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When GM announced it will end the Pontiac Brand that GM started in 1927 as part of a restructuring that will close 13 plans and half of its dealerships at a cost of 21,000 factory jobs, my son and I were shocked. My love of Pontiac started with a 3-hour ride on a Greyhound bus with $300 in my pocket to buy my first Pontiac (a 1966 LeMans 326 V8 with a 4 speed).  Since then, I've always owned at least one Pontiac.  My son currently drives a 1974 Trans Am to high school, and he loves his car.  Everywhere he goes in that car people stop and stare.  Someone is always asking him if it is for sale.

We were saddened to hear from one of our users this morning that the Blass Bros Garage is Catawissa, Pennsylvania, was destroyed by fire last night.  The remarkable level of service provided by Blass Bros is apparent in the message we received from their customers. Blass Bros is featured in RepairPal's shop directory, and was the only repair shop serving the Catawissa community.  Our thoughts are with the owners and their families, and we wish them a very speedy recovery.

I had heard of this infamous film by Claude Lelouch, which is the driver's-eye view of an unsanctioned and completely unscripted high-speed romp through the streets of Paris in a Ferrari 275 GTB, but I had never had a chance to watch--and more importantly, to listen--to it. Thanks to Grant for sending along!

Check Engine Lights...many of us have seen them, some have had the "privilege" of trying to get rid of them, and others choose to ignore them all together. No matter your approach, it's becoming more and more likely, due to state emissions regulations that you will have to address this warning light issue before you can pass your vehicle inspection, so it's important to address them properly. We here at RepairPal have been working on providing information that addresses some of the most commonly seen reasons for the Check Engine Light to come on, and some of the most commonly misdiagnosed problems as well.

Here is a very fun look back to a promotional film for a Ford Dealership in Oakland California, circa 1932. For those of us that live in the East Bay it includes some great shots of the area. They mention the newly renovated Fox Theater and show a shot of a Ford driving up Fish Ranch Road. I especially like walk though of the service department, showing what it was like before hydraulic lifts. Enjoy!

Chrysler, Americas 3rd largest auto company, announced that it will file for bankruptcy protection and at the same time that it has entered into a partnership with Fiat Motors of Italy. They will become eligible for up to 8 billion in federal aid on top of the over 4 billion they have already received. The bankruptcy case was filed in United States Bankruptcy Court in New York, with the first hearing scheduled for tomorrow morning. It marks the first time a major American car company has tried to restructure under bankruptcy protection since Studebaker in 1933.

Here at RepairPal we've heard from several users that we were missing their 2008-09 vehicles. Those of you with the RepairPal iPhone App were especially helpful in letting us know where we needed attention. We put our staff to work, poured over tons of data, checked all the new models to make sure the data was accurate, and have now finished! For 2008 we updated or added 285 models, and almost 300 for 2009!

We've added or updated another 50 models at RepairPal! We are currently processing new data, so we will be adding even more models in the coming weeks. If you don't see your vehicle here, don't hesitate to request that your vehicle be added!

Our Technical Advisor Robert Isbell recently was asked to evaluate a local automotive repair program for certification, and as a service to our users, we would like to present a glimpse into the technician training process to help understand what it takes to be a highly trained automotive technician. Technicians Education Certification

This is no April Fools joke, we've added or updated over 50 models at RepairPal! There are now many of the Hybrids available too! If you didn't see the last group of new additions, check out the list here We are currently processing new data, so we will be adding even more models in the coming weeks. If you don't see your vehicle here, don't hesitate to request that your vehicle be added!