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  2. dfelt

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Cloth wrapping , got it, crispy, flammable, yup, need to replace it. cool, thx. Yup a bum Side job. Better safe than sorry.
  3. daves87rs

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    Yikes......yep! I just hit that age as well (to start). Not looking forward to it.......
  4. balthazar

    Random Thoughts Thread

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  6. balthazar

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Not in 1948- article states that the unrestored one has 'crispy' wiring... IE; susceptible to shorts due to deterioration from being 70 years old. I know that well from the original wiring that WAS in my '40. Cloth wrapping gets brittle/dry and falls apart.
  7. Amazing progress. Hope major advantages are realized for US manufacturers.
  8. Drew Dowdell

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Pricey
  9. Cubical-aka-Moltar

    Random Thoughts Thread

    I like the Trailhawk...the guy in the cubicle next to me at work last year bought a lt gray one the same day I bought my Limited. He drives it to his house in Mexico often, and often drives on dirt roads.. I'd probably go for the Sterling edition or Overland if I were buying a new '18.
  10. Cubical-aka-Moltar

    Random Thoughts Thread

    I heard the buyer was David MacNeil, the Weathertech floor mats king, racing team owner, etc.
  11. regfootball

    Volvo News: 2019 Volvo S60: A Swede with An American Accent

    nice, the exterior while nice goes to a longer trunk with a small upright greenhouse and a bit of a Dodge Charger look to it that I think looks less sleek than the 'trunkless' look of many sedans now, but overall not a deal breaker and it is really consistent with the look and proportions of the S90. interior wise, Volvo keeps doing nice interiors that to me look better than the Germans etc. and this continues on. I would rather see Volvo sell cars than BMW or Mercedes gaining more market share so sure, this is ok by me.
  12. Drew Dowdell

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    Updated.... but again, the off-road options on the Overland are optional Top-O-The-Line is the Summit that has all of everything and can top out at $63k with a diesel. The Trackhawks and SRTs are above that, but they're not really offroaders like the Trailhawk, Summit, and Overland are.
  13. Drew Dowdell

    Lexus News: The Uncertain Future of the Lexus GS and IS

    The 2.7T with electrification would be more than enough to move an Escalade around. A 3.0TT in an escalade would be too much in a country where gas is already over $4 a gallon. I got 27mpg out of it in a CT6, but an Escalade couldn't count on that.
  14. ccap41

    Lexus News: The Uncertain Future of the Lexus GS and IS

    They could get the power numbers they need with the 2.0 but it would be a dog on fuel to the point it isn't even worth it.
  15. smk4565

    Volvo News: 2019 Volvo S60: A Swede with An American Accent

    It looks good and has nice powertrain options, I think it is priced well too. The interior is clean and modern but I think there are better interiors in this segment too.
  16. Cubical-aka-Moltar

    Volvo News: 2019 Volvo S60: A Swede with An American Accent

    Very sharp. Elegant, clean exterior and interior design. I really like where Volvo has been going w/ their recent designs.
  17. smk4565

    Lexus News: The Uncertain Future of the Lexus GS and IS

    I first said they should use the 2.0T with electrification to get under the 2 liter gas tax level. You said they should use the 2.7 liter, to which I said is pointless because you can use the 3.0TT which is taxed the same as a 2.7. With the new GLS I wouldn’t be surprised to see the newly updated turbo 4 gonin there for China, but they might not care if the 3 liter sells well.
  18. Suaviloquent

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Oh. Well my math is a bit fuzzies, but I still like the idea of a sleeper stealth approach to off-road. Like try super hard to make your vehicle not look off-road capable - but like I get it, bumpers for ex are obvious when they are meant for off-road even when body colour. I thought Trailhawk = best off-road I did not know Overland = luxury + best off-road
  19. Drew Dowdell

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    LOL you're nutz! I don't think there is anything a Trailhawk can do that an appropriately equipped Overland cannot.
  20. ykX

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Definitely cool
  21. Suaviloquent

    Random Thoughts Thread

    I like the Trailhawk. Though for the Grand Cherokee, I would get some Mopar accessories to have body colour grille, mirror caps, a slightly lighter finish on the wheels, and perhaps regular finish tow hooks too. I would get back to chrome window trim, and remove the hood decal. I would keep the "Trailhawk" branding in a very stealth way, like a black sticker decal that you attach to near the black surround of window pillars. For the GC I kinda would want a 'sleeper' Trailhawk look, where the upgrades are masked so it doesn't actually look like you got the Trail hawk. Why? Because I think that like having a sleeper sedan - no one expects your normal looking GC to handle the rough stuff that requires Trailhawk level of equipment, and then...... BAM!!!! SHOW'EM WHOS DA REAL EL GRANDE CHEROKEEE!
  22. Yes, sorry for the side trip. Seems that as per @Drew Dowdell stated about the reduction in tariffs for imported auto's that the percent would be 15% down from 25% and now it seems that in an update, China just dropped it to 6%. http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/22/news/economy/china-cuts-car-tariffs-imports/index.html Seems that by 2022 the restriction of outside companies having manufacturing plants and ownership without a 50/50 Chinese partner will go away too. This is good news for GM and building of more Cadillacs in China.
  23. dfelt

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Chevy BOLT has their detailed service manual available on a USB thumb drive for $200 versus Tesla yearly subscription fee of $3,000. https://electricrevs.com/2018/06/05/revealed-secrets-of-the-bolt-ev-service-manual/ Some cool stuff on the bolt.
  24. Back away from the politics.
  25. Seems some flattery is in order for Tesla, as Chargepoint showed off at the Elevate Summit conference in LA a new 2 Megawatt charging connector that has similarities to the Tesla Semi charging connector. This new connector utilizes 4 pairs of liquid-cooled 500A DC charging pins. The goal is to have a standardized connector for EV Class 8 trucks and airplanes. This would allow you to have chargers that could handle from 100 to more than 860 volts of power quickly. The benefit of getting this standardized soon is so that all auto makers could plan to support this much higher level of charging even on normal cars. Imagine charging 600 miles of rang in about 5-10 min the equal electric charging of an ICE auto. https://electricrevs.com/2018/05/14/chargepoint-vs-tesla-megacharger-connector-comparison/
  26. Ultra-fast Charging of America In Europe they call it XFC or extreme fast charging, yet in the US, the agreed term is UFC or Ultra-fast charging. No matter what Electrify America, the company created to spend the VW settlement dollars on building out the US EV charging infrastructure has signed contracts with two well known companies (Black & Veatch and SAI Group) that are experienced in building charging systems. By June 2019 we will have 484 locations with 2000 UFC charging stations. This build out will cover a majority of the most common traveled roads allowing EVs to go long distances. SAI group will cover 16 states and Black & Veatch will cover 24 states. Part of the Dieselgate settlement of the US with VW is that they would invest $2 billion in building out the US electric charging infrastructure. This is phase 1 of 4 phases over the next 10 years, each phase costing $500 million. Based on when all this is to be completed, by 2028 you will have 8000 charging stations in almost 2000 locations. If the EV auto supports UFC charging, your looking at 80% recharge in 15 minutes for the average 310 mile battery pack. All charging locations will have at least 1 CHAdeMO 50 kW / 100 kW connection and the rest will be 150 kW to 350 kW CCS charging locations. Payment will be made via credit cards, ApplePay, AndroidPay and a smartphone app that is being released by Electrify America. Stated cost to charge will be no more than 30 to 35 cents per minute depending on the state. Electric Revs Story Electrify America Announces B&V, SAI Group as Design-Build Firms.pdf
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