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  1. Thanks gentlemen. If I was again looking on paper, VW reliability while not stellar is not something which would bother me. I know three folks in person who have had horribly reliable Passat (2) and a Golf. That makes me anxious. Besides that the VW dealer here really doesn't give me a good vibe. Nevertheless, I am planning to keep an open mind and at least go and test drive it.
  2. Dear Patient, before I put you on other of your crazy pills, let us get this straight that Fiesta ST was brought by you in this thread by comparing it with base Mustang not me. And I gave you five reasons as to why Fiesta ST would be chosen in comparison with Mustang, which you thought was a straight forward choice. At least I did not comprehend in your post about Fiesta ST being compared to a larger FWD smaller vehicles. But then please enlighten me, where in that post you say so. I even didn't make reference to the Fiesta ST in my last response here, but you regurgitated it. You may thin
  3. Perception is different than reality. Unless you have internal knowledge or concrete facts, you are just posting your opinion. Maybe... just can't say.... Point is you don't think the new camaro's tech is not going to rub off on other models? Can't dream of a twin turbo Cruze? What new tech? Most of the tech already exists and the small cars with performance exist. Bring one then we can talk.
  4. Do it man. Life is too short to think too much. This and another one from Camino (It's just a wire or something like that) have been good threads about vehicle projects.
  5. It's no back and forth buddy, I am a doctor to help you find the root cause of your ailment. I just need to diagnose you right before I can put my name on the prescription. Well, I am using your standards of your choice to dispute validity of arguments you are posing about superiority of Mustang. As Drew has said here, just look at the target demographics for these cars and their desires. With that let us bring the thread back to the subject. It is not ONLY PERFORMANCE but balance of performance, utility, fuel economy, fun to drive factors and value. Sure there is a 6/10 of a second s
  6. You, my good friend, are in a rare crowd right now. None of these cars are big sellers at the moment, and I know Ford is cutting back on ST production right now. And while it's good to have a halo car right now, I'm just not sure if the time is right just yet. With GM working on a bunch of updated models right now, I would rather see that finished first. And I am not so sure about the Cruze...I've seen quite a few modded ones, so I know there is some movement out there. Lots of folks are modding that 1.4 anyways.. Trust me, as a small car guy myself, I'd love to agree with ya! Just not
  7. No.. my original "argument" was to the point of PERFORMANCE in these cars to dollars. Why would anyone wanting to purchase a performance car.. buy a Fiesta ST when the Mustang is only $1K more? Make your argument with the Focus ST and I would give U some credit.. but the Fiesta ST is not a real stepping stone IMO. The Focus ST actually offers relevant performance. I 'll stick with 0-60 times despite 0-60 being a metric I hate using when talking about performance. The Focus ST,.. 0-60 in 6.1 which is pretty close to Mustang times. The Fiesta ST??? 6.7seconds. The Chevy Volt is now a competitor.
  8. Thanks Sir. That #1 and 4 had really had me scratching every part of my body to find answers. #2 I had seen it in an article that talked about wind tunnel testing, I just didn't know the name. But that was a long Sherlock-esque search. You should be proud.
  9. I agree with knightfan, this is perhaps the most difficult one. My try - 1) Autobianchi A112 2) Schlörwagen or the pillbug 4) 1961 Seagrave
  10. Are you saying the pocket rockets are cross shopped with GTRs and Z06s, given Chevy and Nissan's plethora of performance products and therefore should not be needed? As far as why the EFF someone would pay $22K for a GD Fiesta if Mustang is $1K more: Choices - Didn't you say Cadillac is hurting in sales because of what? Choices. GM flourished in the 50s and 60s due to choices and today it doesn't. Utility - Good luck with putting your ovesized utility items in a Mustang when you make trips to Lowes One Car Does It All - Not everyone has luxury or resources to own different types of veh
  11. Yes and no. The GM 7-speed DCT is (1) Designed with and made in China by Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (上气集团)- GM partnership. (2) It is a dry clutch DCT, which is slightly more efficient and cheaper than a wet clutch DCT, but cannot handle high torque loads from high power engines suitable for the aforementioned applications. Thanks, I hadn't thought about the torque loads. I thought DCT were tougher than torque converter automatics on that front. Do you know what the max torque input of that transmission is? I think that DCT is designed for the specific use with t
  12. Are you saying the pocket rockets are cross shopped with GTRs and Z06s, given Chevy and Nissan's plethora of performance products and therefore should not be needed? As far as why the EFF someone would pay $22K for a GD Fiesta if Mustang is $1K more: Choices - Didn't you say Cadillac is hurting in sales because of what? Choices. GM flourished in the 50s and 60s due to choices and today it doesn't. Utility - Good luck with putting your ovesized utility items in a Mustang when you make trips to Lowes One Car Does It All - Not everyone has luxury or resources to own different types of vehic
  13. You, my good friend, are in a rare crowd right now. None of these cars are big sellers at the moment, and I know Ford is cutting back on ST production right now. And while it's good to have a halo car right now, I'm just not sure if the time is right just yet. With GM working on a bunch of updated models right now, I would rather see that finished first. And I am not so sure about the Cruze...I've seen quite a few modded ones, so I know there is some movement out there. Lots of folks are modding that 1.4 anyways.. Trust me, as a small car guy myself, I'd love to agree with ya! Just not
