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  1. 5 points
    Name: Chevy SS Sedan Category: Vehicles Date Added: 2017-04-25 Submitter: cp-the-nerd Chevy SS Sedan After getting 8 great years out of my 2009 Malibu 3.6L, opportunity shined on me and I was able to find a brand new Chevy SS sedan sitting on a dealer lot 100 miles away exactly how I would have ordered it. After communicating via email with the dealer, I got $1700 off the MSRP (which was $49,100) and made the trek north to sign the papers. The monthly payments ended up a fair amount higher than I anticipated (when is that ever not the case??) but I made my deal with the devil and took the keys in hand. For someone still shaky at driving stick, the trip home in rain and traffic was a two and a half hour trial by fire and the hefty price tag loomed heavily on my shoulders. I'm not rich, and my Malibu was a perfectly fine car. As I fought anxiety for that long trip home, making countless embarrassing shifts from a stop, it was impossible not to seriously wonder if I'd made some incredible mistake. My wife–thankfully at work–was guaranteed to be pissed. I stalled 3 times parking in my spot, anxiety festered. I knew this sedan was a weapon in sheep's clothing, you could hear it when the exhaust fired on start-up, but what if I couldn't wield it. I knew of a parking lot nearby and took the SS to practice and get a feel for the clutch. I made my way over to the lot the next day, Sunday, to get my first pictures and hopefully ease my apprehension at the helm. Clumsily parking the car, I got out with my camera and tripod. In the morning sunlight, the Nightfall Gray glistened and I swooned. The pictures took themselves, the exhaust bellowed for a quick youtube clip. I could now drive the car, but FEELING it in my bones came after another embarrassing stall in public. A light turned green, I tried to feather on the throttle to take off ever so carefully and the engine sputtered out. In a moment of frustration, I fired the starter, goosed the gas hard, and let up the clutch with a finesse you can't force through anxiety. The engine roared and hooked up flawlessly to the pavement with thrust of a fighter jet. I wielded the weapon, and it felt GOOD. It felt like MY weapon. No more anxiety, just ass kicking. This car is incredible.
  2. 4 points
    ...being green! This is my new toy. 2017 Jeep Compass Latitude 4X4 with 6 speed manual. Olive Green Pearl. I went out to survey the Lancaster County countryside today.
  3. 4 points
    ......and now I have never wanted something so badly in my life. Earlier I got a chance to take our 2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Coupe out. Nothing crazy. about a 10 mile loop through some local roads with a few esses and sweepers. Seven speed dogleg manual transmission. My. Gawd. Easily the most fun, coolest, most charismatic car I've ever driven by a comfortable margin. The sound, the power delivery, the shifter, steering, the physicality of it. Just unlike anything else I've ever been in. I drove it right after a Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder E-gear, and the Brit was so, so much enjoyable to drive. It's just intoxicating. You have to drive it, and it's not easy to drive. It's not delicate, and it's not cosseting. The steering is heavy, and direct, and full of feel. The throttle is micrometer shard and precise. As are the brakes. The shifter is delightfully mechanical feeling and a joy to use. Just be careful with the 2-3 up change lest you have one very, very pricey money shift into first. Dogleg transmission problems and all that. It's really just an incredibly immersive, involving car that you could spend a lifetime learning all the wonderful nuances and idiosyncrasies of. I can't fathom having the ability to own such a car and letting it go. It's simply spectacular. I've had the privilege to drive a lot of fun and cool cars in my day, and this is the one that will stick with me and make me long for another taste more than any other. This was the high water mark. As for the Lambo, it was pretty cool. Sounded great. The RWD layout definitely added some improved steering feel I felt like in comparison to the AWD car I recall driving several years ago. E-gear is a mess, but also adds a layer of involvement that would otherwise be missing. Would definitely be way better with a proper manual. The aforementioned steering is rather heavy, and does not result in as sharp of direction change as you'd expect. It's certainly good, but not great. It feels a bit unwieldy and a tad nervous. It was a fun drive, but mostly a one and done for me. It doesn't have enough tactility, nor outright performance to excuse it's general bad behavior. Think I'd rather an R8, unless we're talking a 6MT Balboni 550-2.
