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Reports of Toyota RAV4 gearbox woes mount as owner anger grows

Imagine merging into speeding highway traffic when your transmission suddenly balks at the shift, leaving you struggling to choose between that 70,000-pound semi filling your rear view mirror or the shrinking median on the right side of the road. This scenario is just one of the complaints being lodged against Toyota's 2001-2003 RAV4 as owners complain about the Japanese automaker's reluctance to acknowledge a fault with the so-called cute-ute's electronically-controlled transmission.

Mitsubishi recalls 2008-2009 Lancers and Outlanders over faulty brakes

If you have a 2008-'09 Mitsubishi Lancer or Outlander equipped with an automatic or CVT transmission, listen up – your car may be facing a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is working with the Japanese automaker to recall some 39,711 vehicles that may have problems with their brake boosters.

Scion xB spontaneously combusts during dealer service

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U.S. recalls climb 25 percent in 2007

Problems with older vehicles have helped recalls jump 25% from 2006 to 2007, with over 14 million owners receiving the dreaded notice this year. Topping this year's list with 5.5 million recalls is Ford Motor Company, due mostly to a cruise control problem. Volkswagen also saw a rise in recalls, with over 1.5 million notices. That number looks much larger when considering the relatively small U.S

Toyota expresses regret for Tundra camshaft failures on internet forums

Our good buddy Mike Levine over at Pickuptruck.com has updated his report on the story surrounding the failure of 20 camshaft in the 2007 Toyota Tundra's 5.7L V8 engine. Levine noticed that Toyota has already posted on two internet forums expressing regret to Tundra owners over the incident. Though the author's name was not provided, identical posts were published by "TMSUSA" on ToyotaNation.com and John Neff

Oil sludging atonement: Toyota settles class-action suit

If you're the owner of certain Toyota products built with the 2.2L I4 or 3.0L V6 between 1997 and 2002, you may soon be receiving notification from the automaker concerning its recent settlement in a class-action lawsuit. Filed as the result of damage caused by sludged oil (which ultimately can destroy an engine by clogging lubrication passages), the suit claimed that affected customers suffered from failures despite following Toyota's maintenance recommendations. As a result, Toyota will be ext

Jeep owners on hot seat as DCX recalls 111,000 Grand Cherokees

Owners of some 2003 and 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees can be expecting a recall letter sometime in July; that is, if they haven't already experienced charred backsides urging them to return to their dealers. DaimlerChrysler will be performing a campaign on the vehicles to address an issue with the vehicle's heated seats, which can malfunction and lead to a fire. The problem is said to be related to the company's use of a "thin film" carbon resistive element, which repla

Toyota recalls an opportunity to shine?

Talk about looking for silver linings. Matt Vella of BusinessWeek takes Toyota's one million vehicle recall and turns it on its ear. Public relations expert Mark Hass of Hass MS&L points out that recalls don't carry the stigmas they once did. According to Hass, unless automakers attempt to hide pertinent information or defects from a recall, they stand to benefit from good PR

GM Dexcool lawsuit may soon gain class-action status

The bright orange Dexcool coolant used in many General Motors vehicles over the past decade promised to bring extended maintenance - 5 years or 150,000 miles - to cooling systems, but many owners instead found themselves with vehicles that required system flushes, gasket replacement, and even new radiators and heater cores just outside of the vehicle's warranty period. The blame for the problem depends on who you talk to, and the causes include the "stop-l

NHTSA recalls nearly 900,000 Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that 805,368 1999-2000 model year Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks are being recalled for faulty tailgate cables