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Ask Patty CarBlabber Blog Carnival: August 28th

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 28th, 2007 6:38pm

It's a different kind of carnival this week! The Parent Network asked its members to blab about their cars in a fun blog blast, saying "Do you love your car? Do you hate it? Has it been there for you through good times and bad, or has it left you in the dust - or worse, in a ditch? Shower it with virtual hugs and kisses, reminisce about the day you first met, or give it a piece of your mind!" Well, ...


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Connectivity a "Must Have" for Model Year '08 Autos

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 28th, 2007 6:37pm

Automakers preparing cars for the '08 model year have turned to technology to stay competitive. Bluetooth connections for hands-free phone operation, navigation, and support for digital music devices will be available as standard or optional equipment on the majority of '08 models. A survey of 100 upcoming 2008 models shows nearly 70% of the models for sale in North America will offer a voice-activated ...


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Hey, It's Brake Safety Awareness Week!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 27th, 2007 11:31pm

In case you didn't already know, the Motorist Assurance Program has declared this (MAP) Brake Safety Awareness Week. "Taking care of your brakes is a critical part of keeping your vehicle safe," remarked Joe Cirelli, senior vice president of service at Pep Boys. "As we head into the fall season, now is an ideal time to seek a thorough brake inspection." The Pep Boys -- Manny, Moe & Jack -- ...


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CarBlabber Featured Car Review: Nells' 1988 Ford Crown Victoria

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 24th, 2007 8:28pm

CarBlabber Review by Nells - Member since August 16, 2007 I bought my 1998 Ford Crown Victoria on April 6, 2000.It had 23,490 miles on it.Now it has about 86,000. This particular Vic has the Handling & Performance Package.This gave you rear air "springs", dual exhaust, 16" BBS-style alloys, and a few other handling items. My car is loaded with everything but leather and CD player. I don't ...


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Families Travel Farther, Spend More, and Take Shorter Vacations

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 23rd, 2007 9:55pm

According to a Best Western International Poll, Fido is more popular in the back seat than Grandma on vacation! Today's family vacations are shorter yet more elaborate and expensive, involving journeys to farther -- particularly exotic -- locations than what most people remember from their childhood, according to a recent survey by Harris Interactive commissioned by Best Western International. In addition, travelers ...


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August Podcast: Alternative Fuels, Hybrids, and Efficient Vehicles Oh My!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 23rd, 2007 9:51pm

Cristin Lindsay is the Senior Director of the Automotive X-Prize. The goal of the Automotive X PRIZE is to inspire a new generation of viable, super-efficient vehicles that help break our addiction to oil and stem the effects of climate change. The multi-million-dollar Automotive X PRIZE purse will be awarded to the teams that win a stage race for clean, production-capable ...


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Ask Patty Women in Motorsports Blog Carnival: August 23rd

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 23rd, 2007 3:39pm

This week AskPatty.com is taking a trot around the motorsports world to check in with some of our favorite female daredevils.  We're checking in with who's making news and what topics are getting boos. From the uber-hot Tarah Geiger to why NASCAR is suddenly all male again, AskPatty.com is checking out what in the world in going on! Pittsburgh area race fans are in for a treat August 25-26th. For ...


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Seat Belt Purses -- Fashion for the Car Girl

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 23rd, 2007 3:38pm

The Harveys, husband and wife, Dana and Melanie, came up with the idea for The Original Seatbeltbag while installing seatbelts into their 1950 Buick. When the job was completed they found themselves with a lot of leftover seatbelts. "What shall we do with it?" asked Dana. "I know", replied Melanie. "How about a matching handbag?" so they made one. Well everybody loved it so much they decided ...


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Americans' Top Five Favorite Wacky Road Trips/Vacations

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 22nd, 2007 9:19pm

Summer might be over, but that doesn't mean you might not still be making plans for one last chance at a family getaway before school starts. If you're among those (me included) who have realized time is running out for that last road trip of the summer, consider these suggestions for some wacky family vacations, courtesy of a recent survey by Harris Interactive commissioned by Best Western International. Have ...


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Getting to Know Susan Docherty, General Motors Western Region General Manager

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 22nd, 2007 1:35pm

I had the wonderful opportunity to spend some time recently with Susan Docherty, General Motors Western Region General Manager. She is an amazing woman who has contributed much to the automotive industry during her tenure at General Motors and by the time our hour was up, I was extremely impressed by the passion and enthusiasm she so clearly demonstrates for what she does. Susan has spent more than 22 years with ...


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