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Motoring Q&A: Overfilling tank can indeed cause issues 08-25-2014
Q: My wife’s 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan will not let us add gas to it. At best, I need to fill it painfully slowly. I have a feeling it has to do with the EVAP system.
 
Auto review: Kia veering into luxury market 08-25-2014
Cut-rate Kias once sang solely in the key of cheap. Coarse plastic creaked and squeaked over bumps. Suspension pieces clunked and clanged darkly somewhere underneath, giving the cars a slightly haunted feel.
 
Under the Hood: Have patience before ditching Golf 08-25-2014
Q: My daughter has a 2002 Volkswagen Golf facing a smog check by next month. It didn't pass because its catalytic converter apparently needs more mileage to register and store information from the monitors. 
 
Auto review: Cadillac Escalade all new for 2015 08-25-2014
The Cadillac Escalade, a favorite full-size premium SUV among many, got a complete makeover for 2015, entering its fourth generation with more luxury, versatility and fuel-efficiency.
 
Auto review: If you liked the 1970 Challenger, you'll love the souped-up 2014 model 08-25-2014
Hood scoops feed my gas-stained soul. I guess that makes me pretty shallow. But I would rather wrestle a flamed ‘32 high-boy down a rough road in 100-degree heat than cruise a smooth interstate in a luxo Benz or Bimmer.
 
Mark Phelan: Collectible car insurer started as a basement hobby 08-18-2014
Frank Hagerty was looking for a hobby, something to do in his retirement, but the business he started in his Michigan basement became the world’s largest insurer of collectible cars and wooden boats.
 
Auto review: Subaru revs up tech, safety and style of Legacy, Outback 08-18-2014
For decades, Subaru’s all-wheel-drive vehicles have delivered people to the trail head, campground and ski slope safely. Now the brand is turning to technology to give drivers an extra measure of security.
 
Larry Printz: Even cars suffer from marriage problems 08-18-2014
Wall Street loves a merger. When two companies getting together, economies of scale can yield greater profits and eliminate a competition, and the costs that come with it
 
Motoring Q&A: Wrong size tire certainly not OK 08-18-2014
Q: My co-worker had a flat left front tire on her 2002 Jeep Liberty. She had no spare, and the service station didn't have her size.
 
Auto review: 2015 Genesis marks dawn of new Hyundai era 08-18-2014
When Hyundai unleashed the 2009 Genesis, its first upscale sedan in the United States, it possessed a typical Hyundai trait: a bargain price when compared to the competition.
 
Under the Hood: Gas tank, wheel bearing issues 08-18-2014
Q: When I reach about a half tank of gas with my 2006 Hyundai Azera 3.8 engine, the gas gauge goes down to empty and the low fuel light comes on.
 
Auto review: 2015 Tundra proves Toyota is getting serious about trucks 08-11-2014
Not a single electric spark fell from the overtly orange Toyota Tundra shading most of my driveway.
Hallelujah. This was absolutely not another halo-hybrid from some automaker determined to save us from ourselves, I smartly concluded.
 
Mark Phelan: It's too late to make play for Chrysler 08-11-2014
Suddenly it seems like everybody wants Chrysler. It’s too late, though. Only Fiat had the guts and vision to rescue the smallest of the Detroit 3 from the Great Recession.
 
Motoring Q&A: Save money on troubleshooting and towing by following these tips 08-11-2014
Q: Code P0172 came up in my 2010 Chevy Malibu. The dealer charged me $100 to troubleshoot the code. I
 
Auto Review: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 Matic wants to drive you into the future 08-11-2014
BMW may be the ultimate driving machine, but Mercedes-Benz is working on the ultimate driverless machine. 
 
Under the Hood: The Atkinson cycle and nitrogen-filled tires 08-11-2014
Q: I am a casual follower of the automobile industry. I am curious about the Atkinson cycle and variable valve timing as they relate to efficiency (increased mpg) improvements.
 
Auto review: 2014 Honda Civic Si still struts but needs a bit more stride 08-11-2014
Humble Hondas never wear purple. They celebrate sensibility — kind of like the guy down the street who dons goggles and elbow-length rubber gloves to pull weeds.
 
Auto review: Volvo V60 wagon packs more fun  08-04-2014
Consider Volvo’s 2015 V60 station wagon penance for all the boxy cars the company threw at us in the 1980s and ‘90s.
 
Auto review: Big price, little buzz for 2014 Ford Tremor  08-04-2014
Call it an F-150-minus, but with a plus-sized price. Ford introduced its 2014 Tremor sport truck to generate buzz as the current F-150 pickup enters its last few months of production, and perhaps as a preemptive strike against the new midsize Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups General Motors will introduce this fall.
 
