Questions to ask yourself before finding the right car for you

  1. What kind of car do you need? Manual or automatic. Large cargo area, or a smaller one. Consider what type of car fits your lifestyle best.
  2. How much are you willing to spend? What payment plan can you afford? (Try edmunds.com Affordability Calculator)
  3. Should you buy or lease? If you’re into fancy cars, consider leasing. But if you plan on traveling long distances, it may be better to buy.
  4. Have you considered all makes and models?
  5. Have you done your research online? A lot of the time, dealers advertise lower prices online, and if you mention it before buying, they will honor the price.
  6. Did you test drive the cars…enough? You won’t know if it feels right unless you take it for a drive first. And maybe a second time.
  7. Are you comfortable with the buying process? If not, take a look at 10 Steps to Leasing a New Car10 Steps to Buying a New Car, or 10 Steps to Buying a Used Car
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The GMC Acadia Crossover Experience

Kirsten & Marty Ruglis drive their GMC Acadia crossover vehicle to their retirement home in Lake Placid, New York and hope one day their grandchildren will do the same. The crossover vehicle accelerates well up and down the hills and handles reliably and safely in the winter months. Kirsten feels very safe in the Acadia on Lake Placid’s snowy roads and Marty likes thate he does not have to worry about her. The Acadia crossover is also good to get them around to do the things they like to do like hiking, bicycling, skiing, and snowshoeing.

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Three great reasons to visit our Service Department

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“Smugness Comes Standard” A Review from the New York Times

2012 Buick LaCrosse

“Smugness Comes Standard” A Review from the New York Times

“EASING along the New York State Thruway in a Buick LaCrosse, I am enjoying the hushed cabin and technological amenities of an entry-level luxury car as I keep an eye out for diminutive gas hogs like the Honda Fit and the Mazda 2.

Their owners clearly have no concern for the environment, and I am prepared to shoot them a disdainful glance.

My sanctimony has the support of the Environmental Protection Agency, which rates the latest Fit and Mazda 2 at a maximum of 35 miles per gallon on the highway. The more commodious LaCrosse I am driving is rated at 36 m.p.g.

The 2012 edition of the 4-cylinder LaCrosse — an engine choice added in the 2011 model year — is able to achieve such a number because of a new system, called eAssist, that is now standard with the 2.4-liter, 182-horsepower engine. The new technology has bumped the fuel economy rating to 25 m.p.g. in the city, from 19 for last year’s car, and to 36 m.p.g. on the highway, from 30.

At the core of eAssist is a small electric motor. While General Motors and the E.P.A. consider this LaCrosse a hybrid, some would scoff because its electric motor is so small. It is rated at 15 horsepower, compared with 106 horses for the electric motor in the 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, a direct competitor.

Some might even consider the eAssist’s belt-driven “motor-generator” to be largely decorative. But Buick uses it as a cost-effective enabler, replacing sheer electric power with cleverness, allowing a tweak here and a tweak there, all adding up to the gain in fuel economy.

One tweak is cutting off fuel when the vehicle is coming to a stop, said Daryl Wilson, the lead development engineer for the LaCrosse. Such a fuel cutoff strategy is now widely employed on General Motors vehicles, but eAssist lets it to be used more aggressively, Mr. Wilson said.

“You will have the fuel cut to the engine as soon as your foot comes off the gas, and as long as your foot is on the brake, all the way down to zero speed,” he said. As that happens, eAssist uses the electric motor to smooth out “unpleasant torque disruptions that can happen during downshifts,” he said.

Buick also changed the final-drive ratio (to 2:64 from 3:23), which lets the engine operate at a lower speed on the highway, improving fuel economy. Normally an automaker would be reluctant to do that, because acceleration would be so leisurely, Mr. Wilson said. But the slight boost from the electric motor provides an offset.

The LaCrosse has an auto-stop feature typical of hybrids. When the car comes to a halt, the engine shuts off. Releasing the brake starts it again. The car also gets some aerodynamic improvements and low-rolling-resistance tires.

