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Spring is in the air and it is time to exit the house from a long hibernation period we call “stuck inside.”

Time to start thinking about going into the backwoods and outdoor activities and, no, I don’t mean telling your wife/partner, “honey the mountains are calling and I must go” followed by “hang up, you’re not going.”

I mean checking your vehicle and making sure it's ready for a season of four-wheeling. Before I run through the checklist, remember you’re not the only one coming out of hibernation. Bears will start to wake up and they have been sleeping for a long time, without food. 

A few years ago, I was going out for a spring trip in B.C.’s Squamish valley, hoping to catch a fish from the spring run.

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eyes on auto's bob mchugh examines the nissan micra in his regular feature, good as new
The first-generation Nissan Micra (also known as the K10) was first introduced to us back in the early nineteen eighties and Canadian sales of the K10 ended in 1991.
 
Fast-forward to 2014 and a made to order K13 (fourth generation) was reintroduced to Canadians as the 2015 Nissan Micra, after a 23-year leave of absence.

Only sold on this side of the 49th, the 2015 Nissan Micra certainly caught the attention of Canadian car buyers when its brand new start price of just $9,998 was revealed. OK, it was a bare-bones S edition with a 5-speed manual transmission. Yet, still, a very sweet deal for pretty well anything with that coveted “new car smell”. 

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Going … going … wait a second!  - This may be your last opportunity to get that “killer deal” on a brand new Dodge Journey. 

This long-serving, attractively priced 
and highly versatile crossover utility vehicle offers three-row seating for up to seven passengers, and has been around since 2009. Just two editions, Canadian Value Package and Crossroad, are marketed for the 2020 model year, which is a good indicator that the end of this Journey is near.  

Power, for both editions, is provided by a tried and trusted 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine that can generate 172 horsepower and 165 lb.-ft. of torque, and it’s mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Alas, the more powerful, but fuel-thirsty, 
3.6-litre V6, which also came with all-wheel-drive, is no longer offered. You might, however, be able to track a deal on a leftover 2019 model.

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