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Fusion Hybrid needs to burn more gas to keep engine healthy: Ford Canada

Fusion Hybrid needs to burn more gas to keep engine healthy: Ford Canada

Here's a riddle to consider. When is it a good thing for a hybrid car to burn more gasoline? The answer, at least according to Ford Canada, is when the hybrid in question is driven in a cold climate, but only for short distances. CHECK OUT: 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Quick Winter Gas Mileage Test... read more

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Onsite service by Tesla Motor technicians on 2013 Tesla Model S, upstate NY [photo: David Noland]

Life With Tesla Model S: Service Centers Get Crowded, Cost More

One of the coolest things about owning a Tesla Model S for almost three years now has been the service. When first revealed back in the spring of 2013—a few months... read more November 10, 2015 by


 
2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i

Why BMW Boosting Its V-8 Twin-Turbo's Fuel Efficiency Kills Batteries

Modern cars are asked to excel at many things, some of which are at cross purposes. The buying public demands vehicles that are sporty and luxurious, but regulations require... read more May 13, 2015 by


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

Electric-Car Owners: Watch Out For Those Dealer Service Bills!

One of the benefits of battery-electric cars is that they have far fewer moving parts than gasoline vehicles, so they require less servicing. Or as the old saying goes... read more February 5, 2015 by


 
2013 Tesla Model S electric sport sedan [photo by owner David Noland]

Life With Tesla Model S: At Last, Some Maintenance Needed (New Tires)

After 20 months and 26,000-plus miles, I finally spent my first dollar on maintenance for my 2013 Tesla Model S. Almost 2,000 of them, in fact. The total was $1,858--the cost... read more October 31, 2014 by


 
Nissan Leaf electric car at Crater Lake, Oregon  [image: C. Bonville Photography]

Why Electric Car Owners Don't Want Gasoline Loaners From Their Dealers

It's often said by electric-car owners and advocates that once you start driving electric, you never want to go back. Now it appears that at least a handful of car dealers... read more September 15, 2014 by


 
2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

Buying An Electric 'Compliance Car'? Think Hard About Servicing First

There are now more than a dozen plug-in electric cars for sale in the U.S., but not all electric cars are created equal. And a pair of recent articles about service... read more February 26, 2014 by


 
Onsite service by Tesla Motor technicians on 2013 Tesla Model S, upstate NY [photo: David Noland]

Life With Tesla Model S: Electric-Draw Vampire Slain, At Last

This started out as a feel-good article about another great experience I had with Tesla's extraordinary service program. But it morphed into a detective story that apparently... read more December 6, 2013 by


 
2013 Tesla Model S P85 service loaner vehicle [photo: David Noland]

Life With Tesla Model S: Three Days Of Service Nirvana

A few months ago, some minor glitches in my 2013 Tesla Model S were fixed at the Tesla service center in White Plains, New York. It was a perfectly satisfactory experience... read more September 4, 2013 by


 
2013 Toyota Prius liftback

Car Repair Costs Rising--Apart From Hybrids, Which Get Cheaper

There was a time when the average vehicle could be expected to go wrong on a fairly regular basis. That's not the case these days, and in general cars are more reliable than... read more April 9, 2013 by 12


 
2011 Nissan Leaf Software Update

Think You'll Work On Your Electric Car Yourself? Think Twice, Please

Electric cars, as you might have gathered, are quite different from their gasoline or diesel-fueled counterparts. Sure, they might look similar on the outside--for the most... read more December 11, 2012 by 11


 
2011 Nissan Leaf SL

Electric Car Maintenance A Third Cheaper Than Combustion Vehicles?

Driving an electric car has plenty of advantages, but many owners also like the simplicity of their vehicles. An electric motor is incredibly simple in operation. In... read more December 6, 2012 by 16


 
2012 Tesla Model S beta vehicle, Fremont, CA, October 2011

Tesla Model S Service Contract: $600/Year, Or Warranty Voided

One big advantage of electric cars is reduced maintenance. With no internal combustion engine, there is no oil to change, no exhaust system, no transmission, no myriad of... read more October 8, 2012 by 70


 
2002 Honda Insight

Hybrid Owners: Still Happy After 200K-300K Miles

You'll probably remember stories about Hummers being greener than hybrids over a dust-to-rust car lifecycle from a few years back. Much of the heavyweight Hummer's supposed... read more August 6, 2012 by 3


 
Nissan Altima Tire Pressure Assistant

2013 Nissan Easy Fill Tire Alert System: Helpful, Or Annoying?

Over the last few years, we’ve seen an increase in the amount of driver-friendly technology being added to cars to make them easier to use. Normally, that includes... read more May 29, 2012 by 8


 
Oil cap

Healthy Engine Oil Helps Gas Mileage: But Do You Know How To Check It?

There was a time, not so long ago, when car owners were expected to carry out basic maintenance and regular servicing on their car using a handful of wrenches and common... read more May 25, 2012 by 2


 

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