Coming through in the clutch after a bad start

I have experienced so many different automotive failures that you would think I have seen them all. However, what I saw last month made me feel like cars really are just out to get me sometimes.

On a recent Monday morning, a new customer dropped off his 2003 Volkswagen Passat sedan (manual transmission) for a 160,000-mile service and check-engine light. Whenever we are checking in a new customer and car, we have to get all relevant information. I walked out to the car with the customer to get the vehicle identification number, production date and mileage. Then I started the car to see if there were any warning lights on in the dash. That’s when I got a surprise.

Cons of bringing the Idaho stop law to California

The California Legislature will consider a bipartisan bill, AB 1103, in January that would allow bicyclists to treat stop signs as yields.

Excellent E-Coupe

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The Mercedes-Benz 2018 E-Class Coupe includes all of the latest safety features.

So you’ve decided to reward yourself with a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but without children at home, you don’t really need a four-door sedan most of the time.

If that’s the case, you’re in luck. Mercedes-Benz recently introduced its 2018 E-Class Coupe, offering the sleek styling of a true two-door coupe but with the interior capacity of a mid-sized sedan.

'Idaho stop' may soon be legal throughout California

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If California bill AB 1103 becomes law, bicyclists may treat stop signs as yields.

A variation of what’s commonly known as the “Idaho stop” – the law that allows bicyclists in that state to treat a stop sign as a yield sign – may soon become legal in California.

The California State Legislature will consider a bipartisan bill, AB 1103, in January that would permit bicyclists to treat stop signs as yields.

Auto repair shop lends a hand in a pressure situation

As long as I can remember, we’ve had a great relationship with other auto repair shops in the area. My father used to network with shops when I was growing up. We would always share know-how and tools.

When I took over the shop in 1990, I became a member of the Automotive Service Council of California. It’s an organization that encourages shops to communicate with one another and holds monthly meetings to discuss the ever-changing automotive field.

Zero-emission vehicles with almost zero in common

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Through a combination of batteries and electric motor, the Ford Fusion Hybrid gets 42 mpg.

With California’s emphasis on air quality, automobile companies are mandated to sell a specific number of zero-emission vehicles each year, as well as meet emissions and fuel economy standards across their entire sales volume.

California also may be the most car-crazy state in the U.S., representing a significant market for cars that are simply satisfying to drive.

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