Despite adding lithium batteries and other eAssist components, Buick has kept the unloaded weight (4,026 pounds on my test car) virtually unchanged. Mr. Wilson says that was possible through a strategy that ranged from replacing the previous steel wheels with aluminum wheels to reducing the gas tank to 15.8 gallons, from 18.4. The driving range has not changed, Mr. Wilson said, because of the improved fuel economy.

During about 500 miles of highway cruising at speeds between 65 and 75 m.p.h., my mileage ranged from 31.6 m.p.g. to 34 m.p.g. It didn’t help that winds were strong enough that the Thruway posted a wind advisory.

Earlier in the day — working my way across the Green Mountains of Vermont on two-lane roads — there was no sense of a lack of power. That is partly because the eAssist gets its own assist from a smart, quick-to-react 6-speed automatic transmission.

The LaCrosse also seemed more willing than many front-wheel-drive vehicles to head into a turn. And while the ride remains comfortable, the body lean is appropriately controlled for a sedan with luxury aspirations. If there’s a dynamic fault it is the steering: while predictable and accurate, it communicates little feedback from the road.

One downside for the new LaCrosse is less cargo capacity — 11.7 cubic feet versus 13.3 for the previous car or the V-6 model — because some trunk space was given over to the eAssist’s lithium-ion battery pack. Both figures are small for a midsize car, although comparable with the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

One thing missing on the LaCrosse is a badge proclaiming the presence of eAssist. A bystander cannot readily tell the fuel-sipping version from the thirstier LaCrosse with a 3.6-liter V-6.

“We are selling the Buick LaCrosse here,” Mr. Wilson, the Buick engineer, said. “We are not trying to sell this new gizmo in the Buick LaCrosse.”

In fact, in what could be an effort to eliminate class warfare, there are no longer any badges showing the different trim levels.

The pricing on the LaCrosse is also competitive. The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid matches the Buick’s highway mileage and carries a superior city rating (41 m.p.g.). It starts at $35,650. If you added the options needed to match my well-equipped $38,173 LaCrosse test car, the comparable Lincoln would be $41,000.

The LaCrosse with a V-6 starts at $31,290, but in return for its 303 horsepower the mileage rating drops to 17 city, 27 highway. While the V-6 LaCrosse is offered with all-wheel drive, the eAssist version is front-drive only.

A similar eAssist system will be used in the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu ECO, which is expected to carry a rating of 26 m.p.g. city and 38 m.p.g. highway.

While only the most generous person (outside G.M.) would consider the LaCrosse eAssist to be a hybrid, it does appear to be a success. Buick has retained the things that make the LaCrosse a comfortable, quiet and soothing sedan, and it has managed to improve the car’s fuel economy without any sense of sacrifice.”

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Have you considered driving a GMC truck?

Check out this Yahoo! Autos feature on the 2012 GMC Sierra 1500

The 2012 GMC Sierra is available in a wide variety of bed and cab sizes, offering solid styling to match its powerful engine offerings and innovative features designed for hauling and towing.

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Jay Leno features a classic GMC

MotorAuthority.com presents:

If someone ever invents a time machine, we’re inclined to head back to 1991. The Cold War was over, the U.S economy was healthy, real estate still appreciated in value and the quickest car in America was a pickup truck.

We’re not sure why we count that in the plus column, but we do. Maybe it’s because things just seemed simpler back then than they do today.

Or maybe it’s just that the latest Jay Leno’s Garage episode has us nostalgic for the days when 280 horsepower was impressive. In 1991, you couldn’t buy anything quicker in a straight line than a modified GMC Sonoma pickup that the company misspelled as the Syclone, since Mercury still owned the “Cyclone” name.

