Outback's overheating issue comes to a head

A new customer recently brought his 1999 Subaru Outback to the shop. The man said the car was overheating and making noise whenever he drove it.

Because most of the time I write about complex diagnostic scenarios, I’m sure that many of you think this is going to be a column about a really tough cooling-system problem.

Silicon Valley Auto Show revs up this week in downtown San Jose

The Silicon Valley Auto Show rolls into San Jose this week. The annual event is scheduled Thursday through Sunday at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St.

This year’s theme is “The Future of Drive.” The show will feature hundreds of new cars, crossovers, SUVs and trucks from more than 35 manufacturers. The lineup includes the Chevrolet Bolt, Fiat 124 Spider, Ford Shelby GT350, GMC Acadia, Hyundai Ioniq PEV, McLaren 570S, Toyota Prius Prime and Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.

Blast from the past

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The Donut Derelicts – a group of local car enthusiasts – check out the 2016 Mustang GT California Special convertible. The car is an homage to the 1968 model.


What better place to display a car with direct links to the 1960s American muscle car traditions than at a gathering of people who lusted after these cars in their heyday.

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.

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