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  • badulahbadulah Posts: 961
    Thanks to those of you who have responded to my combining clubs question. I would appreciate more feedback from those who did not get a chance to respond yet.

    I will post my views and thoughts of combining clubs after everyone has had a chance to post their views.

    On a lighter note, this morning's commute was a regular circus sideshow of stupidity. I pulled off of my street on to the main drag right behind a woman who was going about 25mph. The reason she was going so slowly was because SHE COULDN'T SEE OUT HER WINDSHIELD!! It was covered with a thin coating of ice that she decided didn't need to be scraped off. She had her window rolled down and was literally trying to stick her head out of it in order to see where she was going. Thank God I didn't have to follow her very long. About 5 miles up the highway I was in the left lane and I came across a Honda Incite cruising in the right lane. As I went to casually pass him, he looked over at me and smiled. I rolled my eyes and continued to pass him, but I soon realized that he was actually trying to race me (the key word there is "trying"). Can you believe that a nut in a 1.o liter three cylinder/electric car wanted to race? I maintained my steady speed of 75mph and laughed him off (I laughed because he could barely keep up with me at that speed). Later on I exited the highway and this guy tailgated me for the next 2 miles. I was hoping a semi-strong wind would come along and flip him and his little 3-cylinder cockroach off the side of the road.

    There are way to many nuts on the roads.
  • pattepatte Posts: 35
    to help us get through dealing with this new Edmunds format/deleting/on-posting carp.
  • pattepatte Posts: 35
    was brought to you by the little spell checking Elves in my computer. It should read "un-posting crap." However, at least it was posted unlike the previous two attempts.
  • dasaint1dasaint1 Posts: 230
    Why do we need to merge with another car club? It's not like we're some hot corporation that's primed for a takeover. There's no financial gain, and I'm not sure if there's anything to gain contentwise. CSG is fine on its own.

    I think that people should have a choice. If you're dissatisfied with the info in CSG, you could go to NECO or FastCougar and vice versa. Although I doubt you'll get banters like the pickle dialogue in the other sites. If we merged, then we'll be like Microsoft. Badulah will then have to change his name to Rob Gates. It's just too much trouble. Let's just stay the way we are.
  • It seems like no one is too eager to "merge" with NECO or FastCougar.

    Let me be the first then, to propose a hostile takeover. Why, you ask? Well, perhaps the question you should ask instead is, why NOT? Why not indeed. (*nodding wisely, to self in mirror*)
  • camelardcamelard Posts: 171
    One of the little quirks I have experienced with the new and improved(?) Edmund's is that when you try to post from the spell check page it doesn't always work. I lost a couple of posts this way. If you go back a page to the original text page the posts seem to work fine. Now let's see if Edmund's is going to make a liar out of me when I go to post this.
  • camelardcamelard Posts: 171
    I never would have believed it if I hadn't experienced it but after a week of heavy snow, followed by more snow, followed by a thaw (slush) and then freeze I can honestly say that the difference with snow tires is like night and day. No spinning starts, no sliding stops, true turns. I realised as I was driving to work the other morning just how much time is lost to those spinning starts and sliding stops, and how much faster we would all get to work if everyone had snow tires. Well worth the investment and I owe thanks to Krnch and Dsaint1 for putting the idea in my head in the first place.
  • I vote to stay separated from NECO. They can get pretty vulgar at times.
  • badulahbadulah Posts: 961
    Morning All:
    Last night we got a very light dusting of snow, and it's snowing now, but its not supposed to amount to very much. The Dunlops really do hold their own in bad road conditions and they are wearing like iron. I have slightly over 1000 miles on them and there is no wear visible.

    Anyone else have any thoughts on merging or "forming a partnership" with NECO and or (this is what they called it when Philips and Lucent merged together when I was working there. This is what they called it right before they laid us all off).

    Rob Gates, LOL!!!
  • krnchkrnch Posts: 127

    I have never had an oil filter "blow-out", but my oil filter HAS become loose on at least two occasions. One time it was pointed out by a technician during a tire rotation, the other time I noticed because it was leaking oil. My theory is that the technicians who install the oil filters during oil changes do not always properly tighten the filter due to the awkward position of the filter on the Duratech engine. Those of you who do your own changes can correct me if I'm wrong, but the oil filter seams to be really hard to access.

