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Irish Driving Tales from the Dark side- The Diary of a Driving Instructor.

By , September 16, 2017 2:16 am

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The saga of the car that nearly broke my heart….yes it is distinctly possible that despite buying a new car for cash you will have problems that sometimes tend to gather a momentum all of their own. Perhaps there is such a thing as a Monday Morning Car,but of course no manufacturer would ever acknowledge this possibility!

An alternative title for this article could be “Don’t Think buying a new car will solve all your ills because it won’t!
Fast rewind to a balmy summer’s day in 1997 and our intrepid Instructor is seen to approach his chosen Automobile supplier cheque book at the ready. A really exciting time, buying a new car for cash for the first (and probably last) time in his life, so you would think. Think again, the storm clouds are brewing (Actually I think they may coagulate)

It’s worth while pointing out at this stage that the car had been ordered some time before and a set of OEM Alloy wheels were to be fitted. Enter showroom with big smile on face, to be met with an equally expansive smile from the Service Manager, who was an old friend and Motoring adviser from many years previously. I am sure the Salesman would have preferred to have dealt with me himself but in this world it’s who you know not what you know, if you get my drift. Back in those days, before the glistening new stainless steel and glass Emporiums that we are used to today when we visit main dealers, it was a bit rough and ready and no cappuccino on tap. Still, all was calm, friendly, and full of expectation. At this stage no hint of what was to come

Your car is ready Sir; the usual pleasantries of being ushered to the waiting Beast (and it did turn out to be just that!) and a silence while we were allowed time to gasp and smile and generally feel good about ourselves. The car did look magnificent with its metallic blue paint, gleaming alloy wheels and electric front windows and other niceties.
This was a Wednesday, in the month of August, and the sun was shining, the birds singing (no rain for a change) and all was well as we completed the formalities and prepared for our new experience. It was indeed a great thrill but I was not to last! A few hours later with just 70 miles on the clock all the electrics went and out the window went my hopes, to be replaced with a foreboding that, as it turned out was wholly justified.

The first problem with the car would not have been so bad had it not been for the fact that my two Daughters and I were booked on the Irish Car ferry to the UK on the following Sunday at 8.00am. My heart sank as I realised that there were only two days or less to get the car roadworthy. In the event of the vehicle not being ready in time, a replacement car and the necessary Insurance cover would have to be ready by close of play on the Friday and this was now 2.00pm Wednesday. Not good!

Back at the showroom, with smiles long since forgotten, campers were unhappy to say the least. I forget which car we drove home and was preparing for the worst, which did actually happen. The fault could not be diagnosed and we reluctantly accepted another replacement car, slightly bigger, to take us on our adventure. We were all extremely disappointed not to be able to show off our new machine to relatives and friends but as it turned out, the larger car was a great benefit on the return journey with all the extra accumulations that a 2000 mile trip does to a small family car.

Two weeks later, safely home from an exhausting round of Family, Friends and Motorway overdose, we looked forward to retrieving our real car; as I am sure, it too, was looking forward to its new owner (or was it?)
It transpired that two or three Auto Electrical Engineers had failed to locate the problem and with the hours ticking away fast to the arrival of the owner, some emergency action was required if a lynching (or worse) was to be avoided. Said Service Manager took the Bull by the Horns and proceeded very quickly, but quite by chance, to discover the malfunction. A simple short circuit on the steering column when the steering wheel was at the fully locked position.

Problem solved—- Happy Campers again Â…not for long sadly! Never having had such a debilitating situation, (at least in the motoring sense!) with any new car before, over the previous twenty seven years, I felt confident that the worst was over .It was only just beginning and it would be come a lot worse over the next twelve months and beyond.
Clearly my plans for the future which included guaranteed, trouble free motoring, had taken a severe knockdown or as Jim Edwards would say a “Friday night smackdown? Jim, as some of you will know is a master Internet Marketing Guru and Author although he doesn’t like the term. I will put his URL in the resource box at the end, for those of you who are interested in a real life success story. I have Jim to thank for helping me to get down and dirty with my word processor and who knows maybe one day I will be able to afford to walk into a Car showroom again and buy the damn place and then maybe, just maybe, I will get some service.

It’s just too exhausting, reliving those heady days, for more than an hour at a time, so the rest of the story and it’s a long one, will follow in the next chapter. In the mean time drive safely and remember learning is a lifetime occupation.

