I own a 2008 2-door 5-speed Yaris. I bought it used at a good price back in 2009. It had only 6,000 miles on the odometer when I bought it. It now has 120,000 miles on it; all trouble-free. It consistently gets between 36 and 37 miles per gallon in a combination of stop and go traffic and highway runs up to 80 mph. In addition to serving as a bullet-proof commuter car, I have used it as a pickup truck to haul garbage cans full of yard clippings, bottles, and paper to the local recycling center. That’s something you can’t do with a sedan. I have also driven it in time trials at Summit Point and Monticello raceways and I’ve had a blast with it. Soon after I bought it, I installed a rear anti-sway bar, wider wheels, and larger stickier tires on it, and that made a considerable difference in handling. And although the interior is spartan, the front seats are reasonably comfortable, even after long drives. And yes, I’m a cheap skate!
Protection is key with these products, so we looked for spills to be contained, with extra marks for side, seatback and bumper coverage. We also assessed fit and tested impact protection. Finally, we took price into account. The figures below are from online outlets and are for our VW Tiguan test car. Where relevant, we’ve listed ‘as tested’ prices, including any accessories, but not delivery.
The R1100S’s Paralever rear end, which pivoted on the engine on previous models, was instead attached to an aluminum subframe that bolted to the rear of the powertrain. The Telelever front end got a “Light” treatment with lighter components and machined fork sliders with a sporty USD look. Quicker steering geometry was implemented to compensate for the 58.1-inch wheelbase. Even so, it’s a large, relatively heavy motorcycle—let’s call it 540 pounds wet—that requires a fair amount of effort to turn, though it’s rock solid once set on a line through a corner. Still, it’s no hooligan bike by anyone’s standard. The term “gentleman’s express” is appropriate to describe both the bike and the riding style it rewards.
The Yuasa YT19BL-BS AGM battery is shipped dry along with its own pack of electrolyte that is added at the time of installation. Once filled with electrolyte from its special packs, an AGM battery is virtually maintenance free. The electrolyte is absorbed in the special plates and separators, so there is no need to worry about leaks on the valuable vehicle parts and accessories.
Many late model cars don't age well at all. The extremely angular lines of contemporary designs are more concerned with being modern than timeless, a quality that was absent in the '90s, when the E39 was designed. The car doesn't look new by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a pleasing shape from any angle, especially in M-Tech trim. It's quintessentially purposeful, with an understated flair as illustrated by its wide-mouth front opening and trademark halo headlights. It's a upscale ride without beating you over the head with flared arches or the excessive use of hood and fender vents. It only gets better if you add some tasteful wheel and suspension modifications and do some off-the-shelf upgrades, like LED rear taillights if you have an older version that didn't include the CCFL tails that the '03+ models had as standard.
Together with performance enhancements, thanks to better air flow and enhanced downforce, these parts increase the visual aspect of the car as well. The aero parts are made out of Vorsteiner’s signature pre-prag carbon fiber. This technology allow for a lighter aftermarket product which helps the M3 keep its weight on the low side.
When I took the time to actually call Budget and Hertz, the companies listed on Holiday Autos, I found that they had several automatic cars available and their rates were even cheaper. When I mentioned that I was a AAA member, my rental cost was discounted even more. Though they did have automatic cars available, the downside was that most of the cars were small—compact or economy size—and I was looking for at least a midsize car. I booked an economy size car anyway.
There are plenty of changes in the interiors as well. However, the layout remains unchanged with the instrument console positioned on the centre of the two-tone dashboard, but the use of material has improved and Toyota has also introduced a few new features to make the cabin slightly more premium. The instruments get a new LCD display with digital clock, and there’s even a cooled glove compartment. The seats flaunt a new fabric, while the door armrest is finished in faux wood. Still there are few cheap plastic parts used and the exposed bits under the glove compartment look odd.
The design of the F800R – which is also pitched at novice riders – also provides a visual showcase for that extra rider engagement. With its newly designed fairings, radiator shields, front mudguard and wheels, plus a new range of colors, the sporty roadster cuts an extremely dynamic figure. The now symmetrical main headlight also gives it a distinctive “face,” BMW says.
Dealers do not have to buy the equipment from Eyewitness Surveillance, and there is no upfront fee, but the monthly cost varies, said Stuart Marcoon, vice president of sales for Eyewitness Surveillance in Baltimore. He said, “It can cost hundreds of dollars a month up to many thousands,” depending on the size of the dealership and how many cameras are needed.