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|1 hour 9 min ago||Yeah, the volumes I'm seeing||
Yeah, the volumes I'm seeing though are going to make it tougher to justify multiple body styles. Although if there are 2 and 4 door Rangers...
I'm at a supplier. I'll just say we like EcoBoost and from my side I had a hand in the 10R development...
|3 hours 18 min ago||Interesting!||
So the Wrangler sales are now about 80% 4 doors, 20% 2 doors. Ford's going to chase that 20%?? I figured the accountants would have stopped that.
Not to out ourselves, but when I visit you guys I visit ATNPC - you're not there, are you?
|3 hours 22 min ago||If it's in the US it's more||
If it's in the US it's more likely to have the 3.2L diesel currently on offer in the Transit.
|18 hours 12 min ago||A bit||
I know it's going to be RWD biased, essentially an SUV version of the new Ranger. Today, Ford makes an SUV version of the global Ranger - the Ford Everest.
Today's Everest looks like an oversized Escape. There's lots of rumors about what they'll do design wise, but it's going to have a solid rear axle and be 4 doors. It'll probably be somewhere between an awesome retro-mobile and today's Everest. If you're hoping for a Late 60's 2-door convertible Bronco, you'll probably be disappointed. If you're looking for a true XTerra/4 Runner competitor? That's what you'll probably get
|23 hours 37 min ago||And lo, the O line will be||
And lo, the O line will be split in two...
|1 day 12 min ago||760lbs!||
Pictured: the right side of the OL if Faalele and Onwenu are together
|1 day 16 min ago||Hmmm||
Did you ever watch Chris Harris on Cars? I think he was a bit overwhelmed by TG and was a bit more of a caricature than he was in CHOC. If those are still on Youtube, i think you'd like them. I'm expecting more of that this season than what he did last year.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Off by that much||
Chris Harris - Really good at talking about cars and still on top gear!
Chris Evans - shouty and annoying and no longer on top gear
|1 day 1 hour ago||And, that's it||
I've got our topic for next week. What did you learn to drive on? Pictures are better.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Nope||
It's your EGR valve for sure. Engines are designed to run with a certain amount of recirculation, sounds like you're probably runing rich - using more gas than you should. Might be chain related, might not. Worth getting fixed.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Yup||
I'd recommend the school before just going to an event. Also, the class the GTI is in is ridiculously competitive (not me, I'm on all season tires. There's a guy in a GTI who won national PAX two years ago, finished top 10 this year. A guy in a Focus ST finished 3rd in PAX this year. They both run out of Chicago).
I'll be at probably 3 events this year.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Sorry||
I don't know of one, but I know a guy who really, really wants another 89 suburban. Of course, he lives in chicago and works with me and has no space for it. But still.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Hooray!||
Save the Manuals!!
And well done. My wife has had many lessons, but still isn't interested in driving on road. I even took her autocrossing in the GTI and still, she's not interested.
If you and your son need to bond over the GTI some more, I can't recommend this enough. I went last year, dates this year (april 1/2) don't work, but you'll appreciate the car that much more:
|1 day 2 hours ago||Power steering mechanicals||
I don't know much about the FJ 40s, but on Jeeps you can cover some of this up with either a new steering stabilizer (which looks like a little shock absorber) and/or upgrading the power steering pump. For Jeeps, the Durango/Ram one was beefier and bolt in. Could the 80-Series Cruiser bolt right in?
If not, maybe new tie rods, ball joints, or other steering and axle components just have lots of slop.
|1 day 2 hours ago||For fun and ease of use,||
For fun and ease of use, Miata is probably your answer in that price range. NAs get about that cheap now.
|1 day 2 hours ago||A few ways to go||
So my first question is - would you be good with a 2 seater? If so, that gives you more options.
There are 28 used convertibles < $8K within 30 miles of Ann Arbor.
Of these, if you want something fun and sporty, get a Mustang or the Solstice. The Stang is plenty big, and they made tons - there's lots of aftermarket and part support.
The solstice is a little more niche, but that's not always a bad thing.