What The 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid Has To Offer

By , September 12, 2017 10:03 pm

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The Mercury Mariner Hybrid has been created by the Ford Motor Company so as to be able to “build a better world.?A combination of gasoline power plus electric power is what makes the 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid run.

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The Mercury Mariner Hybrid has been created by the Ford Motor Company so as to be able to “build a better world.?In fact, “build a better world?are the exact words used by the company upon describing the Mercury Mariner Hybrid. And one of the latest models for this vehicle has been refreshed especially for this year.

A combination of gasoline power plus electric power is what makes the 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid run. In fact, this kind of technology is also used in the Ford Escape Hybrid which has already gained fame and fortune in the auto world. The platform from which the Mercury Mariner Hybrid was built on is the same as that of the Ford Escape Hybrid. Though there are some Mercury motor parts that could also be used on other vehicles, there are still specific auto parts made especially for this green and environment friendly vehicle.

Sport utility vehicles are known to be gas guzzlers and also have been famous for being belchers. But not the Mercury Mariner Hybrid. This vehicle might be an SUV but it can run on the most inexpensive fuels and would also have less harmful emissions. The engine for this automobile is a 2.3 liter DOHC Duratec I4 gas engine which has been crafted using aluminum. Every part of it is made from this material.

What is exciting and new for the Mercury Mariner Hybrid is that when it is just coasting, the engine will automatically shut down. This function also turns on during stoplights or when stuck in heavy and slow moving traffic jams. And with that, the results are great benefits for 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid owners. They are able to save much on fuel expenses. And the environment also benefits much from the cleaner emissions that the vehicle spews off.

Key Points to be Considered While Buying Cheap Used Cars

By , September 11, 2017 8:36 am

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Everyone would like to get a cheap used car at a good condition, but before doing so there are many things to consider. This article discusses certain factors that have to be taken into consideration while buying a cheap used car.

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Everyone would like to get a cheap used car at a good condition, but before doing so there are many things to consider. First and foremost thing is to ensure that if the car can be used for long travels daily, all the members of the family, as the needs and requirements differ from person to person.

Once the used car selected satisfies the requirements, the search is further more narrowed down to the category of the car like the features, colors and brands. If the person is not very choosy, he will end up buying a cheap used car easily, but if he is choosy it may take time to get such a car. The safety and reliability features should not be overlooked at any cost as the safety of the person and the whole family is at stake. It is good to check the safety aspect in various ways and with varied collision situations before buying a cheap used car.

Once all the requirements of the person get fulfilled in choosing a cheap used car, the next important aspect to be seen if it is in a good working condition, this aspect is not checked it can cost more on maintenance and repairs. There are certain techniques to check the quality of the car. The used car can be checked with the help of the vehicle’s history or a personal inspection of vehicle to see if any of the parts are damaged, if it had been repainted, if it has any bend or corrosion, if the engine oil is in a good condition, if there is a blown gasket, wear and tear of all the tires etc. The important things the person buying a used car has to check one if the car he is purchasing has met with any kind of accidents or if the car is reported as stolen, all the details about the previous owner, if the mileage is rolled back or not etc.

Cheap used cars buying sources:

Cheap used cars in good condition can be purchased from car dealers who sell used cars or from government auctions or from police used car auctions etc. People who buy new cars dispose their old ones with the car dealers and these car dealers in turn sell the old used cars to people who are looking for cheap used cars. Before buying cars from the dealers it is good to research a little bit on the car values and offers so that the cars can be bought at a fairly cheaper price.

Some people buy cars using car loans and for some reasons do not make payments on the right time. The financial institutions repossess the cars for the money over due from persons, who got the loan. In such cases, the car may even be a brand new one. This can be utilized by the person who is looking for cheap and good used cars. Some may even opt for used police cars, as they may be in very good condition.

Safety Tips for Towing Your Car or Boat

By , September 9, 2017 1:35 pm

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If you restore antique cars, ride dirt bikes or own a boat, it’s important to know how to tow a vehicle properly. Driving while towing can be hazardous if you don’t follow simple safety tips.

Safety Tips for Towing Your Car or Boat

If you restore antique cars, ride dirt bikes or own a boat, it’s important to know how to tow a vehicle properly. Driving while towing can be hazardous if you don’t follow simple safety tips.

