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  • Poor AM radio reception grounds Bentley Flying Spur owner

    Poor AM radio reception grounds Bentley Flying Spur owner

    Q: I bought a 2007 Bentley Continental Flying Spur six months ago. Much to my dismay, the AM radio reception is terrible! I get tons of static, especially when near power lines. Is there anything I can do, short of getting a different radio installed? Is it the antenna? — P.O., Clarendon Hills ...

  • Good riddance, Dodge Viper

    Good riddance, Dodge Viper

    The Dodge Viper super muscle car will retreat to the snake pit from which it sprung at the end of the 2017 model year. Just like when Dodge killed the Viper in 2010, the automaker will serve up limited-edition snake bites to honor its 25-year anniversary and squeeze a bit more sales out of a car...

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2016 Mini Cooper S Clubman gets big, bruh

BMW's Mini division has always delivered on the promise of cute and cuddly, but for 2016 it has added cozy and comfortable as well, thanks to stretching its top-of-the-line Clubman model from a subcompact into a compact. It is nearly a foot longer, 2.9 inches wider, and the wheelbase is extended...

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  • Chevy Silverado revives truck war ads against Ford F-150

    Chevy Silverado revives truck war ads against Ford F-150

    Chevrolet launched a new, national ad campaign yesterday for its Silverado pickups that revives the often testy battle with crosstown rival Ford over who makes the biggest, best or toughest truck. The ad campaign touts the results of lab tests that it says show how the Silverado's roll-formed,...

  • Criminal complaint filed in Japan over faulty Takata air bag

    Criminal complaint filed in Japan over faulty Takata air bag

    A criminal complaint about a Takata air bag causing injuries in a crash has been filed in Japan, the first such case in this nation related to an unfolding massive recall. Takata Corp. said Wednesday it was fully cooperating with the investigation of the accident, in which a woman in the front...

  • $8.4 million Hoffman Estates bridge part of tollway bus expansion: Pace

    $8.4 million Hoffman Estates bridge part of tollway bus expansion: Pace

    An $8.4 million pedestrian bridge would be built at Barrington Road over Interstate 90 in northwest suburban Hoffman Estates as part of a major bus service expansion project on the tollway, under a plan expected to be OK'd Wednesday by the Pace bus service board. The bridge will connect planned...

  • Owner of old Camry better off driving it to death

    Owner of old Camry better off driving it to death

    Q: I am driving a 1998 six-cylinder Toyota Camry with 123,000 miles. It runs well, but leaks oil, yet I don't even need to add oil between oil changes. My local mechanic asked me if I would rather have leaking oil or a car payment. Given its age, should I be concerned that parts will soon not be...

  • How to restore a car's finish with clay bar

    After a few years, your car's finish can get damaged by everyday crud. Airborne metallic particles, road tar, insect residue, bird droppings, honeydew (often mistakenly called tree sap), road salt damage and all kinds of other junk builds up on the surface. At some point, no amount of washing will...

  • America's love affair with cars gets a new look in selfie generation

    America's love affair with cars gets a new look in selfie generation

    When her 2000 Subaru Outback sold quickly on Craigslist, Caroline Bean never got to say goodbye. So she logged onto Facebook, where a post that began, "It's been seven hours and 12 long years …" served as a virtual memorial. Friends weighed in, sharing memories of the Subaru — fun trips to the...

  • Report: 4 companies selling new cars with Takata inflators

    Report: 4 companies selling new cars with Takata inflators

    Four automakers are selling new vehicles with Takata air bag inflators even though the devices are potentially defective and likely to be recalled within a few years, according to a Senate report. Some Fiat Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Volkswagen vehicles from the 2016 and 2017 model years...

  • US auto sales expected to fall in May as growth slows

    US auto sales expected to fall in May as growth slows

    U.S. car buyers are tapping the brakes. May is usually one of the strongest months of the year for the U.S. auto industry, as Americans buy cars ahead of summer road trips. But last month, U.S. auto sales were expected to drop 6 percent to 1.53 million cars and trucks, according to car shopping...

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