Starter Problems with Your Honda Accord or Crosstour?

Starter Problems with Your Honda Accord or CrosstourAre you having starter problems with your Honda Accord or Crosstour? At Independent Auto Care in Parker, we like to keep our customers informed on such issues. Right now, owners of 2013-2015 Accords and Crosstours are filing a proposed class-action suit. This suit is being filed because the starters in these cars are allegedly failing and are quite costly to replace.

The Lawsuit

In this lawsuit, vehicle owners are alleging that the starters in these particular Honda vehicles are defective and often failing during or just after the limited warranty expires. Owners have sometimes been stranded as a result of dead batteries and vehicle starter failures. After paying to tow their vehicles to the dealer, owners are then informed that the expense of the repair will not be covered by the automaker.

The Plaintiff

Joel Merkin, the plaintiff, indicates that he purchased a used 2013 Honda Accord EX-L in 2015. At the time, the car was under the factory warranty. By 2016, the car had about 40,400 miles on the odometer and had trouble starting 1 to 2 times a week. After multiple tries, the car would start. By the time the Accord had 58,430, the car had difficulty starting 5 to 6 times a day.

When the plaintiff contacted his Honda dealer, he was informed that that his Accord was no longer covered by the warranty. The dealer expected Merkin to pay the entire cost of replacing the starter. Eventually the car was taken to an alternate dealer and the starter was replaced with a new one for approximately $200.

Additional Issues

According to the plaintiff, the dealer omitted the fact that particular parts of components within the started were not manufactured and assembled properly. Additionally, Honda failed to inform the plaintiff that the alleged defect would reduce the resale value of the vehicles. The lawsuit claims that Honda has been aware of the starter issue for years and has not done anything to resolve the issue.

According to Crosstour and Honda owners, Honda usually blames the starter issues on “wear and tear” or “maintenance” or “user-induced” problems. They claim Honda uses these reasons to avoid warranty coverage. Even for vehicles under the warranty, the plaintiff alleges those vehicles with starters problems are still an issue because Honda installs new starters that are also defective. According to the plaintiff, Honda is aware of the starter problems, a problem that they have communicated to dealers in technical service bulletins. The cost for repairing the starter ranges from $400 to $900 or more.

No Recall

In spite of the number of complaints from Honda Crosstour and Accord owners, Honda has not issued a recall, nor has Honda offered to reimburse customers who have had to pay for repairs and replacements themselves. The complaint alleges that Honda has handled its business unfairly and has engaged in deceptive practices. The complaint also alleges that Honda has violated the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.

Having starter problems with your Honda Accord or Crosstour? If you are experiencing these issues, you may want to follow this lawsuit to see if you may eventually be part of a class action suit. At Independent Auto Care in Parker, we want to help keep you up to date on issues that related to your vehicle.

Weekend Road Trips for You and Your Honda

Weekend Road Trips for You and Your HondaNow that we are headed toward summer you might be thinking about weekend road trips for you and your Honda. At Independent Auto Care, we love a good road trip and have a few recommendations to get you on your way. Of course, before any great adventure that you embark on, be sure to stop by for any needed maintenance, such as new tires, an oil change, even a quick brake check. We’ll make sure you enjoy a fun and safe trip.

Colorado Wine Country

Colorado Wine Country is about 4 hours away around Palisade, CO though there are plenty of wineries you could visit along the way. Once on the road, you could also stop and do some shopping at Silverthorne Factory Outlets in Silverthorne or make a pit stop in Glenwood Springs.

Once you arrive in Palisade, you can find a great place to stay at a bed and breakfast. A guided tour at one of several great wineries is a fantastic way to experience wines of the area or hit a few tasting rooms on a bike ride. Palisade also offers great hikes and biking as well as other outdoor activities. This road trip is an excellent choice for a romantic getaway, anniversary, or just a weekend of rest, outdoors, and wine.

Santa Fe, NM

Roughly 6 hours away, Santa Fe offers hundreds of art galleries, along with several large museums and is becoming known as one of the major art centers in the U.S. Accommodations range from camping to world class resorts so you are bound to find the perfect place to match your style and budget. Santa Fe’s art experience is unique in that it offers relaxed, outdoorsy feel to its art scene which feels accessible and relaxing for everyone.

