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It is something to own a car. It is a totally different owning a 6th Generation Mercedes Benz SL Class. The 6th Generation Mercedes Benz SL Class has been in vogue since 1954 but the demand and love for this luxury Sedan has grown over the past few years. The 6th Generation R231 was released in the years 2012. However, with all the top class features and excellent efficiency, unfortunately even this German import is not devoid of problems. How common the problems might be, when it is a Mercedes Benz, even the owner has to think a hundred times before carrying out any repair on their own. It is a costly machine, no doubts and its repairs and service comes equally costly. Hence, it makes sense not to try your hands at it but consider an independent Mercedes Benz Greensboro service center to handle the tinkering.
Being a superb and classy vehicle, definitely it concerns an owner of a Mercedes Benz for every little scar it endures. The actual dealerships charge more and their labor costs are high too something which even a Mercedes Benz owner will re-think. Plus, often the dealerships are not dedicated enough to cater to the more common problems that the car encounters. When it comes to routine maintenance and detailed handling of your Mercedes Benz SL Class, then nothing matches the expertise of the factory trained technicians at the independent Mercedes Benz service Greensboro centers. Though the technicians are expert enough to handle the problems, it does not harm the Mercedes Benz owner to have a knowledge of the common problems that are common.
The Common Problems of 6th Generation Mercedes Benz SL Class
The technicians at any independent Mercedes Benz Greensboro service center will point out the common problems with the SL class make.
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Here’s a couple of bits and pieces about the mighty BMW 640d. Seems odd to be able to refer to a diesel as ‘mighty’ but such it is and a real sign of the times. I guess it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that diesels are finally where it’s at for real-world useable performance mated to stunning economy, given that diesel cars have dominated the winners enclosure at Le Mans for the past 5 or 6 years.
Anyway, for the record the 640d produces 313bhp and an eye-watering 465lbs/ft of torque, giving the Uber-coupe figures of 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds and onto an electronically governed top speed of 155mph. DMS and other such companies will further enhance the power levels to 380+ bhp and 580+lbs/ft torque for a modest sum (under £1k) and remove the top speed limiter at the same time, giving performance figures of circa 4.5 0-60 and 180+ mph. Add in sensational levels of in-gear acceleration to rival most supercars and a fantastic 8 speed gearbox that works brilliantly both as a flappy paddle manual AND as a full auto (very rare to have both work this well) and the ability to cross continents with ease, returning 50+ mpg and 850 mile range between fill-ups and I think you might begin to see why this middle-aged geezer is so interested in this level of middle-aged comfort :)
I sat in the 1 series and it was really nice (thats always the feeling you get in a new car right ?) this was a magnificent blue however. More interesting perhaps was the silver active tourer model which is a front wheel drive MPV. It seems to review quite well but for me didnt look so much like a bmw anymore and the fwd will upset most bmw purists, the car isnt designed for them either and rwd upsets perhaps the target audience.
At the 2014 North American International Auto Show, we saw the future of Ford’s pickup design – aluminum and a lot of it. Through various displays, Ford showed how the truck could handle a beating and still deliver great fuel economy. One question that didn’t get addressed is: what about the Global Ford Ranger? Wouldn’t it benefit from the weight savings and improved fuel economy of aluminum design?
Ford launched the Global Ranger in 2011 as a compact, diesel-powered truck that left many then- U.S. Ranger owners salivating. The truck is being offered in more than 180 countries and is not available in the U.S. Basically, Ford figured that many U.S. Ranger customers would simply step up to the F-150. That hasn’t exactly happened and Ford has taken its share of criticism from automotive writers/experts and its own fans for not offering the Ranger in the U.S.
With the new F-150 being launched with a smaller Ecoboost engine it is mostly assured that Ford is still not considering bringing back the Ranger. (It may consider offering a small F-100 variant although that remains to seen). Ford says that the mid-size truck market in North America doesn’t make sense for them and don’t see a feasible way to build a Ford Ranger that would fit into its product portfolio.
