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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
RE: It's just a dog or is it?

Many people bond with pets. More so then they bond with inorganic items. When you bond, you forge an devotional tie. So money...if the person has it....is not so much a consideration. It's that simple. Next question. :)
Lessmore 09/28/14 12:35pm Around the Campfire
RE: Enclave for daily driver

I never see a lambda as a fleet police vehicle. The new ford explorers are used and will be my selection as the next kid transport wagon for the thackers. Some explanation regarding the process used in selecting fleet vehicles. Government fleet orders are typically a question of which automotive manufacturer can meet certain specified, specifications, at the lowest cost. In the case of police vehicle the required package is generally referred to as the police package option. The police package option can include heavy duty cooling (transmission, power steering, engine oil), suspension/wheel/brake/tires, can include beefed up frame/sub frame, electrical, etc.....items like this. The police package option is generally not available to anyone other than police departments. I would be surprised if a private citizen would be able to order the police package. Ford offers a police package option, for the Ford Explorer, while to my knowledge GM does not offer a police package option for the Lambda vehicles. However, GM does offer the police package option for the Chevy Tahoe. It is my understanding that the Tahoe is quite popular among police departments.
Lessmore 09/27/14 10:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cool vintage pickup Camper Special

See it has a 390 FE V8. Nicely equipped.
Lessmore 09/27/14 02:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Enclave for daily driver

Buick is a nice vehicle -- we recently test drove small SUVs -- Honda, Toyota, Subaru, VW, and a few others, and first time we drove the Encore (next size smaller SUV then Enclave) we bought it immediately. Fit and finish inside very nice, most of the 'fancy electronic extras' were in it, not Add-Ons, and we like it a lot. Buick is a fine GM product, a bit upper level that the Chevy, and shows it. We would buy another Buick in a hot-minute ... well, we'll wear this one out first, and hope it takes a while. :) :) I agree with you. I bought a new Buick LaCrosse, back in 2007. It has over 140kms on the odometer at this point. I've really liked it very much. Very quiet, good handling, good power and it's comfort and lack of road noise is something to behold. So far, very reliable and durable. Touch wood.
Lessmore 09/27/14 02:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is my '01 F-250 PSD up to the challenge ??

The 7.3 is a great motor. It's an International engine. One of my neighbours had an F 350 , DRW, standard transmission, 4WD, 7.3 V8, utility service truck. He retired, when it had 440,000 kms (260,000 + miles approx.) on it. The truck ran like a Swiss watch. Often pulled large electrical utility trailers. No big issues.
Lessmore 09/26/14 11:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3,000HP Chevy S10 pickup tow vehicle !

I have noticed that in the past few years there are modified vehicles that are putting out incredible HP/Torque and still streetable. I think improved electronic engine management controls and ever developing engine design/technology, have a lot to do with it. I know that the Chevy newer (introduced in '97 to replace the old Chevy small block V8) LS series V8, has gained favour among many hotrodders, for it's potential to develop big hp/torque, when modified. Other manufacturers' newer engine designs, also have done well in increased power development. We live in a golden era of power.
Lessmore 09/18/14 04:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying a new TV- advice sought

Just a short note to thank all who have offered their advice. My wife and I are reading the posts, which are adding greatly to our knowledge base. Thank you and please continue. Les
Lessmore 09/15/14 09:38am Around the Campfire
Buying a new TV- advice sought

My wife and I are looking for a new TV. Our old TV is from the 1990's, definitely a dinosaur. What we are...what we watch: We have sort of settled on size...somewhere between 40, 42, 42, 46, 47 or 50 inches. Our living room is not big and I sit about 75 inches or so from the TV screen....my wife sits about about 100 inches away from the screen. The TV room is our living room , big bay window...drapes though. We watch TV ....sometimes day, sometimes night, as we're retired Demographically...we are a 'mature, couple, our kids are 20 something and have left the nest...so usually it's just the two of us watching TV. The type of TV we watch includes sit coms, modern movies....I watch a lot of 1930's, 40's, 50's B+W movies from Turner Classic Movies. She likes cooking shows, I like shows such as Highway thru Hell, Ice Road Truckers, some car racing....ie; sportscar, F1. I also like vintage motorcycle, car and hot rod shows. Technical questions: We don't have a clue about modern TV's. We know there is LED, LCD and Plasma. What are the advantages and disadvantages comparatively ? What would be best for us, considering our TV watching habits, etc. ? I'm finding our current TV not so good...sound wise. My ears...along with the rest of me are aging. I'm not interested in deep base....in fact I do not like it. But I do want very good quality, clear sound Would a sound bar be worthwhile ? Any other suggestions ? We have heard that Samsung is an excellent brand. Any suggestions ?
Lessmore 09/13/14 03:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: PUNS-- A few leftovers

Excellent...both my wife and I got a good chuckle out of them. Encore...encore.
Lessmore 09/11/14 02:52pm Around the Campfire
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.
Lessmore 09/10/14 07:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone noticed an increase in the rate of climate change?

The previous ice age is not yet over, needs another few hundred years to finish melting the Arctic and Greenland ice caps. Even then, sea levels will be far short of what they were before Pleistocene. Narrow focus of modern humans to pick a historical year like 1900 or 1800 or 0 AD and say the condition of the Earth on that date is "normal" or the way it is supposed to be, or would be if humans had not changed things. More arrogant to presume that actions we might choose to take could transform the climate to what we think it should be. Unlikely that we could even agree on that, because what is better for someone is worse for someone else. Probably why climate modification advocates are trying to convince us some climate state in the recent past (recent in geological sense being 10 million years) is the ideal climate to which we should strive. Earth's climate has been changing cyclically for 4 billion years. Some of the biggest changes have been made by life forms, e.g. the blue-green algae that chilled the Earth by removing most of the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and poisoning it with highly corrosive oxygen, forcing evolution of new life forms that could live in such a cold, toxic environment. An environment we consider normal because it works for us. X 2. Well stated, logical.
Lessmore 09/07/14 10:28pm Around the Campfire
RE: Anyone noticed an increase in the rate of climate change?

Climate change has always happened on the earth. I live in the Canadian West....just above the American Midwest. Over history, there was an ice age...where the area was covered in ice and there has also been a tropical climate in these area. Last year we had one of the coldest winters on recent record. However a few summers ago , we had one of the hottest summers on record. In the last few years apparently there has been an increase in the ice cap area in the arctic and antarctic. The earth's climate ebbs and flows.
Lessmore 09/07/14 01:50pm Around the Campfire
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