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MrShift@Edmunds ·


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  • Inconsiderate Drivers (share your stories, etc.)

    LOL! I'm behind a van with "Independent Living" on the back doors. Van signals left, then swerves right into a Safeway parking lot against the arrows, and comes nose to nose with an exiting car while blocking traffic on the road. As I work around him, I notice on the bottom of the back door: "Safety is my Goal".

  • The Current State of the US Auto Market

    If MINI and VW service departments just did NOTHING all day, their ratings would have gone up. It's interesting though, that on the likely dual dealerships (mini/bmw, or chevy/gmc) that one brand outdoes the other. You'd think that same service department, same score?

  • Is Tesla A Game Changer?

    Unless it's a pyramid marketing scheme. :)

  • Project Cars--You Get to Vote on "Hold 'em or Fold 'em"

    Do those 68s still have that spindly, vague, slow shifter or does the 5 speed improve things? That would have to go, first thing. These are fussy cars, built right at the time when Benz was trying to figure out what Americans wanted. (They wanted working AC and an automatic that didn't jar your bones, turns out).

  • The Current State of the US Auto Market

    That was my favorite recall of all time. The engine fell off its mounts, yanking the throttle to FULL ON; then, the vacuum hose to the power brake will be pulled out, resulting in a very hard brake pedal with no assist--but wait, it gets better! THEN, thee engine would fall on the steering arms, and you couldn't steer the car, while at full throttle, with no brakes.

    The fix?--- a little clamp and some wires that didn't FIX the mount, but rather held the engine down when the mount broke.

    @circlew said: The Bel-Aire and a whole swath of General Motors cars from the late 60s and early 70s were recalled in 1971. The problem? Motor mounts, which hold the engine down under the hood. Yes, they’re as important as they sound – unless you like your engine flying around on the street!

    1965-1969 General Motors

    In 1969, owners of V-8-powered General Motors cars began experiencing a small problem. The rubber parts in their vehicles' engine mounts would give out, causing the engine to come free, twist upward and pull open the throttle, resulting in rapid acceleration. It would often disable brake assistance, making it harder to stop the car.

    By 1971, 172 cases of engine-mount failure had been reported, resulting in 63 accidents and 18 injuries. GM initially resisted a recall, with Edward Cole, GM's president at the time, claiming that a failing engine mount was no more serious than a flat tire. The government disagreed and GM issued a voluntary recall of 6.7 million vehicles.

    "Old GM" at it's same old game!