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RE: Ram 6 vs 8 speed

The 8HP90 is rated for 900 gas and 1000 diesel.
wilber1 10/05/17 08:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 6 vs 8 speed

I don’t understand why they don’t offer the 8 spd with the 6.4 2500. The 8HP90 ZF used in the Hellcat can handle up to 900 lb ft of torque.
wilber1 10/05/17 08:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Live in Interesting times: Hyundai/ Kia want FCA

The Fiat 500 is a retro design inspired by the 500 Topolino which was hugely popular in Europe from the fifties through to the seventies, similar to the original Minis. Abarth tuned 500's were Italy's version of the original Mini Cooper. In that respect it succeeds quite well but because the original 500 didn't have much of a following in North America, the new one doesn't have the same retro appeal it does in Europe. The 500 also provides the platform of the 2nd gen Ford Ka, another popular European mini car.
wilber1 09/23/17 06:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Live in Interesting times: Hyundai/ Kia want FCA

Seems to me that merger/purchase would be good for both parties. FCA would give the new company entry into the full size truck, Jeep, minivan, full size car and pony car market. And KIA would bring the small cars that Chrysler has always struggled with. I thought that is what the Fiat / Chrysler merger was supposed to accomplish. True but Hyundai/Kia have already built that market in NA, they don't have to start over like Fiat. It could be very good for the Chrysler segment, maybe not so good for Fiat though.
wilber1 09/23/17 12:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Live in Interesting times: Hyundai/ Kia want FCA

One thing to keep in mind is, just because they 'want' to buy Chrysler / FCA son't mean the SEC will approve it. Good example is the Cabelas / Bass Pro buyout. The SEC still hasn't approved that. According to Wikipedia, FCA is an Italian controlled company incorporated in the Netherlands with its headquarters in London. I wonder how much influence the SEC would have.
wilber1 09/22/17 12:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Live in Interesting times: Hyundai/ Kia want FCA

Hyundai is a huge company with their hand in many industries. The automotive part of Hyundai said years ago their goal is to become the worlds largest auto manufacture. So it doesn't surprise me at all that they have some interest in FCA. They made Kia into a company whose cars people actually want to buy. In fact they are making some pretty nice cars now. They can probably do the same for FCA. In 06, Kia hired Peter Schreyer away from Audi. He became chief designer and in 2012 became one of the three company presidents.
wilber1 09/22/17 10:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Live in Interesting times: Hyundai/ Kia want FCA

Could make sense for Kia/Hyundai. The addition of Ram and Jeep would give them an instant impact in a market segment where they presently have next to none. In Canada, FCA was #2 in total sales and most of that was because of those two brands. Kia/Hyundai was #6. Together they would be #1 by a long shot with almost 25% of the Canadian market, based on 2016 sales.
wilber1 09/22/17 08:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone ever tow with a '60's/'70's muscle car ?

Beautiful car, Wilbur. In the late '60's our home room and biology teacher at high school, had around a '66 (maybe '65 or '67) Chrysler 300 with the 440 V8. We were impressed. Would be a 66 or 67. This is 66 Chrysler 300. 66 was the first year for the 440 and it was in the full size cars only. Must of been the '66 as he talked about having the 440 V8. Which impressed us as the Plymouth GTX used the 440, although the 375 hp version. The TNT was 365 HP in 66 and 375 in 67 and later. Different exhaust manifolds. Engines designated, TNT (Chrysler) Magnum (Dodge) and Commando (Plymouth) were all the the same HP rating.
wilber1 09/21/17 06:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone ever tow with a '60's/'70's muscle car ?

Beautiful car, Wilbur. In the late '60's our home room and biology teacher at high school, had around a '66 (maybe '65 or '67) Chrysler 300 with the 440 V8. We were impressed. Would be a 66 or 67. This is 66 Chrysler 300. 66 was the first year for the 440 and it was in the full size cars only.
wilber1 09/21/17 04:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone ever tow with a '60's/'70's muscle car ?

