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  1. I'm all for a small diesel however was really hoping to see them consider the bi-turbo 3.6 being an option. The LS motors just don't (and never have) give the low end torque. They are revvers and not luggers. Problem with diesel will be the premium $$ to get into one due to all the gov't regs.
  2. Sea Seven

    quit Ferrari-esque. Looks nice though
  3. No Bigger Than A Jalapeno

    yeah saw a green one already
  4. The issue with the 5.3 and such is while the 340 hp rating may look good, the torque band absolutly sucks. No 1/2 ton GM truck has had a better pulling motor than the late '90ls 5.7. While down on power they pulled way better. This is where the Ecoboost F150 shins, turbo's give a gob of torque down low. Our 2007 Tahoe, as much as I like it, sucks when a trailer is attached behind it. The motor has no low end. GM... stop with the HP wars and tube a motor for what it is supposed to do, not for peak hp.
  5. 1991 GMC Syclone Manufacturer Promotional Video and MW Road test

    I did buy one back in '97. Sold it in '01. Kinda miss it. Hard to believe it's been 10 years since I last drove it. Doesn't seem like more than a couple years.
  6. Drove a Volt today!

    My uncle in Grand Rapids is one of the first 2 in that side of the state to get one. He came down to our place today with his black Volt. He's had it for 3 weeks. Got to take it for a spin. Nice driving car. When first powered up and pulling out of the driveway it was on battery until getting on the road and starting to accelerate (keep in mind I'm over 2 hours away from his place so the battery was already depleted). Only when I started slowing down for the stop sign did I hear the motor running. When did accelerate hard for a stretch and you could then hear the motor rev up higher due to the harder acceleration. Regardless the motor was very quit in every condition. You actually noticed the motor vibration in the steering wheel (which was very minor) before hearing the motor run. Gauges were very easy to read. Car was decently comfortable for my 6'-4" frame. This tops off my week after driving a buddy's new 2011 Mustang Shelby GT500 a few days earlier.
  7. Drove a Volt today!

    My uncle in Grand Rapids is one of the first 2 in that side of the state to get one. He came down to our place today with his black Volt. He's had it for 3 weeks. Got to take it for a spin. Nice driving car. When first powered up and pulling out of the driveway it was on battery until getting on the road and starting to accelerate (keep in mind I'm over 2 hours away from his place so the battery was already depleted). Only when I started slowing down for the stop sign did I hear the motor running. When did accelerate hard for a stretch and you could then hear the motor rev up higher due to the harder acceleration. Regardless the motor was very quit in every condition. You actually noticed the motor vibration in the steering wheel (which was very minor) before hearing the motor run. Gauges were very easy to read. Car was decently comfortable for my 6'-4" frame.
  8. C&G in MotorTrend mag

    Did any of you guys see C&G mentioned in the latest MT mag about the Cadillac ATS-V speculation?
  9. Ok... well there was no Cayenne opened up when I was there on Friday. The majority of the makes had full leather seating areas in the back seat. Merc, BMW and Audi was full leather seating area and even sides (again referring to the rear seats).
  10. Since having attended 10 of these in the last 12 years I thought I'd throw some opinions of this year. First off, it was better than last year by a bit (can it get worse than last year?). Porsche was back (woo hoo!). Guess we'll see Nissan Infinite next season. Mercedes was letting people sit in their vehicles again. GM booth was back to 2 levels again, but still not back to where the booth was in the early '00's (same with Ford). Was kinda hoping the show would've gotten moved out toward Novi back when there was discussions about it (rather drive up to Novi vs downtown - not a big deal though). Getting more and more in love with Audi every year. They went from bland a decade ago to being very good competition and design with BMW and Merc. They had all top of the line models, would have been nice to have been able to see a couple medium optioned vehicles though. Porsche had a nice open and simple display with a nice variety of vehilces. Had a Panamara opened up to sit inside of but was suprised there was no Cheyenne available to sit it (they had turbo model but was locked up). Chrystler Corp. - Interiors a LOT better than the past. Puts them on par with competition now. Jeep Grand Cherokee.. WOW!!!! That's all I can say about that. Loved the true brushed billit aluminum grill on the new 300. Amazing to not see chromed plastic there, unless this were preproduction units that will be changed for production?? Dodge and Jeep did very well with pulling away the basic tan or gray for interior leather on their new models. It was nice to see some richer tans and earth tones. Now how about some GM rant?... Interiors! While they came a long way a couple years back they are still a bit behind and going cheap in areas. If you question this, just compare the interior of a Malibu vs a Kia Optima. Look at the interior door panels of the two, end of story. However the Optima is new this year and will give the 2012 Malibu a comparison when it is offically released. I am shocked to believe that I am about to say Dodge had a on par or nicer interior than comparible GM's. Dodge designs are maybe still a bit on the bland side but simple stuff like multiple door panel materials and stitching are just a few of the design cues that stand out. There has to be a better price competitive option to hard plastics, they are getting old. The new LaCrosse it done up very nicely though along with the Regal. Not sure what's up with the poop brown they are starting to use in the mix of a lot of the interiors. It looks ok but not all giddy about it. Also ditch the Titanium gray... bleh! Would be nice to see some richer tan/brown/burgundy leather shades. Let's start pushing aside the same day to day basic tan and gray. Also, GM, stop getting so cheap with the leather! Cover the whole back seat with leather and not just the center portions of each side!! The new Charger even had full leather back seats (except the very center and sides). While I see Cadillac did give you a full leather seating surface in the back, the sides of the front and back seats were still vinyl. This is rediculas especially for the person paying a $1500 upcharge for leather... give them leather! Not just leather accents! Ford - As most know, Taursus looks huge on the outside, but dash and console is just way too intrusive. I deal breaker for me. new Explorer, very nice looking inside and out. They now have a vehicle with a motor, chassis, drivetrain on par with the Traverse/Acadia but with a nicer interior. I think they made a good call with the back seat also. Instead of a board like 3rd row made for 3 small children, Ford made a nice 2 person rear seat that adults can use and be somewhat comfortable. Nice move IMO.
  11. Full Review: 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

    Our Aura's trunklid opens almost straight up and down without the goosenecks
  12. 2012 Civic Concept

    I think it actually looks pretty good... almost makes the Verano look outdated.
  13. Interactive Review: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ RS

    Yeah fresh motor and COLD outside. 29 ok good at this point. Figure your loosing at minimum 3-4 mpg's over summertime temps.
  14. Rush Limbaugh and the Volt

    Yeah both him and John Gibson. I like these guys and agree with most of thier veiws but this is bad mouthing only because of the bailout (which I was against but won't keep me from buying their vehicles).
  15. Spy Shots: 2012 Chevrolet Malibu draws closer

    Hope it doesn't look like a large Cruze. I've been tired of the large front end overhangs as well.