Letting off some steam

A few weeks before giving a presentation on transportation to my son’s first-grade class, I asked him if he had any questions about cars.

The 7-year-old said he wanted to know “what the gas was in the rear pipe.” I asked him to clarify his question: “Do you mean the liquid gas fill-up pipe or the exhaust gas pipe?” He responded, “The pipe in the back that steam comes out of.”

Latest BMW X2 might be right for you

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The 2019 BMW X2 M35i features a twin-turbo 2-liter four-cylinder engine with 302 horsepower.

Small crossover SUVs are a thing right now – and most of them lean to the “utility” part of “sport utility vehicle.” There’s a cure for that, and it’s the 2019 BMW X2 M35i.

Ford SuperCrew is a super truck

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The Ford F-150 4X4 SuperCrew Limited offers power and luxury for more than $70,000.

My wife and I were driving down the street the other day, came to a corner and, as I stopped, I saw something that seemed, well, weird.

It was a newer pickup truck, but one with only two doors, in one color, with black trim and steel wheels. Now, back in the day, that was a pickup truck. Today, they’re called “work trucks,” but not too long ago, they were all work trucks. You could make them a little fancier with colored vinyl seats or a two-tone paint job, but a truck was a truck.

New Discovery offers best of both worlds

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The 2019 Land Rover Discovery comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The idea of “rugged luxury” seems like a contradiction in terms – but it’s not.

Proof positive of that is the 2019 Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury. It’s a rugged, extremely capable SUV that can go pretty much anywhere you don’t need an airplane or boat to get to, but it’s quiet, refined and exceptionally well built.

More real-life experiences when sharing the road

Last month I wrote about some of my worst encounters with motor vehicles and other cyclists on the road.

My intent was to remind drivers and riders that they may not always be right, and even if they are, they should think twice about using a car or bike as a means of intimidation. Intentionally scaring a cyclist or a pedestrian might provide a moment’s satisfaction, but it also can cause a serious accident you will have to live with.

Stabilizing trouble with traction control

Dynamic stability traction control (DSTC) and other traction control systems may be the most important features on your car to have working properly in the winter months.

Last month we had a new customer bring in her 2012 Volvo XC60 3.2L because she said her DSTC warning light went on and her electric emergency brake was not working correctly. She said that ever since the DSTC light came on, she wasn’t able to release or operate the emergency brake properly while the car was running. If she turned the car off, the emergency brake worked.

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