Carspoon.com http://www.carspoon.com We're all about cars Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:44:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.21 5 ugliest BMWs ever designedhttp://www.carspoon.com/article/5-ugliest-bmws-ever-designed/ http://www.carspoon.com/article/5-ugliest-bmws-ever-designed/#comments Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:44:32 +0000 http://www.carspoon.com/?p=2400 Everyone knows how nice BMWs can be. They are considered high class and luxury cars to many people. Unfortunately to others, BMW seems to be “slacking” on their designs. The cars being produced aren’t as nice as they used to be. 2014 BMW X6 The thought behind this vehicle was turning the best part of […]

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Everyone knows how nice BMWs can be. They are considered high class and luxury cars to many people. Unfortunately to others, BMW seems to be “slacking” on their designs. The cars being produced aren’t as nice as they used to be.

2014 BMW X6

2014 BMW X6 in blue

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The thought behind this vehicle was turning the best part of two vehicles into one. BMW wanted to fit the space of an SUV into the frame of a sedan. It was supposed to make everything more efficient. Everything but the look that is.

You can’t take a bigger SUV and cram it into a coup but that didn’t stop BMW from putting out a $62,000 vehicle. The vehicle isn’t good at being a compact coup or a spacious SUV, so customers and critics are left asking: What was the point?

Sales didn’t go as planned and the car got such horrible feedback that it even has its own definition on urbandictionary.com which can never be a good thing.

BMW E9 “3.0 CSL HOMMAGE”

BMW E9 “3.0 CSL HOMMAGE”

Image: BMW

To start with this vehicle, if BMW was going for the word “homage” they spelled it wrong. Other than that, the vehicle is downright ugly. The worse part of the car is the grille. It looks like a creepy smiley face that you might see on evil animated characters. This could be why BMW chose not to put out a teaser image before the release. The car in all is not pretty to look at for anyone.

BMW i3

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When you see a BMW, it is probably pretty noticeable that it is indeed a BMW. Unfortunately for ugly car number three, it doesn’t look like a BMW at all according to many critics of the design. It looks different from anything the car company has ever put it, but it has an upside. The official 0 to 60-mph time is 7.0 seconds, and according to a BMW factory representative, from 0 to 30 mph, the i3 is one of the quickest compact cars the company has ever made.

BMW 3 SERIES COMPACT

BMW 3 SERIES COMPACT

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Although this car is considered the grandfather to the BMW 1 Series, a tweak in the model seemed to be unpopular with critics. The vehicle is basically a truncated liftback version of the BMW 3 Series produced by BMW between 1993 and 2004.

CONCEPT X4

bmw CONCEPT X4

One of the last ugly cars BMW designed is this Concept X4. It is concept that the German car company probably could have left in the secret files in a dark basement. The car was a precursor to the X4 and melded the worst of parts of a high-riding SUV with a hatchback. An SUV isn’t something any car company should try to merge into a smaller car. An SUV is a SUV for a reason.

BMW is known for a lot of nice cars, but with the ugly ones they have been putting out, they might start to lose customers if they have not already done so.

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Do You Really Need to Change Your Oil Every 2,000 Miles?http://www.carspoon.com/article/do-you-really-need-to-change-your-oil-every-2000-miles/ http://www.carspoon.com/article/do-you-really-need-to-change-your-oil-every-2000-miles/#comments Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:11:27 +0000 http://www.carspoon.com/?p=2228 It seems like every time you turn around, 2,000 miles has gone by and it’s time again to change your oil. Reluctantly, you hope in your car and head to the mechanic, who over-charges you for oil and slaps a reminder sticker on your windshield to come on back in 2,000. It feels a little […]

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By: Robert Couse-Baker

It seems like every time you turn around, 2,000 miles has gone by and it’s time again to change your oil. Reluctantly, you hope in your car and head to the mechanic, who over-charges you for oil and slaps a reminder sticker on your windshield to come on back in 2,000. It feels a little like he’s saying, “See you next month!” Is it really necessary? We’ll take a closer look at changing your oil, what it does, and why it may or may not be.

Consider the Oil Type

There are two types of oil that you could potentially put in your car: standard or synthetic. The first thing you need to do in figuring out how often you should be changing your oil is determine which type you use. While both oils originate as crude oil and serve the purpose of lubricating the engine, synthetic oil has had modifications that make it a little more durable and protective for your engine. The result being more time between oil changes. So, if you find yourself using synthetic oil instead of standard, changing your oil every 2,000 miles is absolutely a waste of money, as you’ll likely get closer to 5,000 miles between oil changes.

Consider the Car

If you really think about it, car makers aren’t the ones who aggressively determine how or how often you perform standard vehicle maintenance. Who does it? It’s the oil makers and body shops that make those presumptions and almost bully people into feeling like it’s a requirement to be that active in vehicle maintenance. First and foremost, we recommend getting familiar with your car in regards to the make and model. Read the manual, do your research, determine what mileage you should aim for between oil changes. Some makes and models will allow for up to 10,000 miles safely between oil changes, but you’d never know it because of the oil companies and body shops that have you believing the opposite. 

Consider the Shop

Are you going to a “Mom and Pop” body shop, where you’re seeing a mechanic who has been trained on the inner workings of your vehicle and who gives you customized service? Or are you going to one of dozens of auto body chains, such as Jiffy Lube, where employees simply follow a mandated protocol for maintenance? While we never recommend finding a mechanic who is less than trustworthy, we do recommend branching out for second and third opinions; you may find you like what you hear a little more.

So, in short, if you are comfortable with shelling out $30 for an oil change every 2,000 miles, it certainly won’t hurt your car. Is it completely necessary? Highly unlikely.

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How To Check Your Car Before a Road Triphttp://www.carspoon.com/article/how-to-check-your-car-before-a-road-trip/ http://www.carspoon.com/article/how-to-check-your-car-before-a-road-trip/#comments Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:21:00 +0000 http://www.carspoon.com/?p=469 Are you planning a road trip within the near future? Please make sure that your car is ready for the trip to? The best way to safeguard your road trip is to let a mechanic perform a full safety inspection on your car a week or two before your trip. A mechanic will check everything […]

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Are you planning a road trip within the near future? Please make sure that your car is ready for the trip to? The best way to safeguard your road trip is to let a mechanic perform a full safety inspection on your car a week or two before your trip. A mechanic will check everything to make sure your car is reliable for the trip. A safety inspection will help immensely because a small repair now could spare you a big expensive repair later on.

