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JasonCammisa JasonCammisa
Administrator | Posts: 141 | Joined: 07/06
Posted: 12/14/06
01:45 PM

Got a question?  Wanna know something?  We'll answer any question you ask - from what we ate for breakfast to what a compression ratio is.

Ask away!  

smartdigital smartdigital
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 12/06
Posted: 12/15/06
12:37 PM

I have a 2004 Ford Ranger 4x4 with an automatic transmission. The transmission is slipping. It does not feel like a mechanical failure, it feels like an electrical or pressure failure. What do you reccomend it is?  

JasonCammisa JasonCammisa
Administrator | Posts: 141 | Joined: 07/06
Posted: 12/15/06
03:08 PM

Hey smartdigital,
Without seeing the car, it's really hard to tell... You say it doesn't feel like a mechanical failure; what do you mean?

Generally electronic failures will result in the transmission locking itself in one gear in limp-home mode; I've not personally seen any that cause slippage.  And my recommendation would be to take it to a transmission specialist sooner than later -- if the transmission is slipping, you could easily wear out components by waiting.  

Perx Perx
New User | Posts: 10 | Joined: 01/06
Posted: 12/19/06
04:23 PM

I have a 1987 Porsche 928 S4.  I recently did a big job to replace the 'torque tube' which connects the front-engine v8 to the transmission in the rear.

Any idea why Porsche would choose this torque tube implementation rather than a more traditional drive shaft implementation?  
my ride

JasonCammisa JasonCammisa
Administrator | Posts: 141 | Joined: 07/06
Posted: 12/20/06
09:21 AM

Most likely Porsche did it for better weight distribution.

That big, heavy V-8 is a lot of weight in the front of the car.  Putting the transmission in the rear of the car moves a substantial amount of weight rearward.  And, as you know, balanced weight distribution makes for better handling.

Your Porsche isn't alone.  There are other cars -- like the Corvette and Maserati Quattroporte -- that have rear transaxles.  

Hope that helps!

sciroccocurrents sciroccocurrents
New User | Posts: 12 | Joined: 12/06
Posted: 01/01/07
10:39 PM

I read your article about the new Scirocco with joy.  I am eagerly awaiting its production.  Please continue to post informaton about this vehicle as you learn more about it.
I am hoping it has the same generous amount of cargo space as its predecessor 16V Scirocco.
Do you know of any way to get information to Wolfgang Bernhard regarding how happy many of us are about his decision to bring back the Scirocco?  Personally, I feel that any way we can give the auto execs some direct input about consumer preferences without wading through the bureaucracy of websites and dealerships, is the best way to get cars produced that people will be happy with.  

JasonCammisa JasonCammisa
Administrator | Posts: 141 | Joined: 07/06
Posted: 01/02/07
08:26 AM

We'll keep you posted on any developments we hear about the new Scirocco.  We haven't heard a peep since we saw the IROC show car in Berlin... which scares me a little.  Frown

Anyway, about the Mk2 Scirocco's cargo space: The 1986 brochure specs 19.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, and 33.7 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.

The IROC show car's trunk looked a little smaller to me, but looks can be deceiving.  The back seat, however, was huge in comparison; so folding down the seats would likely result in even more cargo space in the IROC than in the Mk2 Scirocco.

Hope this helps!

sciroccocurrents sciroccocurrents
New User | Posts: 12 | Joined: 12/06
Posted: 01/03/07
05:21 PM

Thanks, this is helpful.  

joela joela
User | Posts: 89 | Joined: 03/06
Posted: 01/04/07
07:47 PM

In a year and half, we would have put over 90k on our 2005 accord hybrid. we'll be retiring it to lesser duties (daily commute of 20 miles to and fro work.)

By then, there will be a lot of new hybrids out. Any suggestions on which one to buy? We're considering the Civic hybrid, Camry hybrid, Aura, Altima, and Fusion/Milan. We may consider the Prius though it doesn't have the "umph" to really handle Los Angeles traffic during rush hour.  

jerseyangel jerseyangel
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 01/07
Posted: 01/05/07
11:05 AM

Frown my 97 golf has a dead transmission - and is undriveable! otherwise everything is good with the car - what can I do with it now to try and recoup some $$ for it???  

JasonCammisa JasonCammisa
Administrator | Posts: 141 | Joined: 07/06
Posted: 01/05/07
07:05 PM

Hey Jersey,
You don't specify whether your Golf is an automatic or a manual.  If it's a stick, you'll be surprised at how reasonably you can find used transmissions for VWs.  Labor's not bad, either - it's about a 5 hour job for most shops familiar with VWs.

Automatics are more expensive, and they're a bit harder to deal with, but either way, I recommend finding a local VW shop and talking to them about it... a broken transmission doesn't have to mean the end of your car!  

eastbay568 eastbay568
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 01/07
Posted: 01/07/07
11:08 AM

I hope i'm asking the right person.  I love your mag. It kicks every other car magazines assss...   The problem I have is I paid to extend my subscription and now for the past 6 months or so I get 2 issues delivered. Does this mean i paying for two of the same issue? Who do I talk to about this issue. Thanks, mike.  

daffodil daffodil
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 01/07
Posted: 01/08/07
11:38 AM

I am a Dutch born resident of the USA. I am proud of Dutch automotive achievements.
Thank the Dutch for the C.V.T. - CD/DVD and so on.
However, I would really like to receive some extensive info in the "SPYKER"
Could you please help me there, or maybe, maybe do an article on the history and present incredible "SPYKER"?
If you need translations, feel free to ask my help.
With my kind regards,
Capt. Peter van Herwaarden

Rudy-#002 Rudy-#002
New User | Posts: 3 | Joined: 01/07
Posted: 01/09/07
05:21 PM

Hi, just a quickie here. I have a Honda Civic '00, just ONE of my rides (before you start boo-ing away). Since you guys expect to be asked ANYTHING, here goes, my brakes squeal when I'm braking at slow speeds (lets say 5-10 mph) but when I brake from speeds any higher (20mph +), they dont. I just had the brake pads renewed, but the problem remains. The car's been to the mechanic about 6 times already, a rookie's dealing with it apparently.
Is this normal?  

JasonCammisa JasonCammisa
Administrator | Posts: 141 | Joined: 07/06
Posted: 01/10/07
10:10 AM

Heya Mike,
Thanks bud!  We're doing our best to kick everyone else's assssses, so I'm glad it shows. Smile

The getting-two-issues thing doesn't sound good -- indeed it sounds like you're paying for 2 issues.  We have a Subscriber Help Line for fixing just this kind of thing... you can reach them by phone at 800-289-2886, or by e-mail at  

Thanks again!  

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