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  1. 14 points
    Hi there! I'll admit writing this feels somewhat awkward as I really don't like talking about myself. Most of the time, I'm churning out news stories and reviews for various places. But this is somewhat important. Next week, I'll be starting a new job with JATO Dynamics as a Specifications Researcher. Basically, I'll be digging into the various information about features, options, and other information on new vehicles. This may seem somewhat odd to be moving from a writing position to doing a bit of research, but it actually uses a lot of the skills and knowledge that I have gathered from being a freelancer. Also, I've been feeling slightly burnt out in terms of the writing. I've noticed that it has been taking me slightly longer to get various pieces out, along with doing anything that is sort of creative and not sounding like a MadLibs. Now for the big question, what does this mean for Cheers & Gears? For now, I'll be taking a bit of a break from writing. I won't be giving up the ghost, but not doing a constant stream of news that I have been able to do since going freelance full time since 2012. I'll still be getting various news pieces, along with reviews and the odd opinion piece up. But I hope this break allows me to recharge and get back on writing somewhat more consistent and creative. I just want to say thanks to you, the members and readers of Cheers & Gears for somehow being able to put up with my writing for quite some time. It has been fun and something I enjoy, even when the thread somehow goes off the rails.
  2. 9 points
    This whole crossover craze has gone a bit too far....
  3. 8 points
    Dodge is the everyman brand Chrysler is the premium brand like a cross between Buick and Lincoln. Fiat - kill in the US Alfa - Merge with Maserati Maserati - Ultra luxury brand Ram - Trucks Jeep - just be jeep.
  4. 8 points
    The problem was he wanted to dump the wrong brands. He wanted to save the Italian brands and kill off the american ones except Jeep.
  5. 8 points
    I think the real tragedy is that the Explorer will drive how the Blazer looks.... Get what I mean? It's like Ford took Alpha and turned it into a crossover. With 3 rows. GM...where are you? Oh in Europe, selling bikes. Did you know that Kia started out as a bicycle company?!
  6. 7 points
    Chrysler is in the sale volume tent as Acura & infiniti and it's 25% higher than volvo. No way that's 'miserable' volume unless those other premium brands are also. Are they? I agree with DD; we read certain people claim Lincoln was "a dead brand" but all it took was product to revive it. Chrysler has far greater potential than fiat or alfa romeo has, it just needs the right product.
  7. 7 points
    EVs are coming like it or not. It will take some time until they are really common, but I see more and more electric vehicles on the road in US and Europe and more and more manufacturers starting to work on EVs extensively. As soon as more EV will be available on the market and as soon as prices will come down to a more affordable level the market will explode. The new generation of young people that used to plug in and charge their smartphones, tablets and laptops will embrace it quickly and without hesitation. They feel more familiar with charging their gadgets than dealing with smelly gas, oil and grease. The new generation is more eco conscious as well which makes electrics more attractive to them. EVs require less maintenance as well which a lot of people will love.
  8. 7 points
    My son at Victoria falls in Africa.
  9. 7 points
  10. 7 points
    For $52k or so I would take following vehicles over the Blazer (that only few that come to my mind) Jeep Grand Cherokke, Trailhawk with optional HEMI engine 360hp, - $45k Ford Edge ST, 335hp, performance brake package and other options - $48k Acura MDX Sport Hybrid, 321hp - $53k Audi SQ5, 349hp - $52k
  11. 7 points
    Great! Now start building the $35k base model you promised.
  12. 6 points
  13. 6 points
    Where I grew up, that is the choice of transportation for convicted DUI drivers. It gets all the honeys though lol, certainly than any Smart car will.
  14. 6 points
  15. 6 points
    Looking good. So glad Lincoln is using names again. Hint hint Cadillac...
  16. 6 points
    To harp on power in these cars is to completely miss the point. These are handling and agility cars. They are extremely satisfying drives without having to break the speed laws to get satisfaction.
