The Toyota Nut 

Keep Your Toyota in Top Shape

You may be driving the best Toyota – let’s say a Toyota Supra, Toyota Celica, Toyota Solara or Toyota FJ cruiser – but the everyday bumps, dirt, mud, debris and rough roads can make it susceptible to damage and failure not only to its exterior look and style but also to its performance and handling. A regular car wash can maintain the clean polished look of your car. However this may not be enough. You may have to check the condition of your auto parts for these may need repair or replacement. There are lots of Toyota parts sources not only in your local market but also on the net like Toyota Parts Online so you will not go through much hassle.

The power steering system, exhaust system and engine system must be constantly checked since it is directly responsible for the control of the car’s power and performance. The brakes are one of the most critical components of your car. A simple check up of the master cylinder may not be enough. See to it that the brake lines are properly attached to the cylinder bolts and the power booster to prevent brake fluid leaks. You can get under the car to inspect wear and cracks on the rubber hoses used for the wheels.

Be sure to choose the paint that will go with the required specs of your Toyota in case you want a new car color that will go with your change in mood and style. Urethane products are preferable nowadays. There are options like two and three stage paints but read the labels first before placing it in your shopping cart. If you want the “wet” polished look, try wax application. Aside from the “wet” look, your car’s paint can also be protected from chips and dents, the common cause of rust and corrosion.

2006 Toyota Line-Up Sizzles

Owning a Toyota is one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. I’ve been driving my Toyota Camry and my Toyota Highlander for a long time only occasionally dropping by Toyota Parts Online for replacement parts and accessories. Now I’m planning to buy a new Toyota so I browse the net for the latest models for this year. Check out what I’ve got.

MSRP: $14,105 - $17,880
The same trims are offered for the 2006 Toyota Corolla compact; SE, S, LE and XRS. SE comes with $14,105 powered with a 16-valve VVT-i engine. With a slightly higher price of $15, 150, S features impressive front and rear underbody spoilers matched with 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels. The LE is also ready to take to the streets with its color keyed monitors, remote keyless entry and power windows at a price of $15,315. Choosing the XRS with $17,880 MSRP can give you the pleasure of driving a car with 16-in aluminum alloy wheels, color-keyed grille surround, four-wheel disc brakes and 164 hp engine.

MSRP: $15,260 - $19,250
The spacious five-door Toyota Matrix hatchback is available with three trim levels. Little changes were done for this year. Two engine choices are offered that can be matched with either a front or all wheel drive. The base model has a price of $ 15, 260; XR with $16, 740 and XRS with $19,250.

MSRP: $13,980 - $25,815
Bigger and more powerful, the 2006 version of Toyota Tacoma car is a good choice for people who love comfort and strength. Under the hood is a 236-hp V6 mated with a six speed manual transmission that can run of full speed in two or four wheel drive. You may need $13, 980 to get your hands on Tacoma regular cab; 17, 420 for Tacoma Access cab, $22,240 for Tacoma Double cab and $23, 745 for the X-Runner.

MSRP: $16,155 - $33,575
Drive in might with the full size Toyota Tundra which now comes with bigger cargo space and greater towing capacity. Just take you pick from either of the $16, 155 Tundra regular cab, $22,590 Tundra Access cab and $26,620 Tundra Double cab.

MSRP: $21,725
Check out the restyled 2006 Toyota Prius hatchback which features a Hybrid Synergy Drive backing up the gas engine and emissions free electric motor. Prius joined the latest technological trend with its Bluetooth wireless technology and Smart Key System and backup camera.

Toyota’s Green Cars

Toyota Motor Corporation, together with Honda Motors Co. Hyundai and Kia occupied the top positions for the recently conducted annual green car survey headed by Washington-based American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Most of the cars were powered with ordinary diesel engines. Only three of the so-called environment friendly gas electric hybrids were on the list.Surely the technological advances in fuel economy and emission control of those cars were the primary reasons why they made it to the list. Toyota’s Prius Hybrid and Corolla were included in the top Five and they have been consistently in that position since last year.

The criteria or the standard for judging in the said survey included federal emissions ratings, average annual fuel cost and federal fuel economy estimates along with the industry’s record of pollution related public health costs.

The sole American car included in the top 12 is the General Motor's Pontiac Vibe together with the other three GM models. Under the hood of the Pontiac is Toyota’s engine and emission system. That makes it an American car with an Asian power system. It was tenth on the list side by side with another Toyota model, the Matrix.

