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  1. akirby

    How many manuals Vs. Autos produced for 2018?

    Ford never publishes that info (at least not recently). It’s usually only available if a car club gets the info from an insider at Ford. If it’s available one of the mustang forums would have it.
  2. They’re umm.....they’re umm......... Cooler!! That’s it!
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    Caddy to show off XT6 at Detroit

    This seems to go back to the assertion that GM has been cutting costs on product development and design and this sure looks like it fits that bill. Start with a XT5 and spend half a day with photoshop and boom - XT6! Is Caddy doing anything new or unique with drivetrains? Or will this come with the standard 3.6L V6?
  4. Absolutely. This is no different than my F150 supercab and it’s a pain when you have both doors open and both the driver and rear seat passenger get out at the same time when you’re parked next to something or someone. There is almost no room to close either door.
  5. Continental and the new Taurus were designed and built for the Chinese market first which we all thought was going to explode a few years ago. From that standpoint and the status of the CD6 program at the time it made sense to build it on CD4. But in hindsight you’re absolutely correct.
  6. You forgot the bench seat and column shift....
  7. That’s my 2nd favorite model. The ‘77 is my favorite, followed by 78-79 and 73-76.
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    Elon Musk admits Tesla nearly died

    I keep telling the negatards that Ford has been building hybrids since 2005 and plug in hybrids since 2012 and a plug in hybrid is far more complicated since you have to integrate the ICE with the electric motors. A BEV is simpler (no ICE to integrate) and comes with a larger battery pack for more range. There is no doubt Ford could have done a BEV years ago but there was absolutely no business case for it. Being able to hybridize almost any vehicle and build it alongside non hybrid versions is going to be huge IMO especially if gas prices go back up. They can change the production mix as needed to build more or less hybrids as the market dictates. Meanwhile they’ll debut a BEV that should match up to anything else on the upper end of the BEV market which might have a chance to turn a small profit or at least break even. The idea that Ford doesn’t know how to make a BEV like the Bolt or Tesla is ridiculously uninformed.
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    Electric 1967 Mustang

    I find it strange to talk about your F150 as a “12th gen” or mine as a “13th gen”..... that’s a lot of gens!
  10. Some conspiracy theorists think this delay is because the performance wasn't up to par at the 'Ring and it wasn't going to beat the Porsche 911 GT3RS after the Porsche spanked the C7 ZR1. That makes more sense than having to redesign the electrical system.
  11. Maybe it’s the same folks responsible for fuel economy on the new Silverado....
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    Elon Musk admits Tesla nearly died

    But you don’t understand - EVERYTHING is going BEV and AVs will be taking over everything within 5 years! Haven’t you been paying attention?
  13. akirby

    Electric 1967 Mustang

    If you google Ford Mustang first generation literally every reference is to 64.5 - 73.
  14. akirby

    Spring rates

    I haven’t seen springs listed as being different with the tow package but it’s possible. You could go to fordparts.com or tascaparts.com and look up the springs for your flex and see what’s in the description of each one (AWD, FWD, w/tow, w/o tow, etc. Worth a shot.
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    2019 Mustang Production Information

    Holy crap! So the dealer gambled on a big addendum and lost and you won!
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    2019 Mustang Production Information

    Nice! What was the difference in price?
  17. It’s not like they build airplanes out of aluminum that endure multiple takeoffs, landings, compression/decompressions multiple times per day and are still operating after 30 or 40 years or longer.
  18. Yes but fueleconomy.gov updated all the older ratings so they’re equivalent now (if you’re using the website).
  19. The 2nd and 3rd gen ecoboosts seem to be doing much better on mpg. My 2013 Fusion was 2-3 mpg below EPA estimate but my 2018 F150 is spot on at 21-22 mpg mixed, which is coincidentally the same thing we get with our 2016 MKX 3.7L and my old 2013 Fusion 2.0LEB. Pretty amazing.
  20. akirby

    Spring rates

    Springs are usually affected by the engine weight, wheel weight and overall vehicle weight with options. You're probably not going to find the actual spring rates. If you want softer springs then I would see what is spec'd out for the base model with the lightest engine and wheels with no heavy options.
  21. I was showing the improvements in power and mpg not pointing out the differences.
  22. Don't let a technicality kill the message here. This is a great improvement any way you look at it. 2019 Ranger 2wd with a turbocharged 2.3L engine automatic (270 hp/310 lb/ft) 19 city 23 highway 20 combined 2011 Ranger 2wd with 2.3L engine automatic (143 hp/154 lb/ft) - 21 city 26 highway 23 combined And the new one is larger.
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    2019 Mustang Order Status/Scheduling

    It happens. One guy had his car (Fusion or MKZ I think) pulled by NHTSA for crash testing. They normally put those in with an expedited priority and get them built within 2-3 weeks IIRC, so it may not take another 2-3 months.
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