Clifton Steamboat Museum Honors Memorial Day with Military Exhibit

What do you think of when you hear the words ‘Memorial Day’? A three-day weekend? Pools opening? Grill-outs with the neighbors? That’s certainly what many people have come to associate the holiday with, but keep in mind that Memorial Day has its roots in honoring those who have died while serving in the armed forces. Throughout the month of May, Clifton Steamboat Museum will be honoring their memory with a military exhibit that goes until the last day of the month.

The History of the United States Military Uniform Museum Exhibit officially began at the beginning of April, but visitors can still enjoy the exhibit until it closes on May 31st. The exhibit runs every day during normal museum hours, and admission costs $4 for seniors and students and $5 for adults. The Clifton Steamboat Museum is open to the public on Mondays from 8:30am to 11:00am, but appointments can be made for private tours. The exhibit itself is on loan from Memorial Memories and showcases everything from current military uniforms to the original American uniform from the Revolutionary War.

The Clifton Steamboat Museum’s purpose is to educate and honor heroes of the past, present, and future, and has 24,000 square feet and two stories’ worth of interesting and educational information on the history of America. The museum itself is made of an old, refurbished tugboat known as the Hercules. In addition to the military uniform exhibit, you can also experience exhibits regarding Native Americans, the western frontier, the wars fought in Texas and Louisiana, as well as more well-known wars such as World Wars I and II, Korea, and Vietnam.

What is a Turbocharged Engine and What Does it Do?

When looking into your next car purchase and what you should get, you will probably see the phrase “turbocharged engine” a lot. You know that this means your engine has oomph, but do you know anything else? What is a turbocharger and what does it do?

Well, a turbocharged engine has a turbocharger. A turbocharger is an exhaust-driven device that boosts your engine’s power output.

In a typical (non-turbocharged) engine, the downward motion of the pistons pulls air into the engine. This air is mixed with fuel, and this is what’s ignited to make power. Stepping on the gas increases the amount of air fed into the engine in order to ignite the fuel.

But in a turbocharged engine, the turbocharger uses a pair of fan-like castings called the turbine (piped to the exhaust) and the compressor (piped to the intake.) The flow of exhaust spins the turbine, which turns the compressor. The compressor then blows air into the engine at a greater rate than it could pull it in by itself.

So basically, a turbocharger amps up the amount of air that’s going into your engine. And that’s why you feel that extra “oomph!”

2016 Nissan Murano Named “Best 2-Row SUV for Families”

The 2016 Nissan Murano is a standout amongst SUVs, and it proved that with its recent honor from U.S. News & World Report. The new Murano was named the 2016 Best 2-Row SUV for Families.

This wasn’t the Murano’s first award this year from U.S. News & World Report. It was honored with one of the magazine’s “Best Cars for the Money” awards. But its latest honor was being named top choice in the 2-Row SUV category as part of the Best Cars for Families awards program.

The Murano earned this award for a number of reasons. It expresses Nissan’s advanced design and amazing available technology. NissanConnect with Navigation, an 8-inch color display with multi-touch control, and Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System are just some tech elements that make the Murano more convenient.

Its luxury and safety played a factor in its award, too. Its affordability makes it the best car for the money, but it’s not just the long-term low ownership costs that keep it affordable. The editors wrote, “It’s also our Best 2-Row SUV for Families because it has the leading combination of interior space, available family-friendly features, and safety and reliability ratings in its class.”

Check out the Nissan Murano for yourself today at Nissan of Silsbee!

The Standard New Half-Ton 2017 Nissan Titan Will Be Both Compact and Capable

Interested in the bold, capable new Nissan Titan XD, but intimidated by its beastly size?

If you’re looking for a truck that’s both perfect for work and everyday life – and just a bit smaller than the Titan XD – you’ll be a fan of the all-new standard, half-ton 2017 Nissan Titan.

Details on and images of the new Nissan Titan were recently revealed, and though the vehicles initially appear to be twins, these two trucks are actually quite different.

The chassis of the Titan is just 228.1 inches for the crew cab model – much smaller than that of the Titan XD – and in fact, the standard Titan is 14.7 inches shorter than the XD model.

But on the inside, don’t worry: There is just as much seating space and legroom in both versions of the truck.

The standard 2017 Nissan Titan will go on sale this summer, so if you’re interested, get in touch with us at Nissan of Silsbee as soon as you can!

Silsbee Gets Brunt of Rain Yet Again

Recent rainfall in March 2016 has left Texas and other Southeast Texas areas with flooding and substantial driving difficulty. Silsbee in the greater Beaumont area is normally a town that sees a lot of this rain. Texas as a state is under the national average in average rainfall sitting at just under 36 inches per year. The national average hovers at approximately 40 inches per year. Annually, Silsbee has averaged over 61 inches the last 30 years.

Driving conditions from high waters and standing water can provide drivers with some obstacles if they do not show caution. Most flood deaths occur while people are in their vehicles. Drivers that come across flooded roads should turn around instead of attempting to pass through high water, especially with uncertain depths.

