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Fiesta fun


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The sporty 2014 Ford Fiesta ST boasts more than enough power to teach new drivers the techniques of efficient driving without risk that the car will get out of control without warning.

Once in a great while, we drive a car that we agree is the very best in its category. Not just one of the best, but the absolute best. The buyer, in this case, is one who wants a car that’s fun to drive – even on a race track – and makes him or her smile every time the door is opened but is affordable and practical enough to meet all normal transportation needs. The car is the subcompact 2014 Ford Fiesta ST, and it’s no ordinary economy compact or even run-of-the-mill hot hatch.

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How to get personalized plates

Q: I want to order a personalized license plate for my sister. How do I know if the sequence of letters and words that I want is available?

A: The California DMV website makes this easier than ever. By visiting dmv.ca.gov and clicking the “Special Interest and Personalized Plate” link, you’ll be able to enter the configuration of numbers and/or letters that you want and know immediately if it is available.

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Easy strategies for countering 'hard starts'

In the past couple of weeks, I have had a few of my VW and Audi customers complain about “hard starts” from their vehicles in the morning. As the weather turns colder, there are things we can look for and check to try to prevent this from happening.

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For your consideration: Chrysler 300S, Nissan Leaf


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The Chrysler 300S rules in size, quality and equipment for the price.

We recently drove a pair of new models – the Chrysler 300S and the Nissan Leaf SL. Following is our quick take on each of them.

Chrysler 300S

What is it? Full-size near-luxury four-door, five-passenger family sedan.

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'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternative fuels used to reduce carbon emissions and are an early adopter of new technologies, be glad you live here.

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How to prep your car for the winter

I had a customer ask me the other day how she could best prepare her car for winter.

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Porsche Panamera and BMW 428i offer satisfying driving experiences


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The Porsche Panamera 4S offers a twin-turbocharged 3-liter, V-6 engine with 420 horsepower.

We recently drove a pair of new models – the 2014 Porsche Panamera 4S and the 2015 BMW 428i Gran Coupe. Here’s our quick take on each of them.

Porsche Panamera 4S

What did we drive? A luxury-level four-door, four-passenger sedan with hatchback-style trunk and emphasis on quality and high performance.

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