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Reader submission: F30 2012 BMW 335i Sedan

Posted in cars on February 18th, 2012 by admin

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The following 2012 BMW 335i review was submitted by one of our readers, Scott V.
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First impressions say a great deal about how things will go with the relationship you’re about to enter.  As a current BMW owner, the new F30 335i had a lot to live up to.  The first impression was a bit of a letdown at first sight.  The new design was longer and wider, and the new front end and headlight design left something to be desired.

The model I drove essentially had every available option with a sticker price north of $57,000.  Yes, that’s $57,000 for a 3-series and it’s not an M3, but rather a 335i.
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More Bad News for The Volt.

Posted in cars on November 12th, 2011 by admin

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Earlier this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) did what they do and crash tested a Chevrolet Volt.  One particular test simulated a 20 mile-per-hour, side-impact collision which resulted in the Volt received an impressive five-star crash safety rating.

At the conclusion of the test, the ERV was shunned to the NHTSA bone yard to rot away with the other victims of the crash test.  But that is not where this story ends – after three weeks of sitting, the Volt caught fire.  It is suspected that the crash test punctured the Volt’s lithium-ion battery which somehow resulted in a fire.

According to a GM spokesman, this is the only crash tested Volt to catch fire and further research is being done to determine if this was a fluke or a design flaw.

See also: The Real Math of Owning A Volt

source: Detroit Free Press

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The Real Math of Owning a Chevrolet Volt.

Posted in cars, Reviews on October 28th, 2011 by admin

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Here in Houston, at Autospotters HQ, we pay ten cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity used. With the Volt fully charged, we were averaging thirty miles on a full charge. According to the Volt’s own computer, it took approximately 10 kWh’s of electricity to go thirty miles. Ten cents equals one kWh, one dollar equals 10 kWh’s, 10 kWh’s got us thirty miles, so one dollar equals thirty miles.

How does that translate into mpg?
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