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#28581 of 32000 Re: Small XTS recall [andre1969]
Nov 14, 2012 (12:41 pm)
I saw a reatta the other day.
#28582 of 32000 Re: Toyota Recall [bpizzuti]
Nov 14, 2012 (1:10 pm)
I've noticed some newer models that come with LCD displays now offer a gauge option, where the driver can select various combinations of gauge displays, giving an analog look and feel.
I first noticed this on the new BMW 328 that I test drove 3/4 months ago.
I suspect this will become more common as an optional feature on cars that are viewed as performance oriented. Without checking, I'd bet the new Caddie ATS has this feature...
IIRC, I think Mazda offers it on some models, too... Seems like I remember reading that somewhere...
#28583 of 32000 Re: Toyota Recall [busiris]
Nov 14, 2012 (1:57 pm)
Nope, so far the only ones I'm 100% certain offer it are BMW and Dodge. And yeah, I'm pretty sure the ATS offers it too.
Mazda has a screen in the gauge cluster (the right-most binnacle in the current designs for the CX-5 and 6) but it's supplemental, the speedo and tach are still there in the other two. The LCD provides extensive trip computer info, and a fuel meter at the bottom.
#28584 of 32000 Re: Toyota Recall [busiris]
Nov 14, 2012 (3:09 pm)
My Explorer allows me to customize the left and right hand displays.
#28585 of 32000 Chevrolet longest lasting trucks
Nov 14, 2012 (3:25 pm)
I just saw the Silverado commercial stating again that Chevrolet makes the most dependable and longest lasting full size trucks. Coincidentally I had a customer of mine come in yesterday with an old beaten 1984 with a 350 and automatic. He said he paid $1200 for it with a rusted snow plow on the front including a new inspection. I asked him how it ran...he told me "great". he plans to use it to plow snow this winter and will probably get his money back after 2-3 storms.
Because of the thin and inferior steel frames on Toyota trucks you will never hear a claim like that in one of their commercials. I took a look at the frame on the '84 Chevy and although it was rusted, it still looked solid.
#28586 of 32000 Re: Toyota Recall [robr2]
Nov 14, 2012 (3:34 pm)
took a look at the frame on the '84 Chevy and although it was rusted, it still looked solid.
By the way the daughter of the tenant next door to me at my job needed a new frame on her 2000 Tacoma about 2 years ago.. Yes Toyota paid $13,000 for the replacement, but that was on a 10 year old truck!
#28587 of 32000 Re: Chevrolet longest lasting trucks [greg128]
Nov 14, 2012 (5:28 pm)
Coincidentally I had a customer of mine come in yesterday with an old beaten 1984 with a 350 and automatic.
My '85 C10 Silverado, with its 305 and THM350C tranny doesn't look too pretty these days, but it's still alive and kicking. I don't really need it anymore since I bought my 2012 Ram, but kept it around to handle any rough, dirty work I might need done. Hate to say it, but the Ram's too new, shiny, and purty to dirty up!
I'm getting some pretty bad rust in the rocker panels and over the rear wheel openings, but the frame is still pretty solid. And it still starts right up...still on the original engine and tranny, and they work just fine, although it does leak and burn a bit of oil.
It held up a LOT better over the years (Granddad bought it brand new, so I know its history) than my uncle's '97 Silverado, which we used as a trade-in on the Ram. In fact, my uncle's '97 is one of the main reasons I bought a Ram.
Nov 15, 2012 (12:29 pm)
Not at the same time in your car though, hopefully.
"We design components so they're not 1 gram bigger than they need to be," Leone said. A gram is about one-thirtieth of an ounce, for the metrically challenged.
That's a huge change for GM, whose vehicles have usually been among the heaviest in their classes, but weight is among the most important criteria in automotive engineering. Light weight leads to higher fuel economy, better performance and often lower costs.
GM is also instituting a new level of flexibility in its assembly plants, so it can adjust the mix of vehicles it builds to meet demand."
GM's top leadership embraces an 'all-new way of doing things' (Detroit Free Press)
#28590 of 32000 Re: light and flexible [steve_]
Nov 15, 2012 (4:10 pm)
Have and are usually among the heaviest. Cruze and Sonic are relatively tubby compared to their competition. It'll be nice to see them slim down.
You know, Daewoos were always on the heavy side too, maybe it's a consequence of GMDAT?