Maynard's Garage

Union-Tribune Wheels editor Mark Maynard has the latest automotive news, technology and advice. Looking for the answers to your car problems? Mark and his buddy Dave Stall have the answers every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. live in Maynard's Garage on

When Dave Stall isn't helping Maynard on, he is hosting three radio programs in San Diego county, two shows on automotive and one on guns. Three times a week, he introduces viewers to new cars on KUSI Channel 51 TV.

In his spare time he teaches safe driving on military bases and emcees charity events for the San Diego Blood Bank, ALS, MADD and the Heart Ride and others. He's also on the Board of Directors at Miramar College - San Diego City College.

Contacts for Dave: or (760) 715-5507

Recent Shows

Cash for Clunkers, part 2. A look at the Lexus IS convertible and summer detailing tips - Download

The U.S. government has added another $2 billion to the CARS -- Cash for Clunkers -- plan, but dealers are running out of cars to sell. And some dealers are shouting "Show me the money." Many who have submitted 50 to 80 claims have yet to be paid and have stopped taking CARS transactions.

The Lexus IS C and Infiniti G37 retractable hardtop convertibles are the latest additions to the four-seat hardtop segment, which includes the BMW 3-series, VW Eos and Volvo C70. We test the BMW 335i, Lexus IS 350C and G37, all top-line models but not all are created equally for top-down enjoyment.

The phone lines and e-mail accounts at The Total Pros Auto Detailing Center are abuzz with summer detailing queries for pros and amateurs. Owner Mel Craig offers some suggestions to help save yourself and your vehicle's paint when detailing in the heat and sun.

Published: August 11, 2009

Cash for Clunkers; Summer Detailing Series: Care of the new Camaro - Download

The Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) -- Cash for Clunkers -- funnels $1 billion from the U.S. government to jump-start new-car sales and clear out up to 250,000 dirty and inefficient vehicles. Does your vehicle apply? Mark and Dave discuss some of the rules, opportunities and disqualifiers.

Chevrolet says it has no plans to offer a higher-performing Z28 Camaro, to which we say a big HAH! But is was a big shove to those fencer sitters who were holding off on ordering their Camaro SS. The SS is a well done performance car and a Z28 will be a re-energizing strike in a short time. So in the meantime, all you who have bought a Camaro SS will want to keep it in pristine condition so you can move it along in time to order that Z28. Condition is everything is maintaining high resale value and we talk with Mel Craig of the Total Pros Auto Detailing Center in Oceanside, Calif., to learn about the Camaro's paint and interior and how to keep it in showroom -- or better -- condition.

Published: July 28, 2009

Summer Detailing Series, part 5: Chemical confusion - Download

Clay, compounds, polishes and waxes -- what to you use when, where and how often. Mark and Dave talk with Mel Craig, president of The Total Pros Auto Detail Training Center, in Oceanside, Calif. Clay sets up the paint for improvement. Compounds help remove damage, polish puts a shine on the paint and wax protects the shine. Or does your vehicle need a paint sealant? Also highlighted is the first test of a revolutionary "Clay Bar," which may make obsolete the traditional lump of detailer's clay.

Published: July 7, 2009

Summer Detailing Series, part 4: Getting into the business - Download

A well-trained car detailer can make $75,000 to $150,000 a year, according to Mel Craig, president and founder of The Total Pros Auto Detail Training Center in Oceanside, Calif. Mark and Dave talk with Mel about the content and "level of professionalism" that are taught in five-day and weekend "boot camps" as instructed by Craig at his facility.

Published: June 30, 2009

Summer Detailing Series, part 3: Used-car conditioning - Download

How much should you spend to clean up and fix up that used car you'd like to sell? Auto-detailing professional Mel Craig, president of The Total Pros Detail Training Center, in Oceanside, Calif., gives tips to add hundreds to the asking price. And Dave Stall, with years as a new-vehicle service manager gives an overview of necessary repairs to the mechanical side.

Published: June 23, 2009

Summer Detailing Series, part 2: Show time! - Download

Mark and Dave talk with The Total Pros owner and president Mel Craig to get the professional' viewpoint on how to get your collectible in show-winning condition. Craig says to focus on three main areas: Paint, glass and interior and tires and wheels. Gentle listeners, get you microfiber towels and chemicals ready, you have a show to win.

The Total Pros Auto Detailing Center in Oceanside, Calif., offers five- and two-day courses to be come a professional auto detailer.

