The Small Cars

posted on 04 Aug 2017 13:53 by vehiclefailure

My boyfriend has a BMW Z3. I have a Jeep Liberty. Both are highly impractical vehicles. At the time when I purchased my jeep, I had already been the previous owner of a Jeep Liberty (which had been given to me as a gift), and so I was just continuing in a pattern of sticking with something that I was used to. The Jeep provided me with comfort and room when I made the long drives from North Carolina to New York and also had plenty of space for toting around groceries, sporting equipment and other things that I often wound up carrying around such as people.

On the other hand, when my boyfriend purchased his car, he did so because he needed a new car after having totaled his other car in an accident (which it was determined was not his fault) However, if you get into an accident, the first car that you start thinking of shouldn't necessarily be a sports car- especially a Z3! Now a couple, I have found (perhaps not surprisingly) autel maxisys ms906, that our vehicles are not wholly practical. For instance, on the one hand, whenever we want to go somewhere with friends, we have to take my car simply for the fact that you can fit more than two people in it. Actually, pretty much anywhere we go that even has the hint of possibility of us buying something or bringing something other than ourselves back to our final destination, warrants us taking my car. An avid golfer, when my boyfriend meets up with friends to play golf, he has to either meet them at their homes and take their car or simply meet them at the golf course because he cannot fit more than just his golf bag and himself in his little two-seater vehicle.

It's frustrating to be the owner of a car that is so impractical, and it is doubly frustrating to be dating someone who also drives a car that is impractical. While his car may get slightly better gas mileage than mine, it is only because it is smaller. And when all is said and done, he may not be doing that much better than me on gasoline. Because his car is smaller, it runs out of gas more quickly. Additionally, his car requires that he fill it up with premium gasoline versus regular unleaded (which is cheaper) Autel MaxiSys Pro. On the flip side, my car is bigger and so you would think that the gasoline would last longer, right? Wrong. Because my car is bigger, it is also heavier and takes more energy to get it to move. Also, because it is bigger, it takes more gasoline to fill it. Why, since gasoline prices have gone down, I now only pay $50 every single time that I am at the pump versus the almost $80 I paid a few summers ago.

If I had to do it all over again, I would not opt to purchase an SUV. Instead, I would look for something more practical such as a more fuel efficient sedan. I think the mistake that most first-time car buyers make is that they buy with their eyes and not their minds. Had I been thinking more clearly at the time of my purchase, I would have known that for someone who does quite a bit of long-distance driving as well as around-town commuting, a vehicle that got really great gas mileage should have been at the top of my list- not necessarily one with a lot of head room. For my boyfriend, perhaps he should have been looking at something that was slightly bigger and could carry more than just himself and a bag of groceries.

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The Most Important Accessory For Your Sports Bike

posted on 25 Jul 2017 15:46 by vehiclefailure

When it comes to accessorizing, riders and owners of motorcycles, particularly those that are new in this field, often spend their money in increasing engine performance. Oftentimes, they put their entire budget on performance motorcycle parts accessories like exhausts, fuel injection, mapping systems, and other components to help boost the motorcycle's engine.

But once they experience track riding, the illusion of power as the most important component to gain speed fades fast. In fact, too much of it without taking into consideration the other factors may just make your motorcycle more than you can handle. Many have experienced that it could actually make one slower than the others with less powerful bikes.

So what performance motorcycle parts accessories should you invest in? Here are some suggestions of expert riders of motorcycles:

?Suspension

Lance Keigwin of Star Motorcycle School and Hare Racing Autel Maxidas DS808, suggests that riders should take full note of the suspension. This is one component that can increase speed in motorcycles, according to Keigwin. Unfortunately, most riders often overlook this factor. He further explained that some of the stock bikes today may perform under regular conditions; however, when pushed beyond the average riding situations, their performance becomes questionable. "I do not suggest, however, that you spend a fortune in full suspension components; instead, I suggest you work with your stock suspension and use components that may improve the stock equipment like the gold valve emulators," Keigwin added.

?Tires

According to Keigwin, tires are another important component when it comes to handling motorcycles. "Simple knowledge of how the different types of tires help maneuverability may also help you be a faster and smoother rider," he suggests.

Keigwin further suggests reducing weight from unsprung parts such as wheels, rotors, sprockets and engine parts. He said that this technique helps in handling the motorcycle better. His opinion is that some of the weight of the components may create the effect that makes the motorcycle go straight. However, by installing lighter components, according to Keigwin, helps in improving considerably the handling of the motorcycle Autel MaxiSys MS908. For him, "Power is almost at the end of my list of priorities; right before cosmetics."

