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      This is a '90 Escort 5-door hatchback...

      This is a '90 Escort 5-door hatchback (pre-Mazda):

      http://www.productioncars.com/send_file.php/ford_escort_lx_blue_and_silver_1990.jpg

      This is a '91 (Mazda platform):
      ...
    2. I remember reading when the '12 Focus came out,...

      I remember reading when the '12 Focus came out, that it was still an expensive car to produce compared to its USDM competitors. Initially, Ford was trying to keep transaction prices high, and they...
    3. I didn't mean to suggest that '83 was the first...

      I didn't mean to suggest that '83 was the first year, just that they were still going strong at that point. Even lesser-known than the full-size cars was the fact that you could get a diesel in some...
    4. I agree with you that most people don't remember...

      I agree with you that most people don't remember those cars today, but it wasn't the early '70s. Here's the promo video for the '83 Olds diesels:


      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyUXoQxEPwc
      ...
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      Are any codes set? If not, can you get access to...

      Are any codes set? If not, can you get access to a scan tool or software that can display parameters as it runs, and not just CEL codes?

      If you really can consistently correct the problem by...
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      I've never seen that one before...it might have...

      I've never seen that one before...it might have looked a little better in body-color or chrome. I'm fascinated both by that picture, and by the fact that there's a forum full of people discussing the...
    7. Yeah, for now I'm working on the assumption that...

      Yeah, for now I'm working on the assumption that the ignition switch thing was unlikely to be some massive, intentional cover-up. Based on my own experience in the (non-automotive) working world, it...
    8. Thanks, this is interesting stuff. I figured...

      Thanks, this is interesting stuff. I figured there wasn't one standard way that these contracts work, but it sounds like there's even more variation than I expected, on a case-by-case basis. I did...
    9. How do supplier contracts work? (one for uncleho's THE AUTO INDUSTRY series)

      I enjoyed reading the threads from a few weeks ago on auto-industry internals. Here's a question I've been wondering about, to continue that discussion. When an automaker wants to build a new model,...
    10. OK, let's do some more details on these. First I...

      OK, let's do some more details on these. First I should say that the older stuff (say pre-1975) is not my strong suit...I'm not old enough to remember these from when they were new, so I have to...
    11. I think PJA is on the right track with all of...

      I think PJA is on the right track with all of these...I'd have to check the Hollander Interchange book on a couple of them, but I don't have time at the moment. I can post all the Hollander numbers...
    12. My understanding is that's not uncommon these...

      My understanding is that's not uncommon these days, for an automaker to sell just a short block and no individual parts from the assembly. But usually it doesn't cost $15K! I'll be interested to see...
    13. I wouldn't carry full coverage on any car worth...

      I wouldn't carry full coverage on any car worth less than about $5K. You run the risk of being in a situation where minor damage is declared a total, and they take the car from you and give you a...
    14. I'm sure there will be a significant price...

      I'm sure there will be a significant price difference between Trax and Encore. The Encore is not a cheap vehicle, for its size. MSRPs range from $25K to over $30K. I've frankly been amazed that...
    15. The poster AH-HA on GMInsideNews has been posting...

      The poster AH-HA on GMInsideNews has been posting accurate leaks of GM stuff since before I started posting on TCL. Here's what he had to say about these debuts:

      "MCE Cruze and Trax for US."
      ...
    16. I think all GM 3.8s are iron block with iron...

      I think all GM 3.8s are iron block with iron heads. Those were used through MY2009 in Buicks.

      -Andrew L
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      I guess the scrap business has gotten much more...

      I guess the scrap business has gotten much more lucrative in recent times...you would never see people abandoning old cars like that, when they can get at least $200 for one at a junkyard. Here in...
    18. 2015 Jetta refresh has been confirmed by VW. 2015...

      2015 Jetta refresh has been confirmed by VW. 2015 Focus USDM version is probably also coming.

      A few speculative possibilities:

      - Chevy Trax (some rumors have been swirling on GM forums about...
    19. If you hate the car, that's usually a good time...

      If you hate the car, that's usually a good time to get rid of it. You won't be interested in maintaining a car you hate, so it will just keep getting worse. The good news is, it's a '90s Accord with...
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      Anybody else kind of wish this were a real...

      Anybody else kind of wish this were a real product? I mean, to build a brand-new car from brand-new OEM parts...that would be a true joy compared to the rusty old junk that I'm used to working on :P...
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