Motoring Q&A: Check engine light can't reset itself 10-13-2014
Q: We have 184,000 miles on our 2005 Chrysler Town & Country van with 3.8-liter engine. The other day my wife drove it down the block and didnít notice the red path of oil on the road.
Mark Phelan: French luxury car brand DS eyes US sales 10-13-2014
Some of the most intriguing news at last weekís Paris Motor Show came when Peugeot executive Yves Bonnefont acknowledged the obvious: The automaker needs to sell its vehicle in the United States.
Under the Hood: Master technicians show their stuff at Honda competition 10-13-2014
This week I was fortunate to be invited to serve as one of 10 judges for Hondaís Northern California zone TOPTECH competition.
Auto review: 2015 Honda Fit is still different - and mostly good 10-13-2014
Wacky, wispy Honda Fits make Minis seem substantial. They raucously celebrate small, proudly wearing wedgy little bodies that vaguely resemble George Jetsonís slippers.
Auto review: For all its hype, Ford's all-new F-150 is still just a truck 10-13-2014
Do not approach Fordís all-new F-150 truck expecting a revolution. For all the hype about the lightweight aluminum body, and the promises of groundbreaking efficiency and hauling capabilities, the 2015 model is still just a truck.
Auto review: Stylish Cadillac ATS coupe an alluring ride 10-13-2014
The 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe (I give it three out of four stars) makes enthusiastic driving irresistibly easy. Its sharp handling, sticky tires and suspension beg you to take each corner just a little faster.
Auto review: All-new Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon add vigor to mid-size truck segment 10-06-2014
For nearly a decade, automakers have all but ignored mid-size trucks, issuing few new models ó or even updates ó and expecting few sales. They focused instead on high-volume full-size trucks and all sizes of SUVs and crossovers.
Mark Phelan: Paris preview focuses on smaller cars and crossovers 10-06-2014
Car show season begins with a flood of unveilings at the Paris Motor Show this week. The show, which opens to the public Saturday, will feature inexpensive minicars, luxury models and far-out concepts.
Under the Hood: Cool system malfunction requires immediate attention 10-06-2014
Q: I hope you can help me. My carís temperature gauge will occasionally go up more than normal. During the past several months Iíve added water to the radiator because it was low.
Auto review: Honda CR-V gets a tuneup 10-06-2014
Since 2004, Honda has sold more than 2.3 million of its easygoing CR-V crossover sport utility vehicle, and most of those years ó including this one ó it has been the top-selling SUV in the U.S.
Auto review: 2015 Escalade gets a new suit, keeps the attitude 10-06-2014
Sturgill Simpson poured from the 16 Bose speakers in my new Escalade, probably leaving twangy furrows in its fine wool carpet.
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.
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