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  2. Random Thoughts Thread

    Ok, so for years, I see a certain type of VW go by and I assumed it was a Passat of sorts, but sleeker. Turns out it's a CC. Even thought it's got 4 doors, the acronym CC stands for Comfort Coupe.' These cost quite a bit more than the Passat. I see these more than I see Phaetons. Phaetons look enormous for being VWs. What's the general on-the-street sentiment on CCs and Phaetons as far as popularity and dependability go? I'm guessing that the CC rides on a Passat chassis and that the Phaeton rides on an elongated Passat chassis? Not sure.
  3. February Car Spotter

    I definitely remember the model, but telling which year they were was not easy. Sometimes, the color identified the year because it was specific to that year. I remember that both the Toro and Riv of this series had one helluva C pillar (no B pillar, really, because the door/rear glass was frameless). I had only ridden in a Riv (it was an '83 and had the 4.1 litre 4 bbl. V6) but once actually drove an 80-something used Toronado. I could not believe how smoothly it rode and handled. Quite a ways up from a Cutlass Supreme. I believe it had the 5.0 Olds V8. Then I had to weasel out of not wanting to buy it. All of those cars had the engine facing forward and I don't remember how and where they placed the transaxle. I believe the Eldorado came on the same chassis. And I remember that, per the badging, some of the Eldorados had the 4.1 litre V6 (as a credit option), some had the 4100 Cadillac V8, and some were unfortunate enough to have the V8-6-4, in which the technology was not worked out. Cadillac lost a lot of fans because of that engine.
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  5. Short term car shopping. Again.

    No: who says one has to buy new? If I were blowing money, I might get a '60 Brougham, the car that shamed Rolls when it was produced : 80.2" wide, 225" long, 130" WB, 56" tall.
  6. So can the 9speed software updates be applied to the 2018 Cherokee to help with it’s issues...ie rough shifting in spots.
  7. Not a Tesla fan but not a hater either. I'd like to see them succeed but they need to get their crap together on the quality front before that can happen in the mainstream market. The one thing they have going for them is there probably aren't too many walk home issues which means most of their quality issues are more of an annoyance than anything. I have always been a big HP ICE guy but at the same time, I like to try different stuff. I would seriously consider a Bolt. I checked one out at NAIAS and didn't think it was too bad. In fact, I will probably even test drive one within the next few months. Free recharging at work means no fuel bill for me. That said, the current plan is a good deal on a used CTS-V Sport that I will drive for a year or so and then strongly consider switching over to a Volt or Bolt, but only if the price is right. I'm definitely not an early adopter that will spend whatever to be the first on the block with one. I did, however, by a Cruze diesel just because I had never owned a diesel before. haha
  8. Dream Car Garage- ATP Used Car Edition

    1) Cadillac CTS-V wagon - these suckers have held their value very well. Still #1 on my wish list. Would prefer a manual trans but they tend to sell for significantly more than the autos do. Begger's can't be choosers. 2) Cadillac CTS-V Sport - very likely to have one of these parked in my garage come summer. 3) Saab 9-4X Aero - I really can't believe how well these have held their value compared to other Saabs. I know it isn't a Saab in the truest sense but I think they are cool. 4) 2011 Saab 9-5 Aero - Okay, I am a bit of a Saab-o-file. My 2007 9-5 Aero was one of my favorite cars I've ever owned. How could this not be even better? 5) 1991 GMC Syclone - Like this one only a really clean driver so I could enjoy it. You rarely, rarely see these. Truthfully, this is #1 on my list, even above the CTS-V Wagon. I've always loved these things and still hope to have one some day. My problem now that I've gotten older is that I want my toys to be my daily driver because I got tired of my daily driver being parked out side while the barely driven toy took the spot in the garage. If I ever get a house with a 3 car garage, this will be the first remodel the house gets. If you give me a sixth, it would be a Pontiac Solstice GXP coupe, again, because of the rarity. Not so much because it was an awesome car. As you can see from my list, I like the oddballs. That being said, they are all relatively easy to find on the market right now other than the 9-4X Aero.
  9. Short term car shopping. Again.

