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RE: Ford recall issues

I wonder if some of these recalls are just OTA or over the air recalls though. Very few manufacturers have OTA capability. My 2021 F-150 regularly gets OTA updates. They recommend it be linked to home WiFi for quicker downloads. I have it set for 2AM 7 days a week to check for updates. If it is gone some morning I will know the girlie truck down the street slipped in an invite. Or maybe its two girlie trucks who no longer will stay in the closet. ..er..garage.
ksss 12/01/22 01:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford recall issues

There is some thought that the Ford SUV used by the POTUS may have started a fire, and burning down 4 other vehicles that were also rented from HERTZ as part of his motorcade. The Ford SUV was listed as having a potential fire starting issue that had not been fixed through a recall yet. That of course is speculative at this point, but somewhat interesting never the less.
ksss 11/29/22 07:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dealers lots are filling up

I think the dealers are going to find themselves in a bind on used vehicles. The over value of trades sitting on the lot is going to be painful, now they made it when it increased, hopefully they saved some of that. The market is readjusting so trade values are going to decrease to a more reasonable amount moving forward. So saying they low balled you by 5K may be the case, but I think the market is changing rapidly as well.
ksss 11/17/22 08:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Not bad for 11 years and 240,000 miles.

Our 2004 duramax went to our son with 115K miles on it. It's now up to 260K miles, still on the original brake pads, still only uses 1qt of oil between changes, 7500 miles or so, a few maintenance repairs, but that's about it. Vehicles have gone a long way since the 60's when one was lucky to hit 100K before it was off to the junkyard. I have a 1976 Ford and thank Heaven they don't build them like they used to. Although I do love the truck. ;) Totally agree. I had an 84 Chevy, 4X4, 3500 SRW with a 6.2L diesel. I put 250K on that pickup. Some years ago I contemplated buying one again, and put in a Duramax and Ali transmission. You know one of those projects that you put way more into than you could ever hope to get out of it. The Chevy dealer called me one day and said they just got an 85 3500 SRW gas truck in. The truck was in great shape, fully loaded Silverado. I test drove it 30 miles and brought it back. That cured my itch, it reminded me of driving a grain truck. So yeah, thankfully they don't build em like they used to.
ksss 11/12/22 09:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Not bad for 11 years and 240,000 miles.

The GM 6.0 may be GM's best motor they ever built. Not the most powerful HD gas, certainly not the most fuel efficient but even with just moderate care, they will last a very long time. Hopefully the 6.6 gas will turn out to be as awesome.
ksss 11/07/22 11:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: All 2024 GM HDS get the 10 speed Allison.

Also the engine is the very same engine I have in a 2018 3500, the tranny is of course an ALLISON 10 speed. I understand where you were going with calling shenanigans on 12Vs passive aggressive selective brand loyalty issues, but this ^ statement doesn't make sense to me. Yes you are totally correct on where that was going. I was responding to 12V's saying that the engine was new in the 2020 truck. My point was it is the engine that was in the previous gen truck. I purposely called it an Allison to get generate a response from 12V. Surprisingly many other jumped on that, 12V not so much, but what really sucked was calling a Ram a Dodge, that has always been good for a response.....not a peep. I am losing my touch or 12V is getting used to his Ram being called a Dodge (which it is).
ksss 11/03/22 08:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: All 2024 GM HDS get the 10 speed Allison.

Maybe? this will shame Ram into getting a better trans from the past decade or so into their big diesels? On another note, the drug testing policy for the GM truck artistic designers is still not working in their favor. For the love of God, how does Chebbie come up with such a butt ugly nose and then keep using that design? They use the design because it sells. Yes, it is more polarizing than it needs to be, but they have increased their marketshare since 2020, the start of the new design (which to be fair, may be inspite of its looks and not because of it). Either way, if it sells, it stays. The reason they have improved sales is because they changed engine and trans components to keep up with RAM and Ford on SAE towing numbers. Did GM take a survey asking what the 2020 to current buyer's decision process was when buying? If they did, this is the first I heard of it. I own one, no one asked me. So I am not sure where you got your statement from. If it as ugly as many think it is, why not buy a Dodge or Ford? The Ford has had more power and torque during that same period anyway. Also the engine is the very same engine I have in a 2018 3500, the tranny is of course an ALLISON 10 speed.
ksss 11/03/22 03:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: All 2024 GM HDS get the 10 speed Allison.

