June 2014 Archives - Import Car
Curing Volvo Manual Transmission Rattle

In an effort to increase fuel efficiency, today’s engines produce more torque so they can be ­driven at extremely low rpm. ­Reduced viscosity engine and gearbox oils, less vehicle weight and improved aerodynamics also contribute to better fuel economy. But there’s a downside to this trend: resonant vibration. The dual-mass flywheel (DMF) is designed to

Saab Front And Rear Spring Replacement

I bought my first Saab 28 years ago, the year after I started working at The Swedish Solution in 1985, and have been driving one ever since. When everything is working right, I believe it’s one of the nicest cars on the road. I’m partial to the 2004 and up 9-3 sports sedan; it’s fast, fun

Mazda6: Data Gathering Is Critical To Your Alignment Diagnosis

About a year ago, I got a request from a private vehicle owner to help diagnose a steering problem on a 2010 Mazda6 iSport. Given the power of the Internet, it seems that this person had somehow discovered one of my older Diagnostic Solutions columns on alignment problems. While I’m not fond of dealing with

Import Insights: Volkswagen Golf GTI (June 2014)

Spotlight on Seventh-Generation Golf GTI The Seventh-generation Golf GTI is bigger, lighter, faster and more fuel-efficient than the previous generation, with increases in horsepower and torque as well as an improvement in fuel economy. Engine The Golf GTI features an EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct- injection TSI engine that creates 210 hp and 258 lb.-ft.