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RE: 2015 Expedition - Happy with Ecoboost 365HP + 420TQ!

As per usual, excellent posts from Ben, who IMO, has a marvelous gift for taking, then distilling complex mechanical issues down to easily understandable explanations. I quote from Ben: "The high MPG of hybrids are due to two things. Two sources of power, the liquid fuel (gasoline or diesel....toss in propane and the other forms of liquefied gaseous fuel) and the battery...which has a higher power density than either gasoline or diesel False MPG, as the day of reckoning is the day you have to replace the worn out Li-Ion battery. Tens of thousands of bucks at todays current cost structure The same can be said for 100% electric too. Plus using the grid to recharge skirts the various road taxes...for now" In my opinion, many people are attracted to 'new' technology....such as hybrid or electric technology...assuming it will be all benefit, without any penalties. As Ben says, the expense of replacing Li-on batteries is significant. I realize that manufacturers tout long battery lives....think around 8 years or so....for these batteries, but sometime they will need to be replaced at great cost. I can only imagine what the resale value on a Toyota Prius will be , when the car is 7 or so years old and the battery replacement issue is coming near. Ben also mentions that: "....using the grid to recharge skirts the various road taxes...for now" I agree. IMO, once significant numbers of cars are made and sold on the market with either Hybrid or complete electric power....I can see the price of electricity going up. It's only a matter of time. Also to me, the jury is still out on the longevity of turbos or superchargers, on engines. I read about an interesting engine (Hot Rod Magazine ) that a Ford engineer mentioned in an interview. Apparently it's a 4 cylinder engine...very small...1.4 liters....with both a supercharger and a turbocharger .The supercharger provides non lag low end power, the turbo...high end power...the small displacement provides good MPG. My preferences would be to have a larger displacement, non super or turbocharged, engine. My view....is that a fuel injected gas engine,is not working as hard as as a forced induction engine and less expensive parts replacement in the future. Also some mechanics see turbos as service items which will need to be replaced at certain time intervals. Ie;... cold/hot cycles, lubrication of bearings, high rpm of internal turbocharger components. Maybe I'm just an old fogey ? Perhaps....or...maybe not. In the end, there is no free lunch. If there was...well I'd go for a corned beef on rye, with Swiss cheese and a regular coke.;)
Lessmore 10/20/14 10:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 Colorado Extended Cab, Long Box LT RWD

Good luck, we have a 2008 extended cab and as you, we were always a Bow-tie family. We were excited about our first new truck,after 30,000 miles the transmission went bad. At 80,000 the intake manifold and cylinder head went bad. at 130,000 the transmission went a 2nd time. None of these issues turned our heads from being a Chevy family, but the final straw was the dealer who did the service they were the worst. Good luck with your new Colorado. As for us the next truck will be something other than a Chevy. Hope the dealer is better than any of the ones in the upstate ny area. Your experience is the exact opposite of my son's experience with his 2008 extended cab Colorado, bought new in November 2008. He had 129K on the odometer when he finally traded it in. Problems...yes. A leaking power steering hose and a bad radio speaker. That's it. He had the 5 cylinder and the Z 71 package. He lives where the winters are long...about 5 1/2 months, snow is heavy and the temp plunges down to -25 to -35 C for sometimes weeks at a time. Many times at work, there was no available plug in and his vehicle would be outside for 10 hours or more. Always quick start ups. Consumer reports (yes, I know, it's all made up stuff, bla bla) had the Colorado at the top of it's most unreliable list in ~2009 Link. Luckily, I don't think the new truck has ANYTHING to do with the old ones, so I wouldn't use past performance as a predictor of the future. Sounds like you actually believe what CR has to say on subjects. As I indicated before, my son's experience with his 2008 Chevy Colorado was excellent.
Lessmore 10/14/14 04:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5,000,000 Super Duty's Produced at Kentucky Truck Plant

Reading some of the threads on this forum, makes me wonder if they are Public Relation 'plants' . Not just Ford, but the other makes too. Sounds "Fishy" ;)
Lessmore 10/11/14 12:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford's Epic Gamble

