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Christmas for Car Lovers

On: Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 2:53PM | By: Karen Cook


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It’s almost Christmas and, by this time, most of your shopping should be done. Mine’s not. For those of you in the same boat (car?) here are some suggestions for the car lovers in your life.

Small budget items are still available and can be used all year. They will be certainly be appreciated when they are needed. A tool kit is always a good idea, even if it isn’t unique, along with car care kits and portable jump starters. I recently had trouble with my battery and, believe me, I wish I had more than jumper cables in my car.

There are things you can personalize too such as floor mats and seat covers. If you live in a cold climate, you can find heated seat covers which can keep your loved one’s tushy warm on the long drive over the river and through the woods.

If you have a deeper wallet, you could do something really special and have a remote start system installed or have the windows tinted. This requires access to the vehicle in question but that’s part of the fun. Be creative. My son had my windows tinted for me as a surprise. He asked to borrow my car, and when he brought it back a couple of hours later it was done. It was very thoughtful and I didn’t suspect a thing. Just make sure you have a plausible excuse.


The 2015 Mustang is Here and the Mystery Still Remains

On: Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 2:21PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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For the latter half of 2013, rumors about the next generation Ford Mustang have dominated the auto news headlines and have taken over car enthusiast magazines. On December 5th, the world got its first official peek of the model when Ford finally released some information about what you can expect. While we’ve certainly gotten an eyeful, it still feels like Ford has a lot more they’re keeping secret. 

In case you’ve missed all of the coverage, there’s plenty to be excited about for the 2015 Mustang, as we know it so far.


Michelin Recalls 1.2 Million Tires

On: Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 3:09PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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The Michelin man has decided to recall 1.2 million of its LTX M/S tires, specifically size LT225/75R16 115/112R LRE. These tires have typically been used on many Fords, as well as light trucks, RVs, vans, and pickup trucks. It seems these tires may be susceptible to tread separation, which, of course, is extremely bad. If this happens, a crash will almost be impossible to avoid. The production dates for the tires in question are January 10, 2010–June 23, 2012.

Michelin has said it will notify all owner and dealers beginning next month, and will replace these defective tires for free. Owners may contact Mr. Michelin at 1-800-231-5893 with any questions.  


A Missive to American Parents

On: Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 2:15PM | By: Nick Bakewell


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As I write this, it’s far too late and I should more than probably be asleep. I can’t, however, because of a few bits of news that I saw earlier today. Namely, that a couple of young folk were recently responsible for car-related deaths that gained media attention due to some Twitter posts, etc. It’s the kind of story you see all over the internet every day: someone did something horrible and then tweeted something entirely unrelated, which means they are, in essence, the devil. Jalopnik’s Patrick George posted a preliminary lambasting of the American drivers-ed system, which I fully endorse: receiving (I won’t say earning) a driver’s license in this country is far too easy, and a lot of car-related deaths could be prevented by more comprehensive, rigorous education.


 

Hyundai Plays The Luxury Card

On: Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 5:00PM | By: Karen Cook


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Hyundai hasn’t been known for its luxury vehicles. Korea could produce decent, dependable cars, but no one thought of them as luxurious. The 2015 Hyundai Genesis is about to change that.


Another Day, Another Recall

On: Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 4:47PM | By: Karen Cook


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Chrysler has announced a recall of 522 vehicles of the following makes and models having 2.4-liter engines: the 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot, 2013 Dodge Avenger and 2013 Chrysler 200


Audi Gives a First Look at New E-Tron Crossover Concept

On: Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 4:52PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Audi will use the upcoming 2014 North American International Auto Show to showcase a new two-door sports crossover design. It appears to be more of a styling exercise than a production-car preview, but the car does have appeal and versatility, so the future will tell.


Odometer Fraud a Cautionary Tale

On: Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 4:23PM | By: Karen Cook


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So you’re looking at a pre-owned vehicle and it looks pretty good. It’s in decent condition, appears to be clean and well cared for. The tires are good and the engine doesn’t seem to be in need of any maintenance. The odometer shows low mileage too. You seem to have a winner. You sign the papers, hand over the cash, and drive away with the deal of a lifetime. Within two weeks, though, you are headed to the mechanic and you leave with a hefty bill. So what went wrong?


Review: 2014 Subaru Forrester

On: Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 12:21PM | By: Nick Bakewell


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On a recent trip to Canada, I witnessed an egregious breakdown of common sense. Being from the south, I assumed that all northerners are hearty, hardy folk; practical people, if you will. But even in the frozen wastes of Quebec, the population is apparently dense enough to produce a few people with more money than sense. Cue the man in the AMG Mercedes who attempted to drive it backwards up a hill (and through a snow bank) to parallel park. Of course he got stuck. Of course he attracted a crowd. Of course this just made him try harder. Eventually, after almost revving the wheels off, he managed to dig through the snow bank enough to get his rears to grip up. What happened next was as deliciously inevitable as watching a derailed train buck itself (on fire) into the bottom of a river gorge. His $80,000 E63 AMG launched itself backwards into the Mazda CX-5 parked behind it. In front of a crowd of about 20 spectators. I was laughing so hard that I almost lost my balance on the icy sidewalk.


Is The Watercar Panther the Ultimate Vehicle?

On: Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 5:51PM | By: Karen Cook


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It’s 7:30 in the morning. Traffic is backed up on the interstate in Tampa, Florida. A lot of it is stuck on one of the many bridges that crisscross the bay. The water is so beautiful though with the sun glinting off the empty blue expanse. Wait a minute! It’s empty! No traffic down there at all. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a car than ran in the water too? Boy, getting to work would be a breeze!


Out of the Bailout, New CEO: It's a Good Month for GM

On: Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 1:36PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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It’s been a great year for GM, including things like the success of their new Stingray and multiple quality awards symbolizing the end of the looming reputation of offering substandard products during the recession. This week, the company has been on fire with headline making success and company changes. Here’s what’s going on with GM of late.