It was faster than a Porsche 928, faster than a Corvette and faster than even a FerrariTestarossa, to sixty miles per hour at least. From a standing start, the Syclone could hit sixty in just under four and a half seconds, thanks to its turbocharged 4.3 liter V-6 that was rated at 280 horsepower (but actually put out around 330 hp) and sent power to all four wheels.

The Syclone was built for just over a year before Production Automotive Services, who assembled the Syclone for GMC, went out of business. In 1991, 2,995 Syclone pickups were built, but in 1992 only three were made before PAS closed its doors.

As pickups go, the Syclone isn’t very capable, having just a 500 pound bed capacity and no towing capability. Priced in the mid-to-high $20k range, it was a tough sell to sports car fans (since it handled like a lowered pickup truck) and an even harder sell to pickup fans (since you couldn’t really use it for anything involving work).

It wasn’t uncommon to find Syclones on dealer lots into the mid-90s, which may explain why prices for used Syclones (and its SUV cousin, the Typhoon) haven’t ballooned to unattainable levels yet.

The Syclone and the Typhoon remain relative bargains on the collector car market, with clean and relatively low mileage examples regularly trading hands for under $10k. Since GMC made so few Syclones, it’s just a matter of time before the truck’s value goes up.

If you have a chance to drive one, do it, but don’t blame us when your significant other doesn’t buy the “it followed me home” story. In the mean time, enjoy Jay Leno’s video overview of the Syclone below.

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General Motor’s $275 million investment

General Motors announced today its final piece of the $2 billion investment it committed to back in May of this year. The final $275 million will go to the Fort Wayne, Indiana plant where the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups are built.

The cash infusion will go toward retooling the plant within the next 18 months to prepare of the next-generation of GM full-size pickup trucks. The Fort Wayne Assembly Plant currently has 3400 workers on three shifts, and the company is looking to add or retain an additional 150 jobs through this investment.

Says GM manufacturing manager Larry Zahner, “This investment will allow us to continue building award-winning pickups that offer better fuel efficiency than ever before without sacrificing features and functionality. We remain committed to providing customers the utility and capability of our world-class full-size pickups.”

Last May, GM announced that it would invest $2 billion across the U.S. over the following 18 months to continue production in the states and create or retain a total of 4000 jobs in 17 different facilities.

The current Silverado and Sierra – codenamed GMT900 – have been on sale since 2007. It’s expected that the next-generation full-size pickups won’t actually launch until 2013.

Source: General Motors
Read more: http://wot.motortrend.com/gm-sinks-275-million-into-indiana-plant-for-next-gen-chevy-silverado-gmc-sierra-pickups-129505.html#ixzz1bv3Leprk

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2012 Acura TL: It works with people, it works with cars commercial

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Hurry, this special ends Sept. 30!

Just print this coupon and bring it into Fountain Acura to redeem your discounted repair or service. Contact us today with any questions or for more information http://fountainacura.com/Specials.aspx

Plus, see our inventory and deals going on now in this weeks paper:

 

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Don’t miss out- These offers end today!

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Acura Announces Special Edition Model for TSX Sports Sedan

Continuing the celebration of its 25th anniversary, Acura today announced the availability of a new version of the popular TSX sports sedan for the 2012 model year. Designed to evoke the fun-to-drive 4-cylinder Acuras of the past, the TSX Special Edition will add even more sportiness to the TSX lineup thanks to numerous exterior and interior upgrades for Acura’s entry-level sedan.

“The Acura TSX has long been known for its high-revving 4-cylinder engines and sporty driving nature,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. “With the new Special Edition, the TSX becomes even more youthful and sporty in character, furthering its appeal to performance-minded buyers.”

The 2012 TSX Special Edition package consists of numerous upgrades to the exterior including a more aggressive front spoiler, a new rear bumper fascia, unique side sills and an exclusive “Special Edition” badge on the trunklid. Finally, the TSX’s 17×7.5-inch, 5-spoke aluminum wheels will feature a polished finish with dark grey background, unique to the Special Edition model.

