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NORTHVILLE’S FIRST FRIDAY EXPERIENCE: This Friday, OCTOBER 4TH!

OCTOBER 4, 2013
FIRST FRIDAY EXPERIENCE

The first Friday of every month downtown Northville comes alive and celebrates the arts during their popular First Friday Experience (formerly known as the Art Walk). As guests stroll along the streets of downtown Northville’s growing art district, they will enjoy a night filled with art exhibits (highlighting featured artists each month), art demonstrations and related events. Downtown Northville’s participating First Friday Art galleries and stores are open 6:00pm – 9:00pm with many of the businesses along the walk offering complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and beverages for their guests as they browse or shop.

The galleries below participate each month in the First Friday Experience. Many of the other shops and restaurants are also open.

Dancing Eye Gallery 

101 N. Center
248-449-7086

Northville Art House 

215 W. Cady
248-344-0497
The Northville Art House is a facility of the City of Northville.  Please visit the Northville Arts Commission website for current exhibit information.

Northville Gallery
123 E. Main
248-465-9630

Starring “The Gallery” 

118 W. Main
248-347-1642

Tiffany Art Glass 

121 E. Main (2nd floor)
248-349-2777

State of Mind Art Gallery 

120 East Main
248-773-7390

Over 30 Michigan Artists under one roof.

The First Friday Experience is not just for gallery lovers; it’s a great way to relax on a Friday evening. In addition to our galleries, we have many restaurants and business that support the First Friday Experience and are open until at least 8:00pm. You will find special events such as artists and musicians on hand at some and others simply invite you to come in and eat or shop. These include:

Bricks of Northville ~ Broughton Music ~ Celebrity Pets Company ~ D & D Bicycle & Hockey ~ The Next Chapter Book Store & Bistro ~ Gardenviews ~ gg Boutique ~ Hearts of Inspiration ~ Joseph’s Coney Island ~ Koji ~ Limelight Emporium ~  Lorla’s  ~ Northville Square ~ Orin Jewelers ~ Pendleton ~ Rebecca’s Family Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor~ Red Pepper Deli ~ Riffle’s Homestyle Restaurant~ Salon Tre Bella V ~ Simply Wine ~ Sincerely Yours ~ State of Mind Gallery ~ The Bee’s Knees ~ Tirami Su Italian Ristorante~ Toomajanian & Bowers, P.C. ~ Tuscan Café ~ Urban Optiques Vision & Eyewear ~ Utopia Salon & Spa ~ Van Dam’s Boutique ~

Walking maps are available at each business to help you find your way around.
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2014 Nissan Versa Note, Now Available At Amazon…

Once upon a time, Walmart seemed very, very weird. “Who would want to get groceries, gardening supplies, and oil changes, all in the same place?”, we wondered.

Then the internet hit the mainstream and showed big-box retailers how it’s done. Seriously, have you looked at Amazon lately? If you can’t find it there, you may not need it.

That said, there are a couple of exceptions to that rule, a couple of areas that Amazon hasn’t conquered. Prescription drugs are one. Cars are another — or at least they were. From now until November 5, Amazon is dipping its little toe in the world of wheels by selling one very special car: the 2014 Nissan Versa Note.

Well, sort of.

You can’t actually purchase a Versa Note through Amazon.com. But there is a Versa Note product page — just like all the other product pages for all the other bits and bobs you can buy on the site. And although it’s not as nice to look at as Nissan’s “official” Versa Note page (or even TheCarConnection’s review page), it offers plenty of info for curious shoppers.

However, instead of Amazon’s usual “Add to cart” option on the right-hand side of the page, there’s just a button that says “Learn more”. Click it, and you’ll be asked to provide your ZIP code so that Amazon can connect you with a nearby Nissan dealer.

Which is, more or less, how many automaker sites work. So, why should Nissan “sell” the Versa Note on Amazon at all?

