Category: Automotive

Mustang Parts to Provide the Best Car Electrical Parts and Accessories

The problem with today’s car electrical is becoming so intricate due to the innovations of the present technology but the design is basically the same as 20 years ago. A quick check of the major components of car’s electrical system will do you a lot of good rather be stranded in the middle of nowhere. One of the major components of a car’s electrical is the battery. One important factor to consider is the proper care of the car battery by seeing to it that the battery and connections are always clean and properly ventilated to remove the risks of dangerous fumes and explosive gases. When buying a new battery be sure to buy one with a compatible or higher rating than the previous and the same group size to fit into the battery plate and connections. Before replacing the battery, be sure to check the car’s electrical system because you might be having other problems besides battery replacement. Do a checking of the alternator because this might be the cause of the problem.

The alternator is the device that works with the battery of the car to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy in the form of alternating current. The battery supplies the electricity and the alternator continually charges the battery so you need never have to worry about the car suddenly stalling. You might be on your way home when suddenly the radio stops, the dash lights go dim and finally the head lights are gone. You pull off to the side road and finally the car has no more power. Sometimes, you might think that it is the battery that went off but it might be the alternator taking its last breath.

It is very important for the car’s electrical system to be checked at least every two years or when there are major problems that are experienced. This is probably due to the computerized control systems that are severely affected by fluctuations in voltage. The average trouble shooting knowledge might not be enough on certain situations that the necessity for a maintenance check be done by the proper technicians. Mustang parts are the market authority on car parts and accessories. Just do an online search for the Mustang product tested and track ready products to be shipped within the day the order was placed with 100% free shipping. Take advantage of the holiday discounts on the car electrical parts for good performance.


Auto Air Filters: Replacement Versus Performance

It never ceases to amaze me when I hear people complaining about the high price of gasoline and then learn that they do not do the simple things to improve their gas mileage. Changing the oil/oil filter at regular intervals, keeping tires at adequate levels, and replacing the air filter can all go a long way toward improving gas mileage. Nobody likes to pay $2.65 a gallon for gas…you can’t control supply and demand. You can, however, make sure your car is in top shape by doing simple maintenance which translates into maximum fuel economy. Let’s compare and contrast two different types of air filters available for your car.

1. Replacement brands. As the name suggests, these air filters are used once and then tossed after their useful life has ended, which is usually within one year of installation. If you purchase your own air filters then you are familiar with national replacement brands like Fram, Purolator, and Bosch. In addition, brands developed for car manufacturers, such as the Honda Air Filter, are also replacement air filters.

2. Performance brands. Accel, AFE, Airaird, Green Air Filters, K&N Filters, True Flow, and Volant are some of the top performance brands on the market. Originally made for race cars, each performance brand is now available to consumers for the family car, SUV, minivan, or pick up truck. Unlike replacement brands, performance air filters are washable and reusable; can last as long as 50,000 miles before requiring to be cleaned; come with lengthy warranties as long as ten years/one million miles; are designed to increase horsepower and acceleration; and they will not void out your vehicle’s warranty. Unlike replacement brands that are filling up our landfills, most performance filters will outlast your car and it probably never will see the bottom of a dump.

Of course, if you are considering purchasing a performance brand air filter you may wonder if you will pay through the nose for your filter. With a little online comparison shopping I learned that a K&N performance filter for my Dodge Neon retails for $44. Compare that price to the $10 I shell out annually for my replacement brand filter and you will see that I would realize my savings by the fifth year. Not bad, considering a performance air filter is much more productive as well as environmentally friendly. Who can put a price on that?

So, if you want a high performing, environmentally friendly product available at a reasonable price, then the replacement air filter should be avoided. You can improve your fuel mileage and help the environment by switching over to a performance air filter today.

The New Renaissance: Top 10 Efficient Non-Hybrids

A car that sips gas rather than gulps, looks good in dim light, and is lively to drive is the new renaissance in motoring. The coolest cars today are the green Hybrids, and fuel- efficient non-Hybrids, that share an unconventional styling. Here are 10 non-Hybrids that save on fuel while being practical, good looking, and fun to drive.

Acura RSX

The future of the automotive universe is in the garden. The 2006 Acura RSX is a luxurious, well engineered sports car, that has a green thumb. The car averages 27/34 mpg and has a MSRP of $20,325 to $23,845. Historically, the RSX is the successor to the ever popular Acura Integra, which was an entry level sports car in Acura’s line up; while the top of the line, NSX, boasted a top speed of 155 mph.

The 2006 RSX is quick by modern standards while being incredibly frugal on fuel. In a recent shootout, sponsored by Car & Driver magazine, the RSX beat out the Dodge SRT-4, Subaru Impreza WRX, Chevrolet Cobalt SS, and the Saturn Ion Redline. In terms of horsepower, two versions of the RSX and RSX-S are available in either 155 horsepower, or 201 horsepower respectively. The steady refinement of Honda’s VTEC technology makes it possible to deliver torque at both low and high rpm’s. Consequently, the RSX-S is able to rev up to 7,000 rpm – much like a motorbike and still be effective saving fuel.

