Winter 2011 Newsletter

Winter 2011 Newsletter

Ed MezaI’m going to make my ramblings short and sweet.
Go Ducks! The Ducks will be going to the National Championship game (at time of printing). We are very proud of our football team.

We’re getting a lot of questions about Volvo’s future, since the Chinese bought the company. Ford bought them in 1999 and did very little with the company until it was sold to a Chinese car maker in 2009 (under Ford). Ford was able to implement many new improvements to their car lines, making them safer and more reliable. I hope that is what the Chinese also plan on doing with them. I have heard rumors that several Swedish firms are looking to buy Volvo back and keep it as a Swedish brand. All Volvos sold in the US market are still made in Sweden.
Subaru continues to put out new products that keep tally up awards. With either Volvo or Subaru, there are models that are better than others. If your in the market for a new car, call us to get what feedback we can give you. If your looking to buy a good used car, don’t forget, we are buying and selling well-pampered cars. Or if you have a question about a car you’re looking to buy, we can also give you our input.
Thank you for your business and have a safe, happy holiday season. See you in 2011.
Ed Meza 541.685.0830 or ed@swedishwest.com

Volvo Tech Tips with Scott White

Scott WhiteDear everyone,
With winter upon us again it seems like a good time to discuss your tire needs; especially for those of you with all-wheel cars. This pertains to all year round but we tend to buy more tires for wet, snowy roads. To prevent deterioration in the function of the all-wheel systems and in more severe cases expensive damage, it is very important that tire replacement guidelines are followed. Always drive on tires of the same identical brand, size, construction (radial), tread pattern, load, speed, traction, temperature and tread wear rating. If you are forced to use the spare tire, only use it for a brief time. Always use properly inflated tires of the correct dimensions. There is a label located inside the fuel filler door on most cars with this information. Volvo strongly recommends replacing all four tires at the same time. If only two tires are replaced, they must be identical to the other two and must be installed on the front axle only. The spare tire is only to be used below 50 mph and below 50 miles. Snow chains on all-wheel drive cars must only be mounted on the front wheels and be only chains intended for all-wheel drive cars. Never install snow chains on a temporary spare tire. By keeping your tires rotated and the alignment to specifications, you can maximize your tire life. Oh don’t forget tire pressure too.
I hope this information helps in your relationship with your all -wheel drive car.
Take care, Scott.

Subaru Tech Tips with Eli Czerny

Transmissions to consider when buying a 2011 Outback:
• A fully synchronized 6-speed manual transmission is standard with the 2.05i and 2.5i Premium models. This will get you an estimated 19/27 mpg. (city/hwy)
• Subaru’s “Lineartronic” CVT (continuously variable transmission) with six speed manual mode and paddle shifters is standard with the 2.5i Limited model and optional with the 2.5i Premium models. This will get you an estimated 22/29 mpg. (city/hwy)
• A standard 5-speed adaptive electronic automatic transmission with paddle shifters is standard with the 3.6R, 3.6R Premium and 3.6R Limited models. This will get you an estimated 18/25 mph.
All wheel drive systems offered:
• Continuous all-wheel drive: models equipped with 6-speed manual transmissions utilize a viscous-type locking center differential with torque distribution normally configured at a 50/50-split front to rear. If a wheel speed differs between the front and rear axles, the system helps distribute power to the wheel with the most traction.
• Active all-wheel drive: Models equipped with Lineartronic CVT utilize an electronically controlled variable transfer clutch to distributed power to where traction is to help determine torque distribution and direct it to the wheels with optimum traction.
Variable torque distribution (VTD) all-wheel drive:
• Models equipped with 5-speed automatic transmissions utilize an electronically controlled variable transfer clutch in conjunction with a planetary-type center differential and a viscous-type limited-slip rear differential. Torque distribution is normally configured at a performance-oriented rear-wheel-biased 45/55-split front to rear. Sensors monitor parameters such as wheel slippage, throttle position and braking to help determine torque distribution and direct it to the wheels with optimum traction.

WRX STI brings the thunder The new Subaru WRX STI celebrates the characteristics that made the brand so widely recognized. It sports a modern interpretation of the huge spoiler, air scoop and flashy alloys that everybody recognizes.
Being a big Subaru fan, I was absolutely overjoyed to get my hands on the latest version of Subaru’s performance car, which has also dropped the Impreza badge to give the name to a new line of sporty models.
For a vehicle born from extensive experience in the harsh and unforgiving field of rallying, it certainly looks the part. The design uses sharp angles on the body, so that curved surfaces and panels have well-defined edges. The air scoop is more pronounced than on the previous model, but Subaru has refrained from raising it right out of the bonnet as it did on early versions.
The 18-inch BBS alloys sit snugly in their arches, giving the impres¬sion that the car is hunkered down on the tar, but closer inspection reveals that there is a comfortable clearance between the skirts and the road. Those 18-spoke wheels are offered in the gold style used on the first models for a nostalgic experience. Most noticeable are the bulg¬ing front and rear and pinched middle-section, which make it look somewhat like a bodybuilder with big shoulders and a lean, washboard stomach.
The crowning glory is a spoiler the size of a light-aircraft wing, which dominates the view from the rear window and hints at the power this car has to offer.

The WRX STI is a very forgiving car, it soaks up sloppy driving and smooths out rough cornering – which means that this is not a car that will challenge your driving skills. It’s just as well because I think it will serve as a saving grace for the ‘palooka’ drivers out there. Also, it wouldn’t be a Subaru if it wasn’t packed with safety features inside and out, because there’s only one way to pass the stringent independent crash testing conducted by ANCAP (the Australasian New Car Assessment Program). The WRX STI achieved the maximum five-star safety rating in the evaluations.

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