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No Love From Wall Street

According to these reports despite the strong performance investors don't see continued growth in the Automotive Segment. GM Q1 2016 earnings Ford Q1 2016 earnings FCA Q1 2016 earnings I know some of this has been posted but the Ford earnings were just announced. The Wall Street love is just as tepid for all three despite their gains. All of their stock prices are lower then their 2014 highs.
mich800 04/28/16 04:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel HD

Wards 10 best That is an exclusive club. ;)
mich800 04/28/16 12:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel HD

The stow and go idea in a truck is interesting too. We have it in our van. Will be interesting to see how they work out the packaging. That is why the S&G vans are front wheel drive because there is no room for a tunnel. The second row can be a pia because I always forget I need to move the front seat out of the way. And the electronic seats can be slow for this impatient person to drop them down or pull them out.
mich800 04/28/16 12:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Storage yard damage

My two centavos: 1: Take lots of pictures. 2: Call the police, get a report number. 3: Call your insurance company, get a claim in. 4: Get it repaired, call it done. Take the deductible off your taxes if there is one. Yup, I'm afraid this is about all you can do now. You already reported it to the storage lot so that steps is done. I've never heard of being able to take a deductible off of your taxes but, that my be different in other states. Or, maybe I just didn't know about it You can write off losses due to theft etc. But the floor is really high so unless you had a big loss most likely never make it. A measly deductible most likely won't get you there.
mich800 04/27/16 08:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Storage yard damage

I read some of the responses on here and now I can't stop laughing. Blew coffee out my nose twice. Does SOL mean anything to you? :D Yes, some good advlce and some delusional ideas on how the real world works.
mich800 04/27/16 08:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2017 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel HD

That's the part people on here don't get. I have been saying for years that Ram does not play the in-between game that Ford and GM play. Unfortunately for Ram there are people that don't understand that they are buying a half ton on steroids but paying for a 250/2500 weakling. If you have to add HD payload and HD tow packages to get you wannabe 250/2500 then buy the correct tool for the job. You will be a lot happier in the long run trust me. Don x2. For the price of the Nissan you may as well buy a Ram 2500/3500 with a Cummins 6.7L I-6 and have a real truck. And a good reliable high pressure fuel pump too! :B The Ecodiesel is really in a field of it's own. It is a great little 1/2 ton with a nice little economical diesel. I think if they can get the payload up on a lot of these models they will have a true winner, because that has been the biggest issue with them IMHO. We'd love to give you a ride home Jimmy but we just don't have the payload. But we can drop your ball off for you. :B http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab265/mich800/Sad-kid-on-soccer-ball.jpg
mich800 04/25/16 09:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Brain challenge

I have not heard of it. Could be a regional package. If you are talking F250/350 I don't think any had cooled rear seats as an option.
mich800 04/22/16 06:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy re-purchase question

I would think a buy back at 70k miles would be difficult. Did you purchase this new and when did the problems start? Several years and that many miles will be hard for any OEM to entertain a buy back.
mich800 04/21/16 10:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Full pics & some info... 2017 Super Duty

I remember going from my '01.5 Cummins Ram to my '03 Cummins Ram for the common rail Cummins. The ride with the new cheaper hydroformed chassis was jittery compared to the C-channel chassis of the previous Rams. I've never had the need or desire to drive my F250 loaded to capacity up a set of offset ramps to the point of hanging tires so I still prefer the C-channel chassis. But, Ford is finally following suit on stepping down to the "cheaper" manufactured hydroformed chassis. Good that they're not going with the spindly little aluminum control arm/dried up ball joint assemblies. :B That "test" was a huge farce. Other than the fact the odds of putting a vehicle designed to tow and haul in that scenario is slim, they intentionally loaded the Ford to have all the weight on the two cross tires where the Ram was balanced on three wheels. But made for good infotainment. I do believe all three trucks they did in the test were loaded the same. Where do you get your info from? Watch the video closely. When they pull down on the rear wheel of the Ram it hardly rocks because it is not directly pivoting on the left rear and right front but has weight on all three wheels. When they pull down of the Ford you can see they have it more so all the weight in on those two wheels. It pulled down easy. I am not saying the frame does not flex but this was a staged marketing commercial just like the other manufactures do. So all they accomplished was show what happens to the Ford with two wheels off the ground and what happens to the Ram with one tire off the ground.
mich800 04/17/16 04:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Full pics & some info... 2017 Super Duty

