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Why are new trucks so expensive?

There are several reasons why new trucks are so expensive. First and foremost is because people will pay the price. There’s a demand for the trucks, and the dealers will set the price to meet the demand. Second, which is closely tied to the first, is the availability of cheap money. Banks and other financiers have made money available for longer terms and lower rates, so the buyers are convinced they can afford to buy a more expensive truck. Third is inflation. Pretty much everything today costs more than it did 20, 30, or 40 years ago. Fourth is technological improvements that give you more features in the vehicle, and those cost more. Consider the Ford F150. They started selling the F-series pickup 70 years ago. Each truck was equipped with a manual transmission, and they featured driver and passenger side windshield wipers and a foot-plunger windshield washer. Starting in 1953, they received new engines, updated chassis, roomier interior and exteriors, options such as a radio, dome light, arm rests, and cigarette lighter. (For you younger readers, the round power source you see in vehicles today was what used to power an electric cigarette lighter. It was a little knob you’d push in. It had a wound piece of steel that would get red hot inside it, and when the knob popped out it was hot enough to light a cigarette. It was considered safer than using a Zippo lighter while you’re driving.) In 1959, Ford produced their first 4-wheel drive F-series pickup. (Credit to ,https://www.angelakrauseford.com/history-of-the-f150.htm, for this history.) In 1965 the Twin-I-Beam front suspension changed everything and it remained a part of the F-150 up to 1996. An F-Series 4-door-crew-cab model emerged in 1965 to compete with passenger cars and the 300 cubic inch 4.9L straight six was introduced. You could bucket seats from the Ford Mustang, detailed styling, and a softer suspension. In the fifth generation f-series (1967–1972), they made the cab a bit bigger and started offering factory-installed air conditioning. A new grill design was added in 1969 and a 302 Windsor V8 engine was optional. Also during these years, a new trim for the Ranger XLT was added as the top of the line. Other options included AM/FM radio. The sixth generation, 1973–1979, included larger cabins, front disc brakes, a relocated gas tank outside the cab, improved heating and air, and more galvanized steel. (You read that right. The gas tank used to be with the cab instead of under the bed of the truck.) The Seventh Generation occurred between 1980 and 1986. This generation received the first complete redesign since 1965 from the ground, up. Improved aerodynamics and fuel economy and both interior and exterior modifications were made. In 1983, diesel power was added to the F-Series. In 1984, a new high-output version of the 5.8L Windsor was introduced and 1985 saw the first year of electronic fuel injection for the 5.0L V8. In 1988, all other vehicles switched over to electronic fuel injection. In 1986, the F-150 no longer offered "3-on-the-tree" manual shifting. This generation was the first to include upscale amenities such as power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, interval windshield wipers, tinted windshield, locking gas cap, inside locking hood release, etc. The Eighth Generation was between 1987 and 1991. In the first year of this generation better aerodynamics included a rounded front clip and softer lines around fender arches and the rear bed and it sported an all new interior. The first 5-speed manual overdrive transmission was introduced in 1987 and 4-speeds were discontinued. In 1989, a C6 3-speed automatic was replaced as a base automatic transmission by an E4OD, 4-speed electronically controlled automatic overdrive unit. In 1987, the F-Series 4.9L inline 6 was converted to fuel injection and in 1988, the Ford F-150 became the first pickup truck that was sold as a non-carbureted engine. I’ll skip a few generations. As of the 13th generation which began in 2015, the 2015 F-150 model became the very first pickup to receive Adaptive Cruise Control. This feature offers radar sensors embedded on the front of the truck that monitors the distance between the vehicle in front of you and yourself. If it senses you are too close, speed will automatically be decreased, forming a safe barrier. The Ford F-150 also underwent a radical change in 2015 by dropping 750 pounds by switching from a steel body to that of all-aluminum. Along with dropping a few pounds, a more efficient base engine was added to include a 3.5L V6 and also introduced for 2015 was the 2.7L EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 and the 3.5L version. The 5.0L V8 is still available (as of 2016 when the linked article was written.) You’ll get much better gas mileage with today’s pickups. The trucks will last you longer and you the service intervals are greater. They’re much safer and you’re far more likely to survive a crash today. You get more power, have more amenities, and can be much more comfortable when you drive. A big downside is it’s much harder and much more expensive to repair/replace problem parts. It’s not as easy to be a shade-tree mechanic today. Here’s a great infographic about the Ford f-series. ,Check Out This Cool Infographic of Ford F-150 Prices Over the Years In 1950 the F-1 1/2 ton pickup would cost $1,287, which seems really cheap. Adjusted for inflation to 2016, that would be about $13,000, so a five-fold increase in 66 years. In 1985 an F-150 Styleside longbed pickup was about $8,000, which is $18,000 adjusted for inflation. In 2002 the F-150 XLT regular cab styleside cost $20,715 or $28,000 for inflation. In 2016 the F-150 regular cab was $28,000. For some context, in 1951 the Social Security national average wage index was $2,800, which was about enough to buy 2 F-1 pickups. The wage index for 2016 was $48,642, enough to buy 1.7 F-150 pickups. I’ll admit, it surprises me how much some people will pay for a fully-loaded pickup. It’s hard for me to rationalize forking over $80K for a vehicle. I live in northern Michigan and we get a lot of snow. Hunting, camping, boating, and farming are popular here, so I can see why people would buy trucks and large SUVs for their higher ground clearance, towing power, and 4wd capabilities. What is peculiar to me is how often I would see 4wd pickups and SUVs when I lived in Texas, and when we vacationed in Florida. I sometimes wonder whether those vehicles ever saw a dirt road. Personally, I don’t think I’d ever buy a new pickup. Back in the mid-80s I bought a small Dodge pickup. I think it was a D50. It had vinyl seats, a stick, a single bench seat, and basically no options. If I were to buy a truck today I’d get a used one. About four years ago I bought a 2002 Suburban for hauling. It had depreciated to about 15% of its original price. I have about 180,000 miles on it and the body will probably rust away before the mechanical components fail. I don’t care if I get a scratch on the paint or if one of the grandkids spills something inside.

