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  1. 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
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  2. Had to get something to replace the Malibu lease end
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  3. Been a while since I've had a "toy" car. Decided to buy this 1988 Firebird Formula for my son and I to work on together. He is almost 13 and not at all mechanically inclined. Not so much because he can't be but because I am one of those picky people that would never let him help me because I wanted to make sure it was done right. It's a pretty clean and rust free all original driver but has more than enough flaws (starting with its anemic 305 V8) that I won't feel guilty doing an LS swap on it. I already sourced the engine and trans as well as a far amount of parts for the conversion but
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  4. Twenty eleven saw the tenth anniversary of the events of 9/11, and it also saw the tenth anniversary of Cheers and Gears. This website was launched in November 2001 by Walt Keegan, aka Avant1963, as a site for passionate, fair, but tough GM fans. Through the years the site was directed by various Admins, including Josh, FlyBrian, and z28luvr01, and now under the steady hand and ownership of Oldsmoboi, who besides putting it on stable financial ground and providing some of the most balanced automobile reviews around, broadened the scope of the site to include other makes and has seen fit to sig
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  5. I spotted this 2019 Colorado Z71 this morning, in the parking lot at my favorite walking trail. Lo and behold, the keys just happened to be in my pocket. So... I brought it home.
    9 points
  6. This past Saturday I went to my trusted Buick dealer and purchased a very gently used 2019 LaCrosse with about 4,000 miles. It's an Essence AWD in Red Quartz Metallic and an Ebony interior, with the Bose Centerpoint Surround, Blind Spot Monitoring, Navigation, Lane Keep Assist, Panoramic Sunroof, etc. The dealer held firm on their internet price but the price was honestly really good for an almost-new car. The car is stunning and after driving it, I was sold. It is a damn shame this car is gone from the US. Aside from having the carpeted mats, the dealer gave me ebony Buick all-
    9 points
  7. Been away for a while.. summer stuff.. figured I'd get out an live while the weather was warm. Decided to get back into riding bikes.. had given it up back in '05 after my then wife (now ex) had issue with me riding with two small children, one of which had just arrived a year earlier. This time.. decided to do it legal and get an actual license.. no more sport bikes tho.. went with Harley, a Softail Cruiser in June.. and by August wanted a sportier Harley to sit next to her.. a NightRod Special (VRod). Meet Browyn (Softail) and Ronda (NRS). The Softail is an '03 Softail Standard FXST with Rhi
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  8. This whole crossover craze has gone a bit too far....
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  10. Please go. No one is stopping you. There's daily nonstop service from PHL by their own Lufthansa and some American carriers as well. Since you are seeming slightly anti-American at this juncture, I recommend Lufthansa. And, since you've never shown much of a penchant for foreign languages on here over the years, you will have one hell of a time learning to communicate in German.
    8 points
  11. @ocnblu is the best at this. He got the Avalanche too. 2017 Chrysler 300C, AWD, white with the linen interior. CarPlay, heated/ventilated seats, pano sunroof, adaptive cruise with lane keep assist. 18,700 miles for $24k
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  12. @ocnblu Got it. 3G is the first two digits of the VIN. 3 is country code Mexico and G is for GM. So it was a Mexican built GM and there were only two of those on the list, the Avalanche and the EXT. While I wouldn't have said no to an EXT, an Avalanche popped up that I couldn't NOT buy. So, I have bought what is likely the lowest mileage 2013 Avalanche in the country. All the paperwork and loan has been finalized, I just have to pick it up on Wednesday. It's a Blue Topaz 2013 LTZ Black Diamond with only 12,800 miles on the clock. I paid $32,990 and Carvana gave me $8,100 for the Cruz
    8 points
  13. Now I just need to sell a 2015 200S. If anyone knows someone who is interested, let me know! I picked up a 2018 Cadillac CTS Luxury 2.0T a couple of days ago. Here are my initial impressions: The suspension is not as stiff as I have heard other people say. It absorbs the bumps pretty well with no real harsh impacts but it does squirm around quite a bit on the heavily potholed Michigan roads The 2.0T is a bit unrefined but has plenty of power for the application The stop/start occasionally causes the car to shudder on the stop and almost always causes a shudder on
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  15. Been a while fellas.. hope is well.. Just wanted pop in and post up my new ride. Sold my CTS-V and Impala and went larger I just took delivery of 2020 CT6V, bought, because I may just keep this one considering the BW's possible iconic status. But it occurred to me that it doesn't matter that its no longer in production when a replacement car.. powered by electric is on the way. This would have been no different than any other car that changed its name or platform the next generation. 2019 CTS buyers for instance.. being upset when the name was changed to Ct5.. and let me
    8 points
  16. I defected back to the Germans this Christmas... got myself an Audi A8L 4.0T. The car sold new for 109. But at 4 years and 40K miles as a Certified Pre-Owned, it is $31.6K making it an exceptional value. This is in part due to the SUV craze and in part due to the fact that car enthusiasts are generally gravitate to the S-cars, the M-cars, the V-cars and the AMGs. This left the traditional flagship sedan with low demand and fantastically bad residual values (71% depreciation in 4 years). It is no S8 Plus for sure, but it is brisk enough.
