2001 Mercury Grand Marquis LSE by Don Sikora Note: The following story was excerpted from the August 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine. Mercury, and the Grand Marquis, left the automotive scene in January 2011. That final Grand Marquis was a direct evolution of the 1979 Marquis built on the “Panther” platform that was Ford Motor Company’s response to General Motors’s downsized 1977 large cars. Consider for a moment that Panther’s run of 33 model years remarkably covered nearly half the history of Mercury itself. Over time exterior styling evolved but this body-on-frame Merc’s basic specifications remained amazingly consistent. More Cheap Wheels It’s probably fair to say that the Grand Marquis variant readers remember best is the muscled-up 2003-04 Marauder. But we’d like to suggest a lesser-known bucket-seat version for the seeker of cheap wheels: the 2001-03 Grand Marquis LSE. Marquis LS sedan. Hardware upgrades … [Read more...] about Cheap Wheels: 2001-2003 Mercury Grand Marquis LSE
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2019 Honda Pilot Elite in Obsidian Blue Pearl 2019 Honda Pilot AWD Elite Class: Midsize Crossover Miles Driven: 281 Fuel Used: 15.5 gallons Real-world fuel economy: 18.2 mpg Driving mix: 55% city, 45% highway CG Report Card Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. "Big" rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, "Tall" rating based on 6'6"-tall male tester. Room and ComfortA Power and PerformanceB+ Fit and FinishA- Fuel EconomyB- ValueA- Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide's impressions of the entire model lineup. Big & Tall Comfort Big GuyA Tall GuyA EPA-estimated fuel economy: 19/26/22 (city, highway, combined) Fuel type: Regular gasoline Base price: $48,020 (not including $995 destination charge) Options on test car: None Price as … [Read more...] about Test Drive: 2019 Honda Pilot Elite
Eating while driving only contributes to the germs and bacteria already thriving on your steering wheel. stevecoleimages/Getty Images You probably think that your kitchen sponge is by far the dirtiest item in your house. And according to a 2017 list from WebMD of all the germy things you touch every day, you're wrong. It included the obvious candidates like smartphones, computer keyboards, dog toys, shopping carts and even the office coffeemaker. (That kitchen sponge came in at No. 4 by the way.) One obvious surface omitted from the list, though, and most others like it? The steering wheel of your car. The average American driver spends 17,600 minutes behind the wheel every year, but doesn't spend nearly enough time cleaning the inside of that car. Sure, you'll see cars lined up outside a car wash after a muddy rainstorm, heavy pollen season in spring or at the end of winter to wash off all that salt buildup. And that's great for the health of the vehicle, but doesn't really have a … [Read more...] about Your Car’s Steering Wheel Is Totally Nasty
Your body can produce a half gallon of sweat every hour in a hot environment. Tom Brakefield/Getty Images Summer temperatures in the United States can climb above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), making heat stroke a big problem. Heat stroke can be fatal in many cases because it happens so quickly -- there is not much time to react. Let's say that it really is 100 degrees F outside. The human body wants to stay at 98.6 degrees F. The only way to stay at 98.6 is to sweat. By putting moisture on the skin and letting it evaporate, your body can cool itself very effectively and keep its temperature in the proper range. Sweat works really well as long as there is plenty of water in your body -- it takes water to manufacture sweat. If you run out of water, sweat stops and your body rapidly overheats. It turns out that it is extremely easy to run out of water -- your body can produce 0.5 gallons (2 liters) of sweat every hour in a hot … [Read more...] about What causes heat stroke?
Before you hit the road with your quivering car, be sure to ask a mechanic you trust to take a look at your rotors -- a possible cause of a shaking steering wheel. Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Thinkstock Have you ever been cruising down the road with your car running smoothly, only to find that your steering wheel suddenly starts trembling like a hairless dog on a cold day the moment you hit the brakes? Your immediate thought might be that you've driven onto a quake-prone fault line. That's one possibility, but it's more likely that there's something wrong with your car. Now the question becomes, "What causes a steering wheel to shake when braking?" There are several possible answers -- some more likely than others. Vibrations in the steering column can happen for a number of reasons, such as a busted motor mount, bent rims, bad CV joints or loose lug nuts [source: Distad]. But none of these automotive problems would cause a steering wheel to shake only when the brakes are applied. … [Read more...] about Why does your steering wheel shake when braking?