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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


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!

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


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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05/08/2018 - 2:10pm The E-Type


On its release in March 1961[6]Enzo Ferrari called it "the most beautiful car ever made".[7]

05/08/2018 - 1:33pm Might have options

05/08/2018 - 1:27pm Accept an argument from Enzo Ferrari?

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05/08/2018 - 1:24pm (No subject)

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05/08/2018 - 1:23pm Warning: Old man rant below

Get off my carbourated lawn! Back in the day supercars were hard to drive. That was good! Nowadays any Justin Bieber off the street can roll up in a Lambo and think they're cool. They don't have to deal with overheating motors right behind their heads, contortions to upshift, or anything else besides have money.

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05/08/2018 - 12:01pm Those 928s

They were risky business

05/08/2018 - 11:58am Yup

It's too bad that we'll never get another car named "Hot damn that girl is fine"

05/08/2018 - 11:57am 911 Turbo

British racing green. Bring on the Widowmaker.

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04/26/2018 - 4:20pm Which of these super popular SUVs get 14MPG?

I just had a  Suburban as a rental and I94 Chicago to Detroit I averaged 21MPG. The Escape gets about 30MPG.

04/26/2018 - 1:29pm Agreed

This is the one blindspot I think Ford has in their current plan. The EcoSport starts at $23K. That's a lot. Especially when the (italian built!) Jeep Renegade starts at $18K.

04/26/2018 - 1:27pm See my post above

Where do the Escape, Rogue, CRV, and Rav4 sell relative to the cars you're citing? And how are they all doing year over year?

04/26/2018 - 1:23pm "Now they're giving it up"

Sorry, but that's not correct. Ford is going to keep making amazing small cars! They just had a HUGE debut for the new Focus!

The only difference is that Ford won't SELL the Fiesta, Focus (will sell the Focus Active), or Fusion here. They just announced a new Fiesta delivery van!

IF market conditions change, they can bring these back for SALE within the US market within a year.

04/26/2018 - 1:20pm Or, get this!

They'll bring over the Mondeo, Focus (which is all new! they have 5 versions and are just going to sell one here), and Fiesta from Europe, just like they did last time gas prices went up!

04/26/2018 - 1:19pm No

Ford heavily leveraged itself but did not take government loans

04/26/2018 - 1:18pm US standards are a bit different

They're done by footprint, not weight. So they'll make the trucks/SUVs lighter and better on gas.

The Escape already gets the same mileage as the Fusion

04/26/2018 - 1:16pm Maybe

I think this could snap back quickly - if people buy cars again.

It doesn't matter that Ford is missing out on sales. If the cars aren't profitable, stop selling them!

04/26/2018 - 1:14pm Or...

The Rav4 now beats the Camry and the CRV beats the Accord. Look at the Rogue and the Corolla. That was last year and these trends are only growing.

Top Ten Selling Vehicles in the 2017 in the US


2017 Rank Vehicle Type 2017 Sales 2016 Rank 2016 Sales % Chg
1 Ford F-Series Truck 896,764 1 820,799 9.30%
2 Chevy Silverado Truck 585,864 2 574,876 1.90%
3 Ram Truck 500,723 3 489,418 2.30%
4 Toyota RAV4 CUV 407,594 8 352,154 15.70%
5 Nissan Rogue CUV 403,465 10 329,904 22.30%
6 Toyota Camry Car 387,081 4 388,618 -0.40%
7 Honda CRV CUV 377,895 7 357,335 5.80%
8 Honda Civic Car 377,286 6 366,927 2.80%
9 Toyota Corolla Car 329,196 5 378,210 -13.00%
10 Honda Accord Car 322,655 9 345,225 -6.50%


04/26/2018 - 1:11pm It's not a big deal

I work at a Tier 1 automotive supplier. I think it's all overblown.

The Fusion and Escape get the same gas mileage. This isn't 2003 when everyone was buying H2s that got 11MPG highway. They’re going to keep making these cars for Europe, if Americans start buying small cars, they’ll federalize them and bring them over. It won't be difficult to do. The Honda Accord is all new and outstanding. And it's down like 20% YOY because everyone walking into a Honda dealership buys a CR-V. People are buying Rav4s instead of Camrys. You have to build and sell what people want to buy. For some reason, Americans really like tall station wagons with 2" of black plastic around the wheels.


04/26/2018 - 1:08pm In the Amazon Doc?

Hurst was definitely driving a previous generation Mazda 6 on his Uber stint

04/26/2018 - 1:02pm NPR Interview

This NPR interview about his experimental jazz album is quite possibly the funniest thing I've ever heard

04/19/2018 - 11:53am IIRC

The Palmer house invented brownies!