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  2. Jimm44

    2019 Edge Titanium Lane Centering Performance

    Throughly agree. As the owner of a 2019 Titanium I had never driven a “lane keeping” car before. After driving mine for awhile I have found that it is better than nothing but does ping pong in curves. I would never trust my life to the system but if it saves me from one accident I will take it.
  3. fuzzymoomoo

    GM/ IUAW contract negotiations

    Yeah but one of them declared Hillary Clinton the winner in Michigan in 2016 at like 8:30pm and to this day still hasn't formally retracted that statement, and in fact doubled down on it the next day. I'll give you a hint, it wasn't DetNews. Their credibility has been shot in my opinion ever since. Plus us they still employ noted anti-union picket line crosser Mitch Albom(b).
  4. The U.K. uses CO2 emissions as a basis for annual vehicle registration tax. It's called Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). https://goodcalculators.com/car-tax-calculator/ CO2 Emissions (g/km) First Year Rate Standard Rate (year two onwards) Premium Rate* 0 0 0 £310 1-50 £10 £140 £450 51-75 £25 £140 £450 76-90 £100 £140 £450 91-100 £120 £140 £450 101-110 £140 £140 £450 111-130 £160 £140 £450 131-150 £200 £140 £450 151-170 £500 £140 £450 171-190 £800 £140 £450 191-225 £1200 £140 £450 226-255 £1700 £140 £450 Over 255 £2000 £140 £450 * Cars above £40,000 pay £310 supplement for 5 years https://goodcalculators.com/car-tax-calculator/ © 2015-2019 goodcalculators.com
  5. Rivian van prototype.
  6. brucelinc

    speed specific vibration

    New shaft is on and car is smooth as a baby's buttocks. Not sure what caused the other shaft to create the vibes. Admittedly, the accelerator pedal has had many intimate encounters with the floor carpet. However, I suspect many other red neck hooligans with Mustangs have introduced those two components as much or more than I have. Next project is a Roush Supercharger to be installed by the dealer. 😉
  7. 2017 escape rear leg room - 37.3 inches 2020 escape non hybrid max rear leg room - 40.7 inches effective leg room - 38.8 inches 2020 escape hybrid max rear leg room - 38.9 inches effective rear leg room - 37.1 inches i have no idea what effective legroom is, but going off max legroom it looks like the hybrid still has 1.6 inches more than the current model. https://media.ford.com/content/dam/fordmedia/North America/US/product/2020/escape/2020-Ford-Escape-Tech-Specs.pdf https://media.ford.com/content/dam/fordmedia/North America/US/Events/17-LAAS/2017-ford-escape-tech-specs.pdf
  8. Yeah, out of the videos I've watched, the only one that made a comment I think was back on the TFL video. They noticed the door panels up front had soft touch features. The portion with the reverse diamond plate. But in the rear seats, those pieces are hard plastic. I think it's just Motor Trend needing to come up with something bad to say. Otherwise it's a boring report. Negatard news.
  9. I saw this too. Got me to thinking about that US Postal bid. Too bad Rivian didn't come up with their skateboard pack earlier. I wonder if that would have fit the bill for the base. Just need an upfitter to put a delivery vehicle on that skateboard that meets USPS requirements.
  10. doomed

    GM/ IUAW contract negotiations

    It's the same people in the same building.
  11. True, but a gas tax would presumably target automobiles while a CO2 tax would hit a variety of energy consumers. I understand that, I was just saying that the fight is over fuel economy standards (formerly CAFE), not the other emissions. Fuel economy standards didn't originally fall under EPA purview, but by pulling CO2 under their regulatory umbrella it allows EPA to regulate fuel economy.
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  13. https://www.autoblog.com/2019/09/19/amazon-100000-rivian-delivery-vans/?ncid=edlinkusauto00000016 Not bad-makes me happy as a Ford and Amazon stock owner.
  14. your answering yourself now? Regarding cheap trim or plastic-in the grand scheme of things it really doesn't matter unless its REALLY Bad-I think the worse plastic I've seen seen in a car was a Dodge Caliber-it had the same texture as an igloo cooler! A BMW i3 uses some funky interior materials that I wouldn't expect to see in a 'luxury" car-they are kinda ugly looking due to the "texture" in them, but they don't look "cheap" Not to mention some cheap looking plastics look great once you put some interior dressing on them.
  15. Here are some pictures... First one shows the 2nd row all the way back, and all the way forward. Second shows me (6'2") sitting in the 3rd row with the 2nd row all the way back Third shows me sitting in the 3rd row with the 2nd row all the way forward.
  16. Because I guarantee they don't say that about RAV4 or CRV even if they feel exactly the same.
  17. But that wasn't the question. The question was whether the materials are noticeably cheaper than the competition. Of course it's not going to be as nice as a $60K Explorer or $80K Expedition.
  18. We also had an Odyssey, configured like yours, and we upgraded to a 2018 Navigator, so I understand your situation well. We also have two kids (6 and 7) and a dog. The Navigator is a fantastic car, and a great upgrade from the Odyssey. (I wrote a Navigator review back when I bought the car) My recommendation is to buy for the car you want when your toddlers are buckling themselves, because either situation will work for a year (details below). Unless you're on a short lease you will have the Navigator for a long time, because it's such a great car. Our kids buckle themselves wherever, and our 7 year old moves her own booster around, and soon yours will too. We have the captains chairs. We have a dog; we prefer the easier pile-in-and-out for carloads of kids; and we prefer adults to be able to easily access the 2nd row from the 3rd during long trips. (parent, friend, nanny). If you want that extra seat, and you don't have pets (or you're getting the L and putting them in the back), then the bench may be the way to go. We have friends with 4 boys and 2 dogs, and they have the extended escalade with a bench for this reason. ------- As for your questions... Yes, if you have the 2nd row bench, you can put two kid-seats in the middle-and-side, and use the other side tip-and-slide to access the back row. If they are in bottom boosters no problem. If you are still using full-child seats, you may need a narrow one, like the Diono Radian (which are obnoxiously heavy, but the narrowest seats i'm aware of, we had 4 of these in the past). The tip-and-slide is easy to open (just a button), but a little tricky and takes some leverage to lock back into position. I don't think our 7 year old could do it, but a teen could. Yes, we have the captains chairs, and kids, adults, and dogs routinely squeeze by our bottom-booster-buckled kids in the captains chairs. (it might not be possible if they were in full kid seats) Keep in mind the 2nd row seats have a giant forward/back slide range. We keep them slid almost all the way back for easy-in-out, which reduces the 3rd row space. I'm 6'2" and even with 2nd row all the way back I can still sit without my legs touching the 2nd row, but for longer trips we move the 2nd row a little up for more generous space back there.
  19. Rich B.