I remember going from my '01.5 Cummins Ram to my '03 Cummins Ram for the common rail Cummins. The ride with the new cheaper hydroformed chassis was jittery compared to the C-channel chassis of the previous Rams. I've never had the need or desire to drive my F250 loaded to capacity up a set of offset ramps to the point of hanging tires so I still prefer the C-channel chassis. But, Ford is finally following suit on stepping down to the "cheaper" manufactured hydroformed chassis. Good that they're not going with the spindly little aluminum control arm/dried up ball joint assemblies. :B That "test" was a huge farce. Other than the fact the odds of putting a vehicle designed to tow and haul in that scenario is slim, they intentionally loaded the Ford to have all the weight on the two cross tires where the Ram was balanced on three wheels. But made for good infotainment.
mich800 04/15/16 08:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Ecoboost Reliability

The take away here is the Ecoboost is a solid engine, purchase with confidence. Otherwise there would be 7 pages of issues and not 7 pages of Ecodiesel mpg debate.
mich800 04/15/16 08:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Ecoboost Reliability

21 mpg is nothing to brag about. Don It is when you have the power to do other things a truck is supposed to do. Remember two different markets.
mich800 04/14/16 04:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is it just me?

I probably notice it more because I am sensitive to a lot of chemicals that don't seem to bother most people. The chemical solution that is commonly used in tanks contains formaldehyde. It is bad to breath, and bad for your tanks. In a few parks I smelled it pretty strong, and in others it isn't as bad. Some parks have a rule not to use those chemicals, but people do anyway. My guess is a lot of people just don't think much about it because they don't have allergies to the chemicals. How do you know what you are smelling is formaldehyde? There are plenty of tank additives on the market that are formaldehyde free. Personally I have never smelled something like that at a campground unless it was actually near a portable outhouse.
mich800 04/13/16 10:56am General RVing Issues
RE: 2016 half ton IIHS crash testing small overlap

I wonder if anyone else noticed that the F150 front wheel twisted 90 degrees during the small off set collision, where the Ram the wheel stayed almost straight. :h The F150 wheel by turning the 90 degrees provided a larger surface area to absorb the intrusion into the cab. It would be interesting to see a clip of the Tundra to see if the wheel stayed straight or turned. It would be interesting to understand why it does that. Is it by design, or just a difference in the front suspension? I would say it is by design. With Ram's history of front steering you would think that would be the first brand to shed its front wheels :B
mich800 04/13/16 04:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Full pics & some info... 2017 Super Duty

When a body shop here in my hometown told me they had repaired an aluminum F150 and when the replaced the door on it they took the old door and stabbed it with a Butcher Knife and pulled the knife and it ripped like a beer can. I decided to go ahead and order me a loaded down 2016 Lariat F350 DRW PSD. The dealer told me he has 25 on his lot now and is taking his allotment from Ford of 43 more. He scared the price of the 2017 will be too high to sale. You should hear the stories people tell about my Prius work truck. I can't believe people are that gullible. YOU HAVE A RARE VEHICLE WITH A PRIUS WORK TRUCK LOL! Two years ago my bride told me I was spending $7-800 a month in gas for the F250 using it for work at 100~miles a day. I joked with her that I was going to buy a Prius for work. She started looking and wanted one with the Xsp package. Two years later she still loves driving the F250 and I'm getting 53~mpg city with the Prius carrying the same 400~~lbs of tools and parts I carried in the F250. I had to give up the ol' man card but it works well. They are not a bad car. I rent often for work and have had my share of what ever plural of Prius is. First time I got one was in Florida years ago. Also my first encounter with push button start. I remember getting to the job and could not figure out if I actually turned the car off. I finally gave up and just went in to work. Came out 10 hours later and the car was sitting there all nice and cool because it was running and keeping the AC going all day.
mich800 04/12/16 12:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: A/C ok drivers side but only on/off passenger's side (P0483)

