It’s not uncommon for certain cars to develop a reputation for a specific issue, but there may not be a more well-known failure point in the car industry than Subaru’s infamous head gasket issues.  While the brand has largely eliminated this problem on their modern vehicles, there was a period of time when head gaskets […]

When considering a German luxury car, there is a lot to weigh between the three biggest manufacturers. Audi, BMW, and Mercedes all offer sophisticated, high-performance, and technologically advanced vehicles. Outside of engine options, interior specs, paint color, and price, the all-wheel drive systems offered by these brands are often compared. While the systems (Audi’s Quattro, […]

Volvo is well known for its luxurious interiors, practicality, and especially safety. The iconic Swedish marquee has produced some of the most advanced and safe vehicles of all time. However, just like any luxury make, many prospective owners worry about the maintenance costs and reliability of the vehicle. Are Volvos Reliable? Volvo has built a […]

Engine knock is one of the most dreaded sounds to hear from your vehicle. The smooth operation of your motor becomes violent and unnerving. This noise is almost impossible to ignore, and that’s good considering that it often means there’s a critical issue in your engine.  There are a few reasons that your engine could […]

Feeling your transmission “slip” can be a worrying feeling. Transmissions are some of the most complicated, and subsequently expensive, parts of your vehicle. There’s a wide variety of causes for a slipping transmission, so it’s important for owners to understand what a slip is, why it happens, and how to address it going forward. What […]

Knowing when to service your vehicle is essential for owners of any brand, but especially those who own German cars. However, keeping track of the various service intervals can become a challenge. From oil changes, brake fluid flushes, and other routine maintenance, there’s a lot to remember as an owner. But when bringing your car […]

The 997 generation of the Porsche 911 was the long-awaited successor to the controversial 996 generation. Being Porsche’s second attempt in the water cooling game, they had a little more experience under their belt. Arriving in 2004, the 997 retained much of the 996’s DNA, with a few major exceptions. Most obviously was the change […]

Mercedes-Benz is synonymous with luxury. A smooth, quiet, and refined ride sets a Benz apart from other vehicles. This refined driving experience often means you notice it right away when something isn’t right.  You wouldn’t expect to feel much vibration from the engine of any car, but even the slightest bit of shaking on a […]

In the early days of engine tuning, hobbyists and racers would switch the camshafts in their motors to gain power. They had the choice of an aggressive cam profile for power or a more normal profile for fuel economy and reliability. Switching out the cams in these cars became a popular way to make your […]

In the late 1990s, Porsche completely overhauled their flagship sports car, the 911. Up until this point, the 911 was powered by an air-cooled engine (which means the engine did not have coolant or a radiator, instead relying on airflow, fans, and motor design to keep cool while running). The 996 generation introduced the first […]