Thursday, April 25, 2013

Synthetic Vs. Standard Oil Changes

Many of you (our listeners) have desired to learn the difference between synthetic oil changes and standard oil changes.  Below Utah Car Cents will discuss the major differences between the two; including pricing, environmental issues and what type of vehicle needs what to run efficiently.  

Synthetic vs. Standard Oil Change:

The form and function of synthetic oil is far greater than your standard oil.  Standard oil breaks down much faster with increase in heat and has a decrease in longevity.  Cost can range up to twice the dollar amount of a conventional oil change.  To the average motor enthusiast does the performance enhancing characteristics of the synthetic oil make it worth the extra dough? 

Yes or no does not cover all the variables, but here are a few things to consider:
  1. Synthetic oil is derived from chemicals that are as equally harmful to the environment as petroleum (conventional oil).  
  2. Your wallet will see the same amount of money being spent when you consider how many more conventional oil changes you'll need compared to synthetic oil changes.  
  3. 4-5 (every 3000 miles) in Conventional changes a year; compared to 2 (every 7500 miles) for Synthetic changes.  
  4. Based on research synthetic is cleaner but not necessarily greener for the world because it is produced in a laboratory not naturally.  
  5. Research has also shown that synthetics tend to provide less resistance in the engine of your vehicle.  In turn, could extend life of the engine.  
  6. Partially synthetic oil blend allows you to purchase a better oil for a lesser price than a "true" synthetic change but does not increase the longevity of the oil itself.  Definitely a preference on the buyer.  
Other options are being researched daily to help eliminate greenhouse gases and production facility marks on the earth but for now, make the best decision you possibly can as the educated motor enthusiast.  

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Monday, April 15, 2013

.The 2014 Audi R8.

The all new Audi R8 hits the showroom this Friday.  With luscious curves and a mean look it's sure to be the top in its class.   Base price is set to $119,150.  However, the S-Tronic version of the R8 boosts the price nearly 10k.

At a 4.4 second 60-mph speed the R8 has output of 430 horsepower and 316 pounds of torque.  IT'S A MONSTER.    Don't hold your breath because the V-10 will take you up to 525 Horse Power and holds a 5.2 liter engine that will give you a 60-mph time of 3.8 seconds FLAT.  The V-10 pops the price up to a healthy $155,450.

Top shelf Audi R8 will cost somewhere in the range of 175k.  It's deemed the R8 V-10 Plus.  It receives a grade from Utah Car Cents of an "A-Plus".  Pack 25 more horse power into the R8 to reach top shelf and you find yourself at 550 Horse Power and 398 lb-ft of torque!!!

Changes to the new 2014 Model:

  • 7-speed dual-clutch transmission 
  • larger shift paddles
  • newly designed led lights
  • diamond stitched leather available
  • NEW blue matte paint available for V-10 Plus only.   

Watch for the new and beautiful R8 this Friday!  

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Utah Car Cents April 13th Radio Show News & Highlights

Utah Car Cents April 13th Radio Show News & Highlights

We had a great show today starring Jeff Miller! Are you curious what you missed? Our show will be uploaded next week! 

·         Jeep Recall
·         The Barrett-Jackson Charitable auction including a Million Dollar     Corvette
·         Registering your Subaru through MySubaru
·         When is the BEST TIME TO BUY A NEW CAR
·         The bankruptcy of FISKER
·         TESLA’s new service strategy
·         The Chicken Tax & Tariffs 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Interactive Crosstrek XV Website!

Crosstrek XV Hybrid

Utah Car Cents found this page by Subaru of America informational, cool and entertaining!  We don't want to spoil anything..., but it involves the new Hybrid Crosstrek XV and interactive landscapes on your screen!  Check it out for yourself!

Click on this Link:
Interactive Hybrid Crosstrek Page!

Utah Car Cents will be live tomorrow starting at 10AM sharp on 1280 the Zone here in Salt Lake City, UT!  Tune that dial in.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Utah Car Cents: Show 12 & WRX Walk Around!

