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Thursday, 25 May 2006
Top Gas-saving Econoboxes: Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa etc
Topic: Cars/Automobiles/Trucks

Companies as well as individuals are looking for ways to cut costs: Honda, Toyota, Kia, Nissan & Chevrolet Offer Econoboxes

The 2007 Honda Fit Sport 5-door Sedan is a great little car that will help save gas and money. It is not like a marketing gimmick used by GM for the 2006 and 2007 model year vehicles. GM is saying that if you have Onstar and agree to sign up for the fuel protection program, you will save more than $100 per month. By the way, you have to drive a certain amount of mileages.

Why should you buy one of these little, itzy bitsy cars such as the Fit?

For one thing, you don't have to worry about parking and cutting down on your lunch meals because you have to save for gas. In these times of unstable gas prices, owning a gas guzzling vehicle will surely create a huge dent in your pocket. That is where the Fit comes in handy. Keep in mind that the concept of small cars has been very popular in Asia and Europe for a long time. American consumers have been used to the bigger-is-better-attitude had a hard time to let go.

The Honda Fit Sport is the type of upright boxy-looking car you on the streets of Paris, London, Madrid and some Asian countries. It is a good little car for city dwellers, empty nesters and first-car buyers. This 13-foot-long econobox from Honda will meet your needs. The good thing is that the Fit is not expensive. For $15,970, it can be yours. It is equipped with five-speed automatic transmission, 15-inch alloy wheels. If you want to pay less, then you are going to have a Fit with 14-inch alloy wheels. The 15-inch wheel Fit also has upgraded paddle shifting derived from race cars. The Fit is only 157 inches long. It will fit in any parking lot. It will fit like a Mini. The interior of the car will handle five people. Depending on the size of the passengers, let us say that four people will fit easily. The Fit is somewhat tall. It is 60 inches tall or 4 inches taller than many sedans. It has 42 cubic feet of cargo room with back seats down. You can raise the rear seats' cushions to a near-vertical position, clamped against the front of the seat backs. You will have 50 inches of vertical room for tall cargo. The only downside is that the ride may not be comfortable. If you are looking for comfort, you may think about a bigger vehicle. The ride can be jerky and rough. There is road noise to deal with. So far, the Fit is rated the best little car by Car and Driver Magazine which did a comparison test of seven tiny cars. It rated the Suzuki Reno, Dodge Caliber SE, Hyundai Accent GLS, Toyota Yaris S, Kia Rio5 SX, Nissan Versa and Honda Fit Sport.

In these times of high gas prices, you may want to feel less pain. The SUV and minivans may be parked in the driveway for some time. Drivers are taking shorter trips. They are traveling less than before. It is time to have a small car.

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Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 11:25 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 25 May 2006 11:27 PM EDT
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Saturday, 13 May 2006
Awful Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Fees
Topic: cosmetic/Plastic/Surgery

Tummy Tuck Fees: Total Price: $5,000-$9,000
Surgeons fee: $4,200 Anesthesiologist: $500 Facility fee: $700 Average Total Cost: $6,400
Breast Augmentation Fees: Total Price: $5,000-$7,000
Surgeons fee: $3,050 Anesthesiologist: $700 Facility fee: $950 Implant fee: $1,300 Average Total Cost : $6,000
Breast Lift Fees: Total Price: $4,000-$9,000
Surgeons fee: $3,500 Anesthesiologist: $700 Facility fee: $1000 Average Total Cost: $5,200
Breast Reduction Fees: Total Price: $5,000-$10,000
Surgeons fee: $3,500 Anesthesiologist: $700 Facility fee: $1000 Average Total Cost: $5,200
Male Breast Reduction Fees: Total Price: $6,000-$9,000
Surgeons fee: $2,500 Anesthesiologist: $700 Facility fee: $1000 Average Total Cost: $5,200
Eyelid Surgery Fees: Total Price: $1,500-$7,000
Surgeons fee: $2,500 Anesthesiologist: $700 Facility fee: $800 Average Total Cost Upper and Lower Lids: $4,000
Facelift Fees: Total Price: $6,000-$12,000
Surgeons fee: $5,000 Anesthesiologist: $1,200 Facility fee: $1,700 Hospital fee: $600 Average Total Cost: $8,500
Lip Enhancement Fees: Total Price: $300-$5,000
Cost per procedure: Collagen injection $333 Lip augmentation (other than injectable materials) $1,570 Surgeons fee: $1,600 Facility fee: $400 Average Total Cost: $2,000
Liposuction Fees: Total Price: $2,000-$10,000
Surgeons fee: $2,000 Anesthesiologist: $500 Facility fee: $700 Average Total Cost: (One Area) $3,500
Rhinoplasty Fees: Total Price: $3,000 - $12,000
Surgeons fee: $3,000 Anesthesiologist: $700 Facility fee: $800 Average Total Cost: $4,500

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Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 4:06 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 13 May 2006 4:10 PM EDT
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Friday, 21 April 2006
Operation Vacations, Cosmetic Surgery Overseas: Cheap Cosmetic Surgeries in Brazil, India, Costa Rica
Topic: Broken Healthcare

You know something is wrong with the American health care system delivery when Americans are opting for surgeries in foreign soils. What rich people from all over the world have done for a long time has finally come to the US which is known all over the world as the best place to have top notch operations. In the last few years, more and more Americans are heading to Brasil, India, Costa Rica, Argentine, South Africa, Thailand and other places to have hip replacement, cosmetic surgeries, breast augmentation and various medical procedures for a fraction of the cost.

