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Yeah, but the Chevette was a proper longitudinal-oriented, RWD Scooter ( see what I did there, ocn?), whereas the escort was a disposable appliance.;)
 

I understand sentimentality; occasionally I think back to the family Safari I started driving on... but I think there’s a clear line between sentiment and enthusiasm.

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2021 GMC Sierra Elevation crew cab / 6.5' bed. 3.0L DuraMax / 10-spd.   It's only money.

Been away for a while.. summer stuff.. figured I'd get out an live while the weather was warm. Decided to get back into riding bikes.. had given it up back in '05 after my then wife (now ex) had issue

This whole crossover craze has gone a bit too far....

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33 minutes ago, balthazar said:

Yeah, but the Chevette was a proper longitudinal-oriented, RWD Scooter ( see what I did there, ocn?), whereas the escort was a disposable appliance.;)
 

I understand sentimentality; occasionally I think back to the family Safari I started driving on... but I think there’s a clear line between sentiment and enthusiasm.

On one FB car group I’m in, there is a guy w/ 3 diesel Escorts, restoring one.  And this is a Millennial, someone that wasn’t even alive when they were new.  I don’t get it, but there are so many angles to the old car hobby...

Speaking of Scooters, before the getting the Escort as the dinghy for the RV, my Dad had an ‘81 Chevette Scooter for a couple years as the dinghy.  It was a real shitbox..I remember shutting the door and the glass falling off the track.  Another time the shifter came off in my Dad’s hand, leaving it stuck in 2nd..

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Very disappointed with spec and trim choices for vehicles ...

Would like to avoid the following:

- lack of a remote release for the fuel filler door (capless nozzle system is fine)

- vertical and fragile "laptop left open" look of infotainment system

- black as the only cloth interior choice for seats

- urethane steering wheel 2 or 3 trim levels up (Chevy LT trims have urethane steering wheels as standard)

- 3 cylinder engines ($29K Buicks with THREE cylinders, not for me)

Would rather not have:

- turbocharger, prefer naturally aspirated

- CVT type transmission

Come on, GM and automakers, get your act together.

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41 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

Very disappointed with spec and trim choices for vehicles ...

Would like to avoid the following:

- lack of a remote release for the fuel filler door (capless nozzle system is fine)

- vertical and fragile "laptop left open" look of infotainment system

- black as the only cloth interior choice for seats

- urethane steering wheel 2 or 3 trim levels up (Chevy LT trims have urethane steering wheels as standard)

- 3 cylinder engines ($29K Buicks with THREE cylinders, not for me)

Would rather not have:

- turbocharger, prefer naturally aspirated

- CVT type transmission

Come on, GM and automakers, get your act together.

 

Yeah, it seems like less choices too. I was told starting this year we will see much less of the lower trim levels than before. I was more than happy with what my Equinox LS has, plus it has a nice buyout option at the end of the lease. (Thanks to Covid I will up up taking) My local GM dealership only has 1 LS trimmed Equinox, as that is pretty much all the choice they had to order.  And this seems to be holding true with order models as well. Sucks, as i like having different from everybody else. 🙂 

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2 hours ago, trinacriabob said:

Very disappointed with spec and trim choices for vehicles ...

Would like to avoid the following:

- lack of a remote release for the fuel filler door (capless nozzle system is fine)

- vertical and fragile "laptop left open" look of infotainment system

- black as the only cloth interior choice for seats

- urethane steering wheel 2 or 3 trim levels up (Chevy LT trims have urethane steering wheels as standard)

- 3 cylinder engines ($29K Buicks with THREE cylinders, not for me)

Would rather not have:

- turbocharger, prefer naturally aspirated

- CVT type transmission

Come on, GM and automakers, get your act together.

Sad but true

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On 11/12/2020 at 4:31 PM, balthazar said:

How are you supposed to know if a given automotive consideration is comfortable for you, or has good vision, or you like the sound system, or you can FIT in it, if OEMs move to primarily online sales??

