Under the Hood: Oil pressure and 10-year-old tires 06-22-2015
Q: I am having trouble finding out whatís wrong with my oil pressure gauge. My motor home is a 36-foot 1997 model with a Chevy V-8 block.
Motoring Q&A: Owner has two choices to address balky Caravan 06-22-2015
Q: My wife has a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan with 76,000 miles. We have had an ongoing problem over the past two years with the vehicle not starting.
Auto review: VW and Audi diesels reach out to US drivers 06-22-2015
Why do people buy diesel-powered vehicles? Should you consider one? The 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen TDI station wagon and the 2015 Audi A3 TDI sedan (I give them both three out of four stars) provide some answers to those questions.
Auto Review: Dodge Viper's still defiantly incorrect - and we should celebrate 06-22-2015
Forget politically correct. In these silent tweet-and-text times, the brash, brutal Dodge Viper bellows down the street like some sort of satanic delivery.
Auto review: Electric 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf 06-15-2015
The 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf (I give it three out of four stars) is a stealth electric car, an alternate-energy wolf in the sheepís clothing of an unassuming compact hatchback.
Auto review: Is the 2016 Nissan Maxima a four-door sports car? Almost 06-15-2015
If I would ask you what attributes make for a really great sports car, most likely youíd reply, "a powerful motor, aggressive styling and two doors." If youíre a motorhead, you might add, "not to mention rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission."
Motoring Q&A: If noisy engine will keep running, keep your car 06-15-2015
Q: I have a 2007 Camry V-6 that has an engine knock when cold but goes away as the engine warms up. The dealer said this was normal and would not affect the life of the engine. The car now has 80,000 miles on it and the noise seems more pronounced.
Mark Phelan: GM restoring sinkhole damaged 1 millionth Corvette 06-15-2015
The crumpled wreckage of the 1 millionth Corvette is well on its way back to museum quality as experts at General Motorsí design center repair the damage done when the car plunged 30 feet into a sinkhole in the floor of the National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Ky., more than a year ago.
Auto review: Alfa Romeo 4C defies logic, defines fun 06-15-2015
Seven-hundred pound motorcycles on ice seem a bit extreme ó figure-eights with no skates or tutus. "Did I get extra points for the 360 on the entrance ramp?"
Mark Phelan: New premium-plus gas offers lower wear, for a price 06-08-2015
A new, more expensive grade of premium-plus gasoline that goes on sale at Shell stations nationwide Monday could signal a new round of competition as oil companies add new features to their fuels.
Motoring Q&A: Keep trusty, 10-year-old Malibu or buy new? 06-08-2015
Q: I own a 2005 Chevy Malibu with 75,000 miles on it. I have kept up with oil changes religiously since buying the car new.
Auto review: 1st look 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata 06-08-2015
Mazda will deliver a present to convertible lovers this July, and I just had a sneak peak. I spent a few hours driving the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster around some of Detroitís most scenic, historic and obscure attractions.
Auto review: Jag F-Type has classy moves and a hot-rod attitude 06-08-2015
Hot rods shred the night with high-octane outbursts that sound like a civil war erupting in the front yard. The great ones thunder and pop with back-alley malice, occasionally singeing streets with an errant flame or two from their open, oversized exhausts.
Auto Review: 2016 Sonata marks Hyundai's entry into plug-in hybrid market 06-08-2015
Itís a predictable truism of gas prices that what goes down eventually climbs back up. In the last month alone, gasoline has increased 75 cents per gallon in California, nudging it over $4 for the first time since last year.
Under the Hood: Is Ford's EcoBoost engine worth its price? 06-08-2015
Q: Whatís your take on Fordís EcoBoost engine and others that supposedly deliver big-engine power while using small-engine gas?
Mark Phelan: Fuel saving tips for summer driving 06-01-2015
Want to save fuel on those long summer highway drives? Close the windows and turn the air conditioning on.
