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07/11/2018 - 9:15am I love the regal Tour X

 

I love the regal Tour X

 

07/11/2018 - 9:00am Thank you..... I can't even…

Thank you..... I can't even imagine what the family is going through. I get upset just thinking about my kids being sick. 

 

07/11/2018 - 6:50am Lol. That’s the thing. I’d…

Lol. That’s the thing. I’d still be paying for maintenance. The cost of the use would

have maintenance bundled in it, and the car would be getting a Hell if a lot more use than mine does now, as well as paying for the higher cost of all the tech and programming to make the damned thing autonomous.

i’m a pass unless forced into it.

 

07/10/2018 - 4:45pm I think that there are a…

I think that there are a number of factors. A big one is that while I'm on board with you, most of the demand isn't for the big, cheap econoline with canvas interior that my aunt had for her family. 

People want big cars, but no one wants a rock bottom car anymore. For years, the first car for most people in my family was some sort of econobox (Toyota, Ford, or Chrysler) with canvas interior and carpet delete. 

Now, try to find any car that doesn't have a kick ass stereo, uber nice if not leather interior, ridiculous key fob, and infotainment system. 

They're there because that's what people buy, and the automakers are way more than happy to supply them. 

07/10/2018 - 4:34pm I think it depends. I used…

I think it depends. I used to think as you do. But then I realized that my Jeep Commander, which has a decent space behind the mid row seats, doesn't have 100% usable space back there if I want to actually see out of the rear of the vehicle, or not worry about shit falling on my kids heads in a sudden stop situation. 

And even with eco engines aerodynamics and mass play a part. 

 

07/10/2018 - 4:32pm How cost savings? 

I bought…

How cost savings? 

I bought my last car for 16K with 60K miles on it and have driven it for 11 years. I don't put much money into it. I doubt a per use or fractionalized ownership model would be cheaper than the owned car in my driveway that I just put gas and occasionally oil into. 

07/10/2018 - 4:28pm And, given the price that an…

And, given the price that an AV may bring in, and the convenience of the car you have in your driveway... changing the ownership model may be a long way off too. 

Some people will love it. They don't value the freedom of having a car at their beck and call whenever they want, and are happy with an 80% solution if that means they don't have to drive. 

But if I have my self drive car, and my option is to spend a ton of money to get into a fractional ownership AV, I'm keeping my self drive for as long as possible. I know many who are of the same mind. 

 

07/10/2018 - 4:24pm I hope they do. With that…

I hope they do. With that said, who knows what the future of Chrysler is going to be? Sad from the '90's when they had some really neat designs to a future where Chrysler may be gone or a minivan making division of another company. 

07/10/2018 - 4:22pm If I'm just going by 'feels'…

If I'm just going by 'feels' I like my Five Hundred over my Commander in the winter due to the lower CG. 

07/10/2018 - 11:10am Sedan sales are largely down…

Sedan sales are largely down; there is a definite sales trend from what I've read. As to the 'Shitty Sedans' we'll have to agree to disagree. The Taurus/Fusion/300/Charger are all fine cars. :-)

07/09/2018 - 12:27pm Home, with my best buddy…

Home, with my best buddy visiting me and my kids and wife watching. There will be beer and snacks. Then another game afterward. 

07/05/2018 - 4:39pm Dumb Question: 

What is a …

Dumb Question: 

What is a 'non commitable offer'?

06/26/2018 - 4:31pm You are correct. I meant to…

You are correct. I meant to say it was only a concept. 

But that was when Dodge was doing crazy assed stuff with concepts (Viper. Prowler.). 

I remember wishing they would have done it. 

 

That said, the Prowler itself could be over the top; at least in design. I still think that would have been a better car with a slightly hopped up 318 and a stick...

 

06/26/2018 - 3:35pm I was wrong, the Zephyr was…

I was wrong, the Zephyr was a V12 wired like two sixes. 

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06/26/2018 - 3:25pm The Demon and 'Vette don't…

The Demon and 'Vette don't bother me. Sure, it's unlikely to be able to use them on the street. But the Demon is a car that you can take to Milan and drag, then drive home and get some milk on the way back. The road tests say it's day to day driveability is impressive. 

I can see what you mean about the TrackHawk (though, like you, I'd drive the shit out of it). 

The Ram V10, I believe, was just Dodge creating a truck with a gas engine that had the torque of their diesel models. It was never intended as a performance model, and could do all of the 'truck' things that many performance trucks don't do well. 

06/26/2018 - 3:20pm Is that production?Dodge had…

Is that production?Dodge had something similar with the T-Rex. 

