Thursday, December 29, 2011

Interesting Facts About Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz is actually a German manufacturer for high-end cars, buses, trucks and coaches. Ever since the organization was founded in 1886, it's been a division of the parent company, Daimler AG. Mercedes-Benz is well known because of their quality and sturdiness of their automobiles. The amount of technological and security features that Mercedes brought to the industry is immeasurable and has become a necessary feature in almost all other vehicles. Listed here are some interesting facts about Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz automobiles were first seen in market in 1901 by Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft, a German company. The very first vehicles which bore the Mercedes brand name were produced commercially in 1926 following the merging of two of the largest automobile manufacturers of that time, Karl Benz and also Gottlieb Daimler to create the Daimler Benz Company. Before 1894, Mercedes vehicles took part in the earliest automobile race located in Paris but has completely withdrawn ever since the late 1930 following the Le Mans incident in which a Mercedes vehicle killed around 80 people in the collision. Mercedes returned to the motor sport scene later by taking part in the various racing events including Le Mans, DTM and F1 races with Sauber.

A Mercedes-Benz manufactured car won't ever rattle nor squeak regardless of age. The reason being Mercedes cars are welded in 10000 places which don't allow any space for the loosening of bolts and nuts. Their engines are also something to marvel at. Their engines include overhead camshafts that deliver smooth, silent, safe driving even at high speeds. The engines are put through rigorous testing by the engineers and they are hand signed by them before put into an automobile to guarantee the quality of the engine. Even their steering system includes a built-in shock absorber to provide the passengers with a far more comfortable ride.

The coat of paint on a Mercedes car is smooth and glossy as a result of amount of effort placed into it. There are actually four coats of paint sprayed on the car before being hand polished. The last coat of paint is salt resistant and is also done manually for that smooth, glossy touch you see on all Mercedes-Benz cars. Even the tires used are of superior quality and it is capable of carrying an entire load of passengers smoothly even during high speeds.

All Mercedes models include fully synchronized manual and automatic transmissions as standard features. Higher series models however only incorporate automatic transmission. Mercedes-Benz automobiles are made to provide you with an unique driving experience like no other. The seats inside their cars are designed after consultation with an orthopedic physician and offer the kidney, back and knee-join areas with support to prevent backaches along with other complications during driving and with all that being said, there's no question about Mercedes-Benz being the leader in the automobile industry.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Ferrari Fleet Ruined in Pricey Japan Pile-up

Eight Ferraris and a Lamborghini were among the vehicles involved in a chain collision of luxury cars on a Japanese expressway Sunday. They'd been heading to a motor festival in Hiroshima. (Dec. 5)

Monday, December 19, 2011

New 2012 Ferrari California Road Test

The new 2012 Ferrari California gets a power upgrade to 485 HP and loses weight. The Drive Cannel had the opportunity to road test it. All the detractors that coined the rear design of the California the "J Lo Butt" must be blind....what's wrong with her Derriere? We like it. This Ferrari is a wolf in sheep's clothing...if you want to cruise it will. If you want to drift like Tanner Foust, it will. The slight against women, those calling it woman's car, will just have to eat their words....plenty of women can out drive men and this car proves it's worth in power and handling. It's not an entry level Ferrari, there's no such thing.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Porsche in Le Mans - The 80s

One decade, seven overall victories. In the 80s, Porsche dominates the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With the legendary 956 and 962 - and with legendary pilots. These are the most legendary moments. More videos on

Monday, December 12, 2011

The World's Only Jaguar Suite at 51 Buckingham Gate London

Together with Jaguar, 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences, London have unveiled the world's first Jaguar Hotel Suite. Ian Callum talks us through the sleek design of the suite and its subtle integration of Jaguar models from past and present. Discover more at:

Friday, December 9, 2011

Regular Tune Ups Greatly Improve Your Gas Mileage

The correct maintenance of your vehicle is the quickest way to improve your gas mileage. Some sources say that a poorly tuned car can lose up to 20% fuel efficiency. But what is a tune up? What are the normal things that should be done during a car tune up? How often should a tune up be done and why?
A tune up is done to your car to replace and maintain parts that wear out through usage. Tune ups will insure that your car will continue to run smoothly, continue getting its normal gas mileage, and prevent severe damage the engine and other major components.
All cars need regular tune-ups about every 30,000 miles. In cars made after 1996 there are some things that do not need to be done during a tune up. It is just a waste of money to do them. Check around with different mechanics and make sure that you do not have to pay for unnecessary items.
You or your mechanic should include the following in the tune up of your car:
1.Replace the air filter with a new one. If you drive on dirt roads you should consider changing the air filter more often than every 30,000 miles. It is very simple and you can do it yourself in just a few minutes at home.
2. Replace the fuel filter; both fuel filters, if your car has two. Replacing the fuel filters every 30,000 miles is the best preventative measure you can take in protecting your car's fuel system. You can also put in a fuel injector cleaner every so often as recommended by the manufacturer.
3. Change the spark plugs. When spark plugs get old, the spark can not jump over the wires and ignite the fuel properly. Your car will get sluggish, start poorly and get poor gas mileage with old spark plugs. Some of the new cars with platinum spark plugs will only need to be changed every 60,000 miles.
4.Replace the spark plug wires. Having the wires changed is more expensive, but many times these wires get old and need replacement.
Some cars should have a new distributor cap and a new rotor at the time of a tune up (this applies to older vehicles without electronic ignition). To determine if you need a new distributor cap the mechanic will inspect the cap for cracks or black lines or if any deterioration has occurred. A new rotor will be needed if the mechanic finds any cracks, carbon tracks or burning.
5.Check the oxygen sensor. Your engine may be using too much fuel because the oxygen sensor is not working. Replacement intervals can range from 30,000 to 60,000 miles. The check engine light on most modern vehicles mainly has to do with the emission control system, which the oxygen sensor is a part of. If this light is lit, you most probably do have a problem and your fuel economy is suffering.
6.Get a valve adjustment if your car has adjustable valves. At this time have the mechanic replace the valve-cover gasket because it is quite common for these covers to begin to leak. A leak in this cover can result in oil accumulation around the top of the engine.
7.Cars older than 1979 need to have the points and condenser changed (this is done on cars without electronic ignition). Cars with electronic ignition should have the ignition timing checked.
8.Cars that are fuel injected should have the throttle plate cleaned and / or have the air-fuel mixture adjusted. If your car has a carburetor it may need an adjustment.
9.Have the fluids under the hood checked. Even though you should be doing this on a regular basis more often, having it done during the tune up getting the fluids checked is important.
10.If your car does not have an automatic transmission, have the clutch adjusted.
11.The battery should be checked during a tune up. The battery terminals and cable ends should be cleaned. Corroded terminals can keep your car from starting. If your battery needs water to be added, the mechanic should fill it with distilled water during a tune up.
12.The positive crankcase ventilation valve should be replaced during a tune up. A clogged PCV valve is a problem when it causes your car to stall or run poorly.
Keeping your car in tune will not only result in better gas mileage and better performance, but will also ensure a longer life and less major mechanical repairs.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Audi Wiper and Washer System Tutorial

All Audi vehicles are engineered with an advanced windshield wiper and washer system with multiple speed settings that can automatically sense rain and adjust wiper operations accordingly. The Audi system also features a washer mode with heated washer jets to clean your windshield.