Mark Phelan: End in sight for pickup towing claim game  08-04-2014
The dramatic video that shows a 2015 Ford F-150 beating Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 pickups in a towing test should include an asterisk.
 
Motoring Q&A: Don't overdo it with Corvette maintenance  08-04-2014
Q: I own a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette coupe purchased new in 2003. It has only 6,000 miles on it and is driven once a month in spring, summer and fall. I have a battery tender and had the battery replaced in 2010 for safety.
 
Under the Hood: Don't use unruly cruise control  08-04-2014
Q: The answer to this may be the same as the answer to the column of Saturday, July 12, 2014, "Cruise control unreliable." 
 
Auto review: Bentley's Flying Spur and Mulsanne sedans 08-04-2014
$110,000 can buy a nice addition to the house, put a kid through college, or buy a family of four the globe-trotting trip of a lifetime.
 
Larry Printz: The 2014 Ghibli: A sedan that feels unlike any other, unless it's a Maserati 07-28-2014
Maserati. Despite being more than a century old, it’s an unfamiliar name which, when mentioned to most Americans, makes them smile as if you mentioned their secret, illicit love affair.
 
Motoring Q&A:  Could magnetic flux be issue behind Explorer's woes? 07-28-2014
QUESTION: My 2000 Ford Explorer 4-liter Control-Trac 4WD has 120,000 miles on it. At 84,000 miles the O/D (overdrive) light began flashing randomly.
 
Genesis finds its groove 07-28-2014
Pop a few buttons off most provocatively dressed Hyundais, and you will find four-cylinder hearts born to be mild.
 
BMW 535d leads the pack among diesel luxury sedans 07-28-2014
Brands like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi have always sold diesel cars on their home turf back in Germany.
 


Base-model VW Golf disappoints, but diesel and GTI versions get a boost
07-21-2014
It is the people’s car from the company that invented the concept. For four decades, Volkswagen’s Golf, born as the Rabbit in the U.S., has offered European style and utility on the cheap.
 
2 cars that bump past 50 mpg 07-21-2014
Fifty miles a gallon. It was an unattainable goal for years, but two new small cars pave the road for many vehicles to hit that magic number.
 
Under the Hood: Interference vs. noninterference engine 07-21-2014
QUESTION: I want to find out how I can identify if a car’s engine is interference or noninterference from a layman’s point of view; that is, some signs or writings on the vehicle.
 
Chrysler 200, with Fiat's help, is an all-new car 07-21-2014
Once life becomes all potholes and clouds — with Kenny Rogers stuck on my stereo and "The View" embedded in my TV — I might buy an old Chrysler 200.
 
Auto review: 2014 Civic Hybrid has improved fuel economy 07-21-2014
Another fuel-sipping alternative is available to motorists weary of yo-yo pump prices: the gasoline-electric hybrid version of Honda’s popular Civic compact sedan.
 
Auto review: Volvos don't look like Volvos anymore 07-14-2014
In my leafy suburb, the vegans and Democrats — all 11 of them — drive dusky old Volvo wagons shaped like cargo containers.
 
Mark Phelan: The new IQS is out, and automakers are immersed in it 07-14-2014
Should you care if a new Chevrolet is less than 1 percent more likely to have a problem than a new Toyota? If a new Honda is 2.8 percent more likely to have a problem than either?
 
Motoring Q&A: Opening your car door in a crisis 07-14-2014
QUESTION: I was shocked to see a news broadcast of a man whose car caught fire and he couldn’t get out because the electric door locks were inoperative. 
 
A sleek new look for Hyundai's Genesis 07-14-2014
After years of worrying about the stuff that matters — comfort, reliability, quality — Hyundai focused on the superficial with its all-new Genesis luxury sedan.
 
Under the Hood: What's the deal with 'turbocharged'? 07-14-2014
QUESTION: I’ve noticed a lot of new cars are now "turbocharged", Can you explain how this works and if it’s a good idea to buy one?
 
Auto review: GMC Yukon Denali SUV's a dinosaur with plenty of roar 07-07-2014
By now, lumbering dinosaurs like full-size SUVs should be part of the primordial goo coursing through hissing oil refineries in Baytown.
 
Mark Phelan: Tips on saving gas for summer driving season 07-07-2014
As the summer driving season begins in earnest, keeping an eye on your fuel economy can put dollars in your pocket.
 
Under the Hood: Buick's cruise control is none too steady 07-07-2014
QUESTION: The cruise control is intermittent on my 1998 Buick Regal LS, which has 130,000 miles. Outside temperature seems to determine if it operates. It works OK if the temperature is below about 75 degrees. In the mid-80s, there is no control. This started shortly after the coolant change at 100,000 miles.

 

 























 







 
       

 

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