There are particular factors to take into consideration when checking your tyres for a road trip and those details are included in this Article.

  • If the car “wanders” from side to side at highway speed that means the steering wheel is off-center. If the car pulls to one side, the wheel alignment should be checked.
  • Ensure that all shocks, CV joints and springs are in good working order. If there is any sign of damage on any of the parts then it needs to be replaced immediately.
  • Checking the fluids in your car may help you avoid an accident or an unnecessary breakdown, this includes oil, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, antifreeze, windshield washer fluid and brake fluid.
  • Ensure that all pipes and belts are tightly secured.
  • Ensure that all lights and signals are functional on your car and replace bulbs as necessary. Also take note that occasionally, lights may not work because a fuse needs to be replaced.
  • You need to ensure that your wipers give you a smear-free view and if they don’t, it is time to put on new wipers.
  • Your car’s brakes are your last line of defense and you need it to be in top-notch condition.
  • The air filter keeps the wrong particles from entering the engine but, with time, it gets dirty and becomes less effective. It needs to be checked regularly, especially before a lengthy road trip.
  • Ensure that the electrical and ignition systems are as good as new and make sure your car’s battery and cables are securely attached and free of corrosion.
  • You need to ensure that the petrol cap is tightened properly. If this cap is not secure, the petrol will evaporate from your tank as you drive.
  • Please keep in mind that no matter how much maintenance you and your mechanic do on you vehicle it is not a guarantee that you will not have auto troubles on the road. You have to be prepared for the worst and having a roadside survival kit at hand will make an unexpected breakdown a lot less stressful.
  • You should keep a copy of your car’s warranty and contact information for all the emergency care services you have at your disposal should be kept in your glove compartment. You should take along a set of spare keys to your car and have a mobile GPS system at hand to.

If you have followed these guidelines I am certain that you can now head off on a well-deserved holiday with your family. Enjoy your trip.

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The Difference Between Synthetic and Conventional Motor Oilhttp://www.carspoon.com/article/the-difference-between-synthetic-and-conventional-motor-oil/ http://www.carspoon.com/article/the-difference-between-synthetic-and-conventional-motor-oil/#comments Mon, 02 Jan 2017 15:50:52 +0000 http://www.carspoon.com/?p=900 There was a time when you were considered a “responsible” vehicle owner if you changed the oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles and had your tires rotated every other oil change. It turns out that while it is good practice to maintain your vehicle on a schedule, breaking out of that traditional oil change […]

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There was a time when you were considered a “responsible” vehicle owner if you changed the oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles and had your tires rotated every other oil change. It turns out that while it is good practice to maintain your vehicle on a schedule, breaking out of that traditional oil change mind set and utilizing premium synthetic oil can ultimately save you time and money.

What makes synthetic oil different from conventional oil? There are two components that determine how well motor oil will perform in your car. One factor is the base oil and the second is the combination of chemicals (additives) that are added to the base oil.

Mineral or conventional oils are by-products of refined crude oil. Refining helps reduce the impurities in the oil, but its end product has molecules that vary in size. This inconsistency in size can result in restricted flow when working its way through the engine. Synthetic oil molecules are manufactured and are all the same size and shape. This creates less friction in the engine and allows the oil to move throughout the engine smoothly resulting in better performance.

Additives added to the base oil are what give the oil the characteristics needed to do its job. Although additives are typically only 15 to 25 percent of the make-up of motor oil, they can impact a lubricant’s performance much more than the base oil. For example, mineral-based motor oil with a very good additive package can easily outperform synthetic motor oil with a mediocre additive package. There is no easy way for a consumer to determine the quality of motor oil’s additive package. Price is often an indicator of quality since the more advanced additive technologies cost more to produce. Performance is the ultimate measure of additive package quality.

There have also been advancements in additive technologies that allow synthetic oil manufacturers to offer consumers a product that will allow them to go more miles between oil changes. By going 10,000-12,000 miles instead of three, depending on your driving habits, you could be changing your oil once a year instead of four times! This benefit of using synthetic saves the owner time and money, and reduces the impact on the environment with less oil waste that has to be disposed of.

So you decide to switch to synthetic oil, but even then not all synthetics are alike. For example premium synthetic lubricant manufacturer Royal Purple offers three different types of synthetic oils to meet a variety of consumer needs.

  • Warranty compliance – This API licensed motor oil is for consumers who have newer vehicles and are concerned about warranty compliance in both gasoline and diesel engines.
  • High performance – High Performance Street (HPS) motor oil is ideal for vehicle owners who are no longer worried about warranty compliance and are seeking a higher level of performance and protection.
  • High mileage – HMX is high mileage motor oil especially formulated with zinc and phosphorus and Royal Purple’s proprietary additive technology Synerlec in vehicles with 75,000 miles or more.

There are several benefits can you gain from using premium synthetic oil. This includes: increased fuel efficiency; better wear; and corrosion protection that will extend the life of your vehicle. Taking care of your investment by using synthetic motor oil is a money saving step that savvy owners choose.

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2015 Ferrari Sergio: Excitement For the Very Fewhttp://www.carspoon.com/article/2015-ferrari-sergio-excitement-for-the-very-few/ http://www.carspoon.com/article/2015-ferrari-sergio-excitement-for-the-very-few/#comments Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:57:25 +0000 http://www.carspoon.com/?p=2186 Ferrari is really getting into the ultra-exclusive club with its ultra-exclusive customers. For the past few years they have been allowing customers with deep enough pockets to create basically a 1 of 1 custom Ferrari exactly to their liking. Offering such delectable has significantly boosted Ferrari’s sales numbers and given the company a surge that […]

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Ferrari is really getting into the ultra-exclusive club with its ultra-exclusive customers. For the past few years they have been allowing customers with deep enough pockets to create basically a 1 of 1 custom Ferrari exactly to their liking. Offering such delectable has significantly boosted Ferrari’s sales numbers and given the company a surge that it needed.