  4. 4 points
    it's utterly ridiculous and a failure of our education system that this thread even exists. The number of falsehoods in @hyperv6 post from 8 hours ago is enough to make any 6th grade teacher want to quit their job and go be a sniper instead. Puritans did NOT come to the the new world to escape persecution. You apparently never learned anything about them beyond the cartoony 4th grade level. The Puritans came here because they weren't allowed to persecute to the level they wanted to. King Charles I, who himself was not afraid to have people killed for not adhering to a rather strict faith, had to tell the Puritans to knock it off with the persecution of other religions. So in an effort to be as strict as possible they decided to break away from England. Even when they came to the new world, the Puritans would execute followers of other faiths. So let's make sure we get the facts straight.... the Puritans were the contemporary equivalent of Wahhabism type of Islam. Just to correct at least one of the falsehoods in that long post.
  5. 4 points
    If you ever feel like your life is pointless, remember that somebody somewhere is being paid to install turn signals in BMWs.
  6. 3 points
    Bummed about Chris cornell.... Bummed about my layoff from the auto industry..... Been a rough week.......
  7. 3 points
    Same here. I don't normally get this way when a celebrity or a musician dies but he is the main reason why I stated singing live in the first place, way back in '91. It connected to me in more ways than I ever thought possible.
  8. 3 points
    I've put 1000 miles on my Jeep in the first 7 weeks of ownership (it sat for a week while I was in Ohio). Other than a road trip up north on April 1st, my driving has all been around town...averaging 18.x mpg. Definitely filling up less frequently--about every 10 days instead of every 6 days w/ my old Jeep. Bigger gas tank, better mileage. Really been enjoying it. So many technology upgrades compared to my oldie..2 generations of evolution. The V6 and 8spd auto is very smooth and quiet. Great sound system, so many choices for content..CD, USB, Sirius XM, etc. My first big road trip will be the 2000+ mile drive to Cleveland, tentatively scheduled for Memorial Day weekend.
  9. 3 points
    This tank (which includes a 200-mile round trip Mother's Day jaunt to Maryland) 402.8 miles. Took 11.971 gallons, calculating to 33.647982 MPG!!!
  10. 3 points
    The concept from years ago had it right. The production car did not..
  11. 3 points
    The entire auto industry is about to hit a sales slump. There is a glut of used cars on the market and sales growth of new cars is going to stall. This forward look is why Wall Street isn't cutting GM, Ford, and others any slack. Tesla is still a niche product and their growth is going to come at great expense to other automakers, particularly in a down market, and that sort of prediction is why Tesla stock is up while GM and Ford are down.
  12. 3 points
    I view VW fans in the US the same way I view hockey fans in the US There are a few of them. Not as many as the more popular sports like football or baseball or basketball. (GM, Ford, Toyota) But the loyal fans are freakin' loyal. No NHL lock-out or strike will keep them away (No emissions scandal will keep them away) In some cities, hockey is THE sport in winter such as in Boston or Minneapolis...(just like VW's diesel engine....nothing else will do for these folks but VW's trusty TDI)
  13. 3 points
    I never understood the reasoning behind the idea that because VW cheated on emissions that diesels were on their death bed. All of the stories of European auto makers one by one dropping diesels from their product lines. It made no sense, company x is found guilty of cheating people out of caffeine in their cola products so all beverage makers drop cola products yet there's a sizable demand for caffeine drinks. No other industry out there would leave a market demand unfulfilled.
  14. 3 points
    It's not just price, because we've selling ours for MSRP. There's people that just genuinely want them and will buy without heavy incentives. VW could easily just bring them back.
  15. 3 points
    For Drew ~ Destroying Mercedes' record with half the cylinders :
  16. 3 points
    Exactly. And from a business point of view I am disgusted while at the same time considering despite my income and such.. going on Gov't Assistance for no other disability than I can't stop cursing every time I look up towards the front of a massive traffic jam.. and see a Corolla or Prius up there holding everyone else up by driving like bitches. Tesla is receiving Gov't assistance to survive daily for the past 10 years. Furthermore it sold 76K units in 2016 and is valued more or around the same as Ford and GM who sold between 7 and 10 million last year Whooah Whoooah Whooah. I don't hate Tesla. I don't like their styling and think that their interior are on par with my Impala's at best (even at $40K more) but I don't hate them one bit. I applaud the idea.. but just think that the idea is easily emulated by one or all of the major automakers on the planet. Again.. the Bolt is a better Tesla just not marketed the same. Seriously. If the ELR had of used the BOLT way instead of the Volt one.. and been larger sized that Cadillac would have probably outsold the Model S
  17. 3 points
    Ironically I think that is an issue for Cadillac. Consumers actually want them to rape the consumers in order to be viewed on the same level as the Sclass. It will be most interesting if this type of thing continues with the CT6 when the CT7 or 8 arrives. Effectively you will have a CT6 Platinum that is the competitor of the Sclass for less while the base CT7 or 8 goes even further than it while starting off exactly the same in regards to pricing
  18. 3 points
    Yeah I see zero reason for GMC not getting a Trax variant.. perhaps a lil more emphasis on the off road capabilities like the Trax Activ concept
  19. 3 points
    Fantastic car! They are so smooth and stable on the road. They track really well. Comparing their driving dynamics to a BMW is not unfounded. The best part is the big American V8 under the hood. It's unfortunate that the Hellcats get all the attention for their huge horsepower numbers, but the SS is so much better of a car dynamically that it more than makes up for the large horsepower deficiency. It's also unfortunate that this is the end of the SS.
