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Noah Harbinger

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Noah Harbinger last won the day on December 24 2012

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About Noah Harbinger

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    2013 C-Max Hybrid Candy Blue
  1. The school where I work claims that you can't name something "<school> <student organization>", you have to name yourself "<student organization> at <school>" to make it clear that there's no official affiliation between the school and the organization. I imagine it's something like that.
  2. And regardless of whether anyone agrees with that objective (which seems more like a sub-discussion for a political forum, especially with the hateful tone many of these responses are carrying), Ford seems very well prepared to maintain offerings in every segment in the automotive market for places that are passing such requirements. I assume the other automakers have similar plans, I wonder how their timelines and thoroughness compare.
  3. Does anyone have a solid explanation for why that calculation is incorrect? My personal speculation is that the engine control computer back-calculates out the ethanol proportion of the gasoline to determine the 'pure gasoline equivalent' volume, and uses that as the basis of its MPG calculations - maybe based on the calculations done as part of managing the air-fuel ratio. That seems like it would be a pretty reasonable basis to use, since it would even out the differences between fuel so that the displayed measurement would reflect only on driving conditions, driving style, and engine health. (In my Fuelly stats, I use the 'gallons' reported by the second trip odometer for the top-line stats, but record the volume pumped as an 'additional comment')
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    Ford under emissions investigation?

    You have QA? Fancy!
  5. Pushed interaction can be really tricky, they'd better be really careful to get it right. I'm not buying a car for its ability to influence my future purchasing decisions.
  6. She was crossing from the other direction.
  7. Look at the frame of the video immediately before she is hit: She is by the broken white line on the right that indicates the start of the right-hand turn lane - so, about lined up with the top of the X, an even more open and exposed crossing point. (But also, even closer to the crosswalk).
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    Offical 2019 Ranger thread

    IMHO the big-complex-shape sync/cruise multi-control levers on my C-Max (and the Focus) are my favorite steering wheel controls of any I've seen on any car, any make, ever. No fumbling or taking eyes off the road for the right button.
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    Do all cars rattle?

    '13 C-Max, the seatbelt adjuster squeaks a bit, the door handles creak a bit much for my taste when jostled, and there's a rattle in the passenger side somewhere that I haven't yet determined. I wonder if reductions in exterior noise intrusion make smaller noises inside the vehicle stand out more?
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    Driverless Technology

    I guarantee if you've flown a common-carrier route, you've flown in a plane with autopilot engaged, probably a significant majority of the miles.
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    2016 C-MAX Production Information

    Woulda been easy if it lived up to its release EPA rating. But hell, I'd gladly trade the headroom for the MPGs. I woulda bought it if it weren't a hybrid.
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    Future Ford Small Cars

    Noooo don't orphan my baby! :-o
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    Ford January 2015 Sales Up 15%

    (Years and years ago) It didn't used to remember your selections, is it persistent now?
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    C-Max MPG my real life experience

    My god, the pissing matches! No wonder I stopped coming here.
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    C-Max MPG my real life experience

    I've been away a while. I spent far more time reading BON before I bought my Ford than after! I'm definitely lacking context, and skipped most of the back and forth in this thread anyway. I hope I didn't get too political in my response either. I don't think there's any purely monetary case for a new car, period. It's a money sink. When I think of how much more I could have saved by staying in my old car another year... The only way you could ever justify it financially is to assume you want a new car, and thus to compare a new hybrid against a similar new non-hybrid. If you want to see what the worm eats, you compare an apple with a worm to an apple without one. You'd never learn anything about the worm by comparing an apple to a motorcycle. Frankly, I would have bought a C-Max even if it were offered in a conventional engine for a few grand less. Mostly I got it because I like the overall package and think it's one of the best vehicles Ford or anyone has ever put together in my price range, given my wants. Sure, I have fun gaming my commute for MPGs, but that's as much distraction as anything else. Because I don't care that much about the hybrid aspect, I've never actually done the math about whether a hypothetical conventional C-Max would save money compared to my actual C-Max. If you assume the Fusion, with an identical hybrid drivetrain as the C-Max, is a good stand-in to guess how much the hybrid adds to the price, I would expect a $4000 difference between hybrid and non-hybrid (based on the S model). That would have saved $70/month on my 5-year, 2% loan. I average pretty low mileage 1000 miles a month; my previous car averaged 26MPG, I am getting 44MPG on my C-Max. That's a decrease from 38.46 gallons/month to 21.74 gallons/month, or $66.88 /month at $4/gallon. It's probably more fair to again compare standard Fusion (26MPG combined rated) against its Hybrid (42MPG), 23.8 gallons/month, or $58/month. (Looking again, the difference between the hybrid and conventional Titanium trims is only $1600. If that more closely represents the marginal cost of the hybrid drivetrain, then the change to the loan price is only $28/month, which is pretty modest.) I actually feel a bit better now about the hybrid than I did before I started writing this reply!
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