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BMW 7 Series, Barbara Terry

How many of you have been graced with this cars presence? Some of us, like myself have always been enamored with the undeniable luxury of the Bavarian Motor Works…aka the BMW or the Baby Boomers would refer to it as the Beamer! In 2002, BMW introduced to us the new 7 series, the 745i and 745 li. I have to say when I first laid my eyes on this new body style; it was not love at first sight. It was more of a squirmy feeling in my stomach. I was and always will be a big fan of the body style from 1996 to 2001, I said to myself how could BMW improve on their perfection of class and sophistication. What can I say though; the car has grown on me. Now having said all of that, I absolutely have to say that BMW has outdone themselves with this beauty. BMW has gone beyond the call to satisfy the demands of the discerning driver with respect to the way the car drives, looks and most importantly retains its resale value. I am not here today to list all of the awesome options this car has or to plug the car for the manufacturer, I just felt like bringing this model to your attention, since I am a big fan of this technologically advanced shiny piece of metal. Consumers should be informed that anytime a manufacturer releases a new body style it will usually take about a year to work out the kinks. I would not be one of those shoppers trampling all over people to buy in the first year of a new body style of any car. I suggest waiting until the second year of a new body style to purchase and you will be much happier with the results.

Question: Sent in by Anthony Cool. I am shopping for a Jeep Grand Cherokee right now. Which four-wheel drive transmission would you rather have the Quadra-trac or the Select-trac?
Answer: Okay Mr. Cool…is that really your last name. If so, I have to say that is cool! To your question, I can only tell you what I prefer. The Quadra-trac transmission means the Jeep is in four wheel drive all of the time so you are not going to get as good of gas mileage. The Select-trac has the option of two wheel and four wheel drive. I like to save my pennies when it comes to my fuel consumption, so I am more apt to buy the Select-trac. I have owned both types and they both handle very well in challenging conditions.

Question: Sent in by Cindy Fitzsimmons. My cigarette lighter is not working in order to charge my cell phone.
Answer: This could be a couple of things, first of all try checking and replacing the fuse wired to that particular part of your car. Refer to the owner’s manual to find the location of your fuses. Secondly, it may be the housing behind your outlet; if so have your local mechanic look at it. This whole job should not be very costly so do not let someone overcharge you the equivalent of your house payment.

Purchasing A New Car with Paintwork

What I mean by “Paintwork” is a vehicle that has been painted by a body shop somewhere on the car’s hood, door, fender, etc. A car should not be overlooked simply because it has had repairs that include painting. Frequently my customers ask “Has the car ever been in an accident?” As they ask this question, it appears that they have a preconceived idea that if it has been in accident, then I will not buy it. Would I buy a car for myself with paintwork or even one that had been seriously smacked around to create frame damage? Yes, as long as the repair was performed properly and the car isn’t driving down the road sideways. Paintwork can be minor, such as a car that had been keyed from a scorned partner in a relationship or a fender bender or major as a result of a smash-um up collision where a compact import meets a one ton dual pick-up truck (when the two vehicles have had a very intimate conversation on the freeway swapping paint and metal). Don’t walk away just because there has been some repair work. My most interesting personal experience was colliding with a bull Elk about the size of a thoroughbred racehorse one night in Colorado. I was driving a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee about 70 miles per hour when the two of us met eye to eye. After the impact most of the front end of the Jeep was sitting right in the passenger front seat and the elk was pretty toasted and twisted up in the motor. I walked away with a concussion, (took about a week to feel better). The point is that after some extensive repair, that Jeep it is now driving down the road just fine. So just because you learn that your next potential vehicle has been in an accident because there has been paintwork, it doesnt necessarily mean that the vehicle was run over by an 18 wheeler and now has major problems. I would definitely have it inspected, run a history report on it if you like and see it through. You will likely get a good deal on a vehicle that you will be happy with for a long time.