If what you really want is top down, easy to work on, maintenance free driving... get a Jeep Wrangler. They're wonderful toys, if horrible real cars. https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/691424436/overview/
That one's $4K, and when you sell it you'll sell it for $4K. You'll fit, your wife will fit, you'll be able to drop the top, and tehy make 250K of these per year, tons of parts support.
|1 day 2 hours ago||I'm a Save the Manuals! Man myself||
But I've got content in that Mustang too. Should be fun for you.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Oooh||
I have experience with tires! And mud. I had Cooper ATs for a bit on my first Jeep, they did just fine. I then had 31x10.5x15s on my 2nd Jeep, Mickey Thompson Baja Claws. Good in mud, on dry pavement, and snow. Terrifying in rain.
Hate to say it, but the tires I had when I sold the Jeep were the best all-around tire I had - BFG ATs. They were pricey, but very good in wet, dry, sand, snow, and decent in mud. For a daily driver, I haven't seen a better tire.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Yep. I've got content in it||
Yep. I've got content in it too
|1 day 3 hours ago||Word of mouth is key||
I took my Jeep to Hoover St. Auto when I was in college, they did good work at a fair price. In general, look in your manual to see if things are required. Jiffy Lube used to always ask if I wanted my ATF flushed. I'd camly explain that I was driving a manual, so no, my automatic transmission fluid didn't need flushing.
It's also good to search certain things online - just google your car and "repair" and if there are issues or common problems they'll be on forums.
|4 days 22 hours ago||(No subject)||
|5 days 2 hours ago||Non-Football||
Red counts, right?
|5 days 4 hours ago||Well||
"Successful" coach? He went 5-11 before quitting.
|5 days 4 hours ago||True||
He probably fits in the Fitz "Success is relative" category. He was a QB, but not a heisman winner or finalist or anything.
|6 days 22 hours ago||BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO|
|1 week 1 day ago||Yep||
But active aero is nothing new. Porsche has had active rear spoilers since the 90's. The Panamera Turbo's is sweet
|1 week 1 day ago||Yeah||
About damn time that GM updated the Lambdas, although the way theyve been selling you couldn't tell they've waited forever to do so.
The new Acadia looks sharp, and they've right-sized somewhat. They now play where eveyone plays.
In general, SUVs have exploded recently because they're so popular. There are really about 5 sizes:
B Segment (Tiny, don't buy one. These are dumb) - like the Jeep Renegade, Chevy Trax, Mazda CX3
C & D Segment (D will be a little bigger than C, but they're all marketed the same) - Ford Escape, Jeep Cherokee, Mazda CX-5, Chevy Equinox, Honda CRV, Toyota Rav4, VW Tiguan, etc. Audi Q5, that size
E Segment (Bigger, more lux and expensive) Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Edge, Nissan Murano
3-rows (Popping out a few kids soon? Look here! Well, actually buy a minivan, but I digress) Honda Pilot, Chevy Traverse, Toyota Highlander, etc.
Towing (buying a boat?) Chevy Tahoe, etc.
|1 week 1 day ago||New Pilot||
Get that 9 speed.... (I have content in it!)
|1 week 1 day ago||So... not a minivan||
But as is said up top, do you need a 3rd row? If you're thinking you'll need the 3rd row often, get a van. Full stop.
If you MAY need to use a 3rd row occasionally, and shove your kids friends back there, then you've got options. What Hailstorm said above is referring to real 2 row SUVs with a 3rd row for kids in the way back.
I'm a big fan of Car and Driver's reviews: http://www.caranddriver.com/search/all/3%20row%20SUVs They will give you lots of honest feedback.
It is very typical to get the best deal on a mid-range model. For a relevant example - do you get a fully loaded Tahoe? Or a stripper Yukon? I'd argue that you probably would rather have the loaded Tahoe. However, you'd be getting a better bang-for-your-buck by spending less on a mid-level Tahoe or stretching for a mid-level Yukon.
Does that make sense?
|1 week 4 days ago||Duke Hoops?||
I'm with Jimmy