    Well, the Rolls-Royce Phantom is 79 inches wide, 227 inches long and 65 inches tall (1 inch less than an XT5 crossover). And that is the short model, the LWB is 236 inches long, a full foot longer than a Suburban. But unless you are buying one of those, then you are out of luck for a "full size" car.
  10. Part of 'knowing how to build a truck', perhaps the #1 crucial factor, is building it at a profit. With the typical markup of mercedes product vs. actual cost to build, half of that is already baked into the equation. Or should be. Regardless, the chart shows the trend, and next year when Ford & Chevy can say they sell a higher percentage of luxury vehicles than Daimler, and on the heels of a new downmarket a-class promotional blitz, I think some heads that otherwise wouldn't; will turn.
  11. Correct, and that was sort of a payback for the Infiniti Q30/QX30 being built on the A-class platform. Bt to dfelt's point, yes Daimler knows how to build certain types of trucks, but they have Freightliner, Western Star, Mercedes heavy duty trucks, off road trucks like the Unimog, etc. They do have a pretty broad portfolio.
  12. Industry News: More Luxury Car Buyers Are Moving to Trucks and SUVs

    Probably all a financial decision... couldn't make a profit with the investment that a new platform would require to build a midsize pickup that is price-competitive in various markets...so they leveraged an existing platform from their partner..and if it tanks in the market, not a big investment loss.
  13. If Daimler knows how to build trucks then why bother with rebadging a Nissan? Clearly they know how to build select types of trucks, not all trucks!
  14. Wiki is very questionable but I would guess about as good as our own gov web site that I posted. Oregon has a very green gov and if you had checked the 2nd link and changed from Washington to Oregon you would find that as of 2016 they have ZERO Coal power production plants. Natural Gas, 1 nuclear plant and 2 petro plants otherwise all wind, Solar, Hydro and BioMass power plants. https://www.eia.gov/state/?sid=OR They are very green state. Yes in 3yrs time, you can convert over from dirty greenhouse gas production electric plants to green production plants and the PNW aka Oregon and Washington has made that massive transition. Yes we pay for it as Oregon has a high Income tax, but no sales tax. Washington has no income tax but high Sales Tax. Seems to work for us. Also back in the late 90's both states had voter approved to wind down and replace all nuclear plants by 2020. Both states each have 1 plant that will be decommissioned in 2020 as they retire nuclear totally. I will have to look for it, but all petro / NG plants will be converted over to BioMass power generation plants. The goal was by 2025 or 2030 both states are to be 100% renewable electric production.
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  16. Mercedes isn't losing anything though. Just making up numbers but if 7 years ago there were 1 million cars sold that were over $60,000 and Mercedes had 20%, and now there are 2 million cars sold that cost over $60,000 and Mercedes had 15%, they still sold 300k cars vs 200k. All this shows is people that were buying pickups in 2010 are still buying pickups and now they pay more for them, part due to inflation, part due to these high trim options. And the luxury brands aren't losing to Ford or Chevy, I don't see a $65,000 Fusion or Malibu on sale. Ford and Chevy can barely give sedans away. With pick up trucks though, buyers have 5 choices, GM ,Ford, Ram, Toyota, Nissan, and that is about it, in full size or mid-size. I feel like if Lexus, Mercedes, Infiniti, Tesla, etc all entered the luxury pick up market, then they would steal a whole lot of sales. Because why buy a Ford, when you can have a Tesla with 600 hp (assuming they can build it). Mercedes probably should dress up the X-class and use the twin turbo V6 and bring it here. I think they could take the G-wagon's frame and make a pickup if they wanted, and with the 450 hp and 603 hp V8s they have, that would squash an F150 Raptor. Daimler knows how to build trucks, they are probably the #1 truck maker in the world, but pickup hasn't been a focus.
  17. February Car Spotter

    Got home and took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather (14 degrees warmer here than Phoenix today!)--walked a couple of the furs up and down my street...while walking I hear something rumbly--like an older car coming down the street--and turn to see a '79-85 Toronado roll by...silver, dark red top..clean shape as far as I could tell in the gloaming.
  18. Short term car shopping. Again.

