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Old 02-04-2010, 06:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Automaker's history of fighting better fuel economy

A little dated but shows how wrong the automakers always are.

Life in the Slow Lane: Tracking Decades of Automaker Roadblocks to Fuel Economy | Union of Concerned Scientists

Vortex generators don't work? LOL. Sure thing, buddy. Clearly, you have not tested my new vortex alternators.

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Old 02-04-2010, 07:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Amazing how customers flock to buy junk they don't want or need

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Old 02-04-2010, 10:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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...a re-phrasing of P.T.Banum's famous saying: "...you can sell some junk to some people, or you can sell lots of junk to lots of people."

...it's called the 'American-way of Commercialism'!
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Old 02-04-2010, 10:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I do not even want to read that.
One just had to be a customer, and thier own mechanic..

1 really retarded example is the bogro jet on gm vehicles...

the same exact carburator making ts way from a 301bop motor to a 454 chevy..un freakin believable.

could be a 9to1 sloth tiny displacement all the way to lunatic...

Holley made its glory then, carter also. even the webers for the custom multi intakes..all because gm was an idiot.

there s a benefit to idiot company parts. I know why..isn't that obvious? is it not?
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Old 02-04-2010, 10:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yep, and now they are paying a price for their shortsightedness dating back to the mid 70S.

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Old 02-05-2010, 01:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm gonna finish reading that when I haven't had so many beers. The words were all running together after the first section.

I'm very interested, though, and thank you for posting it!
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That's the reason I am still driving a 1992 car. When I looked at the market of new cars with an eye towards replacing it in 2000, there was no new car available that came close to matching its gas mileage. So I kept my old car, put a new engine in it and kept on driving it. And now, with all of the mods I have installed on it, there still isn't a new car being sold today that can match its mileage. Right now in the winter with snow tires on the car, I am still getting better mileage (mid to upper 60's mpg) than I was able to get from my dad's 2005 Prius (60-61 mpg) when I was driving it in the summer. And with the additional interior volume from the boattail, both vehicles are 4-seaters with very similar interior volume, but I'm doing it without the added cost and maintenance of the hybrid techology.

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