Archive for August, 2016

Preventive Maintenance Saves You Money

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

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They say you need to spend money to make money, but in the case of your vehicle, you need to spend a little to save a lot. Keeping up with the maintenance of your vehicle is vital to keep it running smoothly.

One piece of your vehicle that you may overlook is your serpentine belt. Don’t know what a serpentine belt looks like? It’s the long belt that snakes around the front of your engine. The belt turns constantly every time your engine is running. It supplies parts of your engine the power it needs to keep moving forward. Things like your alternator, air conditioning compressor and your power steering pump are powered by the serpentine belt. On some models, the serpentine belt also supplies power to the water pump, power brakes and radiator fan. It plays a vital role in keeping your vehicle running properly.

With time, exposure to the elements and age, your serpentine belt wears out. If a serpentine belt snaps, the battery of your vehicle would die rapidly. It usually only takes a few miles for it to be drained before it dies. The issues that would result in a broken serpentine belt varies depending on what it powers. Some vehicle owners have had their engine overheat due to the fan and waterpump not being properly powered. In other cases, the steering and brakes have been affected, making it harder to maneuver the vehicle to safety. All of these issues can be easily avoided by regular maintenance.

The owner’s manual for your vehicle will advise when the best time to replace your serpentine belt. Another option is asking your service advisor for their recommendation based on the belts’ current wear. The service advisor has several ways to test the belt to make sure you stay safe on the road. Your serpentine belt is also checked when your car gets an inspection.

Properly maintaining your vehicle is crucial to keep it running smoothly. Most dealerships, like Coast Nissan, have a convenient service department that makes getting your investment serviced a breeze. For more information about the numerous services Coast Nissan has to offer.

 

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Nissan Announces e-Bio Fuel-Cell Research

Monday, August 29th, 2016

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Nissan recently released that it is in the process of researching a Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell system that will run off of a bio-ethanol electric power. This new technology would be the first of its kind for automotive use worldwide. The technology would make vehicles run with high efficiency, using various fuels like ethanol and natural gas mixed with oxygen to create electricity.

This e-Bio Fuel-cell produces a great amount of electricity through its power generator, the Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell system, using bio-ethanol in the vehicle. The vehicle this technology would power would have a very efficient power system that would rival the distances that gasoline-fueled cars have. Not only would this technology make the car efficient, but it would make the ride silent.

Fuel-cells use chemicals that mix with oxygen that eliminate the waste of harmful exhaust and other byproducts. These kinds of fuels are widely available across the globe. As the technology continues to develop, it will become easier for the average consumer to use. Maintenance and other costs would be similar to the costs of a standard electric vehicle currently on the market.

This technology pushes society to reevaluate zero-emission vehicles as the new standard. Nissan recently released a concept car that reflects their ongoing research. It is based on a e-NV200 MPV and uses a 24kWh battery that allows it to drive over 373 miles. The vehicle also has the ability to run on ethanol-blended water, which is easy and safe to use. Nissan believes this is a sustainable fuel source because it is based off a substance that is mostly sugar cane and corn.

As Nissan continues to research new technology and the constantly changing needs of the consumer, they continue to create high quality vehicles. To view the latest models Nissan has to offer, visit Coast Nissan.

 

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The Nissan GT-R Is The Fastest Drift Car

Friday, August 26th, 2016

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The Nissan GT-R has become the fastest drift car on the planet after the team at NISMO modified to reach speeds of 190mph, while going sideways. The car was never meant to be a drifter – it was meant to be a fast-paced thrill on the race course.

The modifications for the car include a complete overhaul of the interiors and dual-clutch transmission. They have been replaced with racing seats, a cage and a sequential gearbox. Rear-wheel drive has replaced the car’s original all wheel drive system. To get the beast roaring, a 4L twin-turbo V6 engine resides under the hood and is paired with a good nitrous injection system. It can now produce an eye-pooping 1390 horsepower.

To help with the drifting, the front tires are bigger than the rear ones. The suspension has undergone a complete overhaul to accommodate this. The GT-R was always meant to be quick on the lap but everything on the car was scrutinized and revised to make it go as fast and as sideways as possible. The GT-R set the world record with Japanese driver Masato Kawabata behind the wheels.

