1. They are owned by “Fuji Heavy Industries” in Japan.
2. This company is a defense contractor and makes parts for aircraft (like the Boeing 777), also.
3. Toyota is a partial owner of Fuji Heavy Industries
4. There is a Subaru plane, that they once produced…ending production in 1986.
5. Fuji produced engines for Polaris until 1998…and, to this date, they still supply parts for their motors.
6. Today, Fuji also builds garbage trucks, robot sweepers, and wind turbines.
7. Until 2003, Fuji also built buses and railroad cars.
1. They are owned by “Fuji Heavy Industries” in Japan.
“Wait, what, Aaron?”…you say…”No, the internet says that it gets better fuel economy.”
Well, news flash…the internet is stupid, sometimes.
Yes, the epa rating is “17 city and 25 highway”
Yes, now laugh…because this is if you are driving it like a grandmother…
I literally mean, a person who drives so slow that they impede the actual progress of humanity and shouldn’t be allowed on roads.
And if you bought this car, this is the last way you’re going to drive it!!!
You’re going want to throttle it into the corners, take off like a race car, pass people who are slowing the progress of humanity…you bought a fast car, damit, you’re going to use it…promise…and you are going to pay for it…and you will not care, at that very moment.
And if you drive it this way, guess what? You’re going to see 10 to 14 mpg on a good day.
Yes, it’s fast….It’s not a traditional type of “fast”, but a particular kind…where you have to drive it a certain way or else you wouldn’t find anything impressive about it.
There is a lot of turbo lag and it needs to be set up a particular way to really get all of that power out…if you don’t do this, you’re going to think: “Is this all?”
No, there’s more…really.
As for its feel: it really just feels like a fast economy car, without the economy…
See, when you’re in a BMW or a Mercedes or a Lexus…it feels like a higher end car…lots of thick leather, quiet interior, solid feeling fit and finish (as if it were carved from a block of love, just to surround and nurture you).
The Impreza feels like this…”Look: I don’t like you, you don’t like me, let’s just drive and get it over with.”
Not that this car is made poorly…No: it’s made very well…but the ergonomics are awkward…it’s a tight fit for a guy over 6ft…and it doesn’t like your friends either…and it’s got a wonderful array of cheap plastics to surround you!!
But, now, if you know what you’re doing with this car…HOLY CRAP!!!
But that’s the rub…”IF”
And, fact is, that “If” component will probably be illegal, unless you are on a closed course…and you would probably have to have some race driving experience, which not everyone has…and you will find that your day to day routine will not offer many opportunities to reach this car’s potential…so it’s sort of like buying a fire breathing dragon to act like a parakeet…it’s going to be a frustrating event, to say the least…where there is all of this potential calling you out…and not much you can do with it.
And it’s not that this is an “affordable car” really…fuel alone can break the common man’s bank…and the price tag creeps near $40k.
For this same money, a person can buy a really nice one year old BMW 335i xDrive…it’s all wheel drive…it’s fun…it’s fast…and it gets 2 to 3 times the fuel economy!!!
And, guess, what? It’s also roomier, better interior, a better fit and finish…and, on a track, it’s really good…and it looks classy!!!
So, here’s my thoughts on the Impreza Sti, it’s not that it’s a bad car…it’s not…it’s just a car that lacks perspective on what makes a car really good for everyday use…and, yes, there are better options.
In the car business there is a very important question that must be answered as soon as possible without coming off, well, “pushy”….it’s this….Can you afford this car?
A lot of times this comes down to credit and a person’s ability to get financing.
What I’ve learned in my many years of selling cars to various demographics is there are some “rules of thumb” to guess a person’s credit score and be accurate with a fairly good percentage.
Here are some things people with bad credit tend to share at least a few of these qualities:
1. They are easily impressed and don’t ask many questions
2. They tend to be overly friendly and seem very impressionable
3. They dress a little “too well” for the occasion or seem to care about image.
4. They ask, “what are my payments going to be?” or “how much am I going to have to put down?”
5. They are under 25.
6. They seem impulsive.
People with good credit tend to share these qualities:
1. They ask questions and do lots of research
2. They’re cleanly dressed, but not to impress.
3. They’re married or in a long term relationship
4. They’re not impulsive.
5. They are critical on details (thanks for pointing out the type-o Justin!)
6. They’re well educated.
Is this a 100% science…no! This is just some, calling it what it is, “profiling”…and there’s always a chance in being wrong.
