Keep your motor running

I have owned an automobile for 65 years and firmly believe in the manufacturer’s recommendation for oil changes.

My first car, a 1948 Plymouth, specified an oil change every 1,000 miles. My present car, a 2004 Mercury Marquis, requires an oil change every 5,000 miles due to technological advances in lubricants.

My 1938 Plymouth had a sticker price of $1,896. I received it after being on the waiting list for 14 months.

I bought it from a very reputable dealer, Mahoning Motors on Wick Avenue. It was a bare naked model. Another dealer would not sell me the same car unless he loaded it down with $400 worth of unwanted accessories. That was his way of thanking me for my World War II combat service, which saved his butt. I still bristle when I think about it.

Today I own my best car in a long string of vehicles. I purchased the 2004 Marquis sedan from another very reputable dealer, Fairway Ford of Canfield. General manager Bob Davis and his staff give me VIP service, which they advertise and live up to.

While my car is being serviced I like to walk around their huge new vehicle lot and drool over the rows and rows of luxury-type F-150 and F-250 Ford trucks. Trucks are in fashion.

When checking automobile production for the U.S.A. in 2012 at the public library, I received a surprise. They informed me that about 53 percent of the 16,797,804 vehicles produced were trucks.

As a firm believer in all-American vehicles, I am also impressed by the Chevrolet Silverado and Dodge Ram trucks.

As a former quality control manager in both rubber and steel manufacturing, I would put our U.S.A. workers up against any in the world. We are world class.

Michael J. Lacivita is a Youngstown retiree and a member of the Ohio Senior Citizen Hall of Fame and Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.

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