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.


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.



How to Test Drive a New Car

Test driving a new vehicle can be a very invigorating experience for those people that are in the market for a new ride. Unfortunately, some drivers fall victim to the pretty paint and fresh smell of the car during the test drive.  Not paying attention to the details could lead you to experiencing the infamous ailment called  ”Buyer’s Remorse”.  Here are some tips on how to test drive a new car.

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Be sure to pay attention to details when test driving a new car.

*Do not rush
When it comes time to test drive a new car, it is very important that you take your time to absorb the total driving experience. If you happen to be pressed for time that particular day, then do not hesitate to reschedule the test drive for another date. When navigating the vehicle, always go for an extended drive via the city streets and by way of the highway.
*Check out the features
Many test drivers forget to even check of all off the vehicle’s features. You need to make certain that the ergonomics of the vehicle fit you properly. Make sure that every component of the vehicle is user-friendly. The last thing that you want to do is to purchase a new vehicle, only to find out that the features are cumbersome to use on a daily basis.
*New does not mean perfect
The reality is that even brand new vehicles can have glitches. If you happen to notice an odd noise or a weird vibration, do not be bashful about pointing it out to the salesman. It is also important that you inspect the exterior finish for any nicks or scratches. There are used engines for sale, so you always have the option of keeping your current ride a quite a bit longer.
*Two minds are better than one
When doing a test drive, always feel free to bring a friend along. They may be able to point out certain aspects of the vehicle that you have failed to notice. A trusted friend can also prevent you from making a premature decision on the vehicle.

What Does Your Teen Know About Car Maintenance?

Teaching your Teens; more than “gas and go” with your car

When the average teen gets a car all they know how to do is add gas and go. That’s why many of them burn up the engine or the clutch and end up standing on the side of the road or shopping for an inexpensive used engine. To be fair, it’s often not their fault. As parent, we don’t always think to take the time to show our young drivers the things they need to do to keep their cars in good running order. Driver’s education courses teach them about operating the car safely, but there is no organized system for teaching teens basic car care.

When you toss those keys to your new driver, it would be advised to also give him or her a few pointers about car maintenance. A check list, per se, that they can go through every time they gas up the car. Make it simple, yet stress the importance of going through the check list so they can avoid costly repairs and prolong the life of their car. Below is a sample list to go over with your teen driver.

1. How to check the oil levels and recognize any leaks. (Oil should be changed every 3 months or 3,000 miles).

2. Identify all fluids under the hood, how to check levels and know when to top off.

3. What to listen or feel for to know when it’s time for a tune up.

4. Tire pressure recommendations; how to use a tire gauge to check it and how to add air or take some out.

5. How to change a battery, charge it up or jump start it.

6. How often to have belts and hoses replaced.

7. What to do when the check engine light comes on.

8. How to read the dashboard temperature gauge and what to do if the car begins to run hot.

9. What to do if smoke or strange noises are coming from under the hood.

10. How to examine a tire, what to look for and how change a flat tire.

Driving their own car is an exciting experience for young drivers. However if they are not taught basic car maintenance they could be stuck on the side of the road with their hood up or looking for someplace with a good price on used engines to get their ride back on the road. As adults, we all love our young drivers and want them to be safe. Take the time today to ensure they know what to do to keep their car zooming safely around town.


Used Mercury Grand Marquis Engines

The Mercury Grand Marquis has been a part of the Mercury line up since 1983. The full size four door sedan grew into its own model after several successful years as a trim package for the Mercury Marquis. It is currently assembled in Canada at the St Thomas Assembly Plant.

From 1983 through 1986, the first generation of the Grand Marquis, few changes were made that would differentiate from the former Mercury Marquis. These changes would include a redesigned grille for the front and new taillights for the rear. The engine would also change to a fuel injected 302 Windsor V8 engine. This engine would be the only one offered until the Grand Marquis would be updated for its second generation showing.

Though the second generation would not officially begin until 1992, the Grand Marquis would see some physical changes for 1988. The two door coupe was officially dropped and side airbags would be added for 1990. When the second generation was launched in 1992, changes were made to the body styling. Rounded curves replaced the aging squared off look that had dominated the eighties. Passenger side airbags were added and Mercury would change the engine out to a 4.6 L SOHC Modular V8. Other exterior changes were made during the nineties, as well as changes to some of the dash instruments. Analog instrument clusters continued to be offered as standard though an upgrade to digital ones was also and option.

The third generation Grand Marquis was introduced in 1998. Changes continued to be made to refresh the look of the Grand Marquis. Options were added and changes were made to the interior as well. For the twenty first century the Grand Marquis received another facelift and changes were made to the interior door panels. For 2006, changes were made to the grill which gave it a retro look, hearkening back to the early days of the original Grand Marquis. At the moment, Mercury has no plans to end production of the Grand Marquis and this car should continue to be produce, at least for the near future.