Barbara Terry

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Toyota Scion, Barbara Terry

The first time I spotted the Scion TC across the parking lot on the morning my crew and I were scheduled to tape a segment on this cute little beauty I was skeptical and wondered if its manufacturer, the Scion Division, would be as successful as their affiliate, Toyota. I have driven everything from an unidentifiable piece of junk to the highest-powered machines made by man. If the Mercedes Kompressor and the older model Volkswagon Scirroco got together to produce a cool looking baby….the Scion TC is it!. When my hand hit the gearshift and my foot hit the gas I was more than impressed. This cosmetically appealing 2.4 liter 4 cylinder comes loaded with standard equipment that many manufactures would call options and charge extra.

To list a few…dual airbags, power windows and door locks, power outside mirrors, outside temperature gauge, cruise control, alloy wheels, Pioneer AM/FM/CD unit and satellite compatible, anti-lock brakes, a first-aid kit and my favorite a Panorama Moon roof with a power slide…wow!!! Do I have any complaints? Only those associated with every compact car out there on the market. I am curious to see how this new model will endure after its first year on the market (e.g, interior components etc.). Many manufactures have had nightmares on their hands with their new model’s first year release. I will more than likely do a follow up to this article after this cutie has been rolling down the streets with input from the multitude of consumers that will be attracted to the Scion TC. If you are looking for a sporty look with loaded standard equipment (including the option of 5 speed or automatic transmission) this car has tremendous value power. Priced at less than 18,000 dollars, you are getting a lot of bang for your buck. Scion has a progressive marketing program and a unique way to let you custom design your own model to your liking. If you haven’t taken a gander at their products I highly encourage you to do so.

Barbara Terry

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Nissan 300ZX, Barbara Terry

How many of us enjoyed the first 240Z introduced to us by Datsun? Then one of my favorites rolled off the assembly line, the Nissan 280Z, which was soon followed by the 300Z. Next was the greatest accomplishment by Nissan, in my opinion, the 300Z with new body that came out in 1990. I owned several of these models and of course they were all Black with a black interior (my favorite color combination). I can recall staring at my car for what seemed like hours as it sat glistening in my garage in the middle of the night.

Let’s jump ahead a few years and discuss the fact that the last year Nissan made the 300Z was in 1996. Years later they introduced us to their new 2003 Z model 350. 7 years to give to the Z enthusiasts of the world a sports car that doesn’t make its own statement, because it is so similar to the Lexus Coupe, the Audi TT, the Infinity Coupe and a few other. What a disappointment! The Z car has always expressed its own style its own individual unique sex appeal, why have you let us down like this? If I had the spare time I would fly to Japan and speak with the folks in charge at Nissan. What is your favorite model? The older 2+2, the Turbo, the convertible or the 2 seater coupe? If you have a favorite 350Z style which of the 7 styles is it? I remember driving my 1995 black on black 2+2 and how it always turned heads. Or maybe it was the fact I had my yellow lab hanging out the window on the passenger side of the car with his drool flying freely all over the place.

“Barb’s bottom line” – The Z cars have always made their own unique statement and had always given the other sports car on the road a run for their money. I hope to see a new body style soon with its own individuality and sex appeal.

