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Old 07-28-2000, 04:28 PM   #1
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Post OT: Ford to fix the SUV's

Well I guess its not really too far off topic since it is still vehicle related. Anyways, Ford was on the news yesterday talking about the problems with the SUV's that they make. They went on to describe the poor fuel economy, 800lbs of extra weight when compared to the average size car, lack of lightweight parts, price mark up of $10K, the way they are top heavy and could tip over easy, and a long list of other things. Well I guess a couple months ago when they admitted it in the news that they were unsafe that they weren't kidding. Now they released some plan to improve the SUV's they sell. They are to improve the gas mileage by 25%, use lighter weight parts (sounds like plastic or carbon), improve the crash test results, and do a few other things. I got to admit at least one of the major companies is stepping up to make a few changes that should have been done years ago. Like the new engines. So we will have one less reason to dislike the things. I just wish that they made a driving class mandatory before they would sell you one. After all its not the vehicles that get me mad. Its the Village Idiot behind the wheel.

Now if only Ford would ease up and send the US the Cosworth Focus.
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Old 07-28-2000, 07:55 PM   #2
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They can talk all they want about "improving" SUV's, I'll believe it when I see real results.
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Old 07-28-2000, 08:05 PM   #3
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I'm with you, N/A. Mandatory driving classes for all those morons zooming around in those little tiny cars cutting people off and generally being a big nuisance to everyone.
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Old 07-28-2000, 08:52 PM   #4
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Actually Ford even showed off the new 5yr plan to improve the SUV's they sell. For years they had a smaller 6 cylinder engine that had more horsepower and better gas mileage. So they are going to start by using that engine. They say it will add about $500-$700 more to the cost of the SUV but will make up the difference in a couple years time in gas mileage. That part confused me since they said they were going to cut the costs of them as well. They are going to cut costs yet raise the cost to as much as $700 more? I wonder where they learned math from. I don't just think that the SUV owners should have better driving tests I think everyone could use them. At least Ford is going to make an effort.
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