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  1. brucelinc

    Cadillac unveils new CT5 - the CTS replacement

    What the hell were they thinking with that C-pillar mess?
  2. Rperez, it doesn't sound like you have any experience with the twin turbo V6s. Off the line punch is superior to naturally aspirated engines of much larger displacement.
  3. When I was a kid watching "Cannon" on TV, I always thought that one day I would have a silver Mark IV like he drove. Actually, I prefer the Mark III due to higher performance so I would take one of those, instead.
  4. brucelinc

    Mustang GT tuning

    There are several companies who provide tuning for 2018-2019 Mustang GTs. I typically think of Livernois for ecoboost tuning and not so much for naturally aspirated Ford products. However, since I have been a customer of theirs for so long with my other vehicles, I think I will try them for my GT. I do like the idea of flex fuel tuning and I like their tuning device which I already have. Since the 2018+ Coyotes are pretty well tuned from the factory, it really takes E85 (or some bolt-on mods) to wake them up.
  5. brucelinc

    Ranger/ 5 Star tune

    YT90SC, that is good info. I have never had a mil issue. However, I would think the majority of people with tuned vehicles would simply use their device to see what the code was before going to their dealer. It makes sense not to erase it if a dealer visit is necessary. In any case, I was speaking returning to stock prior to PCM updates or programming various features that rely on the pcm.....not diagnosis of a mil.
  6. brucelinc

    Ranger/ 5 Star tune

    I don't have statistics on what the majority of people think. Tuners like Livernois ALWAYS tell customers to return to stock for dealer visits for the reason that I shared. The Senior Master Ford Technician at my dealership specifically told me to return my tuned cars to stock if they need to reflash the PCM. He knows my car is tuned. In fact, he does the supercharger installs on Mustangs as well as the Ford performance tunes so I have developed a relationship with him. Not all same model year vehicles have the same strategy code. In fact, after I had some reprogramming done on my Continental, the code did change. Here are just 3 codes applicable to my year and make. There are actually more than that. This info came from Livernois who gets their info from Ford. These are the 3 possible strategy codes I can find for Bruce's car. The one in yellow was the original factory cal which is what we have loaded on his tuner already before it shipped. FSJJ4BZ JR3A-14C204-VG FSJJ5NB JR3A-14C204-VH FSJJ5BT JR3A-14C204-VJ By the way, my code is now FSJJ5BF.....still different than those above. Livernois built me a new tune for the new code.
  7. brucelinc

    Ranger/ 5 Star tune

    The reason for returning to stock for a dealer visit is not to hide anything. The reason is that if the dealer reflashes the PCM resulting in a strategy code change, it can cause issues. Tunes are created to the car's specific strategy code. For tuning a turbo, Livernois is a good option. Dan Millen is among the best in the business, IMHO.
  8. I drove one last week. I haven't driven any of its competitors so the only thing I can compare it to is my 2001 Ranger. It is an upgrade over the old Ranger for sure in terms of tech and safety. It is also much quieter. I found the ride quality to be pretty bad, though. It has more load and towing capabilty than the old ones but it felt very stiff and bouncy to me compared to my old one. The biggest disappointment to me was a lack of automatic function of the 4 wheel drive system. It is the same part time system as my old Ranger. I expected an automatic mode to be available. I wouldn't use the Ranger as a daily driver so the ride quality wouldn't bother me much. However, overall, it wasn't quite the upgrade over the old ones that I expected.
  9. I don't really know but I would not accept any difference at all.....other than the possible minuscule difference between two tires of the same brand, size and mileage.
  10. In the Mustang 6g forum, someone posted a 13.97 @ 98.3 timeslip. That was the best of several runs. He is in Phoenix where the Density Altitude was 1400 feet when he ran. That seems pretty typical. The EB is torquey engine that doesn't really like high rpm. The 10 speed doesn't help it nearly as much as it does the high winding 5.0. Camaros do not benefit nearly as much from the 10 speed, either, for the same reason.
  11. As others have said, there is typically a sticker indicating that it was the subject of quality checks.....at least there used to be. When I received the MKS that I ordered several years ago, it had about 60 miles on it and the sticker. It turned out to be the best car I ever owned. As for detailing prior to delivery, some dealer personnel are better than others. I have bought enough cars at my dealership that the sales manager now tells me that he is having his "best people do it because you are such a fussy son of a gun." 😃
  12. brucelinc

    I think I messed up!!??

    You didn't have to give it much gas to break the frozen brakes free. That wouldn't hurt the transmission. What ever happened was not something YOU did. I would try it again when you get home. Hopefully, you can drive it and warm it up. Check the fluid level or have a shop check it for you using the appropriate procedure.
  13. I would love to see it and please don't make it taller than the current Continental and PLEASE NEVER use the Zephyr name again.
  14. PTU will smell like propane when it is failing. Fluid should be 75W140 synthetic gear oil. RDU is 80W90.
  15. brucelinc

    Lincoln's Elegant BEV

    Lincoln defibrillator?