Safety Regulators Investigating Claims Of Sticky Throttles In Ford Tauruses

Safety Regulators Investigating Claims Of Sticky Throttles In Ford Tauruses

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into claims that 2005-2006 Ford Tauruses are having acceleration problems, reminding us that the Ford Taurus still exists. Those cars have been around so long, it’s more like, dino-taurus! Am I right? [More]

U.S. Car Buyers Seeing Less Difference Between Car Brands

U.S. Car Buyers Seeing Less Difference Between Car Brands

Not so long ago, saying the name of any of the top car brands — Toyota, Chevy, Ford, Honda, etc — conjured up very distinct associated images and preconceptions, especially when compared to the smaller and newer brands on the market. But it looks like that line between champs and challengers is blurring as consumers re-think what they prize in an automobile. [More]

NHTSA Investigating Electric Vehicle Batteries Following Chevy Volt Fire

NHTSA Investigating Electric Vehicle Batteries Following Chevy Volt Fire

As mass-produced plug-in electric vehicles continue to roll off assembly lines, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is taking a closer look at the batteries that power these cars following an incident in which a Chevy Volt caught fire three weeks after undergoing a NHTSA side-impact crash test. [More]

Ford Falters, Chrysler Climbs In Consumer Reports' Annual Reliability Survey

Ford Falters, Chrysler Climbs In Consumer Reports' Annual Reliability Survey

Our corporate kin at Consumer Reports have released their Annual Auto Survey. And after years of solid showings by Ford on the reliability study, a trio of new models have weighed the automaker down, while Chrysler manages to inch up the ladder. [More]

Man Finds Parts Of His Stolen 1949 Ford Shoebox On Craigslist

Man Finds Parts Of His Stolen 1949 Ford Shoebox On Craigslist

Craigslist is a great place to find stuff. Like parts from the 1949 Ford Shoebox that was stolen from your driveway. [More]

Vote Here For The Worst Ad In America Awards!

Vote Here For The Worst Ad In America Awards!

You told us which TV ads annoy you the most, now it’s time to select the worst of the worst! [More]

25 CEOs Who Made More Than Their Companies Paid In Income Taxes

25 CEOs Who Made More Than Their Companies Paid In Income Taxes

The Institute for Policy Studies has just released its 18th annual review of U.S. executive compensation and found that 25 out of the country’s 100 highest-paid chief executives actually earned more in 2010 than their companies paid out in corporate income taxes. [More]

Car Dealerships Adding Cafes, Beauty Salons & Other Gimmicks To Give Customers Something Different

Car Dealerships Adding Cafes, Beauty Salons & Other Gimmicks To Give Customers Something Different

In an attempt to rid U.S. consumers of the idea that domestic car dealerships are dreary, antiquated places with only a pot of burnt coffee to keep you awake while you wait in uncomfortable chairs, a growing number of car sellers are sprucing up their showrooms to keep potential buyers from running across the street to the cooler looking import lot. [More]

GM, Chrysler, Toyota Warn That Higher-Ethanol Gas May Void Warranties

GM, Chrysler, Toyota Warn That Higher-Ethanol Gas May Void Warranties

Even though gasoline containing upward of 15% ethanol content (E15) hasn’t come on the consumer market, the government has already finalized the labels that will be affixed to pumps carrying the fuel, a sign of E15 will likely make it to your local gas station at some point. Now Bloomberg reports that nine automakers, including GM, Chrysler and Toyota have warned regulators that putting E15 in your tank may void your vehicle’s warranty. [More]

Car Of The Future Will Sense When You're Having A Heart Attack

Car Of The Future Will Sense When You're Having A Heart Attack

Some people feel so attached to their vehicles that it seems their minds and hearts are locked into the same wavelength as the machinery. The feeling could one day become a reality. [More]

High Gas Prices Aren't Giving The Blues To Motown Car Makers

High Gas Prices Aren't Giving The Blues To Motown Car Makers

When gas hit $4 a gallon in 2008, Detroit’s Big Three auto makers took it on the chin as American demand for big, fuel-thirsty SUVs and trucks suddenly disappeared. But even with gas prices again hovering north of $4, American car companies are whistling a much happier tune–all the way to the bank. [More]

NHTSA Investigating 2.7 Million Ford F-150s For Potential Fuel Tank Problems

NHTSA Investigating 2.7 Million Ford F-150s For Potential Fuel Tank Problems

It’s been a bad spring for the Ford F-150 pickup truck brand. First, there was the recall of around 1.3 million vehicles for faulty airbags. Now comes news that NHTSA is investigating a problem with rusting fuel tank straps that could impact 2.7 million F-150 trucks. [More]

Ford Adds Another 1.2 Million Trucks To F-150 Airbag Recall

Ford Adds Another 1.2 Million Trucks To F-150 Airbag Recall

Remember when NHTSA suggested that Ford should recall 1.3 million F-150 trucks over airbag concerns? Probably not, because the car company only chose to recall around 150,000 of them. Well after further conversations with regulators, it appears that all those trucks Ford had originally decided didn’t merit a recall… they do now. [More]

Ford Overtakes GM In Owner Loyalty

Ford Overtakes GM In Owner Loyalty

A cocktail of advertising, performance, customer service and social prominence leads to the elusive concept of brand loyalty. Judging from an R.L. Polk study of 5.2 million new vehicle-buying households, Ford has nailed the formula more effectively than its competitors recently, because the company has surpassed GM for the top spot it previously held. [More]

Consumer Reports Announces Its Top Car Picks For 2011

Consumer Reports Announces Its Top Car Picks For 2011

Our test-happy kin at Consumer Reports have released their annual auto issue, which means it’s time for the magazine’s list of its top picks in 10 categories. [More]

Recalled Windstar Not Worth Fixing, Ford Wants To Buy It

Recalled Windstar Not Worth Fixing, Ford Wants To Buy It

Eric owns an elderly (model year 1999) Ford Windstar, and isn’t particularly interested in trading it in for a new car for financial reasons. Ford recently recalled hundreds of thousands of older Windstars, and Eric dutifully brought his car in for repair. Instead of a freshly safe car, he received an offer of $3,700 for his van. If he wanted to keep the van, he would need to sign a document absolving ford of any liability if anything goes wrong with the car. What would you do? [More]

Ford Recalls 150,000 F-150 Trucks Over Airbag Concerns

Ford Recalls 150,000 F-150 Trucks Over Airbag Concerns

Denis Leary may shout about how crazy smart the engineers at Ford are in those irritating TV ads, but those engineers apparently weren’t smart enough to include an airbag that might not deploy without warning in the F-150 pickup. [More]

Ex-Ford Employee Admits Stealing Secrets Worth $50 Million

Ex-Ford Employee Admits Stealing Secrets Worth $50 Million

Espionage! A former Ford engineer charged with stealing trade secrets worth $50 million has pleaded guilty, and was apparently caught with the evidence on his laptop when he was arrested in Chicago in 2009. The man worked for Ford for 10 years before quitting the company to accept a position at a Ford competitor — Beijing Automotive. [More]