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  17. Been out enjoying nature today... photos from Brandywine Falls in nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
    8 points
  18. 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.
    8 points
  19. 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.
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  20. 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?!
    8 points
  21. Our prayers MAY have been answered with respect to the CT6. Now if only GM would use the Omega platform for other vehicles as well. . . . .
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  22. Cheers and Gears has a policy of no political talk on the boards, but it's impossible to do the traditional review of the year's significant events without mentioning some of the actions of the federal government that so permeate the news and our lives. Those who get their delicate sensibilities easily offended are urged to skip this post and go elsewhere, such as link. That said, here are some of the things that happened in our country: The deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history occurred in Parkland, Florida in February. Teenagers became vocal activists, in stark contrast to t
    8 points
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  24. I rarely post non-manufacturer "concept" art... but this was just dead sexy. Cadillac could totally pull this off and make a coupe with actual distinction over something like the CLS or 6-series jellybeans.
    8 points
  25. This is a terrible idea..... but if they can't make a profit on 500,000 Fusions a year globally, maybe they deserve what seems to be coming to them. On a related note, I'm even more convinced than ever that we're heading for a recession soon. Maybe this is Ford's hedge against that like they pulled off last time to avoid bankruptcy.
    8 points
  26. Happy New Year to Blu, Olds, Drew, Balth, etc. Happy New Year to you all, Make 2018 an awesome year!
    8 points
  27. i didn't know the guy with the fwd jeepiat was the gatekeeper on automotive enthusiast cred...
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  28. They didn't have to because everyone else called out your silliness.
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  29. And Cheers and Gears recommends that it's readers actually read the article they posted before commenting on it. CR recommends avoiding only the early versions of these electric cars. BTW, I'm sure you're really proud!!! ruh roh!!
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  30. I've asked this question before... it is as if Ford is dearly missing all of the British luxury brands they used to own. Explorer looks like a Range Rover. Every Ford car looks like an Aston-Martin... and now they're making Lincolns look like Jaguars. Creepy.
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  31. You can't keep a 3800 running, I doubt you'll get much use out of a rotary.
    8 points
  32. I'm not a Sierra Club activist and I would totally buy this over a CTS because a CTS, while nice and handles great, doesn't suit my day to day needs like a Volt does. The Volt is comfortable for long distance drives, it's very very very very quiet. It has a nice interior. Handles plenty good enough, has a highly useful cargo area that only the CTS Wagon could compete with, and for 95% of my driving and commuting, I wouldn't use very much if any gas at all. One doesn't need to be a Sierra Club activist to see the $4.25 a gallon writing on the wall. Step one is being realistic about what yo
    8 points
  33. No it isn't. Have you not been paying attention the last couple of years? It's a haven for people to bitch and moan about how not every car is a hardtop, or that every car isn't a coupe, or that every car isn't a Hyundai Sonata Turbo, or that Greenpeace is coming out at night and taking away trucks or some other such nonsense. That's not discussion, its whining.
