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  2. Quick Spin: My Test of the Chevy Bolt

    No I didn't.. even still I was very pleased with the acceleration as I had to come off the line to get in front of an Altima that was being driven slow. With respect.. the same thing could happen if U had only a few gallons of gas. Yes.. U could walk to the nearest gas station if U were close or call road side.. but U can kinda do the same thing with EVs by just calling AAA.
  3. Volvo News: 2018 Volvo XC40 Shows How Sweden Does Small

    The GLE is a mid-size SUV, not a 3 row and that 3.5 is an old engine they need to drop. They do make a hybrid GLE that is 43 mpg-e and 21 combined after that, and it has 436 hp and 479 lb-ft (that is 9 more than a 6.4 liter SRT Durango). The GLS has a 9-speed and 3.0 turbo, although it gets 17/22 mpg, but it has as much horsepower and torque as a V8 Durango or Ecoboost Explorer. It is also fair game to compare the diesel to the gas. As a consumer, someone has the choice of what they want to buy. If Drew wants a 3 row SUV that can parents can fit in easily, tow and do highway driving, then a diesel engine makes a lot of sense. I don't think Drew's criteria was based on 0-60 time, so Hemi power with bad mileage probably isn't at the top of the list. A Pacifica Hybrid might make sense for his needs too, although those probably can't tow much at all.
  4. I remember going thru inspection in the late '80s in a '53 Merc- the emission standard they tested to was "1968 and earlier". Don't recall if it passed (was a buddy's car). Moltar- by percentages, 14M vehicles isn't much, and I agree with your statement. But the greenies are going to knash & wail over "14 million" and predict the End of the World. dfelt- ending all emissions may be backed up via scientific testing, but I sense more knashing & wailing and political finger pointing. Should be... wearysome.
  5. Volvo News: 2018 Volvo XC40 Shows How Sweden Does Small

    How about an Honest Comparison of all gas vehicles rather then slipping in the diesel against gas options. MB does not hold up against the others when you look at Apple to Apple comparison. Now Comparing the best from the newest available 2018 or 2017 models we get: Seems MB fails to equal or best the Dodge or Ford. and is questionable against the Volvo.
  6. One thing I was happy about was I don't have to get emission inspections for my Jeep, even though my county does do inspections..too new I guess, even though it was brought in from out of state as a used vehicle from Arizona (originally sold new in California). Agreed on the safety inspections, Arizona and Ohio don't have them as far as I know..saw too many rolling wrecks in AZ and some in Ohio also...
  7. GM News: GM's CAMI Assembly Goes On Strike

    i'm kind of neutral on unions in general, as in the software business they generally aren't present and I'm used to a 'lone wolf' contractor mindset about work....staying at one employer for life is just not something in my world. But I do understand the important things unions have done for workers in general in the past... and don't unionized auto workers in the auto industry make more per hour than non-unionized, generally?
  8. Crazy but smart, Washington is planning to end emission inspections next year in 2018 due to no real change has been detected in the last 5 years for emissions so politicians have stated they would payout a pension to the employees and close them down. While I agree emission inspection can be ended, I have seen way too many damaged unsafe newer auto's on the road, I think they should flip the emissions inspection to a safety inspection for everything from belching smoke due to burnt rings to headlights and tail lights out as well as uncovered bumpers and body damage that no longer does the original job. Driving is a privilege earned and we need to keep the roads safe and I think that needs to come via safety inspections. Would they even know what to inspect let alone understand the technology of that era.
  9. 14 million is only about 5% of the registered vehicles in the US, though...not a big deal if those don't get emission inspections, IMO...and how many miles do those older vehicles drive per year compared to newer vehicles? Very few I would think on average..
  10. I have no problem with it, but note that USAToday reported in 2015 that the amount of cars on the road in the US 25 years or older is estimated to be 14 million. 'Historic'- registered vehicles in NJ are exempt from any sort of inspection. Tho I would have been highly intrigued to see my '40 go thru inspection.
  11. GM News: GM's CAMI Assembly Goes On Strike

