Maintenance

Today at High Gear Media: Drowsy Driving, Alfa-Jeep, and Putin
Today at High Gear Media: Drowsy Driving, Alfa-Jeep, and Putin

Before you hit the road, check yourself: are you sleepy? Try a nap, or risk becoming part of the 17 percent of drivers who cause accidents through drowsy driving. [TheCarConnection] Can you see a Maserati SUV--or maybe an Alfa ute? Now imagine them running on the excellent new Jeep Grand Cherokee...Read More»

2011 BMW 135i Coupe
Today at High Gear Media: Big BMW Recall, Wallace and Gromit

Daylight savings time ends soon--do you know how to drive more safely in the dark? [TheCarConnection] BMW is recalling more than 150,000 vehicles with its in-line six engines for emissions and safety fixes. [MotorAuthority] On the turbo roll, how can forced-induction engines make better power? We...Read More»

2010 Cadillac CTS-V
2011 Model Year Brings New Oils, Longer Change Intervals

The first time you take your new car in for an oil change, beware: Many 2011 models don't use the same oil as the equivalent 2010 models--even if they look virtually identical otherwise. And accidentally refilling with another oil that costs less could end up costing you big; using a different oil...Read More»

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Today at High Gear Media

Teenagers text more than any other social group. So what happens when they take to the road en masse? Brace yourselves. [TheCarConnection] As much as we hate to admit it, winter is coming. You need to remember these five things before you head into it--oh, and your keys. Keys will help...Read More»

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Getting Ready For Winter Driving: Five Things To Remember

Leaves are falling, nights are cooler, and, in some parts of the country, it could be just a couple weeks until that first frost or surprise snowfall. It's time to get yourself and your vehicle ready. Cold snaps not only expose the weaknesses of dying batteries and balding tires; it's also when you...Read More»

Continental ContiSportContact tire on Cadillac CTS
CR: Plenty Of Good High-Performance Tire Choices On A Budget

Many affordable new models today, like the MazdaSpeed3, Mini Cooper S, or Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart, offer handling and roadholding that's remarkably close to that of much more expensive sports cars. The catch is that they accomplish this with high-performance 'summer' tires that wear faster...Read More»

2012 Tesla Model S prototype
Today at High Gear Media: Tesla, SLK, Audi Quattro and RatCar

Tesla strutted its stuff for our jaded green-car reporters earlier this week. Do you think it's a startup, or not? [GreenCarReports] What's your best bet on a new-car deal this week? Could you believe...a MINI Cooper? [TheCarConnection] Sure, you're interested in alternative-fuel vehicles. But do...Read More»

2011 Toyota Avalon
Complimentary Maintenance For All New Toyota, Scion Models

Toyota has announced that all new 2010 and 2011 Toyota and Scion models will come with complimentary scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles. That makes Toyota the first mainstream, full-line brand to offer complimentary maintenance, a perk that's been...Read More»

2002 Volkswagen Passat GLS
Settlement Addresses Engine-Sludge Issue In Audi A4, VW Passat

A settlement made by the U.S. District Court in Boston could affect owners of 1997-2004 Audi A4 and 1998-2004 Volkswagen Passat models with the 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine—badged for much of that time as 1.8T. According to court records—as reported in a press release...Read More»

2011 Dodge Durango
Today at High Gear Media: 2011 Dodge Durango, Sorento SX and Civic

Dodge calls its 2011 Durango a "performance SUV." Does that mean an SRT8 suffix is a-comin'? [MotorAuthority] We've driven the 2011 Kia Sorento SX--the one with the turbo--and it's a big step up. If you're short. It's an SUV, after all. [MotorAuthority] Meanwhile, Kia's recalling the Sorento and...Read More»

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0
Today at High Gear Media: Electric Car Buying Guide

There's a fight brewing for the sales crown among luxury-car brands. Will BMW come from behind to beat Mercedes and Lexus? Today at High Gear Media, we're looking at all things luxury as we also bring you along for a late-night charge in the 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost, treat you to a full review of...Read More»

Car repair
For Repairs, Maintenance, GM Dealerships Take A Cue From Wal-Mart

If you get great service, and a consistently low price that competes with independent repair shops or franchised service centers, would you return to the dealership to get your older, higher-mileage vehicle maintained or repaired? GM is hoping so; to help drum up more business on the service side...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKX
Buy By September, Get Free Maintenance On New Lincoln Models

If you purchase or lease a new 2010 or 2011 Lincoln between now and September 7, 2010, you'll get one more perk that might bring some peace of mind: free scheduled maintenance. The maintenance program includes all oil changes, tire rotations, and inspections, as well as wearable items such as brake...Read More»

Continental ContiSportContact tire on Cadillac CTS
Frugal Shopper: Tire Prices Will Rise Again This Summer

It's spring, and if you've made it through the winter with a set of all-season radials, it's the right time to get them inspected and measure that tread. If they're getting close to needing replacement, you might save a chunk of money by doing it now versus in a few months. Why? Now it appears that...Read More»

2004 Toyota Prius 5dr HB (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Car Advice: How To Jump-Start Your Hybrid Car Without Jump-Starting Your Heart

This past weekend, I had what our President might call a "teachable moment"--an unexpected need for a jump-start in a car I hadn't had to jump, ever. After a long weekend at the beach, I washed up our 2004 Toyota Prius and packed it full for the ride home. I even cleaned the inside of the windows...Read More»

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Report Confirms Auto-Repair Gouging, Ranks Best And Worst Cities

With auto repair chains ever expanding and dealership service becoming more consistent and predictable, you might think that repair costs are becoming much more standardized than they used to be for car repairs done at independent shops, with very little variation, once you average a few shops...Read More»

2007 BMW 3-Series 4-door Sport Wagon 328i RWD Front Exterior View
BMW Extends Free Maintenance On Certified Pre-Owned Cars

BMW has announced a limited-time offer, running from February 2 through March 31, to extend the no-cost maintenance coverage on some U.S. Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) cars by an additional two years or 50,000 miles. With this offer, buyers would be covered by warranty for six years or 100,000 miles...Read More»

2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Special Edition
Video: Changing A VW Fan Belt With The Engine Running

Although combustion engines will remain a part of the car mix for several decades to come, it seems pretty clear that electrics are the way of the future. And while many will be sad to see gas engines go the way of their fuel source (i.e. the dinosaur), there are many things we won't miss about 'em...Read More»

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TCC Tip: How Much Should My Repair Cost?

Although this summer's Cash for Clunkers (CARS) program provided the right kind of push for some owners to replace their guzzling jalopies with new cars, it's probably not so surprising that new-vehicle buyers plan to hold on to their vehicles longer than ever before. So-called "rapid replacers"...Read More»