In addition, select Audi models are also equipped with a rear window wiper and washer system to help ensure rearward visibility in various weather conditions.

Available on:
A4 Avant
A6 Avant

The information within the technology tutorials must be used in conjunction with the information in the Audi Owner's Manuals. Please refer to the Owner's manuals for all information and warnings. By using these technology tutorials, you acknowledge that you are aware of the warnings and information that must be read within the Owner's Manuals and will use this information to augment that material.

Friday, December 2, 2011

BMW i. Born Electric.

Welcome to a world of visionary mobility. With the North American premiere of the BMW i3 and i8 Concept vehicles, BMW is making lightning-fast performance and sustainability a reality. Step inside the 2011 LA Auto Show and witness what it means to be Born Electric.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Audi Tire Pressure Monitoring System

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is designed to continuously monitor your tire pressure to detect underinflated tires and by that avoiding hazards that may be encountered with underinflated tires. Properly inflated tires insure best fuel economy, best handling/stopping capability and will also provide superior ride comfort for your Audi.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Winter Car Care and Maintenance Tips

With the long cold days of winter about to start, you may be thinking that with nobody looking to travel long distances now is the time that both you and the car can rest. Guess again! Winter requires as much and perhaps even more car care than summer time because winter could just worsen whatever technical problem your car was showing in summer. The following tips will show you how to avoid some common winter problems.


Note down problems like stalling or difficult starts, less power, rough idling and try to get your hands dirty and fix them. Else, get a technician at a repair shop to look at them. These problems might well have existed during summer but winter always tends to make them worse.


It is important that during winter times, you use oil that can handle the cold weather and manage to flow quickly to critical engine parts, even during severe winter conditions. The frequency of oil changes will depend on the kind of driving you do in the winter - the Owner's Manual will suggest to you how often you need to change the oil for various driving types. Usually it is suggested that oil be changed every 3-5,000 miles.


It is again important to check on the battery. The battery's power comes down significantly in severe cold weather. This is made worse in older batteries. They tend to work fine in summer but fail as soon as the temperature drops. It is therefore essential that a technician check your battery, especially if it is at least four years old. Of course, despite all this it is better to be prepared at all times, with a set of good jumper cables. It might also be a good idea to have a portable power pack in the car, which can again be used in emergencies.


A properly working heater/defroster not only helps passengers stay comfortable but also helps the driver's visibility, as to drive safely you need to be able to see clearly through the windshield. Keeping a full gas tank helps in being ready but also reduces the chances of any moisture forming in the lines that carry the fuel, which can freeze up and cause problems.

Tire Care

Maintaining proper inflation in tires during winter is also essential. During cold weather, air contracts and so air in the tires also contracts. Highly inflated tires will increase the wear and tear on tires and also increase the fuel consumption. On the other hand, under inflated tires will just reduce traction. You could also consider going in for special tires, which are designed to grip slippery roads when snow and ice can be a problem.

Lights and Wipers

Always make sure that lights are inspected regularly to ensure that bulbs can be lit and headlights be aimed properly. Also, even wiper blades have to be taken care of. Replace them regularly and even consider special snow blades if you are going to be driving in severe weather.

Warm Up

During winter, when you start the engine, just wait for a few seconds so that a proper flow of oil has been started and there is adequate lubrication before driving off. However, waiting for too long is also not good, as that will just waste gas.

Take care of your car for the winter and your car will ensure your safety even during the worst of winter.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

911 carrera 3.2 cabrio 1989 v2.wmv

Adrian Crawford shows you around his beautiful 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 with just 41000 miles.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Your Car's Alternator - How Long Will it Last?

The alternator is arguably the hardest-working component under the hood of your vehicle. It produces a current and then transfers that current to the battery. This, in turn, powers the electrical features of your car while your alternator makes sure the battery remains alive. If the battery goes, so too, will your radio, headlights, and other features that depend on the juice.

If you have ever turned the key in your car's ignition and heard a clicking noise, you'll already be familiar with the sound of a dying alternator. The noise indicates the component needs to be replaced. For most drivers, the question is, how long can the part be expected to last?

We're going to explore this question in more detail below. Because your alternator is so important to the smooth operation of your vehicle, it's worth examining the factors that can shorten its life. You'll discover that its longevity depends largely on the quality of its design.

Slow Deterioration Over Thousands Of Miles

One of the most common reasons an alternator fails is because it was built poorly in the first place. New components are rarely an issue. You can expect them to last up to 100,000 miles. Replacement parts, however, are another matter entirely. Often, a poorly-designed rebuilt is used to replace an original unit that has died. Unfortunately, if the craftsmanship of the rebuilt is lacking, the replacement can fail within months due to the load placed upon it.

Another reason this component can fail is due to normal wear and tear. Over time, the diodes can wear down, the stator windings may become ineffective, or the needle bearing on which the part's rotor spins can deteriorate.

The wear and tear suffered by the alternator may be accelerated by other circumstances. For example, extreme heat generated by the engine can slowly take a toll; the battery may lose its charge, taxing the component more than normal; dirt may infiltrate the part. It's often difficult to know these things are occurring, especially because they happen gradually. However, you can - and should - periodically test the component to make sure it is in good condition.

Testing And Maintaining The Component

In order to test the alternator, you'll need to purchase a voltmeter. They normally cost less than $20 and can be found at most auto supply stores. This device tests output level. To use it, turn your car's engine over and allow it to idle for a minute. Make sure your radio, DVD player, headlights, and similar features are turned off.

Then, attach the voltmeter's positive and negative connections to the positive and negative posts on your battery. The device should display a reading between 13.8 and 15.3 volts. Next, turn on your headlights and look at the reading again; turn on your radio and take another look; turn your vehicle's heater on. The voltmeter's reading should never dip below 12 volts. If it does, there's a good chance your alternator is faulty or failing. In both cases, you'll need to have it replaced.

Thoughts On Replacing The Part

Even though alternators are commonly rebuilt, they are rarely repaired. The diodes, bearings, rotor, and other pieces that wear down with time are usually replaced. That means if the component fails, the replacement - whether a new unit or a rebuilt - will have new pieces fitted.

As mentioned earlier, the quality of a rebuilt varies by the rebuilder. For this reason, replacing a failing alternator with an OEM-certified unit is always recommended; it should come with a warranty that covers it for at least a year. Don't be tempted to save a few dollars by purchasing a cheap substitute. You'll find this is one component where the investment in higher quality is worthwhile.

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Star Tech European in Vacaville uses OEM parts! We specialize in European Automotive service and repairs. The auto repair business doesn't have the best reputation, so we go the extra mile to build trust. That includes taking extra time to really explain what your car needs and why. Our goal is to give professional, friendly, honest service without the stress and hassle of going to the dealer. We will never sell you something you don't need.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Original BMW Parts. Oil filter.

