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Best of the 2018 Detroit Auto Show

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With the Detroit Auto Show in the rearview mirror, now is a great time to take a look at the highlights from the week-long celebration of automotive ingenuity. The annual car show unveils the most-anticipated new cars, trucks and interesting new concepts set to hit the market later this year, and this year’s iteration had plenty of hits. Here’s the best of the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

2019 Pickup Trucks

Pickup trucks continue to be a hot commodity in the auto industry, evidenced by Ram Trucks, the Chevrolet Silverado and the Ford F-Series being the top selling vehicles in America in 2017.1 The trend looks to continue as the major pickup truck players rolled out some promising new additions last month.

Ram 1500 – Experts were impressed with the Ram’s newest installment primarily because the weight has been reduced by an estimated 200 pounds, yet the body is nine inches longer. Other highlights include a 12-inch dash screen and interior upgrades featuring luxury vehicle-esque seating and comfort.

Chevy Silverado – Chevy’s classic pickup truck unveiled some impressive structural and performance upgrades, like increased highway gas mileage, an inline six-cylinder turbodiesel engine and lighter suspension and aluminum siding, helping the new Silverado weigh a whopping 450 pounds lighter than the previous generation.

Ford Ranger – Ford is making a statement in the midsize pickup market with its 2019 Ford Ranger. The North American version looks to be more compact while still featuring a steel body, a 2.3-liter, 280 horse power engine and spring-leaf suspension.


All-New Concepts

Upgrades to classic vehicles are always welcome, but what would a car show be without something a bit more unique? Although there wasn’t a life-sized Lego Batmobile this year as there was in 2017, there still were plenty of new concept designs on display throughout the course of the week.

Lexus LF-1 Limitless – The luxury automaker unveiled its new crossover concept the LF-1 Limitless, which carries a distinct copper paint job that was a hit among show goers. The crossover’s exterior is extremely sleek with a fluid appearance and low ceiling. The interior features an array of LED touch-control technology in a unique minimalist design with no protruding knobs or buttons.

GAC Enverge – Chinese automaker GAC revealed its Enverge concept, a smooth-looking electric car capable of traveling more than 370 miles on a single charge. The concept vehicle has a variety of interesting features, such as the all-digital dashboard, the “floating” dash screen and the large gull-wing doors.

Ford Mustang Bullitt – Ford’s new Mustang Bullitt gives homage to Hollywood while maintaining what made the Ford Mustang a classic. The power is still there – the Bullitt features a 5.0-liter V8 engine that tops out at 475 horsepower – but many of the features pay homage to the film “Bullitt,” like the cue ball shift knob and the Shadow Black paint job.

Nissan Xmotion – Nissan’s SUV concept, the Xmotion, which is pronounced “cross motion,” attempts to bridge Japanese and American cultures by utilizing aesthetics and utility designs popular in both countries. The two-door, boxy SUV is brimming with LED technology giving it a very futuristic look.

2019 Crossovers

SUV crossovers continue to rise in popularity due to their great fuel economy, extra cargo space and overall practicality for everyday commuters. It’s no surprise there were plenty of new models on hand during the Detroit Auto Show from some of the industry’s top automakers.

Ford Edge – The Edge received a mild makeover with some new technology sprinkled in, such as a Wi-Fi hotspot and Sync 3. Drivers can choose from the base 250-horsepower or ST 2.7-liter 335-horsepower engine. Overall, the Edge provides a unique blend of performance and practicality.

Acura RDX Prototype – The new RDX Prototype was a hit with crossover fans due in large part to its solid 10-speed automatic, turbo 2.0-liter 14 engine and its classy exterior design. The interior features a push-button transmission and a simplified, yet clever touch-screen infotainment system. 

Unveil Your Own New Ride

New cars are certainly exciting, even when they’re not high-tech concepts. If you’re ready for a new ride, Silsbee Motor Company has a large selection of quality pre-owned vehicles ready for a test drive today, including popular Ford, Chevy and GMC trucks. Contact us online or by calling 409-385-0409 for more information today!

