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Monthly Archives: November 2019

Shout it From the Rooftop

November 19, 2019  Jonathan Ortiz  I’ll come right out and say it: I have never been so proud to be a shop owner. I am very fortunate to have been blessed with a “privileged” life. I was given the opportunity to attend private school, get a college degree, and even continue on and obtain a Master’s Degree. Even though all of this opportunity was made possible by an auto repair shop, I remember feeling somewhat embarrassed in grade school when asked to stand up in class and share with my fellow classmates what my dad did for a living. At that private school, most of my classmates' parents were doctors and lawyers and, I, for some foolish reason or another, did not feel as proud as I should have in standing up and telling the class, “My dad is a mechanic.” I was just a little boy, but, geez, was I naive and mistaken.  Every single opportunity I have been give ... read more

Prosecutors Demand Ford Focus, Fiesta Documents

November 12, 2019—The U.S. Department of Justice criminal fraud investigators have demanded documents concerning the transmission in about 2 million Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta vehicles since 2010, reports the Detroit Free Press. The subpoena states "all documents, communications and electronically stored information" need to be obtained relating to Ford's DPS6 PowerShift transmission. Back in July 2019, the Free Press found, through company documents and insider interviews, that Ford knew the transmissions in the Focus and Fiesta were defective before putting them on the market and continued using them for years despite thousands of consumer complaints. And in 2011, the investigation also found that Ford tentatively decided to abandon the transmission but opted against that expensive change, according to the report.  ... read more

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