Now American companies are setting shops overseas to wait for these price-conscious consumers. Americans who travel for health care needs are growing in power. They are making their money work for them. They are showing the American Health care system that they can go elsewhere. They are voting with their purse and airplane tickets. More and more companies are making life easier for these people by providing them with a shopping portal.

Whether consumers want to enjoy the sun, sand and cheap or affordable surgeries, they are heading out to avoid the high costs of American health care delivery.

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Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 10:18 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 21 April 2006 10:20 AM EDT
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Flex Fuels & Bi-Fuel Vehicles: Get Fuel Economy
Topic: FFV/Flex Fuel Vehicles

Flex-fuel vehicles (FFV) have a single fuel tank, fuel system, and engine. The vehicles are designed to run on regular unleaded gasoline and an alcohol fuel (either ethanol or methanol) in any mixture - for example, 100% gasoline, E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline), or M85 (85% methanol, 15% gasoline) or any combination of these fuels.

A bi-fuel vehicle has two separate fuel systems, with the capability to easily switch from one to the other. The vehicle can be powered by either system. One fuel system is usually designed to run on gasoline or diesel, in order to assure a readily available fuel source. In currently available U.S. models, the other fuel system is usually designed to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied propane gas (LPG).

The only vehicles to meet California's Zero Emission Vehicle requirement, battery electric vehicles offer quiet, pollution-free operation. Unfortunately, electricity generation is not pollution free so EVs produce indirect environmental impacts, but are still far cleaner than gasoline-powered vehicles. Though still range limited, recent advances in battery and electric motor technologies have made EVs more practical than ever before.

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Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 10:04 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 21 April 2006 10:20 AM EDT
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Toyota Develops Ethanol-based Vehicles for Brasil & US
Topic: Bi-Fuel Vehicles

Financial Times reports that Toyota Motor Corp. is developing ethanol-based cars for Brazil and plans to introduce those vehicles in the U.S. by 2008.

The Japanese automaker, a market leader in gas-electric hybrids, has resisted the technology up to this point, which left the market open to domestic automakers such as General Motors and Ford. Detroit's domestic manufacturers currently have more than 1.5 million flex-fuel vehicles on the road in the United States.

Toyota is said to be worried about the impact of highly corrosive ethanol on rubber seals in the engine. Toyota's debut ethanol vehicle would be fitted with new anti-corrosive parts to meet U.S. regulations, but the automaker suggested that a less ambitious strategy of mixing only 10-to-15-percent ethanol into gasoline might produce greater savings, the paper said.

President Bush has called for more ethanol use to reduce dependence on foreign oil.

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Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 10:02 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 21 April 2006 10:19 AM EDT
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Thursday, 20 April 2006
GM is Trying to Fix What's Broken in Fuel Protection: Onstar Diagnostics & Money-making Possibilities
Topic: Broken GMC/Chevrolet

California and Florida residents can benefit from this GM marketing gimmick. Trying to profit from the anger shown by drivers at the gasoline pumps, GM is launching a program that will credit GM, Chevrolet drivers. Mostly, those who buy the most recent models (2006 and 2007 ones) will qualify.

"One hitch to the promotion is that customers must also agree to enroll in the OnStar vehicle diagnostic service, which is free for the first year but after that will cost $16.95 a month. The other is that many of the eligible vehicles are serious gas guzzlers.

The offer is good for 2006 and 2007 model year vehicles. In California, eligible vehicles are the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban sport utility vehicles and Impala and Monte Carlo sedans; the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs; the Hummer H2 and H3 SUVs; the Cadillac SRX SUV; and the Pontiac Grand Prix and Buick LaCrosse sedans. In Florida, eligible vehicles are the Impala, Monte Carlo, Grand Prix and LaCrosse.

Now, where does this leave the owners of vehicles bought in 2005 and earlier? Is this fair to limit the vehicles to 2006 and 2007? How about the gas guzzlers bought before those years? No luck for us!

According to the GM plan, customers must buy or lease an eligible vehicle between May 25 and July 5 and enroll in the OnStar diagnostic service, which automatically runs checks on the vehicle and sends e-mail notices to owners each month.

What will we get?

Each month for one year, GM will give drivers a credit on a prepaid card based on their estimated fuel usage. Fuel usage will be calculated by the miles they drive, as recorded by OnStar, and the vehicle's fuel economy rating."

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Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 24 May 2006 11:24 AM EDT
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Saturday, 18 March 2006
Where do Toyota Tundra and Toyota Tacoma Fit in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration?
Topic: Car News/Other Industries

Where do Toyota Tundra and Toyota Tacoma Fit in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration?