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06/26/2018 - 1:43pm I'll throw in any Cadillac…

I'll throw in any Cadillac that was powered by this: 

https://www.hemmings.com/magazine/hmn/2013/07/Cadillac-472-500-V-8/3727911.html

06/26/2018 - 1:42pm That is amazing!!!

That is amazing!!!

06/26/2018 - 9:52am True. 

Can't complain about…

True. 

Can't complain about his other offers though. 

06/25/2018 - 4:07pm "I think Harbaugh is better…

"I think Harbaugh is better than Dantoni, but I cant argue with the order given their respective records. I don’t care just as long as UM beats their ass in Lansing."

 

I'm 100% on board with this. I think Harbaugh is the better coach. However, we have to win to prove it. 

I think many assume that Harbaugh would just waltz in and dominate. They forget that many were thinking 7-5 would be good his first year, and are forgetting how bad of a shape we were in.

I'm happy with JH. I wouldn't trade him for any other coach in the B1G with the possible exception of Meyer. But it is what it is, and until we start rolling in the wins I'll let the rankins fall where they are and not worry about it. 

06/25/2018 - 3:50pm Methinks this is kind of…

Methinks this is kind of Clickbait. 

Start ranking the coaches and you'll see fan bases jump in from all sides. Either 'See! We were right!' if they have a highly ranked coach or 'We were screwed!' for those whose coach wasn't rank highly. 

For those whose program is in the crapper, you'll click just to have your anger justified if he's lowly ranked. 

06/20/2018 - 9:54am Yeah. I'm quite happy that…

Yeah. I'm quite happy that my time at the U (I was there with the Fab Five) wasn't the subject of media scrutiny. Though admittedly 'JFW a drunken moron again.' would likely get boring for the AA news and the Daily. 

If someone gave me 500K or whatever when I was 18-21 I'd be dead due to testosterone poisoning exacerbated by massive resource availability and poor impulse control. 

06/18/2018 - 4:23pm Who are the Chefs.....

 

Who are the Chefs.....

 

Sorry. Dating myself. 

06/18/2018 - 10:40am I haven't seen Hatter in…

I haven't seen Hatter in awhile. 

I went camping with the Fam on Lake Michigan. Very nice. 

06/18/2018 - 10:37am Provided he didn't lose any…

Provided he didn't lose any speed, it would seem to accent his style of play. 

 

I wonder what the OL look like. 

06/15/2018 - 9:45am I know a fair amount of…

I know a fair amount of people who are so wedded to their identity with Spartan nation, and so vituperative in their thoughts of UM,  that they won't recognize, at all, any of the issues MSU is facing. 

These folks, combined with the 'Not this shit again' folks, I think combine to provide enough of a mass of people that the board of trustees and the other MSU leadership feel they can weather the storm. I mean... Joel Ferguson is comically bad. Engler is just terrible in this position and seems to regularly put his foot in his mouth WRT his relations with the survivors. But... they feel they can weather this. They probably will. 

I have close relatives who went to MSU. I spent many nights in Case Hall. The campus is beautiful. I know many people who have done well with an MSU degree. There are alot of things to like. But, IMHO, it's all severely tarnished by what has come to light, and the administrations response to those events. 

I wish Spartan Nation would wake up and demand some changes. 

06/15/2018 - 9:34am Soccer bores me to tears. I…

Soccer bores me to tears. I tried to like it through a couple of World Cup cycles, but it's just not there for me. 

That said, this is Brian's blog. So if he wants to blog about it, I'm cool. I skip it like I skip mainstream world cup coverage. 

06/14/2018 - 12:32pm I thought I read somewhere…

I thought I read somewhere that Hayes is coming in at TE. 

06/14/2018 - 8:36am My kids won’t go. But just…

My kids won’t go. But just because we can’t afford it unless they get a ton of grants. It’s nit worth being an assload in debt with a BS anymore, imho.

06/13/2018 - 3:10pm What I like: It's nicer…

What I like: It's nicer looking. The images are nicer. I love that I don't have to use an app. I like having a more traditional forum option. 

What I don't like: It's a little to Jony Ive for me. I miss having the blog in the middle, and the links on the left and the diaries/board on the right. That was convenient. I am not as much of a fan of the comments section. 

The login issues were a PITA. 

06/12/2018 - 3:22pm In my top 10 list of car…

In my top 10 list of car engines the top 3 slots are taken by the slant 6, the AMC/Chrysler 4.0, and the 318. 

The 318 in my ZJ was a bit wheezy up top, but man, it had lots of nice torque on the low end. And I put 240K on it without any issues. I really miss that car. I'd still have it if it wasn't for that meddling rust. 

06/12/2018 - 3:20pm Nice car! I have a '94 NA…

Nice car! I have a '94 NA but it's completely stock. Love it though. 

