2014 BMW i3 with range extender

You may be wondering what the buss about the new BMW i3 commercial on TV. Dubbed as the city car of the future, stylish carbon-fiber/aluminum body helps the new i3 to take BMW driving experience to another level. Its low center of gravity allows it to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. It will give you a range of 81 miles just from one charge which takes only three hours from a regular home 220-volt outlet. If you prefer, a two cylinder gasoline fueled range-extending gas engine can give up to a range of 150 miles. Yet it will be limited to a top speed of 56 miles per hour. BMW claims that i3 braking system can slowdown it from 70 mph to a stop within 160 feet.

The rear-wheel drive BMW i3 provides seating for four and comes as a four-door hatchback. Loaded with Bluetooth and heated seat. But if you are looking for an air conditioned car, this is not for you. It blows only unconditioned outside air. Its drive is similar to electric cars from Nissan, Ford, and Chevrolet. But it is the ideal car for city dweller with a knack for quality and style.

Be aware of toll roads when you rent a car

Have you driven on a toll road lately? More than 75 percent of toll roads have cash free lanes. Sometimes it is even harder to find a toll booth on a toll road. Many are using electronic transponders. If you are living in Florida, North Carolina, Texas and some parts of California you may have noticed that these states removed toll booths altogether. Toll road operators argue that it increase the efficiency and flow of traffic. What will happen if you are unaware of toll roads and new to the area or driving a rented car?

Rental car companies either require you to pay a flat fee to cover tolls or charge an administrative fee to forward correspondence for any unpaid tolls to you. Either way it is going to cost you more than you think. An unpaid $5 toll could cost you over $60. These outrageous fees resulted in complaints to Attorney Generals in many states and law suits against rental car agencies. In 2013, Hertz agreed to pay $11 million to settle a class action law suit where customers were charged a daily fee regardless they drove through toll roads or not.

Foam for Auto Interiors

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Your automotives might have been made to last, unfortunately the same cannot be said for your cushions. After several years of use, vehicle owners might start to notice certain deteriorations in their cushions. Various factors can be attributed to these deteriorations. Some of these are wear and tear and moth infestations. A solution to start anew with your auto interiors is to go for a foam replacement. Professionals in auto-body shops would be more than glad to have the work done for you. Alternatively, and especially if you are into DIY projects yourself, you might opt to carry out the foam replacement yourself. This solution might be the most cost-effective and gratifying one.

Even if you are carrying out the replacement yourself or seeking the help of a professional, the project will start with the choice of the right foam. Indeed, quality and durable materials will last longer and therefore, not require frequent replacements. Carlo Badalamenti is a professional who has been involved in the foam industry since 1980. He knows about the criteria to consider when choosing the right foam mattress. The criteria that you might be considering when choosing your foam product would be density, firmness and durability. For vehicles, long-lasting foams can last for a period of up to 16 years. Fast-drying foams can also used on vehicles that might be prone to humidity or the rain.

The Foam Factory specializes in different kinds of foams for diverse applications. Their products also include foam seat for automotive projects.

Getting Used Diesel Engines

Diesel engines are used by people for different applications. It might be for the replacement of a malfunctioning engine in a farm implement, to switch from gasoline to diesel or to fix a vintage vehicle such as a truck or a car. Buying used diesel engines carry several advantages. Some of the include complete refurbishment, lower cost, reliability and eco-friendliness.

Complete Refurbishment

Many shops would ensure that the engines they are selling are not only in a good running condition but they would also get it completely refurbished to avoid any breakdown. In certain cases, the engines may be thoroughly cleaned in a chemical vat and rebuilt to ensure that it works efficiently. All parts are also carefully tested and any worn-out parts are replaced. The engines are also painted, waterproofed and treated to prevent rust.

Lower Cost and Increased Reliability

Used items would obviously come at a lower cost compared to brand new ones. The good news is that while the price of used engines decreases with years, the usefulness does not decline so much. Most used diesel engines still have a lot of miles ahead of them. Proper maintenance would guarantee that they would function as well as if they were new. Older engines have been known to show consistent performance and are thus more reliable.

Eco-friendliness

Buying secondhand is all about preserving resources and reducing waste. Buying used diesel engines would help to preserve the resources that would have been involved in making new engines.