  20. 3 points
    It's the Edsel of the 21st Century. But FAR worse.
  21. 3 points
    He did refer to it as his new ride... Yes the shaft is very short...
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  24. 3 points
    For my friend reg: here's my stick in all its glory. Notice, if you will, the polished knob. And yes, I know it skews a little to the left.
  25. 3 points
    I personally like the Jeep better myself.
  26. 3 points
    Just take a week off of stupid infighting please...I want to talk about cars and I enjoy your friendship and perspectives. Just take a week off of stupid infighting please...I want to talk about cars and I enjoy your friendship and perspectives. Just take a week off of stupid infighting please...I want to talk about cars and I enjoy your friendship and perspectives.
  27. 3 points
    This thread, explained in one simple graph.
  28. 3 points
    I agree that they shouldn't be able to use the bankruptcy as a way to get out of it and they're responsible for their own actions but I wish some of the rulings were more fair. I've heard of people dying in drunk driving accidents and the family goes after GM for the ignition switch when that clearly had NOTHING to do with the accident..and winning.
  29. 3 points
    A few pics I've taken over the last 3 weeks. Enjoying it quite a bit so far.
  30. 2 points
  31. 2 points
    I would ask then is what you would compare this specific model with? If we were talking about 2.0T or 3.6, then I would compare it to the likes of 5-Series, E-Class, S90, etc. But this is 3.0TT Platinum with a starting price of $87,495. I think if we're talking price, then the S-Class, 7-Series, A8 comparisons are fair. But, the size of CT6 is where I think the comparison becomes tougher. The CT6 is smaller than a full-size flagship, but bigger than a midsize (i.e. CTS). We go back to the issue of the last-generation CTS - what class does it compete in? Compact or midsize? I think that's where a lot of us, myself included, find ourselves scratching our heads as to where to put it.
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  33. 2 points
    Of course there will be a Hellcat 300, and a Hellcat Durango, etc, etc. Hellcat Wrangler maybe, there is no end. Because they don't have any new products, the 300 came out in 2004 and has had once mid-cylce refresh since. Releasing a new Hellcat every year gets them in the car magazines, gets the internet talking, gives them a model to advertise. This is all smoke and mirrors as they have basically nothing in the Dodge/Chrysler pipeline. They want to sell the same 300 they are selling now until 2022. That would be 17 or 18 model years of the same platform.
  34. 2 points
    Agreed, I expect all auto companies to have to scale back with a global slow down. I also do not expect them to rehire much as things pick up. Clearly automation will reduce the need for blue collar jobs as well as some more traditional white collar jobs.
  35. 2 points
    GM already has the CTS for midsize RWD luxury. The only thing wrong with that car is the poor execution of CUE. From an engineering standpoint, Cadillac crushes anything Hyundai has to offer. Buick has a very profitable niche of FWD-based luxury. If value and comfort top your priorities list, then you can get a fully loaded Lacrosse with a torque vectoring AWD system in the low $40k range. Lincoln... has a laundry list of issues and I'm not going to beat a dead horse. Everyone already agrees the brand needs to go RWD.
  36. 2 points
    Thanks. There was definitely strong reasoning behind all my picks. The Carrera GT is my favorite car of all time, and definitely the last great analog supercar. The McLaren F1 is arguably the greatest supercar ever built, and is a must-have for such a collection. The Chiron is the current pinnacle of automotive engineering, and the fact that it doesn't resort to hybrid tech is great. Plus, it's the modern, streetable selection of my picks. The F40 is just obscene and raw in the best possible way. There's actually Ferrari's I like more, but for the purposes of this thread, it was it or nothing. And the Miura is the godfather of them all. The first true supercar, and imo, the most beautiful car ever made. Another reason for my choices- I have V8, V10, V12, and W16 engines. I have 2 forced induction cars, and 3 N/A ones. I have one topless car. I have one car from the 70's, one from the 80's, one from the 90's one the 2000's and one from today. In my mind, they were all the high water marks of their era; the best of the best.
