Cars Blog

Saturday, August 28, 2010 10:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Americans have long had a love affair with convertibles, and many automakers sell them as niche products to provide a bit of glamour to their car lineups. Nissan is going to see if they can bring that convertible magic to the crossover SUV market. The company is planning to release a soft-top version of its

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Thursday, August 26, 2010 4:54 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Today we have news that Toyota is issuing a voluntary recall of 1.3 million Corollas and Matrixes (Matrices?) built between 2005 and 2008. Apparently, some engine control modules installed in those cars may have been improperly manufactured. The issue has been under investigation by the NHTSA since November because the faulty engine control modules could

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 1:50 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Turns out our cars might be making us fat, according to a study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (via Freakonomics). The study examined the BMIs of people who ride a new light rail system in Charlotte, N.C. were 81 percent less likely to become obese than car-driving (what’s the word for people who

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Monday, August 23, 2010 2:55 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

When you consider the financial hit you could take in higher auto insurance premiums and potential liability in the event of an accident, it doesn’t make a lot of financial sense to mix cars and texting. And that’s not even taking into account hefty fines you’ll get in 30 states if you’re spotted texting and

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Saturday, August 21, 2010 10:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

This weekend in southeast Michigan, car guys and gals from all over the country will gather to celebrate American cars at the Woodward Dream Cruise. Over a million owners and admirers of American classics, tricked-out modern cars and just about everything in between will be cruising 13 miles through eight Michigan communities on their way

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Tags: auto, Cars, CD rates
Thursday, August 19, 2010 4:34 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

This week Jeep released pictures of its all-knew (kind of) Jeep Wrangler, and unsurprisingly, it stays close to the iconic shape that’s been gracing American roads since the 1940s. I don’t think this is a bad thing. There are a few cars and trucks out there with designs that persist in pretty much the exact

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Tags: auto, Cars
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 5:39 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

While combing through the news in the world of cars today, I found out something disturbing: My Mazda may have a genetic defect that could be lethal — to me. Apparently, 215,000 Mazda 3s and 5s built from 2007 to 2009 have a high-pressure pipe in their power steering system that is prone to rust.

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Tags: auto, Cars
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 4:37 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

The Honda Civic Hybrid is having battery issues. Edmunds is reporting the company recently sent letters to 100,000 owners of 2006-to-2008 Civic Hybrid owners letting them know battery packs in their cars could deteriorate and fail prematurely, confirming what many owners getting sub-par gas mileage already knew. Instead of offering to replace the batteries, the

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Saturday, August 14, 2010 10:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

One of the real benefits of having a blog about cars is the interactions with readers who know a lot more about a given topic than I do. After I posted a few weeks ago about some testing Ford did that called into question the crash-worthiness of aftermarket parts body shops use to repair wrecked

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Tags: auto, Cars
Thursday, August 12, 2010 12:29 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

This month, USAA, long admired by us geeks in the financial reporting world for its embrace of Web-based and mobile banking, introduced a soup-to-nuts auto loan feature into its already top-flight iPhone app. This is the same iPhone app, you might recall, that first allowed users to deposit their checks by taking pictures of them.

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