These are just general attributes that I’ve seen and what I look at in the back of my mind that help me gauge if a client has I higher or lower FICO score for financing.
Am I wrong so0metimes?
Yes…but I’m right more often and these little attributes tend to be shared with people who have good and bad credit.
Does this change the way I treat people? No, it doesn’t, but it does influence the direction I take people when working with them so that our time is used best.
For whatever it’s worth, I hope this helps you in all in some way.
So, your budget is 22,000 (excluding taxes) . . . which of these would you buy and why?
I was a little taken aback from not seeing this . . . or thinking about this happening . . . it makes sense.
A client calls me, asks about getting a Prius.
She asks me what is the average market price on a 2008 to 2009 model.
Well, the last one I bought was in December of 2010 and I figured they would be about the same.
Oh, no . . no no no . . . I was wrong.
As the fuel prices have been climbing, it seems the little Prii has been crawling up with them as well.
At this very moment, expect to be paying $2000 to $3000 more that you would have paid for a Prius back in December 2010.
Or, maybe consider something non-hybrid . . . like a Yaris which get similar Highway fuel economy or go with a different car maker. . . the Honda Insight and the Honda Civic Hybrid are both going for less in comparison to their Toyota super fuel saver counter part.
ECONOMIC DISASTER IS AROUND THE CORNER: Hey, SUV Lover’s . . . Love something else or get ready to pay!!!
Based on energy expert’s predictions, the odds are very good that gas is going to break $4.00 a gallon this year (and possibly by Memorial Day — to see more on this click here) and they are also good that it’s not going to go down from there . . . If your memory is patchy the last time gas hit $4.00 a gallon, we also has a economic disaster. The causation between gas price and people’s economic situation are very closely related . . . because the operation cost of our daily lives increases substantially and this makes our available funds for other things more limited.
In short, if you own a 2008 GMC Denali right now, you are going to be spending about (or more than) $25,000 to run it over the next 5 years if you drive 15000 miles a year.
If that’s is a lot of money to you: GET SMART!!!
Get into something that is economical now!!!
In 2008 when gas prices spiked, ALL SUV’s that got less than 17 mpg avg TANKED in value. . . This happens anytime gas prices spike over the past decade, and THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN AGAIN!!!
If you own a gas guzzler and you have a pay-off, you will be in a very bad financial position when this happens.
So start planning something now if this is a concern, because you do have a little time to get ready.
But who am I to say anything?
I’m just a professional in this area and I really do give a damn about you.
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If you would like for us to assist you, please begin with taking our online “Automotive Match-Maker Quiz” at http://match.motorphilia.com and we can review what is most important to you and really help you save tons of time, money, and dealership hassles.
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I have seen images of what you’re putting out these days, like that new 2011 300 Sedan, and I just don’t care (http://www.topgear.com.ph/news/all-new-chrysler-300-sedan-revealed). . . but I would like to.
See, the problem that I find in your products is that they are underwhelming when compared to their rivals and time has shown they are exquisite examples of reliability time-bombs, with your engines that tire after 100,000 miles and transmissions that seem too made of papier-mâché and tin foil. . . The fact is, your cars are disposable and I haven’t seen much in the past 3 decades that has swayed me from coming to this conclusion.
This saddens me, because your cars look so good.
They really do.
But why can’t you make one that is actually decent and not just all pretty fluff covering a poorly engineered catastrophe?
It’s like seeing a beautiful woman and then finding out she’s insane and like to stab people in their sleep or barely smart enough to drool. . . It’s just disappointment when I step into your cars, so I’m praying you give us something more.
Some might call me a snob with you, but I’m not . . .
Look around and ask who would be willing to gamble on driving a 15 year old model of anything you make or who would consider Chrysler with 150,000 “reliable”?
Toyota, BMW, Subaru, Volvo, and Honda got this down . . . but you, oh no.
