Why My $177,000 SUV's Brakes Squeal, and Why It's Not OK

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I just finished a week in a $177,000 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, the German sports-car maker's top-of-the-line, super-fast twin-turbo V-8-powered SUV. It's a remarkable machine — sleek, ridiculously quick, crazy expensive and possessed of one quality that drove everybody who rode in the machine absolutely nuts. The brakes squealed like a poorly maintained diesel city bus.

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The noise made every stopping event more about figuring out how to modulate the brakes to prevent noise instead of enjoying the amazingly firm and fade-free properties of the huge stoppers. That's not an attribute any car should have let alone a new six-figure one.

By Aaron Bragman | August 26, 2014 | Comments (3)

Volkswagen Prices First Electric Car; 2015 e-Golf Will Cost $36,265

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Volkswagen today announced pricing for the all-new 2015 e-Golf as the electric hatchback prepares to "charge" into dealerships in the fall. VW's first fully electric, zero-emissions vehicle starts at $36,265, including an $820 destination charge, for the SEL Premium model.

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The e-Golf, which we first saw at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, is powered by a compact electric motor and 24.2-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, good for 115 horsepower and 199 pounds-feet of torque. It's mated to a single-speed automatic transmission. Volkswagen said the e-Golf has an average range of 70 to 90 miles and a 7.2-kilowatt onboard charger, achieving an 80 percent battery charge within 30 minutes. The hatchback offers three driver-selectable modes: Normal, Eco and Eco Plus.

By Matt Schmitz | August 25, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe Review

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"The 2015 Jaguar F-Type is an exhilarating sports car, but our experience with two early models raises concerns about its build quality," said Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out Mays' review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Volkswagen Jetta Starts at $17,035

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Volkswagen's refreshed 2015 Jetta starts at $17,035 (all prices include destination). That's up $520 over the 2014 model; the 2015 should be in dealerships by the end of September. The starting price gets you a 2.0-liter four-cylinder base model with a five-speed manual transmission and power windows and locks but no air conditioning or radio. Some dealers will stock them, VW spokesman Mark Gillies told us, but "it's a relatively small percentage of the mix." That's been the case for the base Jetta in recent years.

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For most Jetta shoppers, the effective base model at dealerships is a stick-shift Jetta 2.0L S ($18,145), which adds air conditioning and a CD stereo plus Bluetooth, steering-wheel audio controls, cruise control and keyless entry. A six-speed automatic runs $19,245.

By Kelsey Mays | August 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ford Transit Connect

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 370 model-year 2014 Ford Transit Connect vans manufactured between March 1, 2014, and May 15, 2014

The Problem: The affected vehicles may have a brake reservoir cap that does not have the required text advising owners which brake fluid the vehicle uses. This could result in someone adding the wrong brake fluid, causing damage to the brake system seals and, in turn, brake fluid leaks; this could lengthen stopping distances and increase the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Ford notified owners on July 14, and dealers will replace the brake reservoir cap with the correct one for free.

What Owners Should Do: 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 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Poll: What's the Worst Driving Behavior?

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About a month ago, Cars.com's editorial team riled up readers by sharing some of the behaviors exhibited by other drivers that make us want to blow a gasket. It was a therapeutic opportunity to blow off some of the steam that can build up when we're behind the wheel, and hopefully help us keep a little cooler on the road. We also invited you, the Cars.com audience, to vent your own frustrations in the comments section — and vent you did.

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Among those of you who heeded our call for quibbles, far and away the most venom was spat in the general direction of those who, whether playing speed-limit cop or just plain oblivious, insist on driving too slowly in the passing lane. Other popular grouses among readers were directed at drivers who can't seem to maintain a consistent speed on interstates, who speed up when someone tries to pass and who are too distracted to notice that the traffic light has turned green.

By Matt Schmitz | August 25, 2014 | Comments (47)

Labor Day Weekend Could See Spike in Highway Travel

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As Labor Day celebrates the contributions of the American worker, it seems appropriate that this year's holiday will represent a milestone in the nation's slow-but-sure economic recovery. AAA is forecasting that just less than 35 million people will trek more than 50 miles from home during the Labor Day holiday counting period from Thursday through Sept. 1, mostly taking to our nation's roads.

Related: Study: American Hit the Highways Again

That's not only a 1.3 percent increase over 2013 holiday travel, but the highest Labor Day volume since 2008. But what AAA calls "modest gains" in the economy have evidently given travelers the confidence they need to stray from home for a last blast of summer fun.

"This year, Americans are more optimistic about their financial situation," Beth Mosher, spokeswoman for AAA Chicago, said in a statement. "Consumer spending continues to outpace disposable income, indicating that Americans are comfortable using their credit cards to take one last summer vacation this year."

By Matt Schmitz | August 25, 2014 | Comments (3)

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By Matt Schmitz | August 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

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By Matt Schmitz | August 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Video

For its first U.S. offering in roughly two decades, Alfa Romeo returns to the fold with a supercar in the 2015 4C — and it's got all the supercar hallmarks: exotic supercar looks, ultra-high supercar performance and, of course, a you've-gotta-really-want-it supercar price tag, Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder said. Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

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