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Tips To Get Better Mileage From Your Hybrid Car

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 20th, 2008 10:12pm

Now that fuel prices have breached $4 per gallon, we know you want to stretch your fuel to get the most out of every purchase. We found a fun collection of money-saving tips and advice at Shell.com and thought to share a few of them with our AskPatty readers. The powertrain of a hybrid car combines an efficient gasoline engine with an electric motor as well as as well as a special system to capture braking energy to store ...


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Pros and Cons of Hybrid Vehicles

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 19th, 2008 10:06pm

Now that gas prices are hovering around $4 a gallon, many drivers are becoming more aware of their need to cut their gas costs. And with April being "Earth Month", we've recently been bombarded by messages telling us to make greener choices to help save our planet. Many people combine these messages and believe that their best automotive choice to accomplish both these goals is to drive a hybrid vehicle, ...


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Mobile A/C Service Facts and Fiction

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 19th, 2008 10:06pm

Spring is here and a new season of mobile air conditioning repair is ready to begin. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide sent us this release to remind both service professionals and consumers about the facts and fictions of A/C service. Some of these tips are highly technical, as they are aimed at service professionals, but it's important that even consumers read the bulletin, and it will help them ...


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Shell 'Autotude' Survey Reveals Interesting Insight Into What People Think About Their Vehicles and Driving

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 17th, 2008 9:55pm

A recent Shell "Autotude" survey reveals some interesting things about what American drivers think of their autos. Besides proving that many Americans view their cars as more than just a piece of machinery, the survey showed there are regional differences in drivers' "autotudes." While much of the country views their cars and trucks as simply a way to get from point A to point B, drivers in the Farm ...


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Shopping for an Electric Vehicle

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 16th, 2008 9:12pm

The hunt has begun... that is, for a practical electric vehicle, that can be plugged in to a solar panel, in order to go further off-grid. Back a year ago, when the solar panels went up on the roof, I had hoped that all that buzz about plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles would mean that something affordable would be on the market in a year or two. So finally, I need to replace our old creaky car, and am really ...


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Your LAST Chance to Focus on the Music and Win Free Gas, iTunes, and Apple iPod Nanos!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 15th, 2008 10:23pm

So Kim and Seana, those two music-loving Ford-focus-travelling- Sync-using singer songwriters have assembled all their travel adventure videos at a giant Kim and Seana YouTube video page (http://youtube.com/user/kimandseana), and have offered our readers another chance to win some more cool prizes. It’s been several months since Kim and Seana began their journey, and along the way, they posted dozens of webisodes ...


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Volkswagen Launches 'Das Auto' Campaign

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 15th, 2008 9:57pm

Volkswagen of America has launched a new advertising campaign called "Das Auto," which, for non-German-speakers, means "the car." The campaign, which launched last week and was playing practically nonstop over the weekend, introduces the world to the company's new spokesvehicle Max, an iconic, quirky, talking 1964 black Beetle. In each spot, Max has candid conversations with notable figures ...


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Ease Gas Pump Pains by Replacing Old Habits with New Ones

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 15th, 2008 6:01pm

Gas pump prices remain on their roller-coaster ride, with more ups than downs. They’re hard on the budget and beyond consumers’ control. With some changes in our daily habits, however, we can compensate, at least partially, for rising fuel costs. Adhering to your errand list, thereby eliminating an extra trip to the store for a forgotten item, saves miles and dollars. (U.S. Department of ...


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Who Says Women Can't Drive Stick?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 14th, 2008 5:56pm

I love driving a manual transmission. My current vehicle, a 1998 Honda Accord, has racked up nearly 145,000 miles on the original clutch, and it’s still going strong. Almost every car I’ve ever owned was a manual, except for the beautiful classic 1968 Ford Mustang I owned in college. All said, I think I’ve put more than 500,000 miles on manual transmissions over my lifetime. And, I’ve done quite a ...


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Want to save gas? Try slowing down.

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 12th, 2008 5:51pm

Now that gas prices are loitering around $4 a gallon, gas-saving tips are abundant. Automotive pundits are quick to offer a variety of tips to help drivers eke every possible mile out of each gallon of gas. The tips are usually quite obvious: reduce weight, maintain your vehicle, keep your tires properly inflated, blah blah blah... But here's one that many don't consider: Slow down. That's all there is ...


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