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Happy New Year - Resolutions?

Happy New Year -Resolutions?

Do you make New Year's resolutions?  Do you keep them? 

Thought it would be fun to dive into the New Year, with thoughts about the New Year. 
Did you know that January 1 has not always been celebrated as the New Year.  It is actually only recently that the calender date January 1 was considered the 1st day of the New Year, until 1751 in England and Wales ( and all British dominions) the new year started on March 25 - one of the four quarter days, the change to January took place in 1600 in Scotland.  Since then, January has been the first day of the year.  During the Middle Ages several other days were variously taken as the beginning of the calendar year:  March 1, March 25, September 1, December 25.

In modern times, with the expansion of Western culture to many places around the world during recent centuries, the Gregorian calendar has been adopted by many other countries as the official calendar, and the January 1 date of New Year has become globa…

Subaru: Why it is Outpacing the US Auto Industry

Automobiles and Components
Why Subaru Is Outpacing the US Auto Industry Text Size Published: Tuesday, 4 Dec 2012 | 11:44 AM ET By: Justin Menza Twitter 36 LinkedIn

Power Steering - Maintenance Free: True or False?

Power Steering - Maintenance Free:  True or False?


In our continuing series regarding the importance of maintaining your vehicle, we are going to discuss the Power Steering system.  We have hit the big scary items, but now it is time to discuss the equally important, but often viewed as unimportant systems, starting with the Power Steering System.

If you are over 30 you probably remember the days of using 2 hands to crank the steering wheel around the corner.  Ever drive Grandpa's old pick up truck?  I remember asking  my uncle if his truck had power steering, he said "Yes, Armstrong Steering", I asked what that meant, and he replied "you need strong arms to steer it".  And thus the driving lesson began.  I still remember the first time I drove a car with power steering, I about ran us into a ditch, took a while to get used to the ease of the steering wheel. 

Cars and trucks have come along way since the first horseless carriage, and they have j…

Bruce Titus Automotive Group Presents....Santa Paws

Bruce Titus Automotive Group, Inc. Presents.....Santa Paws.

Being a member of the Bruce Titus Automotive Group is truly special.  Bruce Titus, Owner/President of the organization is truly committed to the communities where he does business.  He understands that the people we do business with are a part of these great communities, they are our neighbors, our families, our friends. 

The Bruce Titus Automotive Group is regularly involved in some kind of community event, whether it is sponsoring the local Softball team or booster club, or holding a Food Drive,and his staff is encouraged to get involved.

October - November was the Fall Food Drive, for motivation we offered  entry into a drawing for $50 Gas Card and other specials such as Free Oil Changes, and through employee participation and community support we were able to donate over 700 non-perishable food items to area food banks.  Side note.....these agencies need our help all year long, so we hope to do a spring food drive also. …

Dealership Maint Schedule - A Must or A Bluff

Today's topic is regarding vehicle maintenance schedules.  There is a lot to talk about, but I will attempt to break it down for clarity. 

You will find a lot of information, especially on the web, but is it all valid?  The web is a great place to shout your opinion, and outside of politics, vehicle maintenance, is loaded with opinion and conflicting information.  So what's the deal.

Here is the deal:  There is no one singular answer, but overall the maintenance of your vehicle is important and will save you money over the life of your car.  How?  Fewer major mechanical issues, less stress from unreiable transportation, safety, and fuel efficiency. 

 I have said it before and I will say it again.  The most common misconception about new generation cars is that they require little maintenance.  Keep oil in it and it will run 200,000 miles.  It is statistically proven that car ownership costs about $100 a month above and beyond your payment and fuel.  The problem is we d…

Port Orchard Ford Presents 'Go Further with Ford Night' Combining Fusion, Fundraising and American Idol

Jeep Heritage -

Jeep® Heritage | 1962 Jeep Gladiator Posted on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 4:20 am by in Heritage
1962 Jeep Gladiator
Each Friday on the Jeep® Blog, we explore the Jeep brand’s iconic heritage by highlighting a different historical vehicle. This week’s vehicle is the 1962 Jeep Gladiator.

We’re officially into a new decade – the 1960s – in our weekly Heritage Fridays blog series. To celebrate that, this week’s vehicle focus is on the Jeep Gladiator, the completely new “J” line of trucks that were introduced for the 1963 model year.