The TSX Special Edition package makes use of Acura’s acclaimed K24 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and will be available with either the close-ratio 6-speed manual or Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmissions. The TSX Special Edition will go on sale in late September and will make its public debut at the Orange County International Auto Show on September 22nd.

Read the complete press release here.

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Check out the 2011 Acura RL!

The 2011 Acura RL features:

3.7-liter VTEC V-6 Engine
Sequential SportShift Automatic with Paddle Shifters
Super Handling All-Wheel Drive
Bose Surround Sound System
USB/iPod Integration
Rearview Camera
HID Headlights
Automatic Climate Control
Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
Keyless start
…and much more!

The only way to see for yourself is to come down to Fountain Acura at Fountain Auto Mall in Orlando.

To learn more, visit http://www.fountainautomall.com or to learn more about our Acura vehicles, visit http://www.fountainacura.com

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$1000 Below Factory Invoice!

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The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR

Isn’t she a beauty?

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Check out the New 2011 Suzuki Equator Crew Cab Sport V6!

The new 2011 Suzuki Equator Crew Cab Sport V6 features:

4.0L V6 engine
Automatic transmission
Up to 15 cty/20 hwy mpg
4-wheel drive
Side/Curtain Airbags
Stability Control
Traction Control
6 total speakers

…and much more! For more information visit us in store or online at Fountain Auto Mall!

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WE HAVE IT ALL!

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Pre 4th of July Sale Going On Now!

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Check out our specials going on until July 4th!

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We have it all, come see us today!

Visit us today, or cheack out our website for our full inventory http://fountainautomall.com/

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7 Cars So Fast, They Could Beat Gravity

Due to gravity, an object in free fall accelerates at a rate of 32.2 feet per second squared. So an item dropped from the top of the Empire State Building will accelerate to about 22 mph in one second and continue gaining speed until it reaches terminal velocity. Recently, more and more cars have come onto the scene that are so fast, they seem like they could accelerate on flat ground quicker than if they’d been dropped from an airplane. Here’s a list of the top 7 cars that could actually beat gravity, and a few that come pretty close!

1. 2011 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

2. 2011 Ariel Atom V8

3. 2007 Caparo T1

4. 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S

5. 2011 SSC Ultimate Aero TT

6. 2012 Lamborghini Aventador

7. 2012 Nissan GT-R

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Credit is not an issue at Fountain Auto Mall! Take a look at our extensive pre-owned car inventory:

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Browse our “Above 31 mpg Hwy” Selection and Save on Gas!

With gas prices increasing from $0.10/week here in Orlando, fuel efficiency is a MUST! This 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer ES saves you money with it’s 25 city mpg and 33 highway mpg. Check out our “above 31 mpg hwy” section of our website at fountainautomall.com today, and start saving on gas!

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Preowned Inventory!

At Fountain Auto Mall, we have a wide variety of vehicles to choose from to meet your needs from fuel efficiency, to luxury and even to fit your budget! Aside from the new 2011 Acura, Buick, GMC, Mitsubishi, and Suzuki models, we also have a large inventory of preowned vehicles ranging from the Honda Accord to the Lexus RX! Browse all of our used inventory on our website today!

2009 Acura TL
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What To Do: Auto Accident

Accidents are a part of life. If you are unfortunate enough to get into one, you should know the basic steps of handling the situation in the most organized and efficient manner.

First, make sure your glove box is equipped with some paper, pens and emergency contact numbers. If you have a camera or a camera phone, make sure to keep that handy too.

Once a minor accident has taken place, you should always put safety first. Make sure cars are moved to the side of the road out of traffics way, call 911 and be prepared to answer them when they ask if anyone involved was injured/if an ambulance is needed. Ask the other driver if they are hurt in any way.

While the police is on their way to your location, you should exchange information with the other driver: name, address, phone number, insurance company, policy number, driver license number and license plate number. Then, write a brief description of the car (year, make, model and color.)