Let me introduce you to the Ferrari Sergio concept car that you can buy. Well, some of you anyway. Actually some of you is too generous a word. Six of you to be exact, and only if Ferrari sends you an invitation. If you have not received yours by now, you will not be getting one. All six invitations have been sent out and all six have been accepted.

The Sergio is a combined effort between Ferrari and longtime friend Pininfarina and the results are stunning in every way. Style is second to none with its own gorgeous unique lines that are backed up by a 600 horsepower V8 engine. Price for this unbelievable exclusivity is $3,000,000. No negotiating.

The first one has already been delivered to a client in the United Arab Emirates, Each one has been custom made according to its new owners wishes, making each car absolutely unique.

The Sergio is definitely striking to look at, and is certainly intended to be extremely driver oriented, as is stated in the press release: “An authentic open-top, it explicitly references the track, underscoring and intensifying its sense of sportiness, fun behind the wheel and the pleasure of design at its purest.”

I don’t imagine these cars will be racking up too many miles, but I do hope that their new owners will see fit to take them to some shows so maybe the rest of us will get a chance to appreciate the beauty and engineering that has gone into this latest Ferrari / Pininfarina creation. Have your cameras ready, you just never know where one might pop up!

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How to Identify Problems With Your Land Rover Freelander Brakeshttp://www.carspoon.com/article/how-to-identify-problems-with-your-land-rover-freelander-brakes/ http://www.carspoon.com/article/how-to-identify-problems-with-your-land-rover-freelander-brakes/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2016 14:58:24 +0000 http://www.carspoon.com/?p=2068 Your Freelander’s brakes are one of the most vital parts of your vehicle and keeping them in the best shape possible is key to keeping your Freelander running efficiently and safely. If you have a problem with your brakes the following information will hopefully help you to determine exactly where the problem is. The information […]

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Your Freelander’s brakes are one of the most vital parts of your vehicle and keeping them in the best shape possible is key to keeping your Freelander running efficiently and safely. If you have a problem with your brakes the following information will hopefully help you to determine exactly where the problem is. The information below is for the Freelander 2 however most of it is common to all Freelanders and in fact all vehicles.

Do you find your Freelander’s brakes are noisy?

As you will expect your brakes wear over time, and so inspecting both front and rear brake pads for deterioration as well as any damage to your anti-squeal shims is a good idea.

Have you discovered any damage or build up on your Freelander’s brake discs? If so it might be time for a clean or a change of discs, depending on how severe you determine the wear to be.

Even if you don’t immediately see any clear damage to your discs or shims, you should still check for any possible corrosion, wear or thickness variations.

Brake disc variations could cause noticeable issues with your Freelander; not only the efficiency of your braking system but can it also be the source of other issues such as vibration and or harshness felt when applying the brakes, which conveniently leads us onto our next section.

Are you experiencing a vibration or harshness when your brakes are applied?

As previously mentioned, brake disc wear can be the source of not just inefficient braking but can also be the likely culprit for noise vibrations and or an overly harsh sensation through the brake pedal or steering wheel.

If you are feeling vibration or harshness, it may be time to give your Freelander a road test to find a solution.

To road test your Freelander you will need to bring it up to speed on a long stretch of road to about 25 – 50 mph without applying brakes. Once you are at a reasonable speed without applying brakes, listen for any vibration.

If you can hear/feel a vibration, it’s recommended to check the balance of your wheels/tyres, or for any damage or wear to your suspension bushings/components. If you are still not satisfied with whereabouts you are hearing/feeling vibration, you can always repeat the road test if you deem necessary.

If there is no vibration without application of the brakes, repeat the road test but this time with a light to medium application. Is there now vibration present?

If you can hear or feel a vibration with the brakes applied at varying levels then it is recommended to check your brake caliper mounting bolts and wheel hub nuts, then to have these tightened as necessary.

Check your Freelanders brake discs for excessive wear, runout, thickness variation or cracks and seek a mechanic for installation of new brake discs as required.

Unfortunately if there is still vibration present, there may be a number of issues and so it would be wise to check for wear or failure of your steering gear bushings as well as your steering gear ball joints. Failure or wear of your front wheel bearings, suspension bushings are also a possibility. Have these components replaced as required.

Do your brakes pull or drift?

Do you feel your Freelander drift or pull to one side when you apply the brakes? This problem can be down to incorrect tyre pressure or excessive wear on your tyre tread. Having these problems adjusted and changed as soon as possible would be recommended as to keep your Freelander running efficiently.

If you still feel your Freelander drifting or pulling while brakes are applied, or your tyres are already at the correct pressure and in good condition, it may be beneficial to check your disc brake caliper pistons and pins for any signs of binding, leaking or sticking as this could be the culprit. While doing this it would be wise to also check your brake discs for any excessive damage, thickness variation or runout. If any of these are present on your discs, a replacement would be recommended.

If you don’t see any damage or wear to your disc brake calipers but still get a pull or drift when applying the brakes, a look at the front hub and wheel bearing assembly as well as the suspension bushing and ball joints could reveal the problem.

If after all suggested fixes you are still finding your Freelander is pulling or drifting, it may be your steering geometry, in which case you can adjust this as necessary.

Do you feel as if your Freelander brake pedal is spongy?

Do you feel as though you have lost some brake pedal height (Sometimes called pedal reserve)?

Your pedal may even touch the floor under heavy braking or your brakes no longer provide sufficient brake force.

These types of symptoms are dangerous and could well be signs that there is air in your brakes system. The following checks and possible bleed of the system is required:

  • With your engine off check for a firm pedal.
  • Is the brake pedal effort and pedal travel normal?
  • If the effort is feeling unusual you can check your brake pedal reserve to rule out other issues.
  • With your engine still off pump the pedal 10 times and hold on the final application. Does your brake pedal now feel firm on the final application?
  • If the final application does feel firm, it is recommended you follow the brake pedal reserve check.
  • However if you find the final pump still feels spongy or unusual this could also be a sign that there is air in your brakes system and that a bleeding of the system is required to remove the air.
  • Checking your brake pedal reserve:
  • With your engine now turned on ensure the parking brake and transmission is in park/neutral.
  • Allow engine to idle.
  • Apply the brake pedal lightly three or four times.
  • Wait 15 seconds for the vacuum to recover.
  • Push down on the brake pedal until it stops moving downward or an increased resistance to the pedal travel occurs.
  • Hold the brake pedal in the applied position while increasing the engine speed to 2000 rpm.
  • Release the accelerator pedal.
  • Can you see or feel the brake pedal move downward as the engine speed returns to idle?