Moab, UT

A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Moab is a great place for mountain biking, climbing, river rafting and more. The Canyonlands National Park provides some eye-popping scenery and a great escape from day to day drudgery. Even for those who don’t enjoy the outdoors, Moab offers a beautiful red-rock backdrop for any activity making a visit worth the drive.

Mount Rushmore, Black Hills National Forest, SD

If you haven’t seen one of our nation’s most famous landmarks, this 6-hour drive is for you. While you are there, you can take a hike in the Badlands to see some of the world’s richest fossil beds. Be sure to check out the Chief Crazy Horse memorial whose unfinished size is impressive and actually exceeds Mount Rushmore’s. You can camp in Custer State Park or choose a place to stay in nearby Rapid City. This area is rich in important sites and scenery.

Omaha, NE

If you’re a music lover, the indie music scene in Omaha might be a great weekend get-away for you. Though it is almost an 8-hour drive away, the available music choices can provide some worthwhile live performances. Omaha’s surrounding scenery is easy on the eyes as well. Check their calendar of events—you may be able to pop in on one of several festivals that are held there, for a rockin’ weekend.

We here at Independent Auto Care hope that these weekend road trips for you and your Honda provide some ideas for an upcoming weekend getaway that will leave you rested and ready for more road trip adventures. If you need to get your Honda ready for your road adventures, give us a call and we will help with any needed services, car air conditioning repair to vehicle tune-ups.

Important Spring Services for Your Honda Vehicle

Important Spring Services for Your Honda VehicleWith the weather warming, it’s time to have our technicians at Independent Auto Care in Parker provide important spring services for your Honda vehicle. We know that sunny days and temperatures on the rise mean you’ll be driving around more, so let’s make sure your Honda is maintained and ready to go. Even slight changes in temperature and road conditions as the weather turns warmer can have major effects on your vehicle.

It’s important to keep your vehicle in good shape by performing appropriate maintenance as the seasons change. It can help you save money on repairs, avoid vehicle breakdowns, and keep your car safe. In addition to things like oil changes and refilling fluids, you should also consider having your brakes checked, cleaning the interior and exterior of your car, and don’t forget to have those winter tires swapped out for all-seasons.

Check Your Brakes

A winter of ice and snow, plus the salt and chemicals on the road can put a brutal stress on your vehicle. Some of the things that can be affected are the car’s disc brake mechanisms. You should check out whether winter driving has caused corrosion issues inside your Honda’s braking system. Checking your brakes is an important safety precaution. Finding out your car has a brake problem while you are driving creates even more dangers. So, now that spring is here, we can check your brakes and make sure everything is working well. If it’s not, we can fix the problem and allow you to drive with confidence in your brakes.

Change Winter Tires

Did you use snow tires on your vehicle for the winter? If you did, you should now change your tires back to all-season tires or summer tires. Snow tires are made from a softer rubber compound made for colder temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius. These tires offer greater flexibility and grip for winter roads. As temperatures get warmer it causes more wear on those tires. You can avoid it by changing the tires after the snow is gone and the weather is sunny. Store your snow tires until next winter. Make sure you get a vehicle alignment to preserve the tread of your tires and prevent any related issues.

Clean the Interior and Exterior

The harsh winter weather can significantly damage the interior and exterior of your Honda. Cleaning your car helps get rid of damaging road salt and chemicals, particularly under the car and includes polishing, cleaning, and protecting of the car’s exterior, as well as completely cleaning the interior. You should also vacuum and clean your trunk, wax the exterior, fix any paint problems, and possibly include an engine shampoo.

With spring just around the corner, now is an ideal time to take care of your Honda vehicle. By following the above three tips, you can enhance your vehicle’s safety, improve performance, as well as make your car look great.

So, as you welcome the warm weather of spring, our technicians at Independent Auto Care in Parker can help you complete important spring services for your Honda vehicle. We can get your car road worthy for the nice weather. At Independent Auto, we provide our customers with the highest quality auto repair and service for all makes and models of Honda and Acura.