On my wife's work truck the blend door broke off and was blocking the airflow to the vents. I removed the fan cage and reached my hand up in there and pull the door out. Took 5 mins. Works fine now, but just can't recirculate air from in the cab. Just outside air. It usually doesn't get as hot up here in WI for long periods like down south though. Depends on the set up. On my old F150 it is simply to block off the heater core. So the more it opens up the warmer the air. When mine broke it was at full hot. So no fun in the summer. So in my case if I simply removed the blend door that would mean full heat all the time.
mich800 04/11/16 01:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GMC 2500HD instead of a Ford F250 for our 5th wheel...

According to your sig, you already have a new F250. Why are you asking? Need 2 but don't know how the first one drives? Save some time, Fords s uck! Go get the GMC! But not a Chevy, General Motors assembles the Chevys with all the trainees and once they graduate they get to build GMCs. That's why GMC is professional grade! Waaaaay better quality than Chebby. WTF... Are you for real? Reminds me of the partially senile people in line at the grocery store making the loud lewd comments because they have no filter. The other people in line don't know whether to feel sorry for him or tell them to zip it.
mich800 04/10/16 03:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.4 UPDATE

Several pieces of good advice here. I would also suggest, while the cab is off, get studs and do both head gaskets. I also agree with what was said above, any brand modern diesel is going to have problems. It is their battle with trying to meet government regulations. The 6.4 gets a pretty bad rap, but once they are modded, I'd put one up against any brand for longevity and durabilty. Good luck and safe travels. "Once they are modded." Keep defending fomoco Diesel engines. But show me any other high pressure diesel from the last 15 years that needs 5 grand in internal mods just to make it down the road in stock trim under 100kmi besides the 6.0 and 6.4? Powderchokes blowing head gaskets has exactly zero to do with the epa unless you're blaming them for limiting what Ford was able to use for head bolts and gaskets. The guy above I quoted is spot on, in that they're decent engines once fixed and the wrapper around them is good, so decision boils down to how much you want to spend on it. I agree the 6.7s appear to be better engines and their fast as stink in stock trim, but it took them until last year to catch up to the other 2 with a real exhaust brake. Anyway to the op, not enough informed buyers to get your money out of head studs if you're dumping it right away. Get it fixed and hang a for sale sign in the window on the trip home! If you plan on keeping it, follow advice above and get some arp studs and do both sides. May as well do all the bullet proofing and get it over with if your keeping it. Remember, 07.5 to '11 for Ferd and GM and up til '13 in Dodges are all sort of the bastard children of the diesel world unless you want to delete and spend some money. Highest failure rate of emissions, poor fuel economy, etc due to the epa. If you're selling, consider, pre 08 emissions or newer def trucks. Who says they (at least the 6.4) need internal mods to make it past 100k. A little hyperbole maybe. I am pushing 200k on my 2008 with no internal mods.
mich800 04/09/16 04:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Ecoboost Reliability

Gotta worship that blue oval! First fan boy in. http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab265/mich800/53631966.jpg
mich800 04/08/16 06:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel option for 2018 F-150

Newsflash, the diesel half ton like an EcoDiesel is NOT targeted towards the RV market. It is for the vast majority of owner who never tow anything. CAFE is forcing all manufactures to improve their MPG. Turbo gas engines do not move the needle enough. You will see more diesel vehicles (and hybrid) in the future from every manufacture. Exactly. They are niche vehicles right now. I would be surprised if all the mfgs didn't have a diesel ready to go depending on where the market goes. I know there have been test mules driving around this area for years. If diesel remains more stable they will progressively be unveiled. A few years ago all the big three had small diesels in the half ton market in various testing stages that were shelved when the gas/diesel differential went crazy plus the newer emissions that were on the horizon.
mich800 04/02/16 05:31pm Tow Vehicles
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