If you do not feel the pedal move downward you will need to check the vacuum to your brake booster.

However if you do feel your pedal move downward it could be your brake master cylinder reservoir fluid level. Check this fluid level as well any leaks in your brake system and rectify as necessary. If needed add fluid then bleed the brake system.

Is your Freelander’s brake pedal traveling faster than normal?

A fast traveling brake pedal can be a sign of a few things.

Start by taking your Freelander on a road test and feeling for irregular speed of travel in your brake pedal.

Do you still feel that your pedal isn’t quite right? If so the next step is to bring your Freelander to a stop and while stationary pump the brake pedal rapidly at least five times so as to pressurize your brake system.

Do you feel the pedal travel build up and then hold? If so a bleed of your brakes system and a following test for normal operation is required.

However if you do not feel your pedal hold after pressurizing the system this could be a sign that you may have an external brake system leak.

Is your Freelander’s brake pedal traveling slower than normal?

A slow traveling brake pedal can be a sign of an external brake system leak.

A check on the brake system for a leak is advised and a repair be carried out if you discover any damage or leaks, followed by a top up with brake fluid and bleeding of the system.

Are you finding your Freelander requires excessive effort to engage the brake system?

Having to use excessive effort on your brake pedal can be a sign of brake pad wear or damage of some form. A check of your pads for excessive wear and damage, contamination or incorrect installation could reveal the problem. If you find any concerns with your brake pads a new set of pads should be installed.

However if you do not find any concerning damage or wear to your brake pads, check and locating the issue then repair of your brakes vacuum.

If you do not find any issues with the vacuum, a check and inspection of the rest of the system and any damaged connections or missing clamps should be completed.

After a check of the system another check for proper functionality of the brake vacuum is required. You can do this by pumping the brake pedal several times to exhaust the vacuum with the engine off. Push down on the brake pedal and hold.

Does your brake pedal move down when the engine is started?

If not you will need to check your brake booster valve for proper functionality and have repaired as necessary.

Do you feel your brakes lockup during light application of the brake pedal?

Start by inspecting your brake pads for any wear or damage, signs of incorrect installation or contamination from oils etc.

If you uncover anything that is of concern, you should have your brake pads replaced as required.

Inspect brake callipers for binding, leaking or sticking that could be cause for concern or the source of the locking up of your brakes.

Do you feel your Freelander brakes drag when applied?

Dragging brakes are usually caused by issues with the brake calipers pistons and pins as well as the parking brake cables and so it would be a good idea to check these for sticking, binding or leaking.

If you do find sticking or binding of these parts, a replacement of these components would be required.

However if you do not find any issues with these components the cause could be your brake boosters connecting rod alignment and travel.

Do you find your Freelander has excessive/erratic brake pedal travel?

To begin, a check on the brake master cylinder fluid level is required as to rule out improper seal on the master cylinder reservoir.

If you find you are running low on master cylinder fluid, top it up using the exact fluid recommended for your Freelander, to the requirements stated on the reservoir. Follow by bleeding the system.

Check the brake pedal reserve as covered earlier.

Follow this by a check of the front wheel bearing assembly looking for any damage and excessive wear or play in the bearings and replace if necessary.

If you do not find anything of concern in the wheel bearing assembly a check for thickness variances in the brake discs is recommended.

Are you experiencing slow or incomplete brake pedal return in your Freelander?

To check your brake pedal return you should begin by running your engine at idle while making several brake applications.

  • Pull the brake pedal rearward with a medium amount of force
  • Release the pedal and measure the distance to the toe board
  • Make a hard brake application
  • Release the brake pedal and measure the pedal to toe board distance. The brake pedal should return to it’s original position.

If your pedal does not return to it’s original position you will need to have the brake booster disconnected in order to check for any binding on the brake pedal itself.

After disconnecting the brake booster the brake pedal should operate freely. If not, a repair or installation of a new brake pedal may be required.

Hopefully this has covered any issue you might have with your Freelander brakes, if however you have not managed to determine what the problem is please give us a call on +44-780-9575-421 or drop us an email to sue@freelanderspecialist.com

We are FreelanderSpecialist.com, we have worked on nothing but Freelander’s for many years and we love them. We don’t love them because they give us an income, we love them because they are fantastic vehicles; they are comfortable, stylish and extremely capable. We love people who love their Freelander, and we will do everything we can to help you keep it in tip top condition and avoid all of the issues above; from regular tips on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FreelanderSpecialist and articles on our website http://www.freelanderspecialist.com, to email (sue@freelanderspecialist.com) and telephone (+44 780 9575 421) support. But if you do get caught out we are always here to carry out repairs and we specialise in reconditioning all Freelander engines and drive train items.

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Negotiating Tips for Car Shoppershttp://www.carspoon.com/article/negotiating-tips-for-car-shoppers/ http://www.carspoon.com/article/negotiating-tips-for-car-shoppers/#comments Fri, 23 Dec 2016 17:05:19 +0000 http://www.carspoon.com/?p=2218 Does anybody really pay full price for a car anymore? Our thought is probably not, and why would you when negotiating can be so effective? If you play your cards right with negotiating, you could potentially save thousands off the price of a car. So, before you head to the dealership to make your purchase, […]

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Does anybody really pay full price for a car anymore? Our thought is probably not, and why would you when negotiating can be so effective? If you play your cards right with negotiating, you could potentially save thousands off the price of a car. So, before you head to the dealership to make your purchase, brush up on some negotiation techniques if you’d like to save a buck.

Time Your Visit Right

There are a number of factors that go into timing your visit correctly. First, understand that inventory is cleared off of lots in preparation for new inventory toward the end of the year. The benefit of knowing that is understanding that car dealers are typically more willing to negotiate if they think they can make a sale. Also, choose to shop on the last day of the month, where you’ll catch salesmen trying to meet quotas or grab bonuses based on quarterly goals. Lastly, try to go mid-week, during the work day. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are typically slow days for dealers, so they’ll be more likely to jump through hoops to make a sale than they would, say, on a busy weekend where customers are lined up at their door.