  17. 6 points
    Well, I finally found what I’ve been looking for, in my price range. This past Saturday I picked up a 2016 Lincoln MKC. 37,460 miles, $21,000, 2.3T engine with AWD. Upgraded real leather seats in dark brown and cream that I absolutely love. It had auto-high beams that I was skeptical about how well they flip off then back on and they’re surprisingly fantastic. As soon as any headlights show up in front of my they flip off, be it just over a hill or a mile ahead of me. Neat. Classic Ford, I already have to hit up my local dealership because the exterior thermostat is reading waaaay off(like -35F) therefor also throwing off the temp thst throws out the HVAC. It’s still under warranty and if it wasn’t I’d be dealing with the dealership I bought it from, well I’m doing that anyway incase it becomes lemon-worthy. I want them to know about it right away. They also legally had to instal the front plate bracket.. they said they were going to do it and I asked them not to but because IL is a front plate state they weren’t allowed to let it leave without the bracket on. I’m going to see if they drilled the bumper or if it was mounted through the grille this weekend to see if I can take it off.
  18. 6 points
  19. 6 points
    Funny when MT and C&D criticizes Cadillac or GM vehicle or losses a comparison, than "they don't know $h!", "companies paid them". But as soon as GM vehicle wins a comparison, than suddenly they become legit. The logic of fanboys moves in mysterious ways ...
  20. 6 points
    Did someone say... FUSELAGES?
  21. 6 points
    Had a good time at the Cleveland Auto Show. Pictures here. The Blazer and XT4 look better in person than in photos. And both as spec'd were close to $50k. (Blazer Premier FWD was $48k). First time I'd seen the new Silverados (regular or HD) in person...they look huge and strange in person, esp. the weirdness of the front fender corners and that vertical vent below the lights. The white Corvette ZR1 was striking. At the Buick stand, they had not one but two Cascadas..maybe the same two as last year. They had a red Regal GS, looked good though the seats looked weird with the grilles in the upper part w/ chrome surrounds. I guess I overlooked the GMC stand. Saw them last year. Liked sitting in the CT6 and CTS. I like the revised lighting and fascias on the CT6. Sat in the back seat of the CT6, funny...there is a recessed area ahead of the rear window my head fits in, but if I lean forward my head hits the raised surround for the rear sunroof. Lots of legroom in front and rear. As always, I enjoyed time at the FCA stand...they had a Gladiator on display. Several new Wranglers, a couple GCs, a Compass Trailhawk (neat!), green Challenger GT, a couple Chargers, a 300. The new Ram 3500 Mega Cab Limited was mega-huge. And brown The new Aviator looks really good in person. As does the new Explorer ST. Both were locked. The Shelby GT500 was on display, locked w/ dark window tint. Sat in a Bullitt (last year it was on a dais and locked). The Edge ST looks good, in that same sharp blue as the Explorer ST. They had an orange Ranger 4dr 4x4 on a dais, none you could sit in though. I hadn't paid much attention to them before, but the Accord and Insight look really good in person inside and out. I really liked the Volvos, esp. the S90 and V90 CC. Sat in both, along w/ the S60 and XC60...S60 felt tight inside, seat wasn't all the way back. I like their interior colors and materials. The classic car display (in a separate section of the massive hall) was nice, some 60s-70s big Buicks and Pontiacs stood out. After leaving, I realized I had completely missed the Mazda stand, would have liked to have sat in a couple models.
  22. 6 points
    My kid has been working on this for about a year. 1998 Chevy 1500. He worked for a few years cutting grass and doing odd jobs to get the money for a truck and all it would need. So far he has put a new engine in it all on his own (me observing and advising when needed) He is now replacing all brake lines and brakes. Once that is done itll be road ready. His plan is to then save for some body panels for new paint and some interior work As far as finance goes his mom and I could pay for it all, but he is willing to put the work in to getting his own and wants to know how to fix stuff. So it's a win win
  23. 6 points
    I'm up to 41k on mine...got it with 25k as a CPO in Arizona before I moved. Replaced the tires at 31k w/ a set of Michelin Defenders.
  24. 6 points
    Limited is the perfect combination, and the best lease in the lineup. Everything is standard, and now for 2019, the further updated flush 8.4" UConnect and Blind Spot are as well. Mom wanted nothing to do with in car Nav after the mess of a MyLink radio in the Traverse (and Terrain before it) so the 7.0" with CarPlay has been perfect for her. Better gas mileage than any car she's had...and rips through the 8 speed, flawlessly. This is a package, 8 years in, that never seems to age vs. the competition.
