Quick Drive: 2016 Mini Cooper S Hardtop

2016 Mini Cooper S FrontDuring a recent visit to the dealership for a new windshield for my 2010 Mini Cooper S, I was given a 2016 Mini Cooper S as a loaner car for a few days.  I was curious, since this was my first experience with the recently upsized Cooper, and for the most part, I was impressed.  The new car is better in most ways, but growing up comes with compromise.  Read on for my impression of the new car.

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Owner’s Log: 2011 Ford F-150 Lariat (10/2015 – 12/2015) (Final)

OwnersLog2Christmas came early to our household this year!  In an unexpected turn of events, the 2011 F-150 you’ve been reading about for over four years has been replaced.  A good deal was made on a 2015 F-150 Lariat, the review of which will be posted in the coming weeks.  Read on for my parting words for Ford’s bread-and-butter truck.

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Owner’s Log: 2011 Ford F-150 Lariat (7/2015 – 10/2015)

OwnersLog2Happy Holidays to all!  Another quarter has gone by, and the F-150 continues humming merrily along.  Some new accessories have been added, and it’s even got some new shoes (tires) for the winter.  Continue reading for more details and plenty of pictures!

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Owner’s Log: 2011 Ford F-150 Lariat (1/2015 – 7/2015)

OwnersLog2Wow, this year is flying by!  It’s going so fast, I totally missed the April update.  Not to worry, though, as my F-150 has continued to run and drive well, albeit with a couple of hiccups.  Read on for more details.

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How-to: Replace 2011-2012 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Vacuum Assist Boost Pump

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2011-2012 Ford F-150 Vacuum Assist Boost Pump

Wow, that’s a mouthful, right?  And, what’s a “vacuum assist boost pump” anyway?  Read on, and I’ll explain what the part is, why it’s on the trucks, and how to replace one if yours has gone bad.  It’s really quite simple, and anyone with a basic set of hand tools and a half hour to spare can do the repair themselves.

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Owner’s Log: 2010 Mini Cooper S Hardtop (11/2014 – 2/2015)

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One year of ownership!  While it wasn’t all smooth sailing, it’s been a lot of fun.  The Mini needed some TLC, and continues to light up my smile when I’m behind the wheel. Read on to hear about the tumultuous last quarter for the Mini Cooper.

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