Car and Driver Gives 2017 Honda CR-V a 5-Star Review

Car and Driver Gives 2017 Honda CR-V a 5-Star ReviewDid you know that Car and Driver gives 2017 Honda CR-V a 5-star review? Our technicians at Independent Auto Care in Parker always recommend that you look at the car ratings before you buy, so you can get the best car for your money and one that will serve your vehicle needs. If you’re considering the CR-V, let’s cover what landed this vehicle such a glowing assessment.

Car and Driver named the CR-V one of the 10 Best Trucks and SUVs for 2017 thanks to its contemporary styling, engaging driving dynamics, as well as a spacious and practical interior. With two fuel-efficient powertrains, including the first-ever turbocharged engine in a CR-V. It has good cargo storage, upscale interior packaging, and the most advanced active-safety and driver-assist equipment available.

So, what does 2017 hold for the Honda CR-V? According to Car and Driver, the CR-V is highly improved for 2017. It’s redesigned and reengineered with more style, more space, more technology and a turbocharged engine. It also includes available adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beams, and a driver-attention monitor. The CR-V is roomier inside, with upgraded materials like a soft-touch dashboard and exquisitely stitched seats. Some standard features include a multi-angle backup camera, power exterior mirrors, keyless entry, and Bluetooth connectivity.

For $2650 more than the base LX, the EX has heated side mirrors, automatic high-beams, remote start, smart entry and a push-button start, plus a power sunroof. The standard features are a turbocharged 190-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four, heated front seats with 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and 7.0-inch touchscreen HondaLink infotainment with Apple CarPlay. Car and Driver gave its infotainment a 3 1/2 stars, reporting it lacked controls had slow infotainment responses, and the absence of an auxiliary reduced its rating.

The front-wheel drive is adequate for most circumstances, but if you need an all-wheel drive you can add it on for $1300.

Looking at specifics, Car and Driver gave the CR-V engine and transmission a 5-star rating. It’s got a turbocharged engine and one of the best continuously variable automatic transmissions (CVTs) available. The base model LX has a 2.4-liter inline-four that makes 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque.

The CR-V gets a 5-star rating from Car and Driver for its fuel economy, too. In fact, it is the most fuel-efficient compact crossover Car and Driver has tested so far, and it’s not a hybrid. The powertrain with all-wheel drive gives EPA ratings of 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, better than any other competitor.

Impressively, the powerful turbocharged engine will go farther on a gallon than the standard 2.4-liter inline-four. The EPA rates the engine with all-wheel drive at 25 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. The front-wheel drive is 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.

The CR-V’s performance and driving impression earned another 5-star score from Car and Driver. Ride, handling, and steering the CR-V did great with good cornering, sharp steering and one of the best-handling crossovers. The brake pedal is responsive and you get the stopping power you need. It stopped in 166 feet from 70 mph in Car and Driver braking tests.

Its cargo space and storage earned yet another 5-stars. The CR-V leads its class in cargo volume and luggage space. The rear hatch made it easy to load with a power tailgate that has programmable height; it’s standard on the EX-L and the Touring. The Touring also has hands-free, foot-activated access to the tailgate.

Finally, Car and Driver gives the CR-V’s exterior a five-star rating. It has 8.2 inches of ground clearance with all-wheel drive.

It’s impressive that Car and Driver gives 2017 Honda CR-V a 5-star review. If you have a Honda and are looking for a place for repairs and maintenance, our technicians at Independent Auto Care in Parker provide our customers with the best quality auto repair for all makes and models of Honda and Acura. Call or contact us today if you need to make an appointment.

Best-Selling Car of the Year in 2016, The Honda Civic

Best-Selling Car of the Year in 2016, The Honda CivicOur congratulations go to the best-selling car of the year in 2016, the Honda Civic. Last year, the Honda Civic had a substantial redesign and Honda introduced the first non-Civic Si turbocharged engine to its vehicle line up. If your first car-love is the Civic, our ASE-certified technicians at Independent Auto Care in Parker can help you keep your Honda running smooth.