Suzuki, manufacturer of a variety of vehicles for outdoor enthusiasts, suggests the following guidelines for towing:

* Always use safety chains and follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for attaching them. Safety chains are required and should be crossed under the tongue of the trailer so that the tongue will not drop to the road if it becomes separated from the hitch. Do not attach them to the bumper. Leave enough slack so you can turn, and make sure the safety chains do not drag on the ground.

* Be sure the brake lights, taillights and turn signals of the towed vehicle operate in sync with the vehicle being driven. This is a requirement in all 50 states. You can use brake/signal light accessory kits, which are strapped or magnetically connected to the rear of the vehicle being towed.

* Use the right tow vehicle. Before purchasing a tow vehicle, it’s best to determine the maximum weight you might tow and then match that weight to a vehicle of your choice. For example, the 2006 Grand Vitara can tow up to 3,000 pounds.

* Practice steering before hitting the highway. Remember that when backing up, the trailer turns the opposite way you turn your wheel. Experts suggest placing your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel and moving it the way you want the trailer to go when in reverse. Make slow, easy steering adjustments.

* Anticipate stops and brake early.

* Make certain the load in the trailer is secured so that the load can’t move or shift.

Lincoln’s Version of Luxury

By , September 6, 2017 3:36 pm

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The Lincoln Continental is a vehicle that is crafted and manufactured by the Lincoln brand of the Ford Motor Company in the United States. The last of the Lincoln Continental kind was manufactured in 2002 and was replaced by the Lincoln Zephyr.

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The Lincoln Continental is a vehicle that is crafted and manufactured by the Lincoln brand of the Ford Motor Company in the United States. This is a line of luxury cars, and for most of its lifetime, the name, Lincoln Continental, has often been used in reference to the Lincoln flagship that displayed four doors. This vehicle was initially developed as Edsel Ford’s personal vehicle. This vehicle has often been rated as one of the most beautiful vehicles ever crafted the world over.

This vehicle has been substantially updated in the middle of the 1990s decade. It received more rounded lines thus exuding a more aerodynamic exterior. For 1995, it reigned and received a reputation as a unique Lincoln vehicle and was recognized as a luxury car. Its V6 engine was replaced through the addition and use of the same DOHC Modular V8 that was installed at the rear of this vehicle. Constant updates were made and in 1998, it displayed a new exterior. After a year, side airbags were put in place and the vehicle gained more power. The last of the Lincoln Continental kind was manufactured in 2002 and was replaced by the Lincoln Zephyr.

For the last set of changes, the Lincoln Continental delivers comfort with its fullness that is packed with technology, and computer electronics that are applied to it. This has allowed drivers to tailor suspension dampening and steering effort so as to suit their own personal taste and style in driving. It costs lesser than the Cadillac and the Lexus luxury sedans and could consider the Buick Park Avenue as its competitor. For the last year that it was crafted, it came with the standard features like leather upholstery, self-leveling rear suspension, anti-lock brakes, traction control, side impact air bags, dual front air bags, and a memory system for the driver’s seat and mirrors. It held a 4.6 liter V8 engine that powers the front wheels with a four-speed automatic transmission. What was given as an option is a Vehicle Communication package that includes a hands-free voice-activated, digital/analog Motorola Timeport phone, however this requires a Sprint PCS plan. It has voice-activated news, weather, sports, and stock quotes. With the Safety and Security Services, or SOS, button, it can summon emergency roadside assistance and it also activates automatically if the air bags are deployed.

The Lincoln Continental sports the Lincoln waterfall grille that blends neatly with the headlamp clusters. It also has a brightly trimmed front end with massive tail lamps that seem to wrap around the muscular rear quarters. The front fenders, hood, and deck lid has been specifically made with a sheet-molding compound that is very resistant to dents and damages. Overall, it exudes a round, organic, yet solid and impressive impression.

Lincoln Continental owners and Lincoln owners need not worry about their Lincoln Continental parts and auto parts like engine parts, hoods, mirrors, and wheels, for these have been made available on the internet with Lincoln Parts and Car Parts?online store.

The Search For That Trusted Mechanic

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It is best to look for that mechanic that you think would and could work on your vehicle best. The search for that trusted mechanic should start not only when you feel like your vehicle may already be experiencing problems. You should start locating that mechanic as soon as you may have thought about buying a car in the first place.