Published: June 23, 2009

Summer Detailing Series, part 1: Wash and detail your car with 1 pint of water - Download

Despite mandated water-rationing plans, Mel Craig, owner of The Total Pros Auto Detailing Training Center, talks in-studio with Mark Maynard and Dave Stall about his environmentally responsible training program. The California-licensed school in Oceanside, Calif., has five-day classes to become a professional detailer and monthly "Do It Yourself" classes for enthusiasts and anyone interested in taking care of their vehicles.

Published: June 2, 2009

A bumpy ride for San Diegans; Dave's motorcycle safety courses at U.S. Marine bases; Nissan Cube-ism - Download

According to a survey by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation officials, more than half of San Diego County urban byways are rated "poor." Dave Stall's annual motorcycle safety seminar at the Twentynine Palms Marine base. Nissan Cube has the rounded edges of abstract art, but it's a hoot to drive and very functional. Plus, vehicle choices for 84-year-old with a four-wheeled walker and six GM execs cash in their company shares; bankruptcy can be far.

Published: May 12, 2009

America's cheapest new car, the Hyundai Accent GS three-door; Farewell Pontiac - Download

The least-expensive new vehicle on sale in the United States today costs nearly $11,000. That's an astounding sum, but equally astounding are the standard features on the Accent GS. As major car brands die in the harsh light of a challenging economy, Pontiac will never be forgotten as an American performance brand.

Published: April 28, 2009

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, featuring an interview of Praveen Cherian, Fusion Program Team Leader - Download

The new two-mode Fusion Hybrid sedan sets a standard for battery-power drivability, speed on battery power and its SmartGauge with Eco Guide coaching system to improve driver efficiency. The Fusion Hybrid can be driven up to 47 mph on battery power and has EPA certified fuel economy of 41 mpg city, 36 highway, but mileage well over 50 mpg is possible with careful driving, as instructed by the Smart Gauge. The starting price is about $28,000, but the hybrid also qualifies for a $1,700 federal tax credit.

Published: April 21, 2009

2010 Lexus RX450h, full hybrid crossover vehicle; MicroFuse towels, part II; QUIXX paint and acrylic - Download

The 2010 Lexus RX crossover is all new, with gasoline-powered V-6 and full hybrid, V-6 models. The RX350 is on sale now, the 450h goes on sale this summer. This luxury class crossover is just slightly larger, but the weight and mass are apparent in the mild acceleration force in the 450h, which is unusual for a hybrid.

Seven MircroFuse towels have now been used and laundered two to three times and they are still usable. A roll of 30 10-by-10-inch sheets sells for $5. See for details.

QUIXX High Performance Paint and Scratch Remover and QUIXX High Performance Acrylic Scratch Remover seem to work as well as another such products on the market, but they are pricey at $19.95 for the paint repair and $14.95 for the acrylic scratch remover.

Published: April 14, 2009

2010 Camaro first drive; Cadillac CTS-V, an American supersport sedan; MircoFuse reusable towels. - Download

Dave says the auto blogs are saying negative things about the new Camaro. Mark was on the media launch for the car and knows both sides of the story. The Cadillac CTS-V is a 556-horsepower, supercharged V-8 sedan that compares competitively to the European and Asian import competition. Infused towels? I understand infused beverages, but MicroFuse reusable towels are made from polyester and "infused" with microfiber to create a large, durable towel that can be machine washed.

Published: March 24, 2009

Audi A4 just too good to be true; Rain-X Latitude wipers; Griot's Garage - Download

First segment: The new A4 shows just how far Audi an this sedan model have come in 10 years.

Second half: Rain-X Latitude aero-blade wipers use graphite formula for smooth action. Griot's Spray-On Car Wash Kit: do something nice for you (or a friend) and your car.

Published: March 17, 2009

Aston Martin Vantage V8, with product specialist Francesca Smith - Download

"Love at First Sight" explains the 2009 Vantage, which has an engine upgrade to a 4.7-liter V-8 producing 420 horsepower, with shifting refinements to the optional six-speed SportShift automated manual transmission. Francesca Smith also talks about the new Lagonda concept debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and the new Le Mans Prototype 1 cars just tested for the LMP1 series. Photos and text of the race cars in Maynard's Garage.

