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Notice to all owners of Ford F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 trucks!
The Ford Motor Company is recalling 3,976 2015 Super Duty vehicles with 6.2-liter gas or 6.7-liter diesel engines which have 6R140 transmissions. A transmission control software error was discovered on March 26th at the Kentucky assembly plant.
Tags: ford, f series, super duty, transmission, recall
My youngest son didn’t leave the nest willingly. Unable to meet the requirements for continued parental support, he was left with few options for suitable accommodation. We suggested a cardboard box under the overpass was within his means. Ok, so it wasn’t quite so dire (although we did make this proposal). It’s too bad he didn’t know someone at GM or the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative.
When the Nissan Murano was introduced in 2003, it single-handedly turned ordinary moms into supermodels. Up to this point, most Sport Utility Vehicles still looked and drove like trucks. But the Murano had style, class, and it actually drove like a car. Fast forward to 2014, and the Belle of the Burbs seems to have gone on a buffet binge with Oprah. So after fat camp, rehab, and a Tony Robbins seminar, the 2015 Nissan Murano is finally ready to reclaim its title as the HBIC of Suburbia. Let's see if Stella found her groove...
The Mercedes SLS AMG has never felt long in the tooth, looking as good now as it did when it was introduced in 2009. However, Mercedes has already released the SLS AMG GT Final Edition, marking the end of its gullwing supercar. On the bright side, it's already begun teasing a new AMG high-performance sports car, which will debut later this year.
Once upon a time, cars ruled the road. The variety and quantity of car models in the 50s and 60s, for example, was astounding by today's standards. There were big coupes, small coupes, two-door and four-door wagons, two-door and four-door convertibles, and, of course, a whole lot of sedans. Today, cars come in four basic flavors: coupe, convertible, sedan, and wagon. The first two have two doors, the last two have four doors. That's it.
The reason is clear: trucks and crossovers are supplanting the car. This trend speaks volumes about today's drivers, driving habits, and fuel economy regulations.
When the sixth generation Hyundai Sonata was introduced in 2009, it stood out in the family sedan market like Miley Cyrus in an Amish choir. It looked different and it was surprisingly cheap when fully loaded. Just like Miley! To continue the Sonata's Camry-challenging sales, designers have given the all-new 7th-gen 2015 Hyundai Sonata more sophisticated lines, a Kia-like cockpit interior, and lots of fancy tech. Has the Hannah Montana of family sedans finally found religion? Let's find out...
We’ve all done it. It would actually make a great hidden camera television show. People come into a mechanic’s shop and try to reproduce the sound their vehicle is making. New words get created and grown men sound like little boys playing with toy cars. It’s kinda funny for those watching and kinda embarrassing for those attempting to make just the right sound. It must be frustrating for the mechanic. Well, suffer no more, 21st century car owners, because now there’s an app for that!
There is new legislation afoot which has been put forth by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. He is asking Congress to raise the maximum civil fine for violating United States auto safety laws to $300 million. That’s an 800% increase; Foxx hopes this would be a deterrent to future problems like the recent GM recall debacle.
The increase is part of a $302 billion four-year package aimed at replacing the depleted funds in the federal Highway Trust Fund, which provides money for things like bridge repairs, underground storage tanks, and mass transit (the mass transit division is actually in surplus at this time). The fund has seen a shortfall in revenue through gasoline taxes because of drivers are using less fuel.
Tags: transportation, anthony foxx, toyota, gm, nhtsa, recall
When it comes to car-nerd-ery, I’m a 100-percent Christine Plymouth person, but I can see the appeal in owning a sorta-kinda Back to the Future DeLorean like the one not sold at Branson Auctions’ Spring (April 11-12) 2014 sale in—you guessed it—Branson, MO.
These kinds of cars seem to run a traditional route from private listings to eBay Motors and then to places like this, a medium-sized real-time auction in the Midwest. Heck, you can even buy one “new” from several places that I will mention later. And apart from the $541k—yes, you read that right—one-and-only authentic-and-in-private-hands movie-used DeLorean extant, there's a pretty established market with an equally-established average price.
At $62,500 this lot was smack where it should have been price-wise. Why didn’t it sell? I can only assume—as I will in a second—but I'm cool with that if you are. As for now, know this: I think that the owner of this BTTF replica would like to go back in time, take that bid and run. Then again, that would mean his DeLorean time-machine actually works, which would make even half-a-million bucks seem worth less than .01 jigawatts…
Posted In: Aftermarket, Auctions, Auto Shows, Car News, Classics, Concept Cars, Exotics, Miscellaneous, Special / Limited Edition, Technology
Tags: Back to the Future 1981 DeLorean BTTF flux capacitor, time circuits, mr fusion, time travel, movie replica clone
I get car sick. It’s worse in the back seat and is triggered mostly by reading while the car is moving. This is a problem since usually my husband drives and I am expected to navigate to previously unvisited destinations. I was so happy when GPS navigation arrived. Now he can listen to a pleasant and relaxed voice giving him directions instead of my nauseous and frustrated voice just telling him where to go.
If the Toyota Camry were a meal, it'd be a slice of Wonder Bread served on a bed of lettuce. Sure, there's plenty of nutritious vitamins and minerals, but it's always had the excitement quotient of a lukewarm glass of water. The 2015 Toyota Camry, however, promises to be much different. They've apparently added a lemon wedge, ice cubes, and a new grille! So let's meet Suburbia's re-invented best-seller...