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robr2

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  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    Quick Update:

    I put 22K miles on the Passat in a year travelling for work.
    One broken windshield.
    Getting over 31 mpg with it.
    If I could travel without so many samples and literature in the trunk, I might get even better fuel economy.
    It's really comfortable and eats up miles.
    I miss having a wagon - sometimes I wish I had bought a small crossover.
    I forget what year your Passat is Rob.
    Ours was a 2013 with 6800 miles on it.
    Good car in the city, great features, but I found it lacked power and wasn't great on the highway at 80 mph.
    traded it for a 2014 Mercedes C250, what a difference. Almost drives itself, I just guide it. 80 mph with one hand on the wheel, I don't hang on for dear life. If a big truck is on my bumper I can turbo boost it and get into another lane. Life is good again.

    A friend has a new CRV, he has the same complaint. At high speeds it is all over the road unless you really concentrate on the steering. I know exactly what he means.
    My Passat is a 2015 and has the 1.8T. Surprisingly, it, the 2013 with the 2.5, and your New To You C250 all have about the same 0-60 time of 7 seconds. The 2.5 is a solid engine but it's torque curve makes it feel like it's running out of steam. Plus as a 5 cylinder, it can sound horrible. The new 1.8T in my car has gobs of torque down low and makes it feel very quick. I'm guessing the 1.8T in the C250 is similar. Great thing about my Passat is that it is designed to run on regular unleaded. No more premium for me.
  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    Quick Update:

    I put 22K miles on the Passat in a year travelling for work.
    One broken windshield.
    Getting over 31 mpg with it.
    If I could travel without so many samples and literature in the trunk, I might get even better fuel economy.
    It's really comfortable and eats up miles.
    I miss having a wagon - sometimes I wish I had bought a small crossover.
  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    I took a long break as work was getting very busy. Lots of travel, new product lines, etc. December is dead in my business so thought I'd look in.
  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    Yesterday I was driving the Lincoln and a driver at the red light told me my back tire was going flat. Got it to the garage and they found a slice on the inboard side. It was the kind of damage a sharp curb hit would cause but how I would hit a curb on the inside of the tire was a mystery. Result: $200 worth of new snow tires. It damn well better snow now.
    I bought a set of snow tires and rims from Tire Rack. They've been sitting in my garage for 2 weeks as it's been in the 50's and 60's. This will be the latest I've ever done the changeover.
  • Re: United Automobile Workers of America (UAW)

    I think the UAW leaders in the auto industry were wise to push through their contracts. The UAW leaders at Kohler not so smart. They picked the worst time of year to strike. Slow season for Kohler products, vacations and holidays messed up. And the biggest issue is cold weather picketing. We adjusted our contracts to end in May. Then if we should be so unfortunate as to strike we would not be out in the cold. Very stupid move by the employees at Kohler. My bet Kohler will bust the Union. Time will tell.
    Porcelain is heavy to ship but I bet Kohler has been hammered by all the Chinese brass imports. Of course, a lot of that brass is likely sent to Kohler.
    Since I am in the industry:

    There is no slow time for Kohler or in plumbing fixture industry. The building industry in most parts of the country is going strong and building goes on year round. In snowy and cold climates the builders are smart enough to have the shells up and finish work going on during the winter and that's where Kohler products are used - inside the shell.

    Porcelain may be heavy to ship but the vast majority of the vitreous china products come from Mexico, China, India, et al. Very few companies still make toilets and sink in America and those that do usually sell at a higher price point than the Home Depot specials. As for the brass, Kohler gets it's products from their factories in China and India. Their better brass products are often manufactured by other companies in the industry and those are sourced from Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Germany.

    Kohler as a whole is well diversified company with multiple plumbing brands, a tile company, two furniture companies, generators and engines divisions, and the resort business. AFAIK, the only business affected by the strike in Wisconsin is the cast iron items as it is the only place they make those items.

    In any case, will Kohler bust the union? I doubt it. Kohler, WI is all about Kohler Co.. They don't want to do anything that could sully their reputation in the community.
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