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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Staying Fit On The Road

Staying Fit On The Road

On some days it feels like I spend more time in the car than I do outside. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have proper posture (I couldn’t make it as an English guardsman) and sitting for long periods in the car doesn’t help. After a day of contorting my body under dashboards, lifting tires and reaching over engines to get at spark plugs, my body needs to keep up with my energetic kids. Here are some exercises my chiropractor, Dr. Mae Chan of Advanced Health Centre, suggested for me to keep strain & fatigue at bay. You can do these while waiting at a traffic light, waiting to pick up your kids from school or waiting for your girlfriend who’s running late for your lunch date! Holding the steering wheel in the 10 and 2 o’clock positions, roll your shoulders forward and backwards. Repeat several times. Hold one arm out in front of you, palm down. Grasp fingers with opposite hand and gen ... read more

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2015 Nissan Micra

2015 Nissan Micra

Model tested: 2015 Nissan Micra SR 1.6L In-line 4 Cylinder engine (109HP) 5-speed manual transmission Front-wheel drive Seating capacity: 5 Road Test Terrain: 75% city, 25% highway (we travelled 1,390kms!) Tested MSRP: $15,748 CAD The 2015 Nissan Micra is a highly-anticipated supermini car that was released earlier this year in North America. It has been around for quite some time in Europe and other foreign markets. The base price comes in at $9,998 CAD with a lot of features given the low price. Here’s what we noticed about the 2015 Nissan Micra: Exterior design This car visually looked like it was having fun! The trim level we road tested came with a rear spoiler, side sill, and fog lights. With its wide headlamp and beefed up rims, the car definitely gave off a youthful vibe. You can tell right away that this c ... read more

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2015 Mazda 6

2015 Mazda 6

Model tested: 2015 Mazda6 GT 2.5L 4-cylinder engine 6-speed manual transmission Front-wheel drive Seating Capacity: 5 Road Test Terrain: 60% city, 40% highway Tested MSRP: $33,890 CAD The 2014 Mazda6 won AJAC’s Canadian Car of the Year award earlier this year so we were curious to see how it would do on our road test. We got the opportunity to test drive the 2015 model – turns out we really liked this sedan, from its design to the way it drives! The current Mazda6 is definitely an improvement over its previous generations. Here’s what we noticed about the 2015 Mazda6: Exterior design We couldn’t get enough pictures of this car. The exterior design is a nod to Mazda’s determination to create a look that captures the ‘soul of motion (KODO)’. With its sleek lines, the car looks like it’s ready to get moving anytime. We loved the gri ... read more

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Emergency Kit For Your Car

Emergency Kit For Your Car

For many of us, jumper cables and a snow scraper is the extent of our car safety kit. When was the last time you peered in your trunk and evaluated your kit? Since 2006, the Government of Canada (in collaboration with the Canadian Red Cross, St. John Ambulance and the Salvation Army) began its 72 Hours campaign. The campaign helps Canadians ‘…cope on their own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency, enabling first responders to focus on those in urgent need.’ Here’s what Public Safety Canada recommends as a basic emergency kit for to keep in your car: Food that won’t spoil, such as energy bars Water in plastic bottles so they won’t break (change every 6 months) Blanket Extra clothing and shoes First aid kit with seatbelt cutter Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush Candle in a deep can and matches Wind-up flashlight Whistle in case you need to attract attention ... read more

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2014 Honda Accord

2014 Honda Accord

Model tested: 2014 Honda Accord EX-L Navi (Coupe) 3.5L V6 engine Front-wheel drive 6-speed manual transmission Seating capacity: 5 Road test terrain: 75% highway, 25% city Tested MSRP: $35,555 CAD The Accord is a staple of the Honda brand, having been manufactured since the 70’s. At first sight I was impressed with how Honda has kept the Accord badge alive, given today’s age of never-ending ‘new’ car releases. Here’s what else we noticed about the 2014 Honda Accord EX-L Navi: Exterior Style Overall, the coupe styling is sleek – which is nice given that it has the ‘family vehicle’ reputation down pat. The 18” aluminum-alloy ‘diamond machined face’ rims really do give it a nice kick! Anything with the word ‘diamond’ is worth a second look for me (do you see a diamond-like shape in the rim?)! The best part has got to be the ... read more

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Does Your Car Sound Like A ‘Raging River’?

Does Your Car Sound Like A ‘Raging River’?

Have you ever had a hard time explaining a car noise or feel silly that your sound effects just can’t duplicate it for your technician? We’ve had clients report noises that sound like a sewing machine, laundry machine, etc. I have to admit, I can’t make realistic noises if my life depended on it. In general, I’ve noticed that guys tend to make pretty good sound effects. My husband and boys duplicate sounds like sirens, horns, explosions and engine revs to a tee. Yet as good as the guys are at these sound effects, they are so terrible at imitating women’s voices! I swear my voice doesn’t sound anything like what my husband makes it out to be! If you lack the sound effects talent, you’re not alone. Honda has a technical service bulletin (these are manufacturers’ bulletins that help technicians service your vehicle) on noise descriptions. When Honda technicians call into Tech Line (Honda’s own telephone help ... read more

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Why AutoNiche Has Car Reviews

Why AutoNiche Has Car Reviews

We often road-test cars with different manufacturers – it was an opportunity presented to us a few years ago when we started gaining credibility in the auto industry. There’s enough car reviews out there that will tell you the engine specifications, torque, power, type of suspension, etc. And while we appreciate those details and understand them very well, there’s more to the vehicles than just those specs. You’ll find our perspective different and hopefully more practical! We use our specialty in child safety to talk about the ease in installing a child car seat, our desire for owners to learn basic maintenance to talk about layouts under the hood and ease of instructions in the owner’s manual, as well as our passion for driving to talk about fun features of the vehicles. Here’s a roster of our previous reviews which were published on the Y ... read more

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Listen… And Know How Your Baby Purrrs

Listen… And Know How Your Baby Purrrs

When you’re on the road, you may love to turn up the radio and listen to the music, but it’s important to turn down the volume regularly and listen to your car. If there’s a problem, you’ll often hear it first. We often have clients who didn’t know there were problematic noises with their car because they thought it was a ‘normal’ sound for their car – the car’s getting older so they think it’s common to develop different noises. Well, yes and no…it depends on the type of noise. But if they’ve never listened to their car when it was newer and ‘healthy’ how would they know what it sounds like when it’s ‘unhealthy’? Being able to describe the symptom also helps us in our diagnosis. When you take your car in for service because of a noise, we may ask: What does it sound like: knock, squeak, scrape, roar, whine or rattle What area of the car is it coming from: front, back, right or left side When does it ... read more

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