    Came lard:

    I agree with you on the winter tires. While all season tires provide reasonable traction in snow and ice, the winter tires make a big difference. Plus you don't have to submit your alloy mags to the corrosive salt conditions. I figured that buying winter tires would be cost effective in the long run since they save wear and tear on the all season/summer tires (although I kind of wish my Fire rocks would wear out soon!).

    Badulah St a;:

    I really like the group of people we have hear in the COG. Personally, I hope that we don't join with the other groups and get lost in the masses.' Also, a merger could make my CSG sticker obsolete ;)

    I hope everyone has a very merry and safe Christmas. Happy holidays!

  • krnchkrnch Posts: 127
    It only took me about 10 tries to post my last message. Huh?!

    Also, I see that the spell checker had a mind of its own. For example, "Badulah St a" was originally "Badulah et al." and no, I didn't try to rename our group the "COG".


  • I have found you. Have been reading all the mesages but have not posted in a while. My Cougar is parked again for the winter. And the Escort is my driver for the winter months. I like the group the way it is!! The people are the best.
  • Phew. Ok i'm back in business. I spent the past few days re-installing the o/s on my desktop and laptop. What a task that turned out to be. Never realized how much personal *crap* I have on both my pc's!

    But anyways yeah. About the whole merging clubs thing. Personally, for me, I don't mind if CSG/NECO merge, or stay separate. The one thing I will add is that both CSG and NECO have a lot of good things going for them. Combining the strengths of both groups would create a bigger commmunity that is better than having two separate communities working in separate directions. Although, as i said before, I don't know what the *politics* are like between the two groups. Something like merging may/may not work.


    PS.. I LOVE driving my cougar in the snow!! ;-)
  • camelardcamelard Posts: 171

    Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas with lot's of extra quality time to spend with your Cougars.


    Gee I thought you were making a suggestion with COG. Cougar Overlord Group maybe:)
  • Cougar Omnipresent Group?

    Happy Cougaring over the holiday weekend to everyone here!
  • Hey All-
    Sorry I have not been around much! Just dropping in to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and a Healthy Safe New Year!

    Personally, while I find NECO and CSG both informative, I believe CSG is more professional and responsive. I would not like to see the two groups merge. Badulah and Stageleft have done a wonderful job and I hope they continue to do so!


    PS- I thought perhaps everyone was over reacting to this new format but I must admit this smells!!
  • I found the following on the Lincolns of Distinction site ( Bad news indeed, if true.

    "I'm just the messenger on this one. In speaking with a Ford employee, in a VERY HIGH UP posistion, I understand that this past weekend, behind closed doors, in the "Glass House" in Dearborn, the directive was given out. Cease all design divisions work pertaining to Mercury. Cancel all future design teams.
    Stick a fork in Mercury -- it's done! Timeline has it at 18 months. 2001 build-out in the normal time frame, July 2001. Returning for 2002, a carry-over Grand Marquis, just as you see it now, likewise the all new Mountaineer. Goodbye Cougar, Villager and Sable.
    The birth of the "Premier Automotive Group" is about to dawn. Lincoln, Volvo, Jaguar will begin to merge into the same showroom, thusly creating P.A.G. Volvo's pricing covers the $30,000 to $42,000 range, Lincoln's covers the $40,000 to $45,000 and Jaguar begins at $50,000 and goes to $95,000.
    Plymouth to Oldsmobile to Mercury >>> Who's next? There will be only seven American cars left after Ford plants Mercury !!
    Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, Chevrolet, Saturn, Ford & Lincoln.
    (...."and then there were none")."
  • Wow. If that is true it is definitely bad news for all of us. What is going on with the American auto industry? Are we eventually going to have to pick from 2 American companies and 15 foreign ones? Hopefully our beloved Cougar will stick around in some form for more than 2 years. Maybe they will stick the Ford name on it. We can only hope that the article above is wrong.
    I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Christmas, and a happy New Year!
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday. I am hoping to wash my Cat today while at my parents house. My hose at my house is frozen solid and I want my car to be nice and shiny for the Christmas season!!! Everyone please drive and be careful while on the roads!!
  • dasaint1dasaint1 Posts: 230
    Good to hear from you again, Mouse409.

    Krnch, COG = Cougars Only (from Group.

    Hey, MWS. Any info on the demise of Mercury. I just read at earlier about the demise of Oldsmobile. And now the Mercury name too. I guess all these car manufacturers are consolidating their products. I still love my Cougar.

    Happy Holidays!!!
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