Shop Around, and Be Vocal About It

Don’t head to one dealership and buy the first car you find, even if it is a decent deal. Do a little shopping in advance: look online, make some phone calls, make a day of popping in to different dealerships to see what’s out there. Visiting a dealership and talking to the same salesman on two different occasions will let them know that you’re a serious buyer, and they’ll be more willing to work with you, especially if they know you’ve been somewhere else looking for a better deal.

Utilize Walk Away Power

You have to actually be willing to walk away from a car for this one to work, bluffing simply won’t cut it. When a salesman works with you for hours to get you right where he wants you and then senses that you’ll walk away if it’s not exactly what you wanted, he’ll probably get a little antsy and do everything he can to make the sale.

Use Cash

There’s just something about waving a wad of cash in front of a salesman’s eyes that makes him weak in the knees. It’s a big win for a car dealership whenever they’re paid in full on the spot, as opposed to waiting for you to get a loan and pay monthly installments. If you have the cash on hand, use it; they’ll be eager to make the sale in full, even if it means coming off the price more than they’d planned.

Exercising these little techniques will have you saving thousands on your next car purchase!

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The AC 378 GT Zagatohttp://www.carspoon.com/article/the-ac-378-gt-zagato/ http://www.carspoon.com/article/the-ac-378-gt-zagato/#comments Wed, 21 Dec 2016 14:53:20 +0000 http://www.carspoon.com/?p=2108 AC first joined forces with Zagato in 1957 when the latter designed the one off AC Ace Bristol Zagato sports car, a pure racing GT Berlinetta. It was designed with the characteristic Zagato roof, containing two bubbles for crash helmets, and a 2 litre, straight six engine. The AC 378 GT Zagato sports car was based on […]

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AC first joined forces with Zagato in 1957 when the latter designed the one off AC Ace Bristol Zagato sports car, a pure racing GT Berlinetta. It was designed with the characteristic Zagato roof, containing two bubbles for crash helmets, and a 2 litre, straight six engine. The AC 378 GT Zagato sports car was based on the Zagato Perana Z-One, launched in 2009 at the Geneva Motor Show.

In 2012, Superformance teamed up with AC, and the Perana was relaunched as the AC 378 GT Zagato, and priced at £90,000. It was powered by a 6.2 litre, V8 engine, sourced from the Chevrolet Corvette C6, with a six speed gearbox, and developed 434 bhp at 5900 rpm, and 430 ft/lbs of torque at 4600 rpm. This produced a top speed of 185 mph, a 0-60 mph time of 3.8 secs, and a 0-100 mph time of 8.9 secs.

It was offered as a fixed head coupe, with a roadster to follow. The cockpit’s layout was based on Zagatos minimalist design philosophy, and production began later in 2012. The space frame chassis incorporated steel tubes, and supported a lightweight fibreglass body, so that the final weight of the car was 1465 kg (3230 lbs).

Typical of AC, there were no electrical driver aids, such as ABS or traction control. The “378” part of the name reflected the cubic inch capacity of the engine (in line with the naming of other AC cars, such as AC 289, AC 427), whist the “GT” defined its role as a long distance tourer, and “Zagato” identified its renowned Italian designer. Its excellent handling characteristics were derived from its 50/50 front/rear weight distribution.

The latest AC licensee was the South African company Hi-Tech, which built glassfibre AC Cobra replicas for the US market under the name Superformance, and was now chosen to build the 378 Zagato. Furthermore, the company planned to build a V8 powered AC Cobra styled Mark 2 convertible, priced at under £70,000. The styling of the 378 GT was to be based on the original 1960’s racing AC Cobra coupes.

The AC 378 GT Zagato sports car received its UK launch at the 2012 Auto Italia Motor Show at the AC Heritage Centre at Brooklands, where older AC models continue to be built. This launch marked the 50th anniversary of the creation of the original AC Cobra back in 1962. The new car was to be built in South Africa and Germany. AC had a rollercoaster financial past, with receivership in 1996. However, new management has ensured that the iconic AC Cobra is brought back into production.

On the other hand, although the Mark 2 and Mark 4 “Continuation” Cobras were thriving, AC could not remain as a one model company. Hence, launched at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the AC 378 GT Zagato sports car represented the first all new model introduced by the company in over a decade. With the demise of the Perana, Zagato offered the design to AC, who agreed to develop the theme. The 378 Zagato had a new chassis and body built in South Africa by the team who built the Noble sports car.

Initially, the car was available only in the UK and Germany. Marketed in the US, it would have had a price tag of around $140,000, some three times more expensive than the Corvette C6 whose engine it used, which possibly explained its absence from the US at that time.

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5 Things Smart Shoppers Look For Before Buying a Used Carhttp://www.carspoon.com/article/5-things-smart-shoppers-look-for-before-buying-a-used-car/ http://www.carspoon.com/article/5-things-smart-shoppers-look-for-before-buying-a-used-car/#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:26:31 +0000 http://www.carspoon.com/?p=973 Here is the list of five important things you, the car buyer, should pay attention to when on the dealership lot or when checking out the same vehicle online. 1.    Interior Condition of the Vehicle There are many things to check in detail when inspecting the interior of a vehicle. Check the interior upholstery carefully […]

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Here is the list of five important things you, the car buyer, should pay attention to when on the dealership lot or when checking out the same vehicle online.

1.    Interior Condition of the Vehicle
There are many things to check in detail when inspecting the interior of a vehicle.

  • Check the interior upholstery carefully for any tears or stains.
  • Check if the air-conditioning and heating system exhausts are blowing air properly.
  • Check the odometer for car mileage.
  • Check different lights that are inside the vehicle, like hand brake indicator, ability to change the intensity of dash board display, dome light, radio, CD player, etc.
  • Make sure Check Engine light is off, if the indicator is on, avoid that car.

2.    Exterior Condition of the Vehicle
Check the exterior condition of the vehicle in general, including:

  • The paint job of the vehicle, check for any rust spots, dents or scratches.
  • Inspect for signs of rust or water entry due to cracks or holes
  • Be sure tires are worn evenly and are the same kind. Don’t forget to check the spare tire as well.
  • Make sure headlights and brake lights are working properly.