Osamu Namba does a walk around on the new WRX Concept

Unveiled at the New York International Auto Show, the new WRX concept was stunning.  Osamu Namba does a walk around explaining the key features that make a Subaru, a Subaru.  Everything from the tradition hexagonal grill to the Bonnett Intake system.  He explains: "The overall design hints at the power and speed of the concept."  If you are a sports car fanatic or simply LOVE Subaru it's a recommended video to watch and enjoy.

 In other news...Utah Car Cents has been broadcasting for 12 weeks now!  Can you believe it?  Don't fall behind and be sure to listen to the twelfth edition below.  Remember that Utah Car Cents is broadcast straight out of downtown Salt Lake City, UT every Saturday.  It begins at 10AM and goes until High Noon on 1280 The Zone and 97.5 FM!  Utah Car Cents looks forward to speaking with you in just a few short days for our 13th show!  

Thanks & have a great week!

Utah Car Cents: Show 11

The Utah Car Cents show has been a lot of fun so far and a joy to listen to (we hope).  We'd love to hear your feedback about Utah Car Cents!  Go to our Utah Car Cents Facebook Page and leave us a wonderful post!  If you missed show 11, give it a listen now!  Available below:

Friday, April 5, 2013

50 Strong Years...Porsche 911.

One of the most influential models EVER turns 50 this year.  The Porsche 911.
Throughout the years Stuttgart has released breathtaking designs, revolutionary mechanics and are still going strong.  

F Model
The very first 911 was released in 1963.  It was deemed the "F Model".  Notice the futuristic curvature and the beautiful engineering.  Unveiled at the Frankfurt International Auto Show about two years before it was re-named to the 911.  

 Not much has changed in fifty years as far as tradition goes, but much has changed with design and power.  The 991 released in 2011 is the capstone for the Porsche family.  Technical advancements help Porsche describe it as their "epitome" of Porsche Intelligent Performance.  

Visit the Porsche Mini Site and learn all about all 50 years of the 911.

Utah Car Cents would like to recognize the Porsche company and tip our hats to 50 years of beautiful vehicles!  Don't miss our show tomorrow from 10AM-NOON on 1280 The Zone or 97.5FM.  Thanks to all of our listeners!  Let us know how Porsche has or has not influenced your love for cars over the past 50 years!  Visit us on Utah Car Cents Facebook and leave us a post!  

Sincerely, Utah Car Cents Team  

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Auto News: First Look into April

Auto News: First Look into April

Here's a quick look into what's new in the auto world for April.


BMW has revealed a first look into their new 3 cylinder 1-series. The new 1499cc B38 motor is a turbocharged 3 cylinder with a 82.0 mm - bore and a 94.6 - mm stroke. It will consist of the conventional aluminum heads and block, producing the same output as the 2.0 liter turbo four-cylinder 320i at 175 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque.


Ford has gotten busy with their Special Vehicles Team, as revealed in the 2013 New York Auto Show. They will be releasing a new Shelby SVT edition of their Ford Raptor producing a whopping 575hp,6.2-liter V8 with a 2.9-liter supercharger and a Shelby/Borla Exhaust system.


Mercedes-Benz has chosen to team up with Garmin, as their integrated navigation-system partner.  Garmin is already providing map software for Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system. Garmin has stated that over the next four years, their navigation software will expand throughout Benz global systems and provide a new type of "advanced driver assistance" software.


According to a report from Car and Driver, Hyundai may be considering development for a new Pickup, -“We do not have a pickup truck. Other than that, we cover almost every segment. We are studying that one very hard—what kind of pickup truck we should produce, if we have to. Is it a big-size pickup truck like in the United States or a small kind of pickup truck?” Lee added, “We are doing a good job in recent years without a pickup truck. A pickup truck is important, but it’s not a big priority for our company. But we have to consider how to respond. It is under study.”