Lowering the rpms on a VW Vanagon Syncro the hard way

As cars become more complex, so do their problems. I remember the days when just replacing spark plugs could solve a problem.

Auto Review: The Land Rover Defender is back – and it’s better than ever

Land Rover Defender
Mike Hagerty/Special to the Town Crier
The Land Rover Defender has a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produces 395 horsepower and 406 pounds per foot of torque.

From 1949 to 2016, the Defender was the Land Rover that conquered the world by being able to go just about anywhere. Safaris, expeditions, rescue missions – if you needed to get somewhere virtually unreachable, you wanted a Defender.

Auto Review: New Honda Accord is a bargain

Honda Accord Hybrid
Mike Hagerty/Special to the Town Crier
The new Honda Accord Hybrid comes with a 21-horsepower engine that takes the car from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. Fuel economy estimates are 44 mpg city and 41 highway.

When Honda’s Accord first hit the streets in 1976, it was a revelation. The roads were not at that time thick with meticulously crafted, utterly reliable, comfortable and economical vehicles.

Ask the DMV: Information on accessing DMV services online in ’21

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the California DMV is increasing the number of transactions that can be completed without a visit to a field office, according to department officials. The DMV has several methods to serve customers, including online self-service options, through DMV Now kiosks, or via a DMV business partner, so that they can virtually visit the DMV by other means.

DMV warns customers of phishing scam

In light of a text message phishing scam related to REAL ID, the California DMV recently sent out a reminder that it will never ask customers for personal information related to driver’s license number, Social Security number or financial information via email, text or over the phone.

Finding pleasure in being a passenger

Mercedes-Maybach
Courtesy of Mike Hagerty
The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC comes with a 4-liter biturbo V8 engine, which packs 550 horsepower, and a nine-speed automatic transmission.

I am not the world’s happiest passenger. I don’t believe I cause a driver or other passengers any discomfort. I’d bet they’re not even aware that – most of the time – I’d rather be the guy who’s at the wheel. I just love to drive. The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC could change that.


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