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  1. LeVeL

    Unverified Ownership I just can't quit them: 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder, heavily modified.

    Good call with the stock suspension - the roads around here are atrocious. A friend recently blew both driver side tires on his stock A3. I'm quite nervous about my 19s...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    I imagine it's a leak or a bad rad cap - cars shouldn't just consume coolant.
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    Well this is good timing - I discovered today that I have a slow coolant leak.
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    The terrible financial decisions game

    I doubt that most of the people who can't afford cars are buying them - I bet they're all leases. When they expire they are followed by new leases and people end up having a monthly payment forever. There are circumstances when leasing makes sense but for most of the folks we're discussing here...
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    The terrible financial decisions game

    I was listening to a podcast today and the discussion revolved around people financing car parts. Basically people who really want to modify their cars but can't afford to do so go through finance companies such as Affirm to take out high-interest loans for their parts list. The podcast hosts...
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    The 'I don't like Tesla' Thread

    It's basically a union that's been around for a century, is no longer needed, takes in lots of money, lobbies governments, and pretends to offer consumer protection or some nonsense.
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    Unverified Ownership The modern Fairlane Thunderbolt - Ford Fusion Sport

    The problem is that it isn't a button - it's a menu function that's specific to TC only. Even the resident Ford expert (@CrzRsn) had to admit that SC can't be turned off (at least not without pulling fuses or disconnecting sensors).
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    Unverified Ownership The modern Fairlane Thunderbolt - Ford Fusion Sport

    First snow in the Fusion and overall I'm happy. The all-seasons it came with leave much to be desired but the car still did reasonably well. The AWD system is better than I expected a FWD-based setup to be. In fact, I think this system is better than Audi's Quattro in some ways (just based on my...
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    Gun politics thread

    The white supremacists were out in full force today at the Virginia rally:
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    Unverified Ownership Anesthesia's daily driver. I skipped the 90's

    Stateside this is known as the Acura TSX, my TL's smaller sibling. Fine choice indeed!
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    Unverified Ownership The modern Fairlane Thunderbolt - Ford Fusion Sport

    Got the old tint removed today. It was scratched on several windows, didn't really reject heat from the sun, and was of questionable legality. As soon as that was done, I had new tint installed - same brand and darkness as I have in the TL. I need to get the car washed and then take some proper...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    Apparently my car with just a tune would be capable of running mid to high 12s @ ~110.
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    Unverified Ownership The modern Fairlane Thunderbolt - Ford Fusion Sport

    The Ford replaces the Acura. I just blew Miata money on a snowblower :confused:
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    Unverified Ownership The modern Fairlane Thunderbolt - Ford Fusion Sport

    One of the things I always liked about my Acura is that it could cruise along in quiet comfort or it could be a redlining hooligan. The Fusion Sport is more of both - it's a better cruiser, thanks to the automatic and the active dampers, but it's also fast and brutally efficient with how it...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    Most collectible cars appreciate slower than inflation so they're not good investments.
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    Beer

    If you think Michigan has too many New England IPAs, think about what it's like in New England. I used to like going up to Burlington VT and Portland ME for a weekend to go brewery hopping but last time I did that I couldn't find any beer I liked. NEIPAs taste like nasty orange juice to me, not...
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    Unverified Ownership The modern Fairlane Thunderbolt - Ford Fusion Sport

    Not yet, although I've driven other AWD cars in the snow (Subaru, Audi, Jeep).
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    Unverified Ownership The modern Fairlane Thunderbolt - Ford Fusion Sport

    I'm not sure that my engine could even get that to spool...
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    Unverified Ownership The modern Fairlane Thunderbolt - Ford Fusion Sport

    But... but... KO4s are calling my name!
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