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Spring 2011 Newsletter

Spring 2011 Newsletter

Ed MezaWe almost pulled it off, football team that is. Maybe next year. I think we have a good chance.

I think I have to talk about maintaining your vehicles again. We are seeing a lot of cars that are way over on their oil changes. Volvo and Subaru have a great reputation for longevity but they have to have the basics taken care of to achieve that. We use high quality oils and filters and still do it, for the most part, of $34.95. I think some people are intimidated by our inspection that goes along with the oil change. We do this to inform you about things that will need addressing soon or could be a safety concern now. We’re not pushy. But I can see how with the times we have had and the constant forewarning we advise you with, that it may seem like we’re being aggressive. Far from true. We keep very busy with normal repairs and maintaining our customer base’s concerns. We have to advise you of things that can go bad if left neglected for a long period of time. It looks like other parts of the country are on their way back to recovery. Oregon just always lags behind.

It has been a long wet winter and can’t wait for spring to really kick in, with sunnier days. Last fall, I bought my wife Diana, a convertible and both of us are dying to let the top down and bask in the sun rays. We also acquired a new puppy from the pound. Her name is Cleopatra and she has the lightest blue eyes I’ve ever seen. It will be fun to see how she and our other dog, Oscar, handles driving around in an open-topped car.

Thank you for letting me bend your ear and like always be safe and healthy.

P.S. My goal is to be 185-190 lbs and have been doing very well. I’m down 25 lbs with another 35 to go.

Ed Meza 541.685.0830 or ed@swedishwest.com

Volvo Tech Tips  with Scott White

Scott WhiteAh springtime! I can hear the weeds growing and feel my allergies coming on. I guess we switched from grass to moss since last summer. But the good news is, we can switch from replacing wiper blades to replacing cabin/pollen filters. It also might be a good time to get your air conditioning “well” again. Start with a cabin filter if your car is equipped with one as it has a 15,000 mile change interval under most conditions. With the amount of dust and pollen here in the valley even if you don’t have allergies a restricted filter will burn up your blower fan motor.

How about that four dollar a gallon gasoline? Several years ago my wife and I were driving around Sweden on regular gas at $7.80 a gallon and it is higher now. Four dollars seems like a deal compared to that. Keep an eye on the amount of ethanol in our fuel as we are at ten percent now and there is a push to go to fifteen percent which will drop your gas mileage even lower. Do some research. If you get to vote on it you will make an informed decision. Meanwhile “America’s Tire” will swap out the air in your tires with nitrogen which will help keep your tire inflation to specification and at no charge! Clear the “junk from your trunk” to lighten the load and let’s get ready for some sunshine!

Take care, Scott

Spring Driving Tips—Dealing with potholes

In our area of the country, the snow and ice of winter have left roads in bad shape. The repeated freezing and thawing of moisture seeps through road surfaces and causes potholes. Keep these driving tips in mind this spring as you travel:

 

Hitting potholes can throw your car’s front end out of alignment. If you feel your car “pulling” during driving, that’s a clue that you could have a problem. Check the tread on your tires. Uneven tread wear can be a sign of misalignment. If you hit a severe pothole, have us check your vehicle’s alignment and tire balance.

When you hit a pothole you can damage your tire and/or the metal wheel of your vehicle. Keeping your tires properly inflated will help reduce damage from potholes and other road hazards.

 

The impact of potholes on tires increases dramatically with speed and can cause hidden, internal damage that could lead to tire failure weeks, or even months, later. It is best to avoid potholes entirely. If that’s not possible, don’t brake during pothole impact. Instead, apply brakes before hitting a pothole and release them just prior to impact. Braking during the impact sets up the tire and wheel assembly for a “solid hit” against the edge of the hole. Less severe damage occurs when a tire is rolling than when it is skidding over a hole during braking.

 

The Story Behind the Subaru “Baby Driver” Commercial

We all have that one com­mercial that makes us tear up. We may not admit it, but every time it comes on, we stop what we’re doing and reach for a tissue. A new Subaru commercial falls into this category, and if you’re a parent, it will tug on your heartstrings more than just a little bit.

The TV ad, called “Baby Driver,” features a father handing over the car keys to his daughter as she sets off to drive alone for the first time. If you’ve ever watched your son or daughter pull out of the driveway for their first solo ride, we bet this ad will make you choke up. (Inter­esting side note: the two girls who star in the ad are real-life sisters and the “dad” is the real-life father to both girls.)

The ad starts with a six-year-old girl behind the wheel of a Subaru Legacy, while her father gives her the “safety talk” through the passen­ger side window. When he passes her the keys, we see that it’s really been a 16-year-old about to take her first ride alone, even though her Dad still sees her as his “little girl.”

And in a situation where life imitates art, Andy Lyons, who plays the concerned father, is experiencing this moment in his own life. “As father to both the girls, portraying those complex emotions on-screen was not a stretch for me. Having my first daughter, Lanna reach driv­ing age and knowing that my second, Georgie, will be there all too soon, I understand the anxiety of handing over the keys for the first time.”

This ad is meant to spotlight the inherent safety of Subaru vehi­cles and the time in a teen’s life when they are responsible enough to take the family vehicle out on the road, as it tries to authentically portray that big moment. “When we found this family we threw out the script,” said Kevin Mayer, director of marketing communications, Subaru of America, Inc. “We simply asked the dad, what would you tell your daughter before she pulled away? The dad took it from there and he was perfect. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qf8OGLqE1s

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.