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Old 10-28-2011, 05:02 PM   #43
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Gearing down with my manual makes it very easy driving mountain roads. Just my thoughts, but, it may be that I have always driven a "stick" and wouldn't be without it.
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I winced when I had to buy my first auto transmission. But the current offering are pretty good. The 6-speed transmission in my F150 has a switch on the side of the gear shift. I can shift up or down at will. Going downhill, it is super-easy to control my speed. I use it all the time, even when not towing.

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Old 10-28-2011, 05:33 PM   #44
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You may want to factor in certain advances in safety as well. Pickup trucks have been notoriously dangerous vehicles, but there have been great changes made in the last few years. Better accident avoidance thanks to vehicle stability control, and better accident survival rates thanks to additional airbags, stiffer passenger compartment, and side impact protection. Check out crash test videos for various pickups in the last 10 years and you'll see a huge improvement.
I agree with that 100%. Older pickup trucks (and SUVs) have a very poor rollover safety rating. If you want a pickup, the increased safety with the newer models is a good reason to upgrade to a newer one.

Even my Dakota is singled out; good thing I have a safer Subaru!

This excerpt is from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety;
"Rollovers are much more common for SUVs and pickup trucks than for cars. In 2008 almost half (47 percent) of all pickup occupants killed in crashes were in trucks that rolled over. This compares with 58 percent of deaths in SUVs and 25 percent in cars.
The best occupant protection is to keep vehicles from rolling in the first place. Electronic stability control is significantly reducing rollovers, especially fatal single-vehicle ones. When vehicles roll, side curtain airbags help protect people. Safety belt use is essential."
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:40 PM   #45
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I don't care who you are... that there's funny!
There's a commercial out now which actually brags about having TEN airbags! If ten is good...Twenty must be a lot better! Do they just not care about safety?
No sense learning to drive when you can let the computer do it.
Floyd,
You learn to appreciate airbags more when your daughter survives a wreck that totals her car, caused by a drunk driver, and she walks away with only scratches.
I'll take any safety equipment I can get, even the bicycle helmet that was destroyed when a driver ran a stop sign and tossed me over his van.
We're "all" expert drivers on this forum (right?) but we can't drive for the other guy all the time.
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:11 PM   #46
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Some people are handy to do their own repairs, or just very good at finding dependable used vehicles. Thriftiness is high on their list of objectives. They buy used, and that's fine. When they buy a used vehicle, they help out the seller who is ready to buy a new one and needs to part with the old one.

Some folks are not handy, and can't tell a good vehicle from a 'someone else's problem' vehicle. They can save more in the long run by buying new and running them as long as they seem to stay dependable and continue to meet the need (recognizing that needs can change). When they sell their well-loved units, they make vehicles available for the thrifty used-vehicle buyers.

The two groups need each other. Both groups are right in their own way, and neither group could do very well without the other.
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You learn to appreciate airbags more when your daughter survives a wreck that totals her car, caused by a drunk driver, and she walks away with only scratches.
I'll take any safety equipment I can get, even the bicycle helmet that was destroyed when a driver ran a stop sign and tossed me over his van.
We're "all" expert drivers on this forum (right?) but we can't drive for the other guy all the time.
You learn to understand Airbags when you see the people blinded by their impact on eyesockets and eyeballs, or understand that federal law prohibits the reporting of Airbag deaths unless they are directly investigated by the NHTSA, leaving 2500 to 3500 airbag deaths unreported each year.
How about second and third degree chemical burns which my son suffered from airbag deployment in a low speed accident in which he wore his seat belt and would otherwise have been completely unharmed. I have seen industrial safety glasses with both lenses and frames broken.
One of my coworkers had both thumbs broken and facial lacerations from a deployment at under 10MPH.
So if you like the prospect of having your hands blown away from control of the wheel , or you really think that 10 airbags aren't enough, then at least look at these things objectively before swallowing the propaganda and maybe even the airbag itself!
You have nothing to fear from my opposition on this issue since it is a leadpipe cinch that there will be more bueaucratic control in your future, and surely, no matter what form it takes,those who oppose having it thrust upon them, will be ridiculed as reprobate Luddites.
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Sounds like you guy's are getting way off topic

I'm sure we all have our own opinions about safety, politics, religion, some we share some we don't.
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Old 10-28-2011, 07:23 PM   #49
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Sounds like you guy's are getting way off topic

I'm sure we all have our own opinions about safety, politics, religion, some we share some we don't.
Thanks for the reminder Daniel....
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We have two vehicles. A 2000 Subaru Outback (our tow vehicle) and a 2001 VW Golf. Both have under 60,000 miles on them. I don't anticipate a new car for some time.

BTW: We have a gentleman at our church who just turned 500,000 miles on his 1976 Chevy Luv!

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Old 10-28-2011, 08:39 PM   #51
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I don't care who you are... that there's funny!
There's a commercial out now which actually brags about having TEN airbags! If ten is good...Twenty must be a lot better! Do they just not care about safety?
No sense learning to drive when you can let the computer do it.
Not funny if the airbag saves your life or results in less injury. Seriously, check out crash testing done on the same car with and without size impact airbags. You will change your mind.

I don't think people are diving around like idiots just because they know that they have airbags. It seems like quite the opposite: most people are AFRAID of their airbags!
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Seriously thinking of buying a new pickup, need to go a bit bigger.
I would love to get your ideas on which make. Is one better than another or are they pretty much the same now days?

This should be fun!
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If you can get a hold of a copy of the Sept/Oct 2011 Truck Trend magazine, they compare 4 of the new Ford trucks, the 3.7 V6, 5.0 V8, 3.5 V6 Ecoboost, and 6.2 V8. One of the testers said of the Ecoboost "This is the perfect truck engine".
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Vicki,
If you can get a hold of a copy of the Sept/Oct 2011 Truck Trend magazine, they compare 4 of the new Ford trucks, the 3.7 V6, 5.0 V8, 3.5 V6 Ecoboost, and 6.2 V8. One of the testers said of the Ecoboost "This is the perfect truck engine".
I believe it's a done deal, see post #26, they bought the 5L V8.
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Just as an aside.... I have deactivated both the airbag system and the ABS on my "new" 4Runner.

I feel a LOT safer if it is ME driving rather than a computer, and after seeing first hand what airbags do to people in a crash, I figured I owed it to my family and any potential passengers to get those things OUTTA there!

(Of course the ABS light and the airbags warning lights are both on, so I'm gonna have to do a bit more fishing in behind the cluster to find those bulbs and pull them out!)
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just as an aside.... I have deactivated both the airbag system and the abs on my "new" 4runner.

I feel a lot safer if it is me driving rather than a computer, and after seeing first hand what airbags do to people in a crash, i figured i owed it to my family and any potential passengers to get those things outta there!

(of course the abs light and the airbags warning lights are both on, so i'm gonna have to do a bit more fishing in behind the cluster to find those bulbs and pull them out!)
lol!
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