Iconic Movie Cars – Goldfinger – 1964 Aston Martin DB5

August 15th, 2014 by Ed Pol

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Shaken, not stirred is a very famous quote from the driver of this weeks iconic movie car! In the movie Goldfinger from 1964 James Bond drove an Aston Martin DB5 which became an iconic movie car throughout the years of James Bond and his popularity among young and old viewers. In the book James Bond drove a DB Mark III but the Aston Martin DB5 was the company’s latest model when filming began.

 

The car used in the film is a prototype to the DB5 and another car was used to film all of the stunts. During the 1964 New York World’s Fair it was dubbed “the most famous car in the world” and during this time with the movie release and with advertising it helped boost car sales. The first DB5 prototype used in the movie was stripped of its weaponry and gadgetry by Aston Martin and then resold. It was then retrofitted by subsequent owners with non-original weaponry. That DB5 was stolen in 1997 from its last owner in Florida and is currently still missing.

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Famous for its array of gadgets, the film’s script initially has the car armed only with a smoke screen. However, the gadgets rapidly increase with ideas from the crew members. The cars gadgets included, machine guns, Tire-Shredding blade, Bullet screen, Radar Scanner and tracking screen, Passenger ejector seat, Oil slick, Smoke screen, Bullet-proof windscreen, Revolving number plates, Rear water cannons, Alpine 7817R which was Bonds communications device. Promotional and unused gadgets were: Caltrop dispenser, Radio telephone, Front and rear extending rams, and a concealed Compartment under the driver’s seat. For the time, the car was awesome and Bond had no problems kicking butt with it!

 

The DB5 was prodAston-Martin-DB5-Goldfinger-Thunderball-GoldenEye-Tomorrow-Never-Dies-and-Casino-Royale1uced 1963-1965 and a total of 1,023 were made. It came with a few different body styles of which were a 2-door 2+2 coupe, 2-door Convertible, and a 2-door shooting brake. The car was equipped with a  3,995 cc Tadek Marek inline 6 Motor.  A 4 speed manual with optional Overdrive was one of the three transmissions included with the car, the other two were a ZF 5-Speed all-synchro manual and a Borg Warner DG/Model 8 automatic. The 0-60 mph acceleration was clocked at a sluggish 8s and the Top speed of the car was 143 MPH. The car produced 282 bhp at 5,500 rpm. The DB5 Vantage was introduced in 1964 featuring a three Weber twin-choke 45DCOE side-draft carburetors and revised camshaft profiles delivering greater top end performance. This engine type produced 315 hp and only 65 of these were built.

There is no denying that this is a pretty car and pretty damn iconic being behind the man known as James Bond. I doubt there is a single person alive that if you mention the name James Bond that they wouldn’t know who you were speaking of. I am sadly not a huge James Bond fan but I have always loved the cars that they display in their movies.

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BMW Maintenance plan a no go for 2nd owners

August 13th, 2014 by Ed Pol

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One of the best things a consumer of a new car can buy is the maintenance package programs that dealers offer to their customers. This alleviates the stress of having to pay for oil changes and whatever else the specific maintenance package covers. For obvious reasons it is not free for dealers to implement this program and with rising costs BMW is taking action.

The original person buying or leasing isn’t going to see any difference, but the program is no longer transferable to a second owner, unless that person is in the household. The people in question would include parents, siblings, grandparents, and grandchildren. All you would have to do is contact BMW to make them aware of the new user. There will be a new program offered to 2nd owners and it will cover the vehicle up to 100,000 miles.

