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Chevy Trailblazer - 4xNews

Posted January 1, 2001

A New Look For Chevy's Trailblazer

The GMT360 SUV group is rapidly progressing with the introduction of the Oldsmobile Bravada at the New York Auto Show last spring and the recent sightings of the Chevrolet Blazer replacement - the TrailBlazer. Besides the standard wheelbase models, stretched versions of the Envoy and the TrailBlazer will also be offered, probably for the 2003 model year. A new 4.2L inline-six will be offered, including a V-8 for the long-wheelbase seven-passenger models.Brenda Priddy

Is A 3,000-Mile Oil Change Necessary?
Automotive Lubrication Online announced the release of its first e-book, Exposing the Myth of the 3,000-Mile Oil Change, which is the first of its kind, it contains more than 20 pages of objective evidence showing that 3,000-mile oil changes have not been necessary for nearly 30 years.

According to Michael Kaufman, author of the new e-book, "Lubricants manufacturers are doing everything they possibly can to keep motorists in the dark about extended oil drains. You see, the time and money savings available to motorists taking advantage of extended oil drains is tremendous. However, if the majority of auto owners begin to extend their oil change intervals, the lubricants industry will be forced to completely restructure their marketing and manufacturing practices. Obviously, they are not willing to do this without a fight."

Exposing the Myth of the 3,000-Mile Oil Change is offered as a free download at

Mercedes-Benz Introduces Cabriolet Gelaendewagen
In keeping with its reputation for building the most exclusive, most expensive SUVs in the world, Mercedes-Benz has added a new G-Wagen to its off-road stable - the Cabriolet. Being touted as the planet's first and only power-top convertible SUV, the Cabriolet is equipped with a 5.0L V-8 that produces 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque and will take the 3-ton two-door from 0 to 60 in a dizzying 7-1/2 seconds.

Built in Graz, Austria, the Cabriolet's heavy-gauge steel body sits on a rigid box frame that is designed to surround and protect all the major components. Inside, you'll find such amenities as a burled walnut console; a leather-and-walnut steering wheel; a programmable heating system that will set the vehicle's interior temperature 24 hours in advance; Parktronic backup radar; heated seats; and a hands-free cellular phone; all protected by a heavy-duty rollcage.

The suspension consists of solid axles, front and rear. with coil springs at each corner. The drivetrain mates the new M113 5.0L V-8 from the 2000 S-class/SL500 with the electronically adaptive five-speed automatic transmission found in other Mercedes vehicles. All of this is connected to a fully automatic, High/Low range transfer case, permanent all-wheel drive, and cockpit-controlled locking hubs.

As with the other two members of the Gelaendewagen family - the long-wheelbase five door and the short-wheelbase three door - the handful of Cabriolets that make it to our shores will be the province of G-Wagen USA in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the sole U.S. distributor.

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