Maybe? this will shame Ram into getting a better trans from the past decade or so into their big diesels? On another note, the drug testing policy for the GM truck artistic designers is still not working in their favor. For the love of God, how does Chebbie come up with such a butt ugly nose and then keep using that design? They use the design because it sells. Yes, it is more polarizing than it needs to be, but they have increased their marketshare since 2020, the start of the new design (which to be fair, may be inspite of its looks and not because of it). Either way, if it sells, it stays.
ksss 11/02/22 05:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TIRES,,,,,need 4

I just had my Toyo AT III's rotated on my '20 3500 DRW. I have 30K on them. The inside dual had not yet been rotated to the front (they are now). Those tires are down to 3/32nds The other 4 are 5/32nds. The truck is also loaded most all the time so there is that. The tires perform very well, both in the Winter, great on ice, decent in the dirt and gravel. The wear is not great. As they wear the siping continues which is nice to see, but dam they wear fast. I believe they have a 50k warranty. According to Discount tire, they all have to be worn down to get warranty coverage. I am going to finish wearing these out, which wont take long and try the Falcon Wildpeaks on the DRW.
ksss 10/14/22 07:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Time for new tires already?

The Falcon would be my pick as well. Hard to beat how well the tire performs and the cost is reasonable. I have them on three pickups and as soon as the Toyo AT3's are done on a DRW, they will get the Wild Peaks next. The Toyos perform well, really well actually, but dam they are not going to last anywhere near as long as they should. I don't know if they will hit 40K.
ksss 10/03/22 06:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: New 2024 Chevy HD and Increased Dmax Power

I put my name down on Friday for a Chevy HD ZR2. A lot not known yet about the specs but the line will be long and they will be hard to get so I got my name down in case I like it. I do like the looks of the new HD and the interior is nice. I know a lot of people don't like the looks of the GM HD's, personally I am good with it, and given the number of them out there, it hasn't stopped them from selling.
ksss 10/03/22 06:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: New 2024 Chevy HD and Increased Dmax Power

Nothing is worse than the Gen 6 Camaro for having a window well to put your arm on. Not physically possible to do...unless your some kind of physical freak.
ksss 10/02/22 08:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: California to Ban the Sale of New Gasoline Cars by 2035

Just what other States like Idaho need.... another reason for Californians to leave Cali to jack up other States.
ksss 08/24/22 09:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New 3.0 Duramax Info

GM has done a good job with this half ton diesel. No real issues on the original 3 .0 and I doubt this one will be any different. The MPG has been impressive. Hopefully all of that continues. There is a fine line between performance and economy and GM seems to have found that line. Also impressive is the price is reasonable for the 3.0 and hopefully that doesn't change either.
ksss 08/20/22 03:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tundra vs. Silverado question

I guess what is the benefit of the reduced rating? Same truck, same power, maybe a slightly reduced price, but it would never be enough to mean much. Yes the Titan had a lot going wrong with it, but it was designed as a heavy half ton. I guess the under 10K would make the lines more defined between 25 and 3500, but other than that it really doesn't add up to much difference.
ksss 08/17/22 08:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tundra vs. Silverado question