Now you can whip out the camera that you have handy and take photos of the damage. Also, if there were witnesses, try to get their contact information– they may be able to help you if the other driver disputes your version of what happened.

Remember: Never admit fault to anyone until you have given your claim to both insurance agencies.

A police report number will be given to you which you can use to file claims with insurance. If your car seems unable to drive, call a tow truck while you are waiting for the police to respond.

Auto accidents take a toll on everyone involved, both financially and emotionally. If you’re someone who has avoided an accident thus far, hopefully tips on prevention will help keep it that way. The chances are high, though, that at some point you’ll be involved in a minor accident. Just keep your head and make safety your primary concern. You’ll have plenty of time to deal with the consequences later.

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Build your own 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport!

Have you checked out the new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport? Click the image below to build your own customized car! From colors to trims and even accessories, find a perfect fit for you then head over to Fountain Mitsubishi to test drive one today!

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10 Ways to Save Money at the Gas Pump

With gas prices on the rise, we could all use some tips to help save as much gas as possible and get the biggest bang for our buck. These 10 car care tips will help you save money at the gas pumps.

  1. Skip the high grade fuel. Open up your owners manual and take a look at what works best for your car. If possible, swap for regular unleaded in place of premium to save hundreds of dollars a year.
  2. Don’t top off at the pump. Once the nozzle clicks off, stop pumping. The extra fuel will eventually just seep out.
  3. Tighten the gas cap. If there is any escape, the gas can evaporate. Loose gas caps have caused 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate each year according to the Car Care Council.
  4. Park in the Shade. You can also invest in a windshield shade for your car. The heat inside of your car has the ability to evaporate the fuel in your gas tank.
  5. Use your garage. By parking in the garage, your car will stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter therefore saving you money by lowering the work power of your gas-guzzling A/C or defroster.
  6. Inflate your tires. Underinflated tires lower your car’s gas mileage. the more resistance it takes to get your car going, the harder your engine works.
  7. Give your engine regular tune-ups. Specifically keep an eye on emissions and spark plugs.
  8. Replace air filters. If an air filter is clogged, it will cause your engine to work harder. It is recommended to replace it every three months or 3,000 miles.
  9. Use the right oil. Check your owners manual for your manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil.
  10. Maintenance is key. Your car was made to run a certain way and you want to make sure it is performing as designed so you can get the most efficiency out of it.
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Service Specials at Fountain Auto Mall

Did you know that Fountain Auto Mall Buick GMC, Acura and Suzuki locations offer free shuttle service? While you are waiting for your car to be repaired, you can take advantage of the free shuttle ride to anywhere within a 15 minute radius or perhaps to the mall. Don’t let a busy schedule keep you from heading to your local Fountain Auto Mall dealer for repairs and maintenance on your vehicle.

Check out more of our specials at all four of our dealerships!

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One of the Best All-Wheel Drive Cars

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution: This high-performance all wheel drive car has 2.0 liter I4 turbo engine. The car comes in 2 variants i.e. 5-door wagon and 4-door sedan. The car was originally designed to target the Japanese market. However, with popularity of this all wheel drive car growing day-by-day, it was exported to Europe and US. The Concept-X design was introduced in 2005 at the Tokyo Motor Show held at European design center of Mitsubishi. At the ‘North American International Auto Show’ in 2007, the second concept car named ‘Prototype-X’ was introduced. Check out the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution on our website www.fountainmitsubishi.com

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2011 Chicago Auto Show: Acura TL

This year, Autoblog examined the cars revealed at the Chicago Auto Show and agreed that 2012 Acura’s TL design has raised its quality in many ways. They go on to say: “It may only be a mid-cycle refresh, but Acura has tweaked its capable TL sedan’s styling just enough to take it out of the “beaten with an ugly stick” category. The smoother front fascia and touched-up rear end are substantially more attractive than the outgoing car, and trust us when we say that photos do not do this car justice. Some new wheels and tires, a six-speed automatic transmission and minimally improved fuel economy round off the changes for 2012.”

