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RE: Top vehicles for longevity

I feel like GM and Ford have switched places in the past 10-15 years though (especially after the bailout). Ford has stepped up their game, whereas GM has declined. 15 years ago, it was different. So, I guess we'll see how this list looks in 15 years from now :) This is just anecdotal evidence, but earlier this year, my 2016 Explorer was getting body work done on it, and they gave me a GMC Acadia rental car. The difference in quality and handling was like night and day. The GMC felt cheap on the interior, and had "mushy" handling. I didn't find it pleasant to drive. I couldn't speak to the engine because mine is a Sport with the EcoBoost 3.5, and the Acadia was just an NA engine. I looked up the pricing on it, and it was comparable to the Explorer of the same trim level. Not sure why anybody would buy one over the other other than brand loyalty. We bought new, a 2015 Chevy Impala LT, 3.6 V6 with the new style body. We've driven on long trips and day in, day out as a regular vehicle. Our winters go down to 30-35 below...sometimes colder (-40) and our summer temps go up to about 90-95 F. Roads here are in a word...terrible. So far....nothing....I mean nothing...has gone wrong with it....touch wood. As far as Fords go...not a lot of current experience with them. We did consider a new 2015 Ford Explorer with the non aspirated 3.5 liter V6 and AWD. We chose the Impala, but I wouldn't of had any issues with choosing the Explorer. I had a friend who bought a new Asian made vehicle...nothing but big issues after 3 years of ownership. He eventually traded it in. A family member bought a new North American made 4WD SUV...all sorts of problems. So who knows really. Is it sometimes just a question of Russian roulette and you pays your money and you takes your choice...and then hope for the best ? Sometimes you get a lemon, sometimes you get a good vehicle, no matter the make. Most of my vehicles over the past 50 years have been mostly ok. Had some real stinkers though. I've had many different makes....American made, Asian, European. I think the best way to do things for me,after all my vehicle experience is...if you can afford it...then buy new, get the factory extended warranty, trade it in just before the warranty is over. Start again. See, and we had an Impala rental car, brand new, 400 miles on it, and we didn't like it either. We also have a 2016 Fusion Titanium with the 4 cyl Eco Boost which we purchased used with 25,000 miles on it and I felt like the Impala didn't even compare.... now, slightly different vehicle class, but I just didn't feel like Impala stacked up. It's fine on it's own, but not in comparison. You can't compare the Impala rental car with my Impala. The Impala rental car is called the 'Impala Limited' and is based on the old Impala platform that has been around since 2000. The 'Limited' is still built for fleet orders only, such as Taxis, police package cars, rental fleets. My Impala is a newer design built on the Upsilon 11 platform, designed in Europe with a lot of Opel of Germany involvement. Completely different car, but GM by using the same name...with the exception of the 'Limited' moniker certainly doesn't make things clear. The newer Buick sedan...LaCrosse and some Cadillac models are also based on this newer GM platform. The 'new' Impala platform...again NOT the Impala Limited fleet order (Taxi, Police, Rental) has accumulated a number of accolades from consumer magazines and enthusiast magazines. By calling two different platforms....one platform a newer design premium platform and the other an old, past it's prime platform (actually known as the W platform)...is a typical GM marketing blunder. They make some real good cars but their marketing sometimes just causes :( huge confusion among the consumer.
Lessmore 07/20/17 06:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Top vehicles for longevity

