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2015 Ford F-150 gets the torture treatment and lives (well) to tell the tale
Every day, I am asked questions about the new F-150 truck and most of them are about toughness, durability and whether the new 2015 model will be wimpier than its predecessors. Rest assured that the team at Ford Truck wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize their position as the top... Read more
Important recall: 1.39 million Ford vehicles
I thought I had gotten away with a new recall-less week, but no luck. This time the the recalls affect more than 900,000 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs for a potential problem with the torque sensor in the steering column in 2008 to 2011 vehicles.  Also on the... Read more
Another week of huge GM recalls: is your vehicle listed here?
There has to be a better way…or maybe not.   General Motors continues to parcel out recall notices with a new bunch (2.42-million vehicles) today and 2.7-million late last week.  I suspect there is a strategy here since GM has its new first-ever tsar for global quality, a new... Read more
Your other wheels: Iconic Beetle offers new thrills
First off, let me say that I have never considered myself a VW Beetle person. Never owned one, never wanted one. Until now, that is. After a week in the 2014 Beetle diesel convertible, I could be a convert. It may be the refined look of the exterior. Or,... Read more
2014Toyota Texas Bass Classic combines world-record bass haul with truckmaker’s corporate committment
Lake Fork has a reputation that other inland lakes envy.  Bass are plentiful and can be HUGE. The setting is extraordinary and locals live to fish.   It is no wonder that the 2014 Toyota Texas Bass Classic returned there this year to the joy of the 50 professional... Read more
For Sportsmen, It’s the Year of the Truck
Linda Water Nelson As a truckwriter, I sometimes grumble when there are no new or improved trucks to drive. In the last two years, I have driven more dramatically new pickup trucks than in any comparable period before, and every indication is that the trend will continue. For those... Read more
Monday recall parade: Buick LaCrosse, Chevy Malibu, Ford Escape, Chrysler minivans
I hate starting my week (as I’m sure you do) with the reports of major recalls, but here is the latest list.  If you own own one of the vehicles listed here, contact your dealer or go to the manufacturer’s website for instructions.  You will only receive a notification... Read more
Get Smart: new features can make you a safer driver
Yes, I know.  Every time I talk about the innovative electronic features that auto and truck makers are putting into their vehicles, you tell me that you are already smartest, safest drivers out there.  But, if a new vehicle is in your future — especially a new truck —... Read more