Factory goof = Alfa recall

alfa romeo stelvio

Alfa Romeo is recalling the 2018 Giulia and Stelvio, because the factory may have used contaminated brake fluid. The recall will start on February 8, with an FCA recall number of T84 and an NHTSA campaign number of 17V823000.

Only 307 vehicles sold in the United States were affected; presumably the issue also affects cars and crossovers sold in Canada and some other regions.

The problem was use of brake fluid that “was contaminated in the plant with a non-compatible oil type.” The only Giulias and Stelvios affected were made from November 14-23,

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Yes, really: Dodge Dakota recall

FCA is recalling a small number of 2005 Dodge Dakota pickups, because their optional heated seats can develop dangerous hot spots. The fix is to swap in a new heating control, for free.

The recall (Chrysler #T80, NHTSA #17V-820) starts on February 8, 2018. Just 16,900 Dakotas were built with the problem parts.

The 2005 Dakota, despite its ungainly looks,

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Trackhawk vs Hellcat Challenger: drag race

Jeep VS Hellcat

The folks from Hennessey Performance got hold of a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. After making a baseline dyno run, they lined up the 707-horse super-SUV with a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

In a battle of supercharged Hemi V8s, the all-wheel drive Jeep knocked off the muscle car in a quarter mile drag race. This comes as a surprise to some people,

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The most popular Mopar news for 2017

Hellcrate: Hellcat crate engine

What were the most popular Allpar stories for 2017?

First, and we attribute this at least partly to the name, was the Hellcrate engine — 707 horsepower for classic cars. This was an exciting story to run, and we have to thank the Mopar people for sending it our way ahead of time.

Next, surprisingly, was a story on the colors of the Dodge Demon.

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Aussies crash, rate Compass (video)

The Australian version of the Jeep Compass has gotten five stars from the local crash-testing authority, ANCAP — an independent group. The Compass scored 36 out of 37 points, with top scores for side impact, pole, and whiplash protection. The Renegade, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee already had five star ratings.

The Compass was launched in Australia and New Zealand in September; ANCAP tested a December model.  

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Ram: million-truck recall

2014 ram dashboard

Ram is recalling around one and a half million pickups, to repair the interlock that keeps drivers from accidentally shifting out of Park without their feet on the brake (and without a key in the ignition).

The problem affects many 2009-2017 trucks (including chassis cabs) with a column shifter — pickups with “the Knob” or floor mounted shifters do not have it.

The issue has,

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