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YUP, Almost custom made for an 80# ruck and M16 for 4.They'd certainly be fun rigs! Starting price is pretty insane. I think I would rather get a 6x6.
As a civilian, I spent 4 hours once in the bush with app $250,000 in communications gear in the back. This truck is capable of almost beating its passengers to death.
Some lines, YES , steep and NARROW ! It is against the law to park up on the sidewalks, but on some to most of the NARROW (bus line) streets, that regulation is SELECTIVELY enforced, even as there is SUPER revenue for the violation. So on some narrow streets, you can have parked cars on either side of the street up on sidewalks (one set of wheels UP on sidewalks, the other set on the street) . To boot, the majority of intersections are considered BLIND.You could die of exposure waiting for a bus in San Francisco. That's why Uber does so well there.
Do the buses go up those real steep streets? My one trip into SF back in the 1960s, I hated those streets especially driving my 1956 Ford PU with stick shift. I have only been in the Airport since then. And that is scary enough. I don't envy those stuck in the Bay area. Napa Valley I could handle if they have a Costco. :)
I learned stick shift on SF's hilly streets, parallel parking was included! l We learned to judge at times and at speed, within 2 to 3 inches on all 4 points. I sure as heck will not do that today.
I would agree! The WALK does not match the TALK. I am more incline to give more credit to the WALK. The WALK is a complete and almost total indicator the TALKERS don't even believe their OWN SCHTICK !Houdini1 says: Yes, I believe it is a scam. The ones pushing it are making money off of it. It is part of the world wide one government move and income redistribution scheme
IF and that is a very large IF, the leaders of the MM/GW/CC cult were convinced of what they are trying to sell US, they would live a much cleaner life. Private Jets, limousines, and multiple McMansions, does not say "I am a friend of the Earth". Or that "I believe everyone's carbon footprint is contributing to GW". The blatant hypocrisy of Flim Flam men like Gore and DiCaprio, say scam, snake oil, stupid gullible Americans.
So for example, I do not fault AL GORE/ L DiCaprio one bit for flying in, chartering or even OWNING a private jet or 6. It is probably CYSTAL clear the TALK is NOT lock step with the WALK.
On the other hand there is trouble in (HAZEL) NUT land .
We have near identical R/T commute miles (54, 27 one way) and the 09 TDI posts 38 to 44 mpg range (call it 41 mpg, three folks who share driving ) . The pathway is considered one of the top 10 in the country's worse commutes. So your Passat sees app 1 to 2 mpg better per tankful.
Here is an easy example . The 2003 VW Jetta TDI was able to easily get 48 to 52 mpg. The 2003 Toyota Civic was lucky to get 40 to 45 mpg.
I have not heard of a Toyota Civic before. New model? ;)
I do notice on fuelly that the 2014 Jetta TDI average is 39.7 mpg. Meanwhile the 2014 Toyota Prius is at 51.1 mpg. Don't forget to add in the up to 50% premium for diesel on top of that.
My wife drives a 2014 Passat TDI. Absolutely loves the driving experience. She has a 52 mile round trip highway commute, and is getting about 42-44 MPG. An amazing car. I prefer it for driving, but I opted for a C-Max Energi myself. It's like driving in a video game...
Once in a while I ask them if they want to switch to a Pious and they just look at me like the RCA dog. ;)
Other news, two TDI's on the 12 clean (POPULAR) green vehicles.
That has remained true, even with Ford's "stump pulling" (older to WAY older) diesel line. So either way ! ?My brother opted for the "historic" engine in his 2013 F-150 instead of the eco-boost. He didn't trust the new engine.
That could be an issue for some folks too - get a "proven" gasser or a "newfangled" clean diesel.
Still, it is not like Ford/GM are new to diesels to introduce either a 3.0 L T TDI, or a small block (lesser power and torque and 8/9/10 speed A/T) .
Maybe they are fearful of overlapped internal competition and resulting cannibalization of sales, probably more importantly, the specter of diminishing profits ? They would be more compelled to slim down from 40 models and 5 trim lines.