2014 Chevy Volt: Stars in the sky – Stars on the ground; your choice!

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The 2014 Chevy Volt is ranked 9th in Hybrid cars

If you love looking at stars for your 2014 New Years resolution, you won’t need a telescope to inspect this beauty. We’re talking about the debut of the 2014 Chevy Volt gas and electric Hybrid, folks. That “winning quinella” has come together forming the perfect 4-Star marriage that tells you its electric when you want it, and gas when you need it. With Volt drivers averaging about 900 miles between plug-ins, drivers can pretty much thumb their nose at the gas pumps passing by. So is it any wonder that the 2014 Chevy Volt is ranked 9th in Hybrid cars, and gets an overdose of “oohs and aahs” from those who have had the opportunity to view the Volt?

There is no doubt that 2014 Volt owners will be some of the happiest drivers in the world. And if you’re a newbee in the world of hybrid/electric cars and the word “Hybrid” scares you because you may be a tad short on how the electric and lithium-ion battery works, just ask the specialists at SW Engines for your own personal how-to primer. These guys pretty much wrote the book on new and used engines, so you’ll be able to get plugged in on how everything works in no time.

The fact is if you can drive and have at least one finger that works, you can drive a 2014 Chevy Volt. Why you may ask? Well first you don’t need a key. You simply push a button. We knew you ladies would like that! Another error-free plus is you are not required to look at any dials or speedometer needles. With the 2014 Chevy Volt Hybrid, those two items have now become “persona non grata.” Your only driving chore is to check two interactive LCD screens that deploy feedback on four driving modes where you can easily switch back and forth to suit your personal driving style.

By now you may be thinking about costs and EPA estimates involved in buying a 2014 Chevy Volt Hybrid. Well the Chevy Volt has a pair of electric motors plus a gasoline engine that serves as a “backup” generator for the motors when the battery is depleted. And every reviewer checking the veracity of that statement agreed that the powertrain does provide the necessary power in all situations. Running on only electricity, the Volt comes in at approximately 98 mpg which is equal to other plug-in hybrids. But when the gas engine kicks in, the rating ranges between 35/40 mpg city and highway. So investigate and deliberate. But remember, for the cost of that Latte drink you love you can fully charge your Volt, and still get 38 mpg.

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The Top 5 Silver Screen Super Cars

You look for used engines because sometimes, your old car is worth more than just money. You’ve had experiences in that car that you’ll never forget, and you want to keep it running not only for the transportation, but for the memories.

 

And there are other cars that you grew up with that hold a special place in your heart – the movie cars. These used motors may have been old and clunky, or sleek and futuristic. Whatever they were, the cars were at least as much a character as the people in the movie. We’ve found a few of the most popular to share something about your favorite automotive actors with you.

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The Bullitt Mustang was Known for the Best Car Chase in Movie History

#5 – Mustang

  • Movie: Bullitt
  • Year: 1968
  • Make: 1968 Mustang GT 390 Fastback
  • Engine: 390 cubic inch FE V8
  • Owner: Bullitt
  • Famous For: Best car chase in movie history
  • Fun Facts:
    • Bullitt used close-ups of the driver to add realism; it’s the first movie to do so.
    • Two cars were used for filming the chase; the primary car was so beat up by the end of filming that it had to be destroyed.
    • The Mustangs were modified by Max Balchowski to have stronger springs and shocks, braces on the inner fenders, and to coax a bit more power from the engine.
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The 1969 Dodge Charger for the “Dukes of Hazard” was Originally Found in a Junkyard

#4 – The General Lee

  • TV Show: Dukes of Hazzard
  • Years: 1979-1985
  • Make: 1969 Dodge Charger R/T
  • Engine: 318, 383, and 440 CID V8s were all used.
  • Owners: Bo and Luke
  • Famous For: Lots of jumps, car horn sings “Dixie”
  • Fun Facts:
    • The car rarely survived the 150 jumps in the series. By the end, the show had gone through about 300 cars. Seventeen still exist.
    • To keep the nose up during jumps, the trunk was filled with sand or concrete.
    • In later seasons, the studio would use old jump footage to save on cars.
    • The car used in the first episode was found in a junkyard. It was refurbished and sold for $110,000.
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James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 was Known for It’s Cool Gadgets like Missile Launchers and tire Slashers

#3 – James Bond’s Aston Martin

  • Movie: First introduced in Goldfinger
  • Year: 1964, 6 through 2013
  • Make: Aston Martin DB5
  • Engine: 3,995 cc Inline-6
  • Owner: James Bond
  • Famous For: Spy gadgets for missions
  • Fun Facts:
    • In the books, Bond has an Aston Martin in Goldfinger but uses a Bentley in the rest of the series.
    • Gadgets on the Aston Martin include:
      • Revolving number plates
      • Tyre slashers
      • Machine guns
      • Gas and oil slick spouts
      • Passenger ejector seat
      • Missiles, lasers, and more
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The 1963 Volkswagen Beetle aka “Herbie” Could Really Do a Wheelie