Having sold cars at a dealership, those are THE questions 

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8 hours ago, balthazar said:

Yeah, but the Chevette was a proper longitudinal-oriented, RWD Scooter ( see what I did there, ocn?), whereas the escort was a disposable appliance.;)
 

I understand sentimentality; occasionally I think back to the family Safari I started driving on... but I think there’s a clear line between sentiment and enthusiasm.

My high school car was a chevette scooter. Performance machine!!

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a30468937/toyota-gr-yaris-photos-info/?utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=socialflowFBCD&src=socialflowFBCAD&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR2GgAt126IdedS2dNe4t8qKKjDkYJh6TdI5kf-5HlnAFlfq7itW6nKCtFQ
 

ocnblu’s next ride !!!!

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8 hours ago, A Horse With No Name said:

Tesla put up it's 20,000th supercharging station. The times are a changing....

Now they just need to produce the unicorn $35k Model 3 for the masses...but they don't wanna.  Current production already can't keep up.

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Thing has quite the stall converter, must be a 3,500 rpm stall. Took forever for it to build momentum off the tree.

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7 hours ago, regfootball said:

Actually leaning toward one of these.  It's got everything a citizen of colonial China deserves!

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1 hour ago, ocnblu said:

Actually leaning toward one of these.  It's got everything a citizen of colonial China deserves!

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Given how dependent we are becoming on China you should be writing repair quotes on these before your morning coffee gets cold.

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Just when you think its safge to travel again...

 

https://samchui.com/2020/11/16/alaska-airlines-b737-hits-bear-on-runway/#.X7J1HmhKiUl

 

Alaska Airlines Bear Crash

 

If that bear had only been driving one of those crappy electric Chinese Cars, rather than trying to fly economy, we wouldn't have these kinds of problems. 

 

 

 

And also sadly....  

 

https://samchui.com/2020/11/11/china-airlines-to-retire-last-built-boeing-747-400-in-early-2021/#.X7J1v2hKiUl

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Space X carried four astronauts into orbit...

 

From left, Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins and Soichi Noguchi, the four astronauts who launched toward the space station on Sunday.

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule was carried by one of the company’s reusable Falcon 9 rockets.

Space X launch, just thought it was a cool photograph. 

I could be won over.

 

 

 

A little music from the ladies this morning...

 

 

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Cactus grey right around the one minute mark, I think the Bronco looks fabulous in this color. 

 

 

 

From my wife's morning run in  our subdivision...

 

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Having switched to driving a pickup truck...I still love nimble lightweight cars. I think this was posted here before, hell I may have even posted it. 

However, I can't get enough of it. 

 

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One last note, for 'Blu....I think ICE in this case would be badass if you are doing small...

 

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Anyone play this game? Did not know video game playing was becoming a seasonal thing. Season 2 is here and online chatter is excited about all the new trucks.

 

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According to the latest interview with Jeep leadership, Jeep wants to be the Greenest SUV company in the world. As such the plans to go hybrid and EV are being put into place. 

Yet with that said, Jeep is also moving forward with giving Jeep Lovers of all things ICE another monster to desire and enjoy.

Jeep Wrangler 392 which is a 6.4L V8 Monster motor.

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To quote the story:

Jeep EPA combined figures are better than you probably thought.

  • For the 2021 Cherokee, depending on engine type and size, 21 to 26.
  • The 2021 Compass, 25.
  • The 2021 Gladiator, 16-24.
  • The 2021 Grand Cherokee, 15-21, with the 5.7-liter V-8 being 17, the 6.4-liter V-8 coming in at 15.
  • The 2021 Renegade, 24-27.
  • And for the 2021 Wrangler, 19-25, the top number being the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel.

https://www.thedrive.com/news/37645/jeep-wants-to-become-the-greenest-suv-brand-in-the-world

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