There's a big difference, between a BMW Genuine Oil Filter and a counterfeit, although they sometimes look very the test.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 The Mercedes-Benz Classic Center

Every car tells its own story. This is what makes restoring old automobiles so exciting for the employees at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center.

Friday, November 4, 2011

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

Colder morning temperatures are a sure sign that the seasons are transitioning, with winter weather not too far away. That means your car needs to be ready to handle winter's worst, including snow, ice and frigid mornings.
Let's take a look at some steps you can take now to ensure that your car can handle any winter whollop:
Inspect tires - Your tires must be up to the task to handle whatever road conditions you face. This means having adequate tread left to manage ice and snow. For drivers living in snowy climates, investing in a pair of snow tires is important too. Buy a new pair of snow tires if the old tires have aged or show signs of wear. Check the spare tire too.
Check your lights - Inspect head lamps, tail lights, turn signal indicators and fog lamps for proper operation. Replace burnt out bulbs and clean off light covers. Check the third brake light too.
Top off or replace your antifreeze - When was the last time you inspected your antifreeze? When was it drained and replaced? If the antifreeze is still fresh, then top it off according to manufacturer instructions. Otherwise, flush and refill.
Inspect wires and hoses - Your car may be in excellent running condition, but a frayed wire or split hose can render your vehicle inoperable. Check wires, hoses and belts - replace as needed. Extreme temperatures will magnify any problem with your car. Avoid getting stranded over a cheap replacement part.
Perform a brake inspection - Are your car's brake pads up to the job? If not, replace same. Check the master cylinder for proper levels, discs and calipers for signs of wear and your car's suspension system including struts and shocks. Many garages provide a free inspection which is ideal for the person who is not familiar with this work.
Change your oil - Fall and spring are ideal times to schedule oil changes, just before the extreme temperatures of winter and summer set in. Change the oil and oil filter; if a tune up is due, then get that done now.
Make an emergency kit - Winter traveling means having emergency supplies at the ready in the event that you get stranded. Bring along a fully charged cell phone and cell phone recharger. Your kit should also include food, a blanket, water, jumper cables, flat repair, flares, fresh batteries and a first aid kit.
Even new cars can be severely tested when a cold snap sets in. If the check engine light comes on or your car has trouble starting, don't ignore the problem. Importantly, ensure that your road club plan is active and up to date - keep that number handy too.
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Star Tech European in Vacaville specializes in European Automotive service and reapirs. The auto repair business doesn't have the best reputation, so we go the extra mile to build trust. That includes taking extra time to really explain what your car needs and why. Our goal is to give professional, friendly, honest service without the stress and hassle of going to the dealer. We will never sell you something you don't need.

Monday, October 31, 2011

A New BMW M1 In The Works?

BMW is now floating rumors that they might take another shot at the iconic M1. In 2008 they created the BMW M1 Hommage. Several design studies have been produced, but now the M division wants another crack at it.

Friday, October 28, 2011

The History of Automobile Airbags

Even though airbags were both designed and patented for safe usage in the early 1950s, they would not come into any sort of widespread use until almost thirty years later. John W. Hetrick, a former Navy engineer, created the first airbag prototype in 1952. He combined his knowledge of the mechanics of compressed air, which he had gained from working extensively with torpedoes in the Navy, together with a strong desire to keep his family and other motorists safe while driving. The year after their invention, airbags were patented as a safe way to help prevent injuries in automobile accidents. When John tried to market his new device to the auto industry, however, he found most automobile manufacturers were more interested in profits than safety.

Airbags were first incorporated as a safety device for a passenger vehicle in the early 1970s. Studies showed that many passengers weren't interested in using their seatbelts when driving, so safety watchdogs decided to look for a device that wouldn't involve customer compliance. Ford and General Motors constructed fleets of experimental cars with airbags in order to fine tune the technology. It was soon found that, although airbags were not a viable alternative to seatbelts, they were an excellent supplemental safety system. Besides laws mandating the use of seatbelts, legislation encouraging car manufacturers to include airbags in their vehicles began to appear around the early 1980s. The 1980s saw a huge rise in the amount of airbags available in the car market.

Mercedes Benz and Honda made them available as options and Porsche offered them as standard equipment in its 944 model. In 1990, Chrysler, an industry leader at the time, integrated airbags into its entire array of vehicles, and this inspired many others to do the same. Audi had finally caught up by 1994 when it introduced airbags into many of its best selling models. Airbag development continued in the 1990s with many new variations being invented and tested. The side airbag developed and then evolved into two different types, the side curtain and the side torso. These side airbags, which inflated between the body and the door of the vehicle, were found to be highly successful in preventing head and torso injury. They also helped to diminish the chance of being ejected from the car should it roll over.

Today, the standard types of airbags are joined by rear curtain airbags, knee airbags, center airbags, and even seatbelt airbags, each with its own specialized safety function. Some motorcycles even come equipped with airbags to help diminish injury in a direct frontal collision. There are also airbag suits for motorcycle drivers, which help protect the driver's back if he is thrown from his bike.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Original 1886 Mercedes Benz

SuperCars Exposed co host, Louise Brady, takes you on a ride in the first super car. We have definitely come a long way!

Friday, October 21, 2011

New BMW 3 Series Introduced, February Delivery

The new BMW 3 Series is a direct evolution of the entire 3 Series line. It's slightly bigger, longer, has more headroom and has a very minor facelift, but it's still a 3 Series. BMW keeps rolling out a winner with this car and it has a devoted following.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Driving In The Elements

It is a rather unfortunate thing that the sky is not always clear and the wind not always calm and the extreme forces of nature leave our highways and roadways alone to the cars and those driving the cars. Instead, Nature is fickle and acts out at random often unprovoked in the violence that it brings caring not for when or where and we are left to deal with this attitude even if it does not find us safely in our homes. Often times the forces of nature find us in our cars driving to and from our little points completely unaware of what is about to be unleashed. Driving in ideal weather is a simple task; follow the rules and be on the look out, but when the fury of nature rears up different strategies are required.

The elements of rain, fog, and wind are among the most dangerous of Nature's wrath and if not treated with care result in crashes that take a devastating toll on car and driver. Extra care and extra attention are the tools drivers need in order to combat these problems. Defeating nature may be impossible but surviving it is a matter of precaution.


It is an easy thing to say; "Don't drive in the rain if you don't have to" but when you have to this advice is useless. If you must go forth into that rain storm keep your safety and the safety of those sharing the roads in mind. Your duty does not end when you turn on your windshield wipers.

During rain your visibility will be cut if not dramatically then just enough to make conditions dangerous. Driving with your headlights in even the slightest of drizzle will make your car noticeable to other drivers and the road noticeable to you.

