To again state the obvious, a lot of
To again state the obvious, a lot of
Well, I'm also 6'7" and I certainly don't fit into the old beetle. I am still working to transition from my old W126 300SD to a D2 A8. Gets about the same mileage on the freeway, and I don't drive around town much. You might consider looking at Subarus though, I used to have a GC5 Impreza and I fit very well into that. Before that I had a S13 240SX Fastback, which had massive legroom but which was a little short on headroom.
There wasn't anything special about those older Jeeps that you mention. Yeah, they looked more rugged, but that was about it.
There was something special about older Jeeps. They were cheap to modify, and they had more flex. Leaf springs are heavy and have inferior ride, but they offer more suspension travel and they mounted them under the axles... so you could cheaply use a shackle flip kit to do a suspension lift. On the other hand, they typically didn't come with locking diffs. The modern vehicles use EBD to maintain traction while crawling at low speeds, which means they can actually traverse things that the older stock vehicles can't. On the gripping hand, who goes off-road with an old Jeep without getting at least one locker?
The problem now is just finding donors for modification, though. At this point it might actually be cheaper to buy a tube frame. There are a few tube buggy frames under 5k...
As a result, you can't get anything to play off-road in unless you spend an additional bucket of cash in the aftermarket. Shame, but that is how the market works.
Luckily there are absolute shitloads of trucks just lying around waiting to be hopped up, and available for little to no money. You can get OBS F-Body trucks literally all day... out here in California they're even close enough to "no rust" as makes no difference. How many do you want? You're going to rip out the powertrain anyway, right?
Bullshit. The automatic can't read your mind, hence it's always trying to catch up with what you want. They are good for straight lines.
Bullshit. The automatics all support a manual mode now, whether it's implemented in your car or not. A very fast human driver can shift in maybe 250ms, average is maybe 500ms and in most vehicles closer to 1s. A mediocre automatic transmission shifts in 400ms (the good ones from the nineties will manage this) while a very good one will do it in 200ms. But about since the same time they went to five-speed, they also became dynamically controlled. While typically retaining a classic limp mode, such transmissions also dual-engage gears while shifting, making most shifts basically imperceptible. A driver can make a tiptronic shift while under power in a corner without upsetting the balance of the vehicle, something you can't do even by heel-toe shifting.
A good automatic transmission is better than even an expert human with any manual short of a dogbox. Even a SMG is faster than a dogbox. A DCT is an order of magnitude faster than a SMG. There is nothing faster than a DCT... which can be fully automated. The latest ones are even said to be fairly smooth when they do that.
However, if you are doing highway driving, the manual wins, every time.
To some extent this ended with the ZF8 and it is well and truly over with the ZF9. They give the ZF9 four overdrives, the lowest one is 0.48:1. The automatic now kicks the manual's ass. It's also over with the new crop of CVTs; they don't manage the same kind of mileage as the ZF 9HP because they can't quite manage the same deep ratio, but they're still better than a normal automatic.
ZF has been making occasional lemons since at least the nineties. ZF5HP42 anyone?
The old MOPAR push button tranny actuator is prior art.
and also a much better plan, I wonder why they didn't just use push buttons. it woulda been chrysler retro, which would have fit the trend in Jeep styling.
My 87 Tercel hatchback got 40 MPG easily. I have yet to see any automatic transmission car with such a rating on it that isn't some sort of hybrid.
Time to look at CVTs.
You just lumped every individual law enforcement officer, undercover agent, secretary, and janitor who work for the FBI under one umbrella.
What? They all chose to be under one umbrella, called The FBI. Nobody had to lump them there, that's who gives them all a paycheck.
Your lack of knowledge does not make my comment idiotic.
I suggest you read all of it before replying.
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