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07/13/2018 - 1:36pm I see a lot of people in…

I see a lot of people in this thread, which means you're all breaking the first two rules of MGoPoints. The first rule of MGoPoints is do not talk about MGoPoints. The second rule of MGoPoints is do not talk about MGoPoints

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07/10/2018 - 3:11pm Fix the cigarette lighter

Fix the cigarette lighter

07/10/2018 - 2:20pm Also, your Audi gets 252HP,…

Also, your Audi gets 252HP, where the Mercury was at 70HP. And the Audi emissions are ridiculously tiny  compared to the Mercury.

Horsepower up, emissions down, weight and safety up, gas mileage equal is pretty great!

07/10/2018 - 1:47pm Well done with the [brackets…

Well done with the [brackets] in this post Brian, one of your better 'crootin profiles in that sense.

07/10/2018 - 1:37pm Know what's better than a…

Know what's better than a small SUV (a hatchback on stilts)?

A hatchback!

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07/10/2018 - 1:35pm Less than 5 years from what?…

Less than 5 years from what? Ubiquitous adoption? Sorry, not happening that quick. If you're saying high end luxury cars will have some autonomous capabilities, sure. Volvo is talking Level 4 by 2023. But widespread adoption? No way.

The average car on US roads is 11 years old. There are 250M cars on the road in America. Americans buy 15-18M new cars a year. It's taking a hell of a lot longer than 5 years to flip the fleet.

07/10/2018 - 1:32pm New LaCrosse review in C&D…

New LaCrosse review in C&D today https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2018-buick-lacrosse-avenir-v-6-fwd-9-speed-automatic-test-review

07/10/2018 - 1:24pm If all mass were equal, you…

If all mass were equal, you'd be right. However... crumple zones are a thing for a reason.

Really, the best thing people can do to be safe is have a newer vehicle and maintain it properly, and don't skimp on tires.

07/10/2018 - 11:43am SUVS aren't inherently safer…

SUVS aren't inherently safer! Marketing does wonders...

07/10/2018 - 11:40am The OUTSTANDING 2018 Honda…

The OUTSTANDING 2018 Honda Accord is down 15% year over year. It's not a "quality of the car" thing.

https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/mark-phelan/2018/03/16/new-honda-accord-2019/431038002/

07/10/2018 - 11:35am As long as you feel safer…

As long as you feel safer even if you aren't really...

Higher centers of gravity mean SUVs perform worse in emergency scenarios but oh well.

07/10/2018 - 11:31am GM is bucking the trend and…

GM is bucking the trend and investing in cars. I don't think cars will "die" but they will be a smaller percentage of the market for a bit at least. This is all local as well. The SUV boom is a very US centric thing, Ford isn't killing all their cars. They just released new Focus and Fiestas. They're just going to sell them in Europe. If the US starts buying cars again, Ford can localize them, just like they did before with the Fiesta.

07/09/2018 - 5:04pm Endzone PI that might get…

Endzone PI that might get you half the distance? that's about all I've got.

07/09/2018 - 3:43pm Really struggling to embed…

Really struggling to embed here.... https://youtu.be/PBkMuGaOkTs

07/09/2018 - 3:41pm (No subject)
07/09/2018 - 3:11pm The vets you signed are 1…

The vets you signed are 1 year expiring contracts until LeBron can assemble a death star from next year's free agent class, which is much better than this year's. Sucks to do, but you should write this season off record wise. Or at least have as much fun as possible knowing next year you'll be much better.

07/05/2018 - 1:28pm I had to do a triple-take at…

I had to do a triple-take at the picture for this article. I've been shopping for sectionals online and figured there was a new-site-glitch and some great targeted advertising.

07/02/2018 - 5:17pm RE: "Millenials"

You…

RE: "Millenials"

You understand that the mid-age Millenial is now 31 years old, right? And that Millenials are the highest educated generation? And that we're the largest age group in the US? And mostly drowning in student loan debt?

This infantilizing of a generation that's had to put up with wealth transfers as shown in Brian's graph is getting old.

06/27/2018 - 4:48pm Avatar checks out

Avatar checks out

06/27/2018 - 2:23pm Welcome aboard Matt!

Welcome aboard Matt!

06/27/2018 - 11:16am Does racing count? because…

Does racing count? because if racing counts...

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The Porsche 917 was around in the 70s. One of the first real turbocharged race cars. McLaren was running in the -literally unrestricted- CAN/AM series with 8 liter Ford V8s under the hood.

 

Porsche decided to up the ante with a "180 degree V-12". No languages have 180-degree V's as far as I know, but what Porsche did is they bolted two 911 Turbo engines together. Flat-6+Flat-6= 180 V12 I guess.

The aerodynamics were so bad originally that it killed a driver, before winning a few world championships https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porsche_917

06/12/2018 - 11:54am Mine is easy. My 2015 GTI…

Mine is easy. My 2015 GTI doesn't have the performance pack :-(

10 extra HP, but more importantly the brakes from the Golf R and a trick Haldex differential.

Also the 2016/17 got a better radio and Android Auto, while the 2018s have a much better infotainment system. I guess that's how they keep me wanting to buy a new one...