1 https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/research-guides/best-selling-vehicles-in-america-in-2017/ss-BBHUUGs#image=21

How to Convert a Jeep into a Rock Climber

Modified Jeep Rock Climbing - Silsbee Motor Company

Refurbishing a used vehicle can be a long process, but if done correctly and with a little patience, it can be a rewarding experience. This is true of converting a Jeep into a rock climber as well. The process is a bit different than your traditional fix-er-up job, so it’s not quite as easy to step right into, but with some guidance you can get to work building your own rock climber and begin enjoying the thrilling hobby of rock climbing.

What is a Rock Climber?

Sometimes called a rock crawler, a rock climber is a vehicle that’s been modified to perform in extreme off-road conditions. Rock climbers are designed to traverse large rock piles, boulders and rough mountain sides, often at odd or even difficult angles while driving very slowly and precisely.

What Kind of Vehicle Do I Need?

You don’t necessarily need a Jeep to make a rock climber, but experts agree Jeep Cherokees, Wranglers, Rubicons and other similar models fare well due to their basic design. Plus, many Jeeps are already made for off-roading and can be easily modified to better suit extremely rough terrain.

It’s important to remember your rock climber will be performing in high-risk terrain, so a few dings, scratches and even dents should be expected. Plus, the modifications necessary for a rock climber can make an everyday commute less comfortable. You may want to avoid using a vehicle you plan on driving on the road often or one you wish to keep in pristine condition.

Here’s What You’ll Need

Locking Differentials – In simple terms, locking differentials help keep all your wheels turning. When one wheel lifts off the ground, the locker sends power to your wheels on the ground so you can maintain traction and keep moving forward. You can use either an automatic or selectable locker.

Upgraded Suspension – Leaf springs, air bags and coil spring suspension systems all are common in the rock climbing world. In general, you’re looking to keep all your tires on the ground while maintaining a high clearance, so it’s recommended you have your suspension installed above your axle.

Roll Cage – The roll cage keeps you and your vehicle safe if you make a mistake while conquering a treacherous trail. Many Jeep models come standard with roll cages, but they’re often not as effective as custom roll cages built for off-roading. In general, the bigger the vehicle, the thicker and heavier you’ll want your roll cage.

Recovery Gear – Traversing uneven and exotic terrain can sometimes leave your rock climber stuck or inoperable. This is where recovery gear comes into play. In the rock climbing world, a winch on the front of the Jeep is common. You can opt for a steel winch or winch rope, which is lighter.

Skid Plates – Attaching skid plates to the bottom of your Jeep will protect your crucial drivetrain components from jagged rocks. Simple skid plates cover only what you need, whereas something more high-tech, such as Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene, is lighter and covers the entire underside.

Off-Road Tires – You’ll probably want to upgrade your tires to something much larger. In general, the larger the tire and lift package, the more clearance you get. Just remember, larger tires may be more expensive due to poorer gas mileage and additional wear and tear, and may keep your Jeep from being suitable for everyday driving.

Things to Remember

There are a few other things you should keep in mind as you plan your rock climber conversion. For instance, torque is more impactful than engine power. Since you’ll be driving in lower gears, you may not need a V8 engine as much as you need a reliable engine with powerful torque, or acceleration.

Also, when it comes to the transmission, whether you prefer manual or automatic is up to you. Both work well, but some may prefer the control that a manual transmission provides while others choose automatic so they can concentrate on the road ahead.

Finally, as much as converting a Jeep to a rock climber is about adding things on, it can be just as much about removing things as well. Doors, stock bumpers and rear-quarter panels can all be removed to improve weight, visibility and minimize your chance of getting caught on something.

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Choosing the Right Jeep

If you’re looking to convert a Jeep into a rock climber, you likely have a long, but exciting journey ahead. You can begin your journey by finding a quality used Jeep or SUV for a good price. Silsbee Motor Company has a large selection of used four-wheel drive vehicles available now. Contact us for more information about your new rock climber by calling 409-385-0409 today!

