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“Two Guys Garage” Get into the act for National Car Care Month 

SWANSEA, Mass., April 2 / -- April is National Car Care Month and who better to promote good car habits than the co-hosts of the Two Guys Garage TV show, Dave Bowman and Sam Memmolo. 

"In National Car Care Month check lanes last year, 38% of vehicles had low or dirty engine oil, which can be a major factor in shortening engine life," emphasized Bowman.  

Sam Memmolo states, "More than half of vehicles fail the inspection because of underinflated tires, not only a safety factor but one that affects fuel economy and tire wear, as well.  


Automotive Specialty Industry Enjoys Stellar Growth in 2003 

DIAMOND BAR, Calif., April 2 / -- The U.S. automotive specialty equipment industry grew 7.7 percent to $28.9 billion in 2003.  The market's 2002 sales of products such as appearance accessories, racing and performance parts, and suspension and handling equipment totaled $26.8 billion. 

"Our industry has very good news to report in a sluggish economic climate," said Christopher J. Kersting, president and CEO of SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association.  Kersting made the SEMA market-size announcement at the Motor Press Guild (MPG) meeting held in conjunction with the opening of the 7th International Auto Salon at the Los Angeles Convention Center.   


Kelley Blue Book Names Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 

IRVINE, Calif., April 5/ -- Want a new car, but think you can’t afford one?  Especially a cool car that you’re not embarrassed to be seen in? With summer approaching, many are looking for a cool car to get around in and be seen in.  The editorial team at Kelley Blue Book ( recently took a look at all of the latest vehicles on the market and found 10 cool new cars selling at prices below $18,000. 


  1.   2004 Dodge Neon R/T     

  2.   2004 Honda Civic     

  3.   2004 Mazda 3 s

  4. 2004 MINI Cooper

  5. 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer OZ Rally  

  6. 2004 Nissan Sentra SE-R     

  7. 2004 Scion xB             

  8. 2004 Toyota Corolla S      

  9. 2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Xtracab    

  10. 2004 Honda Element                      


Problem With Your Car? Tune Into Car Talk Weekly With RealPlayer 10 

SEATTLE, April 6 / -- RealNetworks today announced that car lovers, those with less than love for their car, and even those without a car are now able to listen to Car Talk's weekly show exclusive via RealPlayer 10 on their PC whenever they want. 

Car Talk will have a new show available on their website ( ) every week (following the on-air broadcast) – all streamed in RealAudio 10 to RealPlayer 10 and provided by Real Broadcast Network.



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