Thanks and Good Bye

In May of 2011 I started Carloves.com. I had hoped that the site would attract a large audience of car enthusiasts and be a vehicle (no pun intended) for me to express my opinions about my biggest passion – cars.

While the second part came true, the first part didn’t. The site never attracted much of a following. My twitter account that supports this site on the other hand has had good traction so I’ll keep it alive.

I’ve decided to open a site dedicated to my new Porsche 911 called lovemyporsche.com – and I’ll update that site regularly with Porsche-only news. The MyCarLoves Twitter feed will continue to be a place to find both Porsche and other car news.

Thanks to everyone who visited this site regularly. I appreciate your support and hope you enjoyed the content. Good bye for now.

10 Tiny Bits of Automotive News – February 5, 2013

gm628

10 Tiny Bits of Automotive News – February 6, 2013

1. Toyota announces two recalls affecting one million Corolla, Matrix and Lexus IS models for airbags and wiper issues.

2. U. S. Auto Sales are up. Chrysler earns $1.7 billion in 2012.

3. Honda is integrating Apple’s “SIRI” voice-recognition into some models.

4. For years, Corvette owners have been offered a chance to attend the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School with Corvettes, including the ZR1 – now Cadillac joins Fellows with the V-Series Academy – at a cost of $1295 for one day or $2295 for two days.

5. BMW is recalling it’s “1 Series Active E” due to a bad drive train housing.

6. GM is investing $600 million in a plant that produces Malibu and LaCrosse in Kansas.

7. GM recalls 4000 cars for airbag problems. The driver’s side airbag shorting bar in the 2012 Buick Verano and 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze and Sonic might make contact with the airbag terminals, even during a crash. If so, the airbag won’t deploy when it should, possibly increasing injury to the driver.

8. It’s official – the SRT Viper will make a return to the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

9. Cars were the stars of the Superbowl – there were 13 car-related ads. At CarLoves.com we vote the FARMER/Dodge Ram commercial the best.

10. GM recalled 8,500 Chevrolet Malibu models for rear suspension glitch.

10 Tiny Bits of Automotive News – November 13, 2012

1. Toyota is recalling 11,200 Scion iQ models due to faulty passenger sensors.

2. A company in Florida called Soundwaves of Tampa is claiming to be the first to install an iPad Mini inside a car – in this case a Toyota Corolla. It appears to take up the same amount of space as the standard infotainment system. Could this be a factory option on some cars – some day?

3. Hurricane Sandy caused the destruction of between 10,000 and 15,000 vehicles in the port of New Jersey including 300 Fisker Karmas. If you’re buying a car on the east coast, make sure it’s not a salvage car that’s been wet. Use due diligence and let the buyer beware.

4. Apparently the age-old rivalry between China and Japan has boiled over into auto sales. American car makers selling in China have seen increased sales as Chinese car buyers pass on cars from Japan in favor of US brands.

5. There’s no doubt about it, the auto industry helped tilt the vote last Tuesday to President Obama’s corner. In Ohio one out of eight jobs is tied to the industry and exit polls show that auto workers didn’t appreciate Romney’s stand on the auto loans. Details surrounding Romney’s false Jeep ad also helped according to pundits.

6. Ford has announced that they will end production of the popular Boss 302 Mustang next year. Because it makes total sense to stop selling the best Mustang ever made.

7. A new study released recently by Carrentals UK, suggest that women are superior drivers after interviewing more than 700 people.

8. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of 4,195 Jaguar XF models from the 2010 to 2012 model years due to potential fuel leak woes.

9. Mazda and Toyota snnounced a partnership to produce a new vehicle for the North American market. Mazda will build a subcompact economy car based on the Mazda2 at its soon-to-be-finished facility in Mexico for sale under the Toyota banner.

10. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall for select model year Jeep Grand Cherokee models and Liberty vehicles over airbag concerns. The recall extends to 2002-2004 Grand Cherokee and 2002-2003 Liberty models. NHTSA anticipates the recall may impact one million vehicles worldwide.