Reduce your speed as your drive in the rain. Just because the speed limit is a certain number does not mean that you must, above all else, reach this number. Speed limits are really a guideline, a recommended speed that will keep traffic moving at a safe and even flow. During a rain shower the roads will be more dangerous so it will be important to drive at a safe speed even if it does not match the numbers on the sign. This is especially vital if the rain follows a dry spell. The collected oil and grease from cars will make the roads slick and make it difficult for the tires to get enough traction. This can result in your car skidding off the road and hydroplaning. Hydroplaning will cause the car to drift until the tires can once again gain traction. If this should happen, it is not advisable to slam on the brakes. Keep the wheel straight and decrease speed until control is regained.

If you find yourself in rain that is excessive then pull to the side of the road at a safe distance and wait it out. It is never a good idea to speed through a puddle as the water may cause severe damages to your car's engine and you may even become stuck. Use your common sense when driving in the rain and keep alert. This will be a valuable commodity as you travel down the road and through life.


Driving in the fog is an especially dangerous task as the visibility can be non-existent. Though when this happens it is wiser to pull over and wait instead of risking your life and the lives of others in an accident that could have been avoided. However, if you find yourself surrounded by fog and with no other option then to keep driving, do so carefully and slowly.

Use the equipment at your disposal, notably your lights. Never use high beams in the fog as the light will be dispersed in the fog and become useless. Your low beams are best combined with any fog lamps you may have. Often times other drivers will not be able to see your car until they are passing you so your lights will let them know where you are.

Keep your speed slow and steady. Do not brake suddenly and certainly do not reverse. Signal early and brake slowly allowing those behind you time to react accordingly.

Concentration and focus are great allies when driving in fog. You can not be distracted by cell phones, music, or anything else as you navigate the quagmire. Most accidents that occur in fog are fatal. Fog can happen suddenly or slowly so keep aware of your surroundings and any changes in the weather or traffic as it can be an indicator that fog is up ahead.


Wind can make for some pretty dangerous driving conditions. Oftentimes, high winds are accompanied by other dangerous weather so the risks created by the winds may be overshadowed by the rain or the snow. Larger vehicles like trucks and RVs have the greatest difficulty in high winds as their greater size is more open to the battering effects. However, small cars and light weight vehicles will also need to take precaution.

High winds can kick up at a moment's notice so it may be tricky gauging when that next burst will come but if you already find yourself in conditions that favor extreme wind then drive at reduced speeds. Be especially mindful of the larger vehicles on the road and give them as much space as possible.

Do not treat high winds lightly; it is just as dangerous of a problem as rain and fog. Take bridges with extra caution and listen out for any weather updates. Those high winds just may signal a severe storm or worse.

Driving in the elements such as rain, fog, or high winds, can be a dangerous task. If done with caution and common sense your trip through these battering elements can be a safe one.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Volvo Cars' History - Since 1927

A review showing Volvo Cars' history since 1927 when the first car - Jacob - was made in Gothenburg, Sweden. Containing uniques footage from the Volvo film archives.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mercedes Million Kilometer Test

Mobil 1 put 1 million kilometers on a Mercedes-Benz engine then broke it down to see how the fully synthetic motor oil did in leaving minimal deposits and minimal wear on the engine, demonstrating how Mobil 1 will allow an engine to operate in like new conditions through an extended test length.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Regular Maintenance is Great For Your Car's Wealth and Warranty

If you're like most people, your vehicle represents one of the largest investments you will ever make. You take great pride in your ride: you insure, wash and service it. So nothing upsets you more than the car you have worked so hard for, and saved so long for breaks down.

Your car not only gets you places safely, efficiently, and comfortably, but it has come to symbolize your personal independence, illustrating a freedom to choose where you drive, how you drive, and when you drive there. When your car is "in the shop" you begin to realize how dependent you are on your vehicle.

Knowing some basics about your vehicle and scheduling regular maintenance can help save money on repairs and help keep it out the shop for major repairs. We've put together some commonly asked car care questions and answers for your convenience.

Are my tires properly inflated?

The correct auto-car tire pressure for a vehicle is determined by the size and weight of the automotive vehicle, the type of auto-car tires it uses, load hauled, and the type of automotive driving the vehicle is intended for. The auto vehicle manufacturer places a tire inflation placard in each vehicle that gives the proper car tire inflation pressures for that auto vehicle. This placard is located on the inside of the glove box door, inside the fuel-filler door, or on the car driver?s side doorpost (depending upon manufacturer). Most auto manufacturers also list tire inflation levels in the owners manual.

How often should I have my engine oil/filter changed?

According to automotive-car experts, regularly scheduled oil/filter changes are the single most important item for prolonging auto-car engine life. Most new auto vehicles have recommended oil/filter change intervals of 7,500 miles and some new auto vehicles have recommended oil change intervals of 11,000 to 15,000 miles under normal operating conditions, with ""normal"" operation described as the operation of the vehicle for at least 20 minutes at a medium speed, with a steady throttle and in a clean driving environment.

Short hops to the store, stop-and-go rush hour driving, driving on dirt roads and inclement-weather operation are all considered severe operating conditions that can cause impurities to build up quickly in the oil, resulting in increased wear and tear on internal parts. That is why most auto-car owner's manuals and auto mechanics recommend changing the oil and filter every three months or 3,000 miles (whichever comes first) to assure that maximum engine lubrication occurs while a minimum of impurities are suspended in the oil. To find out what the recommended oil change frequency is for your auto vehicle, check your car owner's manual or talk with your automotive service professional.

What can I do if my car overheats?

If you are driving at normal highway speed and the auto vehicle starts to overheat, turn off the air conditioner, turn on the heater and immediately pull over to the shoulder. Odds are if the vehicle starts to overheat at highway speed, there is a problem in the cooling system such as low coolant, a clogged radiator or a broken drive belt or burst hose. Once at the shoulder, shut off the auto-car engine, open the hood and let the car engine cool down - 20 minutes minimum. Once any overboiling stops and the car's engine has cooled, look for obvious signs of trouble. DO NOT attempt to open the auto-car radiator cap unless the car engine is off and the top of the radiator is cold. If there is no noticeable problem such as a broken drive belt or burst hose, you can then add a coolant/water mixture to the radiator or overflow reservoir, start the auto vehicle and drive slowly to a service facility.

How often should my car get a tune-up?

The term "tune-up" actually applies only to older cars without electronic ignition (before 1981). On these auto-car vehicles a tune-up would generally be required every 15,000 - 20,000 miles and consisted of replacing the spark plugs, ignition contact points, rotor and distributor cap and adjusting the ignition timing as well as the carburetor.

On modern auto-car vehicles equipped with electronic ignition, fuel injection and computer controls, the term "engine performance maintenance" is a more accurate term. A "tune-up" for these newer vehicles is an orderly process of inspection, computer diagnosis, testing and adjustment to maintain peak auto engine performance, maximum operating efficiency and low car exhaust emissions. During this process, spark plugs, plug wires, sensors, and modules may be replaced. The frequency at which a newer auto-car vehicle needs a tune-up is dependent more upon driving conditions than mileage and recommended tune-up frequencies vary between 30,000 - 100,000 miles, depending on the manufacturer. To learn how often your auto-car vehicle needs a tune-up, check your owner's manual or speak with your local automotive service provider.

