The New Acura TSX Sport Wagon Commercial!

The wagon is not dead I tell ya!! Acura has released it’s very first commercial for the all new 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon and let me just tell you it’s pretty awesome looking!!

Check out this new commercial and see that the TSX sedan turns into the wagon! It’s pretty cool.

Designing the Acura ZDX! How did this wonderful car come to be?

2010 Acura ZDX

I just so happened to be hopping around on the internet today and stumbled upon this wonderful series on the design of the Acura ZDX. We’ve all seen it, we all love it and now you can see what inspired its existence. I think you will be amazed at the different places, and ideas that influenced what this wonderful Acura would become. From a Japanese sports stadium to wildlife to San Francisco, sit back and take a few minutes to see a dream come to life.

This is a 4 part series but I only wanted to show you a couple. If you want to see the rest of the series just visit the Acura YouTube channel.


Pretty neat isn’t it? Do you drive the Acura ZDX? Can you see the inspiration behind it as you are cruising the streets of Cincinnati?

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Is Your Air Conditioning On The Fritz? What To Look For!

It’s that time of the year when it’s getting a little warm outside. Is your air conditioner is your car working properly? I only ask cause mine was on the fritz last weekend and after a little work I figured out what the problem was. I am now back to driving in my car without sweating! It’s greatness!

Here are a few things that you should look for so you can figure out why your A/C is acting up. Courtesy of No one wants to be without an A/C. Of course if you don’t want to work on your new or used car by yourself we are happy to help you out. Just let us know.

Here’s what to look for:

Note: Always be extremely careful any time you’re under the hood while the engine is running. Stay away from all rotating components with your hands, clothing, and hair, and always wear eye protection around a running engine.

1. Are A/C component mounting bolts in place and tightly secured?

2. Are caps installed on the A/C system service ports? This keeps out dirt, and also provides a seal for refrigerant.

3. With the engine running, does the compressor clutch engage when the A/C is switched on? If it doesn’t, this usually indicates a low (or empty) refrigerant condition, or an electrical problem. Also, listen for rapid clicking or cycling noises at the compressor when the A/C is switched on. If this is happening, it could also indicate low refrigerant or some other problems. Have it checked by your service technician. (Note: Some A/C systems prevent compressor clutch engagement in low temperatures, typically at or below 40° F.)

4. With the engine running and the A/C switched off, listen for knocking or rumbling sounds in the vicinity of the compressor. These could indicate a failing compressor clutch, and/or loose mounting hardware.

5. Check all belts for cracks, wear, and glazing. Have them replaced at the first sign of any of these conditions. Also, check for belts that vibrate while the engine is running and the A/C is on. This may indicate a belt that needs to be tightened, or a defective automatic belt tensioner.

6. Examine all A/C and cooling system hoses for cuts, abrasion, weak spots, and signs of leakage. Leakage from A/C system hoses is often indicated by an accumulation of dirt and oil, particularly at connections and fittings.

7. Make sure the condenser (in front of the radiator) is free of any obstructions, such as leaves or insects. This could reduce airflow, resulting in reduced A/C performance. You can rinse the condenser clean with a garden hose.

Seriously let us know if you need any help with your A/C. We are here for you.

You Can Improve Your New or Used Car With Car Accessories Cheaply!

Sometimes you just want to boost the look of your new or used car. But how? Budgets are a little tighter these days than they have been in years passed and if you know what to look for you can improve the look of your car for cheap. Accessories can sometimes be expensive but thanks to Car Accessories Magazine and their tips you can get organized and looking good again in no time at all. It can be expensive to replace the carpet in your new or used car but you can get some really good looking floor mats for cheap. Check out these tips. 

A cheap and easy solution to add design and sophistication to your car is by using a few car interior accessories. These products are a practical way to personalize your vehicle for whatever reason you see fit. Since there are many different items on the market, this makes it easy to choose the style and colors you prefer.

For individuals who spend most of their time driving to and from events, it’s no wonder you would prefer your vehicle to be a representation of who you are. Whether it’s driving the kids to soccer practice, commuting to and from the workplace, or simply a run to town, adding these car interior accessories is an inexpensive way to show off your style.

A fun and creative method is seat coverings. Not only do they hide stains, tears, or other damages, but they’re an excellent reason to add a new look. There are many varieties available which makes the possibilities endless. Choose a material and color scheme that works for you and simply apply them to your old seats. Fabrics that are comfortable throughout the year are a great idea. Some are even sold in fade resistant varieties. To prevent conflict, measure your seats ahead of time to figure out which size works best.

The carpeting inside your vehicle can be costly to replace. Floor mats are inexpensive and easy to install than new carpet. This is ideal for those who are working with a set budget. They are available in different colors and materials and offer protection against muddy shoes.

To prevent clutter and an overall messy vehicle, you must be organized. There are many products available to assist you with this goal. To keep CD’s safe, place them in a CD case that is designed for this purpose. A holder that attaches to your visor is idea for those who need an easy reach. To prevent spills from drinks, purchase a drink holder. These are available if you are lacking one in your car.

Catch any trash that adds up on a routine basis by adding a small trashcan. This is a convenient method and can be used to throw away any food containers, drinks, and paper products. Instead of these items ending up on the floor or dashboard, they are stored neatly in the trash.

Use compartment organizers to hold toys, books and games, and other products that you need inside your vehicle. They are sold in a variety of stores and keep items safe. This is a good idea so you can have them on hand when they are needed.