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It is best to look for that mechanic that you think would and could work on your vehicle best. The search for that trusted mechanic should start not only when you feel like your vehicle may already be experiencing problems. You should start locating that mechanic as soon as you may have thought about buying a car in the first place.

You see, a mechanic could assist you out in many deals. Since he or she is considered to be one of the experts when it comes to automobiles, the mechanic could help you out find the right car for you as well as share with you some tips on keeping your car in tiptop shape and at its best condition.

Friends could be sources of information on mechanics. You can ask your friends for recommendations on mechanics. Of course, you should ask those who already have cars. Or you can also ask colleagues or even your relatives and family. Those with cars could assist you well for they already do have experiences when dealing with mechanics and the kind of attitude their mechanics might have. Or you can also ask people in your neighborhood about mechanics. They could help you out find a good one. Try to have a list of those mechanics recommended to you and choose those that you think would do the best kind of service and repair for your vehicle.

Once you do have a list of mechanics that you can choose from, automobile experts suggest that you visit these mechanics. Check if they do services for your vehicle. You can also ask the Better Business Bureau to see if the shop which the mechanic works on has complaints. You would not surely want to have your car worked on with shops that have complaints filed against them.

Pontiac Solstice: Edmunds.com’s Most Significant Vehicle of the Year

By , September 2, 2017 7:26 pm

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The Pontiac Solstice is a creation of General Motors and has been in production starting this year and has bagged an award just recently. It was named the Most Significant Vehicle of the Year for 2006; the award was given by Edmunds.com.

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The Pontiac Solstice has bagged an award just recently. It was named the Most Significant Vehicle of the Year for 2006. This award was given by Edmunds.com. Edmunds.com is one of the premier online resources for information about autos and vehicles and other things related to the automotive industry. This award is also part of the fifth annual Edmunds.com Consumers?Most Wanted vehicle awards.

Last November, the Pontiac Solstice already received the same award. Now this time around, when the consumers judged vehicles, it again bagged that same title. This exemplary vehicle has gained and took almost half of the consumers?votes. It was followed by the Honda Civic, and the Chevrolet Corvette.

According to Karl Brauer, the editor in chief of Edmunds.com, “It’s always interesting to tap into the minds of consumers. These annual awards provide insight into consumers?collective impressions while the Edmunds.com Forums and our social networking web site CarSpace give glimpses into individual opinions every day of the year.?Brauer also added, “The domestic automakers made some real traction this year among the consumers who voted. Domestic vehicles won twice as many awards as they did last year ?a good sign for Chrysler, Ford, and GM.?

The Pontiac Solstice is a creation of General Motors and has been in production starting this year. It is a sports car and holds only one body style ?a roadster that holds two doors. It has been built using the FR Kappa platform and its power comes from a 2.4 liter Ecotec I4 engine. Its competitors include the Nissan 350Z, the Honda S2000, the Mazda MX-5, and the Chrysler Crossfire. This vehicle has been designed by Wayne Cherry.

Isuzu Rodeo at Royal Welsh Show

By , September 1, 2017 10:58 pm

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The Isuzu Ltd. in the United Kingdom has surely made sure that the new Isuzu Rodeo Denver Max 2.5 would be known by the motoring public in the mentioned region. And with the assistance of local dealers in the area, this new vehicle would be made available for viewing and for discovery at the Royal Welsh Show.

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The Isuzu Ltd. in the United Kingdom has surely made sure that the new Isuzu Rodeo Denver Max 2.5 would be known by the motoring public in the mentioned region. And with the assistance of local dealers in the area, this new vehicle would be made available for viewing and for discovery at the Royal Welsh Show this coming 24th of July up until the 27th of the same month.

Although aftermarket parts for Isuzu Rodeo would not be available at the said show, interested show goers could surely find time to go through the new Isuzu Rodeo model. In fact, at the mentioned show, visitors and guests could discover and see for themselves just what this new vehicle has to offer. And yes, the company has also presented to the public a new deal that most Isuzu owners would surely not want to miss. All customers are actually offered a free upgrade on all 3.0 Isuzu Denver Max models. Come to think of it, customers and Isuzu owners would surely save around $2,000.

