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Reliability Statistics - Toyota comes up trumps every time

Reliability statistics – a dodgy dump of grievance About ten years ago my sister-in-law phoned her husband frantically telling him that her engine had just fallen out of her Renault Modus. It was a protection cowling. She now drives a Spark. Wiki: Reliability in statistics and psychometrics is the overall consistency of a measure. A measure is […]

Aisin Warner / Graziano A/T

Japanese Aisin Seiki – American Borg–Warner The Aisin Warner AW55-50SN and AW55-51SN automatic gearboxes are used in a wide array of motor vehicles on the roads today and gauging by the amount of complaints they should never have been manufactured or at least they should have been replaced by a better gearbox. That’s how the story goes […]


Noisy engines versus silence in a Formula E A question recently posed by a colleague in our electronics prevalent industry was in which direction motor racing was going with the current V6 technology in formula one as opposed to the formula-E which many technologists believe is the future. From a personal belief I would rather never want […]

Why are my auto parts not made by Mercedes? Damn, this is getting silly!  Almost every motorcycle or car website has a forum which complains about one specific model car (or motorcycle) which was a lemon. Either the engine or transmission is a dud. Then we have the electronics. That model “xxxx” is a piece of crap […]

Automatic Transmision 8 Speed

Automatic Gearboxes – are they really all that unreliable? There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the reliability of automatic transmissions over the last five years, not least the semi or manual automatic. In a survey done of the numerous forums covering the steady migration of drivers over to automatically assisted drive trains in all make […]

Nuclear Desalination Plant

The desalination of seawater needs to be re-invented! Interestingly enough, whilst scientists can put man on the moon, split the atom and build driverless cars we just cannot cope with the water shortage. We can create distilled water from permeable membranes and a vacuum desalinator but it’s never enough or just not cost effective. The natural process […]

Demerit Points

Demerit Points – How to achieve a lot more awareness So there’s an article here that states the the demerit point system does work and I would like to give my version of what I saw and know having worked in the traffic services for close on twenty years in the UK. The Joe Citizen and press […]

Mobil Oil ATF3309

Not all Oil is created the same! In a previous article and on the many forums there have been many debates as to which lubricant to use in your car and although the engine lubricant needs to be dumped and refreshed every 3 000 to 10 000 miles many owners neglect their transmission fluid. Whereas a motor […]

Volvo Forums

Volvo – Resources As a small continuation to our previous article, Automatic Transmissions – Customer complaints we have added in some of the top Volvo forums to assist owners find solutions to their out of warranty motor vehicles.    Club of America   Brickboard – the owner’s resource Edmonds   […]

Automatic Transmissions - Cutaway

Automatic Transmissions – are they all useless? I recently purchased a 2006 Volvo 2T automatic. It left the showroom floor and the next day the transmission service light came on. I was really pissed off – the dealer is closed until the 11th January and only then will they look at it. It doesn’t pay to be […]

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