For starters, it’s a cute gimmick. It’s Nissan’s way of suggesting that cars can be sold as quickly and easily as diapers or watchbands (which is interesting but completely laughable, as anyone who’s ever purchased from a dealer knows). That alone could turn a few heads.

For shoppers, however, the biggest upside of this promotion is that the first 100 Versa Note customers whose purchases are initiated through Amazon receive $1,000 Amazon gift cards. If you’re a frequent user of the site, that’s like cutting the cost of the Versa Note to $12,990.

Frankly, we’re most intrigued by the fact that some customers will receive their Versa Notes via “boxed” home delivery. Does that mean that UPS will wait around long enough for recipients to answer the door? That could be the biggest news of all.

As read on: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1087185_2014-nissan-versa-note-now-available-at-amazon

Sunday, October 6th is our Annual Chili Cook-off & Charity Ride!

Join us for this years Ride to benefit the
Penrickton Center for Blind Children
Sunday, October 6th, 2013!

*Registration begins at 8:30am
*Ride will Depart from Dick Scott’s Classic Motorcycles
at 10am SHARP
*Arrive in Downtown Plymouth to enjoy the Great Lakes Regional Chili Cook-off and Bike Show around 11:15am!

We will have a Police Escort and
VIP Parking when we arrive at the event!

*$10.00 Per Rider
(Includes Police Escort and VIP Parking)

  Meet at Dick Scott’s Classic Motorcycles
36534 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150 before 10am
RSVP by calling 877-388-9508
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AAA Tips for Picking and Paying for the ‘Right’ New Car

Buying a new vehicle takes time, research and eventually money.  So when the occasion comes to purchase a new car, it’s not a choice that should be made lightly. To help consumers, AAA offers a checklist of factors to consider when looking for the ‘right’ new car.

“Today’s consumers have more choices than ever when it comes to picking a new vehicle, but that also means the selection process can be much more difficult,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s Director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “There are numerous factors to consider, many of which take place long before a buyer ever hits a car lot.”

When shopping for a new vehicle, AAA recommends the following:

  • Determine What Is Affordable. Before considering any specific makes or models, sit down with the household budget and determine what is affordable before visiting a car lot. AAA’s financial services experts advise that no more than 15 percent to 20 percent of your total monthly budget should go to all car-related expenses. Consider the value of your trade-in and how much cash you want to put towards the vehicle purchase. Consult with an insurance agent to get a rough estimate of premiums on the type of vehicle being considered. AAA insurance agents can be located at AAA.com.
  • Evaluate Driving Habits. Take a realistic look at how the vehicle will be used. What types of trips will it be used for most frequently? How many passengers will the vehicle need to carry? How long of a commute will it need to accommodate? Will the vehicle be driven on the highway? Will you need extra cargo space?
  • List Needed Features (Current and Future). Make a list of all required features the new vehicle should include, being careful to separate ‘wants’ from ‘needs.’ How much seating? How much cargo? Minimum fuel economy? When making the list, think about needs today and those several years down the road. Could children be in the future? Could the commute lengthen?
  • Consider Depreciation Costs. The biggest yearly expense to new cars is depreciation. Research how much the models being considered depreciate within the first few years and consider a model that has a track record of holding its value longer. The new AAA Auto Buying Tools App can assist consumers shopping for a new vehicle by providing all of the information they need to make an educated decision by visiting AAA.com/AutoBuying or by downloading the AAA Auto Buying Tools app from the iTunes App Store. The app can build the car you want, including options and available incentives, while viewing pricing information, crash safety ratings, AAA reviews, images and more.
  • New or New to You. Look at pricing options for both new vehicles, as well as models that are one to two years old. There are benefits to both new and slightly used models. New vehicles typically come with longer warranties, buying incentives from the automaker, the latest features and are widely available. Slightly used vehicles might offer a price break, but it can be more difficult to find the ‘perfect’ vehicle with the exact features a buyer is seeking and does not have buying incentives from the manufacturer.
  • Review Warranty and Maintenance Costs. Review the length of the warranty of vehicles being considered and exactly what it covers. Investigate the maintenance costs associated with the car by reviewing its recommended maintenance schedule and calculating new costs of regularly needed maintenance items. If the buyer consistently uses the same repair shop, ask how the cost of maintaining the new vehicle will compare with the current vehicle.  AAA Approved Auto Repair shops are located across North America and are excellent sources of trusted maintenance information.  The nearest shop can be located by visiting AAA.com/repair.
  • Investigate Safety Ratings and Features. Check the safety ratings of all models under consideration from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Evaluate the safety features available on each model. If using a car seat for a child, check the accessibility to the vehicle’s LATCH system and the ease of installing a child passenger safety seat.
  • Seek Recommendations and Reviews. Ask friends, family and colleagues for feedback on their vehicles. Read professional reviews provided by AAA’s Auto Buying experts at AAA.com/AutoBuying, and feedback from current owners of the models being considered. These can often be found on web forums.
  • Don’t Limit Choice to One Vehicle. Narrow the choices to two or three vehicles that meet all the criteria, but do not narrow it down to only one. By allowing flexibility, buyers have more negotiating room and a better chance of finding the best possible price.
  • Financing is Key. AAA financial services experts advise that consumers gain a distinct advantage in the car buying process by arriving at the dealership with financing in hand.  Carefully and thoroughly shop loan options and available interest rates in advance. Inching down a loan’s interest rate even a percentage point or two can save hundreds of dollars over the life of the car loan.  Match the length of the loan to the length of ownership.  Select your loan term based on how long you plan to own the vehicle and make sure your loan has no prepayment penalty.

