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Chris Kahn
AP

NEW YORK (AP) — Cheaper gas won’t be enough to get many more Americans on the road this summer. They’re still too worried about their jobs and the economy.

Economists and tourism experts are expecting only a small uptick in summer travelers. Gas prices are lower, but still high enough to keep some Americans off the road. The job market is improving, but still shaky. And household debt remains high. Read more »

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By Tom and Ray Magliozzi
King Features

Dear Tom and Ray:

We recently purchased a 2003 Honda Civic with 80,000 miles. The previous owner was very fastidious about maintenance, and had replaced several major items within the past six months, including the timing belt, for which he provided us receipts. My husband was driving the car recently and accelerated to pass another vehicle, when the Civic suddenly lost power and some of the dashboard lights came on. Fortunately, he was close by, and was able to limp home at a slow speed. We had the car towed to the repair shop that we have used previously, and they diagnosed the problem as a burned-out alternator and PCM. The mechanic told us that the problem was caused because when the timing belt was replaced, the alternator was left loose and not grounded. He said that when there was a power surge during acceleration, both the alternator and the PCM burned out. The repair bill was $1,200. We contacted the shop where the timing-belt repair was done, and the owner denies that his work would have caused this damage. He said our repair shop sold us unnecessary parts, and said the alternator is not touched when a timing belt is installed. He also pointed to the five-month span between the time the work was done by his shop and the alternator problem, and suggested that any problems with the repair would have shown up sooner. We don’t know what to believe. What do you think? — Kathi Read more »

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New collaborative coupe shows off best of both worlds for Scion, Subaru

By Aaron Cole
For Utah Rides

Welcome to the heyday of man. I’m not talking about the species, I’m talking about the gender.

Y chromosomes of the world sit up and take notice: We are at the summit. Today is pinnacle of our existence. It won’t get better than this. Dudes, carpe testosterone. Read more »

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May 17, 2012
Salt Lake City, UT

Karl Malone Toyota is delivering the first Scion FR-S in Utah this Thursday, May 17th from 5:30PM – 8:00PM. “This is sure to be a fun and informative event. We’ll have snacks, drinks and prizes. Plus we have a grand surprise in store for one special individual,” says Andy Madsen, General Manager. Come by this Thursday to meet Karl Malone and familiarize yourself with Scion’s newest sports car. A presentation of the FR-S, which was unveiled in 2011 and stands for front-engine, rear-wheel drive, sports car, will start off the event at 5:30PM along with snacks and drinks. Read more »

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By Mark Phelan
Detroit Free Press (MCT)

What if automakers could slash the weight of their vehicles 30 percent, 40 percent, even 50 percent?

A panel of top designers will discuss that as part of the annual Michelin Challenge Design contest.

Reducing vehicle weight is one of the most challenging and rewarding areas in automotive development.

Every ounce of weight you remove from a part affects all the parts around it. Those parts then affect their neighbors, and so on.

“This is about more than just styling,” said Jim Hall, managing director of 2953 Analytics and moderator of the panel discussion at the Automotive Press Association this week. “It requires an understanding of where the market is going and what technologies are available or near. Read more »

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By Aaron Cole
For Utah Rides

When buying a car there’s an oft-forgotten point that hardly gets made before, during or after the sale: the point of diminishing return. It’s the point where a buyer stops, looks around, and says, “Scotchguarding the trunk will help when I carry a five gallon drum of ketchup. But how often do I carry five gallons of ketchup?” Read more »

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By Tom and Ray Magliozzi
King Features

Dear Tom and Ray:

Do you ever address questions about old farm tractors? Our 1945 Farmall-A starts well and runs well for about 10-20 minutes, but then it starts to miss and then stalls out, typically while going up a slope — even a small one. Along with our local mechanic, we checked out the carburetor (the original Schebler), the fuel lines, put in new plugs and added B-12 Chemtool and STP Lead Substitute additives to the gasoline. The problem will not go away, and we really need this little old tractor to mow our fields and haul logs. Any suggestions? We have a new Zenith-type carburetor on the shelf, but I don’t want to put that in unless that’s the problem for sure. I will be grateful for any words of wisdom on this. Thanks. — Will Read more »

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By Sarah Lacey
For Utah Rides

My week in the 2012 Land Rover LR4 was mostly bliss.  It’s so easy to get along with, for the most part.  The exceptions to the dominantly enjoyable experience have mostly to do with expenses and not the LR4’s personality and behavior. Read more »

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By AARON COLE

Managing Editor, MediaOne of Utah

The chassis is really a canvas.

Of all the vehicles available for purchase, pickup trucks by far offer more possible combinations than any other model.

Most manufacturers offer at least three different engine options, two different powertrain options (four-wheel drive or two-wheel drive), at least three different cab configurations, at least two different box sizes, and that’s even before you start talking about the color of the paint on the outside.

“A full-size product lineup is about the most complex of anything out there. We’ve tried to keep our product offerings as simple as possible, but still provide enough diversity to meet the need of a broad range of consumers,” said Richard Bame, national brand manager for Toyota. “Trying to shop on the web is particularly intimidating … for those very reasons.” Read more »