The Cozy Coupe – Best Selling car!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, Justice at the wheel

A classic toy car is being inducted into an auto museum in Cleveland – and it outsold every other car in the U.S. in 2008.

The Cozy Coupe, a plastic cherry-red sports car, allows toddlers to sit on a bench-style seat and poke their legs through to the ground. When they start walking, the car begins to go.

On Saturday, it will take its place next to historically significant automobiles at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum.

The Cozy Coupe sold 457,000 units in 2008, topping the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. In the ’90s, it outsold both the Accord and Ford Taurus.

It would land in the top-20 best-selling models of all time, if considered, having sold more than 10 million units in its 30-year history.

The museum will house one of the first Cozy Coupes to come off the production line in 1979.

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car – from Amazon, or your neighbors freecycle pile!

The Cozy Coupe is made by The Little Tikes Co. in Hudson, Ohio. The proud owner of this model is Justice.

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Home Depot can’t copy a car key with a chip – WHAT DO I DO NOW?

Home Depot copies most common household keys (Kwikset, Schlage, etc.), but not programmable chip car keys.

All is not lost!  Car keys with a chip have to be programmed by a machine.  The car dealers do it, and some locksmiths do as well.  Some Sears stores have a key kiosk in their parking lots that do it while you wait.

When you go to a dealer, they usually refuse to guarantee any key they did not sell you (usually at full retail, plus the “programming fee”).  While this is a necessary theft deterrent, it is wretchedly expensive.   There are deals on craigslist and from locksmiths if you shop around – the savings can be significant, so it can be worthwhile!

This blog explains why car keys cost so much to program – from the locksmith point of view.

You can buy the blank, unprogrammed keys on Ebay or Amazon.  Make sure you get the right one for your make and model of car.  Also check your keychain remote, if it is worn or has issues, you can replace and reprogram it at the same time.  (personal note;  mine had the ink worn off the buttons, and the case was worn – so I got a new fob, and moved the battery and circuit board from the old one into the new one.  no reprogramming, and it works like new)!

If you want to reprogram the key  yourself:

You can buy a car key programmer like this one from Amazon for about $100

The programming tool may cost as much as programming the key at the dealer; if this is the case – and you have a few cars in the family fleet – It may pay to get the tool and keep it around.  You will have to learn how it works, and successfully program the key, but the savings on the second key (and every one after that) will make up the cost in a short order.

Most cars today come with two keys and a valet key.  The Valet key does not open the trunk or the glove box, to keep items safe when you have your car parked by an attendant.  If you have only one key, keep this article handy!

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Is the Mazda RX-8 still a good buy despite the demands of the rotary engine?

Alan Chenkin, Shade Tree Mechanic, Bicycles, Cars, Boats, and more…
The Mazda RX-8 is a sweet ride, but there are caveats.
The rotary engine in the Mazda RX-8 is a racing engine, it’s temperamental. (If it floods, the dealer will charge you $500 to get it started again)(Flooding issues) [Hard starting] . It’s a sports car, and a sexy one – but hold back on local roads because speed cameras and John Law will see you coming a mile away.
You need to use special lubricants, preferably the Mazda-blessed ones, and have a rotary specialist or the dealer work on the car. What type of oil to use in the rx8? – RX8Club.com. You also can only put in premium gas.
The racing engine, being a rotary, is subject to rotor tip wear and can “die” – requiring a full rebuild – at any time. My girlfriend owned one, and it died after ten years, it was only dealer maintained, and died rather suddenly, with only 40k on the clock. New engines are hard to come by, and not everyone can rebuild one. (Not a job for the corner garage).
I had persuaded her to upgrade the battery to an Optima battery (for higher amperage for starting), and was leaning on her to put in the High-torque starter, and a few other improvements before the car lost its engine. the engine alone costs $3,000 + depending on where you get it, and shipping. You don’t want another used engine because of the sudden engine death of this quirky motor. (The dealer gave her a deal on trade-in, and she bought a 2016 Mazda CX-5; she loves it).
In spite of this, Rotary enthusiasts love the car, spend small fortunes to keep it maintained, and love driving it. There are Mazda shops and fan clubs that keep them alive. I anticipate the rotary cars will have a cult following like DeLorean and other specialty cars that have unique features.
If you buy one right, in workable condition and with the lowest mileage you can find, the RX-8 is, as I said before, a sweet ride, but keep a backup car around, just in case….
Mazda RX-8 Essential Buyers guide – Amazon Books
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