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When it comes to proper maintenance of your car, there’s the typical stuff you hear all the time. Most of it involves fluids: changing your oil, changing your coolant, changing your transmission fluid. On the hardware side, replacing fuel filters, windshield wipers and checking your tire pressure are all important maintenance habits.
But there are also are some less-obvious things you can do to make sure your car stays running and healthy.
Use your parking brake on hills. If you depend on your transmission to keep your car in place on a hill — by putting it in park — you are putting a lot of pressure on a tiny pin called a parking pawl. Add years to the life of your transmission, and use the parking brake on hills.
Change the differential fluid. About every 60K miles, you will want to have a mechanic change the differential fluid. Like the transmission, the differential is extremely important to the forward motion of your car and very expensive to replace.
Lose some weight. Many of us live in our cars too many hours of the day, and we tend to acquire freight in the back seat and trunk. Is that crockpot still back there? Is that really four bags of laundry? Oh, that’s where you left that generator. Hauling that extra weight around takes its toll on your car by making it work harder (and reducing your miles per gallon). It’s time to unload.
Make a complete stop before shifting. It’s easy to get lazy when you’re backing out of a spot and want to get going, but shifting into drive before your car is ready is a sure way to cook your transmission—not right away, but over time. Bring your car to a full stop and then shift. A transmission is a terrible thing to waste.
One final tip — schedule your next service with Windsor Nissanto keep your car running great.
Chevrolet has finally gotten the subcompact receipt right. With the intent of creating a world car to be sold in different countries across the globe, GM needed to prove that they could build a competitive product.
Fast forward to the fall of 2011 and watch as Chevrolet begins rolling out an all-new B-segment vehicle, the 2012 Sonic. Starting with a global architecture and the goal of designing and engineering a global vehicle, designers and engineers across the globe helped create a winning subcompact formula. We were blown away by how competent, competitive, comfortable, and most importantly, fun, the Sonic was.
The team behind the Chevy Sonic wanted to focus on what younger buyers would want. The current automotive market is chock-full of subcompacts that have standout features or achievements, but they all seem to have an identity crisis. There are so many options, packages, trim levels, editions, and suspension setups that trying to pick one can actually be more challenging than ever could have been imaginable.
Chevrolet made it clear that the millennials were their target, and they hit it better than anyone else with an eye-catching design, unique features, top safety equipment, and a vehicle that not only looks sporty, but acts it in each of their three trim levels, LS, LT, and LTZ.
On the topic of trim levels, three models of the Sonic are available; LS, LT, and LTZ. Propelling them is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder producing 138 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque; available on LT and LTZ is a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine producing the same horsepower but 148 lb-ft of torque at early RPM. A 5-speed manual is standard on 1.8L engines and a 6-speed automatic is available. The automatic combination is rated at 25 city, 35 highway mpg, with the manual doing 1 mpg better in the city cycle.
The sporty 1.4 turbo will only be available with a six-speed manual until later next year, and brings the Sonic to that golden 40 mpg highway number. The city cycle still benefits though and earns an impressive 29 mpg, and as you’d expect, both engines require 87-octane gasoline.
We found the 1.4 turbo engine to be quite a bit zippier around city driving, and especially at higher speeds when passing had to be done. The engine breathes quietly with the turbo barely noticeable; GM engineers did an excellent job controlling NVH for the passenger compartment. Part of this can be attributed to a well-tuned engine and the rest of the credit can be taken from extra sound deadening material used in the upcoming Buick Verano.
Sonic engineers including John Buttermore worked tirelessly in the tuning of the suspension and steering to ensure it responded in a manner that young drivers with an eagerness to push the limits expect. Coming from a history of passion for racing, Buttermore recently won the SCCA Touring 1 Class gold medal, and drove a lot of that passion into the development of the Sonic.
“The Sonic has excellent handling, steering, and allows the driver to get the most enjoyment and performance from their vehicle,” Buttermore said.
We found the Sonic‘s precise steering and lack of body roll a welcome change in this segment. The suspension setup isn’t anything unique, MacPherson front struts with a torsion beam in the back, but with a 99.4-inch wheelbase, it handled apex turns admirably and felt hunkered down in the corners.
The stick provides short throws, but the clutch pedal was a tad on the light side, with the friction point barely perceptible when it engages early on. We found the six-speed automatic to work well, quickly downshifting when more “oomph” was needed, but we noticed it sometimes hunted for the right gear during hilly city driving.
The Sonic comes to a stop with assurance, with good pedal resistance and little fade during our spirited driving runs. Chevrolet had to cut some costs somewhere, and we don’t mind the front disc, rear drum setup. It worked well in our various driving routes, and we especially enjoyed the Hill Hold Assist feature that comes standard on the Sonic so that gas-clutch modulation is no longer needed on inclines.