I feel like GM and Ford have switched places in the past 10-15 years though (especially after the bailout). Ford has stepped up their game, whereas GM has declined. 15 years ago, it was different. So, I guess we'll see how this list looks in 15 years from now :) This is just anecdotal evidence, but earlier this year, my 2016 Explorer was getting body work done on it, and they gave me a GMC Acadia rental car. The difference in quality and handling was like night and day. The GMC felt cheap on the interior, and had "mushy" handling. I didn't find it pleasant to drive. I couldn't speak to the engine because mine is a Sport with the EcoBoost 3.5, and the Acadia was just an NA engine. I looked up the pricing on it, and it was comparable to the Explorer of the same trim level. Not sure why anybody would buy one over the other other than brand loyalty. We bought new, a 2015 Chevy Impala LT, 3.6 V6 with the new style body. We've driven on long trips and day in, day out as a regular vehicle. Our winters go down to 30-35 below...sometimes colder (-40) and our summer temps go up to about 90-95 F. Roads here are in a word...terrible. So far....nothing....I mean nothing...has gone wrong with it....touch wood. As far as Fords go...not a lot of current experience with them. We did consider a new 2015 Ford Explorer with the non aspirated 3.5 liter V6 and AWD. We chose the Impala, but I wouldn't of had any issues with choosing the Explorer. I had a friend who bought a new Asian made vehicle...nothing but big issues after 3 years of ownership. He eventually traded it in. A family member bought a new North American made 4WD SUV...all sorts of problems. So who knows really. Is it sometimes just a question of Russian roulette and you pays your money and you takes your choice...and then hope for the best ? Sometimes you get a lemon, sometimes you get a good vehicle, no matter the make. Most of my vehicles over the past 50 years have been mostly ok. Had some real stinkers though. I've had many different makes....American made, Asian, European. I think the best way to do things for me,after all my vehicle experience is...if you can afford it...then buy new, get the factory extended warranty, trade it in just before the warranty is over. Start again.
Lessmore 07/20/17 04:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Feral Hogs.... issues ?

Very good history. We have had problems with European Boar that escaped from game farms. They were brought in for hunting on land set aside for hunting, but a number escaped. They went feral fairly quickly. Some bred with domestic hogs that escaped from farms, some just bred with other escapee European Boars. In my province I don't think they are a huge problem. One factor is that we have a good number of wolf packs that range in the province. One wolf was trapped about 25 miles from a medium sized city at a forested park here, a couple years ago. From memory it was 7 ' 9" long from nose tip to tail tip and weighed around 160 lbs. Measurement done by provincial game authorities. We also have a lot of black bears and a the odd cougar, but I think the wolves keep the feral hogs in check. Up north we have Polar Bears and a few Barren Ground Grizzlies, but feral hogs don't get that far north. Last time I checked there was no hunting season on them, up here. I sympathize for those areas in North America that have big issues with Feral Hogs. I don't know much about them, but any hog family member seems to be smart and adaptable...hard to control in the wild.
Lessmore 07/20/17 10:25am Around the Campfire
RE: Mercedes Benz pickup...light tow vehicle with class.

Well Robert you need to bring yourself up to speed on the new Chevy Colorado ZR2 before you dismiss it. Chevy Colorado ZR2 They don't have the new ZR2 over there and their Holden Colorado is slightly different than ours. Which is sad since the ZR2, with its magnetic adjustable longer travel suspension and front/rear lockers, seems like it would outperform many of their current truck offerings off road. I think it would. My son used to have a 2008 Colorado Z71. It had the off road package, skid plates, large wheels/tires, heavy duty suspension, electronic traction control and G80 Eaton Locking axle. Lot of ground clearance. He didn't have 4 WD on it but I was always surprised how well it did in snow. The large tires, traction aids and high ground clearance made a difference, although in his vehicle, 4WD would of made a bigger difference, if he had had it. The new Colorado ZR2...which is available in the North American market as you say, seems to be getting lots of accolades from off road buffs...very advanced truck.
Lessmore 07/19/17 12:44pm Tow Vehicles
Feral Hogs.... issues ?

Big feral hog in the attachment. I know these animals are a problem for ranchers and farmers. How about your area..state...province ? Do you have feral hog issues ? Giant Feral Hog...820 lbs
Lessmore 07/19/17 12:36pm Around the Campfire
RE: Should we be worried about earth's oxygen supply?

No.
Lessmore 07/19/17 10:12am Around the Campfire
RE: Mercedes Benz pickup...light tow vehicle with class.

Finally, competition for the Navigator and Escalade pickups.I would think it would be compared to a Chevy Colorado or the new Ford mid size truck, all three look similar. I don't believe it will be offered for sale in North American. In Australia it will up against the Ford Ranger, Amarok and Toyota Hillux. Colorado seems to be a step below.. All three have very good Off Road and on Road credentials Ranger has 700mm wading. Mercedes 600mm wading. Well Robert you need to bring yourself up to speed on the new Chevy Colorado ZR2 before you dismiss it. Chevy Colorado ZR2
Lessmore 07/19/17 10:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mercedes Benz pickup...light tow vehicle with class.