Click here to get more details about changes made for the new 2012 Acura TL.

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New 2011 Buick Enclave

2011 Buick Enclave CXL-1

Internet Price: $39,520

  • Exterior: Silver
  • Drive wheels: FWD
  • Engine: 3.6L 6 cyl
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • MPG: 17 City/24 Hwy

For more information, visit our website

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How to Replace a Headlight Bulb

Sometimes the unfortunate event of a broken headlight hits you at the most inopportune moment. Time may not permit for you to get to a repair shop in time to fix it, and you definitely don’t want a ticket. So here are the basics to replacing a headlight bulb. (Instructions may vary based on the make and year.)

Older Models

You are most likely dealing with self-contained sealed beam headlights. First you will want to locate three screws located around the headlight. Remove the screws and the retaining ring should come off. Take the head light out and disconnect the electrical connector on the back of the headlight. Simply replace the retaining ring and screws with the new bulb.

Later Models

The bulb will most likely require access through the rear of the headlight. Go under the hood and locate the plastic threaded retaining ring. Remove the electrical connector and unscrew the plastic ring, this should release the bulb. Try not to touch the new bulb itself, it can reduce its life significantly. Replace in reverse order.

Remember these techniques may differ according to different models, so when in doubt, bring your car into the closest repair shop in daylight to be safe.


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New 2011 Acura TL

Price:
$36,165
VEHICLE INFORMATION:

Year: 2011

Make: Acura

Model: TL

Body Style: 4 Door Car

Engine: Gas V6 3.5L/212

Trans: Automatic

For more information on the 2011 Acura TL and other new cars at Fountain Auto Mall, visit our website!

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True or False: Auto Myths

You can cool your engine by turning the heat on.

True. The extra heat trapped in the coolant goes into the heater core, pulling the coolant temperature down. However, this overheating issue mostly happens during summertime, so clearly you will be hot. But this tip can help you make it into the shop to check your cooling system.

It is better to buy gas in the morning while it’s cool instead of the afternoon because the gasoline expands in the heat.

False. Underground fuel tanks are just that, underground. Daily temperature shift doesn’t affect the soil’s temperature. Therefore, it makes no difference what time of day you fill your tank.

You can save fuel by driving with your windows open and a/c turned off.

True and False. Driving with windows open on the freeway will increase aerodynamic drag, and cranking up the air conditioning uses up horsepower. Because a large vehicle is not significantly impacted by aerodynamics, opening the windows if the weather is nice would be beneficial. However, driving in a smaller car may be more effected by drag, so having windows up is a better bet. To increase total efficiency during the summertime, push that recirculation button to keep that hot air out and cool air in.

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Top cars of the decade

At number 8, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution made the list of the top ten cars of the decade (2000-2010). Here’s why:

The evil twin of the Subaru WRX, the Lancer Evolution was born from rally and bred into a powerful street car. It is one of the top choices for GT race teams and auto tuners looking for a simple platform with expansive aftermarket support that has a cult following. The beauty of the styling matches the rawness of the engine, the Lancer EVO is sure to satisfy.

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2011 Acura RL Presents Slight Changes

Acura has freshened up its flagship on the RL Sedan for the 2-11 model year. The new model will continue to feature the same a 3.7-liter V6 engine with 300 horsepower. The new model however, will now come equipped with a six-speed Sequential Sport shift automatic transmission. Also new to the car is the smooth shifting unit that includes wheel-mounted paddles. This will also improve fuel usage by adding 2 miles per gallon on the highway compared to the older version of the Acura RL. The 2011 model will also feature Hemholtz resonators in the wheels which will result in a quieter cabin because it decreases road noises.