Ford owned Jaguar, which made entire bodies from aluminum. The hood on the F150 has been aluminum for what, a decade? Unless you think steel airplanes, motorcycles, snowmobiles and engine blocks are a great idea, I have a hard time understanding the luddite fear of aluminum. Probably the reason for the 'Luddite' fear.....is because many posters have been around for a long time. They remember some of the initial attempts to use aluminum, in place of the more traditional materials. The Chevy Vega's aluminum engine block (1970's)or early mating of dissimilar metals...ie; aluminum heads on cast iron blocks by many manufacturers, etc. There were some issues...some greater than others. Many of the issues that had to be worked out using aluminum, have been worked out as use of aluminum has evolved, over the years. But because there is that past history, many individuals have concerns, that issues may surface, when aluminum is used. I think concern about 'newer' application of a material, used in large volume, can make many to want to sit back and see how a newer material...works first over an extended period, before accepting. This is not unwise. Yes aluminum has been used in bodies before...one comes to mind Aston Martin, Jaguar, etc. But Ford is using it on a huge volume vehicle, that will be put to the hard and long service use that trucks are expected to fulfill. I expect that there will be no issues and that aluminum use will be successful with the Ford truck line. But I also will be one, who will prefer to monitor the situation...see how things go over the first few years, before thinking about a commitment to buy a truck like this. I also think that the other makers will follow in Ford's footsteps, when it comes to decision about material choice for truck bodies. With ever increasing, stringent federal requirements for increased MPG's....the ability to significantly reduce weight, while maintaining high vehicle capability is a good decision for a manufacturer. It's a very good way to accomplish increased fuel efficiency, increased towing capability and increased performance in braking and handling. Less weight is always better, if capability such as payload, towing capacity can be maintained and/or improved and not compromised. BTW, being a history buff, I think your use of the term 'Luddite' is over reaching....just a bit. ;)
Lessmore 10/11/14 11:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5,000,000 Super Duty's Produced at Kentucky Truck Plant

Reading some of the threads on this forum, makes me wonder if they are Public Relation 'plants' . Not just Ford, but the other makes too.
Lessmore 10/11/14 11:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anybody consider a semi for a tow vehicle?

Class 8 trucks are duallys usually, except for the ones that are single rear wheel. As long as you get a dually one you will be fine. We are looking at class 8's - saw one with door sticker GCWR 140,000lbs. The missus couldn't possibly pack... Yeah, don't get a SRW class 8, you'll never here the end of it.:D Actually; a friend ordered a new Mack Vision 630 in 04 with full condo sleeper and auto-shift and immediately removed his inner wheels on both of his tandems. He consulted with Mack and got all the engineering authorization to maintain warranty due to his never using it for commercial and never hooking the thing to anything heavier than his Mountain Aire. It rode way better with just the four outer aluminums and without the added unsprung weight of those other four steel inner wheels. His huge air/disk brakes were also cooled better because they were not hidden inside a wheel. Service guys loved the set up as everything was much easier to view and work on. Super singles didn't quite catch on over here as compared to the European and U.K.. Cost and availability were prohibitive. Out here on the vast prairies, one of the prime reasons, super singles didn't catch on, was because of concerns about having a flat. With dually's, you can always limp into to the nearest large town or city, with tire repair facilities. With super singles...you can be in a more difficult predicament due to the fact that cities and large towns in the prairies, are quite a distance.
Lessmore 10/11/14 11:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: snow blowers electric