Your cars seem to reflect a life of bad decisions and I’m sorry for people when they take ownership of one of your offerings.
You make the best looking cars in the states, but then they just become repulsive because we want to love them, but then they just hurt our wallets over and over again.
It’s clear that you design on the model of “planned obsolescence” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_obsolescence) and have stayed true to this . . . but we, the consumers have grown wise to this ruse (and that’s just what it is) . . . what happened to building something that would last decades?
When BMW, Honda, Volvo, Subaru, and Volvo make a car they want it to last for 20 years and they hold up.
It looks like GM and Ford is catching back on to this, but I don’t know about you . . .
You haven’t built one thing that we could classify as great since LBJ left the office; it’s just been about numbers and look where it’s got you?
You’ve become a joke . . . a large, overweight joke to the consumer market.
The cities and town of this nation are laden with your shaped metal crammed into rental car lots and “bad credit” used car stores everywhere . . . the prestige in owning a Chrysler has faded.
To “reinvent” yourselves, you toss about terms like “HEMI” like its special, but the only ones buying are those who haven’t yet learned that there are better options or have poorly researched their choices.
One day, I am hoping you’ll be more than the Pamela Anderson of automobiles . . . one day, I am hoping you will be more than the disposable lighters of automotive quality . . . I’m rooting for you, really I am
To this day, there are only a handful of American cars that I can stand behind and that I consider great, and there is not one that you make that I can call “good” . . . and, dangit, you have so much potential!
More than what Hyundai has, but look where they are and look where you are . . . they really have figured it out and, I’m willing to wager, they will be in the top 4 manufacturers in the US in the next 5 years. . . They are building cars like they give a damn.
If you haven’t figured this out yet: Great engineering before great looks will always win in the end when you’re in the world cars.
Let see how these new cars you are bringing out will fare . . . in 10 years, we’ll know.
You’re now under a new and interesting ownership — The Auto Union owns 60% of you, the USA owns 10%, Canada owners 3%, and FIAT owns the rest.
I smell a disaster on the rise, honestly, but we’ll see . . . maybe your new direction will really care about the consumers and making something they will love.
Time will tell Chrysler. . . Here’s to a decent turn around.
I hope you’ve finally decided to give a damn about us and not your bottom line . . . it will be in your best interest at the end of the day.
This accident occurred north of Deer Lodge on I-90. The driver was appx 22 year old guy heading east to College. He had left central Washington early in the morning.
He fell asleep at the wheel and drifted off the shoulder hitting the end of the section of guard rail.
The guard rail came through the right headlight, engine compartment, firewall, glove box, passenger seat, rear seat and exited out the driver’s side rear window.
That is 120 feet of guard rail that threaded through this suburban.
No passengers and the driver was not injured.
I am sharing this as a reminder to all about NOT driving when you shouldn’t be behind the wheel (drinking, texting, distracted or just plain tired).
So step 1: Go shopping.
Most of these materials you might already have on hand or maybe not.
Just assuming you are starting from scratch, here’s a shopping list of what you will need to wash and detail your car properly.
Get the following items:
1. A high quality 50-ft hose that will not bind easily – about 25.00
2. A high quality spray nozzle – about 10 to 15 dollars – cheap one’s will just waste your water and will end up wasting money.
3. A large 2 gallon container of “Purple Power” degreaser. . . this will be your best friend in cleaning – about 15 to 18 dollars
4. A commercial grade spray bottles for the degreaser and a funnel – about 8 bucks.
5. a 5 or 10 gallon bucket (not pictured) — about 5 to 10 dollars
6. a soft bristled brush for washing your car – about 12 to 20 dollars
7. a large soft adsorbing towel – terry cloth is ok – about 5 to 7 dollars
8. a large microfiber polishing towel – about 10 dollars
9. a 12-pack of smaller microfiber towels – about 10 dollars
10. a good car washing mix – about 8 dollars
11. a wheel brush – about 5 dollars
12. 2 cans of aerosol tire-shine – brand doesn’t matter – cheap is fine – about 8 bucks
13. 1 polish applicator pad – for the tire shine – about 4 bucks
14. 1 bottle of Turtle “Dry and Wax” spray wax. – about 7 bucks
15. 2 bottles of aerosol glass gleaner – about 6 bucks
16. A shop vac or a wet/dry canister vacuum cleaner – about 80.00
17. Lexol leather conditioner – if you have leather – about 12.00
18. A can of matching touch-up paint – about $15.00
19. A tire pressure gauge – 3 bucks.
This all adds up to be about a $250.00 bill and that’s a bit more than one car wash . . . but this will save you tons of time and money over the course of the ownership of your car.