In other countries like Australia, the “ute” pickups are quite popular. In fact, the used car market in Australia for the Global Ranger is quite strong . These utilitarian pickups don’t have the full-size competitors that are made in North America and thus, the business plan to build them for those markets is much stronger.
This begs the question though, if the aluminum-based design of the new F-150 is so superior, could it benefit the Global Ranger? The answer is undoubtedly yes. Will Ford build it? Most likely not.
The F-type from is yet another engineering miracle from its makers. Fast, powerful, and agile could perfectly describe this wonderful machine. Equipped with supercharged engines and lightweight aluminum body, this machine can provide you with all the thrills you expect from a wonder car like this. F-type is available in both coupe as well as convertible. It comes in three models, entry level F-Type, F-Type S and F-Type R. Though all the three models are similar in design, but engine wise there is a big difference.
It is a two seated setup. Equipped with leather interiors and its control buttons finished in aluminium. It has a touchscreen display planked with eight buttons in the centre. It provides you with full range of programs such as navigation, communication, car setup and indeed entertainment. Another display is present between the dials. Knobs and toggles are there for climate control. The interior is a perfect blend of intuitive technology with functional ergonomics. Every bit of the machine gives you the feel of a perfect sporting style. The cockpit is designed keeping in mind both traditional as well as trendy drivers.
Another important feature that F-Type comes in is the very light in weight aluminium body. This lightweight body combined with super powerful engine gives you a perfect torque to weight and power to torque ratio that you expect from such a mean machine. All the three F-Type use a QuickShift ZF automatic transmission which very fast and superbly refined.
Entry level Jaguar F-type fills the gap between Porsche Boxster as well as Porsche 911. It gives a perfect blend of strong performance match with good driving dynamics. It has a powerful 336bhp engine and an eight –speed QuickShift gearbox. It certainly is more grown than Boxster and also more financially convenient than 911. Though termed as entry level, it doesn’t compromises on any aspect. It is surely going to attract 80 percent of its buyer from other Jaguar rivals brand.
Jaguar F-Type S V6
Next in the line is, Jaguar F-Type S V6, it is more powerful and also offers a bit more performance wise. It comes with a 375bhp engine and move from 0 to 60 in less than 5.2 sec. On performance basis, if compared to entry level it has better suspensions, chassis, breaks and steering. Even the exhaust can be heightened by Dynamic Drive system which permits the user to tweak steering feel, gear change speeds and exhaust noise, all at a press of a button.
Jaguar F-Type V8 R
Now about the F-Type V8 R, this certainly is a hell of a car. Its makers claim that it can reach top speed of 186mph and go from 0 to 100 in less than 8.8 sec. Now that is super speed. This speed match with terrific beauty in its handling makes this a perfect car for its owners. It comes with a mighty 5 litre, V8 engine that is capable of producing astonishing 489bhp. This might not out of the class numbers, but when you consider that f-type is made up of complete aluminium body, you’ll realize the supremacy of the machine.
Ford is a brand name with a very long history in the automotive industry and their years of experience truly show in versatile and cost-effective models like the Ford Focus. The Focus has had a redesign in 2012 and subsequent version have some improved characteristics, in addition to looking a bit more modern and, dare I say it, pretty darn cool. The new Focus is available in seven different versions, and although the Titanium Sedan model supposedly offers great functionality and comfort, I am more of a hatchback fan. Hatchbacks are where Ford excels - they look better, they are more maneuverable and easier to park and they still have plenty of room.
The Focus boasts a modest, yet pretty versatile 2 liter, inline-four engine, although there is also a quite pricey electric model with a 107 kW motor. Out of the three hatchback versions, the SE is the one that will be easiest on your wallet, while the ST and the Titanium will cost about the same (depending on the bells and whistles you wish to add), but are substantially different in nature – the former is all about performance and a sport feel, while the latter is more about comfort and accessories.
The new Titanium standard features include stability control, automatic temperature control, Sony audio, 6-speed Power Shift dual-clutch automatic transmission, push-button start and a rear-view camera, while the ST boasts superior suspension, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, a 6-speed manual transmission and 18 inch aluminum wheels as well as optional Recaro seats. If you have the money and enjoy having a bit of fun, the ST is the way to go as it allows for very smooth driving and will go through corners with ease and balance as the front sport-tuned suspension and excellent breaks allow it to grip the road firmly.
