Matt goes full throttle to fix BMW

In November 2015, one of my newer customers brought in his 2011 BMW Z4 35i because the service-engine-soon light went on.

He explained that the car did not idle well and was low on power. We connected the car to the Integrated Service Technical Application, because it was a post-2008 BMW, and were able to pull several codes related to the primary operation of the engine.

Two from Toyota

Courtesy of Toyota
The new Lexus RX350 SUV comes with 295 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque.

Last month we drove two offerings from Toyota that are at the opposite ends of the fuel efficiency spectrum: the luxury-brand 2017 Lexus RX350 SUV and the highly developed 2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco.

About the only thing these two cars have in common is that both feature hatchback doors that improve capacity and access but do compromise somewhat on luggage security.

The Yellowstone experience

Photos by Gary Anderson/special to the Town Crier
The Andersons’ recent bus tour included stops at Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful Geyser.

With winter approaching, it’s a good time to start planning next summer’s family vacation.

Dealing with a bad brake at church

In September, I wrote about electric emergency brakes. At the end of the column, I told everyone to read their owner’s manual to have a better understanding of their brakes if they encounter a problem.

Nissan Altima stocked with safety features

Courtesy of Nissan
The 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV produces 128 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque.

Starting a conversation about self-driving automobiles is never difficult, but what is often missed in the discussion is the contribution of these technologies in making affordable family cars safer.

Hydrogen haven

Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Russ Ayres recently leased a Hyundai Tucson powered by hydrogen. The five-passenger SUV has a range of 265 miles. The nearest fueling station is in San Jose, but others are planned for Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto as soon as 2017.

Automobiles powered by hydrogen fuel cells have been discussed for at least 20 years as a future solution for zero emissions.

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