What makes the Honda Civic the favorite of so many drivers? Well, its appeal stretches wide based on several unique characteristics. One of the things that everybody notices right away is the spacious interior. It’s a compact car, so you think it’s going to feel cramped inside, but Honda’s new 2016 Civic design makes it feel roomy instead. Its sporty, performance-focused new exterior design has increased it popularity as well. You might have noticed its new turbocharged 1.5-liter engine. That’s a bonus, along with the Civic’s outstanding fuel efficiency. Additional favorite features include the more advanced technology and many safety options.

So, what about Honda Civic’s 2017 model? Well, Kelly Blue Book says it wins the overall best buy award for 2017. Why? It’s an affordable and efficient compact sedan and that’s what everyone is looking for. Here’s what we mean: the 2017 Civic has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of just $18,740 and it achieves a standard fuel economy of 40 miles per gallon on the highway and 31 miles per gallon in the city. But if you get a Civic with the new turbocharged engine option, then the fuel economy improves even more. With the turbocharged engine it can get a standard fuel economy of 42 miles per gallon on the highway and 32 miles per gallon in the city. The 2017 Honda Civic lineup also includes a stylish, practical hatchback.

Honda offers the Civic in these colors: cosmic blue metallic, aegean blue metallic, burgundy night pearl, rally red, crystal black pearl, modern steel metallic, lunar silver metallic, white orchid pearl, taffeta white.

What else do people like about the 2017 Civic? Well, it’s got a lot of space for your passengers, too. That’s always an attractive feature. Even with five passengers, it’s not cramped. The vehicle also has advanced technology that enhances the vehicle safety, like Road Departure Mitigation, Collision Mitigation Braking, Honda LaneWatch and a Lane Keeping Assist System.

The best-selling car of the year in 2016, the Honda Civic has earned its popularity and it doesn’t stop there. The new 2017 Civics is already getting great reviews. Our customers tell us how much they love to drive their Civics. With all of the its features and advantages, the Honda Civic has developed quite a following. The attractive redesign just adds even more appeal. If you have a Honda Civic, our ASE-certified technicians will help you take good care of it. When you need quality auto repair or maintenance service for your Honda and Acura vehicles, just call our pros here at Independent Auto Care in Parker.

Acura Recalls 106K MDX Models for AC System Bolt

Independent Auto Care in Parker Acura Recalls 106K MDX Models for AC System Boltis locally owned and operated and we’ve specialized in Honda and Acura vehicles since 2006. Our ASE-certified technicians are experts in Honda and Acura car and truck repair, so we like to keep our customers informed of things that might affect them, like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) announcement that Acura recalls 106K MDX models for AC system bolt problem.

Recall for Acura MDX 2014-2015

The NHTSA gave out information about the recall (#15V417000) for the air conditioning system on 106,439 units of the 2014-105 Acura MDX with production dates between April 23, 2013, and December 16, 2014. This recall doesn’t involve a major safety concern, but if you live in a warm climate or your summers are very hot, you might want to get your air conditioning fixed.

The recall problem is focused on the bolts on the air conditioning compressor clutch drive which may be missing the anti-corrosion coating. Because of this, the air conditioner clutch drive bolt may loosen or break, which could cause the AC clutch drive pulley to fall under the vehicle while in motion, potentially presenting a hazard to other vehicles.

No injuries or crashes: There have been no instances of injuries or crashes reported from Acura regarding this air conditioning recall issue. Acura discovered the issue through warranty claims about the air conditioning not working.

What needs to be fixed: Luckily, it’s an easy solution. Authorized dealers will replace the air conditioning bolts. They will also inspect the AC clutch plate and will replace it if needed. The repairs for replacing the AC bolts have already begun on some vehicles, according to NHTSA.

Next steps to take: Honda will notify you, instructing you to take your car to a dealer to replace the air conditioning compressor clutch drive bolt and install a new clutch plate if necessary, free of charge. Owners may contact Acura client relations at 1-800-382-2238. The Honda number is JQ7 for this recall. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Contacting Acura: If your car falls within this recall group, take it to an authorized Honda dealer as soon as you get notice of the recall from Acura. The notices went out last July, so if you haven’t received your notice you can contact Acura at www.recalls.acura.com or call (800) 382-2238 and choose option 4.

