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    1. Nice writeup. These cars were offered with a...

      Nice writeup. These cars were offered with a dizzying array of two-tone paint schemes and body trim variations that would seem crazy today. But, it made a very generic shape look more interesting....
    2. I think it was partially about suspension design,...

      I think it was partially about suspension design, and partially about styling. Today, firmer suspensions without much wheel travel are more accepted than they were decades ago. Remember, cars in the...
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      There's no way that can be true. I known that OEM...

      There's no way that can be true. I known that OEM pre-bent brake lines have never been available for my Olds. The GM dealer parts catalog from the '90s just lists a part number for bulk brake line.
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      Heh, I thought it might be Jack Baruth for a...

      Heh, I thought it might be Jack Baruth for a minute, but there was no two-paragraph detour about the author's exciting love life, so I knew it wasn't :P

      I thought it was a great piece. I can...
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      You're right on all counts :) Good catch on the...

      You're right on all counts :) Good catch on the CHMSL, but I was indeed looking at those 13" luxury wheel covers, which were 1983-85 only:
      ...
    6. I think the area where he's most correct is...

      I think the area where he's most correct is over-the-road trucks. Regardless of whether Tesla ever actually builds an electric and/or self-driving truck, I think conceptually he's right. I believe...
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      Alright, K-car trivia: Can anyone tell us the...

      Alright, K-car trivia: Can anyone tell us the year of the Reliant in that photo? There's only one possibility, based on what's shown in the pic.

      -Andrew L
    8. :facepalm: I've never seen such inaccurate...

      :facepalm:

      I've never seen such inaccurate reporting. Almost every source is reporting this story as if CAFE standards have been changed, which they absolutely have not. Let me repeat what I...
    9. I feel like I've been explaining this once a week...

      I feel like I've been explaining this once a week lately...

      There is no "54.5 MPG target", and there never was. The 2025 CAFE is based on vehicle footprint and car vs. truck segment (where "truck"...
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      I know GM stuff from that era better than...

      I know GM stuff from that era better than Chrysler stuff, but I definitely approve of saving K-cars. There's a lot of interesting history around them. The later ones (about 1986-89 or so) are...
    11. Check out this thread regarding CAFE: ...

      Check out this thread regarding CAFE:

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?7954553-Former-EPA-administrator-explains-how-2025-CAFE-works&p=97035633

      Because the new CAFE is "tiered",...
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      I don't agree with that comparison. The Crosstour...

      I don't agree with that comparison. The Crosstour was priced well above the midsize sedan segment. It was basically trying to be a "crossover sedan". At that point, people would just buy the...
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      I think Toyota really should have gone more...

      I think Toyota really should have gone more radical with this redesign. Not in the sense of adding terrifying front-end styling as they have with most of their lineup, but really rethinking the whole...
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      These renderings that have been floating around...

      These renderings that have been floating around for a few months appear to match up pretty well:
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      I watch a lot of auto-repair videos on Youtube....

      I watch a lot of auto-repair videos on Youtube. The best channel I've found for electrical/electronic diagnostics on modern cars is called MotoYam82. Here's one of his:

      ...
    16. I'm more of a car guy than an aircraft guy, but I...

      I'm more of a car guy than an aircraft guy, but I have a lot of interest and knowledge in the area of commercial aircraft safety. There really is a ton to be learned from that industry, both in its...
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      I saw a beater NX1600 on the road a few months...

      I saw a beater NX1600 on the road a few months ago. Rare enough that I noticed and remembered it.

      How about one of its competitors, the Geo Storm? I can't recall seeing one of those on the road in...
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      I think part of the problem is that tire prices...

      I think part of the problem is that tire prices for "normal" cars seem to have risen much faster than inflation. I remember when my dad had his 1985 Tercel in the '90s, which took 155/80/13 tires,...
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      Since you have full coverage, I'm not sure if you...

      Since you have full coverage, I'm not sure if you have the option to deal directly with his insurance. I believe what will happen behind the scenes is that your insurance company will make his...
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      I have extensive experience in this...my 1990...

      I have extensive experience in this...my 1990 Oldsmobile has been "totaled" twice. In both cases, I was not at fault, and the other insurance company was on the hook for it. Both times, I was able to...
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