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  • Car Shopping - Toyota Highlander

    10/27/2010 4:00:56 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 21 replies
    Toyota ^ | 10-27-10 | GRRRRR
    My GMC 2002 Envoy has tripped over 113,000 miles. While still in great condition and it is not costing me anything other than gas and oil for now, I am quite tempted to move it out of the garage and get a 2010 Toyota Highlander, Limited Trim package, NON-hybrid. With the economy on the edge, I have a pre-approved loan through my State Farm group at 3.49% @36 mos. but ONLY until 10/31/10. Toyota will match this rate plus $750 cash back. They also have 2 years of free maintenance for routine things. So, who has experience with the Highlander...
  • 62 mpg car standard by 2025? U.S. mulls options

    10/01/2010 9:59:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 1, 2010 | Staff
    Should new cars be required to get 62 mpg by 2025? That's one scenario under an Obama administration notice filed Friday for drafting mileage standards covering the period from 2017 to 2025. The fleet of new vehicles may need to meet a standard set somewhere from a low of 47 mpg to a high of 62 mpg, the administration said in its notice of intent. An initial assessment shows the additional costs for producing high-mileage vehicles ranges from $800 to $3,500, its notice stated, but that cost could be "higher" when a more detailed analysis is completed. The notice added,...
  • Steel, glass VW pedestrian bridge approved (paid for by TN taxpayers)

    09/22/2010 10:58:04 AM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 18 replies
    ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | September 22, 2010 | Mike Pare
    A $7.25 million, 850-foot pedestrian bridge and guardhouse for the Volkswagen plant won approval from a city panel Tuesday. The steel-and-glass structure, more than one-quarter the length of the Walnut Street Bridge that spans the Tennessee River, will serve as the main entrance to the auto plant. The pedestrian bridge, paid from city, Hamilton County and state funds as part of the automaker’s incentive package, will cross over a stream and one of VW’s vehicle test tracks and negotiate a steep change in elevation at the site, officials said. “It will be an extraordinary bridge,” said Steve Leach, the city’s...
  • Mexico gets VW engine factory (instead of TN)

    09/22/2010 8:31:14 AM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 53 replies · 1+ views
    ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | September 22, 2010 | Mike Pare
    Volkswagen plans to pick Mexico as the site for an engine plant to serve its assembly plant in that country and the automaker’s Chattanooga factory, according to a report. Automotive News reported Tuesday an announcement could come as soon as today. Last month, Frank Fischer, chief executive of VW's operations in Chattanooga, told the Times Free Press he didn't expect the engine plant to come to the city. “We said, ‘Please do it,’” Fischer said in August. “We were supporting it.” But VW officials were looking at manufacturing capacity and consumer demand in locating the plant, he said. Mexico had...
  • Tesla gets ready to take over the former NUMMI auto plant in Fremont

    09/19/2010 9:42:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Silicon Valley Mercury News ^ | September 19, 2010 | Dana Hull
    When the NUMMI auto plant in Fremont shut down in April, many pronounced it dead -- a triple victim of the recession, sliding auto sales and General Motors' bankruptcy. But NUMMI is about to be reborn. Electric-carmaker Tesla Motors, which stunned the world when it announced plans to purchase the plant in May, officially takes ownership Oct. 1. Already, many Tesla employees call the plant the "Tesla Factory." Forty people regularly work out of a Tesla office that's been set up on the parking lot -- taking breaks under three red patio umbrellas similar to those at the company's Palo...
  • Where Detroit Lost Me (Vanity)

    09/17/2010 8:12:44 PM PDT · by One Name · 59 replies
    vanity | 9/17/10 | One Name
    I’ve been mulling this one around in my head for quite awhile; with Detroit’s recent near collapse I’ve been trying to draw some parallels with the general state of affairs in this country. Many of you on Free Republic are quite in tune with self-sufficiency- perhaps this may ring a bell with you. Detroit started losing me about the time I came of age to drive, 1975. I grew up helping my dad do maintenance and minor repairs on 60’s cars. Later I owned some 50’s vintage stuff. Unfortunately, I have owned many more recently made vehicles ( none newer...
  • Like the ’55 Chevy, the 3,000-Mile Oil Change Is Pretty Much History