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Simple Times, Barbara Terry

Is it possible that today’s technology is limiting the enjoyable experiences associated with tinkering under the hood and manipulating the motor?  As I look back to a less complicated time growing up in Texas, I picture a rumble and tumble 10 year old girl sitting on a stack of phone books enabling her to see over the steering wheel of a 2 ton hay truck with a four on the floor.  It seemed so easy to pop the clutch to get the truck engine started so that we could get back to delivering hay or my favorite pouring gas into the carburetor in order to restart the engine after running out of gas. Remember when the mechanics fixed your car? Now they just replace the part(s) that the computer tells them are defective. As I got older, I learned to change the oil, replace spark plugs, change the thermostat and performing other routine maintenance functions. Today’s engines are so jam packed with electronics and sensors that we don’t do this much anymore.  You don’t get the same rewarding feeling of knowing your engine and taking care of it by taking it to the dealership. The “factory recall” has become a modern day phenomenon. It seems too often that we find ourselves inconvenienced as we are forced to visit the local dealership because of a factory recall.  Factory Recalls are in fact a manufacturer’s apology for being technologically incorrect. It is difficult to admit that there has been a major screw up in the factory as a result of a failure to properly engineer your complex modern vehicle and please excuse the resulting major pain in the butt and possible endangerment that we are causing you. Growing up in a time without all of today’s modern bells and whistles when we used our brains instead of an on board computer, I do not remember my parents having to take any of our vehicles in for such a repair.  Many of these defects occur in vehicles that are a first year model in the market. My advice is to shy away from buying the first year of the new model if you can. Let the manufacturers deal with getting all of the kinks out of this new design; that way you will be able to enjoy it more on the road instead of staring at it while it sits all alone up on the repair lift.  Perhaps that is one reason why we love our classic vehicles along with the fact that they remind us of our youth. This is why I ooohh and ahhed the other day as I spotted a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Super Sport triple black convertible driving down the freeway with the top down watching the slobbering dog sitting in the passenger seat!  The technology that we all benefit from today is amazing; however, I do have to say that in some respects it contributes to the throw away and don’t fix it lifestyle most of us lead today in this fast paced world in which we live and drive.

Personally, I am grateful for what we have today and yet I miss the simpler times!

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Sexiest Cars, Barbara Terry

One of my coolest friends the other day asked me what my 10 favorite cars that I felt oozed enormous amounts of sex appeal are. As I shuffled engines, fenders, trannys, torque and all of the other components that make up the manufacturer’s models through my complex brain I quickly came up with my list of 10… plus one.

Some of you may agree with my picks while others will find fault and disagree but that is fine because we are all allowed our own opinion being as we have different tastes and turn-ons in life.

As I list my 10 I will try my best to put into words why these 10 stand out to me and make me want to go from 0 -120 just thinking and daydreaming about them.

Dodge Viper. The first time I laid my eyes upon the fascinating curves of the Viper was at the Texas State Fair the year before it rolled out onto the dealer’s showroom floors. What other car on the road put out by an American company when it first came out in the 90’s can make this type of statement…NONE.

Chevrolet Camaro 1967 -1969 model/body style. I have been a fan of this era camaro for years. One of my buddies in high school had a 1968 SS/396 big block that we would frequently open-up late at night on a dark country highway in small town Texas. There was nothing like the rush of sitting in the driver’s seat and feeling the amount of horsepower throughout your whole body that definitely makes your blood boil from its pure muscle.

Porsche 911 Turbo 993 and 996 model/body style. I have always said that the gearshift in the 911 turbo is more like a joystick, oh the fun and thrill of grabbing onto one of these.

Morgan Roadster…any year! Every since I saw the movie “The war of the Roses” I have been drooling over this cute but sophisticated machine.

Ford Mustang 1964 ½ – 1973 model/body style. Who can forget the movie Bullitt with Steve McQueen and that 68 he drove. Hot!

Chevrolet Corvette 1973 – 1979 model/body style. Two words…Beef cake. Most importantly the Corvette is powered by 2 of my favorite engines, the 350 and the 454.

Nissan 300ZX 1990- 1996 model/body style. This era of the 300ZX was the only sporty car of its kind on the road back then that made such an unmistakable statement as it zoomed past you on the freeway.

Lamborghini Gallardo. Do I really need to even say anything about the hottest car out there? I am in love and want to marry a Gallardo. Stick a fork in me I am done, the Gallardo completes me!

Volkswagen Beetle convertible, 1971 – 1979, well actually it is called the “Super Beetle”. No other car is better fit for a Sunday afternoon drive hitting the local flea markets and quaint antique shops while spending some of your hard earned cash and of course cruising with the top put down.

Ford GT 2005- 2006. Please someone let me know the team of designers of the one of a kind Ford GT; they deserve the reward for the sweetest design of the century.

Plus one…Land Rover Defender 1994 -1997 model/body style Okay, can someone get to the bottom of why Land Rover stopped making the Defender and has not brought it back? Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of the classic Toyota Land-cruisers and the Jeep Wranglers but the Defender is the Godfather of this class, it is unique and top of the line bumper to bumper, in and out.