I had an electric snowblower ...a Toro. It was useless. About 18 years ago, I bought a new MTD 24/5 snowblower. It has a Tecumseh 5 HP SnowKing, 5 speeds forward, one reverse. It's excellent but it's gas powered. We get long, hard winters up here on the Canadian prairies. Big drifts, big snows, really cold. The MTD has been great. Starts great. The secret to a good starting, gas snowblower is to switch off the fuel cock and run the engine till the carb is dry of gas. Every time after you've cleared snow. If you don't, remaining gas evaporates in the carb and leaves residue which gums up the carb, making it hard or impossible to start next time. I also make sure I change and gap the spark plug every season. I also use fresh gas, bought at the beginning of the season and also put some StaBil in the gas to preserve it. My Snow King engine usually starts first or second pull. Eighteen winters . What FJ12 says makes sense. I don't think Oregon gets much snow, or at least doesn't the snow melt after a few days ? If so you may not need the heavier duty gasser snowblower that I need for my 6 month winters. The snow starts in late October, early November, and is here till late March/ early April. It never disappears in that period. Just accumulates.
Lessmore 10/10/14 01:53pm Around the Campfire
RE: Question about Dexcool coolant

Just use Zerex Dexcool. Thanks for the recommendation. As to a leak, I've never added any coolant in 2 years but like to have some on hand just in case I need to add a bit. Ron, if the Traverse is still under warranty I would only use GM Dexcool, bought from the Chevy dealer. I'm also not sure if it's a good idea to mix different brands. I'm assuming the Traverse still has the original factory issued GM, but that's just my assumption. Also I am careful about using the proper mix...of antifreeze and distilled water....as per GM recommendations. I never top off, just using water as depending n the quantity it can weaken the mix. Being that I'm in a cold climate, I may need to maintain the proper mix, more than those who live south of me. I think it's a very good idea that you have, about keeping some on hand. I do the same, and also keep the brand/type of motor oil on hand.
Lessmore 10/08/14 01:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The downside of winter

Ahh...winter. Could be here anytime soon, possibly by mid October, for sure by late October, early November. Then snow will fall ice will form and there will be no melt till late March, early April. Lot's of snow, sometimes temps will go to -35 , occasionally -40 or so. I generally don't mind winter too much, as long as there is not much 'extreme' winter.
Lessmore 10/04/14 08:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: Drag Times: 2015 Ford vs Chevy vs RAM

I wonder what 1/4 mile times these trucks would hit, if you used drag radial tires....or M+H racing slicks on all four, drive wheels ? :)
Lessmore 10/04/14 03:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Super Duty slated to get aluminum body

I prefer old style steel bodies to aluminum. My buddy has a 2013 F 150. When he closes the hood you can see flex. But so what ? In the end Ford and other manufacturers are faced with ever stringent Federal MPG requirements. They have to reduce the weight of the vehicle to get better economy. Being that it's a truck that will be required to haul and tow heavy loads, they can't fool around with the frame, axles, etc. That leaves the body. The body doesn't require heavier steel....aluminum will work as well. I think Ford engineering made the right decision...given the circumstances they have to work around.
Lessmore 10/03/14 10:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chainsaw purchase advice, please

Get another Stihl.I've got one. It's very good.
Lessmore 10/02/14 09:08am Around the Campfire
RE: Drag Times: 2015 Ford vs Chevy vs RAM

Why are things like this posted anyways ?
Lessmore 10/01/14 09:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Enclave for daily driver

