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Without issuing a press release or a notice to its consumers, Tesla has ended its $100 flat fee for its mobile servicing pickup. The flat fee was part of Tesla’s service plan, which is separate from warranty repairs. Customers that purchased the pre-paid plan received an annual inspection and replacement of “all wear and tear […]

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Toyota is recalling 2 million vehicles in the U.S., saying an error during the manufacturing of a power window switch may cause a vehicle fire. A dozen different Toyota models are involved in the recall, including the 2007 and 2009 Camry Hybrid, and 2008-2011 Highlander Hybrid SUVs. The problem lies in the power window master […]

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According to Consumer Reports’ annual Auto Reliability Survey, hybrids are more reliable than plug-in hybrid (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Information from more than 740,00 vehicles was compiled for the recently released update, with consumer input on the powertrain, electrical system, suspension and about a dozen other categories used to estimate the reliability of […]

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The Tesla Model S P85D exceeded Consumer Reports scale when tested earlier this year, but the consumer organization said the sedan doesn’t follow through with a similar high score when it comes to reliability. Because the reliability rating of the Model S dropped from last year’s “average” rating, to this year’s “below average” rating, Consumer […]

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Tesla has begun selling an upgraded battery for its two-door Roadster, boosting the battery electric vehicle’s range by another 100 miles. “Model S development has helped us apply new battery technology to the Roadster 3.0 packs,” a Tesla representative told us. “The cells store 31 percent more energy than the original Roadster cell. Using this […]

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To combat the buildup of used vehicles that has plagued other plug-in models, Tesla Motors has built a new showroom to help resell its used Model S sedans. The carmaker’s newly-opened 23,000-square foot store will offer both new and pre-owned Teslas to buyers. Located in Buena Park – which is about halfway between Los Angeles […]

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Last Christmas, Tesla gave Roadster owners an extra gift when CEO Elon Musk announced that an upgraded package will soon be available. Almost four months went by with no word, until one owner reached out to Musk for more details. Using his standard platform for news updates – Twitter – Musk said recently that the […]

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Chrysler has issued a safety recall for the Fiat 500e to fix a software issue that can potentially stall the car. Posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week, the recall includes 2013 to 2015 Fiat 500e cars. Chrysler said that 5,660 cars are affected, which is estimated to be the entire […]

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A new study released by Consumer Reports says that for vehicle repairs, consumers are typically more satisfied using an independent shop than a franchised dealership. Only one automaker outranked both dealer and independent facilities: Tesla. Consumer Reports listed 32 automakers in its analysis. Repair facilities were judged on four criteria: quality of repairs, price of […]

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Technology allows one to follow what a car does, where it goes and how much fuel it uses. Volvo is integrating these telematics functions into its Volvo On Call program. The Swedish company said Volvo On Call now is standard in all Volvos sold in the U.S. and Canada. A company named WirelessCar is delivering […]

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