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Commented On: What Are Five Things Your Car Has To Have To Be Pet-Friendly?


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Dawn - Thanks for the question, and it's a good one. For source, click on the link in the story above "safety technology features" that appears in #5 - side curtain airbags. James Bell, head of General Motors consumer affairs gave us an interview at the 2012 New York Auto Show, where he talked about the specific safety development of side curtain airbags at GM -- which protect people as well as pets. Thanks for your question.

Commented On: What Are Five Things Your Car Has To Have To Be Pet-Friendly?


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Hy Per - You certainly know how to treat your Shi Tzu well. Looking at the estimates of "owned" dogs (and cats), it would certainly appear that there are a lot of vehicle owners who also have pets -- at least one, at that. Thanks for the additions.

Commented On: 2013 Ford Taurus EcoBoost: Full-Size Goes Four-Cylinder


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Matt-As always, you make a very valid point. It will be interesting, indeed, to see how it all shakes out when the "real-world" numbers are known. Of course, it does depend, too, and very much so, on how you drive, right?

Commented On: 2012 Cadillac CTS Tops List Of 10 Best American Cars: Total Car Score


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Drew-Thanks for your comments. This list comes from Total Car Score, not The Car Connection. It showcases cars from the Detroit Big Three. The TCS for each is a "comprehensivenumber assigned to a vehicle that represents an overall industry assessment from major automotive authorities. All vehicles are model year 2012 with at least five source ratings that comprise the Total Car Score." Note the Focus came in just shy of Chrysler SRT8.In the High Performance segment, competitors to the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 include Volkswagen Golf R, Taurus SHO, Dodge Charger SRT8 and Ford Mustang Boss 302. In Large Sedans & Wagons, Buick LaCrosse is #2 and Chrysler 300 is #5. In Large SUVs & Crossovers, Chevy Traverse is #1, Ford Flex #2, GMC Acadia #3.

Commented On: Where Are Car Repairs Most Expensive?


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Willis- Bet you've become quite handy at those repairs, too... Thanks for the observations.

Commented On: Where Are Car Repairs Most Expensive?


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Al - another excellent point. Electric cars do away with a lot of maintenance required for gasoline-powered vehicles. Of course, there's the time for payback to consider (the premium consumers pay for the electic vehicle up-front), and that's not an inconsiderable expense.

Commented On: GM Recalls 2011-2012 Chevrolet Cruze For Engine Fire Risk: UPDATED


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Matt-Don't know about you, but I learned how to drive a stick shift first, long before I got my first car with an automatic tranny. As to which I prefer? It depends on the car. One thing about learning to drive a manual is that it's something you never forget. Thanks for the comment. Note that these two GM recalls are now NHTSA official safety recalls.

Commented On: Where Are Car Repairs Most Expensive?


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Matt-Totally agree. Now imagine you're driving out in Wyoming with the family, en route to visiting Yellowstone National Park or whatever, and you're miles away from a station...that "check engine" light could be pretty scary.

But you're absolutely right that it could mean any number of things, including not tightening the gas cap at the last fill-up.

Commented On: Buy A Ferrari – Or Raise A Child?


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Matt-Do we detect just a little bit of, maybe, longing, in your comment? Thanks for pointing out that sheet metal (or carbon fiber or whatever) can't hold your hand or give you a hug when you need it...

Commented On: California, Delaware To Get $2.4 Million To Fight Distracted Driving


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Matt - As always, you make some valid observations. One could argue that if the big telecoms never introduced cell phones and promoted them with ridiculously low pricing, we'd never have this particular form of distracted driving... On the other hand, we might still be distracted in other ways. Anyway, thanks for the comment.
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