Looks like some like it...some don't like it. Well...I guess that's the way the Mercedes ...Benz. ;)
Lessmore 07/18/17 10:30pm Tow Vehicles
Mercedes Benz pickup...light tow vehicle with class.

New pickup...no tow ratings yet, as far as I know. Mercedes Benz mid size pickup will begin production
Lessmore 07/18/17 09:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Vehicles . . . in the Alps

Foreign made travel trailers fit for where they are made for and sold as everything is smaller in most overseas countries but not a chance they have happy owners over here. So different! I agree . I have some cousins who live in the UK. My wife and I live in Western Canada and were having a discussion with said British family, about our plans to visit our daughter who lives on the east coast of Canada. It's 2800 miles there and 2800 miles back from where we are situated. Our UK extended family members who have visited both Canada and the USA remarked how they had forgotten how vast the distances are in North America and in their case all their adult children (in the UK) are just within an hour or two driving distance from them. They do understand why we drive a large sedan (Chevrolet Impala- new version) with the 305 hp V6, during our extensive travels in and about Canada and the states. They in contrast, drive a small 4cylinder, diesel hatchback. Many of us make our decision...in this world... on our needs which are often determined by geography, distance, temperature range etc. Les
Lessmore 07/18/17 11:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Ranger Raptor Doing final Testing in Australia(Images)

I thought Ford Australia had been shut down ?
Lessmore 07/12/17 12:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F250 vs Ram 2500 Gas V8 Drag Race and MPG Battle

Drag racing is all about power to weight ratio, gearing (final drive gear ratio and all the gear ratios of the different gears of the transmission), traction and the expertise of the reaction/driver. Higher HP helps, but it can/will be affected by all those other factors.
Lessmore 07/10/17 11:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: It all depends on your frame of reference

That's a good one and has more than an element of truth. :B
Lessmore 07/06/17 12:36am Around the Campfire
RE: Happy July 4th to America !!

Merci! De rien ! :D
Lessmore 07/03/17 06:38pm Around the Campfire
Happy July 4th to America !!

Happy Independence Day to America and Americans. As a Canadian I feel we have lucked out in the roulette wheel we call life, to have Americans as our neighbours. Couldn't be any better in my view. So enjoy yourselves tomorrow and take pride in your wonderful country. :B
Lessmore 07/03/17 03:59pm Around the Campfire
When driving, what do you listen to ..?

If I'm alone in one of our vehicles, I usually don't listen to the radio, personal recordings....anything really. I'm content to just glide along without listening to anything. Goes for short hops or long distance highway drives. My first vehicles were motorcycles so that is maybe where I got into the habit. I do like the sound of a nice sounding engine though....and do like to hear both our car engines....run hard through the gears. They are both healthy V6's and have a nice note when under load...but they're not under load that much ;)...so that would be just an occasional aural treat. :B I'm retired now, so I don't usually listen to traffic reports and being retired try to avoid driving downtown anyway...so don't have the need to find out which route is blocked, etc. When driving with my wife or friends, we talk with each other...the radio/sound system is off. What do you do ?
Lessmore 07/03/17 03:48pm Around the Campfire
RE: Wishing all of our Canadian friends...

Thank you Crowe. I'm very proud to be a Canadian and also feel Canadians are very fortunate to have America as our neighbour. Have a great July 4th Independence Day. In the past year or so we have searched out our ancestors and to my great surprise discovered that our first ancestors who immigrated to North America, were English Puritans who came to Salem, Massachusetts in 1634, with the possibility of some of many times Grandmothers, coming a bit before. Still checking on that one. They remained in New England till 1786, when they moved to Upper Canada as United Empire Loyalists. One ancestor fought in the Revolutionary War as a Lieutenant in the American Continental Army. So there appears to be a chunk of 'American' in my DNA also, which I was very pleased to find out. :)
Lessmore 07/01/17 12:34pm Around the Campfire
RE: Unusual Tow Vehicle