The Press Release is as follows:

The BMW Maintenance Program

For model year 2015 or later vehicles sold or leased by an authorized BMW center on or after July 1, 2014, BMW Maintenance Program coverage is provided for the exclusive benefit of the initial purchaser, owner, or lessee of a new vehicle, sales demonstrator vehicle, Aftersales Mobility Program (AMP) vehicle, or BMW Group company vehicle from an authorized BMW center in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Accordingly, BMW Maintenance Program coverage, with one exception, is not transferable to subsequent purchasers, owners, or lessees. The sole exception to the non-transferability of BMW Maintenance Program coverage is that household transfers – transfers within the United States (including Puerto Rico) to members of the household of the initial purchaser, owner, or lessee of a BMW vehicle from an authorized BMW center – will not terminate BMW Maintenance Program coverage. Household transfers are limited solely to transfers to a current or former spouse or spousal equivalent, child, sibling, parent, grandparent, or grandchild from the initial purchaser, owner, or lessee of a vehicle. In the event of a household transfer, purchasers, owners, or lessees of a BMW vehicle should promptly advise their authorized BMW center to document and confirm the household transfer for purposes of BMW Maintenance Program coverage. The payoff of a loan on a vehicle by the initial purchaser and the purchase of a leased vehicle by the initial lessee are not considered transfers for purposes of BMW Maintenance Program coverage.

The BMW Maintenance Program covers all factory recommended maintenance as determined by the Condition Based Service (CBS) system. Additional specific items that need replacement due to normal wear and tear, and that are not covered by the original New Vehicle Limited Warranty – such as brake pads, brake rotors, and wiper blade inserts – are included, provided wear and tear exceeds BMW wear limits. Any applicable adjustments required due to normal operating conditions are also included.

Exclusions from coverage include the following:

Items reimbursable under your New Vehicle Limited Warranty

Gasoline and diesel fuel

Gasoline and diesel fuel additive

Diesel glow plugs

Diesel particulate filter

Windshield washer additive (except when in conjunction with scheduled maintenance)

Tires, wheel alignment, tire balance and rotation

Parking brake shoes/linings

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Wear and tear of soft trim items, such as: seats, carpets, moldings, headliner, door panels and all chrome trim

Damage, including consequential, which results from negligence, improper operation of the vehicle, wear and tear or deterioration due to driving habits or conditions, improper repair, environmental influences, flood, accident or fire damage, road salt corrosion, alteration, installation of non-genuine BMW accessories, or use of improper, poor quality or contaminated fuel

Altered or unreadable Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or odometer irregularities or vehicles where the true mileage cannot be determined

Maintenance or repair after the vehicle is deemed a total loss

Maintenance or repairs performed by other than an authorized BMW center within the United States or Puerto Rico

‘Topping off’ low fluids (e.g., engine oil, antifreeze, washer fluid, etc.) except when done in conjunction with a scheduled maintenance or other required maintenance work (as outlined in the customized maintenance checklist printout) that is performed during an applicable Maintenance Program period
Vehicles used in competitive events

Oil changes performed outside the recommended maintenance intervals as indicated by the Condition Based Service

Any other vehicle-specific exclusions described in the Service and Warranty Booklet included with the vehicle

Iconic Movie Cars – The Italian Job – 2003 Mini Cooper

July 25th, 2014 by Ed Pol

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Welcome back everyone to another installment of Iconic Movie cars! Sorry for the bit of the hiatus but we have been quite busy. This week’s movie is The Italian Job (2003) and the 2003 Mini Cooper that was moded to steal quite a bit of gold, actually 3 Mini Coopers were moded in the movie. The movie was about a team of thieves 112_0806_09z+movie_cars+mini_cooper_the_italian_job[1]who plan to steal gold from a former associate who double-crossed them. Most of the film was shot on location in Venice and Los Angeles.

The plot involves your normal betrayal in a movie and the usual “I’m going to get you back” type of story-line. Steve double crosses the group after a gold heist and leaves them for dead. A year later Charlie finds out that Steve is living in L.A. and starts to plot on how to get the money back. The gang devises a plan to get 3 small cars to drive through his house in order to quickly steal the gold. Those cars were the 3 2003 Mini Coopers that were updated with mods to make them quicker and to make them carry the amount of weight that the gold will add to the trunk of the car. With the driving through the house plan falling through, they end up blowing a hole in a busy L.A. street in order to steal the gold from an armored truck and drive the Mini’s through the L.A. subway system.