Published: March 10, 2009

2009 Zero X Motorcycle, an electric off-roader with a 1- to 2-hour driving range - Download

Zero Motorcycles founder Neal Saiki sits in with Mark and Dave to explain the company's electric "bicycle" is powered by lithium-ion batteries and is street legal without DMV registration in 18 states, including California. The 151-pound Zero X is designed, engineered and assembled in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Published: March 3, 2009

2009 Nissan GT-R - Download

Nissan's GT-R supercoupe -- Dave says `Got to Run.' Mark says `Got to Rethink.'

Published: February 24, 2009

2009 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited; Barris; "Cars of the Stars"; Detail Magic - Download

2009 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited evaluation; A look at "Barris: Cars of the Stars," published by; Cleaning up with waterless Detail Magic products.

NEXT WEEK: Audi A4 Quattro Sedan

Published: February 10, 2009

Time magazine Dealer of the Year nominee Dave Grundstrom. - Download

Mark Maynard and Dave Stall interview Dave Grundstrom, CEO and Chairman of Marvin K. Brown Auto Center, San Diego. Grundstrom, 56, is a native San Diegan who was nominated for the prestigious 2009 Time-Goodyear Dealer of the Year Award.

Published: February 3, 2009

Honda pulls the plug on its S2000 roadster - Download

Stupid Driver Stunts; Ford F-150 road test; "The Hemi in the Barn," book review; and other diversions.

Published: January 27, 2009

Detroit auto show - Download

Updates from the Detroit auto show.

Published: January 12, 2009

Kia Borrego Road Test - Download

A road test of the Kia Borrego sport-utility vehicle

Published: January 12, 2009

Road Test Report on the 2010 Mustang - Download

Published: January 5, 2009

San Diego International Auto Show follow-up - Download

Published: January 5, 2009

San Diego International Auto Show; American Car Test drive; Hyundai Genesis sedan road test - II - Download

Published: December 22, 2008

San Diego International Auto Show; American Car Test drive; Hyundai Genesis sedan road test - I - Download

Published: December 22, 2008

American Car Day - Part I - Download

Published: December 15, 2008

American Car Day - Part II - Download

Published: December 15, 2008

Ford Motor Co. VP & Treasurer, Segment 1 - Download

Interview with Ford Motor Co. Vice President and Treasurer Neil Schloss

Published: December 11, 2008

Ford Motor Co. VP & Treasurer, Segment 2 - Download

Interview with Ford Motor Co. Vice President and Treasurer Neil Schloss

Published: December 11, 2008

L.A. Auto Show recap with comments from industry analyst Jim Wangers - Download

L.A. Auto Show recap with comments from industry analyst Jim Wangers

Published: November 26, 2008

Back to Basics; Classic Thurderbirds Show - Download

A trend to back-to-basics transportation; Kearny Mesa Ford's weekend show of classic Thunderbirds.

Published: November 10, 2008

Bailout, Motorcycling Today, CanAm Spyder experience - Download

Freelance auto-travel-lifestyle writer and photographer Laura Byrd joins Mark and Dave, discussing such topics as: a bailout for the Detroit Three automakers; motorcycling today and more on the CanAm Spyder experience.

Published: November 10, 2008

Sales drops and 2009 Dodge Ram Larame 4x4 - Download

October new-vehicle sales drop for most carmakers; first look at the 2009 Dodge Ram Larame 4X4

Published: November 3, 2008

Track Day at auto Club Spedway in Fontana & Active Lifestyle Vehicles - Download

Motor Press Guild Track Day at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana; Active Lifestyle Vehicles of the Year winners

Published: October 27, 2008

SX4t & Mini Cooper E - Download

Suzuki SX4t project car; Mini Cooper E, for electric.

Published: October 27, 2008

2008 Active Lifestyle Vehicles of the Year Competition - Download

2008 Active Lifestyle Vehicles of the Year Competition, at the company
headquarters in the Sorrento Valley area of San Diego. Founder Bob Babbitt and
manufacturer reps from Honda and SmartUSA talk about the competition.

Published: October 20, 2008

2008 Active Lifestyle Vehicles of the Year Competition - Part 2 - Download

Founder Bob Babbitt and manufacturer reps from Honda and SmartUSA talk about the competition.

Published: October 20, 2008

Road test of the CanAm Spyder - Segment 1 - Download

Road test of the CanAm Spyder, by Bombardier Recreational Products.

Company marketing chief Philippe Normand and regional sales manger Todd Baldwin join Mark and Dave in the studio for details on the three-wheeled powersport machine.

