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Under the Hood: Routine service on a Mercedes is expensive, but cheaper than the alternative

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Q: With my eyes wide open, about 18 months ago I bought a like-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz E350 convertible with 32,000 miles. Because of the wonders of depreciation, this $68,000 beauty was mine for less than the cost of new econobox.

I knew service and parts would be expensive, but I was not prepared for the frequency of these services. Oil ...Read more

Motormouth: Lunging car may indicate failing brakes

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Q: I have a 2008 Toyota Camry Solara convertible with a sporadic brake issue. Occasionally, the car will lunge forward when the brake is applied as though the accelerator is stuck. I have taken the car to two separate Toyota dealers who cannot diagnose the problem (they say the car performs normally for them).

-- G.W., Allentown, Pa.

A: When ...Read more

Crosstrek Hybrid delivers sippiness, but there's more to life than mileage

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2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid: So you want a little all-wheel drive ...

Price: $38,470 as tested. One option package explained below.

Marketer's pitch: "Smartly powered for modern adventure."

Conventional wisdom: likes the "spacious interior for a hatchback of its size; optional safety features not typically found in the class; ...Read more

Florida company building brand-new classic Mustangs with modern features

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If you see a gorgeous, like-new '67 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 rolling down the street, it might actually be new. That's because Revology Cars, a company based in Orlando, Fla., has been building classic Mustangs with all the modern conveniences, including a 600-horsepower Roush-built supercharged V-8.

"There are people who love classic cars, ...Read more

Police lawsuit alleges carbon monoxide poisoning from Ford Explorer

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Six Washington state troopers have sued Ford, claiming their patrol vehicles made them sick from carbon monoxide poisoning. The officers blame a design flaw in 2014-17 Explorer SUVs modified for police duty.

The troopers allege their department-issued vehicles have a faulty exhaust and/or heating, ventilation and air conditioning system that ...Read more

Under the Hood: Valve job cheaper than new truck

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Q: My 2006 Chevy Colorado pickup has developed a misfire. I took it to a shop. They ran some tests and said it has low compression due to a faulty intake valve. They said this was common for this truck. I'm pondering my options, as it's a shame to give up on this truck with only 72,000 miles on the odometer. What are your suggestions for what to...Read more

Tesla has a huge incentive to deploy self-driving tech. But is the world ready?

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Elon Musk frames his company's aggressive push into driverless car technology as a moral imperative. Along with sustainable electric transportation, he views autonomy as a core element of Tesla Inc.'s "fundamental goodness."

Humans will be freed of the tedium of driving, he told Wall Street last year. Millions of lives will be saved.

There is ...Read more

Moto Guzzi was once a legendary name in motorcycles. Can it make a comeback?

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MANDELLO DEL LARIO, Italy -- A motorcycle factory sits on the edge of Lake Como in a little town that proudly proclaims itself "La Citta della Moto Guzzi" -- the city of Moto Guzzi. Artisans have been hand-fabricating motorcycle parts here since 1921.

Lately the venerable Mandello plant is working overtime. Moto Guzzi, in a bid to compete with ...Read more

Auto review: Pricey 2020 Range Rover Evoque SUV nails the look and feel, but has maddening oversight

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The 2020 Range Rover Evoque SUV is a masterclass in the meaning and value of a strong brand. It's not the fastest, most powerful or most capable vehicle in its class, but people will happily pay a premium for the new compact luxury SUV. Why? Because the new Evoque nails the look and feel owners expect from Land Rover, and that makes the whole ...Read more

Trump Safety Pitch for Easing Car Standards Rebutted by Study

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's plan to freeze U.S. vehicle efficiency standards would result in higher costs for motorists without doing anything to boost highway safety, according to an analysis by Consumer Reports that undermines the administration's chief talking points in favor of the move.

The analysis comes as the White House ...Read more

GM opens $65M parts processing center, keeping jobs near Flint, Mich.

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General Motors opened a new ACDelco and GM Genuine Parts processing center near Flint, Mich., on Monday.

GM said the new center keeps jobs in the region and will improve the speed at which dealers can get the parts to service customers' cars.

The $65-million facility, the largest GM investment in a parts warehouse in more than 40 years, ...Read more

California fuel efficiency plan embraced by Ford, VW had been rejected by EPA

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WASHINGTON -- A recent compromise between four major automakers and California's clean-air regulator on fuel efficiency had already been rejected by the Trump administration months earlier as not "a productive alternative."

The deal -- which Ford Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., BMW AG and Volkswagen AG announced on July 25 alongside the California ...Read more

Auto review: Kermit the Kona? Small Hyundai crossover hops into the world

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2019 Hyundai Kona Ultimate AWD: So you want a little all-wheel drive ...

Price: $30,005 as tested ($125 floor mats were the sole option on the test vehicle).

Marketer's pitch: "The right size for any adventure."

Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver likes its "standout styling, punchy turbo four, packed with features," but not the "tight cargo ...Read more

Under the Hood: Further thoughts on a draining battery

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Several weeks ago, a reader named Bruce asked a question about his 2017 Honda CRV Touring. When the vehicle sits for a few weeks, the battery drains to the point where he can't start the vehicle.

I received several comments and suggestions regarding the battery drain concern. Also I snoozed past a Honda technical service bulletin that may help:...Read more

Motormouth: Higher altitude calls for lower octane

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Q: While traveling out West recently, I noticed 85 and 86 octane at some stations. What vehicles can run on such low octane?

-- R.N., Manhattan, Ill.

A: Nearly all cars can run on a lower octane at high elevations. The lower octane fuel (usually regular grade) is usually 100% gasoline, no ethanol. It is popular in the West, especially the high...Read more

AMG A53 not just fun, but aesthetically pleasing as well

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2019 AMG E53: Some weeks, we just have to get a little crazy.

Price: $92,410 as tested. (It starts at $72,550 for the trim level.)

Marketer's pitch: "Mercedes AMG: Performance vehicles with a sporting heritage, assertive style and the promise of pure exhilaration."

Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver likes the "opulent interior environment, ...Read more

The most stolen cars in America have one thing in common — big engines

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Do you have a Tesla electric car? Or a two-wheel-drive BMW 3 series luxury sedan?

Chances are you can get into your car right now and head out on your way.

But if you have a Dodge Charger HEMI or the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, you have a greater chance of being on hold with your insurance agent while reading this report.

That's because ...Read more

Mark Phelan: Monster V-8 engine to debut in Ford 2020 pickups in fall

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Ford's biggest trucks will get one of the world's biggest V-8 engines starting this fall, as one aspect of the Truck Wars turns into an old-fashioned battle of engine size that's reminiscent of the muscle car era.

Exhibit A: A 7.3L gasoline-powered V-8 coming to Ford's Super Duty pickups and commercial vehicles, from ambulances and utility ...Read more

Report warns of possible mass casualties from automotive cyberattacks

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Warnings about connected vehicle vulnerabilities have been a steady drumbeat for years. Now a consumer-advocacy group is putting it in starker terms, suggesting a mass cyberattack against such vehicles could lead to Sept. 11-level casualties.

California-based Consumer Watchdog has issued a 49-page report that paints the dire picture and urges ...Read more

Elon Musk: Netflix, YouTube are coming to your Tesla

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Tesla owners looking for the next bells and whistles to come to the Model 3, Model S and Model X cars may not have to wait much longer for their vehicles to become more like video entertainment systems on four wheels.

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said so himself when, over the weekend, he went on Twitter and dropped a few bits of information...Read more


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