Does the AWD reduce the mpg? cts Yep, but it's worth it imo. We drove a couple of these when we were getting a car for the wife/kids a few years back and thought they were pretty nice. Very roomy for sure. I didn't think the platform was quite as rigid as some of the competition and the handling seemed somewhat sloppier as a result, though. We ended up getting a Pilot which has been great so far, to date needing nothing beyond scheduled maintenance and a new set of tires - it's now approaching 60,000 miles. It seems to get similar mileage to what I'm seeing in this thread (17-18 city, low 20s highway). To the OP, a change like you're contemplating is rarely worth it if your rationale is saving money on fuel. It may make sense for other reasons, though. My view on the Pilot/MDX is different. I have a buddy who has an Acura MDX, which is basically a deluxe, high end Pilot. I find these SUV's have cramped seating for larger people, noisy (wind noise on highway) and also due to the design, has some expensive maintenance items. He just replaced his Honda V6 timing belt....factory required maintenance item as this engine is an interference design. In other words...if the belt snaps....the valves hit the pistons. Expensive item to replace. The fact that it had a timing belt bugged me when we bought it. But I've had vehicles with timing belts before and never had a problem with them. My mechanic generally charges $400-500 to change them so I didn't think it was that big of a deal (on past vehicles - I haven't had him quote me the Pilot yet). Aside from the timing belt it's a great motor. I haven't noticed any excessive wind noise either but all our kids are under 5 so I probably wouldn't notice any wind noise with the windows down on the freeway. :B I can't imagine any normal sized person finding the seating cramped, though. At least in the front seats or middle row, anyway. Even the third row is fine for two adults if the middle row slides up just a bit. Maybe you're a bigger dude than me but I'm 6' so I'm not tiny. I'm about 6' 3" + and 240 lbs. I have what I call 'hockey knee' from many years playing defense, when I was young. My knee's... particularly my left one... hurts.... if I can't stretch my leg's out. Yep, I've had an operation on that knee. Too many body checks into the boards. I have found that Buick's (I have a LaCrosse)....provide a lot of leg room, shoulder room and comfort, compared to many other makes. Les
Lessmore 09/30/14 08:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Enclave for daily driver

Does the AWD reduce the mpg? cts Yep, but it's worth it imo. We drove a couple of these when we were getting a car for the wife/kids a few years back and thought they were pretty nice. Very roomy for sure. I didn't think the platform was quite as rigid as some of the competition and the handling seemed somewhat sloppier as a result, though. We ended up getting a Pilot which has been great so far, to date needing nothing beyond scheduled maintenance and a new set of tires - it's now approaching 60,000 miles. It seems to get similar mileage to what I'm seeing in this thread (17-18 city, low 20s highway). To the OP, a change like you're contemplating is rarely worth it if your rationale is saving money on fuel. It may make sense for other reasons, though. My view on the Pilot/MDX is different. I have a buddy who has an Acura MDX, which is basically a deluxe, high end Pilot. I find these SUV's have cramped seating for larger people, noisy (wind noise on highway) and also due to the design, has some expensive maintenance items. He just replaced his Honda V6 timing belt....factory required maintenance item as this engine is an interference design. In other words...if the belt snaps....the valves hit the pistons. Expensive item to replace.
Lessmore 09/30/14 04:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ran into this photo

Excellent picture...like the 'frozen' action. What kind of camera/lens did you use ?
Lessmore 09/30/14 07:56am Around the Campfire
RE: Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Chrysler has thrown down the gauntlet! Not only the baddest ponycar (Challenger) but the baddest muscle car too! (Charger). And the best name for an engine family since...........ever! (The Hellcat)! It will be interesting to see what Ford and GM come up with? Rest assured, GM and Ford will come up with something that ups the ante further. But who do you know that really wants something with this much uber performance....whether it's GM, Ford or Mopar ?
Lessmore 09/29/14 02:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

If it won't pull our trailer, the wife is not interested! It`ll pull it, but will it stop it? ;) Disc brakes are big...real big. I read in another source last week, that they are Brembo 15 inch + discs with 6 pistons. But in the end how big is the market for a car that hits 200 mph +, does the 1/4 in 11 seconds flat. I like performance, but more moderate.
Lessmore 09/29/14 02:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unidentified soldiers now named...

I read about it. I'm from Winnipeg. Both my grandfather's were in WW1. Still have family members in military service in Winnipeg based regiments. Those WW1 soldiers that made the ultimate sacrifice will be honored.
Lessmore 09/28/14 04:56pm Around the Campfire
RE: Enclave for daily driver

As for the trailblazer, yes I do think you will see a new mini suburban line up again on the new Colorado and canyon platform. Which gets me excited to hope for a new blazer with the 2.8 duramax that can tow a decent amount and get near 30 highway when solo. I never thought of that, ie; GM bringing out a new mini suburban based on the new Colorado platform. That vehcile idea really appeals to me. Think it would be a good seller.
Lessmore 09/28/14 04:51pm Tow Vehicles
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