Marty quite a few places where you have to travel at 110kmh. Marty to travel at 25-35mph you would be fined into the ground even on a back road. Obviously many people on this forum have not travelled much outside NA or have the slightest knowledge of trucking / transport in relation to those countries Travel looney lives in his own world, his world and reality are distantly related I have been outside the NA many times. Been to the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Central America, South America, Jamaica, and so on. I got pictures if you don't believe me. What I have learned from every where that I have been is that people and cultures are different from one place to the next. What is acceptable in one country may not be in another. So please stop this "everything in NA is junk compared to the rest of the world specifically Australia" attitude that you always portray when you post. I don't know where you got this hatred for all things American, but in needs to stop. Have you driven one of these Isuzu N-series 215hp/452lb-ft 5.2L truck and also a Ram 4500 325hp/750/lb-ft 6.7L to compare the two? I doubt it. I have and can tell you that the Isuzu is too slow at highway speeds as Marty stated and is vastly underpowered for most North American's expectations. That is why these N-Series trucks are mainly found in inner city areas due to their lack of power. I am not saying they are bad trucks or don't have there purpose. I am just saying our expectation for power is greater over here just like your expectation for fuel economy is greater over there. There are many factors that play in to this, one of the being how inexpensive fuel is over here in comparison. Then there is the factor that we have a big enough market for our own needs/wants while Australia had live with "global vehicles" since their market was not big enough. These "global vehicles" had to abide by many regulations from many different countries one being displacement tax that taxed you more for the greater engine displacement you had. This forced the market to lean towards smaller displacement engines which forced them to be put in smaller vehicles. Even though Australia never had a displacement tax, they had to live with these smaller vehicles since they shared the "global vehicles" market. North America never had a displacement tax and we had an auto market that catered to our needs/wants specifically and no one else's. We didn't have to live with small vehicles just because some other country that we shared our market with required them. So our engines go bigger along with our vehicles and our lust for more power. Our culture is a lot different in comparison and a vehicle that may make your jollies wet because it uses 215 hp to tow 14k lbs will not do the same for many here. We expect more power and better towing performance out of our vehicles. Well stated and reflective of the North American experience, ShinerBock. Back in the early 1950's my parents had a couple of 4 cylinder Austins, nice cars, small engines, designed for the UK and relatively expensive fuel costs. Our family (Canadian) did a lot of traveling ('50's/60's) both in the states and Canada back then. Traveling to Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, the Dakotas, etc...NW Ontario, prairies, British Columbia, etc. The Austins didn't cut it on these trips. Soon, the Austins were replaced by a '56 Ford Fairlane with a 312 cube/225 hp V8...then a '58 Ford wagon 292 V8, then a whole series of Chevy wagons...V8's...eventually to a '69 Impala, with a 396 Rat motor. The reason, nice as the Austins were, the little 4 banger was having it's neck wrung on the long, broad highways of North America. In addition, our family also started towing trailers and needed the V8 punch. The Austin design brief I would say, did not incorporate factors such as relatively cheap fuel, traveling long distances in temperatures that could range from from over 100 F to -35 F, at constant speeds of around 65-70 mph. North American conditions. Certainly not towing trailers, and even solo was a challenge for the Austin. Fast forward to 1995. My wife and I, along with our two kids went on a west coast trip, towing our trailer through both Canada and the states. We used our big American sedan with its big, torquey V8. While in the Rockies on one occasion were behind an older VW bus. The 4 cylinder air cooled engine. My blood ran cold as I knew we would be languishing behind this vehicle as it labored interminably up the mountain roads. I had a lot of time for thought in this instance, as we slowly followed this vehicle up the incline. It took me back to the early 1950's and the Austins. The Irish have an applicable saying. Different horses for different courses.
Lessmore 06/27/17 04:21pm Tow Vehicles
2018 GM/International truck

Read some rumors about a new 208 GM/IH medium duty truck. This is the first picture I've seen. Be interesting to see what the full power train options will be and if this truck will be of interest to those towing RVs. 2018 Medium duty GM/International truck
Lessmore 06/26/17 11:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unusual Tow Vehicle

I wonder about not a lot of leg room in a cab over design. I've seen them (Isuzu) here. GM used to market them as Chevy and GMC medium duties. With a cab over design, I'm also concerned about crash safety. Maybe modern design has taken care of these issues, I dunno. As far as highway/mountain performance, I've always thought that they were designed and used primarily for city delivery trucks. I'm not sure if long distance highway towing is within their design brief.
Lessmore 06/26/17 11:22pm Tow Vehicles
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