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    Video: Neglected Rolls-Royce Phantom may be the saddest of all time
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    Rolls-Royce prides itself on exemplifying the pinnacle of automotive elegance. The brand is synonymous with quality and luxury. However, in the end even a Rolls is still just a car, and if you don't keep it up, it's bound to fail. That deterioration can be seriously fun to watch, though. This ...

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    Official: Ferrari NA launches free seven-year maintenance on back of record sales
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    There's no question that buying a Ferrari is an expensive proposition. But so is owning one. The cost of insurance, fuel, tires and maintenance can be crushing, but it now becomes much easier, as Ferrari announces a free seven-year maintenance program for newly purchased vehicles. The program is ...

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    Official: Ferrari offers scheduled maintenance program for 7 years in Europe, other markets to follow
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    Ferrari has started offering a free, seven-year maintenance plan for customers in Europe. The plan covers all 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia, California Spyder or FF models bought at an authorized Prancing Horse dealership. For now, the program is only available across the pond, but will make it to ...

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    Study: Female drivers avoid touching dipsticks
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    In a study conducted by UK used car website Autoquake.com, it seems that women are less likely to to perform basic maintenance compared to men. According to the study, women are far more likely to avoid checking their vehicles' oil level, with 12 percent of survey respondents admitting they never ...

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    Toyota, Scion adds two-year free scheduled maintenance on all models
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    Toyota knows better than most the value of customer satisfaction and confidence in one's products. Having suffered a series of blows to its image with all of the recalls and safety issues that emerged regarding its vehicles recently, the automaker has responded by launching a complimentary ...

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    Jaguar hoping to assure with free maintenance program on 2011 Models
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    2011 Jaguar XJ gets free maintenance – Click above for high-res image gallery
    As gorgeous and capable as the new Jaguar XK, XF and XJ might be, some people in the market for a luxury sedan or GT still have a dated notion of Jaguars as service nightmares. Talk to folks from the Big Three ...

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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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    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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    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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    Cost of vehicle maintenance is escalading
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    The pains many automobile owners are feeling at their local service station isn't just at the pump -- prices for general maintenance is also increasing. Petroleum based products, such as oil and tires, are heading north with the price of gasoline. Demand for steel has also pushed up prices on ...

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    Chrysler planning stand-alone service centers
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    As Chrysler moves ahead with its "consolidation strategy" (a.k.a. Project Genesis), it's apparently had enough foresight to realize that shutting down dealerships seriously handicaps your ability to service your customers. According to Steven Landry, Chrysler executive vice president of North ...

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    For the OCD in you: Ownersite lets you track vehicle history to a tee
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    var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/software/For_the_OCD_in_you_Ownersite_lets_you_track_vehicle_history_to_a_tee'; Before I owned the '99 Alero, there was the '94 Protege. I had a habit of keeping the receipt for every drop of gas I put in that car. They were all stuffed in the glove box with the ...

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    Cambridge engineers develop "talking" Fiat
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    Who would have thought that Pixar would turn out to be a prophet of the automotive industry? In creating its talking automobiles for the computer-animated film Cars, the Disney-associated studio might have done just that, as a group of engineering students in England have demonstrated. The team at ...

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    Autoblog Maintenance 301: Part II of our front suspension/steering refresh
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    With Part I out of the way and the front end of our Buick Roadmaster in pieces, the next logic step is to start putting things back together. In this installment, we'll get the control arms buttoned up, and pay some loving attention to the steering gear. Click through for more ...

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    Autoblog Maintenance 301: Front suspension/steering refresh, Part I
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    Suspension components, charged with providing articulation while withstanding a constant beating from rough roads, live an incredibly tough life. Proper maintenance that includes regular lubrication helps, but once the odometer clicks over the sixth digit, it's often time for some fresh components. ...

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    Ford officially extends oil change interval to 7,500 miles
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    Ford has been studying the question of when to suggest oil changes, and they've hit upon 7,500 miles for 2007 and newer cars. Not only are modern oils better, modern engines are also better. You don't have carburetors metering poorly on winter mornings, tolerances are a lot tighter, and operating ...

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    Toolkit Upgrades Round Two - more fun toys
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    A while back, we expounded on some simple items that brought more joy to the automotive arts. Spring is just around the corner, and we've compiled a big ol' list of things to address in celebration of the Vernal Equinox. Unpacking the tools from their long winter nap is a ritual here, and it's like ...

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    SAM is looking for a few good OBD II ports
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    For those of us who like to service our own cars, being able to retrieve the OBD-II codes is important. There are various readers on the market, with some more capable than others. Of course, once the codes are retrieved, you need to know how to interpret them. The common misconception is that the ...

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    While my wallet gently weeps: What it costs to own a late-model Ferrari
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    Ferraris have often been compared to beautiful women. Like some of the aforementioned companions, they can become high-maintenance over time. Sure, the first couple of years of getting to really know each other are fun (or, in the case of the Ferrari, under warranty). But once the honeymoon is ...

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    Autoblog Maintenance 301: Transmission R&R, Part IV
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    A plan is finally in place for rebuilding the broken Tremec T56 transmission from our 1996 Impala SS; now it's time to carefully assemble some components in such a way that it'll survive the sort of abuse that we dish out every time the car hits the racetrack. Follow along as we walk through the ...

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