Silsbee drivers are definitely experienced with wet road conditions, be sure to stick to caution and avoid unnecessary risks. The rain will continue to fall in Silsbee, but as long as drivers continue to stick with preventative driving in the worst conditions the roads will still provide some of the best sights to see in Texas.

12 Simple Steps to Change a Tire

One of the most frightening experiences a driver can face on the road is a blown-out tire. However, the process of replacing a tire that suddenly goes flat is not that difficult, especially when you keep a level head. By following these 12 simple steps to change a tire, you can be rolling along in no time flat!

  1. First, find somewhere you can safely pull over and park.
  2. Activate your hazard lights.
  3. Loosen the lug nuts with a wrench, but do not remove them yet!
  4. Lift your vehicle 6 inches off of the ground near the tire using a jack.
  5. Remove the loosened lug nuts.
  6. Remove the tire.
  7. Locate you vehicle’s spare tire.
  8. Carefully place the spare tire into the empty tire space.
  9. Place the lug nuts back onto the tire space without tightening them.
  10. Use the jack to lower the vehicle back down to the ground.
  11. Tighten the lug nuts with a wrench.
  12. Place the blown out tire in the vehicle’s trunk.

That’s all you have to do to get back on the road!

Nissan Extends its “No Charge to Charge” Campaign to Three More Cities

Electric vehicles like the Nissan LEAF are becoming more popular with each year that passes. With the growing number of electric vehicles on the road, the need for charging these vehicles on the go increases. Fortunately, Nissan is ready to help drivers solve that problem.

According to a Nissan press release, Nissan has extended its “No Charge to Charge” campaign to three more cities.

The popular Nissan campaign will now arrive to New York City, Philadelphia, and Santa Barbara.

The “No Charge to Charge” campaign is an initiative by Nissan to help drivers who own electric vehicles easily charge their means of transportation.

Whenever a customer purchases a new Nissan LEAF, Nissan provides them with two years of complimentary vehicle charging at select electric stations.

The “No Charge to Charge” campaign has already been a success in several cities around the country. We are certain that it will continue to be a success in its latest set of locations as well!

How to Apply for a Car Loan

Applying for car loans can feel like doing your taxes. You need to know your financial information as well as determine what you can afford in your current financial situation. Most dealerships will apply for loans via the finance department. Just in case they don’t, or you want to bring a pre-approved loan with you, here’s how to apply for a car loan!

First and foremost, you’ll need your financial information. Gather your expenses, rent or mortgage, income, employment, and social security number and start filling out applications from nearby banks and credit unions.

It’s wise to know your credit score going into the application process but it isn’t required. Banks and credit unions will run a credit check upon receiving your application. If your credit score is above 720, odds are you’ll receive the best loan offers available.

Once lenders have replied to your applications, look over the loan offers and take the annual percentage interest rate (APR) and loan length into special consideration. Determine what works best for you and head down to the dealership with a great pre-approved loan in hand!

Here at Nissan of Silsbee, we’ll be happy to help you apply for a car loan that works with your budget!

2016 Nissan Pathfinder’s Price Unchanged

Nissan looks to give more for less every single year and the latest 2016 models are no different. For the most part, the Nissan Pathfinder’s price has gone unchanged from the 2015 model year but that isn’t all. Several trims received slight price increases, but after seeing what Nissan is adding to the standard options list, you won’t be able to turn it down.

The base Pathfinder S starts at $30,680, while the Pathfinder Platinum with four wheel drive starts at $44.150. Both prices remain the same as their 2015 counterparts.

Now for the trims that received changes…

The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder SL is getting a slight price increase of $150. That brings the starting price to $37,260. That isn’t a bad deal whatsoever, even without the extra standard features. For the 2016 model year, Nissan is adding a heated steering wheel to the standard features list.

Unchanged prices and new standard features aren’t all Nissan is offering for 2016. You can add on the new Cold Package. Featuring heated cloth front seats, heated outside mirrors, and a heated steering wheel, you can stay warm and let your car get rid of the ice for you.

We here at Nissan of Silsbee are happy to report we have 2016 Nissan Pathfinders available now!

Car and Driver Pays Homage to Nissan with Heritage Collection Highlight

Car and Driver – one the foremost international automotive sources in the world – has put together an awesomely detailed Nissan Heritage Collection highlight gallery. From peeks at Nissan’s oddly-shaped 1947 Tama Electric Car (that’s right – an electric car from 1947) to the delightfully styled 1966 Nissan Bluebird rally car and beyond, the Heritage Collection highlight shows off bits and pieces of Nissan’s interesting and colorful history.

One of our favorite features is the beautiful 1967 Prince Gloria Super 6, one of the first products of Nissan’s merger with the Prince Motor Company in 1966. The Gloria Super 6 is a timelessly beautiful vehicle, which somehow still speaks of the same luxury and high-performance today that it was intended to nearly 50 years ago.

Another interesting – dare we say quirky – item on the list is the 1973 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R. This strange but sleek muscle car would have been the perfect choice if The Dukes of Hazzard were set in rural Japan instead of deep down in Georgia.

There’s so much more Nissan history to discover in Car and Driver’s Heritage Collection highlight, for the Nissan lover and general automotive enthusiast alike.