What Is an Auto Recall?

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) orders recalls when they obtain evidence that a motor vehicle or its equipment has a safety-related defect or is in noncompliance with federal motor vehicle safety standards.

An auto manufacturer that is issued a recall must create a report regarding the unsafe vehicle or equipment by disclosing:

  • The population affected
  • The events leading to the recall order
  • A detailed description of the steps taken to remedy the situation
  • A complete schedule for the recall

The Auto Recall Process

After an auto manufacturer has released their report, they must enact the recall schedule. The manufacturer is obligated to notify owners of the recalled product(s), which the NHTSA will monitor to ensure all owners receive notification. Depending on state laws, this may require the manufacturer to contact distribution chains and purchasers directly or combine their records with state vehicle registration records to reach everyone affected.

The notification letter must contain the following:

  • A complete description of the defect or noncompliance issue
  • The risks the owner may face if the hazard goes unrepaired
  • Options the owner can choose from if they’re unable to have the problem corrected for free in an ideal amount of time
  • A succinct description of the free solution or remedy owners are entitled to and how long the process will take

When an owner is unable to have recall work completed or is having issues with the process, it’s advised they contact the dealer service manager or a manufacturer representative first. If the issue isn’t resolved in a few days after contact or the service manager or manufacturer charges for the repair, it’s best to call the NHTSA immediately for mediation and to guarantee cost-free repairs.

Invest in a Trusted Vehicle from Silsbee Motor Company

Looking for a vehicle that will keep you safe on the road? Silsbee Motor Company is your trusted auto dealer in Texas, providing only the best in vehicles and auto products to our clients.

You can rest assured knowing the vehicles on our lot meet the highest safety standards! If any of the vehicles on our lot are ever affected by recalls, we always make sure the issues are addressed prior to selling them to any customer. All vehicles are SMC Certified and Carfax guaranteed and have been examined by our licensed and certified technicians for safety and service of all fluids.

Contact Silsbee Motor Company today to speak with one of our representatives about purchasing a new vehicle!

Taking the Old and Making It New

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Modern technology has made it possible to take old vehicles and modify them with the latest accessories. New technologies’ plug-and-play capabilities help bridge eras. Here’s some tech you can use to bring your older car into the 21st Century.

Making Used Cars New Again with Updated Technology

  • Bluetooth Adapter – No modern car is complete without one. Most newly manufactured vehicles come with Bluetooth features built in, but you can give your older car Bluetooth capability thanks to plug-in devices. Which plug-in you choose depends on the existing connections in your car. You can purchase aux-in port Bluetooth kits like Himbox for less than $40, which also comes with a USB port to charge smartphones.
  • Back-up Cameras –  Rear view cameras are becoming a safety staple in most modern car models. Fortunately, rear view cameras are relatively easy add-ons to install. Industry experts recommend the Esky system, which only costs $35 and comes with a camera that mounts easily on your vehicle’s license plate and a foldable screen to put away when not in use. The $100 Pioneer ND-BC8 camera is another excellent choice.
  • Window Mounted Heads-Up Display – Although most drivers use their phones for GPS, plenty of drivers still use GPS devices that come standard in most modern vehicles. Drivers in older cars can easily install window mounted HUDs. They are more affordable than ever, with SEI units, which provide essential features like speed information, alerts and turn-by-turn directions, priced at just $89.

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Sell Your Used Car and Upgrade to a Tech-Smart Vehicle from Silsbee Motor Company

Are you ready to update your older vehicle to a new one that features all the latest connectivity-enabled gadgets? Silsbee Motor Company is a one-stop shop where you can sell your old vehicle and purchase a new one for a great price!

Our clients have the option to trade in their vehicles or get an instant cash offer. While you’re here, you can also view our extensive inventory of car makes and models, including the latest models to hit the market with high-tech upgrades included.

Contact us today to sell your old vehicle and purchase a new one today!

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