    09/12/2010 4:48:45 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 58 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | September 10, 2010 | ALINA TUGEND
    Is the 3,000-mile oil change outdated? --- I STILL remember learning from my father how to carefully remove a dipstick to check the oil level in our cars. It was drilled into me — along with turning off the lights when you left a room and clearing the plates off the table after dinner — that oil needs to be changed every 3,000 miles or so. I’m not sure what I thought would happen if I didn’t, but I vaguely imagined an unlubricated engine grinding to a halt. Childhood habits are hard to undo, and that’s often good. To...
  • My torque tube needs help. Why should I do it?

    08/25/2010 7:44:29 PM PDT · by When do we get liberated? · 93 replies · 1+ views
    I am ordering parts to repair the torque tube on my 1970 Opel GT. The question I have is, why is it there? What purpose does it serve? It would seem to me that a simple driveshaft would suffice, but no, I have a heavy (everything seems heavy in an 1800 pound car) piece that serves, as far as I can see, no purpose. I have read the Wikipedia definition of what it does, but this makes no sense to me. Can someone tell me in layman's terms why it is there?
  • Thousands of Drivers Jammed in Traffic Near Beijing

    08/23/2010 11:20:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies ^ | August 23, 2010 | Jim Stevenson
    A nine-day traffic jam outside Beijing has drivers fuming, street vendors turning a quick profit and Chinese traffic authorities struggling for answers. Traffic has been slowed to a crawl since August 14 on a 100-kilometer stretch of National Expressway 110 that runs between Beijing and Heibei province. Officials say the jam is caused by an increase in trucks carrying goods to Beijing and by highway maintenance work along the route. Highways have become numerous and complicated in and around Beijing in recent years as the Chinese public has made a large shift to motorized travel over the past 30 years....
  • Gearheads Unite..! Wow Cars3: Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

    08/21/2010 9:58:20 AM PDT · by gaijin
    MyBrainAndCamera | Aug 21, 2010 | MyMyself&I
    This freeper's fast-moving, 4-minute YouTUbe video set to AC/DC's tune of, "Back in Black" shows the eye-popping cars of the 2010 Concours d'Elegance in breathtaking Pebble Beach, California, USA. Viewers see priceless classic antique restorations, ultra-exorbitant American & European super cars, and in-person sneak previews of upcoming production automobiles. The other day I posted YouTube part 1 of the recent Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance/Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Today I made a new YouTube video, showing more cars. I also posted a link the other, more political parody twist I put on the show. This freep is still dazed, as he...
  • In Some Classes, Buyers Are Not Ready to Give Up Their V-8s

    08/14/2010 2:15:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 13, 2010 | Lawrence Ulrich
    CARS around the world are making do with fewer cylinders to save fuel; the engine of the Tata Nano, to cite one extreme case, has just two. Yet this is America, land of cheap gasoline and home of the brave V-8, a country where 4-cylinder engines have mainly populated rental fleets and econocars. So the question nags: how low are we willing to go in the cylinder count, especially for models that stake their images on power and prestige? Ford has already made waves with the announcement that its EcoBoost 4-cylinder will be available in the redesigned Explorer. But cowboys,...
  • GM break even pricec $114 a share?

    08/09/2010 8:05:50 AM PDT · by taildragger · 32 replies
    08/09/2010 | taildragger
    Go over the FR Verboten Detroit News and Free Press for the story. Ouch, how is this really going to work...
  • GM announces major investment in auto plant (in Mexico)

    08/08/2010 10:56:46 AM PDT · by AuntB · 30 replies · 1+ views
    That's Government Motors gratitude for you! From the Wall Street Journal: U.S. automobile giant General Motors Co. said Tuesday it plans to invest close to $500 million in its Ramos Arizpe plant in northern Mexico to produce a new line of engines as well as a new vehicle... "We estimate that these technologies allow for a 9% improvement in fuel efficiency from current engines," Lieblein said, adding that the investment will directly create 390 jobs in Coahuila state, where Ramos Arizpe is located. Another $215 million will go toward upgrading the factory's production lines to build a new vehicle for...
  • Man detained after fatal bicycle crash (illegal alien)

