I remember sitting in the back seat of a borrowed VW Beetle when I was a kid. The rear floor boards had rotted out and there were several 2x4s covering the holes. Those were the days, my friend. The New Beetle borrows the name and a bit of the shape but is a much improved model.
This 2007 VW New Beetle is nicely equipped with features such as Cold Weather Package (Heated Front Seats and Heated Front Windshield Washer Nozzles), Air Conditioning, Alloy wheels, CD player, Front Bucket Seats, Power Glass Sunroof, Remote keyless entry, and Telescoping steering wheel. Click on the button below to see if it is still available.
Our fair city was without electricity for about 27 hours. While we did have a portable propane heater to help, my lovely wife invented a different way to dry her hair on the way to church this morning. If you can’t tell, she is using the heater vent to blow dry her hair. What do you think — redneck or resourceful?
When was the last time you smiled as you turned the ignition key? Feel it again with this superb-looking 2012 Volvo XC60. Volvo Certified Pre-Owned means you not only get the reassurance of up to a 7yr/100,000 mile Limited Warranty, a 130+point inspection/reconditioning, 24/7 roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, rental car benefits, and a complete CARFAX vehicle history report. Have one less thing on your mind with this trouble-free XC60. It is nicely equipped with features such as Climate Package (Headlight Washers, Heated Front Seats, Heated Rear Seats, Heated Windshield Washer Nozzles, Interior Air Quality System (IAQS), and Rain Sensor), Technology Package (Adaptive Cruise Control w/Queue Assist), Volvo Certified, AWD, BLIS Blind Spot Information System, Electronically Controlled All-Wheel Drive System, Leather Seating Surfaces, Power moonroof, Power Retractable Sideview Mirrors, and Telescoping steering wheel.
Volvo finally released pictures of the third and final concept. They call it the Estate Concept. Here in the states we call them wagons, but Europe (and perhaps the rest of the world) refers to them as shooting brakes or estates. Whatever you prefer to call it, this is one sleek car! I like the exterior a lot but am not so excited about the interior. White interiors are not only impractical but give a sterile hospital look to most cars. Show me what it looks like in beige or black and I’ll be impressed.
I first saw these pictures at Swadeology.com where a few readers had positive and negative thoughts about this car. Of them all, this one was my favorite:
It’s a bit shark-like here, a little batmobilesque there, a touch Lego Technic jet fighter all over. I sense that the Volvo boardroom ordered the designers to change what was probably quite a clean original design to make it look more like a current BMW 5 Series Touring, with a little of the current A6 thrown in, in order to achieve that ripped ‘alpha-male’ look that’s such a big hit with managerial execs and drug dealers. Then someone coughed nervously and said: “Hang on … you’re going to alienate the traditional Volvo crowd with a car that looks like that. What Golden Retriever would be persuaded to get into that? What will they say at the Rotary Club meeting? Or the University staff room? So here’s a solution. How about you put lots of wood and tartan inside, and paint the outside brown. No BMWs are brown. That should calm things down a bit. See? It looks more like a 140 already.”
Our sales manager had the opportunity to see the new XC90 in Las Vegas last week. He came back excited about the new look inside and out. Volvo is not only making some very good design changes, they are also going back to their safety message. But safety alone doesn’t sell cars; you need a good looking car to draw people in. If the rest of Volvo’s cars look like this, we’re going to have a long line of customers in the coming years.
Visit Volvo of Willoughby to see what cars are currently available including the new V60 E-Drive wagon.
Volvo’s latest press release shines the light on a concept that looks great even when covered up. Look at those lines! Click on this link to view certain parts of the car revealed.
Congratulations to Ed, the new owner of my 1990 Jaguar Sovereign. Undaunted by my honest appraisal of the car’s needs, he test drove and purchased the car today. He is planning to fix it up soon and to make it his daily driver. He is also fixing up a BMW, so it sounds as if he will be enjoying some wrench time for a while. But… he will also be enjoying a nice Jaguar when he is finished. I hope you do well, Ed.
During the winter, I made use of several redneck ideas to heat my heatless Jag. But this guy has me beat by far. I guess necessity is the mother of invention … er … redneck-tivity.
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When I purchased the S430, I knew that the air shocks would have to be addressed at some point. Overnight, enough air leaks out of the suspension that the car lowers itself about two inches. Once pumped back up, the car rides at the correct level and doesn’t cause any problems until I am driving downhill. At that point, a warning appears on the dashboard telling me to get the ABC system serviced at the dealership. Sound familiar to you?
Apparently, this is a common problem with the W220 version of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. In fact, you can read forums articles for several hours about this problem if you wish. For my research, I read portions of Leaking Front Struts at BenzWorld.org. There seem to be three possibilities: (1) replace the airshocks, (2) convert to conventional shocks/springs, or (3) fix the leak at the top of the shock tower.
The first two options are rather expensive, so I am opting for the third. The kit is available at your local Mercedes-Benz dealer and the instructions (as posted at BenzWorld.org) are available here. If I don’t change my mind before then, I am hoping to have the repair completed this Thursday. We shall see.