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Peter Olson at Key West Ford is a Rock Star!
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Pete had really taken care of us from start to finish; this is the first vehicle my partner and I had purchased together and he had made the process so easy for us while taking the time to ease our minds for such a big decision. All considered, finding Pete at Key West was the best case scenario after months of searching in the proverbial shark tank that you would find at any other place. Peter and Key West Ford as a whole have been stellar at providing top quality service, I would definitely recommend Peter and his team to anyone looking to purchase a vehicle with peace of mind. His dealership has everything in house from financing to insurance whereas we could take our new baby home on the same day! There were a few items noted after the sale that Pete happily and speedily addressed that reassured us we are in good hands for years to come. Thank you Pete, Michelle and Wes; you all have truly been Rock Stars!
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New lease vehicle - amazing experience!
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Huge thanks to the team at Key West Ford! This is my second lease (first one 4 years ago) and they knocked it out of the park again. Really easy to deal with & no BS, just really straightforward and honest. Being a single female this type of purchase can easily be intimidating and/or difficult but Peter Olson and the team (Mike & Michelle) made it seamless and left me feeling confident about my purchase. Thank you!
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Great place
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Bought a Ford Escape Titanium and was one of the best car buying experiences I have had. At 72 years old I have had a few. Great dealership, was never under any pressure to buy or make a deal, Peter Olson was very knowledgable on the vehicles I was looking at and Wes Upton was great to deal with. It was friendly and quickly finalized. All in all a totally super place to deal with.
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Repeat Customer
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My wife and I have now each bought 2 cars each from Key West in the last 9 years. Great experience dealing with this dealership.
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Fantastic charismatic no pressure
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Allan sold me a gently used honda the other day. This guy really wants everyone to be happy and comfortable. I felt he was totally looking out for my best interest and and he went way out of his way to do so from the umbrellas (cause it was raining) to the hot coffee to warm us up.. as well as getting me a really good deal on my car with minimal haggling. He really wants you to have the car at the best deal possible and I was more than happy with his service.. when I was ready to except the deal..he said "I'll get you out of here and driving your new car in 45 mins"!! .. and sure enough I was out of there 45 minutes later I was on my way home. It was a real pleasure dealing with Allan and I hope hes around next time I wanna upgrade.
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5stars
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No xxxxxxxx salestalk. It's a very welcoming place and the salesmen (Peter & Lino) were simply the best. My buying experience is as smooth as it should be...
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Key West Ford
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this is not my first visit here &’that’s because of the excellent service!! I would highly recommend a visit here before going elsewhere for your vehicle!!
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The best choice
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When I told Alan what I want and what was my financial condition he introduced me the best fit. A beautiful Mustang that I am extremely happy with . You can trust Alan.
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Best sales experience with Peter Olson ever!
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Peter Olson is the best sales person we have ever dealt with!He gave us all the information required to make a knowing decision on our vehicle. He did not have the vehicle we were looking for at first within our price range and kilometres. He kept us in the loop while he searched and found us our 2017 Ford Escape SE AWD which we love. It took weeks to find us what we were looking for but it was worth the wait! We would not hesitate to recommend Peter Olson to our friends, family, and anyone who reads this. He is very honest and went above and beyond for us. Top Shelf!
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new 2018 nissan titan xd for sale bothell kirkland washingtonDear Robert,

I’ve decided to upgrade to a new 2018 Nissan Titan XD. I know this model is available with a diesel engine, but I have no experience with this type of fuel. Could you tell me some of its benefits?

Thanks,
Tom

Hi, Tom!

This is an excellent question: diesel as a fuel source isn’t discussed nearly enough in the U.S. An engine powered by this type of gas is fantastic for heavy duty work. So it’s perfectly suited to the Titan XD.

Diesel engines have a much higher compression ratio than petrol ones. This results in far more torque being produced low down in the RPMs. Hence the reason these 
powerplants are often used in heavy machinery which is required to pull heavy loads.

Not only do these engines produce more power low down, but they also return better mpg.

While diesel vehicles are often more expensive to buy, they generally have a longer lifespan than petrol cars. Of course, you will still need to keep on top of maintenance. 

Thanks for your question, Tom! Why not call down to Kirkland Nissan, Washington and test drive a diesel Titan XD for yourself?
new 2018 nissan pathfinder for sale kirkland washingtonHi Robert,

I’m considering buying the new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder but I can’t decide whether to get the 2WD or 4WD model. Could you tell me about the pros of each system?

Thanks,
Anna

 
Hi, Anna!

Both variants of the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder are absolutely fantastic SUVs. But they do offer noticeably different benefits.

While 2WD vehicles might struggle to get down their driveway in heavy snow, 4WD cars will be able to make steady progress up hills. So, if you expect to encounter conditions like these or go off-road relatively often, a 4x4 will give you the most benefit.

