July 25th 2014 Issue # 739

The Baileyblog:

A short story.

Picture of the week.

Reserved parking only!

The TESLA file.

So much opinion, so little substance.
A continuing collection of articles on both sides of the issue:
Is Tesla the next BreX?
Battery fatigue - Driving a Tesla on the Nurburgring.

A massive bet on a single, rapidly becoming obsolete, technology

Cost of changing Tesla power trains? $15,000 a time.

Quality issues at Tesla - changing power trains at a remarkable rate!

hat Was The Week That Was

First impressions: Hyundai Sonata 2.4 Limited.

The curious tale of a mysterious Prius.

Connected car services are for free? Not for long.


The Smart car: One last chance.


(Who screwed up and when.)

Sonata a joke -  shifter cable.

Incomplete welds on seat brackets, turn signal failures,
power steering failures, loose suspension bolts
and faulty roof rack bolts.
Kia Soul steering, Sonata wiring, Mercedes air bags.
Fords burning oil and a whole host of other TSBs.
Chrysler: Vanity comes before a fire.
Ford: Fiesta fuel leaks and mutiple drive shaft problems.
Subaru: Rusting brake and fuel lines.
Ford F150 power steering problem.
Chrysler: The cruise control that goes on and on and on.
Ford: Floor mats and rusty licence paltes.
Chevrolet Aveo: Never good, now worse.
GM: Another 2.4 milion with faulty brake lamp wiring.
GM: Malibu auto stop/start defects.
Chryler: Minivan window switches setting on fire.
GM: Wrong rotors on the wrong end of the car.
GM: Faulty fuel gauges.
Cadillacs shifting badly.
Mercedes: Don't look now, but your ass is on fire!
BMW: More engine bolt failures.
VW to dealers: STOP selling cars - for now.
Toyota: A half million in Canada alone.
Ford: Can't ESCAPE from rusty frame problem.
Weird stuff: Mazda has a spider in its fuel tank.
Chrysler brake vacuum boosters.
Chrysler headlight failures.
Fiat transmission failures.
No traction for Toyotas.
Prius software problems : Again!!
GM Ignition switches that turn themselves off.
That's nasty: Chrysler vans with sticking gas pedals.
Too clever for their own good;
2014 Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras
setting on fire while idling.

Recalls & TSBs updated as of August  2014


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