As you can tell I did not mention the custom conversions for instance, the Shelby, Saleen, etc etc, I wanted to keep this about base models right off the factory assembly line. Of course all of the above favorites are pictured in my head being composed of my favorite color combo which is black on black, with the passenger window rolled down and my yellow lab Rocky hanging out drooling as he rides shotgun!

Barbara Terry

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Humans and Cars, Barbara Terry

oing for my daily run yesterday, I came to the conclusion that we as humans are very similar to the cars we drive and covet.  Humans come in different years, makes, models and color.   Humans also vary between simple, eccentric, expensive and some of us have that flair for the wild side and others are more on the conservative side.  So if a car is considered a classic after being 25 years old, should a human be considered the same after 25 years of age?  Okay now lets talk about the cars that we gander at.  We have economy, sporty, luxury, high-line, exotic…and yes some cars have a history of getting banged up a little, in which that would and should be considered “baggage”… just like the human race.  By the time we are in our 30’s, we typically have accumulated some kind of “baggage”.

If you shed (or in car lingo, “buff off the paint”) the different colors of skin off of us humans, we all have the same mechanism and components, just like the automobiles. If you remove the exterior whether it is metal, thin tin, or fiberglass, all autos have very similar mechanisms and components to get it down the road.  We also learn through life from our mistakes, like the personal relationships we experience after the first time we fall in love.  We also learn in life from the mistakes that we make from those terrible decisions when we purchase our dream car and shortly after that, hate it for many reasons.
For example, we lose respect for it after it breaks down on us, the fact that it seems to bankrupt us for its expenses, and what about the fact that we love our cars a lot more than the love

As I was going for my daily run yesterday, I came to the conclusion that we as humans are very similar to the cars we drive and covet.  Humans come in different years, makes, models and color.   Humans also vary between simple, eccentric, expensive and some of us have that flair for the wild side and others are more on the conservative side.  So if a car is considered a classic after being 25 years old, should a human be considered the same after 25 years of age?  Okay now lets talk about the cars that we gander at.  We have economy, sporty, luxury, high-line, exotic…and yes some cars have a history of getting banged up a little, in which that would and should be considered “baggage”… just like the human race.  By the time we are in our 30’s, we typically have accumulated some kind of “baggage”.

If you shed (or in car lingo, “buff off the paint”) the different colors of skin off of us humans, we all have the same mechanism and components, just like the automobiles. If you remove the exterior whether it is metal, thin tin, or fiberglass, all autos have very similar mechanisms and components to get it down the road.  We also learn through life from our mistakes, like the personal relationships we experience after the first time we fall in love.  We also learn in life from the mistakes that we make from those terrible decisions when we purchase our dream car and shortly after that, hate it for many reasons.
For example, we lose respect for it after it breaks down on us, the fact that it seems to bankrupt us for its expenses, and what about the fact that we love our cars a lot more than the love they show us…sounds like the way I felt after my first long term relationship….”frustrated”.  Another comparison….some humans organs fail them throughout the process of life, just like some of our cars components go bad after a few years.  With all of the recent technology being introduced to us in the automotive field, cars that can tell the mood of the driver from special sensors placed in the steering wheel to cars that wink at each other with special headlights that a Japanese Manufacturer is introducing to us, so should cars be able to have relationships and get married also?

I do have to say my boyfriend now is the best decision I have ever made when it comes to buying a car or acquiring a boyfriend.  His exterior and interior are awesome he comes fully loaded with all the luxury accessories, and when you bathe him his exterior coat/skin really shines, I swear he almost has that new car smell about him.  Most importantly his resale value will always remain the highest in my book!  The question is, should I consider him a classic or not…he is over the age of 25!

It is very interesting to me that when a car passes away we take it to the junk”yard” and when a human passes away we take it to a grave”yard”…who knew that these two words would be so similar?  So to make the questionable comparison…Are humans comparably similar to cars?  Both need love, attention and insurance, food or a good diet for humans (we don’t run well on junk food) can be considered gas for cars and a fresh oil change every 3000 miles.  My favorite analogy:  Autos needing a good tune-up once a year could be considered an annual vacation once for us humans!

