 Concept a New Celica?

It's been in the works for two years, and now the mythical replacement for the Toyota Corolla sports coupe is here. In concept form, it bows at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show as the Toyota FT-86 concept. The love child of a Subaru Impreza chassis, minus its all-wheel-drive system, and a Toyota body, the...Read More»

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