AAA can help consumers save for major purchases like buying a new vehicle.  Building a sound savings strategy is the best way to prepare for the future and different savings options offer different benefits to help you reach your goals.  AAA members can learn more at AAA.com/deposits.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 53 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

As read on: http://newsroom.aaa.com/2012/03/aaa-offers-tips-for-picking-and-paying-for-the-right-new-car/?sf17594182=1

Gasoline prices drop closer to $3 and could keep falling

Remember $3 gas? Well the price is headed down and might get back to that level again after more than three years.

The average price for a gallon of gasoline in the United States fell 6.4 cents in the last two weeks, as crude oil declined and refiners passed on the difference to motorists.

Some industry experts believe the price could keep falling, even below $3 per gallon for the first time in three years.

According to the latest Lundberg survey, the average price was about 31 cents lower than a year ago, based on the Sept. 20 survey of some 2,500 retail stations in the 48 contiguous states.

Trilby Lundberg, survey editor, said the rise came alongside a decline in the price of crude oil. Crude has fallen as Libya has produced more and there have been signs of diplomatic progress regarding Syria and Iran.

“California did buck the trend because of some recent hiccups in the California refining capacity affecting the West,” Lundberg said. “Prices rose at the pump about 16 cents in California, but the spike has already died as those glitches have already been resolved.”

Charleston, South Carolina, had the cheapest gasoline in the survey at $3.14 per gallon, while drivers in San Francisco, paid the most at $4.01 per gallon.

According to another survey, by the American Automobile Association, pump prices are in their usual September decent as demand weakens and supplies increase. But the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded remains well above $3 for the 1,007th day in a row, it said.

“It’s normal for prices to fall in September,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman. “The summer driving season is over, demand is down, and refineries are switching to the cheaper winter-blend gasoline.”

“Prices could continue to fall another 5 to 10 cents before the end of the month,” Jenkins said. “But it’s unlikely.”

GasBuddy.com, which monitors prices across the United States, also forecast cheaper prices to come.

GasBuddy’s chief oil analyst Tom Kloza predicts that the fall will see slow but steady attrition in retail gas numbers, thanks to record high U.S. refining rates and consumer demand that will at best match 2012 levels. “Supplies are adequate, and indeed gasoline now typically sells for just a few dollars more than raw crude costs. They’ll go below $3.00 anytime soon.”

