Heavy Traffic in Las Vegas Inevitable

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Las Vegas Roads: Traffic Crisis in the Making If you think that just because Las Vegas is in the middle of the desert, driving is a piece of cake? Guess again. The traffic in this area is horrific. As a driver, you must be alert, engaged, and able to make quick decisions while maneuvering throughout the city.  But how can you be all those things with so much happening in Sin City? Las Vega Population Boom Over the last 40 years, the population in Las Vegas has increased more than anyone would have expected.   With more than 2 million residents, Las Vegas is quickly becoming one of the most populated cities in the United States. Too Big Too Fast Think of the term “bottleneck” and imagine that’s our city streets.  In 2013, the I-215 that encircles the valley was completed. In theory, this allows commuters to make it from one side to the other within …

Car Repair? Always More to Learn

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Our brilliant mechanics, Joe and Alex, extended their knowledge base through a special continuing education course for BWMs. Earlier this month, our car repair technicians attended Luxury Motor Vehicle Information Systems (LMVIND) Training Seminar in San Diego, CA. The workshop was designed to enhance performance and drivability of new BMWs. This national education seminar draws mechanics from all over the US, where they meet, discuss common car problems and concerns found in newer BMW models. They receive the latest BMW information and technical service insight directly from the car manufacturer. This special access to manufacture services manuals and ISTA technical applications give our staff a leg up on any other Las Vegas European auto repair shop. The emphasis on continuing education is another reason why Desert Oasis Uto Repair is the best choice in service and technology for your luxury car. You can feel confident assigning your BMW’s repair work …

What Will Happen to Electric Cars in 2015?

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Have you been wondering where all the rage went since we wrote about electric cars back in 2013? They haven’t really swept the country like everyone thought. People talk about electric vehicles like they are national property, a sea-to-sea technology, an American child. But one could drive 600 miles across Montana and never see anything smaller than a Ford F-150. The fact is, an electric vehicle is like a shell buried in the sand: rare, wonderful, and usually found near water. Electric charging station company ChargePoint released an early 2014 study forecasting the “Top 10 Regions for EV Growth.” Save one city, Atlanta, every epicenter was near beach sand or bay inlet: Seattle, Chicago, Miami, Detroit, San Francisco, etc. Los Angeles currently boasts the highest national concentration of EV’s, almost 28,000. In late 2013, the Wall Street Journal noted that the City of Angels and San Francisco accounted for 30 percent …

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf – Faster, Safer, & More Fuel-Efficient Hatchback

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As 2014 draws to a close, we thought it’d be a good time to update you on new improvements to the Volkswagen Golf that we introduced you to a few years ago. Featuring a number of improvements, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf remains one of the best hatchback vehicles on the market. Not only does the new Golf promise to deliver superb gas mileage, but it also vows to provide an engaging driving experience. While some drivers will prefer the two-door model, families will certainly appreciate the convenience of the four-door Golf. With a starting price of only $17,995, the legendary hatchback also proves to be an unbeatable bargain. Engines & Transmissions Volkswagen Golf owners will love the versatility of the turbocharged 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine. With a total output of 170 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque, the new engine gives the Golf a fun-to-drive character that cannot be overlooked. Despite …

Why Audi Wants To Change Headlights

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Wondering if your service repair shop in Las Vegas will offer those new Audi headlights you’ve been hearing about? These “variable settings” for headlights might take longer than the German luxury automaker is hoping for. Variable Setting Headlights Explained A variable setting on headlights allows you to adjust the lights based on road conditions and surroundings. For example, headlights could be adjusted for heavy rain, fog, sunset, and so on. Why No Change? A 1968 U.S. law is preventing this new technology from hitting the market. The regulation states that headlights can only switch between high and low settings. An Audi lighting system is “much more complicated.” Before the change is made, the system must be studied and proven effective.      

