Taking an idle from wild to mild

Last week a customer brought in her 2002 Mazda Protege5. The car came in for basic maintenance (85,000-mile service), but the customer noted that the vehicle suffered a rough idle at stoplights when warm.

Sports utilities for all purposes

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The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0T S features a turbo-charged two-liter engine with 200 horsepower.

Sport-utility vehicles make up perhaps the broadest spectrum in the automobile marketplace.

Hyundai takes it up a notch

Toyota – a brand known for being practical and economical – introduced the Lexus 30 years ago, an unabashedly luxurious brand intended to compete not only with Lincoln and Cadillac, but also with BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

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The Genesis G80 is part of Hyundai’s new luxury brand. It may be ordered with a V-8 or V-6 engine; the former has 420 horsepower.

Now Hyundai is seeking to do the same thing with its new brand Genesis.

How to rid your car of rodents

Last month a new customer brought in his 2012 Subaru Forester X. He said every time he fills his wiper fluid, it leaks out almost immediately. He added that it leaks even faster when he engages the washer sprayers.

We lifted the car and removed the lower-left front-fender liner to gain access to the washer reservoir. That’s when we discovered that three of the hoses were damaged – but not by normal wear and tear. Rodents had chewed them.

The Swiss Army knife of automobiles

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The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack comes with a 1.6-liter turbocharged gas engine.


As car reviewers, we sometimes play the game “If we could have only one car and we had to buy it with our own money, what would we buy?” With our recent experience in the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, we certainly have a new contender for the title of best all-around.

Cruising around the bay in the Cabriolet

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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet comes with a robust engine featuring 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

We can really appreciate the pleasure of driving for its own sake when we have the right car in the right place and no particular schedule to meet or destination to reach. We had exactly that situation between Christmas and the new year, when our local press pool assigned us a dark-blue 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet as our test car for that week.

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