As read on: http://www.nbcnews.com/business/gasoline-prices-drop-closer-3-could-keep-falling-4B11232610

Nissan Rogue adds third row for 2014

Nissan unveiled the grown-up-looking Rogue SUV at the Frankfurt motor show on Tuesday. The second-best-selling vehicle in Nissan’s lineup will sticker for $23,350 when it goes on sale in November.

Every Rogue will come with Nissan’s 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine making 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. The company’s continuously variable transmission is also standard, as are four-wheel disc brakes. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is optional. The Rogue rides on the jointly developed Nissan/Renault Common Module Family platform architecture, scheduled to be offered in 190 countries.

“There is growing demand for compact SUVs around the world due to their user-friendly combination of right-sized exteriors, flexible interior utility and low environmental impact,” said Fred Diaz, divisional vice president of sales and marketing, Nissan North America. “By sharing development costs, while adapting powertrains, designs and equipment offerings for each specific region, Nissan has been able to add features and technologies while keeping prices affordable.”

For 2014 the Rogue will offer three-row, seven-passenger seating as well as the “Divide and Hide” cargo system that provides 18 different variations between cargo and passenger space.

Optional extras include navigation, Nissan’s Around View monitor, blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning and forward-collision warning.

Fuel economy is rated at 33 mph highway for front-wheel drive models, which is an 18 percent improvement over last year. The base all-wheel-drive Rogue costs $24,700, and the most expensive model will sticker for $30,280.

As read on: http://editorial.autos.msn.com/blogs/post–nissan-rogue-adds-third-row-for-2014

It’s Finally HERE! The Indian Motorcycle Demo Truck Event Starts TODAY!

It’s FINALLY HERE!!!
Join us TODAY to check out the 2014
Indian Motorcycle Models

Today, September 20, 2013 – 11:00 am until 6:00 pm
Tomorrow, September 21, 2013 – 11:00 am until 4:00 pm
Where: Dick Scott’s Classic Motorcycles
36534 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150

734-542-8000
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TEST RIDE THE NEW
2014 INDIAN MOTORCYCLE MODELS 
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st
in addition to Demo Rides we will also have
LIVE Music by the Blackjack Band
Food & Drinks

Stop in for Demo Day Specials and more…

Indian demo campaign - done

 

Chrysler celebrates 30 years of minivans with special Grand Caravan, Town & Country

Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan will offer unique interior trim.

This year has seen quite a few important automotive milestones. Aston Martin celebrated its centennial, and the Porsche 911 turned 50, as did the Lotus Elan.

Even Cunningham had a milestone to celebrate, with the marque founded by Briggs Cunningham turning 60. An anniversary you might not have heard about with all the hubbub surrounding the celebrations at Pebble Beach, Lime Rock and other venues is Chrysler’s minivans turning 30.

That’s right, it’s been 30 years since Chrysler hit a home run, at the 11th hour as per usual, and launched the Town & Country minivan, liberating millions of kids from the drudgery of riding in the back of the family station wagons to and from sporting events. And now that we’ve reached a point in time when people are actually nostalgic about riding in the cargo areas of faux-wood bedecked station wagons, Chrysler is debuting a special edition Town & Country and Grand Caravan to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of its Chrysler and Dodge minivans.

The Town & Country 30th Anniversary Edition will be based on the Touring-L model and will feature 17-inch wheels with polished faces, “30th Anniversary” badging and Granite Crystal paint as an option. This special edition will use the 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, making 283 hp. Interior touches will include black Alcantara seat inserts with napa seat bolsters, piano-black steering wheel bezel, and a “30th Anniversary” logo in the gauge cluster. The Convenience Group options will be standard in this model, which means it’ll have heated first- and second-row seating, power adjustable pedals and a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, in addition to other luxury touches.

