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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. 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?!
  3. 7 points
    A few pics to start...blue is really growing on me....usually a bigger fan of the darker blues.....
  4. 7 points
  5. 7 points
    This is her.. at the dealership prep area. Actual pics from me will follow on a bright sunny day.. which sucks because I am hearing my area is set to get some snow tonight. Either way.. she is loaded to the tee.. all options.. none spared. From Recaros, to PDR, to HUD, to Ultraview, to Midnight wheels and Carbon Fiber package.. Looking forward to the Spring and Summer runs CARBON FIBER PACKAGE includes Carbon Fiber hood vent, spoiler, front splitter and rear diffuser (Included with (PCI) Crystal White Frost Limited Edition Package. Not available with (C43) Base Splitter (No Charge) or (R6G) No Splitter.) (CFZ) GAS GUZZLER TAX mandatory federal tax added to price of vehicle (R8E) SUNSHADE, POWER, REAR WINDOW (Included and only available when (Y40) Luxury Package is ordered.) (DB3) WHEELS, 19" X 9.5" (45.7 CM X 24.1 CM) FRONT, 19" X 10" (45.7 CM X 25.4 CM) REAR, AFTER MIDNIGHT PREMIUM PAINTED FINISH (Included with (PCI) Crystal White Frost Limited Edition Package.) (Q8O) PERFORMANCE DATA AND VIDEO RECORDER (UQT) SUNROOF, ULTRAVIEW, POWER (Requires (Y40) Luxury Package.) (C3U) STEERING WHEEL, SUEDED MICROFIBER RIM AND SHIFT KNOB (53S) RED OBSESSION TINTCOAT (Available at extra charge.) (G7E) LICENSE PLATE BRACKET, FRONT (will be forced on orders with ship-to states that require a front license plate) (VK3) JET BLACK W/JET BLACK ACCENTS, LEATHER W/SUEDED MICROFIBER INSERTS AND SEATBACKS (With V Carbon Fiber interior trim.) (HG6) LUXURY PACKAGE includes (CJ4) tri-zone automatic climate control, (AM9) rear split-folding seat with armrest, (KA6) heated rear seats, (DB3) rear window power sunshade, (DE8) rear side window manual sunshades and (KI6) 110V power receptacle (Included with (PCI) Crystal White Frost Limited Edition Package.) (Y40) LPO, CD OPTICAL DRIVE, GLOVE BOX MOUNTED (WCN) CALIPERS, RED BREMBO (Not available with (J6J) Dark Gold Brembo calipers.) (J6F) ENGINE, 6.2L (376 CI) SUPERCHARGED V8 DI VARIABLE VALVE TIMING (VVT) ALUMINUM with Active Fuel Management (640 hp [477.2 kW] @ 6400 rpm, 630 lb-ft of torque [854.2 N-m] @ 3600 rpm) (STD) (LT4) EMISSIONS, FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS (FE9) SEAT, REAR SPLIT-FOLDING with armrest, lockable seatback and lockable rear pass-through access door (Included and only available when (Y40) Luxury Package is ordered.) (AM9) LPO, FLOOR MATS, PREMIUM CARPETED (Included with (PCN) Summer/Winter Mat Package, LPO. Not available separately with (PCN) Summer/Winter Mat Package, LPO.) (VYW) SEATS, RECARO PERFORMANCE (Requires interior color (HG6) Jet Black with Jet Black accents, (HG8) Light Platinum with Jet Black accents or (HG9) Jet Black with Saffron accents. Not available with 4-way adjustable front head restraints, manual thigh support or (KB6) ventilated driver and front passenger seats.) (W2E) SUNSHADES, MANUAL, REAR SIDE WINDOWS (Included and only available when (Y40) Luxury Package is ordered.) (DE8) RECEPTACLE, POWER, 110V (Included and only available when (Y40) Luxury Package is ordered.) (KI6) SEATS, HEATED REAR OUTBOARD SEATING POSITIONS (Included and only available when (Y40) Luxury Package is ordered.) (KA6) TRANSMISSION, 8-SPEED AUTOMATIC (STD) (M5U) PREFERRED EQUIPMENT GROUP includes standard equipment (2SV) CLIMATE CONTROL, TRI-ZONE AUTOMATIC (Included and only available when (Y40) Luxury Package is ordered.) (CJ4)
  6. 7 points
    >>"Damaging another persons vehicle during the operation of yours is a property-damage accident."<< ^ Not sure how tandem/tri-axle dumps can get away with signage 'not responsible for debris from road' were this to be unilateral. -- -- -- What's quite amusing in this thread is how the person advising one make a discreet right turn and avoid confrontation were he in the same scenario, reacts to the relating of a story with belittlement & shouted obscenities. A bit oxymoronic...
