G42dog
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Jul 9
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That letter to the CEOs was BS; the rationale for dismissing the case, however, is not that they should grow up and act like decent humans in a time of crisis and stop wasting his time. The rationale was that the allegation does not suffice for a RICO claim. That’s indeed ground for dismissal - he says it’s not up to Read more

Jul 9
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In my defense, I was born and raised in Germany. We come by our reputation honestly - subtle humor is just not something we’re very good at... 

Jul 9
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Civic Sport is indeed pretty underwhelming on the performance front compared to GTI and such - but damn, what a time to be alive, when that thing is considered way off the pace and then you compare its numbers to what the best of the hot hatches used to offer back in the day...

Jul 9
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Cadillac “is the segment of GM everyone references based on its clarity of vision and strong market identity”??? Read more

Jul 9
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Or perhaps he’s passionate about being a judge, and tired of people abusing the courts in ways that reduce their ability to do more important work.

Jul 9
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The interior packaging on those is a serious step from the rest of their class. Ingenious and practical.

Jul 9
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How the hell did you score a new Forte for under 10k? That’s a seriously good deal. (My step-daughter is looking for a car, and we’ve been thinking used, USD5-10k - new Forte anywhere close to that would seriously tempting!)

Jul 9
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Is that based on the surveys (like JD Power and such)? Because those have dinged Honda pretty harshly in the last few years because their infotainment systems were crap and gave people fits, leading to seriously diminished standing in those ratings. I hadn’t heard of actual mechanical problems with recent Hondas, did Read more

Jul 8
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Sorry, not buying that - this thing is not even recognizable as a usable pickup truck anymore. You’ll find a lot of people driving pickup trucks looking at this thing and making judgments as harsh or harsher.

Jul 8
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No kidding - a quick look at the tires under the wheel wells suggests that if they used even just a quarter of the available suspension travel, the tires would rip bodypanels off the truck. And then of course that there’s so much tire sticking out of the wheelwells that in most states, it’s an automatic ticket anytime Read more

Jul 7
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It may be in the same boat in terms of demand - but is it really that much better a vehicle? That Odyssey was a huge step up from the rest of the segment - it took the reliability of a Japanese minivan, the space efficiency of a Grand Caravan (which at the time was the gold standard in terms of space, but shat the bed Read more

Jul 7
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Yea, sometimes it’s not a matter of “you get what you pay for, but a matter of “you pay for what you get.” There’s inexpensive, and then there’s cheap. Very rarely does cheap translate into good value over the long haul.

Jul 7
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I’m thinking just Ranger platform with a bit of tweaked sheet metal and a shit-ton of (very profitable) overlanding/lifestyle accessories and a bit of a retro touch to it...

Jul 7
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Or maybe their Ecoboost offerings are getting them more sales at better margins, so that’s where they’ve steered their production plans? If it were purely a matter of Ford thinking the EBs are hot shit and customers not taking them up on it, you’d eventually see significant discounts on EBs, but not on V8s. Doesn’t Read more

Jul 7
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Actually, old Broncos are a staple on overlanding Instagram.

Jul 7
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Broncos have a bit of a cult following with the hipsters and influencers (argh, I cringe every time I hear that term...). Those OG Broncos fetch insane money at auction pre-restoration, and turn into full-on luxury goods for the glitterati after restoration. So there’s brand cachet to burn - enough to carve out a nice Read more

Jul 7
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That’s the problem with arms races - eventually, it just turns into mutually assured destruction. 

Jul 7
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You are entirely correct from a rational cost/benefit viewpoint. But I’d say the kinds of people this is aimed at aren’t going about it from that angle. This is mean (again) for the .01%, so it’s a pure luxury play, and nothing says luxury more than something that’s rare. And replicas aren’t rare by definition - you Read more

Jul 6
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Just drop it into the ocean. Seriously. I mean, it’s probably a gorgeous piece of engineering, but the age for brand new performance ICE engines in production cars is rapidly coming to a close, and if you’re going to buy something with an eye to keeping it for the post-ICE age, I’d go with something from Porsche Read more

Jul 6
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Let’s say you’re a very wealthy car nut/petrolhead/jalop who lives/works in London and has a country house outside the city somewhere as well. You’d be the kind of person that might be the target customer for this - yes, you could get them to restore the original, with the original engine (or an updated modern power Read more