Kelley Blue Book
Used Car Guide:
Consumer Edition, January-June 2004
Editorial Reviews on Kelley Blue Book
(Kelley Blue Book Used Car Guide. Consumer Edition, Vol 12, January-June, 2004)
An essential resource for anyone looking to buy, sell, or trade in a used car, this portable volume provides the general public with information that was originally restricted to the automotive industry: original list prices, vehicle identification numbers (VINs), and trade-in, private-party, and retail values for vehicles, according to condition. First published in 1926 to help auto dealers, financial institutions, and others in the trade, the Kelley Blue Book has been available to consumers since 1993. This edition covers model years 1989 to 2003. Also included are values for additional options and equipment, a table of acceptable mileage ranges by year, and tips on buying a used car.
Blue Book Consumer Edition January-June 2004 - For only $9.95! Includes values for used cars, trucks and vans covering model years 1988 to 2002. The Consumer Edition includes three values:
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Cool Features Becoming More Common
Vehicles are getting smarter, more comfortable and more fun each year. As technology progresses, innovative car manufacturers and suppliers take the lead, further tempting consumers with desirable bells and whistles. Like most new technologies, many of these features currently appear in more expensive vehicles, but automotive trends have a way of spreading and becoming standard in more affordable vehicles as their popularity grows. Look for some of these features to catch on and become more common:
Yes, this one's exclusive to the New Beetle from Volkswagen. The dashboard of this vehicle is just not cute enough, so they added a bud vase to brighten your day.
Glove Box or Armrest Refrigeration
This cool invention found on cars like the Saab 9-5 and Mercedes S Class , actually uses your vehicle's air conditioning to keep your food and drink cool on the drive home.
Adjustable Tray Tables
Exclusive to minivans like the 2004 Nissan Quest and Honda Odyssey , the adjustable tray table is the perfect accessory to the fast food drive-through.
Cooling Front Seats
You know about heated seats, now there's cooling seats too! Perforated leather seats allow air-conditioning to flow through, cooling you from underneath. Find this feature on the 2004 Nissan Maxima , Lincoln Aviator and other high-end models.
Massaging Front Seats
Still only available on luxury models, this feature activates a continuous roller system, gently massaging your muscles in 10-minute cycles eliminating the need for a massage after a long drive. You'll find this feature on Cadillac's DeVille .
This handy item, available on the 2004 Nissan Quest , is attached just inside the passenger seat facing the driver. A hefty hook carries your purse or backpack, providing convenient access to your personal belongings.
Heated Steering Wheel
For those in the cold weather states, this can be a great convenience. The device works much like a heated seat, warming the surface material in moment's time. The 2004 Nissan Maxima offers this feature.
In-Dash MP3 Player
Still only available as a factory accessory in cars such as the Honda Accord , this device will play compact discs burned with MP3, WMA or standard audio files. More than 10 CD's worth of MP3 music files fit onto a standard recordable disc.
"One Touch" Convertible Tops
Engineers are finding clever and convenient ways to create convertibles with fully automatic functioning - both up and down. Models including the Lexus SC 430 and the Mercedes-Benz CLK , have rear cargo areas with alternate openings that literally "swallow" the roof into the trunk with absolutely no human interaction.
Mobile Entertainment Systems
If it's available in your living room, it's available in your next new car. This is one of the fastest growing innovations in the automotive industry, especially in the minivan segment — see the Chevrolet Venture Warner Brother's Edition . There's commercial-free satellite radio; pop-down or headrest DVD screens, earphone ports complete with remote control. One of the coolest we've seen in this area is the rear seat audio headphones with separate audio source found in the back seat of the Hummer H2 .
Innovative Safety Features:
Tire Pressure Monitoring
This dashboard gauge allows you to view the air pressure in all four tires while you're moving at speeds above 20 mph. Audi , Daimler-Chrysler , Porsche and Volkswagen are making this feature available in some models and there is word in the industry that the government may be requiring this device in all cars of the future.
Run Flat Tires
These tires are made to run even after a puncture or blowout. How do they work? The sidewalls of these tires are engineered to hold their strength, allowing you to continue driving from 50-100 mph until you are safely home or at a repair facility. Porsche and BMW offer these tires on some models.
Intuitive Parking Assist
In most cases, this device provides both an audio signal and a lighted display image to inform the driver of the distance between them and the curb or object behind the car. This not only works to help you fit into tighter parking spaces, but also could identify a small child or animal that is out of your visual range. BMW , Mercedes-Benz , Ford , Lincoln , Cadillac and Lexus all feature this device and many more could be coming in the future.
Intelligent Cruise Control
Using a laser beam to measure the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, this "smart" system maintains a preset distance until you disengage it. Hopefully the person in front of you has good driving skills. Infiniti offers this along with other high-line brands.
An LCD display in the center console shows you real time images from a tiny camera mounted unobtrusively on the trunk. The 2004 Lexus RX330 boasts this new device.
Voice Recognition Communication Device
Voice recognition systems run the gamut of allowing you to change CDs, adjust the temperature, access your GPS navigation system or make a hands-free cell phone call, all through voice command. Lexus , Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz each offer a version of this feature.
Passenger Sensing System
Sensors in the seat cushion and safety belts actually analyze the size and weight of the front-seat passenger. They'll automatically turn off the front air bag if they detect a rear-facing child seat, booster seat, or child in the front passenger seat. The Cadillac Escalade boasts this safe tool and more SUVs will include this device in future years.
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