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    Oregon introduces bill to ban aftermarket car parts

    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?

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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    GM adds 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty on certified used vehicles

    Now that leasing seems to be going through a slow phase-out, shoppers looking for a good deal on a newish vehicle may take a harder gander at certified pre-owned models. GM realizes this and has responded by ambushing customers increasing the warranty coverage on the CPO models for all of its ...

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    Mechanic arrested for not giving up vehicle to angry customer

    Remember last week when we told you about a tuner shop in Florida that got stuck holding a $16,000 bill after customizing some broke guy's Toyota Celica? That shop is resolving its dispute through the courts and will likely end up selling the car to make its money back, but a mechanic in the U.K. ...

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    Lexus leads J.D. Power dependability for 14th straight year

    Click above for results 2008 J.D. Power Dependability StudyJ.D. Power and Associates has just released its 2008 Vehicle Dependability Study that attempts to measure vehicle quality throughout the first three years of owning a vehicle, and for the 14th year in a row Lexus leads all manufacturers ...

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    Owner ships Lambo from Qatar to London (and back) for oil change

    A wealthy Arab man, thought to be a Sheikh, recently had his black and gold Lamborghini LP640 flown 3,250 miles to London via Qatar Airways and trucked to a certified UK Lamborghini dealership last Friday for a fluid change, which cost him a paltry £3,552 compared to the £20,000 ...

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    GM cuts Saab powertrain warranty down to four years/50,000 miles

    As if selling a quirky Swedish brand wasn't hard enough, Saab dealers will now have to do it with a smaller powertrain warranty. Effective immediately for 2009 models, all powertrain warranties on Saab vehicles will be reduced to four-years or 50,000 miles. Most media outlets, including Automotive ...

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    Another automated fine - thanks, HAL

    Sure, they'll say it's for safety, driving on excessively worn tires is dangerous, but something more sinister is afoot. German firm ProContour has developed a tire tread depth measuring system that beams a laser at the wheels of passing vehicles and takes 430 million measurements per second to ...


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