Change your oil every three months or 3000 miles!

Sound familiar? More than likely your parents ground it into your memory, so every time the little sticker in the corner of our windshield matches our odometer we immediately head for the nearest Jiffy Lube.

When was the last time you went 10,000 miles without changing your oil? If your like most of us, probably never, however, some cars are made to run that long or longer on a single oil change thanks to tighter engine tolerances, better materials, and synthetic oils.

According to a recent government survey only 33% of people had ever driven their cars 4000 miles or more on a single oil change.

The truth is, changing your oil every 3000 miles is just too often, todays engines are made to run 5, 8, 10, and even 20,000 miles between oil changes. The average oil change costs around $30, and lets say we drive the standard 12,000 miles a year, that’s $120 a year in oil changes when really you should only be spending half that, it’s not a big savings, but over time really can help line your pocketbook.

Every year we throw away millions of gallons of half used oil, one analyst from Edmonds.com said “you wouldent change your bath water halfway through, why would you change your oil” and he’s right. If you want to find out how often you should change your oil you can either check your service manual, or go to http://www.checkyournumber.org put in your year make and model, and it will tell you how often you really need to stop in to the service station.

What wiper blades should I buy?

You’re driving down the road, it’s raining & you can’t see out of your windshield due to the fact that your wipers have gone bad.  The next question you’re asking yourself is what brand should you get & what is going to be reasonably priced?  Well according to Consumer Reports the best windshield wiper blades are Valeo 600 Series & they cost only $11.  That’s 38% cheaper than PIAA Super Silicone & Bosch Icon blades.  Other brands they tested left streaks, smeared water around & missed areas of wiping after only 6 months of use.  So the best way to go when picking out wiper blades is to purchase the top-Rated inexpensive wipers. Don’t forget to replace them every 6-12 months for best results.

2012 Chevy Cruze at Rapid Chevrolet

Every time a vehicle manufacture releases a new model of car their always thinking of how to make the next year’s model bigger & better in order to wow customers & give them features that continue to update just as humans continue to evolve.  The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is the perfect example of this.  Since the 2011 was released Chevy has made updates to improve the 2012 model & continue to think of how they can improve the 2013 model as well.  So what are the updates that have been made to the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze?  Well read on & you will see that the changes might interest you.

One of the updates for the 2012 Chevy Cruze is better fuel economy.  Chevrolet says gas mileage with the Cruze’s 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder & six speed automatic the Cruze’s most popular engine & transmission combination improves slightly, going from 37 mpg on to the highway to 39mpg.  The reason behind this improvement is made possible by a lower axle ratio.

The 2012 Cruze also receives more standard equipment then the 2011, so for those of us who like our cars to be as technology savvy as we are the 2012 doesn’t disappoint.  The Cruze now offers Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, a leather wrapped steering wheel & a shift knob are all standard.  These upgrades were only available with the $525 Connectivity Plus Cruise package on the 2011 models.  90% of American consumers ordered the option package which made the decision to make this standard fare.

The 2012 Cruze also received several new features.  Keyless start is now optional for the Cruze 2LT & standard on the upscale LTZ model.  The Cruze Eco gains an available navigation system that was previously limited to the 2LT & LTZ trims.  Another new feature is 17-inch alloy wheels which replaced the 16-inch version that came on the 2011 2LT.  Lastly, the 2012 Cruze LTZ now boasts standard fog lamps which were optional on the 2011 Cruze model.

With the new bells & whistles the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze offers as well as the improved gas millage how could you not be curious?  There is even talk of a diesel Cruze being released in 2013 but no for sure word as of now.  So hurry on down to your nearest Chevrolet dealer to take the 2012 Chevy Cruze for a test drive.

 

Is the Chevy Volt Safe?

I’m sure in the last few months you have seen pictures of the Volts catching on fire in Wisconsin, weeks after they were put through side impact crash tests.

Recently the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) closed its safety defect investigation into the risk of the Volts spontaneously combusting, after not finding any discernible defect with the vehicle. General Motors will now send out a team to drain the charge from the battery’s after a crash is reported, just to stay on the safe side.

Based on NHTSA’s research on the Chevrolet Volt, they found that electric vehicle does not pose a greater risk of fire then gasoline-powered vehicles. They concluded that in a serious crash all vehicles pose some risk of fire.

Chevy Sonic

Often when you are looking for a car, there’s what you want to buy, and what you need to buy. These two different worlds don’t often jive together; often you’re stuck with a bare bones subcompact that is not really much to brag about.

Turbo charged engine, Leather heated seats, alloy wheels, remote start. What comes to mind when you think of these things?

I bet you didn’t say the new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, built in the heart of Michigan the youthful Sonic is trying to reinvent the subcompact market, muttled in an arena with competitors like the Fiesta, Mazda2, and the Honda Fit. The Sonic features a sporty 1.8L ecotech engine as well as a 1.4L turbocharged engine paired with either a 6 speed manual or automatic transmission that is capable of getting well over 35 mpg on the highway.

Available in both Hatchback and Sedan versions, in three different trim models there is plenty to choose from, all feature a sporty double mouth grill, OnStar, halogen lights, and a digital speedometer. Other than the Chevrolet bowtie the old Aveo and new Sonic are really light years apart. Lets take a look at all the features available.

  • ·         1.4L turbocharged engine
  • ·         OnStar
  • ·         Leather Heated Seats
  • ·         Digital Speedometer
  • ·         1 free year of XM satilite radio
  • ·         Bluetooth hands free talking
  • ·         Remote start
  • ·         Build in the USA
  • ·         30.7 cubic feet with the seats down
  • ·         Alloy wheels standard in all models and trims

If you plan on tuning in like the other 110 million people this weekend to watch the Giants play the Patriots, be sure to watch the Sonic in action, since it has been made the sonic has been busy doing high speed kick flips, skydiving, bungee jumping, and being revealed at the Super Bowl, playing music?

The Sonic LS is starting at $14,495 in the USA and the fully equipped LTZ will be available for around $18,000 either way, an amazing deal!

Chevy Sonic Superbowl Commerical