Why are my RTR Grille Lights for my 15 Mustang not working? This is the 3rd replacement I get, and they won’t turn on, I checked all the plugs, and still nothing.

I haven’t installed any, but I read some reviews here: ,RTR Mustang Grille w/ LED Accent Vent Lights 389944 (15-17 GT, EcoBoost, V6) - Free Shipping, and it sounds like at least a few other people had the same problem. My guess is you might be having problems with the LED driver box. I couldn’t find the install instructions for the RTR ones but I found them for a similar kit from CDC ,http://latemodel.cachefly.net/downloads/instructions/CDC-1511701501.pdf, assuming yours work the same, your problem is probably with the switchback driver. Because all of it is LED it needs such a small amount of voltage to run it has to get reduced down with something like the LED driver or switchback driver in those CDC instructions. It reduces the voltage for the new lights but the normal lights probably reduce as well, AFTER the new ones so it has to “switchback”. Most of those reviews described a flicker and eventually it would just stop working. If that’s what yours did, the problem is probably in the LED driver. If your wiring is how it should be, consider seeing what it would take to power it from an external switch directly instead of with your headlight switch. If you keep the stock headlight wiring stock and run new wires to it you might be able to eliminate some of the problems. Don’t just hook it up to the battery though, find out if it takes a full 14 volts going to it or not. There was a warning about it not working with adaptive cruise control, it could be that... *just a guess.

What's the difference between normal and premium Mustang EcoBoost models?

The premium Ecoboost model offers more standard features in the areas of performance, handling, and appearance. Some highlights are: Selectable drive mode, for cars with automatic transmissions (normal, sport mode, track mode, snow/ice) Optional Track Package (larger front and rear Brembo brakes, larger front and rear stabilizer bars, stiffer front and rear springs, strut tower brace, engine oil cooler, 3.55 rear axle ratio, etc) Optional heated & cooled leather seats, and driver’s seat/mirror position memory, ambient light setting memory Optional Recaro seats Heated mirrors Optional blind spot indicator Optional adaptive cruise control Optional HD radio & subwoofer Optional Microsoft Sync 3 Optional navigation system Dual zone automatic climate control Interior upgrades (aluminum pedals, ambient lighting, bright cup holder/speaker bezels, premium door trim, and illuminated door sill plates) Optional stripe package and 20″ wheels Rear bumper diffusers

Why does the 2019 A4 have the adaptive cruise control sensors without the driver assistance package?

