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Cars and Curses

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 17th, 2008 3:29pm

My BFF recently purchased a beautiful new 2008 Honda Pilot. She made her purchase with a lot of thought, carefully researching more than a dozen cars in her price range and segment. This was the car she ultimately fell in love with, and brought home to show off to her friends amid much Ooohing and Aaahing, as we all admired its fancy new features and that wonderful new-car smell - and wonderfully absent of any stains or ...


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AskPatty in the News, March 1 through March 15, 2008

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 17th, 2008 12:28am

March 5, 2008 AskPatty in Auto Remarketing.com" "NIADA Names AskPatty.com as Preferred Provider" The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association recently announced a partnership with AskPatty.com. Under the agreement, which became effective March 1, AskPatty.com joined NIADA's network of preferred educational providers. According to officials, AskPatty.com is designed to give female consumers a forum to ...


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Toyota A-Bat and GMC Denali XT: Concept Twins Separated at Birth

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 12th, 2008 9:39pm

Auto show season always reveals an abundance of concept cars meant to provide insight into technologies or designs the manufacturers intend to put into production somewhere down the road. These cars are sometimes fanciful creations that seem so far-fetched it appears they might never see the light of day. Usually, however, underneath the science-fiction trim, exists real technology waiting to be developed for practical ...


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Volvo Recalls 82,000 cars

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 11th, 2008 9:41pm

Volvo, a part of the Ford Motor Company, recalled 82,000 cars worldwide due to a fuel pump electronic module problem. These modules, which monitor the fuel pump, could corrode from water or salt due to rain and (trying to melt) snow. The problem could occur in the S40 and V50 models from 2004-2006. Volvo representatives stated that the recall was only for corrosive markets where there’s a lot of rain or salt ...


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Go to a NASCAR race, meet your soulmate

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 11th, 2008 9:40pm

Is NASCAR the new singles meeting place? Having worked in NASCAR for many years as a beat reporter, I am apt to say no -- it’s more like a playground for singles to hook-up, girls to trade booty for hot passes to get into the garage, and a place for unhappily married men to have a reprieve from life at home in the arms of equally shady chicks. However, my opinion aside, if you’re looking for love at ...


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Discussing Ford's Blueprint for Sustainability

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 10th, 2008 9:39pm

Ford used the Detroit Auto Show to debut its plan for energy security by releasing information about its new EcoBoost engine technology, which begins with a direct-gasoline-injected, turbocharged V-6 engine to reduce weight and increase fuel efficiency. I was extremely fortunate to be invited to represent AskPatty at a dinner with Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and other select journalists to discuss Ford's ...


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Pontiac Empowers United Spinal Association with Motorability Car Culture Island in Second Life

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 8th, 2008 12:33am

Pontiac's Motorati Island is getting a second life by making a very generous donation of the very successful seven-region car culture island in Second Life to United Spinal Association. The newly named Motorabilty Island aims to continue catering to the car culture community in Second Life with a twist, by providing an opportunity to empower the 10,000 United Spinal Association members to join Second Life and ...


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Fiesta Reborn in the Verve, Ford's Got Some Nerve

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 5th, 2008 10:33pm

At the moment I was given a sneak peek at Ford's sporty Verve concept, I knew it was love at first sight. Here before my eyes was a sleek sedan. It was sexy, shapely, sporty. It looked fast and it had four doors. It answered my motherly personal need for the function of a four-door with the price-point, performance, and efficiency of a coupe. It was presented to us at the Detroit Auto Show as simply a concept ...


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Evenflo Recalls One Million Discovery Infant Car Seats

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 4th, 2008 9:30pm

Evenflo, a car safety seat manufacturer, issued a voluntary safety recall of one million Discovery Infant Car Seats after tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Evenflo. The tests showed that the car seat had the potential to separate from its base in high impact side collisions. To prevent potential problems, Evenflo will provide current owners a free supplemental dual-hook fastener that ...


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Green Tires Reduce Rolling Resistance

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 3rd, 2008 9:26pm

Car tires can play a role in improving our gas mileage – and regulators are starting to realize that. Tire makers are finding their industry being subjected to increasing regulations in reducing the rolling resistance of tires. One approach to achieve this is by reducing tire thread thickness to reduce rolling resistance. This regulatory approach will take some pressure off car manufacturers to shoulder ...


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