Hopefully, that sums up everything you need to know. If you have a car that is affected by the recall, here are the full, technical recall details for the 2014 Acura MDX:

Recall Problem: Air conditioning compressor clutch drive bolts may corrode

Recall Report: July 01, 2015

NHTSA Recall Number: #15V417000

Components: Equipment-Air conditioning bolts

Number of Units Possibly Affected: 106,439

Vehicle Make Model Years: ACURA MDX 2014-2015

Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Recall Issues: Honda is recalling the model years 2014-2015 Acura MDX and MDX AWD vehicles manufactured April 23, 2013, to December 16, 2014. The affected vehicles have air conditioning compressor clutch drive bolts that may not have gotten the proper anti-corrosion coating. If a bolt was not coated, it may corrode and break as a result. If the bolt breaks, the compressor clutch plate could separate from your car and possibly become a road hazard.

Our ASE-certified technicians at Independent Auto Care in Parker are always looking out for you. So, if you hear Acura recalls 106K MDX models for AC system bolt problem and yours is one of them, get it fixed at a dealership as soon as possible. Our goal is to keep your vehicle repaired and maintained so you are always safe, so when you need quality auto repair service, call the pros at Independent Auto Care in Parker, Colorado. We provide our customers with the highest quality auto repair for all makes and models of Honda and Acura.

How Often Should I Replace My Acura Timing Belt?

How Often Should I Replace My Acura Timing Belt?You’re driving along in your Acura and without warning your timing belt breaks. This causes the valves to open at the wrong time and hit the pistons, causing damage and your car to stop running. To avoid this, ask yourself, how often should I replace my Acura timing belt? At Independent Auto Care in Parker, we specialize in servicing Acuras and can provide both answers and great maintenance for your car.

The timing belt, which is lined with teeth or grooves, drives your engine’s crankshaft which makes the engine’s valves open and close. So if your timing belt breaks when you’re driving, it will be a big problem and damage your engine. Your car will stop running and require a more expensive fix.

Sometimes, you will have no sign that your timing belt is not in good shape. A bad belt can simply snap out of the blue. But if you hear a high-pitched sound, have trouble starting your car, or see damage on the belt (worn grooves or missing teeth), make an appointment with us right away to get it checked out.

When you bring your car in for regular maintenance, we will certainly inspect your belt and much more. As for changing it out, most manufacturers recommend a new timing belt every 40,000 to 60,000 miles, but there are different recommendations for different makes and models of vehicles.

Toyota and Lexus recommend a timing belt change every 90,000 on year models that are newer than 1997. Honda and Acura recommend replacing your timing belt every 90,000 on older models, but every 105,000 miles or 7 years whichever comes first, on models manufactured after the year 2000.

Of course, it’s not always just mileage that determines whether your timing belt needs to be replaced. That’s where our expert auto technicians at Independent Auto Care come in. Timing belts are affected by very hot and very cold climates. Extreme weather can cause them to crack and chip, so they may need to be replaced more often. Since we’re well aware that Colorado weather can be a bit extreme, we’ll keep a very close eye on your belts for signs that they need to be replaced.

We suggest that when you bring your car in for other repairs or general maintenance, you should have us check out your timing belt. We can visually inspect your Acura’s timing belt for cracks, chips, ribs, or teeth that may be missing. If we see any signs of damage or weakening, we may suggest replacing your timing belt. Although it’s an added expense you may not have been ready to cover, it can save you from engine damage and even a complete engine replacement that may cost thousands of dollars.

So, if you’re wondering how often should I replace my Acura timing belt, bring it to our auto technicians at Independent Auto Care in Parker and we will check it out for you. We specialize in servicing Acuras and can tell you if it needs replacing. Call or contact us to schedule your appointment.

The New Honda CR-V May Become Honda’s Best Selling Vehicle

The New Honda CR-V May Become Honda's Best Selling VehicleThe all new Honda CR-V may become Honda’s best selling vehicle, according to a Forbes article. The auto technicians here at Independent Auto Care in Parker agree that the Honda CR-V is an impressive compact crossover SUV, and it’s no wonder that they sell more than 400,000 per year.