Published: October 13, 2008

Road test of the CanAm Spyder - Segment 2 - Download

Road test of the CanAm Spyder, by Bombardier Recreational Products. Company marketing chief Philippe Normand and regional sales manger Todd Baldwin join Mark and Dave in the studio for details on the three-wheeled powersport machine.

Published: October 13, 2008

Zuumer electric bike, with builder Tom Boyd of Zuumcraft - Download

Zuumer electric bike, with builder Tom Boyd of Zuumcraft, a San Diego company. He drove 650 miles on his three-wheeled scooter-bike from San Francisco to company headquarters in San Diego to demonstrate durablity and ability.

Also during the hour:
- What's a realistic estimate for the cost of repair for a motor mount and flex pipe on a 1992 Camry?

- Zero-percent financing available from Toyota on 11 models, Ford, GM and Chrysler on select 2008 models.

- Kick Gas EV festival, Barona eighth-mile drag strip, Oct. 12

Published: October 6, 2008

Beth Philion, racer - Download

Coronado Speed Festival follow-up with Beth Philion, racer and supporter. What are future growth areas for the speed fest? And a call-in by racer Jeni Yeakel-Swanson, driver of the "Nuclear Carrot," a 1964 Corvette (orange and purple) in Group 6.

Published: September 29, 2008

Jeff Carlton, Bumper Doc - Download

Auto Reconditioning with a local company called Bumper Doc, which included how to save money on lease returns, paintless dent repair, headlight restoration for $35 a lens and franchise opportunities. Check their website, .

Published: September 22, 2008

2010 Camaro; Buick's upcoming 2010 LaCrosse; KBB's top choices for back-to-school - Download

Segment 1: Heads were turning this morning at the Hard Rock Hotel, where a Chevrolet engineering team has been based for final tuning and calibrations for the 2010 Camaro. I was among a few journalists invited for a "first drive" of what the engineers call their 99-percent cars. These are the Camaro testers that are undergoing final tweaks before production begins on Feb. 16.

Segment 2: Doug Houlihan, Global Vehicle chief engineer for the Global Rear Wheel Drive team, calls in to talk about the 2010 Camaro.
-- And Kelley Blue Book. com names its Top 10 new and Top 10 used vehicles for back-to-school transportation.
-- Buick sends out a teaser photo of the 2010 LaCrosse, which will debut in November at the Los Angeles auto show.

Published: August 25, 2008

Zenn electric vehicle; how do you handle a broken BMW? - Download

Mark Maynard and Dave Stall talk with Midway Chrysler-Jeep-Zenn Ken Gardon about the dealer's new line of Zenn neighborhood electric vehicles.

A young woman who bought her dream BMW convertible has had nothing but problems with the used car. The court sided with her, but what should she do with the car now? She'll just never trust the car.

Published: August 18, 2008

Ford Motor 2009 full-line media event; Toyota - Download

Segments 1-2: Dave Stall was just back from a full-line media preview in
Dearborn, Mich., of the 2009 Ford lineup, including the Mustang Bullitt,
Lincoln MKS and a tour of the Mustang plant in Flat Rock, Mich.

Segments 3-4: The Toyota Corolla XRS is thrifty enough, but pricey at
nearly $25,000

Published: August 11, 2008

Corvette Owners Club of San Diego and the BMW 135i coupe - Download

Segments 1-2: Craig Moya talks of his planned community of custom homes that have five-car garages and use "green" building techniques, low-water landscaping, solar and more.

Segments: 3-4: The BMW 135i coupe is the fraternal twin to the cute and lively 135i convertible. The coupe is high power and edgy, but without the good looks of the larger 335i coupe. And at $47,000 with options, it may not find a lot of friends.

Published: August 28, 2008

July 14, 2008 - Download

Published: July 14, 2008

July 7, 2008 - Download

Published: July 8, 2008

California's new law requires hands-free devices to use a cell phone while driving. Lexus IS-F vs Me - Download

Segments 1 and 2: Mark Maynard and Dave Stall discuss the pros and cons of having to use a cell phone earpiece or speakerphone. What's wrong with the Lexus IS-F high-performance sedan? Not much, say Mark and Dave. Hear some comparisons between the IS-F and Mercedes-Benz C63.

