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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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2010 Mini Cooper S (R56) Engine Air Filter Replacement – DYI

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The R56 Mini Cooper S was sold in America for the 2007-2012 model years.  It featured a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, producing over 170 horses and 180 foot-pounds of torque.  That tiny turbocharged engine needs a lot of air, so its filter can get dirty quickly. Read on to see step-by-step directions to replace the air filter yourself.

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Ford Announces Recall of 89,000 Vehicles Due to Engine Fire Risk

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It’s been a rough start for the 2013 Ford Escape and Fusion models.  Both are complete redesigns that focus on technology, fuel economy, styling and safety, but it’s that last part that’s wreaked havoc on both.  The fourth recall for the Escape, and the first on the Fusion.  Read on for more details regarding this recall.

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Ford Releases Fuel Economy Numbers for 2011 Ford F-150: 3.7-liter V6 Gets 23 MPG!

Pending final EPA certification, the 3.7-liter V6 in the upcoming 2011 Ford F-150 will get you a stellar (for a truck, anyway) 23 mpg on the highway, and 16 mpg around town.  The 5.0-liter V8 gets you 15/21 city/highway, which rivals its GM counterparts’ fuel economy numbers.  While these numbers are preliminary, they can’t be too far off base or Ford wouldn’t release them.  Click past the jump for complete breakdowns and comparisons.  Truck fans will be especially interested in the Ford-provided charts at the bottom.

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GM Recalling 2010 Cadillac SRX Over Fire Concerns

The 2010 Cadillac SRX has already had one safety recall, and now it has another.  A total of 3,996 SRX crossovers, built in December of 2009, are being recalled because of a possibility of fire.  An unattended SRX caught fire when its power steering lines were damaged, which leaked fluid onto “hot engine parts,” according to the press release.  This caused a fire in the engine compartment.  No accidents or injuries have been reported, and General Motors believes that this issue is limited to only 2 or 3 vehicles, but is recalling almost 4,000 of them just to be safe.  Click past the jump for the press release.

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2011 Ford F-150 Followup – 20% Increase in Fuel Economy?

According to a press release published by Ford today, the four engines available on its upcoming 2011 F-150 pickup should yield 20% gains in fuel economy compared to the same models in 2010.  Since no V6 is available on the 2010 F-150, this is a believable number, especially considering the advanced engine technologies used to craft the new 5.0 and 6.2-liter V8s.  As a recap, the engines available in the 2011 F-150 will be the 3.7-liter V6, 5.0 and 6.2-liter V8s, and later on in the model year, a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.  If the 20% number comes true, look for fuel economy numbers to be 14-17 city, 18-24 highway.

by John Suit

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