  7. 6 points
    This is NO TRAILBLAZER, This is a Cub Scout with marketing trying to say it is an Eagle Scout in Training. Shame on GM for screwing this one up!
  8. 6 points
  9. 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
  10. 6 points
    Heavy key chains break Chevy Cobalts. It is such a wonderful car aside from that though, after decades of wonderful examples of GM FWD cars that would make anyone a fan.
  11. 6 points
  12. 6 points
    Only here could we wander away from Italian badged Japanese built sports cars to be discussing Silverado mirror indicators.....
  13. 6 points
    Remember, Lutz was not a designer...wasn't he more of a sales guy and product planner? Being in IT for 20+ years and seeing the complexity, fragility, bugs and insecurity of software on a daily basis, I can't imagine trusting software to control something as complex as driving....
  14. 6 points
    All these fake exhaust tips integrated into bumpers on all the cars these days are really starting to annoy me. They look cheap, they get dirty much faster because they're in the exhaust stream in the case of models that have the real tips behind them, an they're usually made of plastic chrome. I used to ask myself "why do this???" , and of course the answer was that it cuts costs. Like the Volkswagen ATLAS and Tiguan, they have these chrome rectangles pieces with a moudling plastic inner, made to look like an exhaust!!! WTF?!! The real tips are actually behind the bumper.... Even the new Lexus LS. Same goddamn deal, you actually even see the real tips that look cheap because they're not plated, and then you see the fake tips that are part of the bumper....I see it in new Mercedes sedans....everywhere....it triggers like an OCD like rageeeee attack in my mind. FUCK OFF YOU FAKE EXHAUST TIPS!!!!
  15. 6 points
    This is the wrong thread on this and I intend to start one in the near future... but suffice it to say that I have full proof and will happily present it in an article coming up in a month or two that Ford (And GM, and Honda, and anyone else who is using a turbo) is fooling the driver by way of throttle calibration. I'll show my full findings in the article, but the long story short is that a naturally aspirated engine runs around 10% throttle at idle while turbo engines run around 20% throttle at idle. Furthermore, the throttle on a naturally aspirated engine opens less to accelerate, generally less than 40%, while turbo engines generally go well over 50%. These numbers are not from a "feel of the foot" measurement but from actual throttle position sensor readouts from various cars. So while your Escape feels like it's not using much throttle to get moving, the truth is that the computer is amplifying the movement of your foot more than it actually moves. The reading also gives me the amount of boost provided when its a turbo engine. I bought an OBDII reader to deal with issues on my CR-V, but I found out it will give you the throttle position reading as well which allows me to collect the data relative to different cars. I'm aiming for late October to finish the article because I'll have a fleet of cars to test it on in mid october.
  16. 6 points
  17. 6 points
    I am sick and tired of every thread becoming a GM bashing, RWD praising, any brand other than GM humping pointless tirades. There is no constructive discussion left on the website anymore. At the start of the thread, there were some very valid points regarding the design changes and ideological inaccuracies of the car countered by valid reasons of sales numbers and easy money necessary to keep the brand alive. If GM cannot do anything right, and other manufacturers do, then this is not the forum for you, move on and join those forums. There is one thing to point mistakes and talk constructively and then there is other to just constantly keeping on bitching, moaning, and whining about anything GM does.
  18. 6 points
    ...and an ill-informed one at that.
  19. 5 points
    16 exterior colors, 6 interior colors, 0-60 under three seconds. Under $60,000 base price.
  20. 5 points
    What is they're both right and he's an out of control genius?