Segments 3 and 4: Lincoln has been pushing preview nights for its new MKS sedan and Witt Lincoln Mercury in Mission Valley, S.D., just had a well-attended event for the new flagship sedan. What's special about the car? It's a return to the strengths of what made Lincoln a premium luxury brand in the United States. Will the relentless increase in the cost of gasoline change the needs of American drivers, or will we return to our love of large and powerful vehicles in time? How different will the U.S. car culture be in two to three years?

Published: June 30, 2008

Maxwell Smart & a Faux Apine Tiger - Download

Maxwell Smart drives a faux Apine Tiger in the film.

Published: June 23, 2008

The San Diego Dating Coach DeAnna Lorraine - Download

The San Diego Dating Coach DeAnna Lorraine profiles the vehicles of male drivers. may be an out for some in need to trade a vehicle.

Segments 1 and 2: Mark Maynard and Dave Stall talk with DeAnna Lorraine, who says a male's vehicle sends messages about his character that women immediately pick up on. We get her views on the Ford F-150 pickup, Saab convertible, Mini Cooper S, Toyota Camry, Chevy Suburban and more.

Segments 3 and 4: John Sternal of explains how a consumer can offer their leased vehicle at the Web site. Last year, the online company made 35,000 transactions in the U.S. This year, it is on track for 45,000 transactions. The benefits of using LeaseTrader include no down payment, no cash out of pocket and a short-term lease.

Published: June 16, 2008

Automotive author Robert Genat; 2009 Cadillac CTS-V - Download

Segments 1 and 2: Robert Genat joins Mark Maynard and Dave Stall to talk about his latest book, "Fuelies: Fuel Injected Corvettes 1957-1965."

Segments 3 and four: More of Genat, his travels, future books and what he parks in his garage. Cadillac just finished testing of the 2009 CTS-V and its supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V-8 engine has a SAE-certified peak output of 556 horsepower and 551 foot-pounds of torque. Acceleration from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and the quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 118 mph.

Published: June 9, 2008

June 2, 2008 - Download

Published: June 2, 2008

May 19, 2008 - Download

Published: May 19, 2008

Chrysler's "Let's Refuel America"; Ferrari GT Countdown - Download

Mark Maynard and Dave Stall talk with automotive analyst Jim Wangers about Chrysler's incentive offer of covering fuel costs for consumers to buy a new Dodge, Jeep or Chrysler. Ferrari is unveiling a new GT byte by byte at a special Internet site. What's so wrong with the Smart Car?

Published: May 12, 2008

Chrysler's "Let's Refuel America"; Ferrari GT Countdown - Segment 2 - Download

Published: May 12, 2008

Midas Touch Maintenance Package; ChaCha race-trivia texting; 10 cool cars for $18,000 or less. - Download

Midas automotive services is partnering with the Make-A-Wish foundation through June 28 to donate $5 to the foundation for every Midas Touch Maintenance Package purchased.

ChaCha, a new free mobile phone service, like having a genius friend on call 24/7 for Indy 500 race facts.

Kelley Blue offers its choices for 10 Cool Cars costing less than $18,000. Mark and Dave share their insight on the choices.

Published: May 5, 2008

Midas Touch Maintenance Package; ChaCha race-trivia texting; 10 cool cars for $18,000 or less. - 2 - Download

Published: May 5, 2008

Toyota Sequoia versus Chevrolet Tahoe hybrid; San Diego Automotive Museum - Download

Mark Maynard and Dave Stall talk about the redesigned 2008 Toyota Sequoia and 2008 Tahoe Hybrid. Both SUVs had as-tested prices in the mid'$50,000s. The Sequois has superbly engineered features and refined drivability but dismal fuel economy -- 132/18 mpg -- from its 5.7 liter V-8. The Tahoe Hybrid, with 6.0 liter V-8 and two -mode hybridization is rated 20 mpg city or highway, which is a realistic number.

Published: April 28, 2008

Toyota Sequoia versus Chevrolet Tahoe hybrid; San Diego Automotive Museum - Segment 2 - Download

San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park is featuring the special exhibit: Motorcross America. Dave broadcasted his radio show from the Fabulous Fords Forever show at Knott's Berry Farm and interivewed Mark Fields, president of the Americas. And Dave's past interview with Evel Knievel.

