如何延長雨刷的使用壽命

December 6, 2006

入秋後天氣不穩定,陰雨綿綿,愛車雨刷是不是覺得「硬綁綁」、檔風玻璃刷不乾清。

經過一個酷熱夏天,汽車上的雨刷也差不多到了更換時刻。業者指出,正常的塑膠材質雨刷平均使用半年至九個月,就會出現硬化,尤其經過嚴熱的烈陽日曬後,雨刷常會刷不乾淨,夜間視線不佳。

此時最好的方式就是更換新雨刷,目前雨刷一組售價從250-1000元,養成固定半年更換雨刷習慣,是避免雨刷刷不乾淨、造成開車視線障礙的最佳方法。

還有那些方式可以延長雨刷的使用壽命呢?

一、養成雨刷刷面清潔的習慣:

開車上路前,先以衛生紙或枺布將雨刷的刷條清理乾淨,並保持玻璃玻面的清潔,避免油漬、污穢、小砂礫,損毀刷條和玻璃的平整,可延緩雨刷更換期限。

二、加裝車用雨刷頂高器:

大熱天,常見到部分車主為避免雨刷因高溫日曬硬化,將兩隻雨刷高高拉起,理論正確,但作法不太美觀。

為兼顧美觀和實用,目前汽車百貨商場多會銷售車用雨刷頂高器,將雨刷和玻璃之間自動形成一個間隔,只要汽車發動,撥動雨刷控制器時,頂高器就會自動歸位,既保有美觀、也可延長雨刷一倍的使用壽命。

這類雨刷頂高器的售價也不貴,二、三百元即可買一組雨刷頂高器,自行安裝也很方便。

三、加裝雨刷修復器:

雨刷常因刷桿上的髒污油漬,造成雨刷愈刷愈不乾淨。目前市面上販售的「雨刷修復器」,類似塑膠熨斗,可以將雨刷上的髒東西清除,改善雨刷老是刷不乾淨的問題。

但因一組雨刷修復器的售價在250元以上,差不多可以更換一組全新雨刷,因此,此項修復器叫好不叫座。

四、選購矽膠材質的新式雨刷:

目前市售雨刷,幾乎都採用塑膠材質製成,經日曬雨淋,平均半年就會發生雨刷硬化、功能降低現象,此時應直接更換。

最近PIAA推出全新矽膠材質的新式雨刷,材質的耐熱度、防水性均提升,使用壽命至少可增加一倍以上,售價也較貴,一組1000多元,幾乎是一般塑膠雨刷的三、四倍。

source [聯合晚報] 2006.12.03

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Name Your Car

November 17, 2006

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As if it weren’t enough to OWN a Porsche, you can now have YOUR name in place of the type designation. So, for example, I’d have “Evan” in the same customised text and the same font as “Porsche” on my Boxster. I wish.

We are a nation that likes to personalize everything so maybe this business model is a good idea. It’ll cost you though: $450 for the first 5 letters and $60 per letter after that. Texts can be made for all 911 models – Cayenne – Boxster and Cayman. They can manufacture your personalized text in the same colors as the type designation, in grey or black, chrome, or if you’re going for the pimp look — in gold. ( A chrome or gold name or text costs an additional $90 per letter.)

Name Your Porsche suggests: “Let your creativity run wild and give your Porsche its own identity and a unique name. You can make up anything you want: ‘made in Germany’, ‘back off’, ‘follow me’ or ‘have a nice day’… Or why not use the back of your Porsche to make a personal message like: ‘no more Ferrari’, ‘my third’, or ‘thanks daddy’.”

Via Trend Hunter.

source [popgadget]


Seatbelt for your dog

November 8, 2006

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Like most dogs, my pup Henry likes to stick his head out the car window, ears flying and a blissful look on his wind-blown face. Vets will tell you that for dogs, the combination of smells makes them “high.” (I’ve tried it but it didn’t do the same for me.) But I worry about my doxie launching himself out the window so we’ve tried tying his leash to the headrest, jerry-rigging an extension leash…you name it, we’ve tried it.

So when Bamboo Pets came up with the Quick Control™ Leash + Seat belt latch, both Henry and I were relieved, and I was cursing myself for not thinking of it first. As you can see from the photo, the velcro pouch hides the metal universal seat belt connector, with a convenient zippered pocket to hold keys, money, waste bags. Besides eliminating driver distraction — Henry prefers to drive — it gives me peace of mind knowing he’s not going to visit that poodle in the next car.