  25. 6 points
    Somewhere out on the interwebs there's a discussion board focusing pointedly on genitalia, where a poster shows up bi-monthly to make a random, manic comment on the auto industry.
  26. 6 points
    Hello everyone. Don’t mind me. Just felt like I should step in here and point out that the owner of an FCA product (that has had, according to NHTSA, six recalls including one that could cause the vehicle to stall out) is making fun of another automaker for quality issues.
  27. 6 points
    Note that it says 'While we in the US get the gasoline version of the SQ5..' in the last sentence. The gas version should be a good competitor for the XT5-V. Oh, wait, there is no XT5-V..
  28. 6 points
    Even we went Jeep Grand Cherokee this last year...after repeated GM crossovers, there was not a single thing in their lineup that made any sense. The 2016 Traverse was awesome, and loaded to the hilt, but too big and drove like the Titanic. Envision? Meh. Acadia? Cheap interior, and higher priced than the loaded Traverse was in 2016 for more stuff, plus a 3rd row not wanted. Drove every competitor too, from Mazda to Subaru to Kia to Toyota. Ended up turning in the Traverse, for a 2018 Grand Cherokee Limited with every single feature possible (as, unlike GM, even with "no options" everything is there, and then some), get better mileage than any of the last 5 cars or crossovers in the house, it rips through the RWD 8-speed, is silent and powerful has full 4wd capability, and just drives so well. I put 5500 miles on a rental 2017 at the end of the year, and could not stop driving it. Perfect, in tune, right size, great power, handles and rides better than many cars, and is massively more functional. After an update NY to western PA to NYC roadtrip of 549 miles on 1 tank of regular...it also is just daily easy efficient. Blazer was a thought "should I wait until new year?" and mom was okay with it, as it seemed the right size. Now that they're out, and $10k more than a GC if comparably equipped, no comparison at all. It would be $100+ more per month to get a BASE 2.5L Blazer right now than a JGC Limited...FYI. But back to the Blazer... Anyone else drive one yet?
  29. 6 points
    Generally, names are better than alphanumeric designations. Cadillac should have an all-name lineup just like Lincoln is returning to.
  30. 6 points
    I'm not a fan of anything Chinese but I have to say that if Chinese buy Buicks.. to the tune of 1.4 Million last year versus the 206K here.. then GM should care more about that market than here. Simple as that. Buicks don't sell in low numbers here because they are not great cars/cuvs.. they earn top marks all around.. They sell in low numbers because Americans are superficial, and disloyal to their own brands.. then complain when they lose their livelihood because they aren't selling.
  31. 6 points
    This thing is ridiculous...and in my car world travels, when a Chevy dealer I know well said "it's so expensive. See that FWD base 4-cylinder one outside? We ran a lease the other day and even with a couple grand down, the BASE was low to mid $500's..." and their eyes rolled. Even dealers are confused. Many GM products with these inflated insane stickers lease awfully too, lately. It's a scary slope... Then walk into Ford and there's a functional roomy Edge with Co-Pilot 360 standard, Ecoboost, refinement and...but so many other brand choices that are better. Why would I even consider a $50k Blazer with sparse features, when even a brand new 2019 Grand Cherokee Limited with a 25 mpg getting 8 speed that rips, has room, feels european refined, and handles...with real 4wd, stickers for $42k? GM just seems to not care that competition exists, is better, or a real human being can drive a Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, etc. and be shocked at how awful the GM "competitor thing" is. The full size trucks are enough of a mess. I get the idea of a Camaro SUV...but who was asking for that?. Oh, and an Equinox is $40k+ with options...what a few years of crazy bad at GM. Yet last week I had a 2018 Colorado 3.6L crew cab and was shocked at how nice it was, and "why don't they make an SUV from this?"...
  32. 6 points
    I like that they are continuing to update the older truck. Might not be a terrible strategy going forward with the way truck prices are going.
  33. 6 points
    Of course, the potential top speed of a car has no meaning in the real world, just an internet arguing point of little value.
  34. 6 points
    On some cars, I like that Bulgarian Whore house look, on others not so much. I DO prefer the French Whore house look though... I miss the velour and puffy leather interiors of the 1970s and to a lesser extent the 1980s. Cadillac may not need the quilted look if they do the Escala interior though. THIS is VERY classy!