Published: April 28, 2008

2009 Infiniti FX - Download

Mark Maynard talks with Infiniti product planner Robyn Williams about the 2009 FX Crossover. Infiniti was in San Diego at the Hard Rock Hotel for two weeks to introduce national and international media to the new vehicle. To demonstrate interior utility, journalists stopped at Simpson's Nursery in Jamul to load two California Live Oak trees into the cargo area for transport to Ramona where the San Diego Fire Recovery Assistance Center donated the trees to victims of the wildfires.

Published: April 21, 2008

Infiniti FX media launch; Cadillac CTS; BMW M5 - Download

Infiniti is in San Diego for the media launch of the 2009 FX crossover.

Published: April 14, 2008

Infiniti FX media launch; Cadillac CTS; BMW M5 - Segment 2 - Download

Dave Stall's 7 mph crunch in a BMW M5.

Published: April 14, 2008

2009 Nissan GT-R; Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet; tips to add resale value to your car. - Download

Debriefing after a first drive on road and track of the 480 horsepower, all-wheel-drive Nissan GT-R coupe; with comparisons to the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet.

Published: April 7, 2008

2009 Nissan GT-R; Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet; tips to add resale value to your car. - Segment 2 - Download

Tips to add resale value to your car.

Published: April 7, 2008

Ian Callum talks about the 2009 Jaguar XF. - Download

Mark Maynard and Dave Stall talk with Jaguar Cars design director Ian Callum, who explains the "design language" of the 2009 XF. Jaguar was in San Diego for the media launch of the XF sport sedan, which replaces the S-type. Later in the show, Ian talks about his hot rods: a steel-bodied, 1932 Ford coupe, with a 450 horsepower, 351-V8 Cleveland engine. And a rodded 1956 Chevrolet 210, slammed with 20-inch tires, he just bought off eBay.

Published: March 31, 2008

120-mile range Aptera EV; Jaguar XF in S.D. - Download

Mark and Dave interview Steve Fambro, CEO and co-founder of Carlsbad-based Aptera,
which is set to produce a lithium-ion powered electric vehicle that has a driving range of 120 miles, a top speed of almost 90 mph and can be ordered
online for $30,000 with a $500 deposit.

Published: March 24, 2008

Porsche GT2, 2008 Volvo V70 wagon and - Download

Porsche will unveil three models at the New York auto Show: the "ultimate 911" - the 530-horsepower GT2, the 300-plus horsepower Boxster RS 60, a limited edtion model; and the 405-hp Cayenne GTS. does much more than repair bumpers. Is there any family vehicle with a bigger safety reputation than the Volvo V70 wagon?

Published: March 17, 2008

Chrysler to close its Carlsbad design center - Segment 1 - Download

Chrysler to close its Carlsbad design center

Two automakers sprung big news after 5 p.m. Friday, March 7. Chrysler will close its Pacifica (Advance Product) Design Center in Carlsbad. Volvo Cars of North America announced it will move from its posh quarters at 1 Premier Place in Orange County and relocate to Rockleigh, New Jersey, from once it came in 2001. And on Monday, March 10, BMW announced a $750 million plant expansion at Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Also, Mark and Dave talk about the Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec diesel, the Pontiac Vibe GT and Dave's Mini Cooper.

Published: March 10, 2008

Chrysler to close its Carlsbad design center - Segment 2 - Download

Published: March 10, 2008

The official list of uses for WD-40 grows to 2,000. - Download

What car enthusiast among us doesn't have a can or three of WD-40 on hand? The San Diego company just updated is list of 2,000 "official" uses for the magic clean-all elixir. It was a busy week with new-vehicle intros of the Honda Pilot in Palm Springs and the Pontiac G8 in San Diego. The Holden Monaro-based G8 -- built in Australia -- is sold in V-6 and V-8 models. Porsche sales were down for February, but stratospheric by the numbers.

Published: March 3, 2008

Zoom-zoom, for six occupants. - Download

Mark and Dave Stall talk with Mazda communications specialist Danica Laub about what's new for 2008 Mazda5.

The Mazda5 is a three-row, six-passenger "multi-activity sports vehicle," though some call it a mini minivan or a tall wagon. Beginning its third year on sale in the United States, it was given a mild makeover, that included a new front fascia, grille, headlights and taillight design.

A communications specialist's role in getting a new vehicle to media content generators. More on the Mazda5. Pricing ranges from $18,630 for the entry-level Sport to $23,000 for the Grand Touring.