  21. 5 points
    Since the launch of the XT4 with the rather anemic (if more refined) LSY engine, many (including myself) had questioned why GM does not offer the Tripower 310 bhp / 348 lb-ft (L3B) 2.7T 4-cylinder in the XT4 (at least) as an option. To a lesser extent some have also questioned why the LSY is putting out a mere 237bhp / 258 lb-ft whereas the outgoing LTG engine is good for 265~272 bhp / 295 lb-ft. Is it just so that it can have 258 lb-ft arrive @ 1,500 rpm? Now, we have the answer... It's the 9-speed Automatics. Adopting the 9-speed automatics is deemed a priority for refinement and fuel economy. The new GM-Ford 9TXX transmissions, jointly developed with Ford promises better fuel economy and better shift quality. There are currently two versions of this transmission:- 9T50 -- 258 lb-ft 9T65 -- 280 lb-ft The need to pack 9-speeds into a very slim transmission case meant that they have to use an ovoid cross section torque converter, a tension chain coupling and abandon the high torque capability of the previous generation top dog 6T80 (369 lb-ft) transmissions used in the 410 hp / 368 lb-ft 3.6L Twin-Turbo (LF3) powered Cadillac XTS. The lack of torque capability is also in part why Ford abandoned the use of the GM-Ford 9TXX transmissions, choosing instead to develop an 8-speed evolution of the decade old 6T80 for use in their high torque applications like the Ford Edge ST (2.7L Ecoboost V6 with 335 hp / 380 lb-ft). Ford also asserts that the new 9-speed autos did not yield any fuel economy improvement when tested with their engines and the refinement improvements alone did not justify the costs and weight increases. View full article
  22. 5 points
    @Cmicasa the Great and @dwightlooi ... be glad Cadillac doesn't put its own scent into its cars. They had a scent developed and they ... unleashed it at the Detroit and LA Auto Shows..... it was like an Axe factory exploded. Way too strong and didn't even smell great.
  23. 5 points
  24. 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.
  25. 5 points
    Post pics of your other Hobbies besides cars. Me, I love to bake. Specifically I love making bread, but I also like cakes and cookies and pies. For the past week I've been working on a sour dough starter so I can make sour dough bread and sour dough English muffins. These just came out of the oven and smell great!
  26. 5 points
    I just got a crazy idea. Instead of creating dumb ass commercials trying to convince that Buicks are not for old people, why doesnt Buick build cars and CUVs tht are NOT for old people. Because even if the Cascada was a convertible, it sure looked and smelled like moth balls, if you know what I mean. I dont get it. Even in China, Buick should have at least attempted to bring back the Riviera nameplate... It would have been better if Buick actually gave the Chinese and the Americans a bloody Riviera... There is soooo much youthful exuberance in that design that no no words need to be spoken to tell people what Buick is all about... It even out-Musks Elon Musk by making bolder doors... Its even a Hybrid... The one in 2007 was similar and just as jaw dropping gorgeous. And in my honest opinion, This next one works better as a Buick than it did a Chevrolet...a cop car Chevrolet at that... I mean, its a Buick therefore a high price tag would not have caused a heart attack because Buick. Park Avenue at that... And the Chevy SS was different enough in the looks department that Chevy wouldnt be afarid to advertise the SS and sell some copies to make...you know...money... What were they afraid of with the Park Avenue? That it was the 1st generation Zeta platform? That didnt stop Pontiac in getting the G8 nor did it not phase the Chinese that bought the Park Avenue by the ton. Its not as if Buick had such an incredible image in America back then that the Zeta Park Avenue would be an embarrassment. Au contraire, it was light years ahead of what Buick was peddling back then. The Lucerne was just a re-badged Olds Aurora that was uglier...and had grandpa driving characteristics as opposed to the Aurora and especially to the even sportier Pontiac Bonneville. Its a bloody shame that Pontiac, Oldsmobile and now Buick have been mismanaged to oblivion.
  27. 5 points
    'only' $47k? What reality are you in? For most people, that's not a small amount of money...
  28. 5 points
    Right.. but my biggest concern is WTF they are not using that SWEET engine in anything else.. including the 3.0LTT. I love GM.. I just don't get GM sometimes. If I ran that part of the company U fukkers and all enthusiasts would be outside my house daily asking for red Kool-Aid and singing KumBahya, just using the extraordinary technology they have on the shelfs collecting dust
  29. 5 points
    At this point now I will be surprised if there is a nex gen challnger. or maybe it goes back to front drive! R/T! Turismo! GLH! Shelby! The market is not driving these changes, it is outside forces. I like electrics but it is now starting to get forced down our throats. should compete well with the next Camaro! inspired by citation X11! Front drive, electric option and look at the improved visibility! just what everyone is asking for!
  30. 5 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.
  31. 5 points
    My great grandfather, grandfather and me with my great grandfather's Ford.