For more on the Acura RL 2011 visit http://www.acura.com/ModelLanding.aspx?model=RL

 

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This Week’s Deals at Fountain Auto Mall

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Essential Car Maintenance

With everything that you have to do every day, it is sometimes difficult to remember to schedule essential car maintenance in your busy day. Here are three vital car maintenance things you should always keep an eye out for:

  1. Oil Change: How often your car needs an oil change depends on how you drive, how old it is, and the condition of your car’s engine. Highway vs. town driving and other factors should also be considered. For some cars, oil changes may be recommended for as little as 3,000 miles and as much as 10,000 miles.
  2. Tires and Tire Pressure: Tire pressure should be checked on a regular basis to extend the life of your tires and provide you with the smoothest drive. Your tires and your tire pressure are also important to maintaining the safety of your vehicle. The stability of a vehicle is highly affected by its tire pressure. Get in the habit of checking your tires once a month.
  3. Brakes: It should not be a surprise that your brakes are one of the most important aspects of your car in terms of safety. You use your brakes every day, therefore it is important to make sure your brakes are in good condition. Don’t put off changing your brakes if you feel that your car is stopping later than usual or if your brakes are squealing.

 

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Buy this 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse at Fountain Auto Mall

 

Price: $25,872

  • Engine: Gas 14 2.4L/145
  • Trans: N/A
  • Ext Color: Rave Red Pearl
  • Int Color: N/A
  • Status: Available
  • VIN 4A31K5DF1BE004197

 

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Fountain Auto Mall Ad in the Orlando Sentinel

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Acura Wins 2011 Residual Value Award

Acura’s TL performance luxury sedan has received the 2011 ALG Residual Value Award for Best Near Luxury Car. This award distinguishes which vehicle in each industry segment is expected to retain the highest percentage of its original purchase price 3 years after first being introduced to the market.

ALG carefully examines the other car makes and models in each industry segment and considers the history of the vehicle’s performance and the current industry tends when making their decision. Vehicle quality, production levels compared to demand, pricing strategies, and resale performance are just a few factors that ALG focuses on.

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2012 Buick LaCrosse

The new fuel-efficient 2012 Buick LaCrosse Hybrid will have a 25 percent increase in gas mileage compared to the last model. This new model will come equipped with the eAssist hybrid system. The car will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto show this week which will replace the current four cylinder, non-hybrid version of the car. The car will be available starting in summer of 2011. It is expected to get 37 miles per gallon on the highway and 25 miles per gallon in the highway.

According to GM, the car is expected to cost around $30,000. The car will have a lithium-ion battery that provides power assistance when accelerating. When the car is stopped, the engine will automatically turn off to prevent the car from burning fuel while stopped at a red light.

 

 

 

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Latest Deals at Fountain Auto Mall

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2011 Suzuki Kizashi Named a Consumers Digest Best Buy

The 2011 Suzuki Kizashi was recently named a Consumers Digest Best Buy. Comfort, ergonomics, behind-the-wheel assessment, styling and amenities, warranty, ownership costs, and price are all factors that Consumers Digest takes into consideration when deciding which cars will receive the Best Buy designation. The decision also reflects Consumers Digest’s view of which new vehicle offers the most for the consumer’s money.

There were over 250 models that were reviewed in 12 different categories for the 2011 Consumers Digest Best Buy. The magazine described the 2011 Kizashi as a “home run” and “family car for the sports-car addict” earning its title as a best buy in the “family cars” category.

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The New 2011 Acura MDX Unveiled

The new 2011 Acura MDX was recently revealed. The Acura MDX is currently in its fifth generation and has many features that make driving safer, more productive, and enjoyable. This award-winning SUV raises the bar for styling, performance and safety.