I have this beast. 440 TNT 365 HP. It has the power but I would add a big transmission cooler if I was going to tow with it. Those old 3 spd autos don't have locking torque converters and can get pretty warm. https://i.imgur.com/KipnBgy.jpg https://i.imgur.com/O2VDYLj.jpg
wilber1 09/21/17 02:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: EcoDiesel Ordering

:R
wilber1 09/19/17 08:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Isn't our present ICE technology a prime example of "getting it close enough for practical purposes"? Isn't all technology? Advanced as we may think we are, we haven'r really "perfected" anything.
wilber1 09/19/17 08:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for new vehicle- suggestions

We have been really pleased with our 13 Audi Q5 and I was very impressed with my son's 16 Kia Sorrento which has a lot of bang for the buck. There are lots of great choices out there so keep an open mind and keep looking. You are sure to find one that suits you.
wilber1 09/18/17 07:42pm Around the Campfire
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Where do you make the distinction? It's long been argued by their civil aviation competitors that military and NASA contracts amount to indirect subsidies to companies like Boeing.
wilber1 09/18/17 12:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

They missed one very important and huge impact. If everyone comes home and plugs their car in at 6:00 p.m, the electric grid will go down. Major cities and urban areas already experience brownouts every day with just AC loads placed on it in summer. The whole electric grid will have to be rebuilt all the way from the generation plant to the line that connects to your home. And who is going to pay for this? The electric car owners who cause the issue? Going to time of use billing can help. Making charging cheaper during off peak hours like midnight to 6 AM.
wilber1 09/18/17 09:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: EcoDiesel Ordering

Maybe because they have been a drag on the economy for the past 30 years, requiring 2 bailouts. They have been making **** vehicles for nearly their entire existence. Poor business decisions after another. They need to go the way of all the past brands that have put out junk. The government made 300 million when it sold its stock after the 79 bailout. After 2008 bailout the government lost 11.3 billion on the sale of its GM stock and 1.3 billion on the sale of its Chrysler stock.
wilber1 09/17/17 08:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Tesla can't even make one full lap around Nuremburg at full power in their small light car, and yet they are going to make a Semi Truck? Good luck with that! Musk is farming the government for money. If it wasn't for the billions of dollars that the government gave him, we would not be having this discussion. :R :M 2017 Tesla Model S P100D First Test: A New Record — 0-60 MPH in 2.28 Seconds! Show me a link to the billions given to him. 0 to 60, then what? We know electric motors make massive torque from zero RPM so they are going to put up impressive acceleration times but the S can't go flat out for one lap on a 14 mlle road course. Of course road cars are seldom driven flat out but it does point to the limitations of present EV technology. Is that really a realistic limitation though. Just sayin. Probably more telling of what a vehicle is capable of than a simple 0 to 60 time. That said, I think EV's are going to have a big place in the future.
wilber1 09/16/17 10:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM 2500

Can't believe that guy posted a video driving with a dog in his lap. Even more surprising is that no one commented on it.
wilber1 09/16/17 10:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Tesla can't even make one full lap around Nuremburg at full power in their small light car, and yet they are going to make a Semi Truck? Good luck with that! Musk is farming the government for money. If it wasn't for the billions of dollars that the government gave him, we would not be having this discussion. :R :M 2017 Tesla Model S P100D First Test: A New Record — 0-60 MPH in 2.28 Seconds! Show me a link to the billions given to him. 0 to 60, then what? We know electric motors make massive torque from zero RPM so they are going to put up impressive acceleration times but the S can't go flat out for one lap on a 14 mlle road course. Of course road cars are seldom driven flat out but it does point to the limitations of present EV technology.
wilber1 09/15/17 09:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Tesla can't even make one full lap around Nuremburg at full power in their small light car, and yet they are going to make a Semi Truck? Good luck with that! Musk is farming the government for money. If it wasn't for the billions of dollars that the government gave him, we would not be having this discussion. :R :M Tesla makes a race car? What small light car are you reffering to. They make family sedans as far as I know and none of which were designed for racing. Is this a prototype you are referring to? The Model S has been touted for its performance. The fastest lap around the Nordschleife at Nurburgring is the Holy Grail for performance car bragging rights. The OP is saying the Model S can't make a full throttle lap around its 20.8 KM. Last I heard the current champ for 4 door sedans is the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. It and the Porsche Panamera Turbo were having a back and forth.
wilber1 09/15/17 03:14pm Tow Vehicles
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