The XSUV Market

The SUVs that are so sought after today for their ride, fuel economy, and electronic features, developed from the 4x4s of the 1970s. Now, the entry crossover SUV (XSUV) is the best-selling class of vehicle in the United States, surpassing mid-size cars and becoming a vehicle preferred by female drivers.

The CR-V is a member of Honda’s vehicle lineup that also includes the Accord, Civic, and Odyssey. The CR-V is often compared to the Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, and Ford Escape. 

In 2016, it was named one of the 16 best family cars by the Kelly Blue Book website, which had this to say about the vehicle, “Thankfully, this small family car doesn’t forsake Mom or Dad. Whoever is driving will enjoy the CR-V’s excellent blend of comfort, power efficiency, and good visibility.”

Get to Know the CR-V

One reason why the new Honda CR-V may become Honda’s best selling vehicle is that the company has created a more luxurious feel by adding more standard features in lower trim levels. The Forbes article goes on to recognize the CR-V for its outstanding finish and upgraded interior with soft touch materials.

The CR-V has evolved into a longer, wider, and higher vehicle. The grille design follows the new Honda Pilot XSUV and Ridgeline pickup. The wheel openings are bigger for larger tires and wheels. Honda has even given it a new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine along with a continuously variable transmission on all models but the base LX trim level.

Along with the Kelly Blue Book review, Forbes agrees the visibility is excellent from the driver’s seat. The large electronic instrument panel is brilliantly lit and easily accessible. The new Honda CR-V showcases a volume control knob for the audio system after complaints about the previous the slider control. And the rear seat is expanded.

Honda also touts the CR-V’s safety. The 2016 CR-V earned a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a 2016 top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Its Honda Sensing driver-assist technology includes blind spot warning and cross-traffic warning as part of the EX trim level. It also has adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, collision mitigation braking system, road departure mitigation, and lane keeping assist. 

With the company focused on adding features and improving safety, the new Honda CR-V may become Honda’s best-selling vehicle. Anticipating this increasing popularity, Honda is adding more assembly capacity at its Indiana assembly plant in 2017. So, whether you drive one now or plan to jump on the bandwagon and buy one in the future, Independent Auto Care in Parker can help you keep it in great shape. We’re big CR-V fans and can provide all the maintenance and repairs you need!

Massive Takata Airbag Recall: Everything You Need to Know, Including a Full List of Affected Vehicles

Massive Takata Airbag Recall: Everything You Need to Know, Including a Full List of Affected VehiclesDid you know there is a massive Takata airbag recall? Everything you need to know, including a full list of affected vehicles is listed below. If you have any questions, our automotive team at Independent Auto Care in Parker can help you determine if you have a vehicle that’s included in the recall, so you can get it fixed before any issues occur.

Approximately 34 million vehicles are potentially affected in the United States, and another 7 million have been recalled worldwide. The recall covers over twenty car brands.

The concern is the Japanese Takata’s passenger-side airbags may have defective inflator parts that could throw shrapnel pieces. The passenger-side inflator and propellant devices may deploy improperly during a crash, causing metal fragments to shoot out and injure passengers.

The following is a list of vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recall from an article in Car and Driver:

Acura: 2002–2003, 2009–2014 TL; 2003 CL; 2003–2006 MDX; 2005–2012 RL; 2007–2016 RDX; 2009–2011 TSX; 2010–2013 ZDX; 2013–2016 ILX

Audi (approximately 387,000): 2004–2008 A4; 2005–2011 A6; 2006–2013 A3; 2006–2009 A4 cabriolet; 2009–2012 Q5; 2010–2011 A5 cabriolet; 2015 Q5

BMW (1,968,283): 2000–2011 3-series sedan; 2000–2012 3-series wagon; 2002–2013 3-series coupe and convertible; 2001–2013 M3 coupe and convertible; 2002–2003 5-series and M5; 2003–2004, 2007–2013 X5; 2007–2010 X3; 2008–2013 1-series coupe and convertible; 2008–2011 M3 sedan; 2008–2014 X6; 2013–2015 X1

