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Autoblog Podcast #394

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Episode #394 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, and Michael Harley talk about the possibility of a supercharged Dodge Viper, the Chevrolet Silverado Rally Edition, the newly released supercharger kit for the Honda CR-Z, and rumblings of an Alfa Romeo 6C. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Check out the rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along down below with our Q&A. Thanks for listening!

Autoblog Podcast #394:



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Hosts: Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, Michael Harley
Runtime: 01:32:30

Rundown:
  • Intro and Garage - 00:00
  • Supercharged Viper - 44:25
  • Chevrolet Silverado Rally Edition - 55:19
  • Supercharged Honda CR-Z - 01:00:52
  • Alfa Romeo 6C - 01:07:29
  • Q&A - 01:13:41

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Autoblog Podcast #394 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #394 LIVE!

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We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #394 this evening. Check out the topics below or drop us your questions and comments via the Q&A module. And don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight.

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Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #394 LIVE! originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Chrysler investigating complaints of vehicles with faulty power modules

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Chrysler owners are hopping mad after experiencing a series of electrical gremlins in some of the company's vehicles. Issues range from mere annoyances - windows rolling down and radios turning off of their own accord - to serious safety issues, with headlights that randomly shut off at night and cars that stall and refuse to start.

The issues are being blamed on the total integrated power module, which can cost up to $1,000 for customers to replace. This, of course, has led to a hefty batch of complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with 240 owners expressing their displeasure so far. Another site, CarComplaints.com, has registered over 300 complaints relating to the 2010 to 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, alone, according to The New York Times.

Chrysler has acknowledged that it's investigating the complaints and is analyzing the faulty TIPMs, but that isn't quite enough for customers of the affected vehicles. The newspaper has snagged a few of the more harrowing tales with the electrically challenged Chrysler products, culled from the NHTSA complaints.

One customer recounted a 2011 Grand Cherokee that would shut off at highway speed, with no warning. This same customer said her problems were "worse than [the] GM issue."

"Are they insane?," another customer complained. "We could have been in a serious accident. I just purchased this car in November of 2013 because I thought it would be safe for me and my new baby, and now I have to dish out $1,300 because of a faulty part."

The complaints have elicited responses from the Center for Auto Safety, one of the most strongly critical voices of General Motors' ignition switch recall. The advocacy group is, according to The New York Times, formally requesting that NHTSA investigate the issue.

This isn't the first time the TIPM has caused issues. NHTSA investigated the systems in 2007 after Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Nitro customers complained. That led to an 81,000-unit recall. That was followed in 2011 by a technical service bulletin covering the 2011 Ram 1500, as well as the troublesome Grand Cherokee and Durango.

While Chrysler has acknowledged the problems, it's unclear what, if anything, it will do about it. The company recently filed a motion disputing the electrical issues as part of a 2013 class-action suit, moving to dismiss the case, which was filed in the US Court in California's Central District. According to The Times, the judge in that case hasn't reached a decision.

Chrysler investigating complaints of vehicles with faulty power modules originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:09:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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