    My list ~ (7) 2-dr hardtops : 59, 64, 64, 65, 66, 72, 73 (1) 2-dr sedan : 65 (4) 4-dr hardtops : 56, 59, 60, 65 (3) 4-dr sedans : 64, 64, 78 (1) convertible : 63 (1) wagon : 95 (5) trucks : 40, 46, 57, 94, 04 (0) SUVs
  19. Kia News: Next-Generation Kia K900 Begins To Tease Us

    They still have the Credenza also...not sure why they need either, since Genesis is the luxury brand...
  20. What Are You Listening To?

    Been in an early 80s mood lately...had Roxy Music's 'Flesh and Blood' and 'Avalon' albums playing alot at home and in the Jeep. And also some listening to some Phil Collins--my favorite track of his--1980's 'In the Air Tonight'.
  21. Kia News: Next-Generation Kia K900 Begins To Tease Us

    Not sure why they even bother, don't they sell like 48 of these per month? They'll make it look like an S-class because they think people that want an S-class will buy this instead, which is wrong, and why they sell 48 per month.
  22. Short term car shopping. Again.

    In 30+ years of driving, I've had 2 hatchbacks (1 3dr, 1 5dr), 4 cars w/ trunks (3 2drs, 1 4dr), and 3 SUVs (1 2dr, 2 4drs). Other than the '69 Mustang I inherited, the oldest was an '84 and the newest a '14. My Dad usually always had a full size 4dr when I was growing up...I was too little to really remember much of the '69 and '73 Mercury Marquis 4dr hts, but I do remember the '76 and '79 Continental 4dr pillared hts and the '80s-90s Town Car sedans. And the odd pickup here and there (like the '79 Power Wagon I learned to drive in), or the Vega, Chevette, and Escort in succession--'dinghies' to tow on the back of the ever-increasing in size RVs. My Mom usually had a Cougar, Thunderbird or Mustang...they would get new cars every 3-4 years, but also had some oldies they kept like the '69 Mustang and '67-68 Cougars. I don't have much experience actually driving '60s-70s cars--I just find I can't get comfortable; I guess I'm too used to modern cars with all the amenities, adjustability and modern brakes. Though I would like to have a '70s car as a summer toy if I had the garage space---a '69-70 Ford XL coupe or convertible or '71-72 LTD coupe or convertible...love the styling of them. Anyway, on the subject of car shopping, since I got my CPO Jeep last year, I'm out of the market for a while, unless I get the itch for something fun for my 50th birthday in a few years...a Miata or Challenger V8 would be a lot of fun, IMO..
  23. Might want to check this source. As of 2012-14, fully 51% came from nuclear, coal & NG. I doubt the state has gone from 51% non-renewable to 0.2% in 3 years. Metric needs to be clarified.
  24. Got a ways to go..I know the old coal plants along the North Coast have closed, mostly nuclear around here.
  25. Short term car shopping. Again.

    They weren't all rounded up & crushed, you know. I've owned probably 60/40 on 2-drs/4-drs, so I'm no stranger. I'd buy the 'right' 4-dr... but would MUCH rather have 2-drs. Was out in the shop this afternoon, shuffling some B-59 parts around & taking inventory towards steering reassembly.
  26. According to the web site at least your state while ranked 34 in Green energy production is making 11.52% from renewable sources. Ohio is 9.15% renewable production of power. ranked 38th in the US for green energy production.
  27. Porsche News: Diesel Is No More At Porsche

    But Porsche sold 55,420 in 2017 and 54,280 in 2016 in the US alone. That is 8,313 diesel for 2017 and 8,142 for 2016 in the US only. That is allot of auto's that were sold as Diesel. Found their Global anouncement for 2016: https://newsroom.porsche.com/en/company/porsche-deliveries-2016-sales-record-13310.html They sold a total of 237,778 in 2016 globally. That is 35,667 that were Diesel. That is a large amount of auto's. I hope their hybrids get here sooner rather than later same with the EVs.
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