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Monday, August 18, 2014

Recall Mondays:Announcements From Ford, GM And Jaguar Land Rover

1. Manufacturer: Ford Motor Co.
Affected Customers: 83,250
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles manufactured September 2, 2010, to November 30, 2013; 2013-2014 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured August 25, 2011, to November 30, 2013; and 2013-2014 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT vehicles manufactured September 12, 2011, to November 30, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the halfshaft retention circlip may not have been properly installed, and as a result, the halfshaft may move outward and disengage from the linkshaft while driving and without prior warning.
If the halfshaft and linkshaft become disengaged while driving, power will no longer be transmitted to the wheels, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Additionally, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, the vehicle may roll away despite the transmission being placed in 'Park', increasing the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

2014 Scion FR-S: An Economical And Spirited Sports Car

Highlight: Subaru has a slightly pricier version of this rear-wheel drive sports car, which is known as the BRZ.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $25,215 (Base Model starts at $25,215)

Seating Capacity:  2 (Scion says 4) --- Prove it?

Standard Safety Features: daytime running lights; 6 airbags (front and rear side curtains);ABS; electronic brake force distribution; vehicle stability; traction control; a tire pressure monitoring system and a first aid kit

Standard Equipment: 17-inch wheels; a 6-speed manual transmission; cruise control; cloth manual (front) seats; automatic headlights; chrome tipped dual exhaust system; a 6.1-inch display screen; power outside mirrors; remote keyless entry system; a tilt and telescopic manual leather wrapped steering wheel; an analog tachometer with a programmable rev indicator; an analog and a digital speedometer; and aluminum sport pedals and scuff plates

Suspension System:

Front: Independent MacPherson Strut
Rear: Double Wishbone

Monday, August 11, 2014

Recall Mondays: GM Ask Customer To Park Vehicles Outside, While VW Focuses On Stalling Vehicles

1. Manufacturer: General Motors LLC

No. of Affected Vehicles: 184,611

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2005-2007 SAAB 9-7x; 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL; and 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier and Isuzu Ascender vehicles. Fluid may enter the driver's door master power window switch module, causing corrosion that could result in a short in the circuit board. A short may cause the power door lock and power window switches to function intermittently or become inoperative. The short may also cause overheating, which could melt components of the door module, producing odor, smoke, or a fire.
A short in the circuit board could lead to a fire, increasing the risk of personal injury. A fire could occur even while the vehicle is not in use. As a precaution, owners are advised to park outside until the remedy has been made.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Buyers Beware: The Latest Trend In Used Car Scams

Gwinnett County police are looking for a Craigslist scammer who has been 
running a con game on — of all places — a car lot.
A man advertised a 2002 Honda Accord and a 2002 Ford Ranger owned by Honda Mall of Georgia for sale and then met at least three potential customers at the car lot and “sold”them the car. He took deposits ranging from $800 to $1,800, according to Cpl. Ed Ritter of Gwinnett police.
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

2014 Kia Soul Plus: A Spunky And Stylish Multi-Purpose Vehicle

Highlight: An electric Soul will be joining the line up in the near future. The SoulEV will become the first electric vehicle for the brand.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $24,010 (Base Model starts at $15,695)

Seating Capacity:  5

Standard Safety Features: airbags (front, mounted side, full length); ABS; electronic brake distribution; stability control; front and rear crumple zones; hill start assist system; a traction control system; a vehicle stability management system; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Standard Equipment: 16-inch wheels; 6-speed manual; a rear tinted privacy glass; cloth seats; an outside temperature display; steering wheel mounted audio controls; and a manually operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel

Monday, August 4, 2014

Recall Mondays: Announcements From Hyundai And GM


1. Manufacturer: Hyundai Motor Company

Number of Affected Vehicles: 65,000
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2007-2012 Veracruz vehicles manufactured from December 26, 2006, through July 24, 2012. The affected vehicles may experience an oil leak from the front cylinder bank valve cover gasket. If there is a sufficient amount of oil dropped onto the alternator, the alternator will be damaged causing the charging system to become inoperative.
If the alternator is damaged, the charging system warning lamp in the instrument cluster will illuminate, and the engine will lose power and the vehicle will eventually stop operating while being driven. An unexpected failure of motive power while driving increases the risk of a crash.
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect/repair or replace the alternator and the front valve cover gasket, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by the end of September 2014. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 121.