Unfortunately, RSX’s dominion of the two-door sporty segment is being phased out in 2007 to give way to the Honda Civic Si and the Honda Civic Hybrid. Acura believes this will prevent intra-brand competition with other Honda products, namely the Civic. For now, the 2006 RSX is a reputable earth-friendly vehicle worth owning on its own merit.

Honda Civic Coupe

You don’t have to be a South American dictator to enjoy power, good looks, and fuel efficiency that distinguishes the 2007 Honda Civic Coupe from other cars on the road. The fast, safe, and elegant Civic embodies Soichiro Honda’s personal philosophy of an uncompromising sports car everyone can own. For MSRP of $14,810 to $18,710, the 2007 Civic lives up to the hype of exhilarating performance, while achieving 40 mpg on regular gasoline (and 51 mpg for the Hybrid).

The Honda Civic delivers vicarious fun in both its regular and Si iterations. The regular Civic delivers 140 horsepower from an i-VTEC, 16-valve, 1.8-liter engine that’s mated to a drive-by-wire throttle to make sure you arrive early at your meetings on time; and the Si unloads 197 horsepower from a 6-speed manual transmission.

An alternative to the VW GTI, Mitsubishi Eclipse, and the Mazda RX-8, is that the 2007 Civic possesses an assertive personality to successfully capture its share of the compact sports car limelight.

Mazda3

Once you’ve sampled higher fuel efficiency of Japanese engineering, there’s no going back. The 2007 Mazda3 is a compact sports car that averages 28/35 mpg. Unlike the retro sensibility of the Mini Cooper, VW GTI, and the Honda Civic – the Mazda3 serves up a fresh perspective in design. The external aesthetic purity, functional cabin ergonomics, and the indescribably “zoom-zoom” sound from the peppy engine make it stand out from the crowd.

In our test drive, we sampled the larger 2.3-liter engine that has 160 horsepower from a normally aspirated four-cylinder engine. Our verdict: the 2007 Mazda3 is a sensational, fun-loving car to drive. The engine is happy zooming up to 7000 rpm in no time. The low- end torque could be better below 2000 rpm, but once you reach mid revs, the engine is eager to please. Mazda has done well applying variable valve timing and variable-length intake runners to the 2.0-liter engine as well, giving it 150 horsepower at 6500 rpm peak torque. Additionally, the standard five-speed manual shifter is smooth due to frictionless synchronizers and cable linkages.

For 2007, the Mazda3 is also available as a hatchback offering an additional 17.1 cubic feet of storage compared to 11.4 cubic feet for the 4-door sedan. Mazda3’s price of $13,750 to $17,500 makes it well positioned for the fresh out of college crowd, and driving enthusiasts alike.

VW GTI

What happens when you place a mighty fat epinephrine needle in the rear quarters of a thin, frisky rabbit? Does it run faster? Does it look edgy? Scared? In this case, the mighty fat epinephrine needle is the highly responsive 197 horsepower engine that utilizes Audi’s R8 racing technology to create a fuel-efficient turbo peaking at 5,100 rpm. And the Rabbit, totally redesigned VW GTI, is bigger and tighter than the vehicle it replaces. VW claims rigidity is up by 80 percent, due to high-strength steel panels and 230 feet of laser- welded seams. You certainly will not hear many squeaks and whistles in this vehicle. Step on the accelerator and the car responds immediately. There’s virtually no lag from the turbo as the car accelerates from 0 – 60 in 6.5 seconds while averaging 24/31 mpg.

When the first VW GTI was introduced, it was 1983, Michael Jackson was doing the moonwalk and the GTI was competing with the Chevy Camaro Z-28, and the Datsun 280 ZX. Today, the VW GTI has a MSRP of $20,340 and is competing with the Mazda3, Mitsubishi Eclipse, and the BMW 3 Series.

Mitsubishi Eclipse

More curves than a wonder bra commercial – defines the wholesome look of the 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse. After16 years of refinement, things are looking up for the fourth generation 2007 Eclipse, but there is a lot at stake for Mitsubishi. When the Eclipse debuted in 1990, it became an instant sensation in the rave young car buyers’ demographic, paving the way for launch of mid-sized Gallant and the compact Lancer Evolution. In 1995, the Eclipse was redesigned to compete more aggressively with higher priced cars from Honda and Acura. Although the 2007 Eclipse has curb appeal with shapely wheel wells, a lavishly appointed interior and a torque rich, powerful engine (263 horsepower in GT and 162 horsepower in the GS), there are a lot of cars in the $19,699 -$23,399 price point. It is also a lot heavier with a curb weight at more than 3,300 lbs.