  14. Beaut. Gotta give credit to those GM engineers from down under.
  15. Excuses. There's already development of these vehicles from GM-Europe and most of the new platforms are federalized. Mr. Reuss, by spending money on things like these you are keeping and creating customers who go to other brands because of lack of choices, even if it means less ROIC than other bread and butter vehicles. For me, e.g., I am looking at a GTI, ST, Mazda3 S hatch as a daily driver, why? Because there's nothing in GM stable that provides utility, performance, fuel economy and fun-to-drive factor in a smaller, cheaper to insure package. When it comes to the main stream cars,
  16. If this comment was for me - Good and that's what it should. But when you thumb the nose, you go one up, not one down. 3.6 is not a proper engine to go thumb the nose at when there are other powerful engines from the competitors. The 3.6 ATS is $7k less than a C400 4Matic. Start adding options and the delta between the two grows larger because Benz options are more expensive. The ATS 3.6 is a V6 at C300 price, or a 328i price, or A4 2.0T price.... Now, now let us not go there. There's a difference between price and performance and I'm not talking about the former. This tweene
  17. The new 3.6 just got shared with the Camaro; so much for being only Cadillac and Buick exclusive. So how would you say when the 3.6 got clobbered by other force induced competitors to which it was compared to? Man, there's nothing wrong with the vehicle, the car should have been tested with other engine. Do you mean ATS-V vs the S4 or 340 or C400 or XE supercharged? Priceless! When you price the engine equivalent to its competitors, when you portray the car with that engine to be similar to the force induced motors of equivalent horsepowers, then you should at least be par with them on
  18. Tell me how, don't just copulate. Other than the asinine new naming scheme, which I agree with you, what is wrong with copying? Cadillac didn't have any of these markets invented but buyers have moved that way so it is reasonable to benchmark to create your own product. So when you step your foot in, you have to try to beat the best by reverse engineering, nothing wrong with that. Now the comment of SRX being RX shows your IQ level pretty darn well, you just say something to prove your point, don't you? GM invented many markets to which the competitors have mirrored them, where is you
  19. The new 3.6 just got shared with the Camaro; so much for being only Cadillac and Buick exclusive. So how would you say when the 3.6 got clobbered by other force induced competitors to which it was compared to? Man, there's nothing wrong with the vehicle, the car should have been tested with other engine. Do you mean ATS-V vs the S4 or 340 or C400 or XE supercharged? Priceless! When you price the engine equivalent to its competitors, when you portray the car with that engine to be similar to the force induced motors of equivalent horsepowers, then you should at least be par with them on
  20. This is the typical GM buyer mentality Cadillac has to meet or overcome. You guys are so smart. GM is following your line, and it is sinking. Wisdome does not come from spouting the company line it comes with seeing reality, and reacting properly. Lexus got to be a major player by coming in lower, and giving more. Cadillac was doing that and getting built back up in volume and transaction price. Low and behold the geniuses come in, say that is wrong let them pay more, and they will come. Guess what, wrong again. By the way I can negotiate and get incentives from BMW dealers and etc
  21. I take your bigotry personally. This is unacceptable.
  22. That engine is uncompetitive with the force-induced engines from the competitors. And he still soldiers on this site. There are 4 engine choices in the ATS with 2 more coming in the future. If you don't like that V6, there will be no less than 5 other engines to choose from. In my experience, the 2.0T is the best choice in the ATS, excluding the V-series, as it keeps the car lighter and still has satisfying thrust. I also want to say that you are badly pre-judging it. There is more to the powertrain than just the engine and my assessment of the new 8-speed auto coming to Cad
  23. This is the typical GM buyer mentality Cadillac has to meet or overcome. Mind you if they were still offering previous gen workmanship on the CTS, which wasn't bad, quite nice in fact, but not on the current car's level, then I would agree with your original assessment. They are not. What original assessment?
  24. Dimensionally GC is within inches of the RR except for the length. It has bigger interior volume and engines that can out perform the RR in many forms. Offroad capability and value-wise it is superior and so with respect to reliability and build-quality. What is Mariachi really looking for in a LR competitor? Perception or raping the consumers for more money? You already do, Sergio. Get to know your products better.
  25. That engine is uncompetitive with the force-induced engines from the competitors. And he still soldiers on this site.

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