Does my transmission ever need service?

Most auto-car care experts advise having an automatic transmission's fluid and filter changed every two years or 24,000 miles, to keep it in good working order. This is especially important if the auto vehicle is more than five years old. Many auto vehicles newer than five years old may need scheduled service less often and some new auto vehicles have transmissions that need no scheduled service for the life of the car.

By-the-book service, however, may not be adequate if your vehicle is driven hard, tows a trailer, goes off-road or carries a camper. Under these conditions, the auto-car fluid and filter may need to be changed more often -- every 12 months or 12,000 miles --because dirt and moisture buildup in the fluid can cause internal damage. Heat buildup can also be a problem. The harder the auto-car transmission works, the hotter the fluid gets and the quicker the fluid breaks down. To find out the recommended service schedule for your auto-car vehicle's transmission, check the owner's manual or talk with your local automotive service provider.

Manual transmissions generally need no regularly scheduled service, but may need service due to worn clutch and throw-out bearings and broken synchromesh gears. Check your owner's manual for specific information on manual transmission service or talk with your local automotive service provider.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Reporter's "Best of 2011"

We need your help! If you've had a great experience with Star Tech European let all of Vacaville know! Please take the time to vote for us as the Best Auto Repair Shop in the Reporter's "Best of 2011" contest! 

Voting ends October 31st, 2011 and winners will be announced December 31st, 2011. Every vote counts and is greatly appreciated!! 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Inspirations & Icons the Jaguar C-X75

The C-X75 perfectly combines the future and the past. Its high speeds and low emissions put it in the vanguard of modern motoring while its aestheticcues come from the golden age of British automotive design.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

IAA 2011. Frankfurt Motor Show. BMW

An all time low fuel consumption of the current model fleet and revolutionary concepts - this is BMW at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2011.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Common Car Problems Everyone Should Be Aware Of

Unless you have an avid interest in automobiles and know everything there is to know about vehicles, the average driver is not aware of common car issues. Just a hint of something being "off" with your car can be alarming. Here are five car problems you should be aware of, just in case of an emergency.

Engine Knock - Most of the noise coming from the engine is probably road debris that is lodged in between the trends of one of your car's tires or too great clearance between the components located in the valve train. If there is a persistent engine knock though, take your car to a qualified mechanic.

Squeaky Brakes - There can be many reasons why the brakes from your car squeaks-vibrations between the pads and the rotors, pads and the calipers, or calipers and the mounts. The squeal from the brakes could even be made with your shoes and the drums or shoes and backing plates. Again though if it persists, take it to the shop.

Check Engine Light - The check engine light is a service reminder built into your vehicle that illuminates whenever your car's computer thinks there is a problem with the emission control system. Usually, it is nothing major, but if the light color is red, your car may need immediate attention.

Vehicle Pulls to One Side - This problem simply means that your car's alignment is off, which can be easily fixed by taking the vehicle in for realignment. Just be aware when your car starts to veer off to one specific side.

Rough Ride - If your once smooth car suddenly turns rough, it may be your shock absorbers and struts. If this problem is fixed early on, it won't become a major issue, but if not, it might require an entirely new shocks or struts to get your car ride back to being smooth again.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Check Engine Light - What It Could Mean

If your check engine light has come on, there is no need to panic. It is unlikely anything is going to explode. However, this does not mean you should ignore it.

The check engine light or engine diagnosis light, also called the idiot light, means that the electronic gadgetry in the car have detected a problem. Modern day cars have electronics controlling or monitoring virtually everything in your vehicle. This includes braking systems, lights, engine performance, emissions and so on. It is a long list of possible items.

In the good old days, so to speak, car electronics were much simpler and fewer things were managed by computer. Sometimes it was possible just to disconnect the battery and the check engine light would switch off. Not only will that not work now, but you risk damaging the more sensitive electronic appliances by fiddling unnecessarily with your battery. Other annoying hassles include your car radio going into safety mode and requiring a pin code before operating. Do you remember where you put it? The long and short of it is that you are not going to get this light off unless you go to a mechanic. This is actually a good thing.

Regulations force manufacturers to adhere to certain safety checks. When one of these checks fails, the check engine light comes on.

Common Causes It takes only a few minutes for a mechanic to hook your car up to their diagnostic tool, sometimes called an OBD (On Board Diagnostic). This watchamagoodjit then talks to your car's computer. Brace yourself, here comes another three letter acronym. The car's main computer is called an ECM (Electronic Control Module). The ECM does all sorts of clever things to get the best balance of performance, fuel economy and emissions from your car. Retrieving the error code is quick and some mechanics will even do the check for free. There are hundreds of codes and this will narrow down what the issue is, but not necessarily the actual defect. For example, if the computer is getting a faulty reading from the sensor in the exhaust, it may be because the sensor is dirty, faulty or there is a bad connection somewhere. While the list is long, the likely culprits for the check engine light coming on are: The electronic fuel system i.e. a valve, sensor or even something to do with the spark plugs is not functioning correctly There is a vacuum leak. In English, this translates to a loose or damaged hose if you are lucky and a cracked manifold if your luck has run out. A manifold is the top bit (normally) of the engine that bolts onto the main 'block' of the engine. To create a perfect seal between the engine block and the manifold, something called a gasket is used. A blown head gasket is when that seal has deteriorated or overheated and is no longer functional. This is unfortunately more serious than it sounds because although the gasket is relatively cheap, it means disassembling the engine i.e. an average of 8 hours labor. Don't be fooled into using wonder products that will fix the gasket for a super low, friends only special price of $20 - you will almost certainly crack the block or in simpler terms destroy your engine. Most cars today use a fuel injection system. This is much more efficient than carburetors which basically just pour fuel into the motor. The injection system does mean that there are more things that can go wrong. Fuel injectors can get clogged, the o-rings which help them seal properly can wear out etc. These items are not going to send you to the bank for a loan but will cost more than a few dollars.

As a general rule of thumb, if nothing is smoking and there is no obvious sign of damage such as lack of performance, unusual engine noises or vibrations, you might be lucky. Either way, don't risk causing further damage to your car by delaying the visit to your mechanic. It may cost you a lot more if you do and possibly render your car unsafe to drive.

Fixes Excluding an obvious and possibly easy to replace item like a visibly broken hose, most of these problems are best left to a mechanic to sort out. The diagnostic tools used can be bought but are not cheap and even if you had them, obtaining the error code is only the first step in the process. Other specialized tools are needed and you may spend hours fiddling about with the wrong thing, possibly doing even further damage or concealing the original problem.

Modern day cars are more and more complicated which means that it is less and less possible for the man, or woman, on the street to open the hood and wiggle something here and bash something there to get the car to go again. Your mechanic probably has a lot more training than you might think and at the very least, more experience than you, fixing motor cars.

