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I had a Ranger back in the mid-90s. Five speed, BBFA package with air. It never let me down.
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Did anybody else see that theyre also bringing back the ranger?!

Altho i assume it will be a midsize, a la tacoma and the redux dodge pup (name escapes me)

Whatever happened to that category? The world deserves - nay, demands! - a new mini truck

I heard musings about it on Jalopnik. That would be awesome. Not everyone needs F150 level size. I can think of a lot of use cases for one. Construction and the usual stuff, but I could even see a group of friends pitching in on one for moving, bringing home the new TV or couch, etc.

I have no idea why that small truck category essentially is 6 feet under as of now.
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http://moralmachine.mit.edu/

Cool video. That is a huge huge thing. CMU, MIT, Berkeley, Stanford, and GT are spending tons of resources on it. As are Google, Amazon, and well...I've brought them up too much already.

All in good faith and all working together. The car scenario represents a microcosm of issues that will be far more broadly impactful as well.

We've had this issue in the past - a great documentary is 'The Fog of War' where McNamara defends the decision to drop a nuclear weapon on Japan. In that case, it was humans making the decision - but now you have teraflops of processing power in your hand and AI is scarily impressive.

I think outside of creating our own mass extinction event environmentally, this is the other major issue.

Edit: A wonderful book on ethics as a followup is 'The Making of the Atomic Bomb'.
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I know RTC took the route of taking his Miata out and figuring out out to drive a standard on his own, which is great.  However, I didn't want the Mrs. learning on our fun cars, as I had tried teaching her and it didn't seem to go that well in the past.  So I signed her up for one 2 hour lesson at http://stickshiftacademy.com/ , which either RTC or some other person here suggested.  I couldn't be more pleased with the results.  In under 2 hours she was driving the car so smoothly that when it pulled into the parking lot and started driving toward the company's parking spaces, I thought the instructor was in the driver's seat.  The Mrs felt so confident and good about her lesson that she went to a dealer this morning, test drove a car with a standard transmission and had a great time.  So a big thanks to whoever found that place and posted about it!!! 

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The Chicken Tax is the reason there are fewer light trucks.  If you import a small truck there is a 25% tariff which squeezes the already small profit margins on those vehicles.  So the only way to get around this is to set up shop building light trucks here in the good ol US of A which does not sound like a wise business move.  I am no expert on this but Jalopnik bitches about it.

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How were the 3 series cars from the mid 2000s? Like 07 era. I was pretty shocked to see that they sell for about the same as wrxs used...
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I know RTC took the route of taking his Miata out and figuring out out to drive a standard on his own, which is great.  However, I didn't want the Mrs. learning on our fun cars, as I had tried teaching her and it didn't seem to go that well in the past.  So I signed her up for one 2 hour lesson at http://stickshiftacademy.com/ , which either RTC or some other person here suggested.  I couldn't be more pleased with the results.  In under 2 hours she was driving the car so smoothly that when it pulled into the parking lot and started driving toward the company's parking spaces, I thought the instructor was in the driver's seat.  The Mrs felt so confident and good about her lesson that she went to a dealer this morning, test drove a car with a standard transmission and had a great time.  So a big thanks to whoever found that place and posted about it!!! 

That's great to hear!

I'd say I'm decent with it now, but to be honest I think I'm getting the rpms up too high when I'm shifting into first but that's because I have a hard time with the rpm drop as the clutch engaged. I haven't had a terrible jalopy shift in a while so I'll say that it's a success. Stabbing the throttle in first and second does cause a lurch, but I'm not sure if that's normal or if it's due to the clutch. Letting the clutch in and out while in fifth doesn't cause weird surging issues so I'm guessing the clutch is still pretty decent.

I have been pretty liberal with the e brake on any uneven surfaces, but overall I think I'm slipping the clutch a bit too much in standing starts.

Dino did they still have a wrx?
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Dino did they still have a wrx?

Yes, the company car is a WRX just like in the ad.  She had a lot of fun.  It was $150 for 2 hours.  They start you out in a parking lot at an industrial complex, where they show you a few things, put you behind the wheel, explain what they want you to do, and they give you helpful hints and comments about how to do something better.  She said after the first 40 minutes she had most of the basics down, and then it was just practicing, and all the instructor had to do was tell her which streets to turn onto because she doesn't know the area.  The instructor said she didn't stall out at all during the lesson.  I had taken her out in a car a few years ago and she just wasn't getting what I was explaining to her, but maybe there is too much pressure when a husband is teaching a wife to drive.  Anyway, the course was well worth it to save our cars and our marriage ;).    

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He's unblocked. Yes - I can be pedantic. Which sort of works in the business world, but not the social world - especially the online social world. shog[1].gif I guess it comes with the territory of being a bullied only child - again shog[1].gif .

Also FF's Tesla post was correct. What Tesla was quoting in the US (and I don't know where else), they clearly stated it was 'combined' and not 'total' in a way that said if both motors ran at full power this is what you'd get, rather than in the real world.

The advantage they have is that they can push firmware updates that bring it closer to reconciling the combined and total figures and 8.0 basically makes it such, however, there was unclear wording.

 

I have a feeling you don't really like me that much, but I wouldn't say your posts come off as pedantic: they come off as zealotry.  Sometimes your posts read similarly to those guys who stand on a downtown street corner screaming at the top of their lungs about their chosen deity and what will happen to non-believers.  I'm saying this as an ECE major myself and someone who appreciates your posts about some of the more technical details.

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Haha that's awesome!

My miata releases way off the ground and it threw me a bunch when I first started learning. Definitely gets better with time. Honestly, it's super impressive to have not stalled at all!

The newer wrxs have hill assist as well.
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I always thought it was really hard to learn stick because my peers and I all learned to drive on stick. So our experience was not just learning stick, but also learning to DRIVE.

A generally good driver will learn stick much faster because it's only one new thing to learn. Especially with these new cars that have hill assist and in some cases, clutch assist and auto blipping.
post #25542 of 26303
I learned to drive a manual transmission around 10 years of age when I started to drive trail bikes and tractors.
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post

I have a feeling you don't really like me that much, but I wouldn't say your posts come off as pedantic: they come off as zealotry.  Sometimes your posts read similarly to those guys who stand on a downtown street corner screaming at the top of their lungs about their chosen deity and what will happen to non-believers.  I'm saying this as an ECE major myself and someone who appreciates your posts about some of the more technical details.

Actually, I'm pretty sure I'd get along with you, and most people on SF - some of whom I've met IRL.

I'm really intense on a first principles approach to STEM related things. I'm also fine watching football on Sundays, catching up with my friends on a lazy drive, and looking forward to the holidays smile.gif. It probably doesn't come across at all online.
post #25544 of 26303
Ramu, to be frank, you do come off as a bit elitist at times. You certainly come off as knowledgeable but your way of showing that often comes off as trying to show others as not only incorrect, but stupid.

It's fixable though. Just be mindful of that.
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http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20160922-a-fast-farewell-to-an-australian-hellraiser


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It’s brilliant at that, genuinely brilliant. In fact quite possibly the most brilliant off-the-shelf, manufacturer-standard car in the UK. Better than an M3 ...

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