3.    Online Reviews of the Vehicle
Read online reviews about the make and model of the used car you want to purchase.  The review contains all the advantages and disadvantages of the vehicle. You should also search for customer reviews before making the decision to purchase the used car.

4.    Price of the Vehicle
It is important to research the price of the used car to ensure you are paying the right price.  Use several different sources such as Kelly Blue Book and Edmunds to compare prices for the same year, make, and model.  While the final price of the vehicle will depend on the vehicle’s mileage and its condition, but researching the price will give you a good idea on the possible price range.

5.    History of the Vehicle
Determine if the vehicle has been any accidents or has had any major repairs. Obtain the vehicle’s VIN number or ask the salesperson about the vehicle history report. Most dealership these days offer free CarFax or AutoCheck reports on their website. If neededScience Articles, you can obtain the vehicle’s VIN number from the dashboard on the driver’s side of the vehicle.  The vehicle history report can help you make a more confident decision when buying a used car.
The history report may contain all or most of the following:

  • If the vehicle has been in a major accident
  • How many owners the vehicle’s has had
  • The odometer history of the vehicle
  • If the vehicle was ever a lemon
  • If the vehicle has any flood damage

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If you are searching for a used vehicle in the Kansas City area, there are many places online to compare models and prices to ensure you are getting the best deal. Visit our website, at northtowneautogroup.com to compare used cars for the best deals.

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Top 5 Cars That Say ‘I’m Compensating’http://www.carspoon.com/article/top-5-cars-that-say-im-compensating/ http://www.carspoon.com/article/top-5-cars-that-say-im-compensating/#comments Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:14:45 +0000 http://www.carspoon.com/?p=355 Ahem. We’ve all thought it once or twice, seeing a guy in a certain type of car, driving like a jackass high on gas fumes, and thinking to ourselves, “Well, he’s obviously compensating for something.” After all, it’s not every man that can drive a 1998 Dodge Neon and feel comfortable. Sometimes guys just want […]

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Ahem. We’ve all thought it once or twice, seeing a guy in a certain type of car, driving like a jackass high on gas fumes, and thinking to ourselves, “Well, he’s obviously compensating for something.” After all, it’s not every man that can drive a 1998 Dodge Neon and feel comfortable. Sometimes guys just want to prove something. Maybe it isn’t the prodigiousness of his stick shift that motivated the purchase of one of these cars, but there’s some latent motivation in his past, we guarantee that.

So, without further ado, the top 5 cars for guys compelled to compensate… for something.

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Top 5 muscle cars worth restoringhttp://www.carspoon.com/article/top-5-muscle-cars-to-restore/ http://www.carspoon.com/article/top-5-muscle-cars-to-restore/#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2016 12:49:22 +0000 http://www.carspoon.com/?p=490 Interested in restoring Muscle Cars from the 60s? This has been a hobby for many people and for quite some time now. One question that I always hear from people that are interested is what car to pick? Well, for starters, there are plenty of 60s muscle cars you can choose, and it really depends […]

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Interested in restoring Muscle Cars from the 60s? This has been a hobby for many people and for quite some time now. One question that I always hear from people that are interested is what car to pick? Well, for starters, there are plenty of 60s muscle cars you can choose, and it really depends on what you are looking for. On one had, there are the more common and cheaper cars if you’re on a budget, and on the other hand there are the more rare ones which would cost you more money to restore. Regardless, this is a fun hobby and if you have the time it can be extremely rewarding. This is not going to teach you how to restore classic cars, but rather help you decide the first step: which car to choose?

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Brief Corvette Historyhttp://www.carspoon.com/article/brief-corvette-history/ http://www.carspoon.com/article/brief-corvette-history/#comments Mon, 12 Dec 2016 14:19:26 +0000 http://www.carspoon.com/?p=2210 The Corvette is distinctive in the history of automotives. The car has attained over 60 years of production and no other vehicle can match the car’s reputable and powerful two-seater. Since its 1953 debut, the Corvette has undergone six generations and various designs. Although classic models for instance the Stingray is no longer existent in […]

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By: Cristian Bortes

The Corvette is distinctive in the history of automotives. The car has attained over 60 years of production and no other vehicle can match the car’s reputable and powerful two-seater.

Since its 1953 debut, the Corvette has undergone six generations and various designs. Although classic models for instance the Stingray is no longer existent in the assembly line, Chevrolet still manufacturers a wide range of Corvettes that serve different budget and driving needs.

Contemporary corvettes range from fundamental models to the fast, powerful, and speedy ZRI model. If you seek more information on the rarest corvettes, check out this list.

Types of Corvettes

Coupe

This basic model is the most affordable in the group of Vettes. The 2011 model has a 430-horsepower and can move from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds; this is comparable to the capacities of numerous Ferrari models. Additionally, the Coupe has a detachable roof panel that allows for open-air driving.

Convertible

The Convertible has a similar engine, gas and pickup mileage performance as its counterpart, the Coupe. In standard models, top removal is manual and more costly models feature power tops that shift at the touch of a button.

Grand Sport

In 2010, the manufacturer revived this car type for public sale. This type comes in convertible and coupe forms. Although it features a similar engine as basic models, its design is different. Differences comprise a wider body, more powerful brakes, and fender flares.

Z06

The introduction of this model occurred in 2005. Design elements for instance a carbon-fiber floorboards and aluminum frame make this model weigh approximately 140 pounds less than the fundamental corvette.

ZRI

The introduction of the ZO6 model occurred in 2009, and it’s the fastest, most expensive model to date. Furthermore, the car has poor gas mileage performance and this model is twice as costly as a basic corvette.

History of Corvettes

Harley Earl, who invented this car in 1951, drew inspiration from the great European sports vehicles at the time. The term “Corvette” originates from a line of small, quick navy ships that functioned in World War II. Since its introduction, General Motors has maintained the production and has currently produced Six generations some of which include:

C1 (1953-1962)

In 1953, the manufacturer merely produced 300 corvettes and each of them featured red interior. The production of the initial cars comprised a reasonably weak150 horsepower and an automatic transmission.

