Expensive vs. Inexpensive / Good Value vs. Cheap
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
If this was the day that one of those famous newscasters stops in to ask us, “What are your clients telling you about the economy?”, we would have to lament. The ONLY thing that most clients want now is “Cheap”. That is right — the luxury car owners do not want to spend any money on their car.
Now, whether the maintenance is “cheap” enough for you, well, that is another matter. It does seem to defy logic that in the land of Silicon Valley where the braniacs and multiple undergraduate degrees reign, people can be so shortsighted. You have purchased an expensive luxury automobile, such as an Audi, BMW or Mercedes. It is comprised of expensive engineering, expensive parts, expensive …
Memorial Service January 19th for Dear Friend and Teammate, Dave Farris
Thursday, January 17th, 2013
Join us and Renee Farris in a celebration of Dave Farris’ life.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
The Capital Club
50 W. San Fernando Street
17th Floor, Suite 1700
San Jose, CA 95113
Contact information for the Capital Club: 408-938-2364 – Jenna
We are all still mourning the passing of our Dave Farris on 12/11/2012. The wonderful cards and letters of condolences from our clients keep coming in, and we are so very grateful for your heartfelt words. Dave’s wife, Renee, thanks you also.
Dave’s education was in marine biology. He loved nothing more than being in the great outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and running with his dogs, Tri-Tip, Chopper and Porter. He was a proud son, father, grandfather, and husband who was taken so …
Mercedes Service B Explained
Friday, October 5th, 2012
Sooner or later, your Mercedes will need what is usually called a “B” Service. Of course, you will want to take your fine German machine to a qualified and reputable service and repair workshop to perform scheduled maintenance.
Service B inspections will be required depending on your mileage. FSS (aka Flexible Service System) was used from 1998 through 2004. This is the on-dash reminder for those model years.
On some models in 2003-04, it was the Flexible Service System Plus. On the later model Mercedes, (making life easier and the air cleaner) Mercedes-Benz has designed the vehicles to alert owners when scheduled maintenance is needed using the MBMS, (Mercedes Benz Maintenance System). This was the advanced system that “reads” the oil condition. …
The Audi A Series: Practicality versus Performance
Monday, August 20th, 2012
While an Audi R8 might be on your list of exotic lust cars, chances are one of the models in the A Series is a better fit for your budget and demands of everyday life. Still, the A Series Audi is known for providing plenty of road-gripping thrilling moments.
When it comes to practicality versus performance, there are some shakeups between the 2012 and 2013 A Series models. Like other automakers, Audi is turning once more to smaller engines and forced induction to give customers a high performance experience. For example, the 2012 A8 comes with an impressive 4.2 liter V8 engine that produces a peak 372 horsepower and 328 pounds-feet torque.
Tips on Picking Used Audi A Series Cars
Saturday, August 11th, 2012
When it comes to buying a used Audi you expect that you’ll be getting a quality car, but what should you keep an eye on to make the most of your investment?
Here is something to consider.
Auto Body Repair Fail Stories
Saturday, August 4th, 2012
How would you like it if your local Doctor was cruising a parking lot and told you he could do “minor work” for you, cheaply and “right on the spot”? That’s right–a procedure in the parking lot! Okay–thankfully, it’s not your doctor doing this, but there are people offering quick and cheap auto body repair as they cruise business parking lots for slightly dinged cars and willing clients.
Fire Season Auto Care
Saturday, July 28th, 2012
Fire season in the West is here.
If you find that you have been driving in an area where the air is full of smoke, you will want to be sure that you change your air filter more often. It does not take too much contamination to cause your gas mileage to drop. If you have been driving in that dirty air and your gas mileage seems to drop, it could be a sign that the air filter is clogged with debris.
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – The Car Show
Saturday, July 21st, 2012
Some of the great summer events in the Bay Area are upon us with wonderful car shows, auctions, races and more. One of the most famous auto events in our area is the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance that takes place Sunday, August 19th.
The Pebble Beach Auction presented by Gooding and Company on August 18th and 19th, 2012, will have a very special Mercedes up for public auction for the first time –the elegant, all black, 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster–once owned by Baroness Gisela von Krieger of Prussia. The current owner (who is only the 3rd caretaker of the beautiful vehicle) commissioned a complete restoration and actually won the Best of Class honor in the 2004 Pebble Beach Concours ‘d …
Basic Function BMW VANOS System
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
Ahh… the mysterious VANOS of your BMW engine.
VANOS for timing was used beginning in 1994 with a single VANOS. This particular picture is a duel VANOS unit that is used in models years 2000-2003 in M5’s and Z8’s.
The VANOS has the ability to adjust the valve timing which improves the engine power dynamics and reduces the tailpipe emissions. It optimizes the camshaft angle for all ranges of the engine operation, as both intake camshafts, and exhaust camshafts are continuously adjusted to the optimum.
What is a Fan Clutch?
Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
A Fan Clutch is just another automotive part of that cooling system in your BMW. It is designed to allow your engine to warm up quickly, reduce horsepower drain on the engine, reduces drag, and therefore improves engine efficiency. Your fan clutch plays a very important auto part in keeping your BMW cool. Failure of this component would result in an overheat condition that could damage your engine.