In 2001 the Mini Cooper was the first model on the new generation of Mini. It was available in a Cooper and Cooper S model. 2003_mini_cooper-1It sported a 1.6L engine that had an option for a supercharger and the S after the cooper is what signified that. The Cooper heritage was further emphasized with the John Cooper Works (JCW) range of tuning options that are available with the Mini. Mini also created a one-off racing model of the Mini Cooper S named the Mini Cooper S Works. This car had many extra features that would help to improve performance, such as a racing exhaust and high performance air filter as well as an upgraded suspension. The car also had one-of-a-kind 17 inch racing wheels.

I have never driven a Mini Cooper before but I know a few people that have own them. One of them being a taller than average person and he would surprise me when he would tell me he had so much room to fit in his car, granted no one would be sitting behind him but he was able to fit in it and be comfortable. These cars do look like a ton of fun to drive and they seem like little go karts zipping around. In the movie they made this car even more desirable by putting Charlize Theron behind the wheel and of course all the upgrades they did to the car and the locations where they were driving it.

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Traveling with your dog this summer

July 24th, 2014 by Dan Tole


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Keeping your dog safe and secure in your car is important whether you’re just going for a quick trip around town or on a cross country summer adventure. An unrestrained dog can become a potential hazard and a serious distraction.

In 2011 AAA and Kurgo conducted an online survey of 1000 dog owners and found that 84 percent of survey takers allowed their dogs to roam freely in the car and 65 percent admitted to being distracted by their dog while driving. So, here are a few tips to keep you and your pup safe this summer:

Don’t put a pet crate on the front seat; airbag deployment could be fatal to your dog in an accident

Don’t leave your dog in your parked car, car temperatures can rise quickly in the heat and heat stroke can happen in minutes

If you’re transporting your pooch in a small pet carrier the best place for it is on the floor between the front and rear seats, if it was designed for use with a seatbelt then go ahead and put it on the backseat restrained with the seatbelt.

Make sure the tag attached to your dog’s collar has your correct information including a cell phone number.

Take a minute to learn of a vet in the area of your destination, also keep a pet first aid kit and health records should there be an emergency.

Before you set out on the road take a few minutes and do a little research on the best way to restrain your dog in your vehicle, there are many choices for harnesses some of which have been crash tested.

Have fun and stay safe on the roads this summer.

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Iconic Movie Cars – Transformers – 2006 Chevrolet Camaro Concept (Bumblebee)

June 27th, 2014 by Ed Pol

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Robots in disguise…  You got it right! This weeks iconic movie car is Bumblebee from the movie Transformers! We will be talking about the 2006 Chevy Camaro. I know that Bumblebee has had a few adaptations from the comics to the animated movies, however the ones I grew up loving was the Volkswagen Beetle Bumblebee! In the movie Bumblebee first appears as a 1977 Camaro, which has rust and primer spots all over, obviously a work in progress but after Bumblebee hears a comment about his looks he scans another Camaro driving down the road and comes back as the hot looking 2006 Chevy Camaro Concept car.2010-chevrolet-bumblebee-camaro-hd-wallpaper-for-desktop

Chevy had to make a one-off concept for the movie because the car did not come out until 2007. The body panels were used from the same molds that were on the 2006 concept car and the body was fit to a chassis of a Holden Monaro to make it capable of performing in the movie.

The fifth-generation Chevy Camaro is a Canadian manufactured muscle car produced by General Motors and marketed in the USA under the Chevrolet name. Production of Camaros started in 1967 and ended in 2002, after a long hiatus production started on the Camaro in March 16th, 2009. It went on sale in April 2009 for the 2010 model year. The Camaro was made available in five different trim levels: LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS AND 2SS. Each trim level powered by different motors. The cars also came with a couple of different transmissions, 6 Speed auto or a 6 speed manual. The LS and LT trim levels are powered by the 3.6 L (3,564 cc or 217 cu in) GM LLT V6 producing 312 hp (233 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 273 lbf·ft (370 N·m) at 5,200 rpm. The SS with manual transmission is powered by the 6.2 L (6,162 cc or 376 cu in) GM LS3 V8 producing 426 hp (318 kW) at 5,900 rpm and 420 lbf·ft (570 N·m) at 4,600 rpm while the SS with automatic transmission is powered by a new variant of the LS3 called the GM L99 which produces 400 hp (300 kW) at 5,900 rpm and 410 lbf·ft (560 N·m) at 4,300 rpm.

