Larry Printz: 10 American cars that matter most 09-29-2014
It would not be a fallacy to say that most Americans are ignorant when it comes to history. When it comes to automotive history, itís even worse.
Mark Phelan: Steel says 'We're a lightweight, too' 09-29-2014
Get ready for a wave of new investments and technology as the steel industry fights back against automakersí growing use of aluminum.
Auto review: 2014 Infiniti Q50 packs performance, economy into sedan 09-29-2014
The 2014 Infiniti Q50 S AWD sport sedan delivers spirited performance and sleek looks, but feels half a step out of sync with the luxury market.
Under the Hood: Head gasket issues common among Subarus, but solutions do exist 09-29-2014
Q: My girlfriend has a 2005 Subaru Forester (four-cylinder, automatic transmission) which we both like, except for issues with a leaking head gasket.
Auto review: 2014 Beetle TDI combines old Bug charm with modern diesel power 09-29-2014
Fill my new Beetle with a bunch of glazed old hippies in faded work shirts and peasant dresses. We can even slap a peace sign and outrageously optimistic "McGovern in Ď72" sticker on the back, and slide some Youngbloods into the 8-track ó er, CD player.
Auto Review: Now a sedan, 2015 Audi A3 has a grip on the competition 09-29-2014
When the folks at Audi set out to redesign the A3 for 2015, they apparently decided to think outside the box ó make that outside the hatch. They turned the dang thing into a sedan.
Auto review: Testing the 2015 Chevy Silverado Heavy Duty: Get in or get out of the way 09-22-2014
Anything roughly as big as a Motel 6 can quickly become an expressway smasher.
Mark Phelan: Ferrari CEO is owed a debt of thanks, but it's time to branch out 09-22-2014
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, who just recently lost his job as Ferrari CEO, was a brilliant steward of what may be the worldís greatest automotive brand for 23 years.
Motoring Q&A: Check out fuel pressure ought to resolve engine troubles 09-22-2014
Q: I have a 1999 Chevy Suburban 1500 V-8. Frequently the car wonít start. The engine turns over but wonít catch.
Auto review: Mercedes gives new C-Class a luxury upgrade, including price 09-22-2014
Mercedes-Benz had a simple plan for its new C-Class compact sedan: Do everything the full-size S-Class does, but in a smaller package for less money.
Auto review: Jaguar F-Type R Coupe proves worthy of its name and inheritance 09-22-2014
A Jaguar sports car? Until the introduction of the 2014 Jaguar F-Type, the term applied to the companyís past, not its present. And what a heritage: the C-Type, D-Type and E-Type, as well as the XK120, 140 and 150, and pre-war SS 100.
Under the Hood: What to consider when buying 2009 model that's barely been driven 09-22-2014
Q: Iím interested in a car I saw for sale online. Itís a 2009 Pontiac Solstice with only 641 miles. It is supposedly in perfect like new condition and has been in storage. Thatís what concerns me. Could anything be damaged from not having been driven? They want $19,000 for it.
Mark Phelan: Car, truck of year contests gain steam 09-15-2014
As summer winds down, competition for the North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year Awards is heating up.
Motoring Q&A: Resolving brake rotor warping issues 09-15-2014
Q: I have a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 160,000 miles on it. The problem is with the brake rotors warping. Every time Iíve had the brakes worked on, they start to pulsate again after a few thousand miles.
Under the Hood: Parasitic load solvable with some investigating 09-15-2014
Q: I bought a brand new 2010 Hyundai Tucson. Since it was new, if I do not run the car every day the battery goes dead in about a week.
Auto Review: Mini makes Cooper S a better car for a larger audience 09-15-2014
The Mini Cooper has fought hard to seem quirky and irreverent since its rebirth 12 years ago, but donít be fooled by its charm offensive.
Auto review: Alfa Romeo's return to the US is a head-turning exotic 09-15-2014
The Alfa Romeo 4C wonít be at dealers until later this month. Thatís a good thing for store managers, who will need the extra time to hire salesmen who are willing to wipe up customer drool.
Larry Printz: Investing in automakers not for faint of heart
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is famous for having coined the phrase "irrational exuberance" to describe an overheated stock market. Certainly, market bubbles have burned many people as have the recent bankruptcies of General Motors or Chrysler.
Auto review: Porsche Macan S hauls like an SUV, acts like a sports car 09-08-2014
Pay no mind to the Porsche Macanís 18 cubic feet of cargo room, its capacity to carry five adults comfortably and its commanding view of the road.
Mark Phelan: Best cars for canines; Edmunds comes to Motown; origins of Chevy bow tie 09-08-2014
As the summer road trip season winds down, automotive shopping website Autotrader.com has offered a list of the best vehicles for dog lovers.
Motoring Q&A: Locked-up brakes a real stumper 09-08-2014
Q: Last week I parallel-parked my 2003 Hyundai Sante Fe. I came out to drive away and went about 3 feet before the car stopped like the brakes had locked up. I went back and forth about 3 feet at least three more times with the same results.
Auto review: 2015 Hyundai Sonata tries to match its predecessor's charisma 09-08-2014
The Hyundai Sonata is a tough act to follow. Automakers like Toyota, Nissan, Ford and Chevrolet learned that when the revolutionary sixth-generation Sonata went on sale in 2010 as a 2011 model.
Under the Hood: How to jump an 83-year-old Model A Ford
Q: I am reaching out to you as a last resort with a vexing but widespread problem. My problem is what to do when you need to jump-start an antique car (1931 Model A Ford) with a 6VDC system when the contributor auto is a modern 12VDC automobile.
Auto review: Volvo's debut of new XC90 sets course for automaker's rebirth 09-02-2014
For the first time in four years ó an eternity in the car business ó Volvo has debuted an all-new vehicle, one that sets the course for a dramatic rebirth of the safety-oriented automaker.
Larry Printz: When it comes to music, truckers have the right idea 09-02-2014
For those who must hit the road as a way to make a living, music is a panacea to pass the time, even as that fast ride on the freeway slows to crawl. No matter our frustrations, traffic and the thrill of the road always seem to captivate us.
Mark Phelan: New Cadillac SRX coming in 2015 to keep up with competitors 09-02-2014
Amid General Motorsí confirmation of things we already knew ó that Cadillac will add a new super-luxury sedan in 2015 to compete with the Audi A8, BMW 7-series, Mercedes S-class and Lexus LS ó donít lose sight of the brandís greater challenge: Catching up in the luxury SUV market.
Motoring Q&A: Yes, you'll need four new tires 09-02-2014
Q: I just read your article "Wrong tire size is not a solution," where you advised that tires should all be the same size on a Jeep Liberty.
Auto review: 1025 Lincoln MKC packs luxury onto small frame 09-02-2014
The four-star 2015 Lincoln MKC all-wheel drive is a fine little SUV and a somewhat larger leap of faith.
Under the Hood: Insist garage take second look 09-02-2014
Q: I have a 2009 Saturn Aura with 94,500 miles on it. A few weeks ago, the check engine came on, and has stayed on.
Auto Review: Chrysler roars back with all-new 200 09-02-2014
Itís been a long time since Chrysler has built a car worth smiling about. But on a recent visit to Los Angeles, Chrysler CEO Al Gardner couldnít stop grinning as he leaned against his companyís all-new 200 sedan.
Motoring Q&A: Overfilling tank can indeed cause issues
Q: My wifeís 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.
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