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    Study: AAA says one in four Americans unable to afford major car repair
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    That knocking sound, those screeching brakes, the worn tires. All signals that trouble is either here or just ahead, and your car needs to go in for repairs sooner rather than later. Are you going to be ready for the bill that comes along with the repair work? According to a study by AAA, there's a ...

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    Study: Car repair costs ranked state-by-state... where does yours rank?
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    You're going to pay more per year for car maintenance if you live in a western state, and the cheapest states for repairs related to a "Check Engine" light are Mississippi and Washington D.C. That's according to fresh data from the annual CarMD Vehicle Health Index, an analysis of repairs made to ...

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    CarMD's Vehicle Health Index deciphers the 'check engine' light
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    Is your Check Engine light staring you in the face? That bright orange warning serves as a beacon that something is wrong. Problem is, it doesn't convey anything more than that. For years, the prime culprit of an illuminated CEL has been a loose gas cap. In fact, according to CarMD.com, the gas ...

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    Detailer tries to clean up coffee stain... with spray paint?!
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    There are some incredibly gifted people out there who obsess over automotive detailing. No paint swirl is too small and no interior crevice is too tight for this dedicated set. Others, however, call themselves detailers, but deliver sub-standard work when compared with the real pros. The staff at ...

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    Video: Prestone melts GM 3.6-liter engine block with blowtorches to show importance of coolant
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    It doesn't take a gearhead to know that engine coolant is vitally important to the overall health of your car or truck. Still, thousands of vehicle owners ignore their coolant every year to the detriment of their precious powertrains. Prestone wanted ...

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    STUDY: Despite insurance breaks, hybrids driven more, cost more to fix, and get more tickets
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    2010 Honda Insight EX - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Conventional wisdom is that hybrid vehicles reduce our dependence on foreign oil and emit fewer environment hurting CO2 emissions. When comparing a hybrid to a conventional gasoline-powered model on a mile-by-mile basis, there's some ...

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    Does brake dust affect a car's quality? J.D. Power thinks so (w/POLL)
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    When wheels are covered with brake dust, the entire car looks dirty and in many cases, a basic wash will do little to rectify the problem. Most associate brake dust as a mere nuisance, but others actually see the sight of pad particles as a fundamental problem with the functionality of a vehicle's ...

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    BREAKING: Early Camaro SS manual transmission failures reported, factory hold issued
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    2010 Chevrolet Camaro - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    Sporadic reports have begun popping up in the Camaro5 forums about issues with V8-powered SS models equipped with the manual transmission. It seems that doing a hard launch or using the launch control system occasionally results in a ...

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    VIDEO: Mercedes-Benz E-Class commercial features malfunctioning car
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    Mercedes wardrobe commercial malfunction -- Click above to watch video
    The voiceover for Mercedes' "Ignite" commercial for the new E-Class starts with "It is, quite simply, the most advanced automobile we have every created." However, during the start-up sequence before that voiceover, the actual ...

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    VIDEO: Toyota dealer employees caught snooping through customer vehicle, watching porn
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    Have you ever had the feeling that the service guy at your local dealership is rummaging through your things? Perhaps even a few quarters are missing. A guy named Jason knows all too well about dealership employees going through his stuff – on two ...

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    STUDY: Majority of highway fatalities caused by deficient road conditions
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    What would you think to be the leading contributor to fatalities in car crashes here in the States? Failure to use seat belts? Speeding? Drunk driving? Think again. According to a new study commissioned by Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), the leading cause of highway fatalities ...

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    STUDY: UK police officers confuse diesel and gas pumps four times a day, cost taxpayers £1 million
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    British police have an expensive problem. It's not crime and it isn't corruption, it's much worse. The £1 million problem is stupidity. Over the course of three years, UK cops have on 4,709 occasions put the wrong fuel in their police cruisers. That's an average of four cars damaged per ...

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    FOLLOWUP: Chrysler, Fiat reportedly agree to honor lemon law claims
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    On a recent episode of The Chrysler Files, customers who purchased Chrysler vehicles that were later officially certified as lemons were being reimbursed by the company with checks... that bounced. The snafu stemmed from the fact that while said claims were made before Chrysler's bankruptcy, after ...

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    Volvo's new Safe + Sound Coverage Plan covers everything but the kitchen sink
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    Lost in the bevy of numbers that is the Autoblog monthly sales report is the fact that Volvo just isn't selling very many cars in the U.S. any more. The Swedish automaker only sold 5577 units in May, and the downward trend started way before the automotive market hit the crapper. Given the sad ...

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    Smart offering 2008 ForTwo owners a transmission upgrade?
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    Smart ForTwo - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    If you poll owners (and reviewers) of the Smart ForTwo you'll find one consistent gripe: the transmission. The automated manual gearbox herks, jerks and is about as dynamically pleasing as petting your dog with a broom. Apparently, Smart is ...

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    Chrysler reportedly bouncing checks to owners of lemon law vehicles
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    Going through the process of having a troubled vehicle legally branded as a 'lemon' is difficult enough, but now, according to The Los Angeles Times, Chrysler's bankruptcy is making seeking recompense even harder for affected owners in California. According to the daily paper, settlement checks for ...

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    Andrew J. Feustel: Astronaut, Hubble mechanic, car guy
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    Sometime today, astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis are scheduled to begin fitting the Hubble telescope with three new gyroscopes. But why does Autoblog care? Well, apart from the fact that the whole mission is super cool, one of the galactic grease monkeys wielding a wrench today will be ...

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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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