?Handling factor

The handling factor also comes as a priority above power and cosmetics. This is according to Alex Florea of AFMotorsports. Florea said that to an average rider, several things may not be so visible. This includes installing taller tires without adjusting the geometry. This may cause riders to loose stability and may need to adjust the triple clamps on the forks to make up for the difference. With regards to slicks, he suggests that DOT tires are better investments.

 


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The Future Today at Your Mitsubishi Dealer

posted on 12 Jul 2017 14:27 by vehiclefailure

With the economic climate fast-approaching the nightmarish hell the media have been harping on about for the past six months, there are certain consumer goods being left on the shelf. One major casualty is the motor industry, because let's face it, having to choose between keeping warm, fed and watered or having a new car but dying of pneumonia is not really a choice at all. It's perhaps odd then that your Mitsubishi dealer will be unveiling a new car this summer - presumably to an empty showroom.

What's even more odd is that Mitsubishi are known best for two things. Firstly the Shogun which is not only a great 4x4, but an aggressively styled fashion accessory for any bouncer, body builder or just builder. A combination of being stylish, spacious and good on the rough stuff is helped enormously by the fact that the Shogun is turbo-charged so you can go everywhere in a blur whilst having passers by think they've seen the world's fastest elephant.

The second car Mitsubishi is known for is of course the Lancer Evolution range. In essence a space rocket with another aggressively styled car taped to it, the Evo is now in its tenth incarnation and is showing no signs of slowing down in its old age. Popular in equal measure with car thieves and rally drivers the Lancer is a bone fide supercar beater with the latest version completing the 0-60mph dash in a dizzying 4.1 seconds.

Ok you say, so Mitsubishi are known for the above, but why is this odd? Well when you see what they're fighting the economic avalanche with all will become clear. Called the i MiEV, the new car is small, not aggressively styled, and is battery powered. Have Mitsubishi lost their marbles? In short no. Despite the car looking like a toy car, the engineering behind it is anything but child's play.

Mitsubishi have been quietly working on battery powered cars since the mid nineties and the MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) is the fruits of their labour. Even the smallest details appear to have been meticulously designed Autel Maxidas DS808, with passenger space unimpaired with the batteries underneath the floor (where the fuel tank would normally live) and the motor itself under the rear seats.

The i MiEV has been built to comply with the strictest emissions regulations on earth - the Japanese K-car guidelines. The K-car policy promotes smaller, more efficient cars in return for cheaper tax and insurance. That means the i MiEV is less than 4ft 10in wide (a full 10inches narrower than a Fiesta) and looks even narrower due to its lofty styling. Crucially it's a million miles better than the G-Wiz which will be the Mitsubishi dealer's main rival when looking to clinch a sale.

There's room for four adults and a decent boot is another vital plus over the G-Wiz. Handling is surprisingly assured despite it being tall and narrow, although having no engine noise takes some getting used to! The best aspect though is that despite only housing 67 horses, the i MiEV has no trouble keeping up with traffic thanks to it having about the same weight as a supermodel. Even when you're approaching the 87mph top speed on the motorway, you don't feel exposed as you would in the G-Wiz, where even dual carriageways are a no go area.

Now the really crucial fact - battery charge. Yep, all electric cars fall foul of the reality that you cannot go anywhere near the distance an internal combustion engine will allow you and the i MiEV is no different. Mitsubishi say it'll cover 100 miles between charges but on a cold, frosty day in Britain you'd be looking at 50 miles tops. For a commuter however this is perfect - the cliental this car is squarely aimed at. The little car makes the business of recharging easy too, either plug it into your household socket for a full recharge in six hours or have an 80% charge in just 30 minutes using a £3000 optional extra charger from Mitsubishi themselves.

Mitsubishi estimate an electricity cost of £45 per 10,000 miles, in contrast to the £750 per year spent fuelling an average family hatchback. The lack of emissions also mean road tax and the congestion charge (if you're in London) are worries of the past as it's exempt from them all. 200 will be available for lease this summer costing £750 a month. Once production speeds up in 2010, expect the price to drop to between £15,000 - £20,000 to purchase. The long-term savings and the fact the i MiEV isn't just a very good electric car, but a very good car explain why your Mitsubishi dealer won't be worried about the

Mark Creese is a writer and a car enthusiast autel maxisys ms906. Here he discusses the Mitsubishi MiEV. See the entire Mitsubishi range here.
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