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When you buy a gas-powered vehicle you have to factor in gas prices, but you assume a gas station will be there when you need one. It’s not so easy when you buy an electric-powered car. You still have to account for fees when using public charging stations, but you can’t count on one being convenient when you need it. The money, time to charge, and lack of stations are hurdles that EV sellers are trying to deal with.
Off-road vehicle’s aren’t one size fits all. Understand the different phases of off-road modifications.
The vehicle you choose, powertrain you build, and other components are 90% of what makes a vehicle off-road worthy. Not all are meant to be axle-twisting rigs—many people need their truck or SUV to have decent street manners. On the other hand, pavement isn’t a priority for some—off-road ability is all that matters. Here are the three phases of off-road vehicles and what you need to do to accomplish each.
Ford is recalling 92,022 vehicles due to a defective part which could cause a “loss of drive function” and carries a rollaway risk if the gearshift is placed in park without using the parking brake also.
Ford is recalling 2,124 Escape SUVs for a problem with the glass roof panel which “may have an improperly cured urethane bond between the glass and the attaching bracket,” according to Ford, which may “result in noise, water leakage or separation of the glass panel from the vehicle, potentially increasing the risk of accident or injury.”
We’ve heard about GM’s problems with manufacturing defects, and we’ve heard testimony from some of the members of their corporate offices, but we don’t hear much about what’s going on at the other end of the line. How hard is it to be an employee of a GM dealership in the wake of all the brouhaha? We can imagine sales are down because who wants to by a car that could potentially have so many issues. We can imagine that a salesman is hard pressed to make a sale if he isn’t sure about his product anymore. And who wants to be a GM tech right now? Customers surely have something to say about this mess, especially when it has affected them. Service guys are a captive audience to listen to all those complaints.
My poor little PT Cruiser has eczema. It’s pretty well advanced. His skin is just flaking off in spots. I’m embarrassed and I feel sorry for him. I’d like to get him painted, but not only is it expensive, but it’s also time consuming. You have to make and appointment and drop off your car. Then the paint guys are going to sand your car down, cover him with tape to protect the mirrors and such, and stick him in a paint booth to coat him thoroughly. This will be repeated a few times and the prior coat must dry before another can be applied.
Like it or not, a world in which cars are capable of driving themselves is gradually becoming reality. Daimler leaps ahead of other automakers into opening our eyes to the freight truck of the future. The Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 is a fully autonomous big rig that can carry driver and freight over highways. More than just a fanciful concept car built for the expo center, the Future Truck is a working prototype able to drive itself right now.
Posted In: Technology, Concept Cars
Tags: Mercedes, Mercedes-Benz, Daimler, autonomous driving, self-driving cars, trucks, 18-wheelers
This story is about another Tesla Model S fire. It seems like this happens frequently but does it really, or is it just that we don’t hear about the “other” vehicles that catch on fire? Tesla says its vehicles are safer that gas-powered cars and it seems that even with more safety modifications being made to the Model S, news reporters want to point out every instance of the electric car catching fire.
Tags: tesla, honda, toyota, corolla, fire
You know how when one kid at school gets a cold, lots of kids at school end up with a cold? I don’t know the precise location of General Motors factories in relation to Chrysler’s, but it seems like GM’s ignition switch disease is spreading.
Tags: chrysler, dodge, ignition switch
According to a 2011 memo from the California Highway Patrol, nearly 85% of cars reported stolen were recovered in 2011. That's not bad. However, what if you car was stolen 30 years ago? The odds of getting your stolen car back seem beyond remote... unless you're Californian Ian Wilson, that is, who had his 1957 Chevy returned after three decades.
If you’ve lost a car and are still holding on to hope, this story will remind you not to give up on seeing your car again. If you've never lost a car, this story will still put a smile on your face.
Even though we are only halfway through the year, car makers are already eager to show us what we’ll be seeing in showrooms for 2015. However, here’s a bunch of vehicles you won’t be seeing anymore