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Wheel Bearings

Nicole, Roberto and Sam discuss the cars they are driving each week and then dive into some of the big topics of the auto industry including the technology, trends and personalities.

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Episode #102 – No Charging, No Parking!

This week Sam has returned from California and after driving the 2019 Kia Niro EV, he has a rant about electric vehicle drivers that think they have a right to park right next to the building even when they aren’t charging. Rebecca has been driving the lovely new Volvo V60 and Dan has the “first… Read More »Episode #102 – No Charging, No Parking!

23 Mar 2019

Rank #1

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Episode #111 – Changing Perceptions

This week, Dan has been driving the Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet. Sam drove the refreshed 2019 Hyundai Tucson before heading off to Manhattan to ride subways. Rebecca has been driving the Cadillac Escalade around southern California. From there we dive into the failed Fiat Chrysler and Renault merger and where it might go next including hooking… Read More »Episode #111 – Changing Perceptions

12 Jun 2019

Rank #2

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Episode #077 – Hybrids, Some Affordable, Others Not Plus Casey

Lots of electrified vehicles this week as Sam discusses the Lexus LC500h and Honda Clarity Fuel Cell while Dan gets his hands on the new Honda Insight and the Ford Expedition Max Platinum. Casey Liss is also back to talk about the VW Golf R. Everyone’s favorite 80s and 90s near vaporware is trying to… Read More »Episode #077 – Hybrids, Some Affordable, Others Not Plus Casey

18 Aug 2018

Rank #3

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Episode #094 – The Last Winter Auto Show in Detroit

The guys are back with the 2019 Kia Forte EX, 2019 Toyota Avalon, Dodge Challenger Scat Pack and the 2019 Volvo S60 sedan. We review some of the highlights of the last January outing of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, a new infotainment system for the upcoming Polestar 2 and finish up… Read More »Episode #094 – The Last Winter Auto Show in Detroit

27 Jan 2019

Rank #4

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Episode #079 – Larry Burns Talks About Autonomy

In this special episode of Wheel Bearings, Sam sits down with Larry Burns, retired SVP of R&D and Strategic Planning at General Motors to talk about his new book, Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car—And How It Will Reshape Our World. Since retiring from GM in 2009, Burns has been an educator and… Read More »Episode #079 – Larry Burns Talks About Autonomy

26 Aug 2018

Rank #5

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Episode #113 – Technology Confusion Reigns

Dan was traveling on family business this week so it’s just Sam and Rebecca. Sam sings the praises of the 2019 Mazda 3 and laments bluetooth causing the infotainment system in the Toyota Rav 4 to crash. Speaking of bluetooth issues and Toyota adjacent vehicles, Rebecca had issues trying to connect to the Lexus RC350… Read More »Episode #113 – Technology Confusion Reigns

25 Jun 2019

Rank #6

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Episode #070 – Acura Returns To Its Roots and FCA Has A New Plan

This week Sam really likes the third-generation Acura RDX, Dan likes the Mazda CX-5 and then they try hard not to talk about Tesla and mostly succeed although you can see more of Sam’s opinion on the subject at the link below. The guys also talk GM and Softbank and the upcoming product plans for… Read More »Episode #070 – Acura Returns To Its Roots and FCA Has A New Plan

9 Jun 2018

Rank #7

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Ep 133 – Sedans, SUVs and More Cybertruck

Dan has driven the Dodge Durango SRT and Genesis G70 while Sam has been in the Honda Passport and Toyota Avalon Hybrid. GM and LG Chem form a lithium ion cell production joint venture and Mazda considers electrification options for the next generation Miata. Sam has an interview with Audi e-Tron manager Matt Mostafaei from the LA Auto Show. Finally we address some listener emails

1hr 49mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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Episode #093 – Premium Small Crossovers, Big Mainstream Crossovers & CES

Before heading off to CES, Sam drove the BMW X1 while Dan had a direct competitor in the Volvo XC40. This week Ford unveiled the all-new (no really, it is actually almost all-new!) 2020 Explorer. At CES, companies were showing off chips, software and sensors while Nissan announced a Leaf that finally goes over 200… Read More »Episode #093 – Premium Small Crossovers, Big Mainstream Crossovers & CES

13 Jan 2019

Rank #9

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Ep 132 – Electric Trucks

We drive the Mazda 3 AWD sedan, Mazda 6 Signature, and GMC Sierra AT4 CarbonPro Off-Road. Topics include the Tesla Cybertruck and highlights from the Los Angeles auto show including the Audi e-Tron Sportback, Kia Seltos and Hyundai Vision T concept

1hr 51mins

28 Nov 2019

Rank #10

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Ep. 131 – Ford Mustang Mach-E – Dave Pericak interview

Ford has lifted the veil on the Mustang Mach-E. It's an electric SUV with a lot of hopes and goals riding on it. We take a deep dive into what we know so far, and Sam got a few minutes with Dave Pericak, who is the director of Ford Icons, and deeply involved with Mach-E development.