Buick: 2015 LaCrosse

Cadillac: 2007–2011 Escalade, Escalade EXT, and Escalade ESV; 2015 XTS

Chevrolet (approximately 1.91 million, including Buick, Cadillac, GMC, Saab, and Saturn): 2007–2011 Silverado 1500, Avalanche, Tahoe, and Suburban; 2007–2011 Silverado HD; 2015 Camaro, Equinox, and Malibu

Chrysler: 2005–2012 300; 2006–2007 Crossfire; 2007–2009 Aspen

Daimler: 2006–2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500 and 3500; 2007–2014 Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500

Dodge/Ram (more than 5.64 million, including Chrysler, not including Daimler-built Sprinter): 2003–2008, Ram 1500; 2003–2010, Ram 3500; 2005–2012 Charger; 2005–2010 Magnum; 2005–2011 Dakota; 2004–2009 Durango; 2003–2009 Ram 2500; 2008–2012 Challenger; 2008–2010 Ram 4500 and Ram 5500; 2008–2009 Sterling Bullet 4500 and 5500

Ferrari (2820): 2009–2011 California; 2010–2011 458 Italia

Ford (2,799,546, including Lincoln and Mercury): 2004–2011 Ranger; 2005–2006 GT; 2005–2014 Mustang; 2006–2011 Fusion; 2007–2010 Edge

GMC: 2007–2011 Sierra HD; 2015 Terrain

Honda (approximately 10.7 million, including Acura): 2001–2007 Accord (four-cylinder), 2001–2002 Accord (V-6), 2008–2011 Accord; 2001–2011 Civic; 2002–2011, 2016 CR-V; 2002–2004 Odyssey; 2003–2005
Civic Hybrid; 2003–2011 Element; 2003–2011 Pilot; 2006–2010 Gold Wing motorcycle; 2006–2014 Ridgeline; 2007–2014 Fit; 2010–2011 Accord Crosstour; 2010–2014 FCX Clarity; 2010–2014 Insight; 2011–2015
CR-Z

Infiniti: 2001–2004 I30/I35; 2002–2003 QX4; 2003–2008 FX35/FX45; 2006–2010 M35/M45

Jaguar (approximately 40,000): 2009–2011 XF

Jeep: 2007–2012 Wrangler

Land Rover (approximately 68,000): 2007–2011 Range Rover

Lexus: 2002–2010 SC430; 2006–2011 IS; 2007–2011 ES; 2010–2011 GX

Lincoln: 2006–2011 Lincoln Zephyr and MKZ; 2007–2010 Lincoln MKX

Mazda (more than 733,000): 2003–2011 Mazda 6; 2006–2007
Mazdaspeed 6; 2004–2011 RX-8; 2004–2006 MPV; 2004–2009 B-series; 2007–2011 CX-7 and CX-9

Mercedes-Benz (1,044,602, including Daimler): 2005–2014 C-class (excluding C55 AMG but including 2009–2011 C63 AMG); 2007–2008 SLK-class; 2007–2014

Sprinter; 2009–2012 GL-class; 2009–2011 M-class, 2009–2012 R-class; 2010–2017 E-class sedan, wagon, coupe, and convertible; 2010–2015 GLK-class; 2011–2015 SLS AMG coupe and roadster

Mercury: 2006–2011 Milan

Mitsubishi (more than 105,000): 2004–2007 Lancer and Lancer Evolution; 2006–2009 Raider

Nissan (more than 1,091,000, including Infiniti): 2001–2003 Maxima; 2002–2004 Pathfinder; 2002–2006 Sentra; 2007–2011 Versa

Pontiac (approximately 300,000): 2003–2007 Vibe

Saab: 2003–2011 9-3; 2005–2006 9-2X; 2010–2011 9-5 Saturn: 2008–2009 Astra

Scion: 2008–2011 xB

Subaru (more than 380,000): 2003–2005, 2009–2011Legacy and Outback; 2004–2011 Impreza; 2005–2006 Baja; 2006–2011 Tribeca; 2009–2011 Forester

