Tackling a MAP mishap

The interesting thing about automotive repair is that there are so many moving parts, and we can’t always assume that common trends or problems will manifest themselves in the same way.
Just take the 2002 Subaru Forester L we recently worked on. The owner of the vehicle, which has logged 103,027 miles, brought it to the shop because the check-engine light came on.

Smart Cycling Rules for the Road improve safety for all

I recently took the second part of the League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling training program. 

I’d like to thank not only the Valley Transportation Authority for making it available, but also the reader who asked me to address training, which incentivized me to take the course.

The course is a prerequisite for becoming a LAB Certified Instructor, which I plan to do later this summer.

High hatch, low price

After giving a positive review last month to a VW Golf compact station wagon selling for approximately $27,000, a friend who prefers to sit higher in today’s traffic asked about comparably priced compact SUVs.

Golf Sportwagen TSI S 4Motion may be most practical car on road


courtesy of Volkswagen
The new Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen comes with a 6-speed manual transmission. The car gets 31 mpg on the highway.

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen with all-wheel drive and 6-speed manual transmission may be the most practical vehicle that you’re unlikely to spot on the SUV-friendly streets of Los Altos.

With a total sticker price of under $25,000, it is one of the least-expensive cars we’ve driven this year, but it includes all the necessary safety features – such as stability control and a back-up camera – of any new car on the road.

Solving Saturn's sticky situation

We’ve endured some really hot days lately, which makes me appreciate air conditioning that much more.

Buying one for the team


Courtesy of Mazda
The new Mazda CX9 features a turbocharged engine that produces 250 horsepower.

With summer events now on the calendar, families often find themselves needing a big vehicle that can haul a group and its gear or maybe even pull a trailer to a distant vacation spot.

For such occasions, an SUV with room for six to eight people and good towing capacity is the only answer. But how much to spend on such a vehicle?


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