Deals on Wheels

Automotive quality: You get what you pay for

Dear Doctor: I have a question about the price of engine oil. When I shop in stores with my wife I like to stroll down the automotive aisles. I notice the prices on items, such as wiper blades and motor oil, seem inexpensive compared to the local repair shop and dealerships. Are these ...

2016 Tahoe remains best-selling full-size SUV

With new connectivity and safety features for 2016, the Chevrolet Tahoe SUV is a top-selling family vehicle that is anything but small.Stretching 17 feet in length, the truck-based Tahoe provides 45.3 inches of front-seat legroom - enough to make a football player comfortable.Every one of the ...

Good deals available on electrics

Sales of electric vehicles have pretty much stalled recently because of low gas prices, so good EV deals are available. One of the best deals right now is for the 2016 Nissan Leaf EV.Nissan is offering new buyers two years of free public charging under its "No Charge to Charge" program. It's ...

How to soften a ‘trucky’ ride

Dear Doctor: I own a 2014 Chevrolet Impala. I'm happy with the car, except for the suspension. It's hard, noisy and very "trucky." It came with 235-50-18 tires. Is it worthwhile to replace the rims and tires with 215-60-17? If so, then should I also recode the speedometer? Some owners have ...

Starter issue: Conduct voltage test first

Dear Doctor: I own a 2006 Lincoln Town Car in excellent condition. I always take my car to the dealer for service, however, last year while traveling out of town the starter failed, so I went to a local mechanic who replaced it. Last week I tried to start the car and after two attempts it ...

2017 Mirage an economical hatchback

The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage subcompact hatchback combines subtle restyling, more power, more features and gas-sipping performance in an economical package.The base, five-door Mirage hatchback comes with standard power windows, door locks and outside mirrors, air conditioning, keyless entry, ...

Volt plugs into a quicker, quieter ride

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is quicker, quieter, more fuel-efficient and goes farther - up to 53 miles - on all-electric power than its predecessor.The new gasoline-engine and electric-powered Volt also is restyled with a more mainstream look and has new features, such as options that let the car ...

Computer glitch may cause the IP to flash

Dear Doctor: When starting the engine on my 2013 Jeep Wrangler the Instrumentation Panel shows flashing icons, and then when I shift into reverse the transmission "bangs" and when I shift into park it "bangs" again. When I turn off the engine and restart it the flashing lights go off. The ...