C2 (1963-1967)

During this era, the production of corvettes increased from approximately 10,000 vehicles annually to roughly 27,000 cars annually. The variety of engines also increased.

C3 (1968-1982)

By far, C3 generations express the biggest generation ever manufactured. This generation of cars began well; however, standards of emissions and GM’s dissatisfaction of the 1970s, depressed collector values and horsepower.

C4 (1984-1996)

During this period, Chevrolet designed a new car. However, the produced prototypes for the 1983 model had vital quality issues. Consequently, the release of the fourth generation took place in 1984. This generation improved in horsepower and quality.

5 Rarest Corvettes

1963 Grand Sport

The car is worth between US 6million and 8million and the production of only five took place before the manufacturer discontinued its production.

Chevrolet Corvette L-88 (1967)

This is the best of the second generation vettes and its value is $1 million.

Chevrolet Corvette

This was Corvette’s first production. The car had poor construction and featured red seats.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The car features a 36-gallon gas intake, beneficial in racing since it decreased fill-ups. Additionally, it featured brakes and performance suspension.

Corvette “Fuelie” (1957)

Fuel injection describes a system, which can enhance a vehicle’s performance and efficiency. The manufacturer offered the car as an option in 1957 initially.

In conclusion, the Corvette is a vehicle that has found its way into racing tracks, American driveways, and pop culture. People purchase it for varied reasons ranging from accessibility to social experience. If you’re unsure whether to consider this car, perhaps you should know more about it.

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5 reasons you should buy a new car instead of a used carhttp://www.carspoon.com/article/5-reasons-you-might-buy-a-new-car-over-a-used-car/ http://www.carspoon.com/article/5-reasons-you-might-buy-a-new-car-over-a-used-car/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:47:12 +0000 http://www.carspoon.com/?p=1113 Ah, the challenge of buying a car. It’s like doing battle, not only with the salesperson, but with balancing your wants v. your needs. Sure, given a choice most people would go ahead and take a new car over a used car, but when its our money we’re reluctant to take that plunge. Well, today […]

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Ah, the challenge of buying a car. It’s like doing battle, not only with the salesperson, but with balancing your wants v. your needs. Sure, given a choice most people would go ahead and take a new car over a used car, but when its our money we’re reluctant to take that plunge.

Well, today we’re here to tell you that sometimes it’s actually a smarter decision to buy a new automobile instead of a used one. Check out these 5 reasons it might be better for you.

1. When you plan to finance your purchase for 5 years.

The reasoning is simple on this matter — most banks won’t finance a used car for 5 years. It’s a bad investment for the bank because used cars depreciate faster and are less likely to last for the length of loan, which makes them a bad investment for the bank. It’s also because of these factors that banks charge higher interest rates for used cars, which means the buyers are paying a larger percentage of their payment toward interest.

2. When the used car warranty isn’t good.

What does the average used car warranty look like? Not very good. Oftentimes the warranty does transfer with ownership of the vehicle, which is a very good thing. But did you know that it isn’t always for the same length or with the same coverage? Manufacturers often shorten warranties once the car passes from the original owner to the next, so it’s possible that 10 year/100,000 mile warranty you thought you had is actually only a 6 year/60,000 mile warranty, which is about the best you can hope for on a used car. Other times you might only have 90 days, or worse, none. Car maintenance is expensive, so the warranty is very important. Add repair costs to a used car and then look at how much cheaper it is.

Cars.com has a nice breakdown of all the standard warranties for various car manufacturers.

3. When fuel efficiency matters.

Thanks to new government regulations car manufacturers are required to produce automobiles meeting higher standards for fuel efficiency. Does this mean your new car is going to get 10 MPG more than your typical used car? No, but it might be enough to justify the additional cost of that new car. Car ownership cost isn’t just calculated at the time of sale; it’s calculated over the lifetimes of your ownership. A few dollars worth of savings on every tank of gas makes a big difference over the course of 5 years.

4. When the used car isn’t that much cheaper.

We’ve already talked about the increased repairs that used cars are likely to require that might not be covered by a warranty, which could automatically increase the overall cost of your used car. Worse yet, what if the car wasn’t that much cheaper in the first place? So maybe you buy a used car that’s a couple years old with 30,000 miles and save $3,000. Well, at the time that savings is nice, but what happens when you need to make a major repair to that car? All of a sudden it might not be that good of a value.

5. When you can afford it.

All those other things are nice, but they don’t mean a thing if you just cannot flat out afford a new car. They’re expensive and definitely a luxury purchase, no matter how you slice it. You need good credit, a good down payment and the willingness and capacity to make a car payment. It might be a desire, but sometimes what we want happens to be really bad for us.

When all is said and done, the choice to buy a used car or a new one is up to you. Don’t let the salesperson convince you to do something you’re not comfortable with, but don’t rule out the possibility that maybe a new car is actually a wiser, better and more prudent decision.

Remember, the total cost of a car isn’t tallied at the dealership, but when you go to sell it. Because it’s at that point you know how much you paid to not only purchase the car, but also the amount you forked over to keep it running.

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5 best car tire brandshttp://www.carspoon.com/article/5-best-car-tire-brands/ http://www.carspoon.com/article/5-best-car-tire-brands/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:41:02 +0000 http://www.carspoon.com/?p=2728 Your car is comprised of many parts, some necessary, some simply for your entertainment, but when it comes right down to it, your tires are literally four of the most important parts on the vehicle. Without your tires your vehicle wouldn’t go anywhere, and quite frankly, they spend more time in contact with the road […]

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Your car is comprised of many parts, some necessary, some simply for your entertainment, but when it comes right down to it, your tires are literally four of the most important parts on the vehicle. Without your tires your vehicle wouldn’t go anywhere, and quite frankly, they spend more time in contact with the road than anything else. In other words, they will wear out faster than most other parts, and they need to be able to put up with a considerable amount of abuse. That being said, when you are replacing your tires, it is of the utmost importance for you to choose ones that will continue to uphold the tradition where your previous one left off. For this reason, we have compiled a list of the five best car tires on the market for your approval.

