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4 hours ago, regfootball said:

i wonder if someone will develop one of those rear of cargo box gate type things that extend out the back of the bed when the tailgate is down.  People who had explorer sporttracs and chevy avalanches had them a lot of the time.

Friend has one in an old Ranger. I think they suck- in the way half the time there's a load, because you can't always plan on what you are getting/find by the side of the road. ;) If you take it out, they you have to fit it in your garage somewhere.

I mean I would trust strapping things like a quad down, but that takes time to do; messing with straps. If you could close the gate you could drive it up in there, throw the ramps in and be off 5 seconds later.

That brings ramps to mind- if a bicycle doesn't fit, where do ramps long enough to drive an ATV in go???

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I continue to be in love with this van for road trips. Loving the mpg and smooth v6. A huge as a whale vessel loaded with pudgy midwesterners and still pull 30 mpg?   Sweet air channels!

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It continued to crush the mpg for the whole trip. It sat at 30.0 right until we parked it. 

 

I tried for the very very first time today after 28,000 miles, the adaptive cruise control. I had not even used it once until now!  So my first impressions. I think it’s going to be handy. A bit slow to react for acceleration at times, but overall nice. Less tapping up and down on the normal cruise and it’s easier to settle in and draft a string of cars while not having to throttle brake so much. 

My initial verdict, it’s going to be difficult to not use it all the time now and I’ll want it on my next vehicles  

 

 

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You had adaptive cruise all this time but never used it?  It's magical!  It really reduces fatigue for me on long trips.

 

It's sad... you're getting about the same mpg I get on a highway trip with my tiny little underpowered Encore. 

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On another trip today in the pacifica after spending 600 miles in my malibu yesterday   

The adaptive cruise is a MUST HAVE! don’t want another car without. Totally missed having it in the Malibu yesterday on that trip .  

the mpg today. Even better. 270 mile sample.

 

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On 8/19/2019 at 8:03 PM, regfootball said:

The adaptive cruise is a MUST HAVE! don’t want another car without.

Same. 

The exception for me will be if I find a nice used Avalanche... then I'll just deal. But then the second car has to have adaptive.

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Yes I can see exceptions for a good used car or if the price to get it just becomes ludicrous. 

I passed on a really nice used sportback regal a few months ago it was an essence but it didn’t have blind spot monitor and I probably should have gotten it anyways. It didn’t have adaptive cruise either. 

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9 hours ago, regfootball said:

Yes I can see exceptions for a good used car or if the price to get it just becomes ludicrous. 

I passed on a really nice used sportback regal a few months ago it was an essence but it didn’t have blind spot monitor and I probably should have gotten it anyways. It didn’t have adaptive cruise either. 

GM isn't the place to shop if you want adaptive. It only comes on the very top trims... oftentimes not even available in a model.  If you want adaptive, you need to go Japanese or new Ford. FCA is in between, making it optional without forcing you into a high trim first. 

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1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

GM isn't the place to shop if you want adaptive. It only comes on the very top trims... oftentimes not even available in a model.  If you want adaptive, you need to go Japanese or new Ford. FCA is in between, making it optional without forcing you into a high trim first. 

GM needs to fix that STAT.  Something like adaptive cruise control should actually come standard.

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1 minute ago, riviera74 said:

GM needs to fix that STAT.  Something like adaptive cruise control should actually come standard.

Standard Adaptive cruise is a Toyota thing currently.  It seems like Ford and Nissan are not far behind on it. 

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A friend told me the other day some relatives got a new MKC.  They weren’t really needing a new vehicle but they wanted something newer with some of the latest safety features and stuff like that. I do think those sorts of features drive sales. 

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Will say that until I got my new head unit in the SS and backup camera, I never really thought of needing a backup camera, but since having it, I have used it in places where I know I would not be in as tight as I can now with it. Love the backup camera for garage parking in the city.

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3 hours ago, balthazar said:

Marketing does continually strive to instill ‘need’ in consumers, so; yeah.

Forgot to add the part where they did get the new vehicle. It works I guess

2 hours ago, dfelt said:

Will say that until I got my new head unit in the SS and backup camera, I never really thought of needing a backup camera, but since having it, I have used it in places where I know I would not be in as tight as I can now with it. Love the backup camera for garage parking in the city.

The surround view camera is awesome   Particularly my others in the family who can’t park straight or within the lines. 

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2 hours ago, dfelt said:

Will say that until I got my new head unit in the SS and backup camera, I never really thought of needing a backup camera, but since having it, I have used it in places where I know I would not be in as tight as I can now with it. Love the backup camera for garage parking in the city.

100% agree. 

I actually find its better to use that backing out of a parking lot because it sees out around the vehicles next to me that are blocking my vision. I don't pull out all willy-nilly with it, but it is very helpful. 

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I really like having the backup camera w/ my Jeep...thick pillars and small side and rear windows make backing out of parking spaces challenging..

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Wife's Malibu has a rear view camera- neither of us use it. 
Son's Sonic (he's 22) has a B-U camera, he doesn't use it.
It would be quite useful for backing up to a trailer, but other than that I don't find them particularly beneficial.
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I use the backup camera in the Buick, but it isn't a necessity for me.... I can reverse plenty fine in my Toronado.   But I just spent 8.5 hours on the highway yesterday traveling to Long Island NY and adaptive cruise is really a killer app for me since I do those sorts of trips regularly.

@balthazar might you be around on Monday?

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Never used Adaptive until 28k? Ha!

Daily...everyday...use it. Love it. And the Pacifica and Pentastar 3.6L...smooth, creamy, powerful efficiency...

Electronics, safety features, infotainment, etc. are so much better integrated in FCA vehicles vs. GM. Blind spot that's useful, visible and audible, great gauges, UConnect...

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9 hours ago, caddycruiser said:

Never used Adaptive until 28k? Ha!

Daily...everyday...use it. Love it. And the Pacifica and Pentastar 3.6L...smooth, creamy, powerful efficiency...

Electronics, safety features, infotainment, etc. are so much better integrated in FCA vehicles vs. GM. Blind spot that's useful, visible and audible, great gauges, UConnect...

Used the ACC on the van again today. Awesome. The uconnect works well and I love the big blind spot monitors. Gauges too. As you describe all works nicely. 

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