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Getting a clearer view of window regulators

We’ve all been in a situation where we’re driving along and try to use some feature of our car and it doesn’t respond.

Getting a charge out of the new Bolt

With so many new high-performance, all-electric cars on the market, it’s understandable that auto journalists may not place the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt high on their list of electric vehicles to test-drive.

Two traditional sedans from nontraditional sources

Courtesy of Kia
The Kia Cadenza Limited, above, sells for approximately $45,000,

Judging from the vehicles seen throughout Los Altos, we don’t deviate much from national trends that favor crossovers and SUVs – yet there are still many reasons why people might buy a sedan.

Looking for one problem and solving two

Last month a customer brought in her 2006 Audi A4 because the check-engine light was on and the car was cutting out while driving and hesitating on acceleration.

VW Beetle: Some cars don't need to be sensible to be desirable

Gary anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The Volkswagen 2017 Beetle Convertible 1.8T Dune comes with a turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 170 horsepower and 184-pound feet of torque.


Once in a while we get a car to drive that makes no sense at all. It can’t haul the family, wouldn’t be practical for a long vacation and isn’t suited to make Costco runs for party provisions.

The great 'Escape'

Courtesy of Ford
The Ford Escape is easy to maneuver, thanks to its small wheelbase, driver height and large windows. It’s also easy to load and unload with the ample cargo space accessible through the rear hatch.


With moist soil beckoning the gardener in the family, the 2017 Ford Escape – a compact cross-over in sensible SE trim and front-wheel that we drove recently – was perfect for multiple trips to the nursery for new plants to spark up the courtyard outside our offices.

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