  37. 2 points
    Some great choices there, @oldshurst442. I've seen at least one of each of those at Concours and auction events, except for a Dual-Ghia..never seen one, though I have the Corgi die cast. The Iso Grifo and Bizzarinni are incredible in person. Another car I like of a similar vein (European body, American engine) is the Jensen Interceptor...love the big glass rear window on those.
  38. 2 points
    One of the original reasons I pushed C&G from just being a forum and into a review site was after I read two articles on C&D. One where they knocked a Buick Lucerne for its slalom capabilities compared to a BMW..... and another where the Aveo's 0-60 time was being criticized... and at the time it was the least expensive car on the market. We review cars specifically to avoid dumb comparisons like those.
  39. 2 points
  40. 2 points
    It really impressed me how GM never stopped tweaking and improving the SS, maybe we have Holden execs to thank. By '16-17 this car had added magnetic ride, dual mode exhaust, manual transmission, front and rear 4-piston brembos (rears were conventional brakes in '14-15), and that sound induction tube from the intake for extra V8 noise in the cabin. If there's anything still lacking whatsoever, I don't know what it is. Assuming it's reliable and I can make the payments till I own it, you'll have to pry the keys from my cold dead hands. Also, I'll be in the driver's seat with rigor mortis so have fun getting me out.
  41. 2 points
    I ATE A MONTREAL SMOKED MEAT SANDWICH AND MY BUTT WON'T STOP SPEAKING QUEBECOIS
  42. 2 points
    HEALTH QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION Q: I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true? A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it... don't waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that's like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap. Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables? A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products. Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake? A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up! Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio? A: Well, if you have a body and you have body fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc. Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program? A: Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain...Good Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you? A: YOU'RE NOT LISTENING!!!. Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they're permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you? Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle? A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach. Q: Is chocolate bad for me? A: Are you crazy? HELLO ...... Cocoa beans ... another vegetable!!! It's the best feel-good food around! Q: Is swimming good for your figure? A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me. Q: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle? A: Hey! 'Round' is a shape! Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets and remember, "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - strawberries in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming - WOO HOO! What a Ride!"
  43. 2 points
    Astonishing milage from vehicles like that.
  44. 2 points
    I dearly love reading. As much as computers are helpful, nothing like a printed book for a deeper perspective. Plus something nice about on the couch with a nice hard cover book... I would have loved to have gotten us all together for a beer, methinks we would gt along better online if we had met in person.
  45. 2 points
    Ohhh yes....and let's not forget the 1970's full sized Thunderbird, before the downsized Birds of the late 1970's. If we only had modern fuel injection in the 1970's and some ways to make the bigger birds more efficient...we could have had premium Bids through the eighties and 90's, rather than the cheaper/more austere birds we got. Late 1960's was a good Era for Thunderbirds as well...love me some 69! The grown up cougar vibe is strong here.
  46. 2 points
    Having not been on here in a while, I can say that its exactly the same as the last time I browsed here. A thread gets posted, and then the same group of people getting pissing and voting matches with each other. The thread gets derailed, and any semblance of discussion devolves in to trash. It'd be one thing if this was once in a while, but this is daily, and involves most threads. Case in point.
  47. 2 points
    Yo.. Congrads on a magnificent automobile... I will say to U.. a person who loves modding.. now.. U can seriously MOD away.
  48. 2 points
    Sales are an interesting thing to talk about but they're lame as F to use as "leverage" in an argument. Real enthusiasts don't even care about sales they're just using them in "fights". Whatever gets the companies to make their products better every year for us consumers is a win.
  49. 2 points
    Voting is going to change in a few months anyway. I"ve been testing out version 4.2 of the software and it has "reactions" rather than voting up or down.
  50. 2 points
    narrow minded could be a criticism and not "name calling". not saying you're wrong... if capitalism did it to detroit, it's because investors thought there were better opportunities elsewhere. right or wrong, it's their $, so it's up to "them". is there a post to refer FordC to for how REP is supposed to be used for? i sometimes use votes in redit for like, but i know it's not supposed to be like that. this isn't facebook. I've been the target of Drew's wrath too, but it's been like.. 4+ years? i've also not be very active here for like 2 years either.