6299217843_3f1b363bfa_zOn July 22nd, 2009 GM Announced a Transformers Special Edition appearance package for the 2010 Camaro. The $995 appearance package can be applied to LT and SS Camaros with or without optional RS Package and could only be applied to order made in the Rally Yellow exterior scheme. The package includes an Autobot shield badge on the driver and passenger side panels underneath the camaro nameplate, the shield was on each center wheel cap, and embroidered on the interior center console. The transformer logo also was on the sill plates replacing the “Camaro” labeled plates, and high-gloss black center rally stripes with the transformers ghost logo embedded, resembling the Bumblebee Camaro. 1,916 units were produced with this package.

The movie really made this Camaro pop out to me and at the time I really wanted one of these! Especially with the transformers package! One problem was that recently I went to the auto show in Hartford, Connecticut and I sat in one. I have to say it was honestly horrible, the roof was cut so low and your visibility was horrible! Not what I expected for such a nice car. If you don’t have to sit in it the car is really nice but once you get in the car it does nothing for me and it wasn’t comfortable at all. But hey every car is not for everyone! See you next week for another Iconic movie car!

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Iconic Movie Cars – Dumb and Dumber – 1984 Ford Econoline

June 20th, 2014 by Ed Pol

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Want to hear the most annoying sound in the world? No? I didn’t think so; neither did Mike Starr who played Joe Mentalino in the movie Dumb and Dumber. Harry and Lloyd had one hell of an adventure cross-country in the customized 1984 Ford Econoline van known with a sign on the side called Mutt Cutts. The set up for the movie 968full-dumb-&-dumber-screenshotstarted when Lloyd was driving Mary Swanson (Holly) to the airport and she leaves behind a brief case. Lloyd realizes the plane has left already so then Lloyd is hell bent on returning the briefcase to her and maybe catch a date in the process! Harry Dunne is Lloyd’s childhood friend and they jump in his Mutt Cutts van and start their trek and thus so begins a movie that inspired an animated cartoon, a 2003 prequel and a sequel to be released in November 2014.

The 16 year span of the Econoline style started from 1975 – 1991. For the new generation the Econoline was given a ground-up redesign using a new platform. The engine was moved forward and the hood was lengthened and flattened to give the driver and passenger a bit more room up front. The van was sold with two wheel bases and three different body lengths. The standard Econolinemutt-cutts-sheepdog-truck1 had a 138-inch wheelbase, the longest until 1990. The van stayed mostly unchanged except, in 1979 a minor facelift was performed adding a new grille. Square headlights replaced the round ones in 1983. The Econoline was sold with a few different engines: 300 CID I6, 302 CID Windsor V8, 351 CID Windsor V8, 460 CID 385 V8, 6.9 L Navistar diesel V8, and 7.3 L Navistar diesel V8. With 4 transmission types offered: 3-speed manual, 4-speed manual, 3-speed automatic, 4-speed automatic.

Dumb and Dumber came out in 1994 and I still remember going to the movies and laughing so hard at some of the jokes Lloyd and Harry came up with. Once thing I can remember and will most likely never forget is when the two of them finally make it to Aspen on a scooter with frozen snot all over their faces and of course being stuck together because of another disgusting thing that I care not to mention here! I haven’t seen the movie in years but I did watch the new trailer for Dumb and Dumber Two and it looks like it will hold up to the hype but of course only time will tell! Let’s hope it turns into another cult classic like the first one! See you next week for our next Iconic movie car.

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