The Focus is famous for its high degree of safety, scoring a perfect five star NCAP rating, and the new models feature dual-stage airbags and side airbags for the front seat, as well as side-curtain airbags. Some additional cool features include a My-Key feature, which allows you to switch between different settings by simply inserting a different key – which is supposed to allow, say a husband and wife to have their own settings available to them when they start the car that they share, without going through all the little adjustments manually. However, trying to do too much customization is something I wouldn’t recommend as it is easy to mess up the cars performance if you don’t know what you are doing, particularly on the ST model which allows you to fumble with driving characteristics like steering.
Even with a basic Ford Focus package, like an SE Hatchback, you get a very reliable, safe car that is fuel-efficient and won’t set you back a fortune, especially if you buy a good used Focus 2013 model. The Focus is noticeably faster and more fun to drive than the competitive offerings like the small Honda and Peugeot hatchbacks, and is a great option for either a small family car or even as a sporty ride for the trendy young adult.
When you start looking at buying a car, or selling a car, the whole concept of how car prices are put together can seem quite peculiar. If you buy a second hand car from a dealership, for example, you pay more for the same make and model than if you buy it from a private seller. Also, you may receive preferential rates if you part exchange your old vehicle with a specific garage – essentially paying slightly less for the same make and model than if you have bought it at the full forecourt price.
The car industry sets its prices according to a number of guides, which are used by traders and garage owners to determine the value of the vehicles they sell. This value is the product of a matrix of different factors, which may include the mileage of the vehicle, and the location in which it has been driven, as well as what it is.
The prices listed in these guides may not correlate to the price asked for and paid by private sellers and their customers. This is because the actual demand for certain vehicles is dictated by immediate availability rather than the book value of a certain make and model with a specific mileage attached to it.
For instance, buying a pre-owned van in Devon costs more than buying the same pre owned van in Birmingham: despite the fact that the actual physical condition of a Devonshire van, which has had to live with sea salt and sand in the air, is likely to be worse than the physical condition of a van in Birmingham. This is a factor of demand. In Devon, vans are in short supply (because of the sea air) and always required by the majority of local businesses, which revolve around grounds maintenance, construction and farming. In Birmingham, on the other hand, there are plenty of vans and no sea air to hurt them. So it’s a lot easier to find one worth owning.
When a person in the market for a vehicle of any sort becomes aware that these local factors can affect car prices, he or she also begins to realise that the price of driving into the middle of the country to buy his or her next vehicle may be offset by the drop in price he or she pays for the new ride.
Ok so I wanted to do a blog about stylish/Super car’s and what the definition might actually be. I would imagine the majority of people think of Zonda, or Bugatti and Ferrari when you mention the term Stylish/Super cars. They wouldn’t be wrong as most of these vehicles would be described as “Sexy”, and faster than a thousand Gazelles. However I disagree with the stereotype, I want to talk about the possibility of a Transit van being “Sexy”, and I want to discuss my Fiat Punto being classed as a “super car”.
Most car enthusiasts will define super car as a very powerful, fast and sleek vehicle that’s price should be out of this world. The automobile should be of a rare variety and should only be in the possession of the elite classes of society. Lamborghini, Zonda, Ferrari, Bugatti, and McLaren are amongst the biggest manufacturers of high end sports vehicles. Most makes and models under these brands tend to have over 500BHP, and are fitted with American or Japanese racing parts.
I would probably say that my personal favourite of all high end models would be Pagani Zonda. A stunning piece of Italian craftsmanship. Sporting a V12 engine, a 6 speed gearbox with over 400BHP. I remember first seeing this model when first playing one of the Gran Turismo games on the Playstation. I was very young at the time, but thinking how beautiful the body was, and wondering whether the high pitch growl it made in the game was the same as real life. I loved how low to the ground Zonda was, and thinking you could probably flip another car if you drove into it at speed.