All New 2010 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty Lineup
All New 2010 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty Lineup

When looking at the full-size pickup selection of the last 10 years you will notice that Dodge has been ahead of the curve for style, power and durability. With the addition of the Lifetime Powertrain warranty, within the last 2 years, sales have increased and customers will have the peace of mind...Read More»

2009 Ford Flex
Ford Flex Finds Its Niche and Turns a Few Heads

Ford stepped into the unknown last year when it introduced its Flex, however, from the number that have been on the road lately, it looks like this slow-to-catch-on vehicle is going to be another winner. From some angles, it looks like a Rover, too. If you remember the introduction of the minivan a...Read More»

2007 Honda CR-V 2WD 5dr EX-L Engine
Batteries, Like Anything Else, Need a Charge From Life

With winter nearing, it's a good time to make sure your battery is in good shape; there's nothing worse than being stuck at the side of the road with a battery that's flat as a pancake, snow swirling around your door and the wind chill at a point only a penguin would love. To prevent that from...Read More»

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The Wooden-Bodied Ryan Travit

The Wooden-Bodied Ryan Travit Ken Ryan is not your typical car guy. Having spent a number of years abroad in Europe and around the world he has owned more interesting and rare cars then most of us could dream of. Having been a woodworker, building musical instruments and furniture, Ken was always...Read More»

Evo MR in the snow
Advanced Winter Driving: How To Control A Slide

If there is one thing about winter, it is this: it presents drivers with a unique set of driving requirements that can put any driver to the test. For example, if it's early in the morning and you've just had some freezing precipitation and it is still dark you may find yourself on black ice. This...Read More»

winter driving
Safe Winter Driving Requires Slowing Down and Allowing More Distance

If there is one thing that can be said about winter driving it is this, it's not summer driving. That might sound funny but when you think about it, it's a very true statement, especially when the first snowflakes of winter are beginning to dust the ground. Drivers everywhere just continue to drive...Read More»

winter tire
Getting Your Car Ready for Winter

Believe it or not, it's almost the first of November and while those folks in the weather business only consider this the 'wrap up 'month of fall, this is a month that presents many different faces that we all know about. One minute it can be 75 and lovely and the next day we can have six inches of...Read More»

1958 Berkley Roadster Found in the Southern Claifornia Mountains for $600
Lost and Found: How to find your Barn Find

Everyone in the car hobby is always looking for that rare"barn find" but if you know how to look they are far more common then you may think. Over the years I have found dozens of ultra rare cars, from a forgotten Boss 302, to classic Austin Healey's with racing history and everything in between...Read More»

IIHS side crash test of 2004-2006 Toyota Prius
The Story of Snow White: A Crash Scene Investigator's Perspective (Pt. 1)

This is the first page of a serialized story about one of my CxSI cases. This one is not typical because the defendant is not one of the automobile manufacturers. In most of  the cases I testified as an expert witness in the subjects of automobile design and testing. I claimed that it might be...Read More»

rearview camera
Safer Driving: Blind Spots and Reversing

One of the training instructors who I met at a recent program for older drivers told me that the AAA Driver Improvement Program recommends that older drivers be especially careful when changing lanes on the expressway or merging into one. On page 10 of the training manual it suggests that to be...Read More»

Honda Dealership
Despite Help, Dealers Still Facing Crunch Time

Although this may seem like a no-brainer, it still has to be said, people are holding onto their cars longer than ever and keeping them on the road for longer and longer periods. The reasons are pretty easy to guess:  - Economic uncertainty  - Toughened credit rules  - Rising prices throughout...Read More»

Volvo C30 electric car after crash testing. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
National School Bus Safety Week: Prevention

Lets talk about something that is near and dear to every Road Warriors heart proper etiquette around school buses. If you are not aware of these protocols, learn them. If you know them, read them again! School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 19-23) is here again so listen up. Its when we give a weeks worth...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Rabbit S
Volkswagen Car Insurance: Expensive or Cheap?

Volkswagen offers a number of protections for customers. The company has a top-notch roadside assistant service, impressive warranty packages, and a solid servicing and maintenance team. But what does the auto insurance picture look like for this trendy vehicle? Well in the UK, Volkswagen features...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI
What Are Your Five Most Underappreciated New Cars?

What are your five most underappreciated new cars?  My five choices are the Mazda 5, Ford Fusion, VW Tiguan, BMW 1 Series, and Subaru Forester because they are all great vehicles but you don't see too many of them on the road. The Mazda 5 which is based on the Mazda 3 is a Mini Minivan that is...Read More»

2009 Saturn Sky
When Worlds Collide - the Death of Saturn

Based on the decision by GM to shut down Saturn after failing to obtain a buyer, you could be forgiven for thinking that there was something inherently wrong with the marque. That the competition was, you should pardon the expression, running rings around their product line or marketing strategy...Read More»

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Clear Bottles: An Unexpected Fire Hazard in Your Car

I recently came across this YouTube video through an online forum. It is a clip from a TV news program in New Zealand called Fair Go and follows a story where the interior of a Jeep Grand Cherokee appears to catch fire. Now let me clarify something right away, there is no problem with the Jeep...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
Your Guy Dove Into an Empty Swimming Pool Wearing a Car - The Mechanics of a Vehicle Rollover

CrasherCarl: EDGR Engineering, Design and Government Regulations Your guy dove into an empty swimming pool wearing a car. I am a long time CxSI - a Crash Scene Investigator. That means I am an engineer who examines the two aspects of an automobile crash. If a lawsuit is going to be attempted, I may...Read More»

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer
The New Mitsubishi Lancer Evo MR - The Sensible Evo?

The newest lineup of Mitsubishi's Lancer models are starting to hit dealerships worldwide and now we've got details on the granddaddy of them all, the Evolution MR Touring. It has all the power, handling and aggressive characteristics as last years Evolution X (the X refers to the tenth generation)...Read More»

1997 Jeep Wrangler SE
Reasons To Buy a Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep debuted during World War II, powering over hills and rivers on battlefields across Europe. It was produced and sold to the public as the Willys Civilian Jeep or CJ model from the late 1950s through the early 1980s. It has always been an iconic symbol of freedom, adventure and the American...Read More»

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