Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Don't give up yet Grandma!
If you're going to go Italian, go all in, that's what I say.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
- Good wet/snow grip
- Soft ride
- Made in USA
- Balancing, stems cost extra
- 4th tire free deal is a prepaid Visa rebate, not cash back at sale
- eServe reservation system easy to use
- Efficient, courteous service
- Followed customer tire mounting instructions
- Tires choices well explained
- Tires were reasonably priced
- 4th tire free promotion is a good deal
- Service up-sell was not obnoxious, some of it was justified
- Very basic waiting area; no free wi-fi or coffee
- Several attempts to up-sell service
- Advertised tire pricing leaves out required fees and parts
- 4th tire free promotion uses a prepaid Visa card, not cash at time of service
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
My family has been big into geocaching for years, so after seeing your blog entry, my brother and I swung by birmingham this afternoon. Perfect timing, as my car needs a new battery, pads and rotors, and a few other regular maintenance type odds and ends. Thanks Auto Prophet and Pep Boys!-Charles (Auto aficionado and NRA Life Member)
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Monday, December 06, 2010
Friday, December 03, 2010
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The government purchased about 64 percent of GM's Chevy Malibu hybrid models and 29 percent of all Ford Fusion hybrids manufactured since Obama took office in 2009, the data show. GM stopped making the Malibu hybrid in 2009 after lack of consumer demand.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
After the end of daylight savings time, my alarm that was set for 6:00 AM now triggers at 7:00 AM, even though the click is set to 6:00 and the alarm is set to 6:00!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
- `(2) PHASEOUT PERIOD- For purposes of this subsection, the phaseout period is the period beginning with the second calendar quarter following the calendar quarter which includes the first date on which the number of new qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicles manufactured by the manufacturer of the vehicle referred to in paragraph (1) sold for use in the United States after December 31, 2009, is at least 200,000.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The third option for service station owners is simply not to sell E15, which Mr. Eichberger said seemed likely. "It is an authorization without a mandate," he said. "There is no retailer out there who has to sell this product."
Monday, November 08, 2010
Friday, November 05, 2010
Good Morning Mahindra Truck Fans,
Congratulations. You are part of over 30,000 signed up to be the first to experience the hardworking Mahindra trucks.
I know you are wondering when you will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of one of these amazing, authentic, robust, fuel-efficient trucks at a Mahindra dealer near you. While I cannot give you a firm answer on timing, I can tell you in my estimation, trucks will arrive in the spring of 2011.
Mahindra has applied for and received their EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) certificate, which means the vehicles have passed emission requirements. They also filed with (NHTSA) National Highway Safety Administration, which handles US standards for safety.
With these hurdles completed, it would seem production is imminent, but other factors may hinder the US launch. India's car sales are on a dramatic trajectory upward. The sales pace combined with an industry wide parts shortage is impacting home market sales, which will have an affect on the United States introduction.
In closing, I know each of you anxiously await the arrival of the Mahindra trucks, and I am confident that you will see a launch announcement in the next few months.
If you haven't seen the Specsheet on the trucks yet, please click on the link below to see it.
Click here to view Specsheet
Or copy and place the following into your browser:
John A. Perez
Global Vehicles USA, Inc.
1720 Windward Concourse
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Which continues to show that Americans want large cars and cheap gas--not small, fuel efficient cars. If Washington forces the automakers to push small cars in a market that doesn't want them, there will be a strong political backlash.The category – known as light-duty trucks – made up 54 percent of all new U.S. vehicle sales last month, compared with 46 percent for cars, according to industry tracker J.D. Power and Associates. It's the biggest difference since December 2005, when trucks accounted for 56 percent of sales.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
- Excellent suction for the size
- Nice motorized brush attachment
- Easy to empty
- Good ergonomics
- Dyson's hallmark design
- Long 2-year warranty
- No wall-mount feature
- No way run off of vehicle power or recharge in vehicle.
- 3.5hrs of charging only gets you 10min of runtime
- Trigger must be held down continuously, no way to keep it running
- Can be awkward to maneuver in tight spaces
- High pitched whistling sound
I stumbled across your blog through an internet search and found your writing to be very interesting. I am a 24-year-old Mechanical Engineering student, and I have plans to go into Automotive Engineering.Some advice on the best way to become an Automotive Engineer would be very helpful. I spent 6 years out of highchool as a diesel/auto technician before going back to school. Is this going to be a help for me as an engineer later on?