It is cheaper to manufacture and assemble with one wiring harness and sensors believe it or not. Back in 1987 I bought an 87 Mustang LX 5.0 with radio delete. When I pulled the block off plate in the dash for the radio I found the wiring connector for the radio,along with the 4 speakers in place. I also found the wiring harness in place for the fog lights that weren't even an option on the LX. I bought the factory fog light switch that installed on the cluster, just like the GT came with. In 2010 I bought a new GMC Sierra SL. It did not come with drivers information centre, but, I went to the GM parts counter and purchased the cluster of buttons along with the trim panel and there in the dash was the plug that fit in the cluster and I have drivers information Centrs. Same thing with the radio controls on the steering wheel, bought the switches and installed them with the leather wrap steering wheel, and now I have radio controls on steering wheel. This is so common nowadays.

What is your review of Tesla Model S?

I test drove the top of the line model S a couple months ago. Things that impressed: The speed of course. It was like that scene from Star Trek when they enter Warp Speed. Fierce acceleration, with no noise, wheelspin, or drama. It’s like you were driving 30 mph and decided to dial up “80 mph” and pressed <enter>. Instant G-force. Auto pilot was simply amazing. Sure, it’s adaptive cruise control plus lane maintenance. But did you know it also reads traffic lights? And speed limit signs???? You can turn it loose on a city street with lights, traffic, stop signs and speed limit changes, and it takes it all in and acts accordingly. I consider myself a driver, with some road racing history, and my daily driver is a stick-shift Shelby Mustang. But there are times when driving isn’t much fun, and autopilot would be most welcome. Despite the recent incidents, this sold us on the car. Quiet elegance. I have driven cars in this price range. None had the total package of ergonomics, comfort, quiet and class that the Tesla S exhibited. And under it all, there is always Ludicrous Mode. It’s like that quiet uncle of yours that nobody pays any attention too, until he snaps. Then it’s Katy bar the Door! Ultimate luxo-sleeper.

Is getting a 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost as a first car bad?

Not really, the Mustang comes with a fairly competent chassis, offers good crash protection (I can personally vouch for its ability to protect occupants in an offset front crash with an assumed closing speed of 70 mph - both cars doing 35 mph with another compact at least - in that case a 2007 Honda Civic which faired very poorly with the driver ending up with significant injuries and had to be cut out of the car while I walked away) and no real excessive amount of power at 310 horsepower and 350 pound feet of torque in about a 3600 pound car. If your also considering a V6 Accord coupe then your talking nearly the same power and weight (torque may be different matter though) and if the EB Mustang is equipped with the active safety features (Blind spot indicator, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian and collision avoidance), MagneRide and climate permitting performance package the car becomes safer still, especially since the performance package includes more aggressive rubber including a more advanced stability and traction control system. MagneRide further enhances safety over more conventional analog suspension systems since it helps keep the tires in contact with the road better which in combination with the advanced traction control enhances overall driver safety since the car can turn, brake and maintain control much better than a conventional vehicle can. That said, the problem with mixing an inexperienced driver with a car like a Mustang usually results in what can derisively be called driving with a 10 pound foot and a 10 ounce brain. As I’ve said the performance and active safety features make a good car better and a driver safer but a Mustang has a way of going to a person’s head and all that gets thrown out the window when the driver gains an artificial sense of invulnerability and begins to drive too aggressively even if the engine really is only as powerful as most common V6 engines in sedans, minivans and trucks out there. Another unrealized issue is that most drivers are used to a front wheel drive vehicle which offers a different set of vehicle dynamics compared to rear wheel drive and can make mistakes in an emergency situation since most people go on autopilot using steering, brake and throttle inputs based on where they have the most experience and intuitively expect the vehicle to react a certain way and when it doesn't they end of exasperating the issue and even fighting against the best course of action. If you can afford it, Mustang makes a great first car but I would suggest, especially if coming from a front driver go get some advanced training through surprisingly enough a High Performance Driving Event or advanced driving school. This allows a person to experience the different vehicle dynamics in a controlled environment with an expert to help guide you in the passenger seat.

Why do you prefer manual transmission (stick) over automatic?

