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#552 of 739 Re: Chrysler 300 [jpp5862]
Jan 10, 2013 (11:20 am)
The 8 speed is spectacular. It shifts a lot in town, but its not really noticeable, or not noticeable any more than the 7Geartronic in my Mercedes. The Pentastar in the 300 is the 292 HP version, so the car can get up and move quickly. Fuel economy over the 600 odd miles, of which 80% were in town was 23, which for such a big car is not bad.
If only they would put the 8 speed in the 300C or the SRT with the V8, I'd be more likely to be a buyer, but Chrysler insists on keeping the old 5 speed auto with the V8s.
#553 of 739 Re: Chrysler 300 [seank2]
by kcram HOST
Jan 10, 2013 (5:52 pm)
Hang in there, the 8HP70 is coming! The Pentastar uses the 8HP45 (45 = 450 Newton-meters (332 lb-ft) of torque capacity, 70 = 700 Nm/516 lb-ft). The 8HP70 will first see duty very shortly in the Ram 1500 hooked to the 5.7L Hemi V8, and is expected to be available for all 5.7L-equipped vehicles for the 2014 model year.
kcram - Pickups/Wagons/Vans+Minivans Host
#555 of 739 Re: Customer service [thorscar]
Jan 17, 2013 (1:32 pm)
That's a tough one given the poor airline quality and service these days. Lots of cancellations and delays. The rental car company has to decide the tradeoff of how long to withhold the vehicle because at a certain point it becomes difficult to lease it out for the day. Had that happen once to me with Hertz in Vegas. But they made it up to me by upgrading me from a Camry to a Cadillac CTS. So I thought considering both sides of the issue, that it was fair to both sides.
Jan 22, 2013 (9:11 pm)
Got to drive a Ford Focus SEL hatch, a Ford Edge, A jeep Liberty and a Nissan Altima at my new part time job today. Sure had a blast though some cars were better than others. Will come back later and detail likes/dislikes. looks like I'll be able to drive all sorts of makes and models in the near future and I can't wait. This is my "dream job"! Thank you G-d!!!
#557 of 739 Re: New Job [sandman_6472]
by steve_ HOST
Jan 22, 2013 (9:17 pm)
Very cool. Is this the "car porter" job you mentioned a month or so ago (unless I'm confusing you with someone else again. )?
Jan 23, 2013 (7:42 am)
Absolutely...it's a part time gig and I'm basically on call as they don't get much notice. They call and if you are available...you work. Since I'm retired and at home most of the time, it was just perfect. And getting to drive so many different makes and models is pretty cool...who could ask for more! And I get paid to do this...I must've died and gone to car heaven!
#559 of 739 Re: New Job [sandman_6472]
Jan 23, 2013 (8:05 am)
Sounds fun. My grandpa had a post-retirement job like that, to get out of my grandma's hair and maybe make something to spend at the track. I think mostly he would drive cars back and forth between SEA and PDX, probably returning one way rentals with out of state plates, before such things were common. He did this until he was 75 or 76, IIRC.
#560 of 739 Re: New Job [sandman_6472]
Jan 23, 2013 (2:08 pm)
is this for a new car dealer, doing dealer swaps?