The NHTSA releases its new crash test report cards and rollover ratings for 44 sedans, SUVs and pickups and vans. You may be wondering where your cherished vehicle fit. The 2006 models of the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Tucson, Mercedes Benz ML-Class, Nissan Murano and Subaru B9 Tribeca received 5 stars in frontal and side impact crash tests for the driver's and passenger's side. Wow, this is a huge question: Where does the Toyota SR5 series fit in?

On a scale of one to five, most vehicles received 4 or five stars on frontal and side crashes. There are other vehicles that received some good ratings in the 2006 model year. We find the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Honda Civic, Buick Lucerne, Chevrolet Aveo, Hyundai Accent, Lexus ES330, Chevrolet HHR, Ford Expedition, Jeep Commander, Chevrolet Express, Chevrolet Upldander, Dodge Caravan, Kia Sedona and Chevrolet Colorado. For some reasons, Chevrolet has done a lot better. So now, you know what to get if you are on the market for a new car. In side-impact tests which were conducted at 38.5 mph, it has been reported that the Kia Sorento, Nissan Xterra, Toyota 4Runner and Toyota RAV4 got five stars in both seating positions. Receiving four stars are Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT, Ford Expedition, Hyundai Tucson, Mercedes Benz-ML-Class, Nissan Murano, Subaru B9 Tribeca, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota RAV4, Chevrolet Colorado, and Nissan Frontier two-door.

The manual for Toyota Tundra and Tacoma warns drivers against the high likelihood of rollover. That's what a friend found out when his company's Toyota Tacoma truck flipped on him. He walked out without any scratch. But he got shaken up pretty well.

Now that you know which car is safer on the road, you may want to think about other features. How about considering GM's release of the 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche? It is a on-of-a-kind vehicle which is considered the next-generation full-size truck. The 2007 model is based on GM's brand new, full-size SUV platform which has more power, better flex-fuel capability on some of the models, sharper, precise driving, great interior and world-class quietness. The Avalance model is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models, with two-wheel and four-wheel drive.

Another truck that is a sure head-turner is the 2006 Lincoln Mark LT pickup truck. It is big, solid and upscale. The Mark LT has a bold exterior look which reflects its strength, luxury and finesse. The truck has a nameplate signature upright grille. For sure, it is going to be popular with those artists who dream about their grilles.

If your prom night is leaning towards environmental issues, she may be interested in a Lexus GS450h released by Toyota. This GS450h is powered by an electric motor and gasoline engine. It will be on sale soon according to Toyota Motor Corp. With Lexus, you have luxury, cutting-edge technology and reliability. Keep in mind that Toyota first deve3loped its hybrid system for the front-wheel dirve Toyota Prius compact car. It looks like a bubble on wheels. So the choices abound.

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Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 10:34 AM EST
Updated: Saturday, 18 March 2006 10:53 AM EST
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Friday, 10 March 2006
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Topic: Broken Retailer Service

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    Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 12:01 AM EST
    Updated: Saturday, 25 March 2006 9:50 PM EST
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    Thursday, 9 March 2006
    Consumers' Shopping Experience Made Easier: Air Things Up, Vent your anger, Share Your Stories
    Topic: Fixwhatsbroken's Mission

    Welcome to Fixwhatsbroken!

    Reviews of things, products and service that don't work!

    What do you do when the costs of repair are even higher than the products themselves? You dump those products and buy a new one. How come companies don't want to fix their own broken products? Have you ever had to deal with a company over its broken, defaultive and/or just bad product design? Have you ever had to make expensive repairs in a brand car or other tool? What has been your experience with companies? Have you ever had to deal with a company's poor customer service? Have you ever had to deal with a home builder/developer's indifference or lack of care after you bought a home? How about a real estate agent who did a shoddy job? If you know a few of them you are pleased with, go ahead and put the word out. We, consumers, need to sift the good from the bad!

    In order to make informed decision, we need to have information about their business practices. Any complaints you may have about web service, online shopping and shipping with the big names such as Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, eBay, eBay shops etc can be featured in an article here. Fixwhatsbroken is about the consumers' experience, your own experience. Nobody can deny it to you. How about the big click and mortar shops such as Costco, Best Buy, Circuit City, Wall-Mart, Target, Sephora, Gottschalks or G, City hall, Dell, HP, etc? Share your shopping experience at these stores too!

    Here is your chance to dish out and vent your anger or just air things out. If you have dealt with broken digital cameras, cars, iPods, PDAs, computers, laptops, you will want to read about and share your personal stories. If you have called city officials about some service only to find the voicemail, then you have something to share here. If there is a recall on a piece of equipment you have been using, a car's exhaust pipe, your pet's food or anything, then you will be glad to have come to this place.

    Our hope is that companies are going to pay attention to what you want and try to accommodate you. How else will they know whether they are doing a good or poor job if you keep your mouth shut? Company owners and shareholders are in business to make money. If something is not going well in their firm, they want to correct it. So it is in their interest to listen to the consumer's experience. This is what Fixwhatsbroken is all about.

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    Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 12:01 AM EST
    Updated: Saturday, 18 March 2006 10:55 AM EST
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    Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 3:53 PM EST
    Updated: Thursday, 9 March 2006 10:56 PM EST
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