The Grand Caravan 30th Anniversary Edition will be available on the SE and SXT models, and will feature the same 3.6-liter engine as in the Town & Country. The Dodge Grand Caravan SE 30th Anniversary Edition will have 17-inch polished satin carbon-aluminum wheels, body-color heated exterior mirrors and “30th Anniversary” badging on the front fenders. On the interior, arguably where it matters most, the 30th Anniversary Dodge Grand Caravan will feature silver accent stitching and piano-black accents, black cloth seats and a black leather-wrapped steering wheel, in addition to other luxury details. The SXT trim version of the anniversary model will have all the features of the SE, but with added luxury touches like chrome window trim moldings and roof rack, fog lamps and black Torino Leatherette seats with suede inserts and silver accent stitching.

As read on: http://editorial.autos.msn.com/blogs/post–chrysler-celebrates-30-years-of-minivans-with-special-grand-caravan-town-and-country

10 Used Cars You Should Probably Own

Buy Into the Fun, but not the Depreciation

Return on investment can be measured in many ways. In cars, though, it’s almost always twofold: fun behind the wheel and financial prudence (a.k.a., not losing your shirt). The first is easy, especially if you’ve got a real budget. The second, however, is rare. Getting both in one car is like finding a unicorn in Detroit.

But it can be done.

We found 10 cars (OK, there are a few trucks) that are decidedly cool, hold their value and aren’t likely to depreciate while you enjoy them. Heck, we’d even bet you could make money on most.

As always, there are exceptions. Maintenance costs are the big one and it’s hard to pin down which car might do the least damage to your wallet in the long run. A good pre-purchase inspection with a reputable mechanic will go a long way in making sure you buy the right car. So will some real research. All of these cars are supported by a library of Web-based knowledge, so there’s no excuse. And even though there are no guarantees, there are some pretty solid bets.

So here they are.

1991 Acura NSX
Cost: $28,000-$49,000
Why: It’s been nearly a decade since the last new NSX rolled off the assembly line and early models are now starting to demand higher prices on the used market. The first year (1991) can be found for just over $20,000 if mileage isn’t a concern, but any at- or sub-50,000-mile ’91 NSX is going to start above $30,000. The 1991 NSX holds its own even among contemporary cars; its precise manual steering and snappy gearbox continue to offer supercar performance while it remains incredibly comfortable (docile, even) as an everyday driver.

With development involving Formula 1 icon Ayrton Senna and its “plucky upstart” status versus the Italian and German supercars of the day, the legend of the NSX grows every year. You’ll be hard-pressed to pull up to a Cars and Coffee event in one without drawing a crowd of grinning admirers. As well-maintained early NSXs become rarer, their prices are on the rise: A thorough pre-purchase inspection will help mitigate repair costs of a car that only gets more special with age.

1988 BMW M5
Cost: $9,000-$17,000
Why: The first-generation M5 came to the U.S. in small numbers (around 1,200), but it made a big noise with enthusiasts and the press, beginning a legacy of “super sedans” that continues today. Each successive M5 vies for the Best Car in the World title, but it’s the 1988 original that stands out as the greatest-ever melding of balanced, driver-focused performance and luxurious practicality. And let’s be honest, there’s no questioning the cool factor of a body that was penned in the late ’60s.

Despite their rarity in the U.S., many original M5s are driven daily by outright fanatics. While everything else may fail, the 3.5-liter inline-6 engine tends to be rock solid even with high miles. Featuring individual throttle bodies, the U.S. car pumped out 256 horsepower. Surviving 1988 M5s are rare, but many can be found for less than $10,000 with high mileage and (too often) with questionable modifications. Be prepared to shell out upwards of $15,000 for a lower-mileage example with any kind of service record history, and make sure you know a good BMW specialist.

