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Old 05-12-2016, 12:10 PM   #29
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On the hw, when some kid roaring his/her flashy sport car-like here I am the king of the road, get out of the way-....I just take my time and driving gently BY LAW. When approaching my rear bumper, the kid recognizes the..shiny ball of grumpy old man's car, he better keeps his safe distance or change other lane, unless he wants a steel..y punch in his front bumper...Lol
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Old 05-12-2016, 12:16 PM   #30
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I don't know, I like all the modern technology in my new truck. Previous trucks I have owned consumed much more fuel, produced far less HP and torque, rode like they had no suspension, required much more servicing (who remembers rebuilding carbs, changing points, adjusting timing and rockers etc.)
Not to mention the size of an older crew cab with an 8' box that took 3 football fields to turn and the stopping ability of drum brakes.
I'll take the comfort and convenience of my new truck any day. For the rest I'm sure driving an older Lada for awhile will bring you around.
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I don't know, I like all the modern technology in my new truck. Previous trucks I have owned consumed much more fuel, produced far less HP and torque, rode like they had no suspension, required much more servicing (who remembers rebuilding carbs, changing points, adjusting timing and rockers etc.)
Not to mention the size of an older crew cab with an 8' box that took 3 football fields to turn and the stopping ability of drum brakes.
I'll take the comfort and convenience of my new truck any day. For the rest I'm sure driving an older Lada for awhile will bring you around.
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Old 05-12-2016, 12:43 PM   #32
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You do have to allow for the possibility of near sighted, depth perception-challenged yahoos who insist on driving their vehicles two feet across the front yellow line, reducing the space available for the driver on the other side, that could be the case here Those clowns don’t stop until the yellow line is right next to their driver’s door or they think they will feel the yellow line when it’s time to stop! I'm of the opinion that they all go to Golden Corral to practice their technique.

Also, it appears the guy in the navy blue truck solved the height problem by installing much smaller wheels. That can effect a mess of electronic sensor readings, but hey, he probably likes seeing the speedometer maxed out and still not get a speeding ticket.
You're right, Jim, about the number of people driving larger vehicles who don't quite know where the ends are- or care! However, if someone else is improperly parked to the extent that you cannot properly park, the right thing to do is find another spot. Two wrongs…

BTW, the tires and wheels were stock and so was the suspension. It's just a really, really big truck- 3500-series, 4x4, dually, crew cab, 8' bed- that dwarfs the tires.

Please don't misunderstand. I meant this to be a diversion, not a rant. In a world of ISIS, mass shootings, natural disasters of all kinds, and, of course, the American presidential election , I know there are more important things to worry about! Banter about less consequential things is an escape of sorts. At least when I can't be out camping!

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...What really bothers me though is that the new vehicles are little more than smart phones with wheels. Nobody seems to care about the mechanicals anymore, they simply want to know how many "apps" they can get on the big screen dash.

… I just went for a drive tonight in my 1995 Mustang. It did just, and only just, what it was told.... What a pleasure!
Floyd, we rented a Chrysler 200 last year, and it was a good thing my wife was with me. I could not even do something as simple as adjust the temperature without her help navigating the touch screen menus. I believe we're on the cusp of making a choice between driving and surfing. I know which my kids would rather do. Better hang onto that Mustang!
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Yes, yes he is.

But, I completely agree with him. I have driven pickups my entire adult life, as working in construction has made them a necessity. I can't think of one feature in the new trucks I would give up to replace with what is now considered old technology. My 2015 F150 has more bells and whistles then I wanted, but buying when they were clearing at year end last year did not see a lot of choice, and I paid WAY less than something with less features that was a year newer.

The design of new trucks is being driven by customer demand, and the manufacturers are delivering. This does not mean that they are for everyone, and I too know of a bunch of folks that have them 'just because'.
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Please don't misunderstand. I meant this to be a diversion, not a rant.

Floyd, we rented a Chrysler 200 last year, and it was a good thing my wife was with me. It was impossible to navigate the touch screen menus to do something as simple as lowering the temperature while driving. I believe we're on the cusp of making a choice between driving and surfing. I know which my kids would rather do. Better hang onto that Mustang!
This really is a first world kinda dilemma, isn't it?

With all the new vehicles I have had since my 2008 Honda Pilot, the simple press of one button located front and centre on the steering wheel allows me to set any temperature, fan speed, or other climate change vocally. I can also change music, dial and answer my phone with the press of the one button too. I find this way safer than looking at the dash at all. Could I do without...certainly, but I would prefer not to.
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This really is a first world kinda dilemma, isn't it?

With all the new vehicles I have had since my 2008 Honda Pilot, the simple press of one button located front and centre on the steering wheel allows me to set any temperature, fan speed, or other climate change vocally. I can also change music, dial and answer my phone with the press of the one button too. I find this way safer than looking at the dash at all. Could I do without...certainly, but I would prefer not to.
LOL… you're right!

But I still prefer the simplicity and reliability of the old three-dial mechanical climate control system. And I love having an excuse to ignore phone calls because I am driving. I guess it's my "behind" that's showing!!!
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But I still prefer the simplicity and reliability of the old three-dial mechanical climate control system. And I love having an excuse to ignore phone calls because I am driving. I guess it's my "behind" that's showing!!!
For me in my business, whether I like it or not, customers demand I be in contact, and for that I do like the hands free phone systems.

My 2013 F350 has very few bells 'n whistles, bluetooth and cruise control being about it. It has the 3 knob climate control, and that works fine. I do miss setting a temperature and forgetting about it, instead of always adjusting the output temperature to suit changing conditions.
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Dispite what Jim B said, thanks Jim.
No I don't think of myself as old so much, just not stuck in the past.

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I don't know, I like all the modern technology in my new truck. Previous trucks I have owned consumed much more fuel, produced far less HP and torque, rode like they had no suspension, required much more servicing (who remembers rebuilding carbs, changing points, adjusting timing and rockers etc.)
Not to mention the size of an older crew cab with an 8' box that took 3 football fields to turn and the stopping ability of drum brakes.
I'll take the comfort and convenience of my new truck any day. For the rest I'm sure driving an older Lada for awhile will bring you around.
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Thanks Alf, I knew I could count on you :-)

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Dispite what Jim B said, thanks Jim.
No I don't think of myself as old so much, just not stuck in the past.

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If not stuck in the past, you might know that nobody has had points in over 40years or carburetors in over 30years, hydraulic lifters have been around for much longer than either.
Basic engine controls are not the issue anyway, its the accommodation of distracted driving or maybe its more like a virtual driving game... but you only get one life and no reset.

I do like electric power steering, just not all the apps they've attached to it.

Wretched excess as opposed to appropriate application in electronics is the real problem... I just bought a new laundry set, they seem to be like a couple of smart alec whiny eccentric robots from Hitchhiker's Guide.

This is much better....


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Well like Jim and most other people I'm happy with my truck and like all the apps it came with especially the bumper step. :-)
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Well like Jim and most other people I'm happy with my truck and like all the apps it came with especially the bumper step. :-)
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Step bumpers have been around since the second World War, hardly an "app"
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