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post #31 of 51

I dont haul a lot normally but the V6 ecoboost is WAAAAAY better than the V8 if you are going to be hauling.  When I have loaded it up it just pulls like a freight train.    It pulls like a train from below 2000rpm whereas with the 5.0 V8 it needs to be revving about 3000+ to get decent power.  (the 5.0 V8 was originally designed for the mustang) .  I very rarely see it in any gear but 5 or 6.  Plus the ecoboost is just soooo much smoother.  

 

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post #32 of 51
I had a 2011 Ecoboost and absolutely loved that engine. It was quiet, fast and powerful. I haul/tow quiet often and that truck handled everything and anything. A Mennonite van pulled out in front of me and I crashed. I now drive the V8 because I couldn't find an Eco replacement in my timeframe. I miss that engine damn near every day.
post #33 of 51
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I have yet to have an issue with my TDI in the 4 winters that I have had it including sub zero temps. 

 

I talked to a few folks around here that have then before buying.  None have had any issues.  The closest was someone with a Jetta wagon TDI that parks outside all winter.  Said it took a few seconds more for the coil light to go out but once out, it started fine.  We have had plenty of sub zero days this past winter.

post #34 of 51
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A Mennonite van pulled out in front of me and I crashed.

This is a perfect example of people posting things that should have a significant backstory.

This, in particular, should start with women and drinking. Either you or the Mennonites.

Because if you just crashed because of a van of Mennonites, that is like the most lame thing ever and the F150 should be discontinued.
post #35 of 51
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Because if you just crashed because of a van of Mennonites, that is like the most lame thing ever and the F150 should be discontinued.

 

Is it more lame than dropping your 1/4-pounder on the floor, leaning over to pick it up, and ending up hospitalized after crashing into a parked car?  I should say driving into one, as I never touched the brakes. 

 

Of course, I was 19 at the time and much more of a Dumbass than I am now at 49!  

Still, more lame or less lame?  Oh, my car then was a '76 Dodge Dart, if that factors into the lameness rating...


Edited by Skierish - 7/14/14 at 10:11am
post #36 of 51
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Is it more lame than dropping your 1/4-pounder on the floor, leaning over to pick it up, and ending up hospitalized after crashing into a parked car?  I should driving into one, as I never touched the brakes. 

Hmmm, was it a 1/4-pounder with cheese?

post #37 of 51
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Is it more lame than dropping your 1/4-pounder on the floor, leaning over to pick it up, and ending up hospitalized after crashing into a parked car?  I should driving into one, as I never touched the brakes. 

Hmmm, was it a 1/4-pounder with cheese?

 

Sigh.....without cheese.

post #38 of 51

DOUBLE Quarter Pounder with Cheese please.. Or, a

 

post #39 of 51
Sunroof
Heated leather seats
Bluetooth
Navigation
Satellite radio

Quick question on sunroofs/moonroofs. Many cars now have a wind deflector accessory for these. Anyone have one, and/or know if these really work and are worth paying for? Also hopefully water and snow will not build up in them?
Thing about the nav system, most of the time I know where I am going, yet there were times me and my passengers were yapping away so much that I completely missed highway exits. Especially one time driving to AC and had to drive 30 minutes out of the way to get back to the GSP after missing an exit.
post #40 of 51

Good winter tires so when it snows, I goes.

post #41 of 51

NAV / bluetooth

Ventilated seats

Folding rear seats

keyless lock / unlock and starting

blind spot monitoring

sunroof

outrageous stereo / satellite

5+ liters

auto wiprs / headlights

HID's that move with the steering

Side mirrors that move to programmed position in reverse

Back-up camera

 

Basically everything

post #42 of 51
There are no options I can't live without. However, I can remember the first time I drove a car with cruise control back in the early 1970s - so great for long road trips. I guess it's standard now on any vehicle with auto trans.

With four kids my policy for many years about cars was: nothing is sacred and everything will quickly get trashed. Therefore, utility was all I was looking for, plain-Jane minivans usually filled the bill. Stupidly, I took the same short sighted view towards maintenance, but all lived to tell about it.
My least accessorized vehicle was a 1988 Plymouth Horizon which I bought new for $4988 with zero options; no AC, no radio (I added one later), wind-up windows, manual transmission. That vehicle made many ski trips throughout mid-Atlantic, New England, and once to Colorado. Kept it for 11 years.
Last year I bought a new, but basically stripped Outback. Most expensive vehicle I ever purchased at $24k after tax, but making it to/from the hill on a powder day is worth something. Come to think of it, maybe 4wd is now an option I can't live without :-)
post #43 of 51

Even as aftermarket I am now 90% dependent on GPS when available.  I will still print out a map and basic directions for long trips to unfamiliar places should the GPS not find a signal but I sure hate when that happens these days.  Ya, GPS is definitely the one thing I would most hate to do without these days...

post #44 of 51
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There are no options I can't live without. However, I can remember the first time I drove a car with cruise control back in the early 1970s - so great for long road trips. I guess it's standard now on any vehicle with auto trans.

