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mackinaw

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  1. See this: "In the July 12 memo, Ford says dealerships should "arrange to diagnose the vehicle and repair as necessary." The fixes can be applied to 2011-17 models, many of which are out of warranty. Previous class-action lawsuits have covered 2011-16 models with transmissions that customers complained would shudder, jerk and hesitate." https://www.autonews.com/regulation-safety/ford-tells-us-dealers-repair-small-car-transmissions-free
  2. I will if Ford pays for it, which looks like is going to happen.
  3. They actually did extend the warranty an additional seven years for our 2012 Focus. That expired last year. We've had minimal shifting problems on ours (living in a rural area with less shifting helps) so I haven't worried about it. I'm thinking now of having the seals and clutches replaced, mainly because this should help its already dismal resale value.
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    2020 Corvette revealed

    As I stated previously, I like this new Corvette. That being said, I do wonder if GM squandered an opportunity to do something really different. The car is derivative of almost every other mid-engine two seat sports car out there. But being an old guy, my favorite 'Vette will always be the 1963 Sting Ray. Sharp looking then, and to my eyes, now.
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    2020 Corvette revealed

    A little awkward from a few angles, but overall, I like it.
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    Bronco....PICKUP?

    Just listened to today's Autoline Daily. Forecast Solutions (an industry consulting firm) says that the Bronco pickup is scheduled for 2024.
  7. Year's back, when Nissan was working on some model in the Infiniti line, they used a mocked-up Taurus as a mule.
  8. I do remember those rumors. The difference now is that the Transit Connect will be built on the VW EV platform (assuming the Ford/VW cooperative venture does takes place).
  9. If you believe what the Detroit News wrote yesterday, this is exactly what will happen. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/ford/2019/07/10/ford-vw-alliance-autonomous-electric-vehicles/1695632001/
  10. Agreed. I'll wait until I see the real thing, but what I've seen so far looks very awkward..
  11. Ed Wellburn was Chief of Design at GM from 2005 to 2016.
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    RIP Lee Iacocca

    Back in 1965, my dad (a Ford engineer in Engine Design) managed to get a pit pass to the Indy 500 time trials. This when the 255 cubic inch DOHC "bundle of snakes" engine was being used. As my dad talked to the engineers and we stood by looking at Jimmy Clark's Lotus Ford, my brother nudged me and told me to "look." Coming down pit lane was Iacocca wearing a Ford baseball cap with a stogie hanging out of his mouth. My close encounter with Mr.. Iacocca.
  13. And Dennis Kuzak was the product guy back then. There were rumors several years back, that Kuzak retired because of the Powershift transmission problems.
  14. Ah yes, the Bill Stroppe Bronco's. Won a few of the Baja races back in the 70's if I recall correctly.
  15. Another interesting tidbit from the recent interview Automotive News had worth Bob Lutz. Lutz worries that the new mid-engine Corvette will be a day late and a dollar short. He doubts it will bring in new customers (Porsche owners won't be selling their Porsches to buy a Corvette). He thinks the styling will be dated too.
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