9 Creepy Halloween Cars

Looking towards the upcoming holiday I took it upon myself to find a collection of creepy vehicles for your Halloween themed pleasure.  Now these spooky and admittedly scary cars, trucks, and vans are a collection based on different reasons.  Not only can a vehicle be scary for what it looks like, but more importantly who may be driving them.

Free Candy Van

Free Candy Van

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What’s Cool On eBay Today?

RV-4 on eBay

RV-4 on eBay

An RV-4 home built aircraft is up for sale on eBay right now and gaining a ton of attention.  Not only has this home made aircraft brought almost 4,000 views but also currently stands at 31 bids and $14,766.  The real beauty about this RV-4 is that it’s not even complete yet!

Specifications

Engine: Lycoming O-320-D2J, 160hp with 1921 hours TTSN (1982). It was removed from a previous aircraft in July 1998. Complete engine logs are provided.

Significant maintenance includes

  • Cylinders #1 and #3 were replaced with new ones at 1788 TTSN in 1993,
  • The carburetor was overhauled at 1833 TTSN in 1994.
  • It was last inspected at 1921 TTSN in Nov 1997.

Propeller: not included.

Instruments and Avionics: None

Miscellaneous: Located at Spirit of St. Louis airport (SUS) in Chesterfield, MO.

This makes me wonder, who purchases home built aircraft on eBay?  Are there not safety concerns, quality standards, or other tidbits of information one would concern themselves with when purchasing such a risky item?  If not, then I know what business it’s time for me to get into.

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Is A Prius Or Yaris Going To Cost Me More In The Long Run

A Toyota Prius starts at $22,000 and a yaras 5 door starts at $14,200 for a difference of $7,800 how long will it take to save gas enought to pay for the difference? We look at the lowest gas prices in several different states and cam up with a average cost of $3.50 a gallon. If gas prices stay the same for the next 5 years here is what it will cost for 10,000 15,000 and 20,000 miles a year

  • 34 MPG average for the Yaris 50 MPG average for the Prius that what I get in my 06 Prius
  • 10,000 294 Gallons a year for the Yaris and 200 Gallons for the Prius = 1029 for the Yaris and $700 a year for the Prius a $329 savings a year
  • 15,000 miles a year $1543.5 Yaris and $1050 for Prius saving $496.50 a year with the Prius
  • 20,000 miles a year 588 Gallons a year $2058 Yaris and 400 Gallons a year $1400 Prius $658 savings a year

So lets look at 5 years at 20,000 miles a year $3280 in total savings 10 years $6560 but what if gas raises 50 cents a year your gas cost would rise about 100 each year. 5 years would become 4280 and 10 years would become $11,060 in the case you would save a few thousand so buying a Prius is only a good deal if gas prices continue to rise and you drive $20,000 miles a year

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09 Saturn Aura

Over 30 miles per gallon and a fairly potent 4 cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed transmission makes the 09 Aura a winner as far as I’m concerned.  Although it still kind of looks bland, as much of the Saturn car line up does, it fits the bill in terms of economy and luxury.

Reviews are pouring in that love the great buy that is the 09 Saturn Aura at less than $25,000.  The 09 Aura is getting extra marks in it’s interior department due to it’s mix of elegance and ‘just enough’ functionality.  Furthermore the double stitched and supportive seats fit perfectly for the reviewers who took it for a spin.

But where the 09 Aura gets the most praise is where the 6-speed transmission meets the 4 cylinder engine.  Instead of being clunky and jumping through only 4 gears under heavy acceleration, the Aura is smooth and precise.  The extra automatic gears gives the illusion that you are driving a much more sophisticated and expensive car.

The four-cylinder XR delivers. It hits 33 mpg on the highway — outperforming the Camry and Honda Accord. It manages 22 mpg in the city, which seems a little low, but acceptable when you consider average mileage is in the high 20s.