Facing competition from the Acura RSX, Mazda RX-8, and Toyota Scion; the 2007 Eclipse works harder to retain its share of the pie.

Mazda6

If space is an important criterion in choosing your next car, the 2007 Mazda6 is a valid argument for the buyer who seeks ubiquitous design in a purposeful family-oriented new car. The 2007 Mazda6 has more leg room than a VW Passat, Subaru WRX, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, and the Audi A4. It is also the only car in the line up that’s available as a sedan, wagon, hatchback, and race (Mazdaspeed6) version. With a MSRP of $19,000 to $30,000, you get a vehicle that satisfies your needs for an uncompromising design while understanding your family obligations.

The Mazda6 is a somewhat larger version of the popular Mazda3. The top of the line Mazdaspeed6 has a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-4, gorgeous trim, and choice of two exceptional exterior colors: smokestone and violet gray. Unfortunately, there’s no Mazdaspeed6 wagon, but regardless which version you choose you’ll get a responsive car that averages 24/32 mpg.

Toyota Camry

There was once a popular notion that highbrow luxury belonged only in the hallowed grounds of the German and Italian auto manufacturers. This might have been true ten or even twenty years ago, but not today. The caliber of vehicles emerging from the Toyota Motor Company, and Honda – even those made in American manufacturing plants, are second to none. It’s now possible to own a fully-loaded, emotionally charged 2007 Toyota Camry mid-size sedan for less than it costs for an entry level BMW 3 Series, or the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and even the Honda Accord.

The redesigned 2007 Camry picks up the pace with an art deco inspired interior. Power windows, door locks and multi-adjustable seats with lumbar support are standard in all trims. This is to drive a message home not only to BMW and Mercedes, but also to the Honda – the new Camry makes viable economical sense.

Bold new exterior shape make the new Camry appear as if it is draped in fine Eastern apparel. The look has a more of a landscape-inspired feel, the larger than normal headlights, integrated bumpers and dual crease lines on the nose make the front appear more prominent. Aerodynamics of 0.28 Cd further enhances the Camry’s fuel efficiency which averages 24/34 mpg (or 40 mpg in the Hybrid.)

The Camry has always been a popular selling car in the USA. The new version takes the game to a higher playing field. With a MSRP of $18,270 to $27,820, the new Camry is indeed a valid challenger to the anointed position enjoyed by the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Honda Accord and the Mazda6.

Acura TSX

Imagine waking up one morning to find a 2007 Acura TSX parked in your garage. You would probably grab the keys and head out for a test drive. Within moments, you realize this sharp-looking, well handling, and exceptionally powered 2007 Acura TSX is a resourceful lean machine.

The beauty of the new TSX is the invulnerability of build quality and the variability of torque. The TSX is not a muscle car, but the availability of torque across the full range of the rpm will have to think twice about the popularity of more expensive German sedans.

With the discontinuation of the Acura RSX in 2007, the TSX will become the new entry-level car in the Acura lineup. An alternative to the BMW 3 Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the Audi A4, the 2007 TSX is competitively priced to give all the thrills with a MSRP of $27,890 to $29,890. An edgier version of the Honda Accord, the TSX averages 22/30 mpg. Acura plans to sell 15,000 units per annum.

Honda Accord Coupe

With more cars on the road today than at any moment in history, Honda is aware of the many environmental challenges we face ahead. Maximizing efficiency and reducing pollutants is the new paradigm that all car companies need to address. The 2007 Honda Accord coupe, for example, has a clean, distinguished look, choice of two intelligent engines of 166 horsepower and 244 horsepower respectively, (25/34 mpg) and the 253 horsepower hybrid that averages 26/34 mpg. The new Accord, in either the regular or Hybrid version, makes a statement – each vehicle has the power to change the world.

Where the 2007 Honda Accord really shines is in the styling, handling, safety, fuel efficiency, and the strong residual department. These are vital components of the success of the Accord in the USA. While the fuel efficiency of the Honda Accord Coupe is not as good as those of the Toyota Prius, or even the Honda Civic, they are better than most family cars on the road. The 2007 Honda Accord Coupe has a MSRP of $20,475 – $29,500 and is available in 13 trims.

Honda Fit


Neither palm readers nor psychics can predict just how much room is inside the 2007 Honda Fit. Rumor has it, the Fit is 19.3 inches shorter than the new Civic sedan, but designed to feel bigger. An innovative 60/40 split 2nd-row seat enables this task, and also makes for distinct interior configurations. The 109 horsepower 1.5-liter, with VTEC technology gives 31/37 mpg.

Although the Fit may be new to the USA, it has sold in Japan since 2001 and in Europe since 2002. This implies that a redesign may be in the works soon. Other cars in this market segment include the Toyota Scion xA and xB; and the upcoming Smart car. The Fit has a MSRP of $13,850; and can go from 0 – 60 mph in 9.3 seconds.