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My father bought his first motorcycle when he was sixteen. He still rides today. I was fascinated, but my mother wouldn’t let me ride with him until I was three. I’ve been riding since then. It’s a wonderful feeling! As long as it’s not raining, too cold, or love bug season. But, yes, it’s a little dangerous. That’s part of its appeal, though.
Toyota has issued yet another recall. Yup, another one. Although this one isn't nearly as bad as the "Your brakes won't work" recall of a few years ago, but this one is still not to be taken lightly. Toyota is bringing back 342,451 Tacoma Access Cabs built from September 14, 2004 through September 7, 2011—reason being is that when the access doors are opened and closed over and over (a likely occurrence), the bolts that hold the seat belt tensioner to the retractor can loosen. Obviously, if these bolts loosen enough, the pre-tensioner can be rendered useless, thus making the seat belt virtually ineffective.
Toyota has said it will bring back the affected trucks and inspect them for faults and fix the faulty pieces with some fairly basic remedies—thread lock and a retractor spring cover with stopper ribs in it to keep the bolts from rattling out. No timetable has been set as to when Toyota will begin contacting owners, but owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 with questions or to schedule a fix.
Posted In: Recalls, Reports, Safety
Tags: safety, recalls, toyota, tacoma, access cab, seat belts
When is it ok to text and drive? Obviously, the answer is never! But what if you aren’t actually driving? What if your car is driving for you? I always picture George Jetson and hear his iconic “future car sound” when I think of the new technology of self-driving vehicles. (Funny though. He never had a cell phone. Even he didn’t text and drive.)
Tags: self-driving, technology, futuristic, hands free
Remember Punch Buggy? I wasn't the best player. Being easily distracted by conversation, I forgot to look for Bugs. Depending on the rules where you grew up, which varied by region as far as I can tell, VW Buses were worth two punches. We still play the game, but the double-punch vehicle is rarely seen anymore. That could change next year.
Plum Crazy, Sunburn, Orange Peel, Hurricane Blue, Egg Yolk, Desert Sand. What do these random words have in common? They are all car colors. So according to my title, my favorite color would be green. But what if aliens are gray, or purple, or yellow? And why is a hurricane blue? I live in Florida and I can tell you hurricanes are not blue. They are varying shades of gray, sometimes bordering on purple-green. But not blue. In fact, blue would be the absence of a hurricane.
Tags: car colors, car manufacturer, Plum Crazy, Sunburn, Orange Peel, Hurricane Blue, Egg Yolk, Desert Sand
Joining the barrage of other Frankfurt-bound concept cars from the likes of Lexus, Suzuki, and Opel, the Q30 concept represents "the next step in Infiniti's foray into new premium segments." The car combines elements from a hatchback, crossover utility vehicle and sports coupe, previewing a new type of styling for Nissan's luxury branch.
Posted In: Concept Cars, Auto Shows
Tags: Infiniti, Q30, concept cars, Frankfurt Motor Show, designs
When Toyota revealed the RAV4 EV, it was nice to see an all-electric car with a little more size and utility than the subcompact three-doors that dominate the EV segment. But at close to $50K, more than double the price of the gas version, the electric crossover isn't exactly an affordable bargain. Toyota is celebrating the upcoming Labor Day holiday by slashing the RAV4 EV's lease price.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green, Reports
Tags: Toyota, RAV4, RAV4 EV, electric vehicles, deals, leasing, pricing
Earlier this summer, Toyota added some edge to its venerable Corolla. Now it's announced how much that extra edge will cost, providing full pricing details on the 2014 sedan.
Volvo has long been the brute workhorse of the car industry. The brand can be described by all kinds of positive adjectives—safe, durable, well built, etc.—all kinds of adjectives except "sporty," "hot" or "sexy." Well, "an imminent transformation is underway," and the Swedish automaker is intent on changing its unsexy safety car vibe, starting with a new concept car.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars
Tags: Volvo, concept cars, Frankfurt Motor Show, new cars
Labor Day us almost upon us, and some parts of the country are already feeling the first cool breezes of fall. Autumn is a great time for raking leaves, getting ready for the holidays, and enjoying the spectacular beauty of the season. It’s also perfect for getting your car or truck ready for the coming winter. Here’s a look at how to make sure your vehicle runs trouble-free throughout the cold months ahead.
Posted In: Aftermarket, How-To Articles, Safety
Tags: safety, winter driving
Automakers around the world have really opened up the flood gates. They're either teasing or full-on revealing the cars, trucks, and concepts that they plan to debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in about three weeks. The latest concept car to come to our attention is the Monza from GM brand Opel/Vauxhall (we'll just say Opel from here on out), a sporty shooting brake built atop an evolution of the Ampera (Chevy Volt) plug-in hybrid platform.
Posted In: Auto Shows, Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green
Tags: Opel, station wagons, concept cars, new cars, Frankfurt Motor Show