 

I have found in the last few years (at least in the East) that cruise control is almost worthless anymore as the traffic on the interstates, even well out of the developed areas, is so heavy that you are constantly having to brake and reactivate it.  I recently purchased a Volvo XC60 with adaptive cruise control and WOW, what a difference.  Just set it to whatever distance you want to maintain from the traffic in front of you and it does the rest.  I'm not sure I am crazy about the other features like lane departure warning and parking warning, but I won't be without adaptive CC again.

post #45 of 51
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I have found in the last few years (at least in the East) that cruise control is almost worthless anymore as the traffic on the interstates, even well out of the developed areas, is so heavy that you are constantly having to brake and reactivate it.

post #46 of 51

Boy, talk about first world problems.

 

As we get older, we get softer. There was a time when my ski car had 4WD, a V8 with a 4 barrel carb, a rear axle locker, and not much else. It would have been perfectly appropriate in a 3rd world country somewhere.

 

It had: 2 front seats held together with duct tape, no back seat until I made one out of plywood, 4-speed Muncie truck transmission (3-speed plus granny), headers, heater, roll-up windows that mostly didn't work, no insulation, power steering, power brakes, windshield wipers and washer, headlights but no interior light, doors, windows, floor, roof...you get the idea - sturdy but very, um, basic.

 

Remembering that, and seeing what people around the world manage to get by with, I realize that old truck would still get me around, although it might not be all that much fun and I wouldn't be tempted to drive it very far.

 

So, this isn't so much what I can't live without as much as it is what I want.

 

1. It must never break. I'm getting old. I don't enjoy hanging around garages, paying for stupid repairs, or fixing things by the side of the road. The idea that 250,000 miles is the new 100,000 miles is one of the best things to happen to motor vehicles today.

 

2. It has to get good enough fuel mileage to make it worthwhile to sell my current vehicle, which is reasonably quiet and capable, but gets poor gas mileage. The requirements here are rigorous, because the current vehicle was paid off over 10 years ago and is still very reliable. Even though gas is expensive in Canada, the fuel mileage would have to be quite high to make up for the other increased costs of ownership.

 

3. It has to have controls that I can operate without looking at them. Menu diving on a screen at 60mph is not my idea of smart.

 

4. It has to have seats that do not increase my back pain. I broke my back years ago. It always hurts. I don't want my vehicle seat to make it worse.

 

5. It has to swallow skis without a mileage-robbing box on top.

 

6. All the usual stuff. Air, cruise, electric windows and mirrors, power seats, heated seats, power steering, power brakes, auto headlights, blah, blah. And AWD/4WD. I've had it for many years, I'm fond of it, and my current driveway is a pain without it.

 

7. Probably lots of other stuff that they'll convince me I just have to have if I ever start shopping for another vehicle.

 

Much of this gets dumped if the next vehicle is a toy like a Caterham 7 (look it up). That's not a ski car. It could be argued that it's not even a car, but a street legal (in Canada) go kart.

 

Oh, well. So many toys, so little money.

post #47 of 51
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Much of this gets dumped if the next vehicle is a toy like a Caterham 7 (look it up). That's not a ski car. It could be argued that it's not even a car, but a street legal (in Canada) go kart.

 

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Ahh - the old Lotus Super 7. Remember Patrick McGoohan and the beginning of the surrealistic British series 'The Prisoner'? Super cool. (look it up)


Edited by Castle Dave - 7/16/14 at 1:58pm
post #48 of 51

Unlike the Lotus, the Caterham is still being manufactured. They make them in British Columbia. I think they have a license from Lotus.

 

All kinds of interesting configurations available, including sequential transmission, dry sump lubrication and 300hp in a 1,200 lb car.

 

Roll-up windows?!? We don't need no stinking roll-up windows!!

post #49 of 51
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Sunroof. Since I cannot have Miata, I want a car with a sunroof, preferably a big one

 

 

:confused hhuh? what? "cannot have Miata" did I get this right?!?

post #50 of 51
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Sunroof. Since I cannot have Miata, I want a car with a sunroof, preferably a big one

 

 

:confused hhuh? what? "cannot have Miata" did I get this right?!?

 

Uhm..well...um...A lot has happened since I posted that. :o

post #51 of 51
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:confused hhuh? what? "cannot have Miata" did I get this right?!?

 

 

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Uhm..well...um...A lot has happened since I posted that. :o

 

Well technically, it's Trekchick's Miata, so Philpug is sorta correct...but smart money says Ziggy gets it when he's older :D

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