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A smarter Smart Fortwo

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The Smart Fortwo – available in four trims – has been dramatically redesigned for 2016. The engine and transmission are vastly improved, increasing mileage and torque. The Smart Fortwo’s top-of-the-line model sells for just under $20,000.

The Smart Fortwo is at the low end of the affordability scale for a practical, energy-efficient car that can be used primarily for local transportation.


The odyssey of solving leak in Honda Odyssey

Last month I had a new customer come to us with a transmission fluid leak on his 2005 Honda Odyssey.


A luxury approach to efficiency

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The 2016 Mercedes-Benz S550e hybrid sedan charges quickly and features a luxurious cabin and several safety systems.

In the past month, Mercedes-Benz Cars introduced us to two new approaches to transportation efficiency at opposite ends of the price spectrum.

There’s the luxurious 2016 Mercedes-Benz S550e hybrid sedan costing a bit more than $100,000 and the new Smart For- two two-passenger city car priced at under $20,000 (review on page 33).


Loving on the Edge

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The Ford Edge has been redesigned for 2015. Ford lengthened the wheel base and added cargo space, among other things. The Titanium model sells for approximately $42,000.

Once in a while, a vehicle we test-drive is just right for our needs – anticipated or not.

Case in point: The week we were doing some minor interior remodeling, we discovered that some of the lumber ordered was the wrong size. If the contractor took time to fetch the correct materials, a half-day’s work would be lost.


How in the 'hack' did they break into my car?

Last week a customer stopped by and asked if I would check for damage to her car. It had recently been broken into, and she was submitting a claim to her insurance company.

We get this type of request at least once month. Usually we find smashed windows, bent body parts, broken door handles, broken door frames, broken trunk latches, etc. This time, however, we didn’t find any damage whatsoever. All four doors, door handles, keyholes and the rear hatch worked perfectly.


Dodge Challenger, Charger offer good power for the price

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The Dodge Challenger Coupe handles well for its size, though visibility is limited. It has a sticker price of just more than $40,000.

When a friend at our Saturday morning gearhead gathering heard Gary start up the 2015 Dodge Charger sedan and listened to its lumpy sounds at idle, he said, “It just reaches down and grabs hold of the 13-year-old inside you.”


DMV can steer students to licensed driving schools

Q: I am interested in learning how to drive. How can I find a credible driving school?


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