Is there any drafting software I can get to experement with on my own time in order to put me ahead of the game later on?Again, it depends what you are going into. If you are going to be a designer, or a release engineer who releases parts that someone else has designed, CAD is very useful. If you aren't going to be dealing with part design as much, for example you are in the vehicle testing side of things, it is less useful. The concepts among different CAD programs are probably similar, so I wouldn't sweat it too much--it is the thinking in 3D, and the craft of drawing up designs which matters. You can get a cheap copy of TurboCAD and go to town.
And most importantly: I've almost finished up my basic courses and plan to transfer to a 4-year university to finish my education. What qualities do I need to look for in an engineering program?
How much does the university matter to prospective employers?
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
- Reasonably good incoming audio and A2DP sound quality
- Good battery life
- Plugs into your AUX port directly
- Easy to use (like a bluetooth headphone)
- Useful accessories included, such as Y adapter, extension cable, dash mount
- Unit resets when connected to power and drops bluetooth link temporarily.
- Non-standard power connector, should be micro or mini USB
- Outgoing sound quality mixed
- You may need to increase your AUX volume
Monday, October 25, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I guess the good news is that about 30% of Americans would pay extra for an electric car--but most of them would not pay more $5,000.About two out of three Americans say they wouldn't be willing to pay more for an electric car than for a comparable gas-powered vehicle, while just 17 percent said they'd pay more than a $5,000 premium for an EV, Nielsen Co. said, citing its September poll of more than 2,300 people.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
There is no direct mechanical connection (fixed gear ratio) between the Volt's extended-range 1.4L engine and the drive wheels.
Monday, October 11, 2010
"We are considering driving the wheels directly from the petrol engine," says Andreas Voight, an Opel project engineer.
Then, The Car Connection, wanting a clarification, went to GM and asked about this. GM responded with two points:
"We're definitely not making any changes,"
Peterson also directly refuted English's claims regarding the Volt's high-speed need for the gasoline engine, stating that during the 40-mile electric-only range, there is no circumstance under which the gasoline range extender will turn on--no matter the power draw or speed. Beyond that range, it supples ample power for the electric motors, whatever the driving conditions.
Now, the "no changes" comment is a bit of a red herring, because the original article was under the misconception that the planetary gearset link between the engine and axles was new. So GM was able to give a correct answer to the wrong question.
"flat-out lie to make things look better."
Sunday, October 10, 2010
OK, we're talking about a militant... um... terrorist situation. It... I believe it isn't a wide spead thing, but...Now, the non-charitable way to read this is that she is agreeing with the questioner that Dearborn is under sharia law. However, she is clearly fumbling around at first, with lots of stuttering and "ums". I think what she may have meant to say is that Sharia is not really an issue ("isn't a wide spread thing", "Dearborn... under constitutional law, not sharia law") but that she is against it ("fundamentally wrong with allowing"). She then goes on to talk at length about the mosque at ground zero, more smoothly, which is probably the question she was prepared for.
it is enough that we need to address, and we have been addressing it. Um, uh, my thoughts are these, first of all, Dearborn Michigan and Frankfurt Texas are on American soil, and under constitutional law, not sharia law, and I don't know how that happens [noisy] in the United States. It seems to me that there is something fundamentally wrong with allowing a foreign system of law to take even hold in any, um, municipality or government situation in our United States.
Um, as far as the mosque at ground zero, I made my own statement when that was first brought up, I'm a personal property rights defender...
An experienced pol would have skipped the stuttering, said "I'm not aware of the situation in Dearborn, but in general, I'm not for allowing sharia law..."
As an occasional visitor to Dearborn, I can attest that there is significant cultural friction between the Muslim population and the other, mostly Christian ethnic groups, but they don't have anything like Sharia yet.
Friday, October 08, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Update: After 200 miles, the difference between my car's on-board measurement (27.1mpg) and the EconoDriver's measurement (27.4) was reduced to a mere 0.3mpg, so I attribute the difference between the two on a different averaging rate.
- Easy to install and use
- Calculates fuel costs and fuel economy for you
- Relatively inexpensive, ~$80
- 30s update rate
- No warning if DTC present
- OBD port dongle may interfere with OBD port door on some vehicles
- No method included to mount display to vehicle
- Meaning of leaves is not clear to me
- Travelling salesman or fleet user who wants to track fuel costs carefully
- Anyone interested in tracking their fuel economy who doesn't have an on-board fuel economy monitor
- Scangauge II auto computer, $150 (link)