Specifications:

Wheelbase, in (mm)
  • 108.3 (2750)
Overall length, in (mm)
  • 191.6 (4867)
Overall width, in (mm)
  • 78.5 (1994)
Front track, in (mm)
  • 67.7 (1720)
Rear track, in (mm)
  • 67.5 (1715)
Height (unladen), in (mm)
  • 68.2 (1733)
Ground clearance (unladen), in (mm)
  • 8.2 (208)
Angle (approach/ departure/ breakover)
  • 22.2°/ 23.8°/ 22.6°
Curb Weight, lb (kg)
  • 4550 (2063) – 4627 (2098)
Weight distribution (% front / rear)
  • 56 / 44
EPA Passenger Volume, cu ft
  • 141.8
Cargo Volume, cu ft
  • 83.5
Headroom, in (mm)
  • 39.2 (995): Front
  • 38.6 (980): 2nd Row
  • 35.8 (908): 3rd Row
Legroom, in (mm)
  • 41.2 (1048): Front
  • 38.7 (983): 2nd Row
  • 28.7 (729): 3rd Row
Hiproom, in (mm)
  • 59.0 (1498): Front
  • 59.1 (1502): 2nd Row
  • 42.0 (1089): 3rd Row
Shoulder room, in (mm)
  • 61.6 (1565): Front
  • 61.5 (1561): 2nd Row
  • 57.1 (1450): 3rd Row
Fuel tank capacity, U.S. gallons (liters)
  • 21.0 (79.5)
Maximum Seating Capacity
  • 7
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Check Out This Week’s Deals at Fountain Auto Mall

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Tips on Car Alignment, Brake Fluid, and Oil Changes

Check Your Wheel Alignment

  • Your car’s wheel alignment should be checked every 30,000 miles or after the amount of miles your owner’s manual suggests. It should also be checked whenever you purchase new tires for your car or when you replace a rack – and – pinion steering unit or other steering parts. This is an important thing to do because if your tires are not aligned properly it will shorten the life of your tires. When driving, if you notice that your car pulls to one side, or if steering is stiffer than usual, then you should take your car in to get the alignment checked out.

Top Off Your Brake Fluid

  • A car’s brake fluid should be checked monthly. To check your brake fluid, open the master cylinder lid. If you need to add brake fluid, check your manual to see what you car’s maker recommends. Never substitute transmission fluid, power-steering fluid, or any other fluids. It is important that you do not use brake fluid from a previously opened container because once it is exposed to air, the brake fluid absorbs moisture and may contaminate easily.

Change Oil Frequently

  • Many car owner manuals today recommend increasing long intervals between oil changes than a few years ago. However, frequent changes flush dirt and metal particles out of the engine which will keep your car running longer.

 

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October/November Specials

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Ways to Maintain Your Car’s Battery

  • Begin with the basics. Make sure your battery is clean. Use a damp rag and a mild detergent to clean your battery. If your case is dirty, you face the possibility of causing the current to drain.
  • Clean the battery terminals and posts. Begin by loosening and removing the negative cable, typically black or marked with a negative sign, and then do the same with the red positive cable. Make a paste using a few tablespoons of baking soda and a little water. Clean the terminals and posts by dipping a brass wire into the paste.
  • Look for signs of damage on the battery case. This includes cracks, bulges, or any other signs that indicate that your battery needs to be replaced.
  • Insert the cables, starting with the positive, back onto the battery. Coat the terminals and clamps with a thin coating of grease. This will prevent corrosion.

 

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Maintenance Tips

Check Power – Steering Fluid

  • You should be checking yoru power-steering fluid once each month while the car is wtill warm. If there are low levels of the power-steering fluid, then you should have the hoses and the pump inspected for leaks. Having low power-steering fluid will damage not only make your car difficult to steer, but it will also damage the power-steering pump.

Run Your AC During the Winter

  • Although there is no reason to have your car air conditioning system on during the winter months, it is recommended that you run it a few times throughout the winter to keep your car’s AC fit for the next time it Is warm out. This will keep the seals soft and pliant and prevent moving parts in the compressor from seizing.

Maintain Your Car’s Battery

  • Some manufacturers may say that your battery is maintenance-free, however, you should still have it checked regularly to extend your battery’s life and avoid a situation where you are stranded with a dead battery.
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