06/07/2018 - 3:50pm Well done Ace

Michigan…

Well done Ace

Michigan State, which went 0-2 against their chief rival last year,

06/06/2018 - 10:13am +1 Informative

+1 Informative

05/30/2018 - 9:04am Good timing!

https://www.caranddriver.com/features/are-turbocharged-engines-a-fuel-economy-boost-or-a-fuel-economy-bust

Car and Driver tested 190 turbocharged cars vs. their EPA estimates, and checked that with a couple hundred naturally aspirated cars too

05/29/2018 - 2:22pm C&D had a good writeup on the Panthers

Ford Crown Vics, not your Caprice, but the contemporary

https://www.caranddriver.com/features/the-great-panther-extinction-this-is-one-of-the-last-crown-vic-cop-cars-in-service

 

05/29/2018 - 2:16pm Yup

When I'm on 50mph 2 lanes I can get 41-42mpg. It's great.

And feel so slow.

05/29/2018 - 2:14pm Lots of cars now have turbos

Honda Accord has either a 1.5L or 2.0L turbo 4. "Ecoboost" is Ford for "turbocharged".

Look at torque numbers, not number of cyliders.

05/29/2018 - 1:29pm How's your range been?

Honest question, have you noticed degredation in the last 5 years?

05/29/2018 - 1:26pm Feathering the throttle

I have a mixed commute, about 17 miles in 40-60 minutes. On a 40 minute drive to work I get about 30-33mpg, driving home over an hour it's closer to 22-27mpg, depending on the route I take and traffic.

Crusie control 70*mph on I-94 I'll get about 36-38mpg. Hooray 100% efficient manual transmissions!

*77, fast enough without worrying about the MSP.

05/23/2018 - 4:11pm Both

The 1991 had the 2.5L 4 Cylinder. The 1998 in my avatar had the 4.0L straight 6.

05/23/2018 - 11:03am Why they kept Buick

China. Buicks sell well in China.

Plus, this is how GM set itself up:

Chevy (Mass market)

GMC (Mass profits on trucks/Crossovers)

Cadillac (compete with German sport/lux cars)

Buick (compete with Asian soft/lux cars)

It made a lot of sense in 2010, and still kind of does if they can crank  out new CUVs fast enough

 

05/23/2018 - 10:40am Squarebacks are great!

Type III FTW! A packaging marvel

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05/23/2018 - 10:18am Thanks JFW

For keeping these threads going! Work has been busy (IATF audit this week at the plant) but I'm glad we're still talking cars

05/23/2018 - 10:16am My stable is fairly limited

I've gotta go with the 91 YJ Wrangler. I abused the heck out of it as a 16-18 year old, putting about 30,000 miles on it, ending up sucking water into the engine off road. I got it running again (by sticking a rag down the throttle body! and changing the oil 3x) and sold it to someone who didn't mind rebuilding the engine, which was leaking about 1qt of oil every 100 miles.

It never complained and I'm sure it's still running somewhere. Perfect first car. Too slow to get into trouble, felt fast though.

05/21/2018 - 9:21am 6 hour coffee date?!

Glad you're on the mend, Ace.

05/18/2018 - 3:13pm (No subject)

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05/18/2018 - 3:12pm Vroom

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05/17/2018 - 10:45am It's a low comparitive salary

His coach gets $10M per year and the owner probably banks a few hundred million. Annually.

05/15/2018 - 12:59pm Sorry, gotta answer this one

Taurus: 288HP, 18/27 mpg, 3900lbs

Vic: 200HP, 16/23mpg, 3900lbs

The other super major tech is how much safer the 2018 is, without weighing any more! As well as the emissions tech - it's crazy how much less the 2018 will pollute. Plus, the 0-60 time will be much better with the added HP and same weight....

05/15/2018 - 12:16pm #SaveTheManuals

No one sells anything with a gated manual anymore

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05/14/2018 - 3:03pm 4x per year

You mean 4 annual tests, after the 4th knowing that you can't get tested again isn't a good system?

05/11/2018 - 10:50am You've got a contradiction

"These players are compensated just fine"

"You start paying players they're professionals".

The issue isn't if players are  paid. They already are. You said it. They're not paid enough. The comment above has it right - they generate a TON of revenue and see a tiny, tiny, tiny slice of it.

Elite students get everything football players get and bigger stipends. And their reseach generates a lot less for universities than football.

05/10/2018 - 10:58am Yep

The Mechanical Engineering department had a pretty strict (until 400 level classes) B- curve. So if you were average you got a 2.7 GPA. And we took everyone elses' weeder classes like Chem 130 with the future doctors and Econ 101 with the future BBAs.

05/10/2018 - 10:56am ME Grad from 2009

You can have extra activities and succeed, but do NOT bite off more than you can chew from an academic perspective. I was in a fraternity and did plenty of other activities, but the one semester I took 4 ME classes was the worst semester I had. If you can keep your engineering courseload to 10-12 credits (add a humanities/requirement to maintain full time status) you will be much happier.

16 credit hours of ME 211, 240, 250, and 238 were way too much. Also, ask other students for help/see professors early. The biggest academic mistake that I made was having a first semester of Eng101, Physics 240 (shout out to the 4 on AP E/M not counting starting in 2005!) and Calc 3. Two of those were sophomore classes where the professors assumed that you knew how to succeed in college. I didn't find out what a gateway exam was until way too late, but ended up passing it on my 2nd or 3rd to last attempt.

05/09/2018 - 10:25am Are they?

I thought they were mandatory for RBs with numbers in the 40s.

05/09/2018 - 10:02am Re; Walker

I just want confirmation on a neck roll

05/09/2018 - 9:59am Do we get a cookie if we read

Do we get a cookie if we read the whole thing?

Also, I wish all personal weight gain was good like it is for football. It'll be really interesting to see what Herbert does to these weights.

05/08/2018 - 5:04pm I'm kind of upset no one rebutted the Porsche ad

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05/08/2018 - 2:53pm (No subject)

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