The Recall Rumba: has a recalled vehicle has been fixed and August recalls
For months this column has been clogged with recall information.  I suspect that this pattern will not change anytime soon.  Frequently, as a result, I am asked whether this means that today’s cars and trucks are built more carelessly, have more defects, or are just plain worse than their... Read more
First drive: 2015 Ford Super Duty trucks
When a manufacturer like Ford brings out a substantially new group of heavy duty pickup trucks, you can be sure in advance that they will be put through their paces and compared with the competition in a virtual roundup of driving activities.  Earlier this week in a rugged part... Read more
Ford F-150 gets closer to launch with release of horsepower, torque, tow and haul numbers
Ford has been absolutely masterful in both feeding the media pipeline with broad information and maintaining suspense about the  the 2015 F-150 pickup.  Now, as the launch date — still officially unannounced — gets closer, real data is being released.  As promised, the engineers and designers have reduced weight... Read more
IMPORTANT: Recall list grows for GM, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Graco
Recalls have become a way of life. One reporter has noted that because they are happening so frequently consumers are ignoring them. Not smart. Don’t ignore a recall notice if your vehicle or child seat is on this list.  If you have purchased your vehicle used, it is particularly... Read more
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
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
Your Other Wheels: Texas Autowriters name Cars of Texas
It happens every spring. About 50 Texas auto journalists and photographers take to the Texas Motor Speedway to evaluate a nearly equal number of cars and crossover vehicles (and not just a few performance cars) to honor the best in Texas. This year it was an even 49/49 so... Read more