Inside, Chevrolet continues with the “dual-cockpit” design seen in the Cruze and Malibu. The interior of the Sonic is a place we enjoyed spending time in; it felt comfortable, roomy in the front and back, and the number of storage areas was unbelievable.
The first cool factor about the Sonic‘s interior is the gauge cluster. GM’s Kathy Servio talked about the inspiration coming from motorcycles, an analog tachometer and digital speedometer. Though we weren’t too fond of this setup in other vehicles where it is typically an afterthought, the Sonic’s speedometer was crystal clear, large, and simply put, it works.
The rest of the Sonic‘s interior is a mix of nicely finished plastics and fabrics. All switchgear felt solid and we especially liked the contrast stitching on LTZ trim levels.
Standard equipment includes a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, power windows and locks, a driver information center, and a stereo with auxillary input. Moving up to the LT adds a six-speaker system with satellite radio, rear floormats, better cloth seat material, and power heated mirrors.
Those aiming for the top of the line LTZ get leatherette heated seats, USB input, Bluetooth streaming audio and phone connectivity, cruise control, remote start, and 17″ wheels.
Sonic interiors are available in jet black and dark titanium trim with light stitching, jet black with brick trim and stitching, and a dark pewter with dark titanium trim and stylish blue stitching.
Gone are the days of “optional ABS on upper trim levels” as the Sonic offers all safety equipment standard. Most competitive vehicles meet today’s safety standards, but the Sonic surpasses them by meeting 2014 safety requirements.
The usual six airbags are in place, but the Sonic offers two additional airbags in the front for the driver and front passenger’s knees, as well as side thorax airbags for each of the rear outboard occupants.
All of the active safety systems are in place, including Anti-lock Brakes (ABS), Brake Assist (BAS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), and the aforementioned Hill-Hold Assist which continues applying brake pressure while on a hill, even after the driver releases his foot, for two seconds or until the throttle is applied.
In addition to offering all of the latest safety equipment, what truly gave the Sonic its 2011 IIHS Top Safety Pick Award is the strong Gamma platform that consists of 60% high strength steel.
The renowned OnStar system is also standard for six months.
With driving dynamics superior to its competitors, a useful and spacious interior, competitive fuel economy, and top safety and tech features, the 2012 Chevy Sonic is a clear winner in our books. The Sonic continues GM’s momentum of creating compelling vehicles that are one step ahead of the competition. Best of all, it’s the only subcompact built here, in GM’s Orion Township, Michigan facility and starts at a low $14,995.
****A special thanks to Zeid Nasser who wrote this article, “First Drive: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, for thecollegedriver.com on October 2, 2011 @ 5:16pm.****
With gas prices near $4.00 a gallon, drivers are looking to boost the fuel economy of their car. Bordentown consumers need to look no further than the Chevrolet Cruze Eco compact car, available at Bob Maguire Chevrolet.
The tire development engineers at General Motors worked with tire manufacturers to produce an industry benchmark tire that boosts fuel efficiency by three miles per gallon on the Chevy Cruze Eco. That’s about 38 extra miles on a tank of fuel and a savings of about $112 per year for the average driver.
“Our Chevy Cruze customers are continuously impressed by the technologies on the Cruze Eco that help to improve fuel economy without sacrificing safety or performance,” said Michael Maguire of Bob Maguire Chevrolet. “The tires available on the Cruze Eco are unlike anything on the competition and use high-tech polymers that create a high-MPG set of tires.”
So what makes the tire unique? Typically, improving one facet of tire performance like rolling resistance requires sacrifices in other areas like traction in snow and stopping distance. Not so with the leading-edge Cruze Eco tires.
The tires represent one of many fuel-saving technologies that help the Cruze Eco average 42 miles per gallon on the highway. With a starting suggested price of $19,995, Cruze Eco offers hybrid-like fuel economy without the premium price tag. Other innovations that make the Cruze an MPG standout include an air shutter system that morphs the aerodynamic profile of the vehicle to optimize fuel efficiency and energy-efficient rack-mounted electric power steering.
More information regarding Chevrolet models can be found at www.BobMaguireCherolet.com.
The end of the year’s string of severe and often deadly weather isn’t over. June marks the beginning of the six-month North Atlantic hurricane season and weather forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict above-average activity.
NOAA estimates 12 to 18 named storms in 2011 with six to 10 possibly becoming hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or higher. There were 12 hurricanes in the 2010 season, and of them were Category 3 or higher. Below are a list of 2011 Hurricane names.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 36.8 million people live in the coastal communities, stretching from North Carolina to Texas, and are threatened by Atlantic hurricanes. Although less likely, hurricanes have the potential to reach homes as far north as Long Island, N.Y. and impact states as far inland as Illinois.
