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Honda Recalls 344,000 Mini Vans

On: Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 5:05PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Honda has issued a recall of its Odyssey models built between August 8, 2006–September 8, 2008 which encompasses most 2007 and 2008 models. The recall totals a whopping 344,187 models in all and is due to a potential malfunction of the car's software. This potential defect may cause the Vehicle Safety Assist System (VSA) to engage the brakes unexpectedly and forcefully. What's worse yet is that when the brakes are applied by the VSA, the brake lights do not light up, which could cause a potentially fatal crash.

Unfortunately, replacements parts for this recall will not be available for at least another six months. Honda has said they will notify owners of the potential problem and include instructions on how to avoid having the car brake unexpectedly. Obviously when parts become available, Honda will notify owners immediately and set up a free repair of the issue. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009 with any questions they may have.


Dodge Recalls 36,000 Trucks

On: Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 4:33PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Chrysler has issued a recall of 36,710 of its Dodge Ram pickup trucks. The trucks in question were built between February 20, 2007 through December 22,2012 which were designated as 2008-2012 model years. The recall is limited to Ram 4500 and Ram 5500 models. These trucks are typically limited to work use -- tow trucks, light dump trucks, and plenty of towing applications.  The issue here is a defect from the factory, a weak left tie rod assembly that has the propensity to break under stress.  Naturally, these trucks are exposed to tons of stressful work and with the amount of weight they can be hauling around, a broken tie rod assembly could cause the loss of steering capabilities and subsequently cause massive damage and potentially a number of fatalities if it were to occur in the wrong scenario.  


Tesla Working on a Pickup Truck?

On: Sat, Nov 16, 2013 at 10:53AM | By: Chris Weiss


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We've heard that Tesla has a number of cars in the pipeline, including the Model X crossover, a sub-Model S sedan and a new roadster. This is by far the strangest item on the docket, however: Tesla said this week that it's planning a pickup truck. 


Tesla's Curse Continues

On: Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 3:48PM | By: Karen Cook


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Automakers want to be in the public eye. That’s why they spend so much money on advertising and product placement in television shows. There’s a saying that all publicity is good publicity but I think Tesla would disagree. They are in the news once again, this time for an industrial accident that occurred at their plant in Palo Alto, California.


 

A Meditation on Road Trips

On: Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 2:14PM | By: Nick Bakewell


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I recently undertook my first solo-long-distance road trip (yet another chance to test the Kia; it passed), driving from Texas up to the frigid wastes of Maine. Joking, Maine is beautiful right now, the last gasp of the changing leaves painted in warm winter sunlight, set off the by the immeasurable steel-grey of the Atlantic Ocean. It makes for some heavenly driving, too; some fantastic coastal roads that twist and wind their way smoothly through small forests and across peninsulas are a stone’s throw away from my lodgings. Now that I’m here, though, the journey as it stands is over, and I find myself reflecting on the nature and possibilities therein.


Kia Details the 120-Mile Electric Soul

On: Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 1:04PM | By: Chris Weiss


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When it first announced plans to develop a Soul EV, Kia provided little information about the model's build or performance. It's rectified that dearth of information this week, providing some key specs on its first all-electric US model. 


Toyota Ending FJ Cruiser Production With Ultimate Edition

On: Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 10:06AM | By: Chris Weiss


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As so often happens, some good news has surfaced with some bad news. Bad News: Toyota announced last week that it plans to end production of the FJ Cruiser, one of the few remaining hardcore off-roaders on the market and a natural alternative to a Jeep Wrangler, at the end of the 2014 model year. Good News: Prior to towing it out into the sunset, Toyota is offering the extra-rugged Trail Teams Ultimate Edition, which it calls " toughest and most capable FJ ever." It introduced the special edition at the SEMA Show. 


Confusion at the Car Show: A Lime Green Lemon?

On: Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 12:50PM | By: Karen Cook


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Chrysler unveiled its latest 300 at SEMA in Las Vegas recently. The response was underwhelming, to say the least, but I’m a bit confused by the reports. I’ve been all over the internet looking for information and it seems to be conflicting to a disturbing degree.

The version shown in Las Vegas was lime green with chrome detailing. Maybe this choice was just to attract attention. The Chrysler website doesn’t offer this particular shade, sticking to more dignified colors like red, black, white, and silver.


Best and Worst Resale Values

On: Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 11:34AM | By: Karen Cook


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Unlike diamonds, cars are not forever. Also unlike diamonds, cars do not hold their value and cannot be resold for the same amount that was paid for them. If you are in the market for a new car and need to get rid of the old one, or if you just have one you’d like to sell, you may be surprised to find that you can’t get as much out of it as you may have been counting on, even if it is in good condition. Some cars retain much of their value and some simply do not.


Time To Tally the Numbers

On: Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 2:42PM | By: Karen Cook


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With the year coming to an end it’s time for car manufacturers to tally up their numbers. The government shutdown did not affect sales by much. Consumers didn’t pay much attention when all was said and done. So who came out on top? Most makers had at least something to smile about.


Toyota Recalls 802,000 New Cars

On: Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 2:12PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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In what seems like yet another chapter in an almost unending series of recalls, Toyota has issued another recall of 2012-2013 Camry, Venza, and Avalon vehicles (including all HV models) totaling a startling 802,769 cars in all.  What is the issue you ask?  Well, it seems that the air conditioning condenser drain hose has a propensity to become clogged which could cause water to accumulate in the air conditioning unit's housing.  Obviously, since this water is not supposed to be there, it could then leak onto the air bag control module which could cause the module to short out.  If the air bag module short's out, this could cause serious problems for drivers, passengers, and other motorists.  The air bags may not deploy at all which could cause serious injury in the advent of a crash, or the short may cause the air bags to inadvertently deploy which could cause a crash and/or serious injury.  

Veterans of the recall practice, Toyota will notify all owners and schedule a free fix of the air conditioning condenser unit housing as well as add a protective cover on the air bag module to keep any moisture away from affecting it.  Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 with questions or to schedule their repair.  Read on for the full report ...