Recall Alert: 83,000 Ford and Lincoln Crossovers, Sedans, SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: More than 83,000 model-year 2012-14 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers manufactured between Sept. 2, 2010, and Nov. 30, 2013; 2013-14 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans manufactured between Aug. 25, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2013; and 2013-14 Ford Flex SUVs and Lincoln MKT crossovers manufactured between Sept. 12, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2013

The Problem: The halfshaft retention circlip may not have been properly installed, and as a result the halfshaft may move outward and disengage from the linkshaft while driving and without warning. If this occurs, power will no longer be transmitted to the wheels, increasing the risk of a crash. In addition, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, a rollaway may occur despite the transmission being in Park, increasing the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.

The Fix: Ford will begin notifying owners Aug. 29, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure that the halfshaft is properly retained; if it is not, dealers will replace the linkshaft and the halfshaft if it shows evidence of spline damage. The automaker will make the repairs for free.

What Owners Should Do: Both Ford and Lincoln owners can call Ford at 800-392-3673, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 92,000 2012-2014 Ford and Lincoln Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 92,000 model-year 2013-14 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans (3.5-liter all-wheel-drive models built between Aug. 25, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2013), model-year 2013-14 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT crossovers (3.5-liter all-wheel-drive models built between Sept. 12, 2011, and Nov. 29, 2013), model-year 2012-14 Ford Edge crossovers (2.0-liter front-wheel-drive models built between Sept. 2, 2010, and Nov. 29, 2013) and model-year 2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers (3.5- and 3.7-liter all-wheel-drive models built between Sept. 2, 2010, and Nov. 29, 2013) 

The Problem: Ford is reporting that a faulty halfshaft could become disengaged from the linkshaft, causing the affected vehicles to experience loss of drive function. The automaker also said that this problem could also result in unexpected vehicle movement even if the vehicle is in Park; no related accidents or injuries have been reported.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect to verify the right-hand halfshaft and replace the affected parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: Ford has not yet released an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | July 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2010-2014 Ford Taurus

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 196,000 model-year 2010-14 Ford Taurus sedans registered in states where road salt is used

The Problem: The Detroit News is reporting that salt could get into the license plate lamp, causing it to rust. This could lead to a fire; Ford is aware of 18 fires and one minor injury related to this issue.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the license plate lamp assembly for free.

What Owners Should Do: Ford will notify owners but has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Ford at 800-392-3673 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | May 29, 2014 | Comments (1)

Top 10 Used Cars for $10K

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Although new cars offer the latest design, tech and safety features, shoppers buy more of their used counterparts: about 2.7 used cars for every new car sold in 2013, according to CNW Marketing Research. It's hard to blame shoppers. The average new car sells for around $30,000. By contrast, the average used car sold in early January 2014 for $10,843 at franchised dealerships (e.g., Bob's Honda) and $9,513 at independent dealerships (e.g., Bob's Used Cars), according to CNW.

Top 10 Cheapest New Cars You Can Buy

The age of paying $10,000 for a brand-new car is in the rearview mirror. So what are the best used cars for $10,000? We crunched a lot of data, and from a pool of more than 60 candidates, here are our top 10 cars, listed alphabetically.

By Kelsey Mays | March 17, 2014 | Comments (17)

Ford's Moving Assembly Line Turns 100

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Time was, transporting car bodies for assembly at the manufacturing plant required horsepower — not the unit of energy an engine exerts, mind you, but actual horses making large deliveries.

A century ago — on Oct. 7, 1913 — an innovation at Ford Motor Co.'s facility in Highland Park, Mich., not only revolutionized the car-building process but helped change the landscape of the nation forever: the moving assembly line.

By Matt Schmitz | September 30, 2013 | Comments (3)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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The 2014 Jeep Cherokee and 2013 BMW 328i refused to budge from the top of our list of most-read reviews this week, holding fast at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Returning to the roster this week is the 2013 BMW X1, the X3's smaller sibling, at No. 6. Meanwhile, at Nos. 7 and 8, respectively, the 2014 versions of the Toyota 4Runner and the Ford Taurus make their debuts. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2013 BMW 328i
3. 2014 Subaru Forester

4. 2013 Toyota RAV4

5. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

6. 2013 BMW X1

7. 2014 Toyota 4Runner
8. 2014 Ford Taurus

9. 2014 Infiniti Q50

10. 2014 Acura MDX

By Matt Schmitz | September 22, 2013 | Comments (3)

Cars.com Reviews the 2014 Ford Taurus

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During Cars.com's $38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge, Ford's largest sedan couldn't quite keep up with competitive entries from Chrysler, Chevrolet and Hyundai thanks to weak power and oafish handling, says Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela. Two big Taurus plusses — literally — are a wide backseat that easily accommodates three child safety seats and a downright gigantic trunk.

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By Jennifer Geiger | September 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Results

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First, a quick reminder about whom our judges are:

  • Kelsey Mays, consumer affairs editor at Cars.com
  • Jennifer Newman, assistant managing editor at Cars.com
  • Kristin Varela, senior family editor at Cars.com
  • Fred Meier, automotive editor at USA Today
  • Brian Robinson, producer at "MotorWeek"
  • Bill Wegner of Skokie, Ill., our real-life family judge

Here's how the score broke down: The experts' scores accounted for 75% of the total score; 15% came from the family's scores; and 10% was based on fuel economy. To help you make your own comparisons of these sedans, we've pulled together a list of what you get for $38,000.

By Patrick Olsen | September 8, 2013 | Comments (23)

$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Mileage Results

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A mileage drive with full-size sedans is the 200-mile trek editors have been yearning for, because if we're going to spend all day in cars evaluating gas mileage, they might as well be large, comfy, feature-laden sedans.

Our route west of Chicago consisted mostly of highway driving with slower stoplight-to-stoplight traffic driving sprinkled in. We observed average speeds of around 40 mph, according to various onboard computers.

Surprises were minimal.

By Joe Bruzek | September 8, 2013 | Comments (4)

$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Overview

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If the new-car market is a Big Mac, full-size sedans would amount to only the sesame seeds. They're a sliver of the auto market, accounting for just 3.5% of new-car sales in the first seven months of 2013. Still, automakers believe in big cars. Seldom does a comparison see so many redesigned or new entrants. From April 2012 to April 2013, four new or redesigned full-size sedans hit dealerships. Through the first seven months of 2013, those four nameplates accounted for nearly half of full-size sedan sales.

By Kelsey Mays | September 8, 2013 | Comments (3)

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