Two-thirds of lemon cars started to show symptoms of problems after only one month of purchase, with issues ranging from a check engine light to a non-starting vehicle, according to a survey conducted by YourMechanic.
The survey results captured the experience of owning a lemon from car owners who went through the experience firsthand. The results proved why it’s important to get a pre-purchase inspection before every vehicle purchase – even for those bought from a dealership. Of car owners who reported they had purchased a lemon, key findings include:
65 percent of lemon cars came from a dealership.
44 percent of respondents purchased from a used car dealership.
35 percent of respondents purchased directly through a private owner.
21 percent of respondents purchased from a new car dealership.
More than 60 percent of lemon owners spent $5,000+ on the faulty vehicle.
Hyundai will stop selling the Azera here in the U.S. at the end of the 2017 model year. Another victim of the demand for crossovers and SUV’s.
Maserati’s chief executive rang the closing bell on Wall Street yesterday as the 2018 GranTurismo made its world debut outside the trading hall. There will be two models, the Sport and the MC both with a 4.7-liter V8 “hand built by Ferrari in Maranello.” It packs 454 horsepower at 7,000 rpm with 384 lb-ft of torque at 4,750 rpm matched to a six-speed ZF automatic. The higher performance MC model will roar from 0-60 in 4.8 seconds Maserati claims. Top speed is 187 mph but probably not in gridlocked NYC.
A great quote in “Car” magazine from Dr. Ian Robertson, BMW’s global sales chief on autonomous cars:
“Mother nature cracked autonomy a while ago. A swarm of a million birds can move fast without a single one flying into another, and they don’t have smartphones! Nature has capabilities we need to understand.”
The nominees for 2018 Car of the Year, SUV of the Year and Truck of the Year have been released.
Alfa Romeo Giulia
BMW 5 Series
Tesla Model 3
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Land Rover Discovery
Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Nissan Rogue Sport
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
This long list will be pared down in November, with the winners disclosed, as always, at the Detroit Auto Show next January.
Eight historic Rolls-Royce Phantoms will be on display later this month in the heart of the luxury world, Bonhams on Bond Street in London. Among them will be Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Phantom II Continental.
The short-wheelbase Continental had been introduced in 1930 as a ‘sportier’ version of the Phantom II, which had debuted a year earlier. The Continental, with its improved balance and springing, was capable of 95 mph, which was not fast considering Campbell was setting world speed records in another car at the time.
Extra equipment on the Pale Blue car were a fire extinguisher, spotlight, an exhaust pipe specified as nine-inches longer than the norm, a klaxon horn, a Bosch horn and a siren. Clearly this king of speed wanted people to know he was coming through!
As you can see from the picture, this was one beautiful car for the 1930’s.