On top of the list is Honda Insight, the two-seat automatic transmission equipped hybrid. The lowest rank went to DaimlerChrysler's Dodge Ram SRT-10.

Your car can also be transformed into an environment buddy especially if you equipped it with the best auto parts and accessories from Toyota Parts Online. Their catalogs have on of the widest array of OEM and aftermarket parts for Corolla, Sienna, MR2, [link=h]Land Cruiser[/link], Tundra, Celica and other Toyota models.

Toyota Lexus: Topmost Selling Luxury Car for Six Years

Toyota Lexus set the record for six straight years as the topmost selling luxury brand in the US market. Last year’s sale was up by 5.5 % as compared to the record breaking sales of 287, 927 units for 2004. That is really a wow!

Lexus has always been one of Toyota’s “cream of the crop” since its first entrance in the market in 1989. Growth and increased demand soon followed, which thanks to the company’s devotion and pursuit for perfection, giving highest importance to the customers’ needs. Bob Carter, Lexus group vice-president and general manager said that every feature of the car including the services that the company provides are aimed at giving optimum satisfaction to very customer, making them feel as if they are guests served with the highest quality of care and attention.

The company’s guiding principle paved way to several innovations together with the continuous improvement in style and performance of the models under Lexus brand. “Our bottom line is not a dollar figure, it is an experience – the customer experience…In recent years we have worked to expand that customer base by delivering the industry's first luxury hybrid SUV as well as by continuing to improve upon already proven and loved vehicles“, Carter further explains.

The record sales can speak for Toyota’s success. GM’s Cadillac also attained such record sales but it only happened in the mid 1980s but Toyota’s Lexus stayed on the record for six consecutive years. Aside from that recognition, the sales for Lexus Certified Pre-Owned vehicles also ranked first for customer satisfaction during the 2005 .D. Power and Associates Used Vehicles Sales and Certification Study (UVSC).

Driving or owning a Toyota Lexus is indeed a pleasure. It is meant to give you nothing but optimum satisfaction. So pamper it with optimum quality auto parts like radiators, engine components, taillights, hoods or whatever part it may be from one of the best on-line stores in the net, Toyota Parts Online.

Fasten your Seatbelts for 2006 Toyota Camry Hybrid

The best selling Toyota Camry Hybrid is now on its way to reunite with Toyota and Lexus hybrid line-up in the US market including the luxury sedan 2007 Lexus GS 450h, mid-size SUV Toyota Highlander, luxury SUV Lexus RX 400h and the famous Toyota Prius.

For the first time, the vehicles will be locally manufactured in Georgetown Kentucky to better respond to the demands and needs of the American customers as mentioned by Daniel Sieger, spokes man for Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America. Local production could pave way to faster hybrid increase in the market and of course, cheaper prices since the costly manufacture supply chains are made simpler.

The 2006 Toyota Camry Hybrid will be the fruit of the merging of workers from North AMERICA, China and Japan to minimize the cost of production. Toyota mentioned last year that the new hybrid will only cost $10 million dollars that’s why they’re finding every possible means to make both ends meet.

Several changes were done on the components and features comprising Camry’s system. The battery air blower and cooler are still the same but the position will be changed for easier installation. The safety side air bags can now be used with ease since the old process of doing it is improved.

Together with the improvements done by Toyota is also the constant change in the car parts and accessories stock of Toyota Parts Online to make sure that their product line up is replenished with the newest OEM parts replacements may it be a Toyota AC condenser, grille, hood, headlights, taillights, starters, spoiler and many other parts that your car may need and want.

Toyota Bests Ford for Most Loyal Customers

Being satisfied customers as we all are, we have probably never thought about replacing our Toyota Camry or Toyota Highlander with any other vehicle. Most of us - when new auto parts from Toyota Parts Online would no longer be able to help our old cars, when it’s time for our Toyotas to come to their final resting place – would go back to the dealership and go home with another Toyota vehicle. That is how loyal most of us are, and that, is what makes our favorite automaker number one in buyer loyalty.

Toyota has successfully ended Ford’s nine-year run as the car brand with the most-loyal customers as revealed in R.L. Polk & Co.'s annual survey of new vehicle purchases. More than any other brand, us Toyota owners who trade in our cars buy the same brand again.

Almost 55 percent of Toyota owners who bought a new car during the 2005 model year purchased another Toyota. The average owner loyalty for all brands is about 44 percent, according to Polk's data. Ford had a slightly lower buyer retention rate last year at 53.4 percent.