  32. 5 points
  33. 5 points
    The 'Corinthian' era was a joke. And you harp on it because it was a joke. RE the first gen Toronado- I can't believe you believe this. Merceds in the same period couldn't even compete with Oldsmobile, nevermind Cadillac- they were still building stodgy tombstone-grilled sedans with outdated fins grafted on and no performance. The best they could offer stylistically was the archaic SL; 0-60 in 10 secs and and external gas filler neck sprouting from the rear panel like a sawed off sapling stump. They were still reverse-engineering A/C & high performance from General Motors cars then. Toronado was an engineering, performance and design powerhouse, a permanent historical icon (and I'm not even an Olds guy/ never owned one). My God, man :
  34. 5 points
    Its one thing to humanize a dog. At least its living and breathing. Its another to humanize an object. If you really want personality in your transportation medium, horses are the way to go. Im not trying to be funny, just pointing out that an inanimate object have no personalities... Trust me, I know what you mean though about "personality". Different engine's have different horsepower and torque curves and different sounds they make... However, it is also wrong to think that all electric motors in different types of cars will be "tuned" the same. In fact, Tesla Model S and Model 3 cars, and Im talking about personal experience here, both have different settings on how the cars accelerate and use up battery power according to what setting the driver has chosen... Coincidentally, ICE cars have that too... But, such as like ICE cars, small "personality" differences between the model itself that the driver chooses. Do not mistake though, that a Prius drives differently than a Bolt that drives differently than a Tesla Model S that drives differently than a Model 3. Coincidentally, ICE cars have that too... So...the sound is missing on an electric motorized vehicle? A Corvette in Tour mode, AND with all the NOISE pollution hardware that was made into law sometime ago for cars not to make noise because public nuisance, and the LT5 755 horsepower V8 could hardly be heard outside the car AND even inside the cabin. And THAT is on a super fast sports car. When we are talking about current FWD Chevrolet Impalas or 4 door modern Dodge Chargers with our without the V8s, or Honda Accords or Cadillacs or especially Lexus and Buick cars, there is virtually no engine sounds being heard anywhere, unless we open up the hood of the car while the engine is turning. So much so that BMWs, the Mustang and others pipe the engine noises through the car radio speakers. And in some cases, like the aforementioned BMWs, FAKE engine noises... But, I aint here to convert you...just here to keep you informed.
  35. 5 points
    My 16 GTI lease is up in just a few months. I had always planned to buy something cheap to kick around in once it went back. Something dailyable, but still kinda fun. This just came along so I jumped on it. The thing is actually quite enjoyable. You don't realize how much you miss having a manual until you get another manual. I'm loving it!
  36. 5 points
    These are classics that are so well baked at this point...you can't go wrong. Lack of any options aside, the 2017 Challenger R/T (literally zero options, and cloth with no backup camera...but burbling Hemi) was incredible for the 5000 miles I put on it as a rental for work. Best part, quiet, smoothness, and refinement heft aside, was with the ZF 8-speed, multiple times I got 28-29mpg cruising, with an all time best 29.6 mpg from western PA back to Philly on a Sunday. Yet since, I've driven smaller cars, cars with no power, etc. and struggled to get more than 22-23 highway. Had a V6 2017 Charger SXT rental for a week too, with far nicer technology inside, and even though the 3.6L is no barn stormer, with he 8-speed it's silent and strong. These cars just keep going and going and going... Which makes you wonder...
  37. 5 points
    There is also the problem with distracted pedestrians...zombies walking around not paying attention their surroundings, futzing with their phones...
  38. 5 points
    A great white whale emerged from her slumber, battery warmed up, took on a payload of fresh Tigerpaws, and trundled over to Costco to be re-shoed. First real trip out since November. It was a gorgeous day and she swims like a dream now. 75 mph and narey a vibration unlike the old shoes. She's running beautifully too. Can't wait to get her inspection done so I can drive her a lot more.
  39. 5 points
    "Widow Jane" My NEW... used.. 2016 Corvette Z06 3LZ M7. Pics will come up on Thursday or Friday as the sun will be out.. and all this rain will be gone. Windows already tinted.. including windshield. A Special Carbon Fiber mod I did on the tail bezels..
  40. 5 points
    2019 Toyota Avalon Becomes Slightly Angry: Wouldn't you be slightly angry if you looked like that.
  41. 5 points
    It is amazing how many times in college debate people make really asinine assertions. This ranks right up there with the worst I have heard. When you can come up with some sort of a realistic policy proposal I will be more than happy to discuss it rationally.
  42. 5 points
    I was going through old pictures today and found this one of GM's new 9-speed fwd auto.... With my cocktail for size comparison. Look how small it is.
  43. 5 points
    $15 buys you an ad-free C&G experience... it doesn't buy you a get out of jail free card when you act silly.
