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Consumer Reports lists the cars most likely to need a new headgasket

Cars that suffer from chronic head gasket problems are astonishingly expensive to keep running. Consumer Reports has put together a list of the worst offenders by analyzing data from its Annual Autos Survey. There are four Subaru models on the list, several luxury cars, and, surprisingly, everyone’s favorite Mazda roadster.

In simple terms, a head gasket is a part that ensures an engine’s combustion happens internally. It’s between the cylinder head and the engine block. Every car has at least one, and changing it is a time-consuming process that can cost over $1,000 depending on what you drive, the extent of the damage, and who you ask to fix it.

Consumer Reports found the BMW 3 Series from the 2006 and the 2007 model years experience head gasket trouble at anywhere between 90,000 and 138,000 miles. Subaru’s Impreza (2006

2020 Volvo S60 T8 Long-Term Service Update | Breaking and fixing the sunroof

Pro tip: Don’t play with the wind deflector in your 2020 Volvo S60. The same goes for most delicate and/or electronic things in cars. Parts break. You get sad. Money must be spent, and you move on. 

In case you were looking for an example of this, take our 2020 Volvo S60 T8 long-term test car. An individual (we’ll leave them unnamed to protect their dignity) happened to be sitting in the passenger seat waiting for some takeout food over the weekend. It was a sunny day, so the sunroof was open on the Volvo. The anonymous individual then stuck their hand through the sunroof and pressed down on the upper frame of the wind deflector that pops up automatically with the sunroof. What pops up, must pop down, correct? Yes, however, it’s clearly not meant to

These are the cars most likely to have major powertrain problems

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These are the cars and trucks that are most likely to have serious problems with their engines or transmissions, which equals costly repairs.

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C8 Chevy Corvette aluminum structural repair parts sales limited by GM

After 67 years of front-engined performance, new Chevrolet Corvette owners are going to have to get used to mid-engined dynamics, and some of them are going to do that by running into things. The first C8 Corvette crash happened last August, before serial production began. This chewed-on Corvette showed up on a flatbed in March, not long after production started. In April, this guy got hit by a drunk driver the day after taking delivery of his Corvette. And earlier this month, someone launched a C8 into a field and abandoned it. Veteran Corvette owners will also need to get used to GM’s stricter repair policies for the new sports car. A member of the Corvette Forum found an article on the automakers TechLink site that explains, “Structural repairs must be made by certified GM Collision Repair Network

Traditional detailing companies face numerous challenges ahead

Decreases in demand, small competitive boutiques, and new market-altering technologies have knocked traditional car care companies on their heels. As the consumer audience has shifted in both demographic and attitude, the industry has been forced to try to keep up by adopting new marketing strategies, introducing new products, and informing a completely different generation. But is it working?

In a piece titled, “A Generation Gap in Car Wax,” The New York Times dives into the topic of car wax and how the industry surrounding the product has changed throughout the past 15 to 20 years. Much of the article conjectures that millennials who view vehicles as unattached appliances rather than prized possessions are to blame, but it’s a lot more complex than that. 

According to the article, RJ de Vera, Meguiar’s global customer engagement leader, said he noticed a decrease

2019 Subaru Forester Touring Long-Term Update: Repairing a leak

I hadn’t been doing much driving, so the Forester had spent a good chunk of the rainy/snowy spring week relaxing in my driveway. Finally, it came time to pick up a birthday dinner — Indian food, curbside to-go. As soon as I sat down, I noticed something new: a small crack in the windshield. That fix will have to wait until more businesses reopen. As I eased out of my driveway, another issue emerged. I heard what sounded like water sloshing. Braking for the stop sign at the end of my street … yep, definitely liquid. It sounded like it was below or in front of me.

Later, I was parked in the alley behind the restaurant waiting for my order, and I accidentally dropped my phone down into the black hole on the righthand side of my seat. I