According to Lonnie Miller, director of industry analysis for Polk, quality and reliability are the major reasons that Toyota owners stick with the brand, "They don't have to worry about the biggest aspect of what's under their butt when they're driving," he said. And all of us are nodding our heads in agreement.

Here are the vehicles with the most loyal owners:

Percent of owners who bought the same vehicle, by name, after selling or trading in.

Small car: Saturn Ion, 24.6 percent

Midsize car: Toyota Camry, 27.1 percent

Large car: Mercury Grand Marquis, 36.1 percent

Luxury car: Lincoln Town Car, 37.2 pct

Prestige luxury car: Lexus LS 430, 32.0 percent

Sports car: Ford Mustang, 17 percent

Prestige sports car: Mercedes-Benz SLK-class, 24.5 percent

Minivan: Chrysler Town & Country, 26.9 percent

Compact pick-up: Toyota Tacoma, 19.5 percent

Full-sized pick-up: Ford F-series, 39 percent

Compact SUV: Subaru Forester, 27.1 percent

Midsized SUV: Lexus RX 300/330/400h, 31.0 percent

Full-size SUV: Chevrolet Suburban, 21.1 percent

Prestige SUV: Land Rover Ranger Rover, 32.9 percent

Do we see four Toyota models in that list or what?

Gas-guzzling Culprits

The cost of driving and maintaining a vehicle has never been higher than it is today. The high cost of gasoline makes it even more expensive to own even a small car. While we cannot control prices of fuel, we can do something about some things that add to our driving expenses (Thanks there are hybrids like Toyota Prius and Toyota Highlander but not everyone drives these so others have to look for ways to lessen fuel expenses).

Here are some of the gas-guzzling culprits in our car and things that we can do to prevent them from causing further damages:

* Under-inflated tires - under-inflated tires can reduce gas mileage up to 10 percent and not only that they can be the root cause of a major car accident when the tires (note: not defective but ignored by car owners and are low in pressure) eventually shred or blow out. You have to check the tire pressure regularly and make sure the tires are well inflated.

* Dirty or clogged air and fuel filters – Dirty air filters obstruct clean air from passing through for the engine. This makes things harder for the engine. In effect, the engine easily wears out and gas mileage is reduced to up to 20%. You need to change air filters regularly (see the owner’s manual for recommendations). Likewise, dirty fuel filters may allow dirt to contaminate fuel system and cause damages to the engine.

* Worn out spark plugs – Similar to dirty air filters, worn out spark plugs cause the engine to perform poorly. Poor engine performance can lead to a 12% loss in gas mileage. It is advisable to replace spark plugs and wires every 50,000 to 60,000 miles to achieve maximum engine performance.

* Cracked distributor cap or rotor – this reduces engines performance and similarly decrease gas mileage. It must be replaced if corroded.

* Faulty oxygen sensor – oxygen sensor tells the computer how much fuel is needed by the engine. If worn out, this must be replaced immediately.

* Dirty fuel injectors – you should add fuel injector to the gas tank every 5,000 miles for more engine performance. Dirty fuel injectors cause hesitation and lack of power.

* Faulty PCV valves – faulty PCV valves causes the engine to breathe poorly and thus, reduces its efficiency. Replace the valves as recommended in your owner’s manual.

* Dirty motor oil – you should change oil every 3,000 miles or at least every three months to ensure good engine performance all the time.

Driving a well maintained car is perfect way to reduce fuel consumption and consequently reduce driving costs. To help you maintain your Toyota car, you can go to Toyota Parts Online. This store is your number one resource of high quality Toyota parts that range from Toyota AC condenser to Toyota alternators, Toyota grilles, Toyota headlights, Toyota wheels, Toyota radiator fan and so much more.

Toyota Foresees Victory in ‘06

Under General Motors, there are more than ten auto brands with worldwide production, including the well-known Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Pontiac, and Saturn. Aside from that, General Motors also has stakes in other companies such as Japan’s Isuzu and Suzuki. Combine all sales of the said business ventures of GM, you’ll get an idea now how the world’s number 1 automaker is faring in the auto market.

Toyota hopes to surpass GM’s worldwide production in 2006, targeting a total output of 9.06 million next year. Should this projected production be materialized, Toyota would soon be the new number one automaker in the world, besting General Motors.

The 9.06 million production shall include vehicles produced under Daihatsu and Hino marques. For Toyota alone, a total of 8.11 million units of Toyota vehicles is expected to be produced worldwide.

However, Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe noted in a Japanese news conference, "We don’t want to be focused on whether we’re the number-one seller in the world.” Although Toyota is planning to produce more vehicles than the General Motors, which is currently the biggest automaker in the world, it is more focused on improving the quality of its products among others.

Like Toyota, Toyota Parts Online is improving its services as well, extending its product line to include the best quality Toyota parts for the latest Toyota models. Should you need high quality replacement Toyota starters, Toyota mirrors, Toyota bumper fillers, Toyota headlights and Toyota grille, you count on Toyota Parts Online.

Mirror, mirror

Mirrors are important safety features of our Toyota vehicles. Mirros serve as a our second pair of eyes by giving a good view, with a slight glance of the eye, of what is happening behind our Toyota Camry or Toyota Highlander without having us take our eyes off the road. Mirrors ensure that whatever is beyond the normal periphery of our vision is made visible. Thus, we can react appropriately to whatever is happening behind us and avoid any accidents.

With the way modern cars are made today, some drivers may easily assume that mirrors can and will adjust themselves to whatever driving he makes. Even power mirrors on most cars on most of today's vehicles can sometimes be delicate devices that don't respond in the manner they are intended to. Factors like winter weather conditions and wear and tear also can play havoc with these mechanisms - the reason why drivers should not completely rely on these things to keep him and his passengers safe while on the road.

Adjusting all three of your Toyota’s vehicle’s mirrors so that you get the widest view possible while keeping your blind spots to a minimum before you leave your driveway is a wise move to safety. Many drivers make the mistake of turning their outside mirrors out far enough and simply duplicate the same scene in all their three mirrors. The rule of thumb is if you can see even a glimpse of the sides of your car in your outside mirrors they are turned too far inwards. Some quick tips: For the driver's side mirror: Place the side of your head against the window, then adjust the mirror until the side of your vehicle comes into view. For the passenger's side mirror: While sitting in the driver's seat, lean to the right so that your head is in the car's centerline. Adjust the mirror until the side of your vehicle comes into view.

If all three of your Toyota’s mirrors are properly aligned you should be able to see a vehicle leaving your rearview mirror seamlessly transfer to one of your side view mirrors without any delay. Diligent use of all three of your rearview mirrors should prevent you from getting in another driver's way or cutting them off. A good guideline for deciding when to move into the passing lane or back into the traveling lane is to make sure that you can see the headlights of the vehicle you're passing in the rearview mirror.

Remember to check from time to time your Toyota's mirror for cracks, proper operation, and that your vehicle’s mirrors are in their proper location. Making sure that they are in optimum form is one way of guaranteeing your safety while driving, parking or backing up your vehicle. For the best replacement Toyota mirrors, just visit your favorite Toyota Parts Online and choose from their premium quality Toyota Corolla, Toyota Prius or Toyota Tundra mirrors. In the end however, it would still be up to you, the driver to be aware of his or her surroundings in order to insure a safe trip for everyone.

Just A Click Away

How often do you go online? Perhaps like me, you’re hooked with your personal computer. With all the information you can find over the Internet and the convenience it provides in communicating with other people, there’s no doubt millions of people, including us, are taking advantage of this technology. Books, CDs, auto parts, toys, vacation packages, electronic gadgets, airline tickets, beauty products—these are just a few of the things I buy online.

Even cars are readily available over the Internet. Last year, reports showed that over 43 million used cars had been purchased online. However the actual purchasing process of buying a vehicle remained the same. People just make use of the Internet for the research and selection process. Making things a lot easier and convenient for the buyer, launches the first ever online store to sell used cars completely through the Internet—that means, you don’t have to go to the showroom yourself to purchase the vehicle.

What’s great about buying in this online store is that you can virtually test drive the car! Wow, that sounds pretty cool! They do it through an exclusive TotalView presentation feature of the store.

This store shall benefit a lot of Internet and auto users who are so busy that they don’t even have time to go to every dealer to make a canvass. With this fast-paced society we are in, this store shall be of great help.

Don’t forget to research, however, even online. Deciding to buy a vehicle, whether it’s old or new is a crucial decision. There are so many factors you should consider in choosing a particular model, including its driving capabilities, safety, comfort as well as style. In all the said aspects, vehicles vary from one another.

In case you might need aftermarket products to add to a used Toyota car, you can drop by Toyota Parts Online. This is one of the most trusted and most comprehensive auto parts stores. It specializes on selling Toyota parts ranging from Toyota AC condenser to Toyota alternators, Toyota spoiler and Toyota wheels.

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