Motoring Q&A: Fix your light, keep your car 09-28-2015
Q: I have a 2002 Buick Century with 58,947 miles. The indicator light for the gear position and odometer is out (dark).
Mark Phelan: 2016 Camaro squares off vs. Mustang, on paper 09-28-2015
Chevrolet revealed this month some key performance statistics for the all-new 2016 Camaro. The numbers look good, but let’s face it, what really matters is how they compare to the Camaro’s nemesis, the Ford Mustang.
Under the Hood: Why am I going through so many fuses? 09-28-2015
Q: I have a 2001 BMW 740iL. It has blown a fuse two or three times a year for several years now. The problem generally occurs during warm-weather months after the car has been driven and then parked for an hour or longer.
Auto review: America’s favorite vehicle continues its winning ways 09-28-2015
Are you overweight or obese? Sixty-nine percent of Americans are, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, the average American is 23 pounds heavier than his or her ideal body weight, according to the CDC.
Auto review: Don’t be tricked by the Q3’s good looks 09-28-2015
Americans have never been big fans of hatchback cars. Maybe it’s because hatchbacks first hit the market here as low-rent economy cars, lending them an indelible reputation that makes them virtually sales-proof in the status-conscious United States.
Auto review: Blazing Range Rover Sport SVR waves off laws of physics 09-21-2015
Going off-road these days must be getting rough as a Republican presidential debate. How else do you explain a 550-horsepower SUV that can slither through an Irish bog, clamber up the side of a cliff and then streak back home at 150 mph?
Motoring Q&A: Why don’t carmakers do more to stop distracted driving? 09-21-2015
Q: A lot of lives could be saved if carmakers devised a system where your car wouldn’t run if your phone was on or vice versa.
Auto review: Hyundai’s next-generation Tucson crossover arrives for 2016 with a turbo engine option 09-21-2015
Hyundai has completely redesigned its compact Tucson crossover utility vehicle for 2016, giving it a sleek new look based on the company’s "Fluidic Sculpture" design theme.
Under the Hood: Could a catalytic converter help an old, stinky car? 09-21-2015
Q: While following an older car the other day and smelling its nasty exhaust, I was wondering if catalytic converters can be added to older exhaust systems to clean them. What do you think?
Auto review: Alfa Romeo’s minimalist 4C delivers maximum delight 09-21-2015
The new Alfa Romeo is a throwback to the Italian company’s great racing days — a lightweight, turbo-charged, four-cylinder sports car, stripped to the essentials.
Mark Phelan: Taking a spin with Siri as my co-pilot 09-14-2015
Siri will soon be pulling into a driveway near you, as the Apple iPhone’s digital assistant makes herself at home in dozens of new cars and trucks from General Motors’ Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC brands.
Auto review: Strange new Maxima reaches for unique and gets partly there 09-14-2015
Late last night, I somehow parked my bland bar-of-soap sedan under a humming power line, enshrouding it in angry electrons or magnetic gamma rays or something.
Motoring Q&A: Are ‘driver aids’ the way of the future? 09-14-2015
Q: What is your opinion regarding the rapid introduction of "driver aids," from simple warning systems, up to but not including, driverless cars?
Under the Hood: Ball joints, wheel bearings and tire pressure 09-14-2015
Q: On my way home today, I noticed a pickup truck similar to mine on the side of the road with its front left wheel severely angled, as if something broke.
Auto review: Audi TT: Little coupe evolves 09-14-2015
A revolutionary new instrument cluster and climate controls highlight the 2016 Audi TT (I give it three out of four stars), an otherwise evolutionary new edition of the luxury brand’s stylish little sport coupe.
Auto review: Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS: Fast, fun and surprisingly comfortable 09-07-2015
Porsche doesn’t make any bad cars, even any mediocre cars. It’s only a matter of good, better or best.
Larry Printz: Nissan 370Z’s price is a small one to pay for a trip back in time 09-07-2015
The 2016 Nissan 370Z will not go quietly. But then again, it is not a quiet vehicle. Nothing about it slips silently into the night, for this is the iconic Asian muscle car, benefitting from more than four decades of development.
