Cars & Automotive

This page contains links to all of our automotive-related content, including tips about warning (i.e., check engine) lights, troubleshooting, simple repairs, major mechanical problems (transmission trouble, etc.) and more.

New Project – My Toyota Highlander Blog

by Michael on March 6, 2014 · 0 comments

We recently bought a 2014 Toyota Highlander XLE and it’s awesome. So awesome, in fact, that I’ve decided to launch a Toyota Highlander blog where I’ll be covering a wide variety of Highlander-related info. If you’re curious, please check it out.

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Honda CR-V Bluetooth Buzzing Sounds

by Michael on October 29, 2012 · 14 comments

Over the past week, I’ve had three people tell me that they’re hearing a horrendous buzzing sound when I talk to the over the Bluetooth connection on my 2012 Honda CR-V. This after six months of flawless performance. Perplexed, I investigated.

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As a followup to my article about installing a roof rack on a Honda Odyssey, I wanted to address a question that I received via e-mail: How long does the installation take? Sure, you can save a ton, but is it worth the time invested?

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I recently installed a cargo rack (roof rails + cross bars) on our 2012 Honda Odyssey. I thought about having it done at the dealer, but their price was ridiculous. Thus, I decided to do it myself. What follows are some notes on the installation.

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In the past month, we’ve bought two new vehicles — a Honda Odyssey EX and a Honda CR-V EX. As we always do when we get a new vehicle, we also bought custom floor mats to protect the carpet from our four kids.

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2012 Honda CR-V Real-World Mileage

by Michael on April 25, 2012 · 0 comments

As I’ve noted previously, I recently bought a new 2012 Honda CR-V EX with 2WD. This vehicle is rated for 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, and I’ve been very pleased with its real-world performance.

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2012 Honda CR-V Driver’s Side Mirror

by Michael on April 25, 2012 · 0 comments

Having just bought a 2012 Honda CR-V, I wanted to share a tidbit that I first discovered on the test drive… This vehicle now sports an “expanded-view” driver’s side mirror which is actually kind of annoying.

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Having bought and sold (or traded) a couple of cars recently, I wanted to share some insight on determining the value of a used car. As it turns out, there are multiple sources for this info, including both Edmunds and the Kelley Blue Book (KBB).

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