Ooops, a Toyota recall
Owners of the Nissan Sentra and Altima SE-R will also be notified of a potential little problem with their vehicles.
They catch on fire.
Nissan of North America is asking dealers to stop selling some 100,000 2006 Altimas and Sentra SE-Rs, built between January and May, thanks to engine fires caused by excess oil consumption. It may be the first ever “you’ve gone beyond your allowable oil consumption” warning system. Despite the problem, no vehicles have been recalled, and Nissan did not report an estimate on the number of suspect vehicles already sold. Nissan did say that they planned to instruct owners on ways to monitor oil consumption.
At least Jeep won’t have to worry about people rolling new diesel Liberties. This week they dropped their diesel Liberty for sale in the U.S., citing a tougher federal emissions standard that goes into effect next year. That’s not to say that Chrysler is moving out of the diesel game, however. Coming next year will be the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel, with a new engine that uses technology developed by brother luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz. The new 2007 Grand Cherokee's 3.0-liter common rail turbo diesel engine is based on Mercedes' Bluetech diesel engine technology. No word on when we may see the Jeep Liberty diesel make a comeback, but for 2007, it’s out.
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There, we hope Bob learns about Oil Dependence day. That’s right -- according to the Automotive News, there’s a new day that would make the happiest person cry, right next to Tax Freedom day -- Oil Dependence Day. It’s when Americans become fully dependent for the rest of the year on imported oil. The day? May 31st, which means we get 35 “free” days between tax man and the foreign oil man. That’s just 35 days of freedom.
Shoot. Well, at least we can get practically free cars from Ford.
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