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What’s New with 2008 Chevrolet Corvette

When we talk about Corvettes, we all think of lightning speed and power, don’t we? But Corvette is not all about speed but it is also about cool interior amenities too! Yup, this is absolutely true! Chevrolet believes that speed comes with style as well, so they built the 2008 Corvette to satisfy us with the best auto performance plus the coolest features that will meet our standards in the aspects of comfort and styling! It’s an all-new Corvette for all of us and I think we’ll never ask for anything else because it’s all here in this remarkable vehicle.

Let us check what’s new on the 2008 Corvette’s features and specifications which I researched before I went on with my studies about Nissan engines and Nissan floor liners.

  • All-new LS3 6.2 L V-8 engines for Coupe and Convertible: 430 hp (321 kW)
  • 424 lb.-ft. of torque (575 Nm)
  • 436 hp / 428 lb.-ft. (325 kW / 580 Nm) with new, optional dual-mode exhaust system
  • High-flow cylinder heads
  • Enhanced valvetrain High-flow intake manifold
  • Larger-bore block with structural enhancements
  • Improved manual transmission shift effort Quicker shift times on paddle-shift six-speed automatic 2.73 performance axle ratio available with six-speed paddle shift (included with Z51 package Improved steering feel)
  • Standard split-spoke cast aluminum wheel design for coupe and convertible versions
  • Available polished forged aluminum wheel design
  • New Keyless Access remote key fob with integrated key
  • Interior trim enhancements for all models, including wrapped center trim plate with Cyber pattern and new, brushed aluminum accents
  • Custom Leather-Wrapped Interior Package available for all models in exclusive, new Linen and Sienna colors
  • New sill plates
  • iPod/MP3 jack included on all sound systems except navigation
  • Personal Audio Link available as accessory for navigation system
  • OnStar and XM Satellite Radio standard on all models
  • Auto-dimming mirrors with compass standard on all models
  • Two new premium exterior colors: Jetstream Blue Metallic Tintcoat and Crystal Red Metallic Tintcoat
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Finding Used Auto Parts Online

Actually finding a used part online for your car is very simple if you know where to look. From looking on Yahoo Answers site and the emails and questions I get, there are a lot of people that are having a hard time finding the parts they are looking for. I thought this was common knowledge but I was wrong. So this post is my attempt to make it common knowledge.

Car-Part.com is it. This site is the most usefull used auto parts locator on the internet. If you go to their site you will see that you can enter the criteria into the form, click Search and you have an extensive list of parts that you can filter through by price, location, description, etc.

The nice thing is that you can sort the search by location, where you will get a list of salvage yards and auto parts suppliers in your town that carry your part.

I have used this site for over 6 years and it is still the most powerful used auto parts locator tool.

Trademark Infrigement

Opened up my email this morning and got a not-so-pleasant surprise.

SATA wants my domain, because I infringed on their trademark. This domain – satagun.com, was a good domain, good traffic producer. Haven’t made a cent from it but nevertheless, was fun to own a good domain. When I got it I didn’t even think about the trademark issue. I guess I should have.

Oh well, next time I’ll think twice before getting a domain that has a trademark in it.

So remember 2 things boys and girls, 1 – SATAgun.com is closed and 2 – Don’t buy a domain that has a trademark in it.

I think I heard a story about someone getting their mcdonaldssomethingsomething domain taken away by mcdonalds, so be careful about picking your domain.

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Jeep Concepts of 2007 SEMA

I’m wondering what’s new with the Jeep® brand today. I haven’t been updated since I got busy fixing my Chevrolet pickup flywheel and Chevrolet pickup hitches. But when I heard something about Jeep yesterday, I never felt so thrilled because when September arrives, new Jeep concept vehicles will be introduced at the 2007 SEMA.

Jeep® concepts will constantly rise as one of the mighty vehicles in the planet! I’ll trade my car for one of these rides if given a chance. Anyway, our business here is all about Jeep concept vehicles and the upcoming 2007 SEMA. I know everybody’s excited even the Mopar team! They can’t wait to drop the bomb that would definitely stun us all!

First Jeep Concept – the Wrangler JT Concept! This monster is basically inspired by the latest 116-inch Wrangler Unlimited. Are you kidding me? This is absolutely radical! We are talking great power here. The power goes along with an easy-to-handle removable hardtop. Back at the Easter Jeep Safari, the Wrangler JT has gone through and climbed up from treacherous terrain and holes. JT has proven its worth as a certified off-road vehicle by showing off its capabilities as a 4×4 mean machine!