Available in 3ft. and 6ft. lengths, the Quick Control™ Leash + Seat belt latch fits any size dog.

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Visit Bamboo Pets for a store directory and list of online retailers. Approx $20.

source [popgadget]


Mercedes-Benz GL450

November 2, 2006

Motor Tend Magazine named the Mercedes-Benz GL450 as its sport utility vehicle of the year for 2007


Renault Twingo concept car goes tech crazy

October 5, 2006

If you can manage to squeeze yourself and three of your nerdiest buddies into this tiny car, y’all are going to have the one of the most gadget-laden rides ever perpetrated by man. From the pics you can tell the Renault Twingo concept is bristling with iPod docks, and a dashboard mixer puts them all to good use, but there’s plenty of other stuff going on here. The car sports USB and Bluetooth connectivity, and each seat gets an audio jack for listening to an independent source, in case the front seat DJ isn’t mixing it up well enough. There’s also a 15-inch LCD, which is backed by an in-car PC with internet access of some sort. When you open up the hatch, there’s some chilled beverages awaiting, and the speaker system points backwards to blast sound into the quickly assembling crowd of Very Cool People that suddenly will want to be your friend. Check out plenty more pics after the break.

source [engadget]


Barbie meets Beetle

September 13, 2006

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The results can be interesting when you get two incredibly successful icons of our times together. In this case, Ms.Barbara Millicent Roberts, a.k.a Barbie, and Beetle have been brought together by Volkswagen in the all-pink Beetle Barbie limited edition car. The car is done up completely in pink, with the Barbie logo placed at strategic locations. Purists will be pleased to note that even the lug nuts on the tires have not been spared. The trend continues inside the car, with the inserts in the leather seats, steering wheel, door panels and floor mats all splashed with the Barbie color.

Though Barbie and the Beetle have had some troubles in recent times, there are still a large number of women globally who are avid collectors of anything related to Barbie. Add to that the passionate community of Beetle lovers, and Volkswagen seems to have a potential bestseller in their hands. However, for the time being, only 13 of these cars will be manufactured and will be sold through exclusive VW outlets in Mexico for around $24,368.

source [popgadget & Autoblog]


全台休旅車破90萬輛

August 8, 2006

學校放暑假了!帶小朋友全家出遊,又成了家長們共同的「暑假功課」,此時不論上山或下海,開著六、七人座寬敞的休旅車、轎旅車四處趴趴走,似乎最能體會全家共遊、車大、舒適的多功能優點。

統計發現,近十年來國人購買RV休旅車已成為一股流行風潮,從1997年至今年5月底止,全國的RV休旅車銷售總量高達89萬5278台;累計至7月初, 國人擁有RV車的台數已正式突破90萬台,當然也載滿了不少家庭歡樂同遊的美好記憶。您是否就是這90萬台RV車主之一呢?

在國內90萬台RV車中,中華三菱因最早進入此市場,車款總類最多,市佔有率最高,約25.6%,總銷售量約23萬台。旗下RV總類包括新 發表的Zinger、熱賣的Savrin、進口頂級休旅車Pajero、Outlander、Space Gear等五款,加上每年均規畫RV車主系列活動,儼然成為國內的RV王國。

車界龍頭大哥TOYOTA,雖然早年即推出RX4、Previa等休旅車,但真正大舉投入,應是近年導入國產化轎旅車Wish造成的大熱賣,累計十年來RV總銷售量約17萬台,市佔率18.5%。

福特六和最早開啟國人越野休旅風潮,配合週休二日新制度推展,成功地打響Escape運動休旅車形象,配合福特六和一系列的「NBX車主活動」,穩居運動休旅車大哥地位,總銷售量約10萬台,市佔率達10.7%。

裕隆日產主要休旅車以國產的X-trail為主流,進來更引進進口Murano,累計銷售量約9萬台,市佔率約9.6%。

Mazda也是休旅車的主流車商,多年獲得大型休旅車冠軍的Mazda MPV、國產、進口的Tribute等,一直獲年輕車主青睞,累計銷售量逾6萬台,市佔率約6.7%。

而最晚進入台灣市場的Honda Taiwan,目前僅有一款休旅車CR-V,但光靠這台形象、性能均佳的CR-V,Honda累積銷售的休旅車數也高達近5萬台,市佔率約5.4%,堪稱為RV市場的暢銷車款之一。

source [聯合晚報] 2006.07.15