    An all metal cylinder head gasket?

    Good choice, those were used in lieu of milling heads, were a very thin copper replacement. Use gasket spray when installing, the idea was to raise compression ratios. Supposedly head bolts are only good for one time because they stretch and change torque references, I never had any trouble reusing and over torquing even on turbo motor. Never blew another head gasket after, only thing that lasted lol. Yes, those started out with the 170CID sixes and wasn’t enough power, have seen 4 cylinder Camaros too. Always something out there much worse.
  20. If only it worked that way. Congress ceded its legislative powers to federal agencies and lets the agencies write the regulations for the laws they pass. I learned that on the Mark Levin show. I guess you haven't been listening. Trump is President and this is his EPA. A comment on another article states CA can have a waiver and that person provided the following info: CA may be granted a waiver if they meet the following criteria: According to the Clean Air Act Section 209 – State Standards, EPA shall grant a waiver unless it finds that California: was arbitrary and capricious in its finding that its standards are in the aggregate at least as protective of public health and welfare as applicable federal standards; does not need such standards to meet compelling and extraordinary conditions; or has proposed standards not consistent with Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act. The Operative word here is “MAY” be given a waiver, which which is NOT Mandatory. A Great first step to fix this hellhole.
  21. Henry Payne, auto writer for the Detroit News, is 6'5" tall. His comments: "I can’t tell you how many women have approached me over the years asking for compact utes that fit four golf bags. Behold, the new Escape (Ford expects a 60%-plus female buyer mix) which will stack four easily and still provide the best rear legroom in class. I’m not making this up. Thanks to rail-mounted rear seats that slide backward like the fronts, my 6-foot-5 frame could easily sit behind myself. Ford even scallops out the front seatbacks for more knee room." https://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/columnists/henry-payne/2019/09/19/review-new-2020-ford-escape-hybrid-test/2335907001/
  22. I'll wait to see one in person, but I'll be honest, it (Escape) does look cheap in many areas in pictures, IMO.
  23. fuzzymoomoo

    GM/ IUAW contract negotiations

    I would believe The Detroit News over the Free Press.
  24. Dennis Williams was the president of the UAW from 2014 to 2018. (prior to being President he held the bag as International Financial Secretary) He was not arrested during a raid at his home in Corona, California, late last month, but he was still seemingly prepared for it. He was smoking a cigar outside his home (with the Saronos theme song playing on the home entertainment center) as agents approached. That is when guns came out, the News reports: Williams and his wife installed a large outdoor kitchen with a barbecue and pizza oven and hosted parties, including one last weekend featuring pink flamingo decorations, a neighbor who did not want to be named told The News. Williams mentioned the Black Lake home the union built for him — with nonunion labor — at the UAW retreat and talked about his boats, Tony`s I mean Dennis`s neighbor said. Dennis Williams (Tony) has a full life with juggling the problems of his fractious family along with those of a "Family" of a different sort - the union. He sees a therapist to deal with his professional and personal problems, which bring on panic attacks. He deals with personal and professional power struggles within the family (union), affairs, lap dances, great trips, house in the Hills, violence, the threat of exposure and betrayal, and a whole bunch of people being whacked…… Born under a bad sign with a blue moon in your eye`s...... Wondering if there`s a Sapranos story line here for an HBO documentary? Joe Pesci as The Union Boss... No wait... Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito as Williams & Jones
  25. MRS HORSEPOWER

    2020 FORD RAPTOR

    Thank you for your time!
  26. Yes. Now where is my shampoo?
  27. I was surprised when I read that too. I assumed it had a Mitsubishi CVT like the Dodge Caliber did.
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