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Old 10-18-2011, 05:36 PM   #2826
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Was asked if wrxwarriors's 04 was a v8 lol
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Old 10-18-2011, 05:40 PM   #2827
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You beat me to it!

The Mustang...the most iconic US vehicle...has a Chinese made transmission that has already had huge problems, as well as many other parts being made in Mexico. Such a hypocritical statement that Ford is making when their pony car is being assembled with out of country parts. The all American car really isn't anymore.
The funny part is that it's been like that for a while, even before the Ford/Getrag China joint venture. Many of Ford's engines have been made at the Windsor plant, which is across the water from Detroit in Windsor, Ontario, and it wouldn't surprise me if the TR-series transmissions were built at Tremec/TTC's Mexican facility. I know for a fact that many of the Motorcraft service and repair parts for my remaining Mustang are made in Mexico, as well.

Going beyond just parts content, in another silly example (related to the same "chicken law" that caused the BRAT to get imported with those rear-facing jump seats) Ford builds the Transit Connect van in Turkey as a passenger vehicle with rear seats, imports it to the US, and strips the interior. It's interesting that they chose this over just building them in the US.

Then there's all the joint-venture/platform-sharing stuff.
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:22 AM   #2828
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I've been taunted by numerous people to light up the front wheels. Kinda wish I was putting 500hp to the wheels so I could light up all 4 in those situations.
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:26 AM   #2829
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Ask your mom for a raise in your allowance
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Old 10-19-2011, 12:12 PM   #2830
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At the gas station last night. Broseph and his buddy who are thumpin' some loud beats that the vocal is inaudible, watch me pull in and get off the hood of their buick on 22's and start throwing random ass questions out. It was hard to not go in the store to buy something while the gas was pumping, but I didn't trust it... So some of my favorites of this encounter:

"How do you like those Brembo's?! They will crush the rotors if you're not careful! hahahaha" (I have a WRX and no Brembo's) "I hope I don't ever have to hit the brakes hard enough to crush my rotors... That would suck!"

"You must have some trophies for all the body kit work you did huh?" (stock everything other than the grillcraft grill in the scoop) "no trophies, everyone put the same kit on so there's no competition unless you have a V-tec" "Oh, well that makes sense. Yeah, lots of those kits arounds like that one. That blue one looks ill son" "thanks man"

And finally, my favorite: "I'd love to take that for a spin! (starts mimicing racing around corners and making sound effects) Then do a sweet burn-out! Hahahaha, yeah, that's tight. Unless it was raining... Never race in the rain with a car like that!" (And my comment about all-wheel-drive was interupted by the gas meter clicking to a stop and I quickly got a receipt and waved bye, whew!"
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Old 10-19-2011, 01:14 PM   #2831
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The funny part is that it's been like that for a while, even before the Ford/Getrag China joint venture. Many of Ford's engines have been made at the Windsor plant, which is across the water from Detroit in Windsor, Ontario, and it wouldn't surprise me if the TR-series transmissions were built at Tremec/TTC's Mexican facility. I know for a fact that many of the Motorcraft service and repair parts for my remaining Mustang are made in Mexico, as well.

Going beyond just parts content, in another silly example (related to the same "chicken law" that caused the BRAT to get imported with those rear-facing jump seats) Ford builds the Transit Connect van in Turkey as a passenger vehicle with rear seats, imports it to the US, and strips the interior. It's interesting that they chose this over just building them in the US.

Then there's all the joint-venture/platform-sharing stuff.
The Transit Connect van was built in Turkey since it's first introduction way before they came to the US.
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Old 10-19-2011, 01:36 PM   #2832
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The Transit Connect van was built in Turkey since it's first introduction way before they came to the US.
Yes but they go through an ass backwards way to get into the country.

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All North American Transit Connects destined for the USA are imported as passenger vehicles to circumvent the 25% "Chicken Tax" on imported light trucks.


To circumvent the 25% tariff on imported light trucks, Ford imports all Transit Connects as passenger vehicles with rear windows, rear seats and rear seatbelts. The vehicles are exported from Turkey on cargo ships owned by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, arrive in Baltimore, and are converted into commercial vehicles at WWL Vehicle Services Americas Inc. facility: rear windows are replaced with metal panels and rear seats removed (except on wagons). The removed parts are not shipped back to Turkey for reuse, but shredded and recycled in Ohio. The process exploits a loophole in the customs definition of a commercial vehicle. As cargo does not need seats with seat belts or rear windows, presence of those items exempts the vehicle from commercial vehicle status. The conversion process costs Ford hundreds of dollars per van, but saves thousands over having to pay the chicken tax. Partly because of this, only the long-wheelbase, high roof configuration is exported to North America. In most places, the high-roof Transit Connect, like most Ford Econoline vans, is unable to access multi-story parking because of its height (6'-6").
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:50 PM   #2833
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Yes but they go through an ass backwards way to get into the country.
All this time I thought they were shipped like that. I didn't know they had to be changed around for US sales.
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Old 10-20-2011, 02:53 PM   #2834
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I love talking about how "american" cars aren't american, but this discussion will be the end of this thread if you all keep it up. lol
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Old 10-20-2011, 03:04 PM   #2835
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Yes but they go through an ass backwards way to get into the country.
Yeah, that was my main point--here we've got a vehicle by an "American" marque, and the manufacturer not only manufactures it overseas, but goes through some weird contortions to avoid tariffs on doing so. Yet, largely as a result of the same tariff laws, some "foreign" manufacturers build their trucks in the US. It's kind of interesting.

