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General Discussion » Automotive enthusiasts? » Post 9052

midob

E9th, C6
I agree. But Vauxhalls are not that bad after the Vectra, are they?
They’ve certainly improved since the vectra, but are still some of the worse vehicles on the road IMO.
They can’t make a decent engine for shit, failed head gaskets at <40k miles are common, oil pressure sensors leaking or failing completely (causing all the oil to be pumped out in seconds), unreliable/short lived coil packs, even the hydraulic tappets fail.
I told my neighbour not to buy a Vauxhall 2 years ago, (he asked me to recommend a vehicle) it’s currently sat on his driveway with a blown head gasket at only 34K miles.
Vauxhall diesels are decent, they use Fiat and Isuzu engines.
I’ve not had much experiance with their direct injection turbocharged petrol engines, maybe they are better, but I doubt it.

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General Discussion » Automotive enthusiasts? » Post 9050

midob

E9th, C6
@RD4590
I think the military will continue to use diesel for the foreseeable future, military vehicles are exempt from emission control, diesel is not a volatile fuel (a lit match thrown into diesel will extinguish), it has a much longer shelf life than petrol, military generators and cookers are diesel powered; it’s practical to use one fuel for everything.

General Discussion » Automotive enthusiasts? » Post 9049

RD4590
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Vortex Clipper
@kleptomage
The Lincoln Navigator, Escalade’s direct rival by Ford. Are almost non-existent on the road.
Where does Lincoln make most of their revenues from? Contract fleets?
Not sure about the rest of the world but they’ve been growing in China for 30 years.
@kleptomage
If they’re anything like other General Motors vehicles I’d steer well clear of them, every GM car I’ve worked on I’ve considerd utter shite; crap engines, poor handling, poor quality interiors, temperamental electrics.
I agree. But Vauxhalls are not that bad after the Vectra, are they?

General Discussion » Automotive enthusiasts? » Post 9048

RD4590
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A bit of a rant that’s been stuck in my head for a while:
Rudolf Diesel would be devastated to see what the diesel engine has become, an engine originally pioneered for it’s ability to run alternative fuels and operate entirely without electricity (A mechanical diesel engine is completely EMP proof).
Diesel engines have now become an overcomplicated mess, heavily reliant on electronics, sensors and are equipped with emission systems that ruin efficiency and reliability. EGR, SCR, DPF, I know these things are neccesery to meet modern emission standards, but they often contradict purposes.
They’re still quite simple and robust on military vehicles, because obviously they’re not designed to be sustainable.
I’m sure all the oppression against diesel cars has its strategic purpose. Cars may not run on diesel but industrial and military engines must. If there is a shortage, diesel and kerosene should be prioritized to them. But they could not publicly announce it, so they resorted to taxation.

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General Discussion » Automotive enthusiasts? » Post 9045

midob

E9th, C6
A bit of a rant that’s been stuck in my head for a while:
Rudolf Diesel would be devastated to see what the diesel engine has become, an engine originally pioneered for it’s ability to run alternative fuels and operate entirely without electricity (A mechanical diesel engine is completely EMP proof).
Diesel engines have now become an overcomplicated mess, heavily reliant on electronics, sensors and are equipped with emission systems that ruin efficiency and reliability. EGR, SCR, DPF, I know these things are neccesery to meet modern emission standards, but they often contradict purposes.
Examples:
  • EGR reduces NOx, increases PM, CO, BSFC (alters A/F ratio) and causes the turbo to take longer to spool (less airflow).
  • DPF captures PM, increases BSFC (exhaust backpressure, regeneration), large soot particles are burned during regeration, turning them into smaller (more harmful) particles. Each regeration dilutes the engine oil with diesel on engines that use post injection for regen, NOx output is high during regen.
  • SCR, probably the most effective emission control technology yet, it’s tried and tested, has been in use on lorries in Europe for the past decade. However I doubt the manafacture, packaging and transport of urea soloution (AdBlue) offsets the NOx reduced in vehicles using SCR.
  • These emission systems usually require ULSD to avoid damage to components, which rules limits the use of alternative fuels.
Despite all this I don’t dislike the common rail diesel (without emission systems), it’s design resolved a lot of long standing issues with the diesel engine and is perhaps the one of the most underappreciated technological advancements in modern history; hard to believe it was originally developed by Fiat.

General Discussion » Automotive enthusiasts? » Post 9044

General Discussion » Automotive enthusiasts? » Post 9043

midob

E9th, C6
@kleptomage
I’ve not had any experience with Cadilac’s. We don’t have them in Britain, bar the odd one that’s imported.
If they’re anything like other General Motors vehicles I’d steer well clear of them, every GM car I’ve worked on I’ve considerd utter shite; crap engines, poor handling, poor quality interiors, temperamental electrics.

General Discussion » Automotive enthusiasts? » Post 9042

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@RD4590
The Escalade is like the modern version of the old Cadillac landyachts. It’s a status symbol. The point is to be huge and flashy.
I kind of like GM’s full size SUVs. They look good and are very capable. If not for the ridiculous prices, horrible fuel economy, and the problems with cylinder deactivation on the V8s*, I might have bought one.
*My neighbor’s Silverado needed the whole engine replaced at about 20,000 miles. That’s completely unacceptable.

General Discussion » Automotive enthusiasts? » Post 9041

midob

E9th, C6
@ACApenetrator50
That’d be sweet, I’d recommend the legendary Cummins “12 valve” 5.9L, ultra bulletproof, ultra moddable and sounds awesome.
Or for ultimate impracticality, yet sheer awesomeness the IDI 7.3L; I’m not usually an advocate for indirect injection engines, but the 7.3L is such a lovely sounding engine I give it exemption, also they run alternative fuels very well.

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General Discussion » Automotive enthusiasts? » Post 9039

kleptomage
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@RD4590
Cadillac is a frustrating brand to me. Cadillac has basically spent the last 20 years flailing around trying to figure out what they want to be. First they wanted to be the new BMW with sports sedans but they didn’t put in the effort to be taken seriously. Then when everyone wanted crossovers and SUVs, they became about rebadged Chevrolets. Now they want to be an electric brand with a $300k sedan.
Anyway, the CTS-V, the CT6 with the twin turbo, the V series and Blackwing models of the CT4 and CT5, and of course the Escalade are supposed to be excellent vehicles. In recent years they even got rid of that horrible glossy black panel in the center console so the interiors are finally better.

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RD4590
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Vortex Clipper
I just realized Cadillac is a good option for me too.
Cadillac races in Daytona and Le Mans and their cars are direcly compared with BMW. Therefore it should drive like a proper sports car. And it’s big so my parents would like it, and it could rival/trump a Jaguar. And they’re very cheap in China. Win-win.
Now to find a V6 in a good nick.
@ACApenetrator50
direct injection maybe? XD

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midob

E9th, C6
5 speed manual.
A wise choice.
Who’s got some good beginner mods they can recommend?
I’m not familiar with that vehicle or engine, V8’s are very rare here.
A decent mechanical siren would be an interesting addition 😁

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midob

E9th, C6
Oh hey you know the pedal-powered Porsche 911?
Hah that’s awesome, must be really confusing for other motorists.
Trouble is your legal top speed is 15mph.
Yeah electronic assist has to cut off at 15mph+ but you’re allowed to pedal or freewheel beyond that.

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