Category: Articles & Commentaries

Discussions on topics of interest to drivers concerning things they may not understand about their vehicles as well as articles on the future of the auto industry.

U.S. Cars Sold Overseas Leave Drivers in the Dark

Malibu console

Over the last several months we have been contacted by two drivers of U.S. cars sold and likely built overseas who could not find a back-up spot to drop the key fob in the event of the fob’s battery dying. Well, a good deal of sleuthing and a hunch resolved one of these cases. Advertisement …

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Should Speed Control Be Used in the Rain?

Tire slide

Curiously, we have seen this question asked and answered more anecdotally than directly by the automotive community. Its frankly a safety issue, and thus deserves more attention than it has received. So, the answer is no, do NOT use speed, or cruise, control in the rain. We will, however, delve a bit deeper. We searched …

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Your Floor Mats Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

Young reality TV star Savannah Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best was recently seriously injured in a car accident. She is recovering nicely. The connection here is that she reported that the accident occurred when her floor mat got stuck behind the pedals of her car and she looked down to move them. She used the …

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A Warning Light When ESC Is Active? Who Needs it!

Warning lights and telltales generally share one thing in common: they activate when there is a problem with a vehicle function with one exception. The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) or Slip indicator. It is seen when the system is activated and doing its job as well as when there is a problem. That is, just …

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Killer Cars to Killer Loans, the Top of 2016

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The year 2016 was a roller coaster for the auto industry. Sales rode the edge of growth, finally to set a new record, and tariffs threaten manufacturing across the border. While most of the industry remains fixated on numbers and costs, other news occupied our time. Here are our personal top three stories of 2106. #3) …

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