Deputy's Crown Victoria explosion raises questions

By Dan Lauck / 11 News KHOU-TV

A fiery crash could raise more safety questions about the controversial Crown Victoria police cruiser after a Fort Bend County deputy watched his vehicle go up in flames.

It exploded after a high-speed rear-end collision this weekend on Highway 6 near Bissonnet.

Pictures are reminiscent of past problems with the popular police cruiser.

"You’d think with red lights flashing all over, the guy would have seen it," says Sid McArthur.

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Woman's 911 call: 'My garage is on fire!'

Iowa farmer: Ford ignited deadly blaze; company denies blame

WESTGATE, Iowa (CNN) — Earl Mohlis says he has no doubt the fire that burned down his house last month, killing his wife of 34 years, started under the hood of his 1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck — and he is suing the company, he says, to prevent more deaths.

Ford Motor Company has concluded the truck did not cause the fire.

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2005 Car Book "Best Bets"

Hyundai Accent
Mazda MX-5 Miata
MINI Cooper
Hyundai Tiburon
Volkswagen Beetle

Hyundai Elantra
Audi A4
BMW 3-Series
Honda Civic
Nissan Sentra
Toyota Corolla
Volkswagen Golf/Jetta
Volvo 40 Series

Lexus ES 300
Toyota Avalon
Acura TL
Honda Accord
Hyundai Sonata/Kia Optima
Lincoln LS/Jaguar S-Type
Mazda 6
Toyota Camry
Volvo 60 Series

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Chrysler Doesn't Budge on Sludge

Drivers complain that the 2.7-liter engine is prone to seizing up, but the auto maker blames poor maintenance
By Ralph Vartabedian
L.A. Times Staff Writer

December 15, 2004

Lisa Spilker has a shiny white 2001 Chrysler Concorde parked in her driveway, but it isn’t going anywhere. The car’s 2.7-liter engine was destroyed by oil sludge several months ago and now Spilker can’t afford the $6,500 cost of a new engine.

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