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      I use it in a street-ridden motorcycle with a...

      I use it in a street-ridden motorcycle with a mildly built engine (higher compression) which has something of a reputation for leaking water pump seals. The theory is that since this stuff does not...
    2. A pre-1984 model wouldn't have. (Rear wheel drive...

      A pre-1984 model wouldn't have. (Rear wheel drive ...)
    3. Ummm Transverse engine has the engine rotating...

      Ummm Transverse engine has the engine rotating the same direction as the drive wheels ... transverse engine requires NO direction changes to the front drive wheels. It's longitudinal engines that...
    4. The vast majority of FWD-based AWD vehicles only...

      The vast majority of FWD-based AWD vehicles only engage the rear wheels when the front wheels slip.

      In a very hard acceleration from a stop, that could easily be happening, and if you are...
    5. I should add that my stable of vehicles currently...

      I should add that my stable of vehicles currently includes a 70 hp car ... and a 200 hp motorcycle. And a 12 hp motorcycle (125cc). The 125 doesn't have enough power ... but not enough power is that...
    6. When I was growing up, we had a couple of AMC...

      When I was growing up, we had a couple of AMC Hornets as family cars. First one had a 232 six, second one the "big" 258 six. Carbureted, and with a Chrysler-sourced 3 speed automatic. Zero to 60 mph...
    7. A lighter car can adequately do that with 70-ish...

      A lighter car can adequately do that with 70-ish horsepower. A family car can adequately do that with 100-ish. I've got plenty of seat time in older VW diesels, and that's what they had.

      The...
    8. We must be the older folks. The young 'uns have...

      We must be the older folks. The young 'uns have gotten spoiled.

      I had a 1978 Honda Civic. That car had 63 hp. It was fine ... in its day. Granted, it topped out around 130 km/h (thanks to no...
    9. I've never owned a car with more than 100...

      I've never owned a car with more than 100 horsepower. The Ram van that I have now has 280-ish but only because the Pentastar came standard and that's what they have. It doesn't need it.
    10. Aaaand this is another reason that separate amber...

      Aaaand this is another reason that separate amber turn signals are a good thing. It removes the conflict between brake lamp and 4-way-flasher functions.

      Plenty of people don't realize that with...
    11. Sounds about right. I agree about all your good...

      Sounds about right. I agree about all your good points (and my rental was a 4-banger, as I suspect most of them would be). Many people would consider a high seating position to be a plus rather than...
    12. I haven't driven the Fusion but a fair number of...

      I haven't driven the Fusion but a fair number of Focuses and my sister owns an Escape. I've driven most of the others either as rentals or because friends own them. I had a Sonata for several days as...
    13. But the same statement can be made about every...

      But the same statement can be made about every other car in the same segment.

      They've all gone big and bloated. They all feel big. They all have soft suspension (at least in base-model trim). They...
    14. Know how I know you haven't driven a...

      Know how I know you haven't driven a current-generation 200?

      Not coarse. Not unrefined. In fact, I found it quite good. Had to open the hood to see that it was a Tigershark rather than a...
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      Big gaps and designed-in intentionally unaligned...

      Big gaps and designed-in intentionally unaligned adjacent panels allow for sloppier stamping and build tolerances without it looking wrong. Tooling back then wasn't what it is now.

      If you have a...
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      ... and by the way, Honda/Acura ... I think that...

      ... and by the way, Honda/Acura ... I think that hatched version of the ILX looks a lot better than the trunked original one. Build it!
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      This is a test mule, but it looks surprisingly...

      This is a test mule, but it looks surprisingly production-ready. It's a hacked-up Acura ILX. Honda likes keeping people guessing until the last possible moment. The new Civic is for 2016 model year -...
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      I would expect the 2016 model year to start at a...

      I would expect the 2016 model year to start at a normal time for this one (let's say Aug-Sep for illustration).

      There are major changes underneath this vehicle. New platform. I've only seen parts...
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      Observations from the motorcycle world ... ...

      Observations from the motorcycle world ...

      "Good" mods: Good quality common aftermarket accessories. Exhaust systems, suspension parts, little accessories like heated handgrips and the like, I...
    20. Nailed it with that one. We had a troll on a...

      Nailed it with that one.

      We had a troll on a local motorcycle forum a few years ago who was always the pro-cop, pro-law-and-order, pro-safety, pro-rules-and-regulations, anti-sportbike type. (I...
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