Published: February 25, 2008

Rolls-Royce reveals the Phantom coupe; Porsche recalls 5,573 Cayenne SUVs - Download

Rolls-Royce reveals the Phantom coupe; Porsche recalls 5,573 Cayenne SUVs; Just who is this Dave Stall? And a caller asks what we think of street racing.

Segment 1: Who is this Dave Stall who talks so much? He's a San Diego motor mouth with more than a dozen radio, TV and other promotions every week. Mark and Dave muse about the Subaru WRX STI. The new Rolls Phantom coupe is a 453-horsepower, long-legged tourer.

Segment 2: What do Dave and Mark think about the Nissan GT-R, a caller asks? And street racing, what's next? Street racing was a favorite pastime in the 1950s into the 1970s. But back then sex was fairly safe and some bars in some states offered "to-go" drinks for the drive home. The times have changed. Street racing is not safe on public thoroughfares and there should be more support from manufacturers who build cars intended to fend the enthusiasm of fast street cars.

Published: February 18, 2008

Acura TSX and Kelley Blue Book top picks for family vehicles - Download

Acura TSX teaser photo; Chevy dealers competing for Corvette buyers; Kelley Blue Book top picks for family vehicles; Mini Cooper S, 38 mpg;

Mark Maynard and Dave Stall talk cars, including such topics as Dave driving an '08 Mini Cooper S, which gets 38 mpg on the interstate, without being easy on it! Two San Diego Chevrolet dealerships are competing for Corvette buyers. Which will prevail or will GM step in to make both

Hondas: Hate 'em or Love 'em. Find out about that used vehicle at the Web site This is a good resource for consumers shopping a used vehicle, with categories such categories as Worst Vehicles, Worst Complaints and Horror Stories. And comments on Kelley Blue Book's 2008
Best New Family Vehicles.

Published: February 11, 2008

Buick prices its new, topline Lucerne Super; Super Bowl feedback; and the Audi R8 at 130 mph. - Download

Segment 1: Buick's Lucerne Super will have a new V-8 engine and access toa dvanced technology options such as a lane departure warning system and blind-spot detection. The big sedan will mark Buick's push into the entry luxury segment. Pricing begins at $39,395.

Segment 2: The Audi R8 is an exotic-looking supercar without the extreme price. The midengine coupe is fast and fashionable with a 420-horsepower V-8 and six-speed manual transmission or six-speed Rtronic automatic manual. Downshift at 100 mph and the jump to light speed is .....

Published: February 4, 2008

EV Dragging at Barona; 2009 Nissan Murano - Download

It was a busy, rainy weekend of hot rods and hot EVs in Southern California. We'll get a report on an EV drag race event from show co-host Dave Stall. And we'll also talk about safe-driving in foul weather. In the second half, I take a 2009 Nissan Murano to the snow.

Segment 1: Unlike the pounding cylinders of gasoline-powered dragsters, the EV' Draggin' event at Barona Drag Strip was a stealthy whoosh of rapid acceleration and some record quarter-mile times.

Feb. 2 is Ground Hog day, but also the national reminder date for drivers to change their vehicle's wiper blades. We talk about car maintenance, tires and other tips to keep your car safe and sound for bad-weather driving.

Segment 2: The 2009 Nissan Murano is a complete remodel on a new platform, it just looks familiar. You can't nominate an evolutionary model to be a Car of the Year, but this one has the styling, features, utility and function to be a useful, contributing family for many years.

Published: January 28, 2008

Mark and Dave's rants for the day - Download

Mark Maynard and Dave Stall share a few rants, such as proposing a turn-signal-use law; our first Do-it-Yourselfer award, Smart car follow-up, EV drag races and more.

Mark and Dave's rants for the day, included:
-Drivers not using turn signals and whether there should be a law. It is illegal to put recyclables in the trash, why not a law to use a turn signal?
-Is a major gas-tax increase required, relevant?
-The electric car drag races this weekend at Barona; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Barona Drag Strip, 1750 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside. Presented by the Electric Vehicle Association of San Diego.
-CHP to offer free class for teen drivers and parents this Thursday at the Oceanside branch.
-Smart Fortwo follow-up from Saturday's Wheels road test.
-Our first "Do-it-Yourselfer" award goes to: "Man Using Shotgun on Lug Nut Injured."

Published: January 21, 2008

Mark Maynard and Dave Stall talk with General Motors designer Clay - Download

Clay Dean, General Motors' vice president of exterior vehicle design, gave the highs and lows at the 2008 Detroit auto show. The Malibu, a design he worked on, had just been named the North American Truck of the Year. He talks with Mark and Dave about alternative-fuel projects at the show and other striking designs.