Buy a small book that holds all critical documents such as your car’s registration papers, proof of insurance, etc. These are made especially for these items and will keep them organized. This prevents them being thrown into the glove compartment.

To keep the temperature down and prevent your dashboard and seats from cracking, get shades for your vehicle. This will keep sunlight out and reduce the amount of heat inside. Many different makes and colors are available and sold in stores.

Many items are available to the consumer. In order to get the best deals, shop around and compare deals. This will give you a general idea to what you’re exactly looking for. Car interior accessories are an excellent way to show off your stylish side and practicality.

What do you think of these tips? Do you have any you would like to share? Feel free to send them over. 

Watch Your Speeding. Cops in Ohio can give tickets on guesstimating now.

Have you guys heard this yet? I saw this on the news the other night and then today I found this story that lays it all out. I thought I’d share it with you so that when you are driving around Cincinnati in your new or used car you can be a little more vigilant about your speed. Tickets are a pain in the bum.

Here’s the story from Patrick O’Donnell, The Plain Dealer.

It’s all guessing.

Or, as the man in charge of police training standards for the entire state puts it, “dead reckoning.”

New police officers in Ohio receive no scientific training in estimating speeds of drivers in basic training. There’s no timing of cars over fixed distances, no special methods of determining an actual speed, nothing with stopwatches.

There is just a repetition of watching cars go by and guessing speeds, then seeing how the guesses matches up with what the radar says.

“There is no formula to apply,” said Robert Fiatal, executive director of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. “It’s kind of a dead-reckoning kind of thing.”

An Ohio Supreme Court ruling Wednesday made a police officer’s visual estimate of speed enough to make a speeding ticket stick. Though that had been the case in most of the state, the appeals court covering Cuyahoga County had required more than an officer’s guess: radar readings or comparing a vehicle’s speed to the speedometer reading in a police cruiser.

The court ruled that an officer’s estimate can hold up all by itself if an officer is trained by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy or a similar academy and has experience gauging speeds.

The number of states that use that standard could not be determined Wednesday. Pennsylvania and Nebraska require more than just a visual speed estimate, though officers in those states have leeway to say a vehicle was traveling at an unsafe speed.

The Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission sets standards that all students in the more than 70 police academies in the state must meet to graduate. Officials from the police academies in Cleveland Heights and at Cuyahoga Community College each said they use the state curriculum.

Cleveland Heights Lt. Larry Shaffer said officers are taught to track – follow behind — vehicles suspected of speeding to determine speed, but the required state training allows a reasonable estimate.

“Before you would be certified you have to be fairly accurate with the naked eye,” he said.

Visually estimating the speed of vehicles is only a small part of a five-hour unit on speed, which also includes lessons on stopping distance, benefits of speed enforcement, types of speed laws, how to track a given vehicle and how to fill out a traffic ticket.

Traffic radar used to be part of basic training for all officers, but each department now trains its own officers in using the radar or laser system it owns.

State standards call for students to use four principles to estimate vehicle speeds: their own knowledge and experience in watching traffic, watching vehicles move past stationary objects, seeing if a vehicle is moving in an unusual way like bouncing or the driver is driving erratically.

But the required curriculum doesn’t tell students how to determine a specific speed using those principles.

Instructors must take students to areas with different kinds of traffic and have them estimate speeds. The instructor would use radar on the vehicle so the student can compare results.

“You just refine that and refine that by looking at the radar,” Fiatal said.

Standards call for students to estimate speeds of 20 vehicles and the instructor to calculate the difference between the estimate and the actual speed. Students pass if the average difference is five miles per hour or less.

Fiatal said that training is “certainly a start” for new officers to learn to estimate speeds. He said when they learn to use radar they will have more chances to measure their impressions against radar readings. As they gain more experience, guesses will be more educated.

What do you guys think? I want to hear your opinions.

Consumer Reports: The 2010 Acura MDX!!

This is straight from Consumer Reports! I could not have said it better myself. The review is in! When you’re ready to test drive the 2010 Acura MDX stop by your local Cincinnati Acura dealer for the ultimate in test drives!

Acura’s three-row luxury SUV is a sibling of the more family-focused Honda Pilot. The MDX was redesigned for the 2007 year, and it was given a mid-cycle freshening for 2010 that brought a brand-new six-speed automatic transmission, as well as a few other tweaks and additional standard content.

To evaluate the updates, we bought a new 2010 Acura MDX for $46,715, including the extra-cost navigation system–the only major option on our tester.

The MDX has a slick and powerful 300-horsepower V6 that delivers quick acceleration and sounds polished even at high revs; the new transmission complements the engine perfectly to form a solid, smooth drivetrain.

The MDX is agile. We found it easy to drive, even in a hurry with little body roll and responsive steering. It allows for a bit of cornering line adjustability with the onset of oversteer at its limits, but the electronic stability control system keeps the SUV in line.

Drivers will find plenty of space and a tall, commanding seating position. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the second row is roomy for adults. Children will be the only ones who find the third row comfortable, and even then access to them is snug.

The MDX is well appointed with faux wood, soft-touch panels, and quality materials.

Overall, the MDX performs better than vehicles costing far more. For more insights, see our full MDX road test and ratings, available to online subscribers.

Watch our video on the 2007-2009 Acura MDX.

What do you guys think?