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theoldwizard last won the day on January 2 2018

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    Bronco Sport Impresses

    I am not a Jeep fan, so I don't know when they stopped making a 2 door Jeep, but I would like to see a 2 door Bronco Sport. While I understand that marketing has to hit the "sweet spot" (i.e. build what the most customers would like to buy) I would still like to see more of a "rock crawler" version. Real 4WD with real locking (E-locker ?) front and rear differentials. Bigger tires and more suspension travel.
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    Bronco Sport Impresses

    I owned many cars with steel wheels. Never had a rust problem on the wheels themselves. The rest of the car ... well I live in SE MI. Lots of salt in winter !
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    Bronco Sport Impresses

    Very true ! People miss this fact all of the time !! You must not drive on snow, or more specifically hard packed snow/icy roads. Snow tire are so 20the century ! You need WINTER tires.
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    Bronco Sport Impresses

    They should be STEEL ! Waste of money to save a few pounds !
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    New light & medium duty news

    As you said, this engine came out a couple of years ago, but it has some very unique technology ! 48v integrated starter/alternator Electric turbo charger plus exhaust driven turbo 48v lithium ion battery
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    New light & medium duty news

    Everyone keeps glossing over the simple truth. Big investments are only done after careful cost analysis ! The 6.2L was sort of a misfire. I don't think Ford had committed going back into Medium Duty while it was still on the drawing boards. If not that, then someone did a very poor heat analysis early on in the design. I can guarantee you, the new 6.8L will cost less to build than the outgoing 6.2L ! Plus, I expect to see it in all trucks (except Ranger and Transit) up to F600 and E450 offer it. Highly unlikely. Nostalgia does not sell in the commercial market place.
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    2004 escape long delay before cranking

    IIRC, the only thing in the PCM that would prohibit starter engagement, after it has received a "start" command, is the fact that the engine is already turning. The delay is likely from the BCM/SJC or the ignition switch itself.
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    Another new V8 ?

    Very questionable whether this engine will show up in the Mustang. I think the Coyote will remain the only V8 available in theMustang. Clearly this engine is aimed at F-Series and maybe E-series. It would be AMAZING in a T-Series, but I doubt the rest of that vehicle could handle the power !
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    Another new V8 ?

    On paper, OHC makes better power, but it is at higher RPM. The big win of OHV is lower cost and better low end torque.
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    Another new V8 ?

    There seems to be an issue with ignition related misfire. Root cause seems to be spark plug leads.
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    Another new V8 ?

    I got $20 that says you will not see an engine with more than 8 cylinders during the remainder of my life !
  12. Gen 3 Coyote engine eliminated the piston cooling jets. Probably not need for "every day" driving, but this engine is targeted at enthusiast and people who want power for heavy hauling on the F150.
  13. You have to wonder when there is a recall on a "common" part (i.e. one that has been used on millions of other vehicles) what "bright" person cost reduced it !
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    Another new V8 ?

    I does have two spark plugs per cylinder. The wire to the second plug comes from coil-on-plug first plug
  15. Correct ! In fact, when the (original, now modified) plans for rebuilding the Research and Engineering campus was announce several years ago, they said a major "face lift" would be done on WHQ after R&E was completed. The lobby of WHQ looks very "1960s" ! For those really interested ... Ford has completed building TWO major computer centers. One behind the Ford Credit building and the other on the Flat Rock Assembly campus. All Ford owned facilities in SE MI are joined by fiber optics so moving data is not an issue. Part of the reason for renovating R&E was to replace aging "infrastructure". This includes water and sewer lines and service/utility tunnels. The water and sewer lines on Oakwood Blvd were upgraded (likely paid by the city/county). Parts of R&E have public roads (at least there are no gates limiting access). If you drive Southwest on Village Road from Oakwood Blvd. The first big change you will is Parking Deck 300. It was not there 5 years ago. Second, there is a major jog in Village Road (bottom left corner of image) that was not there. It used to run straight into Rotunda Drive.