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  1. BoomerSooner

    My New Toy.

    LOL. No, but my driveway's really steep, which is probably giving that impression. I did, however, put the Ford Performance chip in it. Seems to take off better than it did without the chip.
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    My New Toy.

    2017 Edge Titanium in burgundy velvet.
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    My New Toy.

    Sorry if this is in the wrong place (I've never started a topic before), but I just got my new toy and I wanted to share. Enjoying it so far!
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    Wards 10Best Interior: Aviator

    Kudos to Lincoln. The Aviator design is on-point--interior and exterior. It is well-deserving of the recognition. That said, I think the Corsair should have garnered at least an honorable mention. What Lincoln managed to do with a much smaller palette at a much lower price point is just as impressive. On the other hand, the monochromatic Corvette interior looks sadly like a Revell model car I would have made in my childhood: I would spray paint the interior all one color because I didn't have the skill (or extra colors) to paint the interior correctly. And didn't the Merc GLB steal the LED strips idea from a Chrysler 200?
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    No More Cars

    I, too, mourn the passing of the sedan. Though as a consumer of no fewer than 6 Ford SUV/CUV's, I know I bear some responsibility for the demise of the market. However, exactly zero (none, nada, never, nope, huh-uh) of my vehicles has ever gone off-road (though, in my defense, I think I did deliberately drive in the snow to play with the 4WD system a couple of times and have driven on dirt roads 3 or 4 times). Now, tired of the "car of stilts" look, the poor dynamics, and unnecessary bulk, I find myself yearning for a car again. And now they're gone. A pity.
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    Jeep Gladiator Mojave “Desert Rated”

    "Except us." Sincerely, The Silverado Team
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    The Jeep Gladiator Is Struggling

    Wow. In Trucklahoma, I've seen quite a few of these, but I had NO FREAKING IDEA they were so expensive. I'm in the market for a Lariat Ranger and all the reviews I've read have complained about the cost/value metric. Funny, I didn't realize pushing all the options buttons on the Gladiator ran it over $10k more than a Ranger with every single options button checked. Wow. Those suckers are not only ugly, but phenomenally expensive.
  8. So, I'm actually in the market and the basic concept of the Explorer works for me. But, after taking a look, I think I'm going to have to pass. It's very expensive relative to other choices and, unless you option the dickens out of it, that interior is as dull as dishwater. Worse, there's no amount of optioning you can do to fix the front grille and blocky butt without waiting for a significant MCE. And, while I know there are other powertrain options, you have to spend some serious dough to escape the little four cylinder versus 2 tons of mass. 10 cogs or no, that's asking a lot from 2.3 liters. Test results (for instance, comparing the hoary old Honda Pilot) show the Ecoboost appears to do neither particularly well: not too Eco and not too Boosty. What a splendid missed opportunity to just make the 2.7/10-speed available as an XLT option.
  9. Was I the only one impressed by the nylon strap?
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    Chinese Taurus Got a Facelift

    I wonder what they did inside? It was never really the exterior that needed the work-over, it was the interior. Such a cramped interior for such a large car!
  11. Evidently, Ford's Ecoboost engines perform better in lab settings than in real-world applications. Magazine tests, reports of customers, and my own experience owning 3 Fords with Ecoboosts all suggest that reaching EPA estimates is frequently difficult and, with some drivers (say, my wife, for instance), probably impossible. That being so, I see other car makers who have not just the "sport" and "normal" drive modes, but also an "economy" setting. Given that most of my commute and driving uses considerably less than 50% of the available power (in other words, I don't need all the engine offers), I wonder whether the direct injection/engine control management/turbo management could have a separate configuration that would maximize economy at the expense of power. Perhaps the system could be set to run a Miller Cycle at times or deliberately short-shift, or back down the FI system for instance. It seems like a worthwhile venture given that the Ecoboost seems so sensitive to throttle input and load.
  12. I've never done a master reset but now I'm really curious: What's with the headlight on/off/auto procedure? What going on there?
  13. I can't decide if the failing Prius sales figures are because sedans as a whole aren't selling? Or because gas prices have stabilized? Or because Toyota out-weirded even its own quirky customer base with the "it hurts my eyes to look at it" styling?
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    Challenger takes no.2 spot

    I'm not surprised to read this. The Camaro will forever be linked to the cartoonish introduction in the "Transformers" movie. What would have been kind of cool as a one-off hot rod was too compromised as a daily driver. I've spent about 1,000 miles behind the wheel of one and can say it's a great driving machine: a great car to be seen in, but a lousy car to see out of. You sit in a deeply recessed bucket that's further marred by gun slit windows and wide roof pillars. While decently spacious in the front seats, there is an amazing absence of storage for, well, anything. Just try to find a place to plug in and store your phone. I dare you. But, once you fire it up and hit the road? I'm sure it would make great track numbers. Still, how many times do you take your car to the track? The vast majority will never see a track. By comparison, the retro Challenger is half-decently spacious and has a usable backseat. Not a bad compromise. Just don't tack it to a track (unless it's a strip).
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    Huge rebates on Chevy 1500s

    I'd be the first to admit that not every version of the F-series is a visual work of art, but the lines of the Chevy are ghastly. The Chevys remind me of the hideous Nissan Titan, and the Titan reminds me of something Homer Simpson might design. While I admit I was interested to see GM's new flip-flop-flap-flip tailgate, now that I've seen it, it makes the tail seem needlessly busy with all the seam lines. By contrast, I think there are certain series of the RAM that are quite handsome. So, "Go for Silver," indeed, RAM. GM apparently phoned it in on this redesign and deserves to have heaping mounds of "please-take-this-off-our-hands" cash on the hood of every one of their trucks.
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