58mins

19 Nov 2019

Rank #11

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Episode #097 – Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

This week our intrepid trio has been tackling everything from mainstream to super-luxury. Rebecca went to rainy Palm Springs to sample the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and more from BMW before returning home to the 2019 Kia Forte. In between, Sam had the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and Dan drove the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus which leads into a… Read More »Episode #097 – Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

16 Feb 2019

Rank #12

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Episode #092 – Gaining Weight As We Age

This week Dan is driving the new 2019 Kia Forte EX and Sam has been in the all-new 2019 Nissan Altima. The conversation then moves into whether cars are actually getting heavier, spoiler alert – Yes and No! Is a low-mileage 1994 Toyota Supra really worth $121,000? Another Alphabet moonshot project becomes its own company… Read More »Episode #092 – Gaining Weight As We Age

4 Jan 2019

Rank #13

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Episode #098 – Look Both Ways Before Crossing the Street

This week we’re talking luxury as Rebecca drives the Maserati Levante, Dan has the Mercedes-Benz E450 and Sam relaxes in the Kia K900. At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Anton Piech, son of Ferdinand and great grandson of Ferdinand Porsche launches his own car company with an electric sports car. Ford has more trouble with… Read More »Episode #098 – Look Both Ways Before Crossing the Street

25 Feb 2019

Rank #14

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Episode #076 – EPA Rollback, Autonomous Safety, Car & Driver Layoffs, and lots of Listener Questions

This week, Sam describes his time with the impressive Honda Accord Hybrid – perfected just in time for the sedan market to dry up – and Dan gets charmed by the Ford Raptor and Expedition Max. We talk abut the looming fight over relaxin or even rolling back fuel economy standards, SAE working to define… Read More »Episode #076 – EPA Rollback, Autonomous Safety, Car & Driver Layoffs, and lots of Listener Questions

9 Aug 2018

Rank #15

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Episode #083 – Race On Tony Swan

This week Sam drives the latest Mazda6 which is still his favorite midsize sedan while Dan samples the Hyundai Kona and Toyota Sienna with all-wheel-drive. As the auto industry changes, Mercedes-Benz considers paring down niche models while GM and Honda team up on automated driving and mobility. Finally, we bid farewell to Tony Swan. Links… Read More »Episode #083 – Race On Tony Swan

9 Oct 2018

Rank #16

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Episode #087 – Carlos In The Clink, Driving In Winter and Charging Follies

This week Sam drives the new Volkswagen Jetta and Dan spends time with the Acura RDX and VW Golf Sportwagen. Out in the real world, Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault and Chairman of Nissan is arrested for alleged financial malfeasance and the future of the Alliance is in doubt. With snow and ice now on… Read More »Episode #087 – Carlos In The Clink, Driving In Winter and Charging Follies

26 Nov 2018

Rank #17

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Episode #067 – Luxury SUVs, Plug-in Minivans and Bad Decisions

Sam spends time with the Range Rover Velar and laments touchscreens that can’t be seen through polarized sunglasses. Dan continues to be impressed by the Genesis G80 and lauds the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid as a great family hauler that is also really efficient. Rolls-Royce follows the crowd and launches and SUV named after what else?… Read More »Episode #067 – Luxury SUVs, Plug-in Minivans and Bad Decisions

11 May 2018

Rank #18

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Ep 135 – Who’s Going To Buy All The EVs?

The crew gathers for a mid-holiday recording with Sam in the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. While it’s definitely gotten better with some recent updates, it is value challenged against the new Mazda CX-30. Meanwhile Rebecca has been in the Ram 1500 with the e-Torque Hemi and the Lexus LX570 and Dan is still in the… Read More »Ep 135 – Who’s Going To Buy All The EVs?

1hr 51mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #19

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Episode #091 – Wagons, Turbos and Fingerprints

As the guys get together one final time for 2018, Sam used the Buick Regal TourX to pick up a new puppy, and the Ram 1500 North Edition spends an extended stay in Dan’s driveway . We re-visit Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid impressions at the request of a listener looking to replace a GMC Safari, ponder… Read More »Episode #091 – Wagons, Turbos and Fingerprints

29 Dec 2018

Rank #20