Costs Like I said, it could be one of a hundred things and costs could range from $20 to $1600 for something more serious like a blown head gasket. Just a smoke test, to check for leaks in the engine due to cracks will cost around $60. Of course, the make and model of the car will influence the price. The figures above are an average guide. If you drive a Lamborghini, make sure you can afford the repair bills. Replacing the clutch on a super car like that may cost more than the new price of a small car.

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Star Tech European in Vacaville specializes in European Automotive service and reapirs. The auto repair business doesn't have the best reputation, so we go the extra mile to build trust. That includes taking extra time to really explain what your car needs and why. Our goal is to give professional, friendly, honest service without the stress and hassle of going to the dealer. We will never sell you something you don't need.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Classic European Cars of the 1950s

1950 Lancia Aurelia
The 1950s saw European car manufacturers turn out some of their most celebrated and memorable models, particularly from those car builders located in Germany, France and Italy.

The cars built in Germany of this period were a sign of the economic miracle the country was enjoying as it built itself up following the end of the Second World War.

Two companies which built classic European cars of the 1950s in Germany were Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen. Having launched the W186 and W189 at the beginning of the decade, Mercedes Benz went onto produce what has been described as the greatest car they ever built - the 300S.

Launched in 1952 this wonderful car was followed up by the limited edition 300SC, complete with fuel injection and also featured independent rear suspension. By the end of the 1950s Mercedes produced the ultimate in luxury models with the Fintail, which incorporated a crumple zone, disc brakes and air suspension.

Another German car manufacturer to survive the ravages of war and become part of the countries economic miracle was Volkswagen. The Volkswagen Type 1 or "Beetle" was destined to become hugely popular during the 1950s and well beyond. Production of the VW Beetle reached one million in 1955 and it was to be a top seller in the United States.

In France a classic European car of the 1950s was the Citroen 2CV. Sold mainly in France and within Europe the 2CV was by no means the most majestic of cars, but it was to become one of the most loved and iconic cars ever built by a French manufacturer.

High import taxes and the fact the 2CV, to some, looked ugly, meant the model never enjoyed big sales in the UK or United States. It took a futuristic style of Citroen - the DS designed by Flaminio Bertoni - for the French company to makes its name on the American market.

In Italy Lancia is a famous name for the production of classic cars during the 1950s. In 1950 Lancia launched the Aurelia, famed for its success in motor sport, at the Turin motor show. By 1953 Lancia had added the Appia to its range.

Lancia's great Italian rivals were Alfa Romeo. Alfa Romeo were to start the 50s with the production of such classics as its 1900 Saloon, the company's first assembly line model. Later models which were to become Alfa Romeo classics were the Giulietta, rolled out in 1954, and a year later the Berlina - four door saloon- and the Spider Cabriolet.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Volvo Concept You - Luxurious Scandinavian Design with Smart Pad Technology

The Volvo Car Corporation takes the next step in the evolution of the company's upcoming large luxury sedan.The Concept You, revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, combines a coupe-like exterior with a luxurious high-tech interior that keeps the driver in command via intuitive smart pad technology. The Concept You picks up where the Concept Universe, revealed at Auto Shanghai earlier this year, left off. It gives the global car buying public another exciting glimpse of the Volvo Car Corporation's future.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Jaguar C-X16 Concept: Frankfurt Motor Show

Jaguar has knocked one out of the park with their Frankfurt Motor Show bound C-x16 Concept. We will bet money that this will see production and fairly soon. This could be the star of the show.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Common Car Maintenance Mistakes

When it comes to vehicle maintenance and upkeep, it's important to be proactive, to take the initiative necessary to ensure proper functioning of your car or truck, but of course, it's also important to be wise and discerning, and ultimately to act not just out of good intentions, but also out of real knowledge. There is perhaps no car maintenance mistake more common than simple neglect, but even among those who strive to take care of their cars, there are certain pratfalls and common blunders that should and can be avoided.

One common mistake is to think that the only important thing under the hood of your car is the oil tank. Indeed, anybody who knows anything about car maintenance knows that regularly checking oil levels is important, and indeed it is, but there are plenty of other fluids located in the same neighborhood, and it's vital that you check and maintain all of them including brake fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant.

A related mistake is to fill your oil tank with the wrong kind of oil or, more specifically, oil with the wrong viscosity. Again, it is admirable when anyone takes the initiative to keep the oil tank filled properly, but it's crucial to make sure you're using the proper weight of oil, the one recommended in your owner's manual. Using the wrong kind of oil can ultimately lead to a lot of wear and tear in your engine.

Some of the most common car maintenance mistakes can happen while you're actually driving the vehicle. For example, slamming the brakes is a great way to ensure that your brakes fizzle out on you early. Of course we all encounter those emergency situations when slamming on the brakes is really the only option but making every stop an emergency stop is ultimately going to mean a much shorter life for your brakes, and possibly some very real danger to you, the driver.

And here's another, particularly major mistake that is far too often made by auto owners: Avoiding taking a trip to the mechanic. Of course, keeping your vehicle kept up to date on its routine maintenance will largely eliminate the need for a mechanic, but still, things happen, and the single best way to see your car fall apart on you is to skip out on the mechanic. If there is a problem you can't fix on your own or if your engine service light comes on you need to have it worked on by a professional. Delaying this will only make the repair more costly and major.

But again, this warrants repeating: The biggest car maintenance mistake of all is to avoid it altogether. Your car is an investment of both your money and your time, and neglecting the proper upkeep of your automobile is basically like squandering that investment. Stay on top of routine maintenance, and ensure that, when it comes to taking care of your car, you are both vigilant and well-informed.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Easy Ways to Get More Performance From Your Volkswagen

So you you want to give your VW a bit more get up and go, well there are some very easy and inexpensive ways to get a bit more performance out of your car. To start with it all depends on which Volkswagen you have, as this will affect the selection of performance parts that are available to you. For example there will be loads of go performance goodies out there for tuning your Golf/GTI hatchback but sadly a lot less of a selection when it comes to finding VW performance parts for say a VW Passat or Polo.

One bonus with owning a VW is the large following this marquee has, so with a very large community of VW tuners worldwide, the first essential place to check is the VW forums where many of these people will have tried out the VW performance parts you may be interested in and will be able to give you some great feedback of what you can expect from the various performance parts available. If a performance part exists someone on one of the VW forums will have tried it out..

The first easy step to improving your VW's performance, is to make sure the car is running properly and ensure your VW has had a tune up and an oil change. OK I know this may sound simple and silly but you'd be surprised how many people overlook this basic step. Adding performance parts to a car that's not running properly to start with, is going to be a waste of your time and money and ultimately will not improve your VW's performance at all.

The second step is to make sure your tires are properly inflated. Again sounds simple and basic, but tyres are probably the most neglected, but essential items on your car. How often do you check the pressure of your tyres?, every day, every week I don't think so!

