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Buick Ranks Top Three in Consumer Reports Reliability

With so many automakers out there, it’s hard to find the “best” one. But one thing that makes automakers stand out above their competitors is their reliability. Many call American automakers among the least reliable, but that’s not true for Buick, as it was just ranked among the top three in the latest Consumer Reports Reliability Survey.

For the first time in thirty years, an American automaker has made it into the top three of the Consumer Reports’ list of most reliable cars. That automaker? Buick! This is a big leap from Buick’s place on the list last year – seventh. It’s only under Lexus and Toyota on this esteemed list.

So, what are some elements of Buick that make them so reliable this year? It has something to do with the attention to detail on their cars. With a smaller lineup than other American competitors, the safety and reliability of each car affects their overall reliability much more. Essentially, Buick knows what works and they’re sticking to it.

“Top reliability means Buick owners are spending less time getting their cars serviced and more time meeting obligations at work and at home,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of global Buick sales, service and marketing.

So what are you waiting for? Call a reliable Buick “yours” today.

In the Battle of AC vs. Windows Down, the Winner is Not Clear Cut

AC vs. Windowns DownIt’s summer time, and that means it’s going to end up getting uncomfortably hot outside.  Being that it’s Texas and, as we all well know, everything tends to be bigger in Texas, that means higher temperatures and more stickiness than you can…well, shake a stick at.  You’re going to have to make a choice.  Draw a line in the sand.  Pick a side.

It’s an age-old battle that ranks up there with some of the greatest conflicts mankind has ever known:  Pepsi versus Coke, King Kong versus Godzilla, Batman versus Superman, Aliens versus Predator (this is limited to the comics, PC and arcade games, and maybe a novel or two because, come on, those movies?), and to be versus not to be.

Lend your voice and be heard in one of the most important philosophical arguments in the history of our species: air conditioner versus rolling the windows down.

There can only be one.

The gentlemen at Mythbusters found that cooling a car by rolling down the windows saved more fuel (and subsequently had their Mythbusting debunked) , and the Department of Energy itself acknowledges the strain AC puts on your car while not discounting the effect that drag has on fuel economy.  Like most partisan political efforts, it would seem that both arguments have their defenders and they are by and large sending out mixed messages and confusing signals.  So which is it?

The brilliant folks over at HowStuffWorks have posted a logical, in-depth analysis, which finds that there indeed can be two.  In fact, they suggest that using both methods is the way that will enable drivers to be the most efficient when it comes to fuel efficiency and coolness.

Crawford Buick GMC wants you to keep cool this summer.  Believe us, there’s nothing worse than wearing the clothes you just got back from the dry cleaner and sweating through them before you even get to work.  So we suggest tempering your windows down-AC ratio accordingly to fit your situation and maximize your vehicle’s potential while maximizing your comfort.

When you’re on the highway, use the air conditioning to improve aerodynamics and eliminate the drag that would be created by driving with the windows down at speeds in excess of 50 mph.

In slower city traffic, roll the windows down to cool your car.  Reduced speed creates less drag and will be less burdensome to your car than running the AC.

Being flexible and being aware of your vehicle, ultimately, will help you save a little bit more at the pump.  Do you crank the air when the heat is on?