If off-roading isn’t your thing and you are lucky enough to have nice weather all year round, there’s really no need to get a 4WD vehicle. A 2WD car is lighter and, generally, gets more mpg than its 4x4 counterpart.

A 2WD system is also less complicated than a 4WD. So, if something does go wrong with a 4x4, it could cost more to get fixed. The right choice for you will depend on the weather and terrain you're likely to encounter.


Thanks for the question, Anna! If you want to try out the two models for yourself, contact Kirkland Nissan, Washington and book a test drive.
2017 nissan versa for sale in auburn washingtonHi Robert,

My 2017 Nissan Versa has started shaking recently. It happens when the engine is idling and while driving. I’ve never changed the spark plugs, something my father has always been religious about doing. Could this be the cause?

Thanks,
Daniel

Hi, Daniel!

Your father sounds like a wise man. Having good spark plugs is essential to keeping your engine happy and healthy. And yes, if you don’t change them regularly enough, it could cause your car to shake.

Controlled miniature explosions are, essentially, what keeps a car running. When your spark plugs wear out, it’s harder for the air-fuel mixture to ignite in your Versa’s cylinders. Ultimately, this leads to misfires and a shaky, rough sounding engine.

If this is the cause of your problem, it would be a good idea to get it fixed as soon as you can. The vibrations brought about by your misfires make the components around them to wear out at a faster rate, including your engine’s mount. This means you could end up paying for a lot more than a set of spark plugs.

The solution is straightforward: get new spark plugs, install them, and throw away the old ones.

Thanks for the question, Daniel! If you have any other issues, please don’t hesitate to contact Kirkland Nissan, Washington again.
new 2018 nissan rogue sport for sale auburn washingtonHi Robert,

I just picked up a new 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport and want to take care of it. Normally, I would use regular gas but I’m considering making the switch to premium. What difference would this make to my car?

Thanks,
Ben

Hi, Ben!

Congratulations on the new purchase, the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport is a great machine. This vehicle’s engine is actually designed to run on regular gas so it’s really not necessary to use premium.

In the old days, premium gas had a lot of additives and detergents which made your vehicle run more smoothly. But, due to government regulations aimed at cutting emissions, even regular fuel is high quality now. 

Old engines also used to have a hard time dealing with varying octane ratings. They would run better on the high levels found in premium gas. But modern control systems can compensate for this by adjusting the ignition timing, so no damage is caused.

Since high-octane fuel can be compressed and heated to a greater degree without self-igniting, it can generate more power: so it does have its uses. But, generally, only performance engines get a lot of benefit from this.

The bottom line is, your Rogue Sport will run just fine on regular gas. And, while premium may shave half a second off its 0-60 mph time, it's not worth the extra cost at the pumps.

Thanks for contacting Kirkland Nissan, Ben!
2017 nissan sentra for sale in auburn washingtonDear Robert,

I’ve noticed that my 2017 Nissan Sentra has started to pull to the right when driving. My brother said it could be due to its tires. But I don’t understand how this would happen
. Could it be the cause?

Thanks,
Lee

Hi, Lee!

Unfortunately, without inspecting your Sentra, I can’t say for sure what’s causing it to pull. But your brother could be right. Under-inflated tires have increased resistance to roll - so, if just one has low pressure, your car will drift to the side it's on.

The problem mentioned above is amplified by the fact that an under-inflated tire creates a height differential. This results in the wheel alignment shifting, thus pulling the vehicle that way even more so.

The first thing to do is check the air levels in all of your tires; there’s a pressure gauge at most gas stations. It will be evident pretty quickly if this is the cause of your problem as one will read noticeably lower than the rest.

If you want our technicians to investigate the issue further, just call into our Service Department at Kirkland Nissan, Washington.

Thanks for the question, Lee! Contact us again if you need anything else.
new 2019 nissan altima for sale auburn washingtonHi, Robert

I recently upgraded to the 2019 Nissan Altima. Yesterday, while taking a corner, the car just kept going straight when I turned the wheel. Thankfully, it regained traction and everything was fine. Do you have any idea what caused this?

Thanks,
Andrew

Hi, Andrew!

This sounds like a classic case of understeering to me. It happens when you push the front tires on your Altima beyond their limits of grip.

Front wheel drive cars are more likely to suffer from understeering. This is because these tires must deal with the combination of turning, braking, and accelerating. So, if you overburden them, it will cause you to lose traction and keep traveling in a straight line.

To prevent this from happening again, try to get all your braking done before you turn the steering wheel. Also, only ease on the throttle after you’ve passed the middle of the corner. This will stop you from overworking your tires.