Surprisingly correct tyre pressure not only improves the handling of your VW it also helps to make sure you're getting the best fuel consumption possible. Once you have gone through these basic steps, then you can move onto other ways below to improve the performance of your VW and even still save fuel.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011 The New B-Class

More agile, more efficient and safer than ever: The new B-Class from Mercedes-Benz is the all-rounder in the compact class.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Volkswagen Repairs - 3 Reasons to Have Repairs Done by a Volkswagen Specialist

Why should you have your repairs done by a VW Specialist?

I've heard from different people that Volkswagens are expensive to repair and that parts are difficult to find. My answer is usually, "Not if you know where to take them." Over the last thirty years in car sales and the last five years concentrating on selling Volkswagen almost exclusively, I've learned a few things. We have seen most of the common problems so there are very few repairs I haven't done. The biggest mistake I see is taking your VW to a general repair garage rather than a VW specialist.

These are the reasons why you seek out a VW Specialist:

1. They know where to source parts, either new or used at good prices and at a reasonable cost. When you are repairing the same make and model all the time they have usually done their homework at sourcing out the common parts that they need to do the repairs.

2. Repairing the same model day after day means they have done the common repair jobs ie: timing belt replacement, brakes, front end, electrical, etc., many times. This has two advantages. It's done right the first time and it's done reasonably quickly.

3. When you have unusual problems crop up, there's a better chance that a VW specialist has seen this problem already and they know what is required to fix it. If they haven't seen the problem, they're probably hooked into a specialty site like VW Vortex where they can post the problem and have dozens of VW techs offer dozens of solutions.

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Star Tech European in Vacaville specializes in Volkswagen service and reapirs. The auto repair business doesn't have the best reputation, so we go the extra mile to build trust. That includes taking extra time to really explain what your car needs and why. Our goal is to give professional, friendly, honest service without the stress and hassle of going to the dealer. We will never sell you something you don't need.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Top 4 Ways To Baby Your Mercedes Benz Car

You spent the money on this amazing machine, so nothing's too good for your baby. But as a practical matter, babying your Mercedes Benz gives you a fine ride for as long as you own it, and helps you preserve the resale value. Here are five things you need to do.

First, change the oil regularly. There's nothing easier you can do for your Mercedes Benz than treat the engine well. Fresh oil does the job.

But how often is "regularly"? It used to be every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. But if you use Mobil 1 oil in your Mercedes (and their engineers say you should), engine advances in the past decade or so have made "regular" seem like not very often. Most Mercedes models, even at the high end, say you can change your oil at between 10,000 and 15,000 miles. Hey, the engineers designed your fine machine, so maybe you can trust what they say about oil changes.

Second, you need to wash and dry your Mercedes properly. You've spent a hefty amount on your Mercedes car, so don't take away the magic by ruining your paint job. Washing and drying properly will help you preserve the paint.

Washing a Mercedes isn't rocket science, but here are some specific things to keep in mind:

1. Pick a shaded area to let your car cool down before you wash it, and to prevent water spotting later during the drying phase

2. Consider cleaning the wheels first to give your car time to cool down, and use only non-acidic wheel cleaner

3. Use only sheepskin or microfiber mitts (or towels) to avoid damaging the paint

4. When you rinse the car, do so from the top down, to avoid getting dirt and gunk in already rinsed areas

5. Use only non-abrasive soap for washing, wash from the top down, and rinse your mitt or towel first before you dip it in the soap again (to get rid of dirt you've already cleaned off, so it won't scratch your paint)

6. Dry with a waffle weave towel

Third, keep your Mercedes well waxed to repel dirt and gunk that can damage the paint over time. You have several options here, but Mercedes enthusiasts everywhere will give the thumbs up to non-petroleum carnauba wax. It not only gives your exterior a nice luster, but also fills in minor scratches. You'll want to buy a wax with 20-50% carnauba and the remainder being brightening agents and perfectly safe natural oils. After you've freshly washed your car, apply the wax in straight strokes with a foam pad, and take it up quickly with a soft terry cloth towel before the wax dries too much. That will give you the shine you're looking for, without making a mess.

Fourth, don't forget to condition the interior! That means the leather (or M-B Tex) and wood. You'll want to use a non-solvent based and non-petroleum based cleaner. Word on the street is that there's no reason to buy anything special from Mercedes. You can go to your local auto store and buy products made by Meguiars, a well recognized brand that lots of Mercedes Benz car owners swear by.

Now you know how to baby your Mercedes. It doesn't take a lot of time, but the extra attention you give your baby now will pay you back down the road.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

OEM Replacement Parts For Luxury Vehicles

Your luxury car needs routine maintenance to ensure that it is running properly and efficiently. Throughout the life of your foreign import, there will be times when some of the vehicle parts need to be replaced. When this happens, you should choose original equipment manufacturer (OEM) car parts. A good mechanic knows that OEM vehicle parts offer high quality performance and unique benefits that you cannot get from aftermarket alternatives.

It is inevitable that some of your vehicle parts will wear out or become damaged and need to be replaced. No matter how much care you give your vehicle, many of the original parts simply are not able to last the lifetime of your car. When a part does need to replaced, it is imperative that you take your automobile to repair shop that specializes in servicing your type of vehicle.

The biggest advantage of OEM parts is that they are designed and created by the same manufacturer who made your car. As a result, these parts are designed to precisely fit your specific vehicle. Proper fit ensures that your replacement part will work as well as the original. An ill-fitted part could cause other parts to break or wear out more quickly. This can result in even more expensive repairs in the future.

Another benefit to OEM parts is that they are made from high quality materials. They are built to function properly in your specific model and make. Using only OEM parts will preserve resale value and maintain the integrity of your vehicle. Keep all receipts and service records for potential buyers to view.

Most shops will not offer warranties on repairs using aftermarket or refurbished parts. If a discount replacement does not work or fit properly, you are responsible for any expenses accrued from getting it fixed. Be sure to find a certified service center that uses only OEM parts and offers a warranty on parts and labor.

Not all service and repair shops use OEM replacement parts. You will need to talk with your mechanic to ensure that he is using the parts that will be most effective in your vehicle. Your luxury vehicle is a big investment and keeping it functioning at peak performance is essential to your enjoyment of driving.

Ordering discounted parts online or using refurbished parts may initially save you some money. However, you will more than likely end up with incorrect parts. Returns and exchanges can become time consuming and expensive. Remember that you never want to force a part to fit. This can cause your engine to malfunction and create even more expensive repairs in the future. Fixing it right the first time with high quality parts that specifically created for your vehicle is the best way to ensure that your car will work properly and efficiently.

Your vehicle's manufacture designed very specific parts to help your car run efficiently. When you think about it, it makes sense to use the replacement part that is as close to the original as possible. Requiring your mechanic to use only OEM replacement parts in your foreign import will ensure that it continues to run smoothly for the life of your vehicle.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Volvo Concept Universe Launch Video

This video presents Concept Universe - the new design study from Volvo, and features Volvo's chief designer Jonathan Disley explaining his vision for this car.