I do have the 1.8; but I'm all thumbs with wrench, so I won't be adding so much as a K&N. ;-)

06/12/2018 - 3:17pm 460. 

Something like 180hp,…

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460. 

Something like 180hp, 300lb/ft of torque at 1800rpm. 

3 speed auto. 

Cruise all day like a battleship. 

And it's just hard to find robin's egg blue car nowadays...

 

06/12/2018 - 1:36pm For my current cars every…

For my current cars every time I've had to take it in for a check engine light it's the sensor, and not an issue with any of the parts. 

06/12/2018 - 1:34pm As someone posted before,…

As someone posted before, they seem a solution in search of a problem. To me it's just a money grab. 

I like the after market idea, but the dealer told me it might wreck my PCM. Not sure how, but I need to research it first. 

I hate these things. When it comes time to retire one of my cars now, I'm not sure what I'll do. 

06/12/2018 - 1:30pm What is the Fiero like with…

What is the Fiero like with those mods? Does it have a stick? 

 

06/12/2018 - 1:27pm I want a '78 Lincoln with a…

I want a '78 Lincoln with a 460. Love those cars. 

06/12/2018 - 1:27pm THIS!

Neither my '06 or '07…

THIS!

Neither my '06 or '07 have aux in; but they have the aux button on the head unit. 

And the bottom line '07 commander I test drove had an aux in. 

Torques me off. Easiest way to get music off my phone. 

 

 

06/12/2018 - 1:26pm Are those sprites? 

Neat…

Are those sprites? 

Neat car that can make a Fiero and a Bug look huge. 

06/12/2018 - 1:20pm Two big things: 

 

A) I…

Two big things: 

 

A) I wish the Pacifica had an AWD option. 

B) I wish the Hemi Charger had an AWD option. 

 

Smaller stuff: 

a) I wish that more SUV's had electric AWD and/or diesels. 

b) I wish that sensors in cars aided performance, but never cost you a ride home. Back in the day if my MAP sensor went the car would still run (like shit, but still run) if I disconnected it. Nowadays the PCM just says 'NOPE!'

 

06/12/2018 - 1:17pm It sounds dumb, but I want…

It sounds dumb, but I want regular keys back. And I don't want screens in my car. 

And everyone can get off my lawn. 

06/11/2018 - 10:19am I'll admit, I didn't like…

I'll admit, I didn't like the beta.

Then I realized that there is no need for an app. That changes everything. Well done. 

06/09/2018 - 10:05am I thought actually it was…

I thought actually it was started by two if they’re players the summer before, and Hart was just referencing it. 

06/09/2018 - 10:03am There is no more butt hurt…

There is no more butt hurt fandom than Spartan nation.

anything against them feeds their inferiority complex. They have been bitching about us be No arrogant for decades. But no troll is below them. 

06/09/2018 - 9:46am I resent the implication…

I resent the implication that the midi site was bad. 

 

I felt like like I had been transformed back to 1992, sitting at NUBS and making my website. I thought it was awesome

05/31/2018 - 5:11pm Is Moeller still awesome?

Heck, I remember back in '91 people going 'Oh yeah, Moeller is amazing at football...'

05/30/2018 - 10:45am The irony to me

is that Tesla seems to absolutely have done for the space industry what it hasn't for the auto industry. 

Tesla has moved the technologial peg with cars, that's why the Bolt exists, IMHO. And their ludicrous speed super cars are amazing. However, I don't know if they'll survive their management, quality, and manufacturing issues. Making cars is TOUGH, highly competitive, and highly complex. But I think that Elon kind of succumbed to the idea that most automakers, especially the Big 2.5, were just fat and lazy. Making them easy marks for his technical prowess.  

But in aerospace.... wow. I think he may bring us honest to God affordable spaceflight, and he's really put Boeing and Aerojet on notice. 

I'd love it if the next time the military wants a jet of some sort if they opened up the bidding to him. 

 

05/30/2018 - 10:32am what

made you think you'd get 20's in an old vehicle with the aerodynamics of a brick?

05/30/2018 - 3:20am Great point.

And I think why the government struggles with CAFE as a tool to make people drive less and use less oil.

Gasoline is a great bargain given its utility. IIRC when we Increased fuel economy people drove even more, driving up national fuel usage instead of down.

If you want to reduce gasoline consumption nationally a great way to do it is a direct tax on fuel, but it tends to be a very regressive tax on the working poor.

05/29/2018 - 4:28pm I love

the Volt and the Bolt. I'm not sure why they don't get more love from the automotive world when they are arguably at least as good, and maybe better than the Prius and the Model 3 with which they compete. And I generally don't like GM vehicles.