April 4, 2007 |
Alan Mulally, who became Ford Motor Co. chief executive six months ago, says the company's products are the best in its history. Mulally is probably right, given how much the quality of Ford products has improved over the years. But that doesn't mean every Ford product is flawless or even adequate. Take the case of Belinda Bullock, whose 2002 Ford Mustang GT has only 33,000 miles on the odometer but has needed its rack-and-pinion steering system replaced three times.
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December 11, 2006 |
A 45-year-old man was crushed to death when a catering truck he was working under fell on him after the jack holding it collapsed, authorities said Sunday. His name was not released. "Despite our efforts, he sustained massive crushing trauma" and was declared dead at the scene, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.
March 22, 2006 |
In the universe of auto accidents, there are high-speed crashes and rollovers at one end of the scale. And at the other end, you have the slow-motion bump. Bumps of anywhere from 0.5 to 3 mph happen with remarkable frequency. Often, there is no visible damage to either car, and then the question becomes: Was it even an accident? Is it worth checking for hidden damage? Should you demand repairs for paint smudges? And how much slack should you cut a total stranger?
October 19, 2005 |
If you hear talk about things such as rivets, epoxy adhesives and aluminum structures, you might guess the subject involves airplanes. But in this case, we are talking about the front ends of recent BMW Series 5 and Series 6 cars, which are constructed with many of the same techniques you might find at the Northrop Grumman F-18 assembly plant in El Segundo.
October 5, 2005 |
If your new car warranty has expired, a common belief is that you can save money on repairs and maintenance by finding a good independent mechanic, avoiding the dealership service department. Though often true, that common belief sometimes has its faults. A simple example involves special extended warranty programs offered by car manufacturers to cover defective parts. Dealerships know all about these goodwill programs, but independent shops sometimes do not.
December 15, 2004 |
Lisa Spilker has a shiny white 2001 Chrysler Concorde parked in her driveway, but it isn't going anywhere. The car's 2.7-liter engine was destroyed by oil sludge several months ago and now Spilker can't afford the $6,500 cost of a new engine. Chrysler officials told the woman, who lives in Medical Lake, Wash., near Spokane, that the failure was caused by neglected maintenance, though she insists she changed the oil monthly and tried to take good care of the vehicle.