09 Saturn Aura

09 Saturn Aura

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Car Wars – The New Muscle Cars

Americans love their muscle cars. This is apparent in the legions of rabid fans dedicated to the Ford Mustang and other hotrods. Decades ago, the muscle car reigned supreme on the roads of the US. However, changes in the industry and in consumer spending resulted in a dramatic change, which saw the supposed demise of most muscle cars. While cars like the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro continued to be manufactured, they seemed pale imitations of previous iterations.

However, the modern world seems ready to embrace the muscle car once more. While this may seem nonsensical when you consider the looming oil crisis and the rising cost of fuel, the reality is indisputable. The rise of the newly redesigned Ford Mustang was proof that Americans wanted their power back.

The Mustang was not the only hotrod to tantalize Americans’ need for speed. The Dodge Charger soon became a product vehicle. While the car may have thrown purists for a loop (a 4-door muscle car?), it found a home in the hearts of many consumers. Next, Chevy made everyone in the industry stop and take notice of the new design for the Camaro; though production remained elusive, (2010 is the supposed production year).

Dodge once again upped the ante this year with the release of the Challenger. This car had only two doors and hearkened back to the designs of yesteryear, which suited the purists and everyone else just fine.

The muscle car wars seem ready to heat back up, once more. With the coming redesign of the new Mustang, the release of the Camaro and Dodge’s seeming dedication to get there first, there should be a plethora of options for those who feel the need for massive horsepower and roaring engines.
In many ways, the need for American muscle cars stems from the ubiquitous tuner market. This market is largely geared for small import cars. While capable of great speed, they lack the sheer gratuitous power and aggressiveness of past muscle cars. They also lack the style that seemed inherent to American muscle cars.

As the muscle car wars continue to heat up (albeit slowly), there’s no telling what the industry might do. What other manufacturers may be influenced to pick up the thrown gauntlet and develop their own offerings for the market? The advent of the new car wars is a sign that Americans are ready to stand defiantly against the low-powered, compact cars that have been fobbed off by the automakers for years.

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Today’s Supercars: 200 mph +

Today’s supercars are nothing like their predecessors. For one thing, they must go above and beyond what their forerunners accomplished. In addition, they must do so with strict environmental controls. Even with these limitations, there are many different supercars in the world today, capable of 200 MPH and then some. In fact, many of the tops supercars exceed 250 MPH. Let’s take a look at some of the newest and hottest rides.

The Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4

Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4

Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4

Capable of over 200 MPH, this production supercar offers 560 metric horsepower for your adrenaline needs. The car has a mid-engine placement, with 5.2 liters of displacement. The V10 powerhouse is tuned to incredible precision and the car offers all-time 4-wheel drive for better grip as you tear down the road.

The Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron

At over 1 million dollars, this is possibly the most expensive car in the world. However, its claim to being the fastest car in the world was recently defeated (the SSC Ultimate Aero holds that honor). Capable of more than 250 miles per hour, the Veyron is capable of hitting 60 MPH in less than 3 seconds (2.5 seconds, actually).

The Koenigsegg CCXR

Koenigsegg CCXR

Koenigsegg CCXR

This is the third fastest car in the world, which is surprising considering that it runs on bio-fuel. This environmentally friendly supercar is a first in the world and shows just how much can be achieved when engineers put their minds to it. With a top speed of over 250 MPH, it is only ranked third by a mere fraction.

Each of these cars has enormous potential, though they certainly cost a pretty penny. Their ingenious engineering and development allows them to attain speeds never thought possible without special conditions being met. At one time, it was thought that those speeds would never be attained at all. However, it is becoming almost commonplace with the advent of modern supercars.

While these cars may not be something that the average Joe can aspire to, simply knowing they exist provides dreams of sitting in one, someday. It also drives tuners and hotrod enthusiasts to push their vehicles to the utmost, milking every last ounce of power from their everyday cars. Surprisingly, numerous street cars can be tuned to the point that they are far beyond ordinary, which means that any tuner can have their own supercar is they know what they are doing and are willing to dream big.

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