    ...and I wish no one any harm at all. But we cannot forget the way unions acted when they had power and the upper hand.
  12. Volvo News: 2018 Volvo XC40 Shows How Sweden Does Small

    Sorry the attachment didn't post the right way. I will retry that. And the GL has 455 lb-ft of torque, the Explorer and Durango have 255 lb-ft and 260 lb-ft respectively. Hmmmm. sorry, reposted
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  14. One thing that needs to change w/ inspections I think is cutoff years...do 30-40yr old vehicles still need emissions inspections, given how few are still on the road relative to the # of newer vehicles? An anecdotal example---a buddy of mine in Phoenix has had to go through hoops and carburetor rebuilds every two years, etc to get his '84 FJ60 so it will pass inspection, then readjust everything afterward to make it more drivable. He's planning to get a LS3 crate engine installed from a shop in Seattle that specializes in such conversions.
  15. Volvo News: 2018 Volvo XC40 Shows How Sweden Does Small

    Maybe he is only sharing it to Drew so he does not hear from the rest who could blow holes in the MB is better than the Durango push. I take the Durango over the model he suggests any day.
  16. Sadly not all states emission test Diesel like they do gas which is stupid. Course I put illegal headers on my suburban which helped to improve the engine including lower emissions and the test place was shocked when it tested cleaner than when it was new and OEM only. Stupid laws sometimes hurt people who try to do better with newer technology. If only the actual testers knew what they were looking at, most have zero knowledge of auto's to know if something is not OEM.
  17. Volvo News: 2018 Volvo XC40 Shows How Sweden Does Small

    Got that also...bad link or on a private page...
  18. Volvo News: 2018 Volvo XC40 Shows How Sweden Does Small

    Do not know what this is showing as all I get is this ugly message when I click on your link.
  19. Volvo News: 2018 Volvo XC40 Shows How Sweden Does Small

    There is/was a diesel Grand Cherokee, but it sounds like Drew needs a 3 row?
  20. Quick Spin: My Test of the Chevy Bolt

    Yeah...and you might get hit by lightning too!
  21. Volvo News: 2018 Volvo XC40 Shows How Sweden Does Small

    Your right in most of the Jelly Bean Raked CUV's the curved upper portion cuts into the head and that is not to say this one might not also do that, but the placement of the creases and the overhead shot of the CUV shows it to be a bit more brick like. I like the dash design, one of the better I have seen and the exterior design is just leaps ahead of so many of the CUV's out there especially all the Jellybean curved ones compared to a more creased look. At least these pictures give this a more defined look. Who knows, I might still end up hating it once it is on the dealership lots so I can check it out and possibly test drive it.
  22. FIFY : OLDEST car. Most HD trucks are diesels, which pay markedly more in fuel tax. They also get driven more than sports cars per year and per vehicle lifetime and get worse MPG. They pay far more than any sports car/limited use vehicle despite a CTS-V having a $1000 GG tax. It's fair.
  23. Volvo News: 2018 Volvo XC40 Shows How Sweden Does Small

    Compare Side-by-Side.pdf
  24. Quick Spin: My Test of the Chevy Bolt

    Yeahbut... if there is an accident on the highway and I'm stuck in traffic for an hour or two, or if there is construction and a detour is in effect, plus depending on the weather, etc. etc. Those questions remain open. The world is not perfect, and right now, electrics make sense only in a perfect world.
  25. The G70 will probably already cost what a CLA or A3 cost anyway, and they don't need more than 3 sedans when there is no growth to be had in sedans. They need Genesis crossovers, luxury buyers want those crossovers.
  26. It has to do with the unfairness of a gas guzzler tax. You can't tax Vehicle A that gets 14/19 mpg and not tax vehicle B that gets 11/15 mpg because it weighs more. The Cadillac CTS-V has a gas guzzler tax, the Mercedes-AMG G65 does not. That makes no sense; the "working man" isn't buying a $218,000 G-wagen that gets 13 mpg highway. And the G65 buyer pisses on $2000, they'd pay a $2k gas guzzler tax because they need to be seen in Beverly Hills with the most obnoxious car.
  27. Show me one person using a heavy duty truck for off road fun and why it has jack to do with what’s being talked about here.
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