What is the Isuzu Rodeo, you may ask? Well, this vehicle also is known as the Opel Frontera, Vauxhall Frontera, as well as the Holden Frontera. Different names may be confusing but all these only refer to the Isuzu Rodeo. Manufactured by the Isuzu auto manufacturer, this vehicle has certainly been in production since 1991. It took the spot that used to belong to the Isuzu Ascender and this new vehicle has been made to be a midsized sport utility vehicle. It has most certainly been built as a wagon that holds four doors. Competition in the auto market for this SUV includes the Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Xterra, as well as the Jeep Liberty.

And according to Kenyon Neads, “Isuzu UK are delighted, yet again, to support the Royal Welsh Show and Welsh Farming. The Rodeo is particularly popular with the farming community due to its torquey engine and its bullet proof reliability.?Neads is the brand manager for Isuzu UK.

The Auto Blog: Get to know more about new Auto trends and technologies

By , August 30, 2017 10:31 am

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The automotive industry is constantly developing at a very rapid pace. New technologies are being introduced one after another. Now, car owners can get the latest information about these automotive trends and innovations through Auto Parts Train’s newest offering ?The Auto Blog.

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The automotive industry is constantly developing at a very rapid pace. New technologies are being introduced one after another. Every aspect of the automobile is continually being improved by automakers, not only to beat the competition but also to provide better vehicles to the consumers. Safety technologies have grown by leaps and bounds. From airbags to intelligent, fully automated, pre-collision warning systems, cars are becoming much safer for passengers and other commuters. In terms of comfort and convenience amenities, automakers are introducing various innovations in climate control, new materials for interiors, space-saving technologies and other significant improvements.

The engines of new vehicles are products of intensive research and testing aimed at making auto engines more reliable, durable and efficient. Environmental awareness has also spurred the phenomenal growth of eco-friendly cars and car components. All these technological innovations and advancements contribute to make the vehicles of today and the future safer, better, cleaner and more efficient.

Now, car owners can get the latest information about these automotive trends and innovations through Auto Parts Train’s newest offering ?The Auto Blog. Conceptualized as the corporate blog of the leading online auto parts retailer in the country today, the Auto Blog is also positioned as an excellent and reliable source of automotive information that truly matters. Although the Auto Blog is primarily targeted at Auto Parts Train’s customers, the topics discussed and the articles posted encompass a wide range of automotive issues that is truly relevant to any car owner.

Performance Air Filters For Your Car

By , August 28, 2017 6:06 am

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To get better performance for your car, an air filter is the cheapest way to do just that. Environmentally friendly, cost effective, and an all around great part for any vehicle.

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There are factory installed air filters and there are replacement performance air filters; both are right for any vehicle. Beyond that, a performance air filter takes off where a factory installed air filter leaves off. If you are concerned about the environment, want more power and acceleration, better fuel mileage, and are looking for all around savings than there is no better choice: buy a performance air filter for your truck, van, SUV, or car.

Yes, there are products that improve upon the original, so much so, that they are worth considering. A performance air filter is one of these products, for the following reasons:

Environmentally Friendly ?fully reusable, a performance air filter will be the last one placed in your car. Built to last, a performance air filter will likely outlive your car. Made of sturdy cotton gauze material, a performance air filter is washable and built to last for hundreds of thousands of miles. No more filling up landfills with disposable air filters! Now, go hug a tree.

More Power ?a performance air filter lets your engine breathe more freely resulting in a better flow of air and more horsepower. You’ll notice a nice improvement in acceleration too!

Better Fuel Economy ?along with more power, comes with it better fuel economy. That’s right, an engine that doesn’t have to work as hard is more efficient. Get more power and save on gas ?a great combination!

Save Money ?Yes, you will have to pay more for a performance air filter than you would with a throwaway air filter, perhaps 2-5 times as much. Don’t worry, you’ll recoup all of your money in the long run as the word “replacement?does not apply to this type of air filter.

When shopping for a performance air filter, stick with the brands to maximize your savings and to ensure that you get the part that is right for your vehicle. No performance air filter is worth purchasing unless it meets the following requirements: improved fuel economy, horsepower, and acceleration; is emissions legal in all 50 states including California; will not void your car warranty; and it works with your vehicle’s electronic system. Read up on the part to make sure that the air filter you order is right for your ride.

You can do your part to help the environment without going nuts over it. No hybrid car for you? That’s okay, a performance air filter will help you do your part to help make the earth a cleaner place. A sensible solution without all the hype.

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