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Owner’s Log: 2015 Ford F-150 Lariat (3/2015 – 6/2016)

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Better late than never!  It’s been a busy summer, and the F-150 continues to shine, both literally and figuratively.  Commuting dominated the quarter, with some hauling and a couple of road trips mixed in for good measure.  Read on for the usual stats and summary.

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Owner’s Log: 2015 Ford F-150 Lariat (12/2015 – 3/2016)

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Welcome to the first update on the newest addition to my driveway, a 2015 Ford F-150 Lariat SuperCrew.  The truck is just starting the break-in period, with 2,300+ miles driven this quarter.  I’m getting used to the laundry list of new features, so this will be a longer-than-normal update.  Catch up first by reading my review (opens in a new tab), and then continue reading for the details.

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UPDATE: GM recalls certain Pontiac Vibes, following Toyota’s recall

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Following the recall announced earlier today by Toyota, GM followed suit with a recall of its own for 199,163 Pontiac Vibe cars built during model years 2005-2008.  GM and Toyota created the Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Matrix as sister cars, so they share a lot of materials; namely the chassis, suspension and engines.  As part of this, the Electronic Control Module is shared between the two cars, prompting the recall.  Click here to read the original recall by Toyota for the details.

by John Suit

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Toyota Corolla and Matrix stalling issue solved, recall announced

2007 Corolla LE

Toyota just can’t get itself out of the recall quagmire it’s in.  Today, the automaker announced a recall of 1.13-million Corollas and Matrixes (Matrices?) from the 2005-2008 model years.  Only the two-wheel drive models are affected, which means your AWD Matrix is immune to this one.  The press release states that a crack can develop in the Electronic Control Module (ECM), which can lead to “harsh shifting” of the transmission or the engine stalling.  Only one minor injury has been attributed to this fault, out of three “unconfirmed accidents alleged to be related to this condition.”

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New Tech: Ford Curve Control

Ford debuted a new safety technology dubbed Curve Control, which works to help the driver control their vehicle in curves.  Curve Control helps drivers when they enter a curve too fast, slowing the vehicle up to 10 mph in 1 second, by reducing engine power and using “smart braking” to apply brakes to any or all of the 4 wheels on the vehicle.

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