How to Fix Your Car’s AC (And Why it’s Broken)

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It’s no secret a Las Vegas summer day can be blistering, and if your car’s AC happens to break on one of those days, it could feel like driving on the Sun. But fear not, since this is a problem every motorist can avoid. With regular maintenance and checkups, it’s easy to elude the ever-present possibility of a malfunctioned AC. Many AC problems stem from low levels of refrigerant, typically caused by a leak, and can easily be fixed with a simple trip to a car ac repair shop in Las Vegas. You should still be cautious with your air conditioning unit, especially if you drive an older vehicle. If your auto was built before 1994, it likely contains Freon, which is now outlawed by the government because of its ozone-killing compounds. If this is the case, a licensed professional will have to drain and dispose of the material and …

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3 Electric Autos for 2013

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It’s alive! IT’S ALIVE! Just a few years ago the phrase “electric car” provoked scoffs, pshaws, and say-whats?! Now an electric automobile can be seen while waiting at every stoplight. Here are three new 2013 models to consider, if you’re ready to take the plunge and go electric. #3 Toyota Prius The grand-daddy of it all, the Prius was the first electric vehicle to achieve widespread success in the US market. The 2013 model promises to continue the trend. #2 Honda Civic Hybrid How does Honda reliability and 47MPH sound to you? #1 Volkswagen Golf (Manual) Can you drive a stick? Do it, and get 38MPH with this little gem. Why spend money on gasoline when you don’t have to? Whether your car runs on good intentions, gasoline, or electricity, if it needs some TLC and you’re in Las Vegas, take it to Desert Oasis Auto Repair!

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Americans and Their European Cars

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Many Americans love European cars, and currently European manufacturers are betting that demand will remain high, according to this WSJ article. Here are three of the most popular European automobiles in the United States: #3 Mercedes Benz C-Class Not surprising that Mercedes makes this list. The C-Class is described as a compact executive car. #2 BMW 3-Series Also hailing aus Deutschland, the 3-Series consists of a set of different vehicles, including sedans, hybrids, convertibles and coupes. #1 Volkswagon Jetta Deutschland dominates the list, including the #1 best-selling European automobile in the United States: the Volkswagon Jetta. That this model tops the list speaks to Americans’ desire for a bit of European elegance, quality German engineering, as well as practicality.

Automobile Nostalgia: Benz vs. BMW Quick Facts

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Few things spark passions in car-lovers more than arguments over classic cars. One battle that has been waged for years is between classic BMWs and Benzes. Here are a couple quick comparisons between these two auto-makers, each with their own storied histories: Origins The “Benz” name traces back to 1886 when it was used with the Benz Patent Motorwagen. The Benz Motorwagen is generally regarded as the first automobile. BMW traces its origins back to 1917. Football Both Mercedes-Benz and BMW sponsor football clubs. In the top-flight German Bundesliga, Benz sponsors VfB Stuttgart and BMW sponsors Eintracht Frankfurt. Whether you drive a Benz or BMW, we suspect you love your car and want to make sure it continues running properly. So here’s a reminder that it might be time to get your auto a little love. If you’re in or around Vegas, hook your auto up with some TLC at Desert Oasis …

What’s in an Audi? A Quick and Dirty Primer

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What’s in an Audi? That depends on who’s driving it. Ha! Sorry. Actually there’s a lot of corporate intelligence and German engineering know-how in an Audi. Here’s a quick and dirty primer of this world-class German manufacturer. What’s in a Name? The name “Audi” is based on the last name of the company’s founder: August Horch. “Horch” auf Deutsch means “to listen,” which, when translated into Latin, becomes Audi. Fun fact! German Sloganeering Audi’s company slogan is “Vorsprung durch Technik,” translated as “Advancement through Technology.” In the United States, where “advancement” might not play as well for political reasons, the company slogan is “Truth in Engineering.” Big 3 Audi is considered one of the German Big 3 luxury automobile manufacturers – the others are BMW and Mercedes-Benz. These three companies are the best-selling luxury car companies in the world, and all hail aus Deutschland. The Germans know how to make cars. …