Motoring Q&A: Is it really worth buying 4 new tires? 06-01-2015
Q: While I agree that tires are an important safety component, I mildly disagree that they are relatively low-cost (new tires on my 2003 Ford Expedition set me back more than $1,100 two years ago).
Under the Hood: Your car won't run without a functioning crankshaft position sensor 06-01-2015
Q: I just got my 2010 Ford Escape (a four cylinder) back from the repair shop. It hadnít been starting, and I was told the cause was a broken crankshaft sensor.
Auto review: All-new Chrysler 200 sedan designed to compete in crowded midsize segment 06-01-2015
Chrysler may finally have gotten the midsize sedan right. After years of creating cars in the most-popular vehicle class that were so dull that they were mostly relegated to rental-car fleets, the automaker now has a credible entry in the segment: the 2015 Chrysler 200.
Auto review: The world's best sports car? Just might be the Chevy Corvette Z06 06-01-2015
Youíd have a hard time proving the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 convertible (I give it four out of four stars) isnít the best sports car on Earth.
Auto review: Make your life smoother and quieter with a Bentley Flying Spur 06-01-2015
Money never really pegged the needles on my little gauges. Call me Uber Underachiever, but homes the size of office buildings, cloud-scorching jets and massive six-figure cars just donít rev my motor.
Mark Phelan: Five battles the 2016 Chevy Camaro needs to win 05-25-2015
The recently unveiled 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will face five key challenges when it goes on sale in the fourth quarter of this year:
Motoring Q&A: Two cars, same problem 05-25-2015
Here are two completely different vehicles with a very similar problem. Q: I have a 2010 Chevy Cobalt with just under 50,000 miles on it. I
Auto review: Style and features lift Kia SUV to near-luxury status 05-25-2015
Korean automaker Kia approaches the fringes of the luxury market with the 2016 Sorento SXL, a midsize SUV (I give it three out of four stars) priced and equipped to compete with vehicles ranging from the Chevrolet Equinox to the Lincoln MKX.
Under the Hood: Truck won't stop blowing hot air 05-25-2015
Q: Iím hoping you can help me fix or at least understand what is happening with my 2006 GMC Yukon. All of the sudden hot air is coming out of the two driverís side air conditioning ducts regardless of what settings I attempt using on the control panel.
Auto review: Honda thinks outside the box for 2016 Pilot 05-25-2015
You canít blame Honda for trying. When the Japanese automaker last redesigned the Pilot in 2009, Honda designers gave the three-row crossover the look of a true SUV, with big, boxy proportions.
Auto review: 2015 Cadillac Escalade is bigger, brawnier and makes no apologies 05-25-2015
Make no mistake: Cadillacís redesigned beast-of-an-SUV, the Escalade, has tons of competitors. Heck, its own kin, the GMC Yukon Denali, compares favorably ó and costs tens of thousands less.
Auto review: The 2015 Nissan GT-R Anniversary Gold Edition 05-18-2015
The gift associated with 45th wedding anniversaries is the sapphire. But the color of Nissanís 45th Anniversary GT-R is gold ó or what the company calls "Silica Brass."
Motoring Q&A: Shave one tire or buy full new set? 05-18-2015
Q: I have 50,000 miles on my 2010 Acura MDX with all-wheel drive and 18-inch Dunlap tires. I have been informed that one of the tires will soon require replacement and that all of the tires must be replaced at that time since the new tire will be larger in diameter than the other three worn tires.
Under the Hood: What's behind my Buick's ignition control module failure? 05-18-2015
Q: My 2002 Buick LeSabre has 98,887 miles on it. Its ignition control module is failing. Since November 2014 I have replaced it three times.
Auto review: 50th anniversary Mustang GT: Ford's sexy throwback fastback 05-18-2015
The 50th anniversary Ford Mustang GT is a fastback ó and a throwback. Itís an homage to Fordís glory days, when gas was cheap and custom pony cars dueled at the drag strip with Corvettes, Camaros and GTOs.
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