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  34. ...... ..... I believe Oldsmoboi was referring to me when he said, "Ask Pauliano" (which the spelling made me throw up a little bit in my mouth)... and I LOVE cars. Love them to the point of belonging to a car forum. Love them to the point of talking about them. To being able to identify the make/model/year of car by its brake lights from a mile away. The point of knowing ridiculous amounts of specs on every model. To the point of knowing options available in each model. That said... ... I want to get in the car. Don't care how fast I get to 70 (which is what I usually cruise at
    8 points
  35. 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Plus And I am super excited about it. It almost makes me sad that it is my wife's vehicle. For the life of me I have no idea why these things have such a bad reputation amongst the general public. They do everything a CUV does but better, with the possible exception of towing and that even depends on which CUV you are comparing it to. I personally think this thing is kick ass. I just wish GM would rejoin the market and make a stylish minivan. A Buick minivan would be good. Maybe make a little more stylish version of the GL8 they sell in China?
    7 points
  36. Happy first day of autumn, C&G folks. Possibly my favorite season, even though I like going to the beach, too. Incredible Acadia National Park in Maine in autumn. Once was not enough.
    7 points
  37. Well a few months back, I posted a photo of the actual Turkey Hill. My favorite rail trail lies at the base of it. The Susquehannock Indians enjoyed bountiful turkey hunting on that hill, hence the name. Goes back to William Penn's days. https://www.turkeyhill.com/about/turkey-hill-name Here's the Turkey Hill Overlook, and the magnificent Susquehanna River -
    7 points
  38. Leonard Nimroy on set of Star Trek with his 1964 Buick Riviera
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  39. I would love it if GM had a conquest rate of 66% on ANY of their vehicles; ideally all GM vehicles would have such a high conquest percentage. Lincoln seems to be doing some really good things with the new Navigator.
    7 points
  40. 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 sm
    7 points
  41. Not allowed to bring phones into the meeting. I LOVE the name btw! A double jibs up from me to Lincoln for that. It fits perfectly in the rest of the Lincoln SUV lineup. It sounds distinguished. Leagues better (see what I did there?) than GLx### or Q/QX or X/XT at the other brands.
    7 points
  42. Road trips are always a good way to get to know a car. Esp. random, spur-of-the-moment trips. Took a 250 mile jaunt around scenic parts of Arizona (from Phoenix up to Prescott then back through the mountains via Wickenberg). The Jeep performed flawlessly; drove like a new car. In the mountains over 6000 feet down to high desert then back to the Valley... Seemed familiar yet totally different compared to my old one. Had a great day...sunny and cool up north.
    7 points
  43. 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 (
    7 points
  44. I guess if I had to pick one night stand, it'd be this one: It's walnut AND on sale on Amazon!
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  45. CUVs are all awful, just terrible-looking things - all of them. And, I think this wagon would have sold pretty well. But that isn't why I called this decision a mistake. It's a mistake because the car is in production and all of the parts to make it happen here are in production. Anytime an opportunity like that exists, the bodystyle should be offered - even if on a limited basis. GM has been toying with the idea of creating families of cars (multiple bodystyles) on a single named model, and that's a great strategy. Every opportunity to re-introduce this concept should be taken to get folks u
    7 points
  46. Now, that was below the belt. If you have to get crude, please get the f@#k out of the thread. Thanks. Now, back on topic- I have to say that this has the be the cleanest version of the "sonata" style that I have seen. It does offer much more than the current car. Let's just see if they do the price bump that they have done with the last two cars. Interestingly though, I think they could get it too....
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  47. I would argue that the bank is the criminal here. The man destroyed his own property. It's crazy, but it's not illegal. The bank doesn't own it (yet). The man owed $160k to the bank. The bank received $170k offer for the property. The bank got greedy and said no since they felt they could probably sell a $350k house for $250k and make $90k profit on it. THE BANK SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO FORECLOSE ON THE PROPERTY JUST BECAUSE THEY THINK THEY CAN MAKE A PROFIT ON IT. In fact, I think the bank should probably be put under investigation and ALL of it's foreclosure proceedings put on hold. I've r
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