  44. 5 points
    Who is all this BMW shadowing supposed to appeal to, that's going to sign for a Cadillac? These folks want a misshapen & bloated 4-dr hatchback, they can march over to BMW for their fat dozen sedans and kindergarten naming schemes. Again: Cadillac does not "Need" to answer all 43 models at BMW.
  45. 5 points
    Wings you've borne your own fair share of back handed remarks. I don't condone either side taking pot shots.
  46. 5 points
    This would be correct...once your addicted...your addicted. I know this: another Cherokee is pretty much in my immediate future. The first one was enough of a learning experience of what to look out for (mainly, condition of heads and head gaskets) and how to buy one cheap. I wish Jeep would build a true successor to the Cherokee, though: an innovative, highly capable, well handling, tough and rugged, lightweight, cheap and efficient compact mid-sized SUV (of course, with the customer's choice of two or four doors, two four-wheel drive systems, and two different transmissions and engines). The only time the Liberty came remotely close was with the Renegade package, but even then its hefty curb weight still left it lacking. The 2008 and up models are an insult to what legacy the Cherokee left. Sure, you could argue the four-door Wrangler Unlimited is better poised to carry the Cherokee's torch, but it comes at a hefty cost whereas the Cherokee always remained affordable throughout its entire run. The Patriot makes for a fun runabout, but it lacks the real off-road prowess of the SUV it tries so hard to emulate. The Grand Cherokee is in a league of its own, far removed from the original Cherokee. It doesn't fit into this picture, despite being originally designed to replace it. Alas, it seems corporate ignorance has buried one of the best modern SUVs any company has ever built ... and the company that truly takes credit for that impressive piece of design would be AMC (with a dump truck's load of credit to Richard Teague), the McGyver of automotive design and engineering. Ironically the Cherokee has left most, if not all, of Jeep's line-up under the weight of its shadow since it left the room. Look at how ChryCo redesigned the Liberty and designed the Patriot; look at how they designed the Commander and consider why they decided to build the Wrangler Unlimited with four full doors. You don't just build any successful vehicle relatively unchanged for almost two decades and expect people to just forget why they bought one in the first place. Also consider the fact it was the Cherokee just about everyone scrambled to compete with during the late '80s and early '90s. Because of the Cherokee, GM had to add an extra set of doors to the Blazer and Jimmy. Because of the Cherokee, Ford had to take the Bronco II down to the bare foundation and redesign it to be bigger and, yep, with a set of four doors (read: Explorer). It was the Cherokee's original formula that everyone copied and that would eventually lead to the SUV boom. I have to wonder how many people who shown up to trade their old Cherokees in around the debut of the original Liberty were completely turned off and away by what they were presented with at their Jeep dealer. I can't forget the truck the Cherokee spawned, either. With Ford giving up on compact trucks and Dodge moving on to follow Honda's failed model by slapping beds on minivans, Jeep could really take hold of the compact truck market in a big way if they built another truck like the Comanche. The Comanche was exceptionally light-weight, good looking, and fuel efficient for a small truck while still remaining rugged and capable and a new Jeep designed in the exact same vein would bring a lot of sales. I guarantee that, especially if they also add different cab configurations into the mix (that's the only thing the original Comanche should've stayed ahead on). Anyway, my rant is over.
  47. 5 points
    There's a HUGE difference between presenting material in a way that is interesting and motivates learning vs. lazy students. There are students who will not and outright refuse to learn. Having taught for many years, along with my personality and caring, I have an excellent rapport with students and parents. That said, I've come across students that no matter what I do, refuse to do a stick of work. Should teachers be responsible to motivate students to do work outside of the classroom or should parents take a part? Or should this generation finally step up and start acting responsible for their actions? I can't believe how much education (the system and the students) have degraded since I was in school. Students have all the power. They're never at fault. I don't assign mountains of homework. I make it clear to students and parents from the first day of school, I understand what it's like to be a student/teen. I get they have several other classes. That said, I rather they spend 15 minutes practicing my material every day than blowing it off if I gave them an hour of homework every night. Yet 15 minutes of homework seems to be too much for some students to do.
  48. 4 points
    0-60 : 2.9 sec 1/4 mile : 10.9 What again?
  49. 4 points
    My longest road trip took place in August/September 1992, when I drove from my grandparents' farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland out to Denver and Fort Collins and up into Wyoming before turning around and traveling home on the southern route. Just me and my beloved Jack Russell terrier, Meggie, in my green 1992 VW Golf GL 2-door.
  50. 4 points
    LMAO! Pay special attention to these two words. “Damn near”. In all seriousness, I’d take a Bolt or even the new Leaf over any Fiat.
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