  35. 6 points
    Went to the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center today...they have a nice eclectic collection, incl. a group of brass era cars, some of which are brands that were built in Cleveland like Peerless, Jordan, Chandler, Baker. A little bit of everything, incl. airplanes, a Goodyear Blimp gondola, a couple small boats, etc. They had a Hemi Satellite and a '65 GTO: Some 40s-50s cars:59 Chevy, Cadillac Fleetwood 60 Special, 57 T-Bird & Mercedes 300SL Some pre-war cars:Airflow, '39 Lincoln-Zephyr, Auburn and a Cadillac A couple stainless steel Ford one-offs:36 Ford & '66 Continental Some concept cars:AMX, Dodge Avenger, and Jeep Compass An 80s-90s exhibit... And a couple early Baker electrics and an EV-1.
  36. 6 points
    I, in no way, am arguing your logic.... because it makes sense. But, in selling Heavy Duty Rams... I have seen several truck customers opting out of the Cummins and going with the 6.4 motor. It is, with no doubt, a good gas motor in the Heavy Duty. The reasons vary. It usually comes down to the DEF and/or the fact that the customer isn't towing as much as they thought. I, for one, would not need (currently) to buy a diesel if I wanted a Heavy Duty truck. And the $8000 plus difference in cost would also be a factor in my purchase.
  37. 5 points
    Ocn, you know that is not true.... People have left this site for the same reason they leave other car boards-they just move on... Some may have been on the wild side, but many others simply just moved on and got into other things...whether it be different makers or simply different interests... Even with my current issues with GM, I am still here with my friends. Yeah, we tussle a little bit in opinion at times-but in the end things end up fine. I don’t abandon friends based on opinions on politics....as in the end we are all here for the love of cars....
  38. 5 points
    Thanks blu- I spent an hour the other night watching utube episodes. Funny stuff. - - - - - '41 DeSoto Business Coupe - love the lines ~
  39. 5 points
  40. 5 points
    So much for my plan to go 113MPH in a new Volvo.
  41. 5 points
    ^ Yes- there is a decent-size space in the seat bottom, and the one in the center armrest. - - - - - Some of Cadillac's past history in NYC- that sign is 7 STORIES TALL!
  42. 5 points
    Sawr a black Continental yesterday in traffic. What a stand-out. Just too nice. I hope Lincoln sticks with their American theme, because it distinguishes them in a great way, imo. Cadillac, sadly, has gone chasing the Europeans to their own detriment. SMK is right when he says the Escalade is their stand-out product... because it is an authentic Cadillac (on a truck chassis, but still). Although I would say the CT6, horrible name notwithstanding, is also a high-class, genuine Cadillac in execution. Was behind a black one today in traffic. If it were called Fleetwood instead, the world would go CRAZY. So... what are today's stewards of the Cadillac brand doing? They are giving up even MORE of their proud heritage, and unashamedly promising the final disconnect from greatness in the not distant-enough future.
  43. 5 points
    I realize they are at the mercy of what Ford and Chevy send... but for less than $1,000 more, they could have had an ST with CoPilot and still been less expensive than the Blazer.
  44. 5 points
    Took exactly 3 entire years from the unveiling to having the $35K version available. Model 3 is due for a refresh next year and the bulk of it's pre-orderers haven't even gotten their first car yet. I don't want to hear another mention ever again that GM is slow to produce an unveiled production-intended vehicle.
  45. 5 points
    Funny list considering you always say you hate Ford
  46. 5 points
    Wait- is it all about HP? Or is it all about torque? Where & when does HP/liter enter into it? And how does one weigh those things against sales? Gets confusing, doesn't it? That's why I like to blindly accept whatever slop a brand shovels forth, as long as it's the SAME, ONE brand. Keeps my head-lid from getting too sweaty.
  47. 5 points
  48. 5 points
    Don't have any recent pics....but love to work on old Woodworking machinery. Friend of mine is just getting a very Large Porter planer we are going to start working on soon. Here is a different large planer in a restoration video....
  49. 5 points
  50. 5 points
    So the code name for the 7.3 is supposedly Godzilla. I believe it is the first new Ford pushrod V8 family since the 335 series and 385 series over 50 years ago.
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