The next one is the Jeep Wrangler Ultimate Concept! This vehicle turned out to be an urbanized off-road ride which focused merely in city-type auto styling. But it still remained as a mean off-road vehicle in spite of having a different type of conception which is way off from the Jeep® brand’s direction!

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All-New Mazda2 All Set for Sale in Summer 2007

Mazda Motor Corporation has just held a rollout ceremony for its all-new Mazda2 (known as the Demio in Japan) at its Ujina Plant No.1 (U1) near Mazda’s headquarters in Hiroshima. The first car to come off the line is bound for the Japanese market, with sales due to commence in summer 2007.

Thanks to the significant weight reduction during its development, the all-new Mazda2 is roughly 100 kilograms lighter than its predecessor, placing it among the most fuel efficient vehicles in its class. Aside from that, the new Mazda2 also boasts a substantially improved safety performance, as well as upgraded Mazda performance parts.

The all-new Mazda2 European model was greeted with great acclaim at its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2007 and again at its Asian debut during the Shanghai Motor Show in April.

At the roll-out ceremony Mazda’s Executive Vice President, Robert J. Graziano said, “The all-new Mazda2 is the first of Mazda’s new generation products to evolve to the next stage. While the current model was intended for the domestic market, the new model has been developed into a globally competitive car. I wish to congratulate you all on your hard work, which has now successfully brought us to the start of full mass production. I am convinced that the all-new Mazda2 will capture the hearts of our customers and demonstrate to drivers the world over that, ‘Mazda vehicles look inviting to drive, are fun to drive, and make you want to drive them again.’ The new Mazda2 offers an exhilarating driving experience that is the soul of Zoom-Zoom and we will continue to build cars with the strong understanding that safety and environmental friendliness are a vital part of making cars fun-to-drive.”

Along with continuing production of the all-new Mazda2 at the U1 plant, additional Mazda2 production will begin at the Ujina Plant No.2 (U2) in June 2007. Sales will commence in Japan, followed by Europe and Australia and other markets. Production of Mazda2s for the Chinese market is scheduled to start at the Changan Ford Mazda Nanjing plant by the end of 2007.

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Consumers Now Switch to Small Cars

Small vehicles means small fuel tank, small fuel consumption, and small fuel costs. Am I right? Of course I am. Want some proof? Then read this out.

Power Information Network (PIN), a division of J.D. Power and Associates that provides transaction information and automotive solution for consumers has already gathered their real-time retail transaction data from various dealerships all over the United States. It shows that consumers who own large trucks and SUVs are now switching to smaller vehicles as fuel gas prices continue to increase. This is because small cars consumes less fuel compared to large trucks and utes.

“We’re seeing a broad, long-term but gradual movement to smaller vehicles. For example, during periods of high gas prices over the past two years, we’ve seen movement from larger to smaller SUVs. However, the total SUV pie remains largely intact.” says Tom Libby, Senior Director of Industry Analysis at PIN.

According to the data gathered by PIN from February up to April 2007, the sales for full size pickup truck, mid size truck, and large utility vehicle segments significantly drops as the fuel prices continue to rise. In fact, owners of large trucks and utility vehicles trade for smaller vehicles or in another vehicle in the same segment. According to PIN, not all vehicle segments are affected with increasing oil prices. The demands for large and midsize cars, small crossovers, and small SUVs remain unchanged.

In addition, The consumer demands for smaller vehicles and the increasing gas prices also triggers the growth of vehicle models equipped with 4-cylinder engines.

Bob Schnorbus, Chief Economist at J.D. Power and Associates concluded: “The recent strength of the small vehicle segments – pricing, styling and an increasing number of new models – is receiving an additional boost from high gas prices. We’re expecting the small vehicle segments to continue to grow, regardless of gas prices, but higher gas prices certainly will help these segments relative to others.”

Well, if gas prices continue to increase in the coming months or years, maybe we wont see cars rolling in the streets… just bicycles, probably with Centerline wheels? Lol!

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1998 Toyota T100

Here’s my Toyota T100. Finally done. This is the photo of what it looked like when I just bought it.

And here is the photo of it now.

To see more photos of the build go to www.mirru.com. I was going to use it as my shop truck but when I closed the shop this truck became my toy.