Although, the car does not quite scary to drive with the right expertise, anything is possible. The original GT-R is an amazing car in itself and can leave competitors behind with ease. Coast Nissan offers the GT-R and other stunning Nissan models.

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A Review Of The Safe 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

2017 Pathfinder

Safety

Most of the Pathfinder’s safety systems are similar to last year’s model. However, it is easy to see that the safety measures have improved on this model with the introduction of the front emergency braking and intelligent cruise control. A major introduction is that of the Around View Monitor that lets you track moving objects as you drive.

Conclusion

The Pathfinder has it’s own base of fans and rightfully so. It can offer some amazing features and makes sure nothing is complicated for the drivers to learn. Price is another major factor as to why the car is so popular. Add to this, the fact that that nee features have been introduced and the exterior revamp, the car is definitely going to be a hot seller. It will also give Nissan the opportunity to keep the car for the next few years without it being too many upgrades. Overall, the Pathfinder is definitely a car that is recommended that want to have fun in an SUV and still feel the power.

Coast Nissan has the best Nissan models on offer and you can experience them in real life by driving down to the showroom in California.

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A Breakdown Of The Nissan Pathfinder’s Top Competitors

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

2017 Pathfinder

The new Pathfinder is a great car that is affordable. In terms of competition, the car is up against the Ford Explorer and the Honda Pilot. Both of these cars have similar specs and we’ll take a look at them below

Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot underwent some major changes last year. These changes involved a completely new exterior that made it look less like a box and more like a sleek machine. The car comes with a V6. 3.8L engine and is available in 5 trim levels. On 4 of these trim levels – LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring – all-wheel drive is available and they operate on a six-speed automatic transmission. The top most trim – Elite – comes with all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic. The nine-speed automatic makes the car more powerful, saves fuel and improves various driving characteristics. The car delivers 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.

Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer also underwent changes in 2016 and comes with a new engine – a 2.3L four-cylinder engine – that delivers 270 horsepower and 300 pound feet of torque. If you’re looking for more power then you have to go for the range-topping EcoBoost option that offers 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. The 3.2L, V6 engine option offers 290 horsepower option and 255 pound-feet of torque.

The only cars that compare to the Nissan Pathfinder are the top versions of these models, which are more expensive. The Pathfinder is a good car overall and comes at a better price than both these cars. You can check out the Pathfinder at Coast Nissan.

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The Nissan Leaf Is Fuel Free And Fun!

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Nissan Leaf Review Long Term

The Nissan Leaf not only fairs pretty well in terms of energy efficiency and operational costs, but also has a striking appeal in its exterior and interior design.

The Leaf is available in five separate exterior colors namely the blue ocean, brilliant silver, cayenne red, glacier pearl and super black. The cabin provides a modest space for individuals both in the front as well as rear seats.  As far as the drive quality of the car is concerned, the MacPherson strut front suspension and Torsion beam rear suspension both facilitate a smooth and jerk free ride across most terrains. The Leaf offers a sizeable boot capacity which may be further enhanced by split folding the rear seat backs. The bucket front seats and height adjustable driver’s seat help minimize the strain of long journeys.

In addition to this, the EV offers a variety of other driver convenience features such as cruise control, retained accessory power, tilt adjustable steering wheel, electric speed-proportional power steering and both audio and cruise controls mounted on the steering wheel for ease of access. There are several other tech features such as cargo light area, climate control, front reading lights and electro chromatic rearview mirror, all of which lend a contemporary feel to the cabin.

Apart from the standard convenience features, the Leaf also offers a range of safety technologies which ensure a safe and reliable ride. Some of these features are four wheel ABS, stability and traction control, electronic brake force distribution, engine immobilzer, airbags, tire pressure monitoring and remote anti theft alarm system.

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The Nissan Leaf Is A Revolution In Driving

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Nissan Leaf Review Long Term

Apart from offering a cheaper alternative to the petroleum, the Leaf provides for various methods through which you could further cut down on your energy costs.

For all those people looking for a long journey in the cold winter months, the best option is to preheat the cabin while the car is plugged into one of the charging stations.  Apart from this, there are a few minor hitches such as low voltage chargers’ insensitivity to some of the charging sockets, which can actually be deemed as pretty standard for the breed of EVs. A similar issue has been identified in the Chevrolet Volt as well, and can be shunned as nothing out of the ordinary. The possible explanation for this could be the structural design of the charging cord available on the EV.