1962 Jeep Gladiator
The Jeep Gladiator was nothing if not versatile, thanks to its range of available configurations. The full-size pickup truck shared the same platform, front end, and powertrain as the vaunted Jeep Wagoneer. The 120-inch J-200 or the 126-inch J-300 versions came with either RWD or 4WD and a solid front axle or independent front suspension with optional dual rear wheels.

The Gladiator had several available configurations: Thriftside (n…

Fall Car Care - Transmission Service

Fall Car Care - Transmission Service

In our continued efforts to educate consumers on the importance of maintaining your car, we are going to talk about your transmission.  Simply put, without a transmission your vehicle will not go.  Today's vehicles last longer and are less likely to break down.....true and false.  Today's vehicles are much more sophisticated than their ancestors and their regular maintenance is more important than ever.  With regular maintenance most new generation vehicles will go 200,000 miles without any major issues, but the key is regular maintenance.  Their are some simple facts with any vehicle, parts to wear with time and use and when they break, it costs sufficiently more to fix. So smaller investments along the way can prolong your major expenses to the distant future.

As with any major system, the transmission is often ignored or overlooked until it actually breaks, and then it is huge expense and inconvenience.  Transmissions run anywhere fro…

Fall Car Care - Brakes

October is Fall Car Care Month at all Bruce Titus Automotive Locations.  This segment is about your brakes.

Your vehicles brakes are the heart of your vehicles safety systems, and yet many just don't seem to realize how important it is to maintain this critical system.  Did you know that according to national statistics that 40% of vehicle accidents are related to defects in the braking system because they were not maintained properly?It is not enough to bring the car to the shop when something goes wrong.  Maintenance and care should be taken to make sure that your braking system is in its best running order before facing an accident.  Have the brakes checked.

While today's ABS brake systems require less maintenance, it does not mean you can just sit and forget them until they either fail, or start to grind.  As with any car maintenance people find it hard to spend the money on their vehicle.  But, it is much less expensive to perform regular maintenance than it is to have to…

Fall Car Care - Tires

Fall Car Care - Tires

Fall is officially here, and whether you are still experiencing dry days and sunny afternoons, or if the cool fall chill is in the air, foul weather is just around the corner.  Fall is a conversion time.  The hot lazy days of summer is behind us, and the get back to work, back to school, back to busy is well under way. However, foul weather is just around the corner, whether it is the blustery rain soaked days of the Northwest or the harsh snow and winter of the mountains and plains.  It is just around the corner.  Fall is the time to pay attention to your vehicle.  It is far too easy to ignore things that aren't begging for our immediate attention: children, spouses, bosses.  Hey, the car started, got you to where you needed to go, no need to worry about it right now.  Yes, there is. 

Remember that foul weather just around the corner?  It will find you and if you car is not ready for it, it will find you on the side of the road, or stuck in your driveway, o…

#13 on the Dumbest Cars of All Time

As I was cruising AOL Autos for another project, I came across an article entitled "The Top 20 Dumbest Cars Of All Time".  It was a great chuckle for the start of the day, I of course knew the cars listed (new and old) and was slightly offended that the Pinto made the list.  Yes, my grandpa owned a 1975 Pinto and I LOVED that car, Orange plaid and all. 

But number 13, is the one that caught my eye.  I had never heard of it, so I thought I would do a little digging, and this is what I found out.  Thank you to all of the researchers that went before me who provided 99.98% of this information. 

Why was it rated #13 on the Dumbest Cars Of All Time:  Well according to AOL Autos Staff:

Simply naming the car after yourself is a guarantee that things will not go well. 

The Bricklin was the creation of Malcolm Bricklin and SV-1 stood for "safety vehicle 1".  The American auto world was looking at trying to compete with the asian market for the small car market.  Let'…

The Subaru XV CrossTrek is coming!

Related Gallery2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek: New York 2012 The Subaru XV Crosstrek is finally coming to United States and all the folks at Bruce Titus Automotive are excited for its arrival.  While we still don't have actual arrival dates, we are expecting them to arrive at Eastside Subaru and Tacoma Subaru in the next few weeks. Recently Mike Burgess at Tacoma Subaru went down to the pre-arrival ride and drive with Subaru, he was excited before, and now he is over the top eager.  He was amazed what they had them do in this great car.  Running through huge pits of fine sand, and amazed when they told him to stop.  Let's face it, we all know that on sand forward motion is essential.  They had him stop the car, and let it settle into the sand and take off again, and it did!  So if he wasn't impressed then (which he was) they had him rund through a deep pool of water up past the door jambs and deep enough to cover the exhaust, puttered through like the champ we know this car is goi…