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Bumper to Bumper Radio, the car guys on KTAR, 92.3 FM in Phoenix, AZ, broadcast every Saturday from 11:00 am to noon. On this show, Dave Riccio of Tri-City Transmission in Tempe, AZ and Matt Allen of Virginia Auto Service in Phoenix, AZ talk about the best and worst cars to buy based on the cost of ownership, maintenance, and your lifestyle. Also on this show:

  • Are there any makes or models to avoid owning?
  • Factors that contribute to the right car for your specific needs – some you may not have thought of before.
  • Changes in maintenance requirements you can expect if you’re buying a new car after leaving your much older one.
  • How manufacturers have dialed down the cost of producing vehicles.
  • How new technology contributes to weakness in your vehicle at times.
  • 2003 Infiniti G35: I’m considering purchasing this car (55k miles.) Would you recommend this vehicle? Are there any reoccurring problems with this car that you’ve seen in the shop?
  • 1998 Toyota 4Runner: This car is beginning to misfire- where is a good place to start?
  • 2002 Honda Accord: My vehicle doesn’t downshift well unless I give it a lot of gas. Is this a transmission issue?
  • 2003 Honda Accord: This car has lost pickup and I’ve noticed the engine starting to heat up. What might be causing this?
  • 2004 Honda Pilot: My cruise control has stopped working. Is there an auto shop you’d recommend I take it to?

Cars talked about on this show are the 2003 Infiniti G35, 1998 Toyota 4Runner, 2002 Honda Accord, 2003 Honda Accord, 2004 Honda Pilot.

Bumper Audio Clip of the Week

Bumper to Bumper Radio helps a listener who suspects there is a fuel blockage issue with her Kia.