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    BMW introducing upgraded maintenance coverage... for a price
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    These days, all new BMW models sold in the United States are delivered with "BMW Ultimate Service." The package includes the BMW Maintenance Program, Roadside Assistance, and the New Vehicle Limited Warranty. In a nutshell, it means that fuel and tires are the only service costs owners of new BMW ...

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    California to require mandatory tire-pressure checks at automotive businesses
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    Keeping your tires properly inflated is a very good idea. An under-inflated radial can increase wear while also decreasing performance and fuel economy. But if the state of California can help it, under-inflated tires may soon be a thing of the past.California has passed a new law requiring most ...

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    Some Bargain: Inside Line reports $2000 routine maintenance bill for Nissan GT-R
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    2009 Nissan GT-R in the Autoblog Garage - Click above to view in high resolution
    Our fathers always told us there's no such thing as a free lunch, and if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Then along came the Nissan GT-R, billed as a "bargain supercar" for those of merely ...

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    Details on Government's Warranty Commitment Program
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    One of the issues that is central to the survival of General Motors and Chrysler is how comfortable people are buying their vehicles while they attempt to restructure. The media paints a pretty bleak picture of these two automakers, so some buyers may avoid General Motors and Chrysler vehicles ...

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    REPORT: Quality problems afflicting Jaguar XF
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    Few would argue that the Jaguar XF is a great looking car and those who have driven it admire its dynamic characteristics. Unfortunately, as soon as you get in and press the start button, you can't help but wonder if the disastrous quality reputation that British cars have seemingly carefully ...

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    Honda tops Consumer Reports 2009 Automaker Report Cards... again
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    In what may be the least surprising news you read all day, Consumer Reports has released its annual 2009 Auto Issue that contains Automaker Report Cards. These report cards compile all of CR's road test data and predicted reliability ratings for all vehicles in its database, and Japanese automakers ...

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    Oregon introduces bill to ban aftermarket car parts
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    Cars are such an easy target for politicians looking to bolster their green image. The latest is Oregon Governor Theodore Kulongoski, who has had the Speaker of the House introduce a bill that could make many aftermarket parts unavailable. Tires are the main aim of the bill, which seeks to prohibit ...

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    Motor Trend getting into the used car business?
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    Motor Trend is lending its name and brand to a certified used car program at Planet Honda in Union, New Jersey. The program is actually "powered by" EasyCare, a company that provides a suite of contract services like maintenance and repair warranties and GAP insurance to new owners. (EasyCare was a ...

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    Roadster Rebirth: New bodies available for British classics
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    click the image above to view a hi-res gallery of British Motor Heritage bodies
    Rust never sleeps, and classic British cars are some of the tinworm's favorite snacks. Lack of a roof on many classics (to effectively seal out the weather) doesn't help floors or unibodies stay rot-free, and proper ...

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    Sorry, No Nissan GT-R engine for your 510
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    Even though its MSRP is well shy of $100,000, the GT-R is still Nissan's most special model, and as such, it carries an air of exclusivity. Because of what the car is, and what it can do, Nissan has been exceptionally iron-fisted on some issues, and now the grip is tightening further. Citing the ...

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    Volvo bringing back free maintenance program
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    It's our pleasure to announce that the economic downturn is responsible for something you might actually want, other than cheap gas: Volvo is offering free maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles on all 2009 models. Volvo ran the program most recently until 2006. But with sales in the tank, ...

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    2008 Autoblog Holiday Sweepstakes - Day 4: CarMD for two
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    Click above to visit CarMD where you can order your own
    Today's prizes for the 2008 Autoblog Holiday Sweepstakes are two CarMD handheld diagnostic tools. These useful little handheld scanners plug into your car's OBD-2 port (accessible on all 1996 and newer vehicles) and diagnose any problems ...

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    From Cow to Crankcase: Synthetic oil from animal fat
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    We already fuel and lubricate our cars with animal byproducts, it just takes millions of years for the process to happen. Connecticut-based Green Earth Technologies has been marketing its G-Oil product for small engines at retailers like Home Depot, and the company is waiting on approval from the ...

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    Ashes to residual ashes: take care of your car in areas of falling ash
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    For those of you who have to deal with falling ash from fires, such as the folks in Southern California right now, the most important car care tip for you could be not to let ash interact with water on your car or remain on the car for a long time. If ash and water -- even nighttime dew -- get ...

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    BMW finally acknowledges turbo lag, will update software
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    Countless BMW owners have been frustrated for some time with software-induced turbo lag on their N54 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-6 engines. While early models were acclaimed for their immediate power delivery, it seems BMW felt it necessary to address "specific noise concerns" with the engine and ...

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    Keeping it on the road: Vehicle maintenance for fun and profit
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    Economic doom and gloom might have you thinking differently about the vehicle sitting in your driveway. Keeping it alive a few extra years will head off increased expense, and cars are easily able to reach beyond 100,000 miles these days. Inveterate wrench-turners have long relished stretching ...

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    Consumer Reports releases 2008 Reliability Survey
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    Regardless of where you stand on the validity of Consumer Reports' testing and survey methods, there's millions of people out there who consider the magazine their buying bible. Thus, it's news when the non-profit releases findings from a new subscriber-based survey. This time it's the 2008 ...

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    New diesels won't run when the urea tanks is dry
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the MB GL320 BlueTEC
    Owners of the new crop of clean diesels will have another maintenance item to concern themselves with if their new cars are equipped with urea injection. The EPA requires that all diesels meet strict new emissions standards, which almost ...

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    IIHS praises Ford Focus for cheap crash repairs
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    click above image to view high-res gallery of the 2008 Ford Focus SES Coupe
    Reminding us once again that there's more than meets the eye when shopping for a vehicle are recent impact tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that measure how much it costs to fix a vehicle after ...

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    BMW owners claim software update degrades performance
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    BMW's N54 engine has won the International Engine of the Year award for the past two straight years. It has also been listed as one of Ward's 10 Best Engines during the same period. The engine produces 306 hp and 295 ft-lbs of torque in a 3.0L inline six package thanks to the use of twin Mitsubishi ...

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