The key to staying safe this hurricane season is preparation. Residents in an area at risk for severe storms should prepare an emergency plan, create an emergency supply kit, and learn local hurricane evacuation routes. If an evacuation is ordered, -do not delay and get to safety as soon as possible.
To help with preparations, OnStar at Bob Maguire Chevrolet in Bordentown NJ
and the American Red Cross have partnered to create the Hurricane Preparation Checklist.
In the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster, specially trained OnStar Crisis Assist Advisors can serve as a central contact point and:
- Contact emergency responders if needed and direct them to the subscriber’s exact vehicle location, using OnStar’s embedded cellular system and Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite technology.
- Provide up-to-date evacuation routes
- Locate open shelter or available hotel accommodations
- Provide updated weather conditions
OnStar at Bob Maguire Chevrolet in Bordentown NJ subscribers in affected areas will have all OnStar services available regardless of service plan. If cell phones and landlines are not working, OnStar can help make connections.
OnStar Crisis Assist services were available in March in the wake of the tsunami warning for Hawaii and residents along the U.S Pacific Coast. Residents of Joplin, Mo., also had OnStar at Bob Maguire Chevrolet in Bordentown NJ services available in the aftermath of the deadly tornado that destroyed much of the town in May.
More information on hurricane hazards, details on how to secure buildings and belongings is available at http://www.redcross.org.
Not too sure if the Equinox is for you? I’ll tell you all about the features of the Equinox!
The exterior of the Equinox can come with these options:
The Interior of the Equinox can come with these features:
The Mechanics of the Equinox can come with these features:
The Safety features of the Equinox can come with these features:
Curious as to what trim level you want? Go to Bob Maguire Chevrolet’s website to compare trim levels! You will definetly find your perfect Equinox at Bob Maguire Chevrolet.
The 2011 Chevy Aveo has great price and even better quality! Have you been wondering, “exactly what do I get for my dollar with the Chevrolet Aveo?” Well, wonder no more! In this article I am going to tell you every feature, standard and optional, that comes with the 2011 Chevrolet Aveo.
The 2011 Chevy Aveo has great price and even better quality when it comes to interior features!
And lets talk about the Exterior!
Wondering what safety features you get??
Get this 2011 Nissan JUKE New Jersey at the price you want at Windsor Nissan. With all of the hype the Nissan JUKE has been getting with its awesome TV commercial advertisement, I figured that I would write a blog post telling you exactly what comes with the JUKE. All of its power, features and options!
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When it comes to the interior you will definetely get more bang for your buck!:
And, did I forget to mention the JUKE’s amazing mechanical compnonents?:
You will surely be impressed with the JUKE’s safety features:
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Some of the General Motor dealers were happy. Hundreds of the 1,350 General Motors Company dealers who lost their franchises in last year could see them restored in a congressionally mandated arbitration process that begins later this month, the company’s interim CEO said Wednesday. CEO and Chairman Ed Whitacre Jr. also said that new Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell is a candidate for the CEO post. And Whitacre said he’s not confident about selling the Swedish Saab brand.
Talking with reporters at GM’s Detroit headquarters, Whitacre also predicted that GM would be profitable this year, although he said that was dependent on the economy and other factors. Congress passed legislation late last year that forces GM and Chrysler Group LLC, which shed 789 dealers last year, to give dealers a chance to appeal closure decisions. Both companies went through bankruptcy protection earlier this year and are receiving government aid.
Restoring some dealerships could be good for the company because they would sell more cars for General Motors. When the franchises were revoked last summer, General Motor officials said dealers were judged on whether they met sales goals, customer service scores, the condition of their buildings and other criteria. They were allowed to stay open through October of this year to sell their inventories. Under pressure from dealer groups and lawmakers, GM and Chrysler put out proposals that would have allowed dealers to challenge closures in arbitration.
Whitacre added reporters that he would consider Chris Liddell, the CFO hired from the same post at Microsoft Corp., in the search for a new CEO. Liddell, 51, announced before GM hired him that he would leave Microsoft to pursue a higher-ranking position. At Microsoft, Liddell developed a reputation for holding down costs while building up cash. He instituted a plan to cut $3 billion from the technology company last year that included its first mass layoff, wage freezes and cuts in travel and other expenses. GM is majority owned by the federal government and Liddell was granted an exemption from government imposed pay caps to take his post. He will be paid $750,000 this year, but will get up to another $5.45 million in stock starting in 2012 if GM successfully sells its shares to the public.
GM received $52 billion in U.S. government aid and has begun repaying $6.7 billion of that as a loan. The rest would be repaid through the stock sale. Whitacre also said he is not optimistic for a deal to sell its Swedish Saab brand, but he expects the sale of Hummer to a Chineseheavy equipment maker to close on Jan. 31. GM is phasing out Saab and expects to start closing plants this week.