Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Don't give up yet Grandma!
If you're going to go Italian, go all in, that's what I say.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
- Good wet/snow grip
- Soft ride
- Made in USA
- Balancing, stems cost extra
- 4th tire free deal is a prepaid Visa rebate, not cash back at sale
- eServe reservation system easy to use
- Efficient, courteous service
- Followed customer tire mounting instructions
- Tires choices well explained
- Tires were reasonably priced
- 4th tire free promotion is a good deal
- Service up-sell was not obnoxious, some of it was justified
- Very basic waiting area; no free wi-fi or coffee
- Several attempts to up-sell service
- Advertised tire pricing leaves out required fees and parts
- 4th tire free promotion uses a prepaid Visa card, not cash at time of service
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
My family has been big into geocaching for years, so after seeing your blog entry, my brother and I swung by birmingham this afternoon. Perfect timing, as my car needs a new battery, pads and rotors, and a few other regular maintenance type odds and ends. Thanks Auto Prophet and Pep Boys!-Charles (Auto aficionado and NRA Life Member)
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
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Thursday, December 2, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The government purchased about 64 percent of GM's Chevy Malibu hybrid models and 29 percent of all Ford Fusion hybrids manufactured since Obama took office in 2009, the data show. GM stopped making the Malibu hybrid in 2009 after lack of consumer demand.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
After the end of daylight savings time, my alarm that was set for 6:00 AM now triggers at 7:00 AM, even though the click is set to 6:00 and the alarm is set to 6:00!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
- `(2) PHASEOUT PERIOD- For purposes of this subsection, the phaseout period is the period beginning with the second calendar quarter following the calendar quarter which includes the first date on which the number of new qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicles manufactured by the manufacturer of the vehicle referred to in paragraph (1) sold for use in the United States after December 31, 2009, is at least 200,000.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The third option for service station owners is simply not to sell E15, which Mr. Eichberger said seemed likely. "It is an authorization without a mandate," he said. "There is no retailer out there who has to sell this product."
Monday, November 8, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Good Morning Mahindra Truck Fans,
Congratulations. You are part of over 30,000 signed up to be the first to experience the hardworking Mahindra trucks.
I know you are wondering when you will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of one of these amazing, authentic, robust, fuel-efficient trucks at a Mahindra dealer near you. While I cannot give you a firm answer on timing, I can tell you in my estimation, trucks will arrive in the spring of 2011.
Mahindra has applied for and received their EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) certificate, which means the vehicles have passed emission requirements. They also filed with (NHTSA) National Highway Safety Administration, which handles US standards for safety.
With these hurdles completed, it would seem production is imminent, but other factors may hinder the US launch. India's car sales are on a dramatic trajectory upward. The sales pace combined with an industry wide parts shortage is impacting home market sales, which will have an affect on the United States introduction.
In closing, I know each of you anxiously await the arrival of the Mahindra trucks, and I am confident that you will see a launch announcement in the next few months.
If you haven't seen the Specsheet on the trucks yet, please click on the link below to see it.
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John A. Perez
Global Vehicles USA, Inc.
1720 Windward Concourse
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Which continues to show that Americans want large cars and cheap gas--not small, fuel efficient cars. If Washington forces the automakers to push small cars in a market that doesn't want them, there will be a strong political backlash.The category – known as light-duty trucks – made up 54 percent of all new U.S. vehicle sales last month, compared with 46 percent for cars, according to industry tracker J.D. Power and Associates. It's the biggest difference since December 2005, when trucks accounted for 56 percent of sales.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
- Excellent suction for the size
- Nice motorized brush attachment
- Easy to empty
- Good ergonomics
- Dyson's hallmark design
- Long 2-year warranty
- No wall-mount feature
- No way run off of vehicle power or recharge in vehicle.
- 3.5hrs of charging only gets you 10min of runtime
- Trigger must be held down continuously, no way to keep it running
- Can be awkward to maneuver in tight spaces
- High pitched whistling sound
I stumbled across your blog through an internet search and found your writing to be very interesting. I am a 24-year-old Mechanical Engineering student, and I have plans to go into Automotive Engineering.Some advice on the best way to become an Automotive Engineer would be very helpful. I spent 6 years out of highchool as a diesel/auto technician before going back to school. Is this going to be a help for me as an engineer later on?
Is there any drafting software I can get to experement with on my own time in order to put me ahead of the game later on?Again, it depends what you are going into. If you are going to be a designer, or a release engineer who releases parts that someone else has designed, CAD is very useful. If you aren't going to be dealing with part design as much, for example you are in the vehicle testing side of things, it is less useful. The concepts among different CAD programs are probably similar, so I wouldn't sweat it too much--it is the thinking in 3D, and the craft of drawing up designs which matters. You can get a cheap copy of TurboCAD and go to town.
And most importantly: I've almost finished up my basic courses and plan to transfer to a 4-year university to finish my education. What qualities do I need to look for in an engineering program?
How much does the university matter to prospective employers?