Motoring Q&A: Car ran out of gas. Could this really cost $1,100 to fix? 09-07-2015
Q: I had my 5-year-old Saab towed after it ran out of gas. I was told the car now needs a new fuel pump, which will cost $1,100, because that’s what happens to the Saabs when they run out of gas! Sound crazy to you? GM offered $2,500 off a new GM car. Suggestions?
Under the Hood: Hitting the brakes makes car shake 09-07-2015
Q: I was driving recently and needed to stop quickly. I became startled when the car shuddered as I pressed hard on the brake.
Auto review: Design elevates 2016 Lincoln MKX 2.7-liter AWD 08-31-2015
A stunning interior elevates the 2016 Lincoln MKX Black Label SUV (I give it three out of four stars), the latest step in Lincoln’s long march back toward relevance in the luxury-car market.
Under the Hood: How do today’s ‘performance’ modes compare to those of old? 08-31-2015
Q: My mother had a 1995 Saturn SL2 with a four-speed automatic transmission that had a "performance" button. With the car in performance mode, depending how vigorously its accelerator was applied, all 140 of its horses could be utilized.
Auto review: Hot 2015 Chevy SS lets you shift for yourself 08-31-2015
Surprises rarely make me smile these days. They tend to arrive in innocent-looking Dodge Chargers filled suddenly with a firestorm of red-and-blue flashing lights.
Auto review: Compact Buick Encore crossover offers style, comfort, versatility for the family 08-31-2015
The Buick Encore is a small luxury crossover with style, comfort, versatility and adaptability to fit many busy lifestyles, from parents of small children to empty nesters and grandparents.
Motoring Q&A: Talking flex-fuel vehicles could lead to political debates 08-24-2015
Q: I would like to hear your opinion on flex-fuel vehicles. I assume these vehicles can use regular gasoline with 10 percent ethanol or E85 (85 percent ethanol). I don’t understand how a vehicle can run on both gasoline and E85 when we hear of potential engine damage when using E15 (15 percent ethanol).
Auto review: Good-looking Mazda 6 draws more glances than sales 08-24-2015
Beauty rules in bare-it-all America, the land of white teeth, buffed brown bodies and perfect posteriors. It’s a requirement in Southern California and some neighborhoods elsewhere, where really shiny people live on streets named Sculpted Drive and Lean Lane.
Under the Hood: How to match new tires with your old car 08-24-2015
Q: There’s no doubt car manufacturers do enormous amounts of research on the best tire setups for their new cars. From this research come clearly recommended tire pressures that support optimal tire performance.
Auto review: Again, Honda’s Accord stands above the midsize sedan pack 08-24-2015
If you want to stand out in the marketplace, take something ordinary, give it a twist and you’ll wind up with something perceived as quite different.
Auto review: 2016 Cadillac ATS-V leaves luxury rivals in dust 08-24-2015
The fast and luxurious 2016 Cadillac ATS-V (I give it four out of four stars) coupe continues Cadillac’s assault on the BMW M Sport and Mercedes-Benz AMG high-performance brands.
Auto review: Plenty of storage space in sporty diesel wagon 08-17-2015
Volkswagen should be able to sell more of these vehicles than it does. The Golf SportWagen TDI — an updated version of the car previously known as the Jetta SportWagen — combines a sporty ride and ample passenger and storage space with a clean-burning, low-maintenance diesel engine that will run forever and generally costs less to fill up than a regular gasoline-fueled car.
Mark Phelan: The golden age of the American muscle car is now 08-17-2015
The golden age of Detroit muscle is now. The Detroit Three’s performance cars are better today than ever before.
Motoring Q&A: Where can I buy and learn to use a diagnostic scan tool? 08-17-2015
Q. I live in Canada and own a 2014 Dodge Journey. Where can I buy a scan tool and learn how to use it? I find that although upkeep is supposed to be easier with these diagnostic tools, the costs of maintaining my vehicle are generally higher than ever.
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