By having the right tools and the right chemicals on hand, you will find that detailing a car is very easy work.
Does spending all this money upfront make any sense?
In short, Yes.
If you clean your car on a weekly or semi-weekly basis, you’ll find that getting your car to the “like-new” appearance is about a 15 minute to a 30 minute commitment and you also have a chance to look over your car’s condition and make sure everything is ok.
Most shops will charge about 65.00 to 95.00 for the level of detail you are about to perform and the materials that you have on this list, should last you for several details . . . about 5 to 10 depending on the size of your car and how frugal you are with your chemicals.
Chemicals will last for about 6 to 10 details and these are the only things that you will need to replace over time . . . if you are detailing your car every other week, you can safely expect to spend about 80.00 to 100.00 in replacement chemicals . . . the implements such as your towels, hose, sprayer, and vacuum should last for many years.
The bottom line, by having these materials and learning how to use them right and assuming you detail you car on a bi-weekly basis (which in this article, you will find is quick and simple). You will save over $1500.00 a year in keep your car in beautiful shape.
Hey, little things add up, don’t they?
Also, be keeping your car clean, you can improve your fuel economy by 7% . . . no joke . . . a smoother car surface makes less drag than a rough one and it’s easier for your car to glide through the air.
What does this mean to you?
Well, the average SUV driver gets 18 mpg over the course of a year and the average SUV owner drives 15000 miles a year and the average cost for gas this year is $2.72.
The average cost per year to drive a SUV in gas alone then is $2,666.67 . . . if this person could increase their fuel economy by just 7%, they save almost $150.00 per year.
When you are washing you car, this is also a great time to check your tire pressure . . . and just by making sure your tires are properly inflated, you can increase fuel economy by another 3% – upping those savings in gas alone to almost $200.00 a year.
So now let’s detail that car:
First: NEVER WASH A CAR WITH THE SUN DIRECTLY OVERHEAD . . . unless you love water spots.
Second: ALWAYS check your brushes and towels for any objects that might scratch your car’s paint.
Third: Use CLEAN TOWLES. . . it’s called cleaning a car, not spreading crap all over your car with water and soap.
Ok . . .
DEGREASER and Spray Bottle – spray it over the bugs and all over your car’s wheels . . . DO NOT BREATH THE FUMES . . . they are BAD FOR YOU!!!
SOFT BRUSH and BUCKET (w/ Car Wash)
Fill up your bucket with water, then mix in soap . . . the other way around is just going to make foam . . . mix it in with your brush and proceed to scrub all over.
Be sure to get those bugs and the wheels that you just sprayed with the DEGREASER (leaving it on can eat your paint and corrode your wheels).
HOSE of your car with the SPRAY NOZZLE.
Get all of the soap off . . .
Drying – PART 1
SPRAY the Turtle “Dry and Wax” all over your car while it’s still wet.
DRY your car quickly with a LARGE ABSORBING TOWEL or SHAMMY.
Get most of the water this way . . . it’s OK TO LEAVE STREAKS.
UNTIL – Drying part 2
Use your LARGE MICROFIBER POLISHING TOWEL to go over your car’s finish . . . now it’s time to get rid of the streaks.
Wheels . . . take a small microfiber cloth and finish wiping them off.
Tires . . . Spray the TIRE SHIE on to your APPLICATOR PAD (saturate it) . . . and wipe down your tires and any other exposed and unfinished rubber surfaces on your car.
Open your trunk, hood, and all doors . . . and wipe out any water you might see.
NOW YOU ARE DONE WASHING and WAXING your Car !
NOW ON TO THE INTERIOR . . . we’ll cover this in my next article.
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