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    1. Toyota has been pretty adamant in the past year...

      Toyota has been pretty adamant in the past year or two that they aren't interested in BEVs. See this article:
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    2. If this is a correct analysis of the situation,...

      If this is a correct analysis of the situation, then I think Toyota has basically set a self-destruct timer that has about 15 years left on it as of now.

      Putting aside the arguments about the...
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      I go way back with Edmunds...I posted on their...

      I go way back with Edmunds...I posted on their forum back in the late '90s and early '00s. It used to be a really high-traffic general auto forum similar to TCL, but it started to die off about 10...
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      Edmunds drives 900 miles in a 1989 Yugo GVL

      http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/features/1989-yugo-gvl-long-term-road-test-introduction.html

      http://media.ed.edmunds-media.com/non-make/fe/fe_6291535_600.jpg
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    5. There's always been this chicken-or-egg debate of...

      There's always been this chicken-or-egg debate of whether the automakers convince people to buy larger trucks because that's what they want to build, or whether the customer is demanding bigger...
    6. Thanks, I'll read through that thread. I think I...

      Thanks, I'll read through that thread. I think I saw the article that got it started, but I missed the TCL discussion.

      -Andrew L
    7. I understand that we won't see 54.5 on an F-150....

      I understand that we won't see 54.5 on an F-150. But in the past, I thought that lower-MPG vehicles had to be balanced out by high-MPG vehicles to reach a true corporate average. It's often said...
    8. Does anybody here really understand CAFE, and how the industry is planning to deal with it?

      I guess every few months I need to post a boring thread that nobody replies to, and it may be that time again. I was looking at the June sales figures today and thinking about whether the automakers...
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      There is actually some demand for Escort engines,...

      There is actually some demand for Escort engines, because of the infamous dropped valve seat problem that tends to destroy the head or the whole engine. I mean, not big bucks or anything, it's just...
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      How about high mileage relative to the expected...

      How about high mileage relative to the expected quality of the car? Here's a Daewoo with 203K on it:

      https://www.iaai.com/Vehicles/VehicleDetails.aspx?auctionID=0&itemID=19275324

      Someone...
    11. If the writer were saying that this is proof that...

      If the writer were saying that this is proof that we shouldn't have government safety agencies, then I would agree with you. But I took it to mean that he wants to see the whole agency overhauled...
    12. I'm not a right-winger, and I didn't read it that...

      I'm not a right-winger, and I didn't read it that way. I think the point was that regulatory agencies should be adequately staffed with people who are trained in the field, and it seems pretty clear...
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      I don't know anything about Minis, but I would...

      I don't know anything about Minis, but I would probe the fan connector with a multimeter and see if it gets power when the engine is hot and the fan should be running. If you see voltage between the...
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      Just FYI...I saw one just like this at the...

      Just FYI...I saw one just like this at the Harry's pick-and-pull yard in Pennsburg PA a couple weeks ago. It still had a lot of parts on it at the time. That should be reasonable driving distance...
    15. In addition to picking a car and learning about...

      In addition to picking a car and learning about all the systems and tools and such, another piece of this project is going to be developing the right temperament to do this kind of work, if you don't...
    16. Probably a stolen car or drunk driver, I would...

      Probably a stolen car or drunk driver, I would guess.

      When I was living in a row house, one night I had one of those moments where you wake up from a sound sleep because you heard a noise, but by...
    17. I'm not a big fan of either Lutz or Musk, but I...

      I'm not a big fan of either Lutz or Musk, but I do think Tesla still has a long way to go to reach critical mass. If you forget about the whole EV piece for a minute and just look at the auto...
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      I can't really give you specific advice without...

      I can't really give you specific advice without knowing what fields or careers interest you the most, but here's a little rant about learning math that might give you a different perspective. I was...
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      My dad owns this one, a final-year 1977 model: ...

      My dad owns this one, a final-year 1977 model:

      http://i57.tinypic.com/2hg917d.jpg

      http://i59.tinypic.com/2bxj6d.jpg

      My brother bought it around 2003 as his first car. His high school...
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      Although Iacocca certainly deserves credit for...

      Although Iacocca certainly deserves credit for seeing the value in the minivan idea, the real mastermind behind it was a guy named Hal Sperlich:
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