In Part 1 of this series I went over some of the best European cars for those of you with big budgets. Here in Part 2 I will review some of the best vehicles for those with tighter budgets. These cars are all great whether you are just starting out, or even if you need a career vehicle. Not coincidentally, I also recently read an article about the 100 most reliable cars of the last decade, and all of these particular cars made the list.
The first is Mini. The Mini has been described as a go-cart for adults, and although it has a very British look to it, the Mini is actually made by BMW. Its distinct look does not appeal to everyone, but those that own them tend to love … Read More »
One of the common problems we deal with here at German Auto Tech is coolant leaks. Some cars fare better than others, but all of them have to be maintained properly if the engine is going to last.
You should think of your coolant system as the first line of defense against premature wear and tear on your car, and since summer is coming up, your coolant system will be more important than ever, which is why from now through the end of May 2012, we are here to help out with a Free Coolant System Check.
Your coolant should be completely replaced every two to three years, or 30,000 miles. If your engine has aluminum heads you may even want to consider doing it sooner. Many people have asked me why their coolant … Read More »
One thing that VW owners frequently ask me about is their timing belt. Many conscientious car owners realize that it’s just as important to change your timing belt as it is to change your oil, with the only difference being that timing belts don’t need to be changed nearly as often.
So, how often should you change it, and what can you do to ensure that your VW timing belt doesn’t snap and leave you stranded? If you ask around, you’ll be told that you should change your VW timing belt anywhere from 50K to 100K miles, which is quite a variance to say the least.
Personally, I believe in early belt changes, (around 60K miles) and no, it’s not just because I’m a mechanic who can replace VW timing belts. I have two … Read More »
This sign has been hanging outside of the shop for many years. Probably as long as the shop has been here.