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  1. There's a little excitement happening at ranger5g about the possibility of excess fuel dilution in the Ranger 2.3L, which led me to take a look at mine. I followed the owners manual instructions, waiting 15 minutes after getting the engine up to operating temp. The oil level appears to be significantly past the max hole, maybe by a 1/4" or so. I also checked it before driving and it was at about that same level, but without the smearing of oil along the stick. It smelled completely normal when cold and is only slightly amber at ~1,900 miles. After running it, the odor changed some but didn't smell like raw fuel to me. Based on the manual's warning, it sounds like an overfill condition is still a potentially bad thing. But before I call the dealer and ask them to look at it, I thought I'd ask for input here. Is it unusual for an engine assy plant to overfill sumps, for months on end? Mine is a September build, but the ones who first started noticing are from the March/April timeframe. Am I wrong in thinking this should be addressed, as well as documented just in case? Thanks - Bob
  2. mybkvu


    I wonder how they'll incorporate retro styling elements
  3. Try telling that to all the guys over at ranger5g that are pissed about their stretchy leather Lariats. It doesn't appear to be an isolated problem for one huge fatass.
  4. Count me among those too far in the back I guess. I thought I've seen that the frame is essentially unchanged, so I don't understand how a larger engine will fit in the upcoming models. Is the body that different? The pic also leads to a question I've been too lazy to chase down - why keep using a noisy belt-driven fan. Are electric fans not up to the task of providing adequate cooling when loads are high? Given all the other things done to eek out better fuel mileage numbers, it seems like parasitic loss would drive a change here too.
  5. mybkvu

    Bring This Back Please

    Late to the party as usual, but still felt like weighing in. Generally speaking, exposing your home network to the world by punching holes is a bad idea. And I doubt there's a single ISP offering fixed IPaddr's at no extra charge. I don't know how big your library is or how you rip (lossless can get awfully heavy on storage requirements but is also impractical for streaming), but you really should consider getting a handful of larger flash drives (as has been said already) and pair them up with sync software so that as you add to the library you let software manage copying the changes. I settled on bvckup (https://bvckup2.com/) for reasons I no longer remember. It's cheap, straightforward and fast. Well, one of the reasons is I don't want everything on my phone since I tend to shuffle and get bored with too many "deep" tracks. To me the biggest PITA is the microSD swap, but that's phone not flash. Regarding the original subject, CD players are mechanical nightmares anyway. Too many cheap (and not so) ones have failed prematurely over the years. Seems like a perfect candidate for decontenting. Unlike the integrated bumper hitch receiver on a truck that's touted for its stock towing capability. (had to sneak that in)
  6. Yes, never fall victim to one of the classic blunders. Of course the most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia, but only slightly less well-known is this: never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!
  7. Dammit, another rabbit hole. My hardening brain wants to think that decommissioning was becoming a major problem for old plants some time back, even to the point where operators were leaving them online to avoid dealing with the problem. Maybe I'm just making stuff up again, or at least confabulating.
  8. mybkvu

    $6100 Retail Incentive?

    Ha! Fine, but nothing fancy while the winds are howling.
  9. How do you define performance, I wonder. My brother's '65 fastback GT seemed pretty nice, even if it was no Shelby. Believe his was a 289 3 speed, but it was a long time ago. I suppose you're talking about HP #'s, but I wonder how they compare in HP/weight ratios. Now I can see how my sister's '66 6-cyl yellow coupe matched your description, but if alive she'd probably still take exception . If anyone's keeping score, I have no opinion on the whole branding argument. I never owned one myself and I'm not a marketing type. I do however think it's good they aren't going to call it the Granada.
  10. With BEV's and manufacturing being a common theme here, I thought a few of you might be interested in this. https://theconversation.com/why-a-measured-transition-to-electric-vehicles-would-benefit-the-us-126256
  11. mybkvu

    $6100 Retail Incentive?

    No fine print in my experience. $5,550 in Indy on a cash purchase of a base XLT SuperCab 2WD, which I believe is the Cincy region. Dealer also discounted it another $2,575, which got this cheapskate to bite.
  12. That's not accurate. Public Citizen successfully argued and the Court of Appeals sent it back to the lower court for further review. https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/ford/2019/09/13/ford-focus-fiesta-transmission-class-action-stalled-dps-6/2312926001/
  13. mybkvu

    New lawsuit $1.2B

    Sorry Deanh, shouldn't have singled your post out (or responded at all, but that's another story). I'd edit, but I guess there's a 15 minute timer for some odd reason, so knuckleheads like me can't go back and correct a post that should have never left draft form. I was simply defending my wife's honor, even though she would never have asked me to :).
  14. mybkvu

    New lawsuit $1.2B

    Based on my limited exposure, personal injury and consumer protection attorneys aren't cut from the same mold. Any more than shyster auto techs represent all dealer service staff. Their culpability is that they pay from their law firm's pot of money, so they could be out a shit ton of money betting on the wrong case. And some state Bar attorneys take their jobs pretty seriously when it comes to ethics. They aren't all as stupid and dishonest as some of you appear to believe.
  15. I could be making it up, but I think I saw a news article or press release awhile back saying that Getrag was going to cease development on dry clutch trans. I thought "big surprise".