FTC Letter Last week, ARA called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate potential breaches of warranty laws by automotive manufacturers. ARA is concerned that several manufacturers have used language that implies that warranties are tied to the use of new, authorized replacement parts, which is illegal under the Magnuson-Moss Act. ARA also said ...
February 22, 2011Anthony Luna
A line can be drawn directly from the Audi A4 4-Cyl. 2.0L turbo engine to the infamous Audi Quattro of rallyingâ€™s golden age. A dominant force through the 80's in the World Rally Championship, and credited with revolutionizing the sport with its four-wheel drive Quattro system. Audi also developed the ...
February 22, 2011Anthony Luna
The Audi A4 V6 3.2 liter engine may have started life with a humble 2.8 liter, but the brilliant minds at Audi evolved it to the V6 3.2 liter engine to bring refinement, and performance to any Audi product it finds itself in. Created in 1991 with a displacement ...
February 21, 2011Anthony Luna
The 2011 Acura MDX V6 3.7 liter Vtech engine SUV is the latest SUV in the Acura line. This mid-sized SUV features, as the name suggests, a 3.7-liter V6 engine with 24 valves, an excellent torque rating of 270 ft-lbs / 4500 rpm and 300 horsepower. Other standard features ...
February 18, 2011Anthony Luna
The Saturn division of General Motors has had a short but interesting history. Founded in the late 1980s to permit GM to compete in the small car market, the first years of Saturn were marked by bad design, poor engineering, and poor manufacturing. However, over time Saturn was able ...
February 11, 2011Anthony Luna
Scion is a division of Toyota Motor Corporation. Intended solely for the North American market, Scion cars are models not previously sold in the U.S. The intended market is young and "hip." The marketing hinges on Japanese youth culture, and is slanted toward exclusiveness and coolness by using so-called ...
May 11, 2010Anthony Luna
Porsche is just another auto maker, or so some say. The truth is that Porsche uses processes and components that aren't found on other cars. Even the Italian exotics lack the extreme precision found in Porsche's products. This makes the parts issue a difficult one for mechanics and owners. Mechanically, ...
May 10, 2010Anthony Luna
Plymouth was the bargain alternative to buying a Chrysler. Some say that was Dodge's role, and today that is what it has become. But Chrysler couldn't trust that their customers would go down the street to the Dodge dealer. There was too much danger that they would stop at a ...
May 5, 2010Anthony Luna
Peugeot is one of the world's oldest automakers. They haven't sold cars in the North American market since 1991, however, and have no dealer representation. This is a big problem with these cars, since they have no interchangeability with other makes. Aside from a few relays, Peugeot cars are orphans. ...
May 4, 2010Anthony Luna
Nissan has been in the U.S. market for a long time. They sold some interesting cars and some awful cars. There were some brilliant cars that were never exported to America. As with most import brands, U.S. safety and emissions regulations caused them some headaches. When it comes to owning and ...
May 3, 2010Anthony Luna