Top 10 Most Reliable American cars

Consumer Reports unveiled its latest predicted reliability results, from the 2012 Annual Auto Survey.

Small cars: Chevrolet Sonic
Fuel-efficient hatchbacks: Chevrolet Volt
Compact sports sedans: Cadillac CTS
Upscale cars: Chrysler 300 (V6)
Sporty cars: Ford Mustang (V6)
Large SUVs: Chevrolet Traverse
Midsized SUVs: Chevrolet Equinox (V6)
Midsuzed SUVs: GMC Terrain (V6)
Luxury SUVs: Buick Enclave
Full-sized pickups: Chevrolet Avalanche

10 Tiny Bits of Automotive News July 10, 2012


1. Capetown, SA police don’t mess around. If you get caught using your mobile phone while driving they take it away from you for 24 hours. Unless it’s a Friday – then they take it until Monday.

2. Volvo used to sell itself on safety. But the NHTSA recently fined the auto maker $1.5 million for delaying seven safety or other serious recalls. Volvo has agreed to pay the fine and takes steps to improve its response to such issues.

3. Convertible sales are down – Droptops normally account for two percent of the overall car market, but that tumbled to just above one percent in 2011.

4. Even though SEMA doesn’t begin until October 30, 2012 – the primary show floor is set and SEMA says they expect almost 2,000 exhibiting companies. It’s going to be big this year – again!

5. BMW said it expects to achieve record car sales this year despite a flat European market after posting June gains of four percent and an eight percent total rise in sales for the first six months.

6. If you own a BMW watch out. Thieves have learned to plug into the Beemer’s OBD port and can program blank key fobs. Using RF jammers and other devices to steal the key’s signal, the crooks are able to steal the car in less than three minutes. Fortunately for US car owners, the problem is currently limited to Europe which has different rules about OBD codes.

7. Jaguar is planning to debut the XKR-S coupe and convertible at the LA Auto Show in November.

8. Things must be going well at MINI. The company is investing more than $386 million in its UK operations to improve manufacturing capacity and they say that’s just the start of a planned expansion.

9. Isuzu is recalling cold state Amigo and Rodeo Sport SUVs over suspension corrosion problems.

10. On August 18 in Santa Barbara, CA the 12th annual Woodies at the Beach, sponsored by the Santa Barbara Woodie Club, is held on a grassy cliff on the Santa Barbara Community College campus and is free to both the participants and the public.

10 Tiny Bits of Automotive News July 11, 2011

1. Flying cars are now okay on the roads – really. Well sort of. The Terrafugia is more of a plane that drives, not a car that flies. But it makes a good headline.

2. Chevy Cruse is the first car in years from a U.S. automaker to top the passenger car sales charts.

3. Thinking of gassing up your new 2011 Ford Mustang or F-150? Think twice. Ford has issued a technical service bulletin advising against certain mods. Seems that Ford powertrain warranties might be jeopardized if mods were made and there is a problem.

4. Audi has announced pricing on the 2012 Audi TT RS. If you have $56k and change you can you one.

5. Dodge is no doubt happy to hear that Edmunds.com has rated the Ram 1500 as one of 2011 Consumer’s Top Rated Vehicles List. It’s a handsome beast to be sure.

6. Ford may be wishing it never tried to install any fancy Sync system in its cars. It caused them to be seriously downgraded in quality by JD Power earlier this year, and now, Eagle Harbor is suing Ford saying they violated seven patents with Sync. Maybe Ford should quit while it’s behind.

7. Chevy has been accused in a lawsuit that claims defective 2007 and 2008 Impalas had faulty spindle rods which connect the rear wheels to the suspension. Cop cars were apparently fixed while the regular folk were left in the cold.

8. With more and more quiet hybrids and electric cars hitting the streets, pedestrians, of all people, apparently want them to Make Some Noise. The NHTSA has begun writing electric car noise standards.

9. GM says it expects sales of GM vehicles to China to increase by 10% this year. Imagine that – China buying something from America intend of the other way around.

10. Mercedes Benz will launch a big advertising campaign this year to try to convince you that it’s “smart” to buy a Smart Car. Good luck with that.