Buy 'Merican!
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Old 10-20-2011, 03:04 PM   #2836
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week ago i go a good laugh from a coworker that is not a "car guy at all"

coworker: "hey man, at lunch i was looking at your car. Is it supercharged??"
me: "no its turbocharged"
coworker: "oh is that what those red round things are in your grill?"
me: " no those would be aftermarket horns"
coworker: "well damn now you KNOW i'm not a car person at all, looks damn sweet for sure tho"
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:20 AM   #2837
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week ago i go a good laugh from a coworker that is not a "car guy at all"

coworker: "hey man, at lunch i was looking at your car. Is it supercharged??"
me: "no its turbocharged"
coworker: "oh is that what those red round things are in your grill?"
me: " no those would be aftermarket horns"
coworker: "well damn now you KNOW i'm not a car person at all, looks damn sweet for sure tho"
It's always refreshing to hear someone admit that up front though - it relieves any tension and then an actual educated discussion can begin. I like cars, though I'd never claim to be a "car guy" myself. Acting like I know more than I actually do prevents me from actually learning anything new.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:29 AM   #2838
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Last night at work the security guard asked me why I would spend so much money on " a stupid Korean Kia pile of ****" in his defense it is debadged. He had a hard time believing it is AWD
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:31 AM   #2839
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Last night at work the security guard asked me why I would spend so much money on " a stupid Korean Kia pile of ****" in his defense it is debadged. He had a hard time believing it is AWD
Personally I would have answered that question with "because I can afford to, I'm not a stupid security guard".
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:50 AM   #2840
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:58 AM   #2841
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Personally I would have answered that question with "because I can afford to, I'm not a stupid security guard".
I would have to if it was anyone else, this guy is really nice and he means well, he knows I like cars so he was just trying to start a conversation, and I gave him some dinner from Micky D's the other night and he has been sitting right next to my car since
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Old 10-21-2011, 11:27 AM   #2842
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Personally I would have answered that question with "because I can afford to, I'm not a stupid security guard".
Sir I am a security guard and a drive an 04 wrx stage 2 with a good about of work done to it. Ha-ha

It's not about how much money you make but how you spend it.
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Old 10-21-2011, 01:45 PM   #2843
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It's not about how much money you make but how you spend it.
No, I'm pretty sure it is about how much money you make.

<--- /poor
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Old 10-21-2011, 05:48 PM   #2844
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HA made it to the end of the thread in three short days...

Anyways a buddy of mine (who drives a white evo and used exhaust rap to plug the recirculating tube so he could run a hks ssqv 3 i sold him) was checking out my STi.

Him: *looking at my radiator from in front of the car* dude that FMIC is HUGE!
Me: thats the radiator man.
Him: WHAT?! I thought this thing was turbo.
Me: It is. It still has the stock TMIC.
Him: bro, I know STi's come stock with a FMIC, My buddies has one.
Me: *lifts hood*
Jim: oh. *foot in mouth*
Me: see ya later man. *walks into the store*

Gave me a bit of a chuckle.

EDIT: He's currently trying to figure out why he has a boost leak and doesn't believe it has anything to do with the way he set up his bov

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Old 10-21-2011, 08:40 PM   #2845
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It's not about how much money you make but how you spend it.
DING! DING! DING!
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Old 10-22-2011, 03:03 PM   #2846
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I was in the parking lot leaving school, this black chick in a ricey Honda Accord says, "HEY SUBARU, I LIKE YO RIMZ!" I kindly respond and say, "they're wheels, not rims, but thanks!"
Edit: Her car-

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Old 10-22-2011, 04:49 PM   #2847
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I was in the parking lot leaving school, this black chick in a ricey Honda Accord says, "HEY SUBARU, I LIKE YO RIMZ!" I kindly respond and say, "they're wheels, not rims, but thanks!"
I hate how people have lost the knowledge of what a rim vs a wheel is. Always pisses me off but I give up most of the time trying to argue the difference.
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Old 10-22-2011, 05:27 PM   #2848
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I hate how people have lost the knowledge of what a rim vs a wheel is. Always pisses me off but I give up most of the time trying to argue the difference.
You can't lose knowledge you never had. Fact is, most people just don't care what they are as long as there are tires on them and the car moves. And even that is a stretch most of the time.
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Old 10-23-2011, 12:13 AM   #2849
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I pulled up to the entrance plaza at Subiefest 2011 today in my 2001 Outback and the lady directing cars asked "Is this a Subaru?".

*facepalm*
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Old 10-23-2011, 11:04 PM   #2850
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Was washing my car today. Soccer mom in Toyota Highlander Hybrid pulls up and asks: IS THAT A HYBRID??

I say: No, it's not. I get around 26 mpg.

She says: IT LOOKS COOL! and drives off.

Lol.
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