The Leaf may not be an inevitable option of all the automobile enthusiasts out there, but it certainly has an appeal which strikes a chord with those who are open to more radical and futuristic technologies.

Speaking of its on road performance, the Leaf offers an impressive drag coefficient of 0.79 which facilitates handling akin to that of a huge SUV. The acceleration is responsive and can be increased up to a top speed limit of 92 mph. The car can easily hit the 0 to 60 mph mark within 10 seconds flat and takes another 8.7 to reach the 80 mph mark.

For more interesting details, or to book a free test drive of your favorite Nissan, please visit Coast Nissan.

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The Nissan Leaf Offers Fuel-Free Driving To Everyone

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Nissan Leaf Review Long Term

The evolution of the current generation petroleum powered automobiles into something more futuristic like an electric vehicle is inevitable with the introduction of Nissan’ first ever EV called the Leaf.

Among the several driver assistance tech features offered by the car, there is an EV specific technology that finds great utility in locating the nearest charging station. The system maintains a sizeable database of public charging stations and also stores the geo location of any station the car was previously plugged into. Despite the fact that the initial investment required for an EV is a tad bit higher than its gasoline fuelled hatchback siblings, the operational and maintenance costs are far more affordable in comparison to the latter.

The premium spec variant of the Nissan Leaf is priced at a modest $35,440 which is inclusive of $170 floor and cargo mats and an additional quick charge port marked at $700. However, starting from 2012, all the Leafs of SL and SV trims receive a standard quick charge port at no extra cost. In addition to this, the SL trim variant of the Leaf features a heated steering wheel, a battery heater, HVAC ducts on the rear, heated outside mirrors and heated rear and front seats. The aforementioned features not only provide great comfort to the car’s occupants during the cold harsh winter months, but also considerably enhance the cold weather efficiency of the car. The phenomenon can be explained by the energy costs reduction in heating the seats as compared to the entire cabin.

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The Nissan Maxima: A Four Door Sports Car

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Nissan Maxima

The 2016 Nissan Maxima is a great performer and that has a lot to do with the CVT, which is highly responsive. Lag is minimal when you hit the throttle and in manual mode, you get the feeling that you’re driving a 7 speed.

However, you’re still reminded that the Maxima is a CVT because there’s nothing no indicate shifts. All you hear are gear ratios changing. In the Sport mode, the throttle does feel a bit more responsive.

So, how safe is the 2016 Maxima?

Well, there are a total of 3 trim options and each one comes with its own set of safety features. However, there are a few standard safety features as well, which, are available across all 3 trims. These include the Forward Collision Warning, the Blind Spot Warning, and the Forward Emergency Braking etc.

The Platinum trim comes with additional safety features such as the Around View Monitor, Driver Attention Alert, Moving Object Detection, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Conclusion

The 2016 Maxima is a sporty vehicle, all said and done and this is despite the presence of the CVT and FWD (Front Wheel Drive). The vehicle also boasts of a well-tuned suspension, which makes it a dream to drive around corners.

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A Long Term Review Of The Nissan Maxima

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Nissan Maxima

Firstly, the Nissan Maxima competes with the likes of the Kia Optima and the VW Passat. Both these cars are considered stellar cars. In fact, the Kia Optima is probably one of the most feature loaded vehicles you’ll ever come across. It’s got seats that can be cooled or heated, a user friendly infotainment system, a nice sunroof, and a whole lot of other goodies.

But, once you step into the 2016 Nissan Maxima, the Optima feels ancient and we’re not even comparing it with the top end Platinum variant of the Maxima. To begin with, the Maxima’s interiors are, simply, far more tasteful.

The back is roomy enough to convince you that you’re in a classic British or German luxo-barge. The exteriors of the vehicle are outstanding as well. Though, it may not cater to everyone’s taste, there is no denying that the Maxima has more attitude now.

The Maxima is also a big car, but, it doesn’t let the weight or the size hamper its performance. The car is enthusiastic around corners and pretty stable. Of course, there is some mild understeer, due to all the weight being pushed up front. However, things do stay under control as long as you’re under the limits.

Get a taste of the 2016 Nissan Maxima. Call Coast Nissan to book a test drive right away.

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