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Old Jan 27th 2014, 6:40 am
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Hi, thanks for the info. To be honest it does not sound like there is much between them. Can I ask what made you go for the Acadia?
Sure. 7 useable seats was a big selling point. I'm 6ft and I can sit in the back row. Both the Acadia and the Explorer both have rear seats that 'disappear' into the floor (i.e. fold flush rather than sticking up like many other SUVs) which is also very useful - I can't remember on the Explorer but I can actually still use the boot with all the seats up (a couple of cases) or a regular shop with no big items. That and I rather liked the styling compared to most 7 seaters. It was also the most pleasant to drive for me.

There are many things I like about it to be honest (HUD - love it, cooled seats, Bose sound system). Basically it ticked all the boxes for me and I liked driving it. However, if I were buying one again I'd get AWD. I deliberately got FWD because I had no intention of towing and wanted (the albeit small) increase in MPG that FWD gets you since I commute in it but I can make it lose traction very easily especially if it's at all damp.
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Old Jan 28th 2014, 4:34 am
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Blathering update on the Supra, got the engine prepped for the mech, all bits except couldn't get the crankshaft pulley bolt off! So no new timing belt kit.

A 6' pipe on a vintage Proto breaker bar. The bar was bending at least 25 degrees, a sight to see, a lesser bar would've snapped. We'll let the mech do it

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Originally Posted by Pulaski
PS All credit to you for looking at domestic brands. It is pretty sickening to find so many people dismissing everything from "the big three" as junk, and plumping automatically for something from the Japanese or Korean manufacturers.
Hey, I'll have you know my Subaru Outback is made in Indiana using a large proportion of American parts!
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Hey, I'll have you know my Subaru Outback is made in Indiana using a large proportion of American parts!
But the management, and control of the design and engineering, is substantially outside the US, so the benefits of production primarily accrue outside the US. Other things being equal, I would personally prefer to do business with a domestic manufacturer, and I wish more people thought likewise, or at very least consider a domestic brand, rather than automatically plumping for a Honda, Toyota, or Lexus.
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Originally Posted by sir_eccles
Hey, I'll have you know my Subaru Outback is made in Indiana using a large proportion of American parts!
S'ok. Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge are just Fiats now anyway.

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It's divisive. With any foreign make the profits go back to the home country, and used car sales help keep new car leases low. I had friends and family in the UAW as well. So I buy 'domestic'. To each their own.

Nutek, I'm old enough were the thought of Fiat helping Chrysler fix their quality issues kills me!

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Nutek, I'm old enough were the thought of Fiat helping Chrysler fix their quality issues kills me!

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It is a little scary. Just hope they don't call anything the 126.
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Originally Posted by Nutek
S'ok. Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge are just Fiats now anyway.
The new Jeep Cherokee is, like the Dodge Dart, although the Dart is a text book case of how US designers can ruin an Italian car!




I rest my case.

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Blathering update on the Supra, got the engine prepped for the mech, all bits except couldn't get the crankshaft pulley bolt off! So no new timing belt kit.

A 6' pipe on a vintage Proto breaker bar. The bar was bending at least 25 degrees, a sight to see, a lesser bar would've snapped. We'll let the mech do it

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I still have a flywheel lock for the air-cooled VW engine for that bolt the end of the crankshaft. Also, to hold the engine in place, you had to jack up car, put the case under car, lower car, then use the 6 foot "cheater" to get the necessary leverage.
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Old Jan 28th 2014, 7:03 am
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Not good using an ugly-arsed Alfa to plead your case!


(or is it ugly nosed?)
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Old Jan 28th 2014, 7:06 am
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Not good using an ugly-arsed Alfa to plead your case!
I got conned into one of those last time I hired a car in the UK.
It was a bit 'meh'. Nothing to write home about - was expecting it to be a bite more lively in the corners - it was rather numb. I had the diesel version.
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Not good using an ugly-arsed Alfa to plead your case! ...
Certainly many Alfas are better looking, but Dodge didn't improve its appearance.

Here's a favourite of mine:

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Old Jan 28th 2014, 7:23 am
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Originally Posted by S Folinsky
I still have a flywheel lock for the air-cooled VW engine for that bolt the end of the crankshaft. Also, to hold the engine in place, you had to jack up car, put the case under car, lower car, then use the 6 foot "cheater" to get the necessary leverage.
That's a fair bit of work! In my case the engine was sitting on the ground out of the car, I stuck my 1/2 ratchet through a hole in the flexplate on the rear of the engine to hold and had my (very strong) nephew heave-ho on the pipe.

If it was in the car, I could've attached the breaker bar and a shorter pipe with the end of the pipe on the ground and hit the key, as the engine turns the right way for it to work. I've loosened a couple small block Ford V8 crank bolts that way.

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Originally Posted by Guindalf
Not good using an ugly-arsed Alfa to plead your case!


(or is it ugly nosed?)
Talking of ugly nosed, have you seen this new season's F1 cars?
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Originally Posted by Pulaski
But the management, and control of the design and engineering, is substantially outside the US, so the benefits of production primarily accrue outside the US.

Not really sure how you figure that. Toyota, Honda and others that have a manufacturing presence in the U.S., collectively, directly employ a total in the neighborhood of 70 thousand plus workers. Toyota employs about 31,000 and Honda 28,000.

Suppliers that feed their plants employ perhaps double that number. If one includes dealership personnel the number increases dramatically. Toyota dealerships employ just under 130,000 and Honda just under 150,000 (including dealerships that sell other Honda products).

We can also take into account the spin off jobs and businesses that flourish around their plants, suppliers and dealerships. Those manufacturers pay taxes, the suppliers pay taxes, the employees pay taxes, the spin off businesses pay taxes. Tens of billions in tax revenue. How about the jobs created by all of that capital investment; building plants and design centers, land purchases, construction workers, engineers, ongoing infrastructure improvement, maintenance etc. That's just the manufacturers while the same applies to suppliers and dealerships.

It is far from the old days when everything they sold was imported. Oh, and as to design, Toyota, for one, has two Calty design facilities in the U.S., in California and Michigan.

Ooops, I forgot, they did not need a bailout.

Good article here on the subject of buying domestic and what actually is domestic these days. http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/fo...-money-go.html
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