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
Cost: $33,000-$50,000
Why: Merely looking at the Ford SVT Raptor is a visceral experience. It looks as if it just drove out of the Baja 1000, which would be a mere amusement if it didn’t actually deliver. But it does. Off-road, the Raptor can handle just about everything a sane driver will want. And it does it without sacrificing on-road comfort or handling.

The interior is as soft and welcoming as any American cruiser and the 6.2-liter V8 (make sure you get the 6.2-liter) cranks out 411 hp and 434 pound-feet of torque, and makes an unholy racket that will put a smile on your face every time you fire it up. Drop some coin on a low-mile Raptor now, or three times that amount in 20 years at some big auction in the desert: your call.

2005 Honda S2000
Cost: $16,000-$26,000
Why: Honda’s beloved S2000 sports car is no longer in production, but its fandom continues. S2000s can be found throughout various model years at fair prices, but it’s the post-2004 cars that are truly engaging. And if you want the best S2000, look for a 2005 model. Many fans decried the reduction of the original S2000’s 9,000-rpm redline to 8,000 for the 2004 model year, but the shorter 1st through 4th gears along with the increase in usable torque at lower rpm makes the 2005 a more livable car. It simply offers more performance where most drivers actually use it.

With its forward-thinking digital instrument cluster, possibly the best six-speed manual transmission ever made and a naturally aspirated specific output only surpassed when Ferrari released the 458, the S2000 is one of the last great everyman sports cars. Plus, its reliability is exceptional, so feel free to fling a few extra bucks out for a lower-mileage example.

2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Cost: $17,000-$27,000 (X); $18,000-$33,000 (Sahara); $24,000-$39,000 (Rubicon)
Why: When the four-door 2007 Wrangler Unlimited made its debut, the naysayers came out in force: Four doors went against the ethos of the ultimate everyday off-roader. The stretched wheelbase made the Wrangler too big. It’s less capable on difficult terrain. On and on they went.

But Jeep pulled it off.

The Wrangler Unlimited is not only a great off-roader worthy of the Wrangler name, but it’s a unique SUV setup that can’t be had with any other brand. On top of all that, the modern Wrangler is among the leaders in resale value: and somewhat surprisingly, nowhere is this more evident than with the 2007 Unlimited. It’s difficult to find a sub-50,000-mile 2007 Wrangler Unlimited for less than $20,000. For a rough-and-ready SUV that can take you where you need to be with rear seats that fit actual humans, it’s hard to argue with a 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

1997 Land Rover Defender 90
Cost: $39,000-$75,000
Why: The 182 hp from the Defender’s 3.9-liter V8 sounds underpowered today, but when mated to the tried-and-true all-wheel-drive setup of the Range Rover it proves more than enough to do what the Defender was built to do: go anywhere.

The 1997 model-year Defender 90 was the last to be brought to the U.S. market. The niche appeal of its old-school off-roader aesthetic combined with ever-shrinking numbers of well-maintained cars conspires to keep prices exceptionally high. When you see a Defender in person it’s easy to understand why they’re so coveted: the square-ish, bulky body mated to big, mud-stomping tires tickles just about all of the basic instincts of off-roaders. Built to get you wherever you need to go in all conditions, the Defender 90’s high cost of ownership is outweighed by its cool factor, scarcity and raw capability.

1992-1994 Mercedes-Benz 500E/E500
Cost: $15,000-$30,000-plus
Why: In the early 1990s as BMW’s M5 established itself as the performance sedan of choice, Mercedes-Benz needed a competitor. W124 E-Class chassis (upgraded with big brakes and the 5.0-liter V8 from the high-end 500SL) were shipped to Porsche’s Zuffenhausen plant for assembly.

Only 1,500 were brought to the U.S. during a three-year production run (for its last year in 1994 it was re-designated the E500) so it’s becoming harder to find well-maintained low-mileage examples. Diligent searching will pay off with a “sleeper” classic, featuring the grunt of the 5.0-liter V8’s 322 hp, a fascinating history and the quirky charm that comes with being “the other guy.” Overlooked even by many Mercedes fans, the 500E is a cool divergent footnote in automotive history that also happens to go really fast.