Barbara Terry

they show us…sounds like the way I felt after my first long term relationship….”frustrated”.  Another comparison….some humans organs fail them throughout the process of life, just like some of our cars components go bad after a few years.  With all of the recent technology being introduced to us in the automotive field, cars that can tell the mood of the driver from special sensors placed in the steering wheel to cars that wink at each other with special headlights that a Japanese Manufacturer is introducing to us, so should cars be able to have relationships and get married also?      

     I do have to say my boyfriend now is the best decision I have ever made when it comes to buying a car or acquiring a boyfriend.  His exterior and interior are awesome he comes fully loaded with all the luxury accessories, and when you bathe him his exterior coat/skin really shines, I swear he almost has that new car smell about him.  Most importantly his resale value will always remain the highest in my book!  The question is, should I consider him a classic or not…he is over the age of 25!

It is very interesting to me that when a car passes away we take it to the junk”yard” and when a human passes away we take it to a grave”yard”…who knew that these two words would be so similar?  So to make the questionable comparison…Are humans comparably similar to cars?  Both need love, attention and insurance, food or a good diet for humans (we don’t run well on junk food) can be considered gas for cars and a fresh oil change every 3000 miles.  My favorite analogy:  Autos needing a good tune-up once a year could be considered an annual vacation once for us humans!

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2014 Toyota Corolla, Barbara Terry

2014 Toyota Corolla!

From first glance the exterior of a cool/deep green with a warm brown interior is an interesting color combination, very unique to say the least so huge kudos to the designers!  I hopped into this little ride which is much lower than my daily driver but immediately felt the powerful force of the engine and thought back to when I was in High School and would take my brothers Corolla for a spin around the block.

As I approached stop lights I actually noticed that most of the cars on the road this morning were compact cars, funny I typically do not pay much attention. Driving this little Corolla started me thinking about how much money I would save in gas by achieving high 20’s to high 30’s in miles per gallon if I were to buy one for myself.  My daily driver guzzles gas as fast as a parched construction worker working outside on a steamy hot summer Texas day would guzzle water!  Later that day I found myself driving home in a pouring rain storm and was impressed with the grip and control on the road. I would drive this Corolla in any type of weather, anywhere!

Speaking of back in the day…I remember when Toyota started making a presence here in the United States. A few of my brothers had one and how different I remember that these little cars looked compared to the big trucks and boat type cars that my brothers and parents drove. I also remember that they were the most dependable and would always start when the other vehicles on the ranch would not for some reason or another.

One of the most attractive points is having what Toyota calls “Toyota Care”. With this you will receive a complimentary maintenance plan with the purchase or lease of every new Toyota, for

2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Every new Toyota will be covered for all normal factory

scheduled service, as well as 24/7 roadside assistance!

 

We spend a lot of money on our second largest purchase in life “our vehicles” and we need for them to be dependable, fuel friendly and easy to park especially in large cities with small parking lots!

As we drive through life, we drive ourselves into different chapters of our lives. Interesting though that we reach a certain age and for most of us the vehicles that we were attracted to in our younger years no longer have the appeal that they use to. What appeals to us now is a good bang for the buck, saving money on gas mileage and repairs and simply a dependable car that will get us from point A to point B.

The new Corolla comes in 4 different grades, the L, LE, S and LE Eco. This gives you plenty of different set-ups to choose from.  Toyota is also giving to us with the new Corolla a 6 speed manual transmission which I absolutely love! I miss driving a car with a stick and it seems so hard trying to find a shift stick in a car nowadays! You can comfortably seat 5 people in the new Corolla, the trunk has 13 cubic feet of space giving us plenty of room for golf clubs, potting soil, tons of groceries, suitcases and shopping bags from our favorite clothing sale!

Drive yourself to your local Toyota dealer, test drive the Corolla and you will find that it is a few steps above and beyond the competition.

Barbara Terry

2 10 2014

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