New Discovery offers best of both worlds


Mike Hagerty/Special to the Town Crier
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.

Ending on a high note


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The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2.0T Final Edition SEL features a turbocharged engine with 174 horsepower. VW recently announced it’s ending production of the Beetle.

You probably saw articles and videos earlier this summer with headlines like “Volkswagen Beetle ends production after 70 years.” I hate to be a buzzkill, but I hate hype and inaccuracy more, so indulge me a moment, please.

The Volkswagen Beetle that started production 70 years ago ended production 40 years ago. There was a big farewell for that one, too – in 1979. And the triple-white Final Edition convertibles are still on the street in a lot of Peninsula cities.

Getting to the core of the problem

We had a car dropped off last week with a coolant leak on the inside of the passenger footwell. Typically when we see coolant leaking into this area, it’s coming from the heater core. Sure enough, that’s what happened in this case, so we replaced the heating core.

That prompted me to write this month’s column on the heater system (I discussed air conditioning last month), even though fall hasn’t arrived just yet. The heater system isn’t as complicated as the air-conditioning system, but they share some common components.

Some real-life experiences when sharing the road

A reader recently asked me for real-life examples of sharing the road or sharing the lane with cars. So, here goes.

Left-turn lanes

Most adult, experienced cyclists choose to turn left from the left lane, especially if there is a dedicated left-turn lane.


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