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Stories and News about new cars

My Cruise on TX130

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to cruise on Texas Highway 130. I got on just east of Seguin and cruised to just north of Georgetown. The trip did not take long.

Cruisin’ TX 130

This stretch of highway has a posted speed limit of 85 miles per hour, so the eighty mile trip takes less than an hour. The southern part had few cars, but the closer I got to Austin, the busier it was.

I did shoot video through the windshield, but it was not usable. Sorry, but that gives me an excuse to make another trip on this piece of road

Playing with Images of My Dodge Magnum

Since this website is about my Dodge Magnum, I’m always looking for a photo opportunity. In playing with a new phone picture app with twelve different views. I took one picture of each view this is the gallery. Several I really like and a few that just “okay” and that’s all right, too.

Of the few I really like, I chose one to place as an image in the header and may ever set it up as a set of rotating images using the ones I like best.

Do any strike your fancy? Let me know in the comments section.

Dodge Magnum Commercial from 2004

I spotted this while looking or something else on youtube. I had forgotten about this one and laughed out loud watching it.

My Dodge Magnum is now Running E3 Plugs

That’s right. After pulling the original plugs from my 2007 Dodge Magnum, I am now running a set of E3 Spark Plugs. The original plugs had just over 174,000 miles and were still performing, even at a low standard.

After researching the different plugs available on the market today, I decided to try the E3s because of the dyno testing done on Horsepower TV. With an engine sitting on the dyno, they ran a base run and afterward installed E3s and showed the horsepower gain in real time.

The E3 spark plugs are installed and working fantastic


That was enough to convince me, but then Stacey David at Gearz visited Michigan Technological University and showed the mechanics behind the difference. The video on that is only four minutes and worth the watch if you are on the fence.

Now, back to 174,000 miles. Yeah, I know I’m supposed to change them at 100,000 miles, but time got away from me. Anyway, the plugs were well worn and the gap was very large (see photos below), but they were still producing enough spark to carry me around the State of Texas every month.


The power increase was immediate, but what do you expect … I put in new plugs . The power would have increased no matter what plugs I installed, as long as they were new and installed correctly. Gas mileage? It’s still too soon to tell, but the mileage seems to have creeped up a small amount.

I will continue to bring you updates on this as I track the gas mileage.

Have you tried the E3 plugs? What have they done for you?

Alamo City LX Club at Bass Pro July 16th

The Monthly meetup at the local Bass Pro parking lot is a well attended event. Bass Pro ropes off a large area to one side of their huge lot and not only are there a lot of cars in attendance, there are visitors just looking at cars.

The cars were from many different brands and models. Fords, Chevrolets, and Dodges were represented by old and new models.

July Bass Pro Car Club Meetup


After I recorded the video another dozen or so cars arrived (see album below), so the lot got a more crowded before the ACLX club left for a local Applebee’s

Applebee’s Meetup

A good group of people and cars cruised to a local Applebee’s Restaurant for more fun. Good food, good conversation, etc.

Here are 54 still photos taken later after more cars arrived.

Bass Pro July 16, 2011 Car Club Meetup