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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 advantages and costs of electric cars vs. price. Also on this show:

  • The 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year is fully electric 2013 Tesla.
  • The future of the electric cars.
  • Nissan Leaf Electric car. Costs about $30 per month for charging. Registration is only $30 per year. Gets to use car pool lane.
  • 2007 Ford F150. At 20,000 miles, breaks vibrated. Had them repaired and now they are much worse at 40,000 miles.
  • 2003 Ford Focus. Getting a hesitation in all gears until it warms up.
  • Toyota Corolla with 100,000 miles. Shop said harmonic balancer is broken. Then they said valves were bent. All repairs were made and now the check engine light is on and it's burning oil.
  • Kia Forte. Do I really need to get the TPMS rebuild kits when I buy new tires?
  • 1993 Lincoln Town Car. ABS anti-lock break light is on.
  • 2012 Dodge Caravan with 29,000 miles. It has no place to check the transmission fluid levels.
  • 2007 Toyota Corolla. Shop said the back wheels need to be aligned, but there are no adjustments they can make. Needs a shim, but was told it was more expensive than it's worth.

Cars talked about on this show are the 2013 Tesla, Nissan Leaf, 2007 Ford F150, 2003 Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla, Kia Forte, 1993 Lincoln Town Car, 2012 Dodge Caravan, and the 2007 Toyota Corolla.

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