Published: January 14, 2008

Follow-up on San Diego International Auto Show and Porsche's gasoline-electric hybrid Panamera - Download

The 2008 San Diego International Auto Show closed what I saw as a blazing, five-day run, but what will next year bring? The main floor was at critical mass for space this year, which was about 95 percent sold by early October. And next year the upstairs Sail Room for the Ultimate Ridez Expo will be occupied by another group.

Porsche will add a gasoline-electric hybrid driveline for its Panamera Gran Turismo sport sedan when it goes on sale in late 2009. The hybrid unit will also be used in the Porsche Cayenne sport-utility vehicle.

Published: January 7, 2008

San Diego International Auto Show, Dec. 26-30, and the SEMA Showcase - Download

Performance West builds show cars for new-vehicle manufacturers to demontrate the potential of enhancements in performance, interior, paint and audio. Larry Weiner, president of Performance West, explains how he builds these special show cars.

Published: December 17, 2007

Chevrolet Tahoe hybrid and Saturn's new compact Astra - Download

Gary White, General Motors vice president of truck development, calls to explain how a 7,000-pound sport-utility vehicle gets an EPA-certified 21 miles per gallon of 87 octane around town. That compares with the four-cylinder Toyota Camry, but the Tahoe uses a 332 horsepower, 6.0-liter V-8.

Saturn general manager Jill Lajdziak calls to talk about Saturn's new small car, Astra, which was introduced to national media in San Diego. The three-door appeals to young buyers, the five-door is an ideal family vehicle, with possibly the most comfortable and supportive back seat in the compact segment. The Astra is a shared platform with the German-based Opel and has the key driving characteristics of a European import.

Published: December 10, 2007

Chevrolet's new Malibu and the $500,000 Mercedes McLaren SLR roadster - Download

Chief engineer Mike Mueller has worked nonstop for almost two years on the
Malibu project and knows this car as well as anyone. With frequent test drives with General Motors product czar Bob Lutz, Mueller and his team helped put the car on the road to success.

It's not everyday I drive a half-million-dollar car and when I do it should be memorable. The $500,000 McLaren SLR roadster is that car, but its story is less about it's hardware than the software. Clearly, this car isn't a necessity, but for the owners it creates a "sense of occasion," a Mercedes-Benz spokesman said. Story and photos at Maynard's Garage blogsite.

Published: December 3, 2007

The shortest route between two points is not the cleanest, say Audi engineers - Download

German automaker Audi is working with three California universities to develop advanced technologies for "optimized" CO2 routes. The program, "Clean Air, a Viable Planet," is a six-year project. Charts posted at Maynard's Garage blogsite.

Daniel Sperling, director, Institute of Transportation Studies at University of California, Davis, comments on Audi's "Clean Air, a Viable Planet" and other elements of contemporary transportation.

Published: November 26, 2007

Auto-industry analyst Jim Wangers calls in to talk about trends and the Chrysler LLC turnaround - Download

Maynard and Wangers talk about trends at the recent Los Angeles auto show and look at the turnaround plans of Chrysler LLC. Wangers is the founder and now senior analyst at Automotive Marketing Consultants Inc., in San Diego. AMCI does vehicle testing and marketing for automotive manufacturers.

Published: November 19, 2007

Waterless car washes post wildfires. And overview of the Ford F-150 Limited and Scion xD - Download

Call in from the EcoPit car wash manager at Fashion Valley. For a little more money you can save a of water. And are red light traffic cameras the best line of defense? Info at the web site

The Ford F-150 Limited is the most luxurious Ford pickup so far and has a near-luxury price of $36,085. A Ford spokesman said "this truck is part of our aggressive approach of offering more models - including the supercharged Harley F-150, F-150 Foose Edition, Lariat Limited, etc. The truck has such features as a cargo management system and rear video camera.

Published: November 5, 2007

Buick Enclave and Ford Fusion Hydrogen 999 - Download

An overview of the Buick Enclave and a chat with Matt Zuehlk, project leader for the world's fastest fuel-cell car, the Ford Fusion Hydrogen 999. Think of it as the world's fastest electric car. Matt will steer us from the speed of the Ford Hydrogen 999 to the road to consumer-grade fuel cell vehicles.

Published: October 15, 2007

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