1995 Porsche 911 (993)
Cost: $24,000-$40,000
Why: For many Porsche devotees, the 993-era 911 represents the pinnacle of what a “real” 911 should be: air-cooled, small and focused. Its replacement — the water-cooled, daily-driver-focused 996 — was bigger and heavier. The culmination of more than 30 years of innovation and refinement, the 993 offers classic 911 handling while its air-cooled flat-6 makes all the right noises.

As a benchmark 911 model, the 993 retains its value on the used market. As the years go by, more 993 owners either decide they can’t part with their treasures or they have “off-road incidents,” so expect more scarcity of selection and higher premiums to buy into the club.

2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder
Cost: $55,000-$70,000
Why: A fitting last hurrah for the 987-era Boxster, the Spyder edition was produced as a 2011 and 2012 model before the introduction of the current-generation 981. It is nearly 180 pounds lighter than the 987 Boxster S and brings 10 additional horses to the table (320 in all). The Spyder was (and some still say is) the hot roadster to own.

Sitting 1 inch lower than the regular Boxster and with a stiffened suspension, the Spyder enhanced the already excellent driving characteristics of the Boxster to miraculous levels. The 2011 Boxster Spyder entered the market as a production model, so for now at least it’s not terribly difficult to find a used one with low mileage and a clean maintenance history: but it is expensive. Buying and babying one of these now may prove to be a sound investment as they become rarer in the future. In any case, it’ll be a fun investment.

2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Cost: $16,000-$25,000
Why: The first-year of Subaru’s rally-inspired WRX STI stuffs 300 hp and an impressive all-wheel-drive system into the restrained and practical Impreza sedan. Few cars yield the STI’s combination of high performance and four-door utility.

The inconsistent availability of Subarus in various U.S. markets means that used pricing is all over the place, but look to spend at or near $20,000 for an example with fewer than 100,000 miles on the clock. Lower-mileage 2004 examples can climb into the mid-$20,000 range: impressive considering the $31,525 MSRP of a new 2004 STI. The 2004 STI did more than establish Subaru with American enthusiasts; it created an entirely new segment of performance car made to handle alternative roads and weather. And families fit, too.

Grab a 2004 STI now before it is officially deemed a modern classic.

As read on: http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/features/10-used-cars-you-should-probably-own.html

REMINDER TONIGHT, Tuesday September 17th is the Downtonw Plymouth Restaruant Crawl!

Here are 5 Things to Know About the PENN-TASTE-TIC Restaurant Crawl!

What’s better than eating out in downtown Plymouth? How about eating out at multiple restaurants at once?

The 8th Annual PENN-TASTE-TIC, Downtown Plymouth Restaurant Crawl will return in a few weeks.

Here are five things to know about the event:
1. Date, time
The annual PENN-TASTE-TIC Restaurant Crawl will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 5–8 p.m.

2. 15 restaurants will participate
Participating this year are :

Candy Trail
Cozy Café
Cupcake Station
E.G. Nicks
Greek Islands
Ironwood Grill
Jay’s Stuffed Burgers
Kilwin’s
Nico & Vali
Panache 447
Sardine Room
Sweet Afton Tea Room
Thai Café
Yogurt Palooza
Zin Wine Bar & Restaurant

3. Portion of proceeds go to Friends of the Penn
All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Friends of the Penn and the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce.

4.  Vote for your favorite
Attendees will get a chance to vote for their favorite taste and restaurant!

5. Tickets are still available
Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce, located at 850 W. Ann Arbor Trail, and Sun & Snow, located at 388 S. Main St., in downtown Plymouth. Tickets cost $20 for adults, and $15 for children 10 and under.

As read on: http://plymouth-mi.patch.com/groups/5-things/p/5-things-to-know-about-the-penntastetic-restaurant-crawl