Toyota (approximately 4,697,000, including Lexus and Scion): 2002–2007
Sequoia; 2003–2011 Corolla and Corolla Matrix; 2003–2006 Tundra; 2004–2005 RAV4; 2006–2011 Yaris; 2010–2011 4Runner; 2011 Sienna

Volkswagen (680,000): 2006–2010, 2012–2014 Passat; 2009–2014 CC; 2010–2014 Jetta SportWagen and Golf; 2012–2014 Eos; 2015 Tiguan

Replacement of the defective passenger-side inflators begins this month, so be sure to bring your car to our technicians at Independent Auto Care in Parker. We’ll check to see if it is affected by the massive Takata airbag recall. Everything you need to know, including a full list of affected vehicles, is available at our shop so that we can keep you and your passengers safe.

All About Honda’s Alternative Fuel Vehicles

 

All About Honda’s Alternative Fuel VehiclesOur automotive techs at Independent Auto Care in Parker understand the popularity of Hondas. They’re fun to drive, are relatively easy to fix and can seemingly go forever with the right care. Honda also has several environmentally friendly vehicles, and the company is working towards zero-carbon-emissions. In today’s blog, we’ll tell you all about Honda’s alternative fuel vehicles.

Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles 
Honda’s five-passenger Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle is hydrogen-powered and offers long-range, all-electric driving with zero emissions.

These new fuel cell cars are interesting. They run on hydrogen and take just a few minutes to refuel at a growing network of stations. Rather than using battery power, Honda’s fuel cell cars convert hydrogen into electricity to run the electric motor. A small onboard battery also stores energy during deceleration and braking, adding more power to the mix. The company claims that these vehicles get over 300 miles of smooth all-electric driving with no tailpipe emissions.

Battery Electric Vehicles
A more familiar type, Honda’s battery electric cars provide an all-electric driving option, also with no tailpipe emissions. These models use rechargeable lithium batteries and electric motors providing power to the wheels. These cars are a great option if you’re looking to be more environmentally responsible, helping reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. It’s also much cheaper to drive on electricity, which is a benefit most drivers would appreciate.

These cars work by getting power from rechargeable battery packs like those used in many consumer electronic devices. As this technology improves, battery electric vehicles will be able to drive longer and recharge faster. The Fit EV is Honda’s all-electric compact model, offering drivers the opportunity to avoid gas stations and enjoy an impressive 118-MPGe.

Hybrid Vehicles
Hybrids have been around for quite a few years now, and you’re likely familiar with how it works. At Honda, their hybrid vehicles use two sources of power – an internal combustion engine (uses gasoline) along with an electric motor – to provide increased fuel economy and lower emissions. They also have an onboard battery that stores energy generated by braking and deceleration, boosting its miles per gallon. In fact, the Honda Accord Hybrid 2017 has a 49 mpg rating.

Honda’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle History
The evolution started back in 1974 when the company introduced the Civic CVCC engine, which was a big breakthrough in reducing emissions and vehicle costs while increasing fuel efficiency.

Fast forward to 1997 when Honda introduced the EV Plus model, the first all-electric production vehicle powered by advanced nickel-metal hydride batteries. This innovation would eventually become part of the technology applied to Honda’s Insight and FCX Clarity models. Just the next year, Honda also released the Civic GX, the first and only fully assembly-line-produced CNG passenger car to run on a low-emission alternative fuel.

A decade later in 2008, Honda introduced the zero-emission FCX Clarity, which was named “the most important car in 100 years” by Top Gear. That’s saying a lot. The FCX Clarity’s fuel cell generates electricity by combining oxygen with hydrogen. Five years down the road, Honda also expanded its plug-in choices with the all-electric Fit EV and Accord Plug-In Hybrid.

So, now you know all about Honda’s alternative fuel vehicles. And if you own one or plan to buy one, our automotive technicians at Independent Auto Care in Parker can help you repair and maintain your vehicle, whether gas powered, electric, hydrogen or hybrid. We’ll make sure you get the most fun and longest life from your Honda. Call or contact us today for an appointment.