#2 – Herbie

  • Movie: First appearance in The Love Bug
  • Year: 1968, 5 movies through 2005
  • Make: 1963 Volkswagen Beetle
  • Engine: 356 Porsche, modified VW Bus engines, 1835cc VW engines
  • Owner: Jim Douglas
  • Famous For: Anthropomorphic racecar
  • Fun Facts:
    • In Herbie: Fully Loaded, the bug got a top speed of 132 mph.
    • Herbie can really do a wheelie.
    • During the course of the original 4 Disney movies, more than 50 Beetles were used in production. For the 2005 Fully Loaded movie, 38 more cars were added to that mix.
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The DeLorean DMC-12 Was Chosen as the Time Machine for its Futuristic Looking Gullwing Doors

#1 – De Lorean

  • Movie: Back to the Future film series
  • Year: 1985-1990
  • Make: DeLoran DMC-12
  • Engine: 2,849cc PRV V6
  • Owner: Doc Brown
  • Famous For: Time travel
  • Fun Facts:
    • The DMC-12 was the only car created by the company.
    • In development, the time machine went from laser device to refrigerator before finally becoming a car.
    • The DeLorean was chosen for its futuristic looking gullwing doors
    • 5 DeLoreans were used in filming, as well as a “process” car, a DeLorean with an off-road VW frame, and a full-sized fiberglass model.

We love our cars, and seeing a car take on a life of its own is always thrilling. These classic cinema cars have made film history and become icons in their own rights. While your own car may not have instant worldwide recognition, sometimes it can be just as iconic to you of good times you’ve experienced. So enjoy your car and all the adventures it brings to you.

 

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America’s Favorite Tow Truck: Mater!

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Friendly-looking cars tend to sell a great deal better. Who wouldn’t love to buy Mater’s used engine?

According to studies conducted by marketers people tend to buy cars that have a personality. Friendly-looking cars, by and large, tend to sell a great deal better. If there was a competition for the friendliest car though, then the all-time winner might be Mater, the beater with an engine of gold.
Big Screen, Little Screen

Tow Mater, later Sir Tow Mater, is a secondary character in the Pixar film “Cars”, but he later went on to star in “Cars 2″, as well as in a spin-off series “Cars Toons: Mater’s Tall Tales”. In the first role Mater is the slightly bumbling, hometown boy that the race car Lightning McQueen befriends, and in the sequels Mater takes on roles ranging from a secret agent to a giant slayer. A vehicle of varied talents, Mater has become something of a household name due to the success of both the first film and the subsequent runs on the “Cars” franchise.

What’s Under the Hood?

At first glance Mater looks like just another beat-up tow truck, albeit one with eyes and a trademark drawl provided by famous comedian Larry the Cable Guy. However, while it’s a little hard to pin down precisely where Mater came from, fans and car lovers alike have been hitting the books to try and trace the automobile’s ancestry. The results that people have found are pretty hodge-podge, but when they’re put together into a complete picture, it is Mater to the life.

The core of Mater comes from a Haulitail Hook’Em, though there is some argument among people as to whether the model is a 1951 or a 1957. However, neither model accounts for Mater’s most prominent feature, aside from his love of tractor tipping. That is namely the big arm on the back that supports the cars he tows. That arm and assembly belongs to Mater’s other parent, a 1951 International Harvester L-170. These vehicles were part boom truck and part Chevy 3800, with a healthy dose of one ton wrecker. Though he might be animated, the designers had to take inspiration from real autos in order to put together Mater’s precise look, from the way his chassis curves back to the discoloration of his side panels. Tracking down precisely which makes and models went into his look proved a bit of a challenge though, even for those who have a huge love of cars real and animated.

 

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Saving Big Money in the Long Run with Repowering Engines

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Save money by repowering your vehicle instead of always buying or leasing the newest model

According to consumer reports, if you are trading in your car every few years for the latest model, you may be losing thousands of dollars. If you consider the credit and housing markets right now being in a state of turmoil, you can easily understand why it has been recommended to repower your car engine as a means to greatly reduce your expense in the long run.

Keeping your car for over 15 years or 225,000 miles instead of buying the same car every new every so many years will save you more money than its original purchase cost says Consumer Reports. They go on to say that folks don’t realize the money that is lost by purchasing a new vehicle every few years. Especially given that today’s vehicles can easily last over the 200K mile mark. Making an investment into the replacing using an identical used engine, is more cost effective these days. Often the used engines are even better than the new original factory installed engines.

Full article: http://www.promarengine.com/consumerinfo.asp

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