Grit You should use the whole quote to get context of what I am saying. Not everyone needs a 12-13k gvwr SW truck, be it a 25 or 35 series badge with 400-500 HP. The OP, fish's neaghbors, myself, need a bit more truck than a typical 15 series at up to 7200 gvw. That's where a modern 8 lug 8600-9200 gvwr rig with 3000+- lbs of payload comes into play. A 250-350hp motor's I mentioned, get decent mileage empty, ride smooth, can pull an ave size RV st 10k 5w and upwards of 15k ball mount.....this truck does not exist anymore. I consider bad, some may consider it good..... If Frod would build more of it 8200?!?! G wr f150's I think many more than does would sell. If I could have found one, that would be better than my GM1500. Reality, with the 1800 lb tear helper I put on my truck, I'm better off. My 02. Marty On the surface, I have always agreed with this thought. However, the reality of it is these trucks when they have been released don't seem to do well enough to stick around. GM had the 1500 HD which didn't last. I think Nissan built their Titan around this principle. The diesel version had power specs identical to the GM LB7. HD undercarriage and so forth. Obviously now, the entire Titan line is going away. There were other issues with the Titan beyond its spec sheet but come to find out, most will just buy more truck, even if they only need a portion of its capacity. The price of the truck and the MPG in these trucks don't justify the reduced capacity. I have coined this before, but it fits here as well. "A lot can always do a little, but a little can never do a lot". When it comes to people actually signing on the line, this seems to ring true.
ksss 08/17/22 06:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GMC TPMS

Are those wheels and tires 17.5's? Just trying to understand how your set up requires 110 psi.
ksss 08/07/22 08:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: MotorTrend F150 Lightning Tow Test

An "Independent opinion" Good luck finding that. If you remember the prior term for "Climate change". It was global cooling due to increase in CO2, until it was determined that term didn't fit the agenda. **** data couldn't support the position. However, we call it climate change, ahh now there is a term that is much more flexible. So now everything from the recent floods in KY, hurricanes, drought in the West and anything else that can possibly be linked to Climate Change is used as fodder to fill the disinformation cannon. Worse thing is some people actual believe it. Only 10K years ago there was severe climate change with zero human influence. The change so abrupt that places that would be considered tropical, became covered in glaciers. If you remember high school earth science class they told you all about it. Point being, human influence on the planet likely has some impact currently, but not nearly enough to justify the extreme position. It was happening way before human influence stepped in. The data to support the climate change agenda is weak at best and purposely deceptive at its worst. So now finding Independent Information not influenced by political opinion and personal bias seems impossible. The result is where we are now..."**** the torpedoes, full speed ahead" toward solving a problem (costing countless Trillions of dollars and untold pain and suffering) that may not exist. The point about changing the column is spot on, wish we had a "like" button.
ksss 08/06/22 10:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: MotorTrend F150 Lightning Tow Test

Actually, most 1/2 tons are used just as a mode of transportation and tow nothing in their lifespan. That is true, but having the ability to tow if want is important. The difference is with these EV's at the distance they can go between charges when towing, you are really limited verse an ICE. Some may see value in their current ability but when weighing what they can and cant do well, I am not sure there is enough justification for one yet.
ksss 08/03/22 09:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: MotorTrend F150 Lightning Tow Test

Technology is not there yet to allow for a towing EV to be used in the way in which most ICE tow rigs are used. The fact that they are sold out, doesn't mean much. The political push is toward EV's regardless how little practical use they have for anyone the tows something (and many light pickups don't tow anything anyway). When EV's are used commercially, the time to recharge is expensive in the sense that it slows down business activity and someone is getting paid to recharge the vehicle during the day. You can handpick specialized applications where 90 miles on a charge may work, but certainly not enough to convince the majority of business owners to get on board yet. Or anyone that needs to tow something in a reasonable time. Someday things may be different, but certainly not today and tomorrow doesn't look real good either. The day that a battery is developed that holds more of a charge, is quick to recharge, lighter and hopefully doesn't use rare earth metals that are only found in China to build, will be a serious game changer. However until then, EV will be a hard row to hoe especially for those that tow. The next issue will be the power companies, right now it is the oil companies that are beat with sticks at every opportunity. Wait until your house and vehicle are all powered by electricity, that in many places can only be provided by one company. The result of no competition will be massive price rises. They will have all their customers by the balls with no choice but to pay.
ksss 08/02/22 08:13pm Tow Vehicles
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