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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 ask if dealerships are better at servicing cars than an independent shops. Matt Allen broadcasts remotely from the Good Guys South National Car Show. Special guest includes Kurt Rock from Kurt's Auto Repair and John Drumlin from the Good Guys Car Show. Also on this show:

  • Dealerships are necessary for warranty work, but do not always provide original parts.
  • Qualifications and training of mechanics are the same at both dealerships and independent shops.
  • 1999 Toyota Camry: Just installed re-built engine and trouble code is calling for a shift solenoid.
  • 1996 GMC 1500 Van: Running really rough. Trouble code said misfire number two cylinder.
  • 2004 Chevrolet Venture: Overheating. Turning down air conditioning make the gauge go down.
  • 2005 Chevrolet Silverado with 58,000 miles: If truck sits for a week or two, the car doesn't do anything for 20-30 seconds and then it's fine.
  • Fact or Fiction: Do I have to go to the dealership in order to maintain my car warranty?
  • 2007 Ford Escape: Gas mileage has dropped from 24 to 17 MPG.
  • Need to re-build car door for a wheelchair.
  • 1999 Plymouth Voyager with 176,000 miles: Burning oil.

Cars talked about on this show include the 1996 GMC 1500 Van, 1999 Toyota Camry, 2004 Chevrolet Venture, 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, 2007 Ford Escape, and the 1999 Plymouth Voyager.

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