Star Tech European in Vacaville specializes in working on Volvos. The auto repair business doesn't have the best reputation, so we go the extra mile to build trust. That includes taking extra time to really explain what your car needs and why. Our goal is to give professional, friendly, honest service without the stress and hassle of going to the dealer. We will never sell you something you don't need.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Volvo Cars Based On Racing Concept

The Volvo car manufacturing company has announced it will produce three automobile models with features inspired by the Volvo Ocean Race, the prestigious around-the-world yacht race that attracts internationally respected sailors to compete for top honors.

The special models were announced by Volvo at this year's Geneva Motor Show, the highly regarded annual car show held in Switzerland.

The new models, to be known as Volvo Ocean Race Editions, will be associated with the V60, the XC60 and the XC70 in the Volvo lineup. Orders for the special editions are slated to begin in April 2011 with delivery scheduled to start in July.

Volvo company officials have not yet released details on the cost of the special-edition models.

Design details of the new Volvo models are inspired by sailing, the marine lifestyle and the challenge and exhilaration associated with high-level yacht sailing. Volvo offers two specially created colors in the new line, known as Volvo Ocean Blue II and Electric Silver. The Volvo Ocean Race logo will appear in strategic locations on the back of the cars' front seats. Leather upholstery in the cars' interiors comes in soft beige and off-black, according to Volvo. The logo will also appear in various spots on the exterior and interior of the special editions of the cars.

The new editions of the cars will also feature attractive chrome detailing and unique aluminum wheels.

Volvo is targeting an audience of professional and amateur sailors as well as sports fans who appreciate skilled athletes and dramatic competition and drivers who respect the seafaring lifestyle.

Volvo officials said they expect to sell 7,500 of the special-edition autos, with many of the customers coming from Germany, Sweden, Great Britain and Italy.

Karin Backlund, the director of global sponsorship for Volvo, said in an official statement: "With the Volvo Ocean Race, we have a fantastic opportunity to reinforce the brand and highlight specific characteristics such as design, dynamic performance and innovative technology. It enables our effort to move the brand towards more emotive values."

Based in Gothenburg, Sweden, Volvo manufactures, markets and distributes buses, trucks, heavy construction equipment, marine and sailing equipment and aerospace items as well as passenger automobiles. Volvo Cars, the company's automobile subsidiary, is famous for its demanding safety standards as the cars' tendency to record extremely high mileage totals.

It is no surprise that safety is also an important consideration in the Volvo Ocean Race, which was established in 1973 under a different name and has been owned and operated by Volvo since 2001. The race takes place once every three years.

All boats in the Volvo Ocean Race are equipped with global positioning satellite systems so that the sailors can relay their precise location in the event of an emergency. Each entrant in the race is required to successfully undergo a training course in safety precautions before the event.

The next edition of the race is scheduled to begin in Alicante, Spain in October 2011 and finish in Galway, Ireland, in July 2012.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Evolution Of The Porsche Cayenne

As the Porsche company approached the 21st century, they realised they were missing out on what was becoming a sizable market sector, namely the mid sized crossover market. Up until this point the sector had been dominated by brands such as Land Rover and Jeep. However, since the introduction of the Mercedes ML in 1997 and the BMW X5 in 1999 it was becoming obvious to Porsche that they were missing out on something.

Consequently Porsche designed and introduced its own interpretation of the type in 2002. Porsche were able to call on other similar models within its stable including the Audi Q7 and the Volkswagen Touareg for inspiration and know how, to allow it to develop a rival for the BMW and Mercedes offerings. Also, with the advent of the Porsche Cayenne as it was to be known, Porsche offered something that had not been available in a Porsche since the discontinuation of the Porsche 928 in 1995, namely a V8 engine.

The base model Porsche Cayenne though is powered by a VR6 derived engine, which is the same unit that powers the above mentioned VW Touareg as well as the Volkswagen Golf R32. It produces around 250 horse power which is good enough the get the rather large and heavy Porsche Cayenne from rest to 100 kph (62 mph) in around 7.5 seconds.

However, as Porsche are not necessarily known for their slow cars, there are other options available. The next step up is the Porsche Cayenne S. This version has a V8 engine delivering 340 horse power. This decreases the sprint time from the above 7.5 seconds to a more respectable 6.4 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.

After that there is the Porsche Cayenne GTS which houses a 4.8 litre V8 engine which produces 405 horse power. The sprint time consequently drops again to now below 6 seconds at 5.7 seconds.

There is also available, in true Porsche tradition a Cayenne Turbo and a Cayenne Turbo S. The first of the turbo Cayenne's had 450 horse power and so the sprint time dropped again to 5.3 seconds. Mercedes were now taking note though and countered with the Mercedes Benz AMG63 version of the ML. Porsche hadn't finished though and followed up in 2006 with the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. The Turbo S was home to a monster 4.5 litre twin turbo V8 producing 520 hp. This was good enough for a 0-100 kph time of 5.0 seconds and a top speed of 171 miles per hour.

Still though Porsche had not finished tweaking the performance of the Cayenne and at the Beijing Motorshow in 2008, they revealed a new version of the Turbo and Turbo S. The former had received another 50 hp and so had a 0-100 kph time of 4.9 seconds. The new Cayenne Turbo S now had 550 hp and dropped another 0.2 second off the sprint time to 4.7 seconds.

With the introduction of the second generation Porsche Cayenne in 2010 it is clear that Porsche have not finished with this platform and there are more great things to come.

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Why People Are Still In Love With The American Muscle Car

Muscle cars are classic cars that were built mostly for power for on the drag strip or tame enough to be driven on the road. They were owned by any type of people, sometimes elderly ladies owned these types of vehicles driving them to church and to the store, while the same exact model may be bought by someone who only intention was to race it on race day. There were many different models of these cars and now they are some of the most sought after cars for car collectors.

The American Muscle cars were mostly built in the late 60's and early 70's. They were solidly built cars that many have lasted for many years and still are on the roads as vehicles that are driven daily. There are clubs that have been created so that people can show off their vehicles and admire the other models of the cars.

When you drive a Muscle Car instantly you feel like you are young again, full of life and feeling great about everything. You can hear the engine roar with the gunning of the engine, and you can feel the power as the rubber meets the pavement. There have been many movies that show these types of vehicles and teenagers having fun while driving these cars, these are the types of memories that most people have with these vehicles. The auto makers seem to be aware of the thrill of owning and driving these vehicles as they are replicating the muscle cars and making them newer and more fuel efficient.

The thrill of owning or seeing these cars goes beyond what people can imagine. People will drive many miles to visit car auctions so that they can bid on owning a piece of American History, and becoming the proud owner of an American Muscle Car.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept

A milestone in the history of the BMW Group: The world premiere of the electrically powered concepts BMW i3 and BMW i8. A first look at these models, which will go into production in 2013 and 2014.

Star Tech European in Vacaville specializes in working on BMW's. The auto repair business doesn't have the best reputation, so we go the extra mile to build trust. That includes taking extra time to really explain what your car needs and why. Our goal is to give professional, friendly, honest service without the stress and hassle of going to the dealer. We will never sell you something you don't need.