    07/16/2010 6:17:22 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 8 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | July 16, 2010 | ALEJANDRA MOLINA
    NEWPORT BEACH – A man involved in a fatal bicycle crash Thursday was detained at Central Mens Jail after police determined that he had been previously deported, police said. Jose Luis Huerta Mundo, 38, of Garden Grove, was detained on an immigration hold after police contacted Immigration and Custom Enforcement, said Newport Beach Police Sgt. Evan Sailor. Mundo is still in custody, records show.
  • Group to Show Car That Can Be Driven by the Blind

    07/02/2010 4:58:47 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 34 replies
    AP via FoxNews ^ | July 2, 2010
    WASHINGTON -- Could a blind person drive a car? Researchers are trying to make that far-flung notion a reality. The National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech plan to demonstrate a prototype vehicle next year equipped with technology that helps a blind person drive a car independently.
  • Terrafugia Transition 'flying car' gets go-ahead from US air authorities

    06/29/2010 12:42:45 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 50 replies · 7+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 06/29/2010 | Tom Chivers
    The Terrafugia Transition, a light aircraft that can convert into a road-legal automobile, is to go into production after being given a special weight exemption by the US Federal Aviation Administration. The Transition was designed as a "light sport" aircraft, the smallest kind of private aeroplane under FAA classification, with a maximum weight of 1,320lb. But the manufacturers found it impossible to fit the safety features - airbags, crumple zones and roll cage, for instance - that are required for road vehicles into that weight. Uniquely, however, the FAA has granted the Transition an exemption - allowing it to be...
  • Is This America's Future Transportation?

    05/05/2010 11:37:57 AM PDT · by FredJake · 15 replies · 833+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 5/3/10 | Chuck Wolk
    (more images of the VW Spartan at Gate) With everyone pumping oil out of the Gulf of Mexico except for America, it would seem like the environmental wackos are getting their wish. Many Americans are finding it more and more difficult to pay for the high price of gasoline forced upon us by a government caused lack of oil supply. What we may soon be forced to drive is something similar to a vehicle I saw in a museum when I was stationed in Germany back in the mid "70"s as a soldier. It was a funny looking three...
  • The Scavenger: Is Concord car dealership marketing to undocumented immigrants?

    05/04/2010 7:38:21 PM PDT · by thecodont · 4 replies · 258+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | April 27 2010 at 09:42 AM | Posted By: Aileen Yoo
    It's a question CBS5's Joe Vasquez asked the owner of Nemesis Motors, a car dealership in an area with a large Latino population that has plastered its windows with signs in Spanish. [Tip to] But one of those signs that concerned a local blogger implies you don't need a license to purchase a car. And according to DMV and CHP officials, you don't. Dealerships can sell cars to unlicensed buyers. Even so, under Nemesis Motors' policies, the person driving it off the lot must have a license, according to Vazquez. Read more:
  • Law to Require Automobile “Black Boxes” Mulled

    05/02/2010 2:39:22 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies · 398+ views
    In a bid to save Americans from unsafe vehicles, Congress is proposing legislation to require all new cars sold in this country to come equipped with the same kind of “black box” technology now used on airliners. The spur to action was the recent problem with sticky accelerators in some Toyota models this past year. Chairman of the House Commerce Committee, Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif), called the bill “essential if we are to avoid the sort of problems we’ve seen in the automobile marketplace and on our streets. Right now, we are totally dependent on drivers responding to recall notices....
  • GM CEO says government loans have been repaid

    04/21/2010 8:39:27 AM PDT · by worst-case scenario · 33 replies · 1,335+ views
    AP ^ | Apr 21 2010 | TOM KRISHER
    DETROIT — General Motors Co.'s CEO said Tuesday that the automaker has repaid the $8.1 billion in loans it received from the U.S. and Canadian governments, a sign that a plan to rebuild the company is working. GM got a total of $52 billion from the U.S. government and $9.5 billion from the Canadian and Ontario governments as it went through bankruptcy protection last year. The U.S. considered as a loan $6.7 billion of the aid, while the Canadian governments held $1.4 billion in loans. The loan payback to the U.S. government comes five years ahead of schedule, and Whitacre...