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Owner’s Log: 2011 Ford F-150 Lariat (10/2014 – 1/2015)

OwnersLog2It was an exciting three months for my F-150.  Not only was there the normal Thanksgiving road trip, but a couple of towing experiences and some good driving in snow.  The new 2015 F-150 may be on dealership lots, but my 2011 truck is still looking and driving like new!  Read on for more details.

 

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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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Updated: New Volt Pictures, Specifications, News

So, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt is close to being on the market, and so the ramp-up to production begins.  GM is showing off a lot of pictures of their new Electric Vehicle (EV), as well as some more specifications.  The most interesting part isn’t even in the press release – it’s what some other automotive media had found out: the Volt isn’t purely electric.  It turns out that certain circumstances, including driving above 70 mph, can cause the gas engine to turn on and help propel the car.

Update 10/12: Another press release, this time from ChevroletVoltage.com, says that the Volt’s gasoline engine is never powering the wheels, only providing power through the drivetrain to the electric motors and regulator, which then drive the wheels.  Click here to read more.

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Older Jeep Grand Cherokee under investigation for gas tank problem

1998 and 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

According to Automotive News, the 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV is under an investigation for possible gas tank problems.  So far, the NHTSA has been notified of 13 deaths as the result of 10 crashes, while Business Week is reporting a total of 55 deaths.  The investigation is reportedly being asked for by the Center for Automotive Safety, a non-profit group founded by Ralph Nader.  Chrysler is cooperating with the NHTSA fully, and although “The existence of these post-crash fires does not, by itself, establish a defect … Further review and investigation into these incidents is needed.”

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Surprise! Hybrid Lincoln MKZ Price matches Gas version

Ford dropped a bomb on the hybrid car market earlier this year with the introduction of the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.  Just to enlarge the size of the crater, they’ve announced that its base MSRP will be the same as the gasoline version of the MKZ, at $35,180.  While not an insubstantial amount of money, it’s the first time a hybrid variant of a car hasn’t carried with it a multi-thousand dollar price hike.

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PedalGate: Trumped Up Charges?

A report from The Wall Street Journal has reported about the results of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) investigation into the claims of unintended acceleration involving Toyota’s vehicles.  The WSJ’s report says that the recalls, which have tarnished Toyota’s reputation for quality, not to mention missed sales opportunities and the outlay of cash to fix over 8 million cars, were not caused by faulty electronics: driver error, not stuck gas pedals, are to blame in almost every case.

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