It really depends on the vehicle and where I would drive. I currently have a lot of stop and go traffic because the roads are designed badly and the drivers dilly dally around. Plus the dont have enough fast flowing highways to begin with down here in Texas. I grew up dirt biking and going on my ATV so I love manual from all that experience. I haven’t had the chance to do a manual car as my family nor I have one yet. I have had the manual mode on some automatic cars and that becomes really fun like an actual manual and could be pleasing enough depending on the car and reaction timing etc. Since I have traffic down here thst can get to standstills and my career may involve going to different sites, for s work truck I’d definitely go automatic. My daily car I’d probably still have my current car which would be automatic. But I’ve always thought about getting a car like the Mustang GT350 which is a manual only. But if the top line mustangs get that Ford 10 speed transmission with manual mode, I’d be hard pressed to get auto because I can get efficiency and be relaxed when I want to and drive hard and fun when I want to, plus ease in traffic and being to be able to use adaptive cruise control that traditional manual cars usually cannot have because the gear control is manual and thst would create a need for the driver to be in tune and thst wouldn’t work out. It really depends on all of those factors. I’ve hurt my wrists before and hopefully that doesn’t/would matter for this topic either because I’d have to check in to that as well. For cars with slow, boggy, sluggish transmissions I’ve always had times where I wished I had s manual to control the gears and be faster, but cars nowadays with top end transmissions can be faster than manual shift, which also points towards leaning to automatics with also manual sport mode. I can you you one thing, my ATV had auto electronic clutch with manual shifting and I had as much fun on thst as the dirtbike, minus the dirt biking being easier to steer and the ATV having non electronic steering.

What unique, obscure designs are there in high end automobiles?

Lexus introduced a special, sandwitch type of sheetmetal for the body when they made their first sedan. It contained one layer of fiberglass, which helped to make the Lexus LS 430 the quietest car of its generation. Maybach introduced a panoramic glass roof, which could be switched to opaque with a finger tip. Mercedes is fitting its latest S-class with a semi-active suspension, which is assisted by a camera. This camera is able to detect upcoming bumps and retract the wheels in order to flatten them out. The Mercedes S-class also has all systems onborad to drive autonomously on a highway (adaptive cruise control, lane assist). Because it is forbdden to let the car drive without human control, the S-class has a sensor in the steering wheel which detects if it is touched by a human hand or not. This sensor can be fooled by attaching a can of coke with velcro to the rim of the steering wheel. Tesla fits its Model S with retractable door handles. They pop out as soon as the owner approaches the door. The car also allows to adjust the ground clearance of the body by lifting up the air suspension. This is not new, but when you adjust the suspension, the Tesla S stores that location in its navi - and offers to adjust the suspension automatically when you come to this location again. Many luxury cars have ambient light, which are some small lamps in the rear mirrors outsides the car. When you unlock the car with the remote control or a transponder in your pocket, these tiny lamps illuminate the ground around the car, so that you do not accidentally step into mud when you want to enter the car. The new Ford Mustang also feature these lights, but the car also projects the shape of a gallopping horse on the ground - it is just a marketing joke. Some BMW sedans have very tiny red lamps in the housing of the interior rear mirror. They very softly illuminate the center console of the car by night without disturbing the driver. BMW cars with frameless windows lower these windows automatically by one inch or so as soon as you open the door. If you close the door, they close the window again. Reason for that: The window is pressed into its seal, wind noise is reduced. If you want to buy a Maybach then you do not talk to a salesman, you talk to your personal liaison manager. He is the person which will deal with every issue you have with that car. If your car needs service, you do not have to bring it to the Workshop - your liaison manager will take care.

What car is best for a 1 hour/20 miles each way highway commute?

Sounds like an awful drive. Here's a feature to think about: adaptive cruise control. Tell your car how many car lengths you want to be from the car in front of you and it will throttle and break as needed. Edit: Going to update my answer. Ford Mustang EcoBoost I still stick with adaptive cruise control. Here's the other criteria I'd like to have: Great, comfortable seats with both heat and ventilation (cooling) Good sound system Good gas mileage I've driven all the European and Japanese luxury makes and Tesla and the winner is...Ford Mustang EcoBoost. Yes, that shocks me too. And I know that speed and acceleration are irrelevant and I'm not even considering those in my answer. The most comfortable seats I've ever sat in. Not most comfortable car, but most comfortable seat of any kind. The cooling feature is fantastic. The adaptive cruise comes as part of a certain tech package. I would bet a Bentley or Rolls would be even more comfortable but the they are going to burn gas like crazy. The four cylinder Mustang will get good highway miles.

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