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The Mustang Shelby GT

Mustang GT models have traditionally outsold other trims in Canada, so the return of the 5.0 ought to be well-received.

The car has good body control and the staunch acceleration is kept in check by the optional 3.73 rear limited-slip. The Tremec six-speed manual is a carryover, and is slightly notchy.

The whine from the standard Roots-type supercharger the GT500 convertible and coupe. For 60 grand and change, you get a whole lot of car in the New Shelby 500. Now, if only Ford has a bare-bones enthusiast model for under $20 grand.

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What is RFID?

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is a wireless technology that stores and retrieves information remotely. It has been used for over 30 years and can be found in many car keys and bank cards. In Canada, RFID technology has been used in border crossing cards, such as NEXUS and FAST cards, since 1995.

RFID technology is a U.S. requirement for enhanced identification cards that will be accepted under new U.S. border crossing rules. The Manitoba Enhanced Identification Card (EIC) contains an RFID chip to meet this requirement

The Manitoba EIC is voluntary. If you’re thinking about applying for one, you should read the Manitoba Enhanced Identification Card Applicant’s Guide first. You can pick up a copy at your local Autopac agent or Manitoba Public Insurance Service Centre, or view it online at www.mpi.mb.ca.

If you have concerns about using a card that contains an RFID chip, you may wish to obtain a passport. However, even if you use a passport, once your personal information is shared with U.S. Border Crossing Information system and retained for 75 years.

Manitoba and Canadian privacy laws do not apply to personal information retained by the U.S. government and its agencies. For more information see the Protecting Your Privacy brochure, available at your local Autopac agent or Manitoba Public Insurance Service Centre, or online at www.mpi.mb.ca.

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Stolen and Wrecked Vehicle Monitoring Program

In Manitoba, the Stolen and Wrecked Vehicle Monitoring Program also serves to prevent any written-off but salvageable vehicle from being registered until the safety components of the vehicle have been completely repaired and certified as safe by a qualified technician.

By linking this important information to a vehicle’s identification number, consumers benefit from being provided with the information needed to make an informed decision before buying any used vehicle in Canada.

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Suspension

The suspension system supports the body and chassis and attaches them to the wheels. Suspension is also the system that gives us a nice comfortable ride. Were it not for your car’s suspension, every time you went over a bump, the car would bounce, and bounce, and bounce.

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“Front end work,” a term that lumps together all repairs on the steering and suspension components, has traditionally been an area of high consumer dissatisfaction. If a technician recommends the replacement of steering or suspension components, ask the shop to show you what method is being used to determine wear. Often it is the manufacturer’s specifications (tolerances) that determine excess wear, not the earlier method of shaking or moving a component. For this precise diagnosis a technician needs a sophisticated dial-indicator gauge.

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The Greaseless Guide to Car Care

  • If you have to add fluid every time you check the dipstick, there’s probably a leak in the system. Have it inspected by a professional.
  • When adding fluid, check your owner’s manual for the correct type. Power steering and automatic transmission fluids are not interchangeable, and substitutions can cause serious problems.
  • Have the suspension and steering components inspected and adjusted at manufacturer’s recommended intervals. The rods, levers, and connectors wear with use and stretch with age. Proper inspection and adjustment will extend their useful life by many thousands of miles.
  • Watch for signs of shock absorber wear, which can be detected by stepping down on one side of the bumper and then releasing it. If the car continues to bounce up and down more than three times, you probably have a worn shock absorber.

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Making Your Car Go the Distance:Steering and Suspension Systems

Here are some tips to keep these systems in good working order:

  • Check the power steering fluid level in the reservoir or have it checked about once a month, and top it off when necessary. The dipstick is usually located under the cap of the power steering pump.
  • If you have to add fluid every time you check the dipstick, there’s probably a leak in the system. Have it inspected by a professional.
  • When adding fluid, check your owner’s manual for the correct type. Power steering and automatic transmission fluids are not interchangeable, and substitutions can cause serious problems.
  • Have the suspension and steering components inspected and adjusted at manufacturer’s recommended intervals. The rods, levers, and connectors wear with use and stretch with age.  Proper inspection and  adjustment will extend their useful life by many thousands of miles.
  • Watch for signs of shock absorber wear, which can be detected by stepping down on one side of the bumper and then releasing it. If the car continues to bounce up and down more than three times, you probably have a worn shock absorber.

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It’s Not Just Vanilla Anymore

Many of today’s vehicles come with a variety of suspension choices, from a base system to off-road, from sport to touring. Each has its own distinctive comfort and handling characteristics. When looking at suspension features, first evaluate your own driving needs. Be sure you test drive a vehicle with the same suspension system that you will be buying. Test drive different types, but be sure that you really need the super-duper, more expensive suspension before you pay for it. If you’re a speed-limit highway driver, you may be buying a feature that you will never take advantage of.

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APA Alert!

  • 2.0L Mitsubishi engine: change the timing belt and the balancer shaft belt every 80,000 km. Inspect the tensioner and replace if necessary.
  • If the compressor is the problem with the air suspension, a three-way bypass valve can be installed for about $50 per pair to pump up either the front or rear pair of struts from an external source.

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Chrysler Sebring (2001-2002)

Rating: Not Rated

Body styles: 4-door sedan . 2-door convertible . 2-door coupe (2001 only)

Engines: 2.4L 4-cylinder . 2.7L V6

Transmissions: 4-speed automatic . 4-speed automatic with Auto Stick . 5-speed manual/front-wheel drive

Fuel Consumption: 2001 model: 2.4L 4-cylinder with 4-speed automatic: 11.7L/100 km (24 mpg); 2.7L V6 with 4-speed Auto Stick automatic: 11.8L/100 km (24 mpg)

When Chrysler renewed its mid-size line in 2001, the sedan adopted the Sebring name already used on the coupe and convertible. The coupe sold poorly in Canada and was withdrawn after 2001.

Two Chrysler engines, the 150-hp 2.4L  twin-cam four seen in the PT Cruiser and the 200-hp 2.7L twin-cam V6 introduced on the 1998 Intrepid, were offered on the sedan and convertible.

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