Lastly, understeering is very uncommon when traveling at moderate speeds. So, keep an eye on how fast you’re going and slow down if necessary. 
And, above all else, drive smoothly. Sharp and aggressive motions make your tires work harder.

Thanks for your question, Andrew! Don’t hesitate to contact Kirkland Nissan, Washington again with any other queries. 
2009 nissan 370z for sale kirkland washingtonHi Robert,

I noticed the steering wheel on my 2009 Nissan 370Z has started to shake. It only happens when I’m braking and is more noticeable at higher speeds. Do you know what might cause this?

Thanks,
Stephen

Hi, Stephen!

A car's steering wheel can start to shake for a number of reasons. But, since it only happens when you apply the brakes, one issue is far more likely than anything else: you almost certainly have a problem with your vehicle's discs.

Your car’s pads squeeze the rotors, and it ultimately brings you to a stop. But, over time, the discs can thin out or even warp due to excessive heat. This causes vibrations to come through the steering wheel when you try to slow down. The faster you're traveling, the more noticeable it will be.

You shouldn't let this problem linger. Over time the vibration caused by this issue loosens and wears out pads, calipers, and bolts on your 370Z. Ultimately, it will cost you far more to replace your entire braking system than a set of rotors. In fact, you may even be able to just repair the discs.

The technicians from our Service Department at Kirkland Nissan, Washington will be able to tell you the best course of action to take from here. Thanks for getting in contact with us, Stephen!
new 2018 nissan leaf for sale in kirkland washingtonHi Robert,

I’m thinking of changing to an electric vehicle for my next car. The 2018 Nissan LEAF has caught my eye but I’m curious if it has enough range for me. My commute is 10-miles, each way, through the city.

Thanks,

Adam
 
Hi, Adam!

What a great time to go electric, and not just because of the obvious environmental benefits. The federal tax credit on offer, which could save you up to $7,500, won’t last forever.

A 40 kWh lithium-ion battery pack powers the 2018 Nissan LEAF’s 110-kW AC electric motor. The end result of this combo is a 151-mile range. So it definitely has enough to cover your daily commute... and then some!

Unlike most gas cars, the LEAF is actually best suited to stop-start traffic. In fact, this model gets 125 MPGe when driving in the city (that’s 25 more than it’ll return on the highway).

It’s not just the LEAF’s economy which lends itself perfectly to the city: it’s how it drives too. Electric motors produce maximum torque from zero RPM, resulting in rapid acceleration up to around 30 mph. This is great for urban travel and ensures you’ll never be left behind at the lights.


Thanks for the question, Adam! Why not come down do Kirkland Nissan and try one out for yourself?
2017 nissan pathfinder for sale kirkland washingtonHi Robert,

I have noticed a strange smell whenever I turn on the A/C in my 2017 Nissan Pathfinder. Do you have any idea what could be causing this?

Thanks,
Joe

Hi, Joe!

I have been unfortunate enough to have this problem myself, and it can be downright embarrassing sometimes. If the odor smells like mildew, the issue is almost certainly bacteria and fungus growing around the condenser and evaporator in your air conditioning unit.

If you turn your A/C up to maximum regularly, the excess water produced by it can result in bacteria growth. So, keep this in mind to stop the problem from coming back after you’ve fixed it.

To take care of this issue you’ll need to get some anti-bacterial treatment. First, turn the air conditioning system off. Then, take the solution and inject through the A/C vents. This should kill whatever is causing the unpleasant smell in your 2017 Pathfinder. Finally, let the car’s fan run for a couple of minutes to evaporate any water which is left on the coils of your unit.

If you’d rather have the Technicians from our Service Department have a look at it, just call into Kirkland Nissan, Washington.

Thanks for getting in touch, Joe! Please contact us again should you need anything else.
2017 nissan rogue sport for sale lynnwood washingtonHi Robert,

My 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport stalled the other day but I can’t figure out what caused it. Do you have any idea why this would happen?

Thanks,
Dee

 
Hi, Dee!

Before anything else, I want to tell you not to worry. Issues like this are, generally, a pretty easy fix. The stall could actually have been caused by nearly being out of gas, so this should be the first thing you check. If that’s not your culprit, make sure that the battery isn’t too low on your 2017 Rogue Sport, as that would also create a problem.

If the issue wasn’t the result of the reasons mentioned above, there are a few mechanical and electrical components which you could check. Firstly, y
ou should make sure you don’t have a faulty fuel pump, alternator or EGR valve. A problem with any of these parts may result in a stall.

Finally, there may be a problem with your ignition system, like the loss of a spark. So, this is worth checking too as it would cause your engine to cut out. As you can see, plenty of things could have caused you to stall. I would recommend calling into Kirkland Nissan and letting the Technicians in our Service Department have a look.

Thanks for your question, Dee! Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us again if you have any more issues.
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