Michelin Tires

There are many tires in the Michelin line, from the Primacy MXV4 to the Pilot Sport A/S3. Some of these tires are designed for all season while others are designed specifically for winter. Additionally, Michelin has a line of tires made specifically for trucks, ensuring equal tire opportunities for everyone. Along with the versatile line, Michelin can guarantee class-leading tread wear backed by top rate warranties that include both summer and winter tires. Keep in mind that most competitors cannot say the same regarding their warranty. The only problem? Michelin tires can be a bit heavy on the wallet, though in our opinion it is well worth it.

  • Pros: Low Tread Wear, Great Warranty, Models for Every Season
  • Cons: Expensive

Continental Tires

There is some debate amongst car enthusiast as to whether or not Continental tires actually beat Michelin out of the running, but we tend to believe that they are on equal footing. The handling is outstanding, and the treads allow for quick stopping on roads in all conditions. The one thing we would like to address is the price. These are high performing tires on par with the Michelin brand, but they are offered at a significantly lower price, which definitely makes them something to consider for your next big upgrade or tire change.

  • Pros: Great stopping power, Several models for Winter, Summer, and All Season, Low Price, Silent, Great Handling
  • Cons: None

TreadWright Tires

Admittedly, most of the tires from TreadWright won’t help you out if you’re doing in-town or city driving, but when it comes to the off-rad world, you really can’t go wrong here. Tires like The Warden from TreadWright make the entire world your playground, and the company has been refining their tire building process for the last thirty years. The commercial grade treads ensure up to 25% more life than tires from any comparable brand, and to make it even better, they are produced with 70% recycled materials. In other words, you can travel anywhere, secure in the knowledge that your purchase has helped the environment. Does it really get much better than that? Many users have stated they managed to get as many as 60k miles from these tires, making them the optimal choice for heavy duty drivers. One thing to keep in mind is that TreadWright tires are known as ‘retreads’, meaning they are comprised of old tires which have been recapped.

  • Pros: Great for Offroad, Durable, Can last for Up to Five Years
  • Cons: As retread tires, they are a bit more expensive than brand new tires of the same type

Firestone Tires

Firestone has been a staple in the tire industry for years, and they are outstanding for heavy use. Some of these uses include towing and most notably driving on rough terrain, such as construction sites. If you need tires that can survive the abuse that life as a work horse brings, Firestone really brings the A game, so to speak. To make it even better, they come at a great price.

  • Pros: Improve Gas Mileage, Solid Ride, Long Lasting, Good Price
  • Cons: Not good for off-roading

Nokian Tires

We have placed these tires at the bottom of the list simply because they are typically winter tires. If you live in a place like Alaska, then they will work year round, but otherwise, they are simply a change you make to your vehicle once per year. Now, they do make the WR G3 tires for both SUV’s and regular cars which you can keep on the vehicle year round, but the performance may leave something to be desired.

Pros: Great stopping power, outstanding tread, perfect for winter driving

Cons: Generally targeted at winter drivers, very little summer expertise, expensive

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The brief history of the 1954 EMW 327/3http://www.carspoon.com/article/the-brief-history-of-the-1954-emw-3273/ http://www.carspoon.com/article/the-brief-history-of-the-1954-emw-3273/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:51:27 +0000 http://www.carspoon.com/?p=2360 The EMW 327/3 is a 1954 luxury classic car that was originally built by Eisenacher Motorenwerk in East Germany; nine years after World War II. While the car’s body was crafted in Dresden by VEB Karrosseriewerk, the final assembly was done in Eisenach, Germany. ABOUT EMW 327/3 Production of EMWs took place between 1954 and 1955. […]

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1954 EMW 327:3 side and front

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The EMW 327/3 is a 1954 luxury classic car that was originally built by Eisenacher Motorenwerk in East Germany; nine years after World War II. While the car’s body was crafted in Dresden by VEB Karrosseriewerk, the final assembly was done in Eisenach, Germany.

ABOUT EMW 327/3

1954 EMW 327:3 rear

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Production of EMWs took place between 1954 and 1955. Throughout this period, only 152 EMWs were made. At the time; after World War II, EMW 327/3s were strictly being made for the high ranking government officials and VIPs. However, most of them ended up being sold to Belgium. The sale was to help in raising enough money for the then German Republic.

Each of these cars is approximated to have a length of 177.2 inches, width of 62.9 inches and height of 55.9 inches. They have a wheel base of 108.3 inches and an average weight of 2,425 pounds. The car’s highest speed is 78 mph.

EMW 327/3 FEATURES

1954 EMW 327:3 stearing column

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The 1954 EMW 327/3 is equipped with a 1,971 cc incline six cylinder engine with a total of 57 horsepower at 3,750 rpm. EMWs car’s engine is mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox. With the first and second gears freewheeling, there’s no engine braking. Its brakes comprise of four wheel drums, live axle in the rear (hydraulic tube shocks and longitudinal / semi-elliptic leaf springs) and, suspension is independent in front (A-arms, transverse leaf spring and hydraulic tube shocks). Fuel is delivered through the two solex 32 carburetors.

1954 EMW 327:3  engine

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In addition, the 1954 EMW 327/3 features foot pumps operated central lubrication system. This lubrication system helps in lubricating both the steering rack and the functional turn signals. This car further adopts traditional front hinge arrangements with its turn signals being mounted behind its doors. Despite being conventional, these front hinges are what enable one get into the back seat.

It also has a quite long tail that somehow makes it look as though it has a larger trunk. However, this trunk can only be accessed via the rear seat – you have to fold the rear seat back first in order to be able to access its trunk.

DRIVING EMW 327/3

1954 EMW 327:3 stearing column

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According to the owners of an EMW 327/3 in North America, this car somehow drives like a truck. It’s steering is somewhat light, shifting is quite unusual (for its gates are a bit vague) and, since the first and second gears have freewheeling function, whenever you back off the throttle, it coasts with no engine braking.

In essence, to start the engine, you need to first turn the key before pushing the starter button. However, one ought to lube EMWs rack and hold down the steering after every 80 miles through the driver operated foot pump.

KEY SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES BETWEEN EMW 327/3 AND THE BMW

1954 EMW 327:3 emblem

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Even though EMW 327/3 looks, sounds and even shares similar mechanical bits and body panels as the BMW 327, the two are very much different. Basically, the most notable difference between these two is the color of the roundel. While EMW 327/3 has a red and white roundel, BWM has a blue and white one.

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