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Old 01-27-2010, 11:02 PM   #106  
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I find I am just as happy putting on a CD or connecting my mp3 player. The Sat radio novelty has worn off. With some 100 stations I generally only listen to the same half dozen. I can get enough talk radio when I'm in the mood on AM.
I dumped XM at home for Pandora. That is free unless you want totally uninterrupted music, then it's $36 for the whole year.
I plan to drop the XM entirely, might as well do it before they end up bankrupt again.

BTW, with regards to drinking, I've found the same thing. But it seems to be more about less desire to drink, than less tolerance for the alcohol. A glass a wine now and then, or a cold one on the weekend is generally as far as it goes. And that's at home.
Going out I find I drink even less.

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Old 01-27-2010, 11:05 PM   #107  
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Heh, dittoheads are limbaugh fans. You listen to fox news radio so its the same, e.g. hanity. I listen to them all since fox is pretty entertaining, but I don't take it seriously.

Speaking of XM, my 3 month sub has ended. They may send you a sub for about $7.5 per month, which is more reasonable. I may get it if I can get on my friends account which would be less than $6 a month. Some of the music is good and its nice to be able to listen to cable news. But again, that is a want, not a need
Oh I love Hannity, but honestly he picks the worst commentators to debate. He seems to have a knack for picking the most annoying onces, although I absolutely love it when he gets Ann Coulter on. That lady is smart, and can be ruthless when debating.

I really havn't listened to Limbaugh in a long time now. He is a very smart person who I respect, but he manages to say some dumbass crap from time to time that annoys me. However, he is the most influential talk radio host and I will continue to respect him so long as he continues to make liberals angry. I also find it funny that talk show host "fact-checkers" seem to have trouble picking him apart as he really does a very good job of presenting conservative ideas that irritate liberals. He used to boast a year ago that he is 98.5% accurate, although I don't know what the methodology used was to come up with that claim.

Foxnews is by far the most unbiased news network that is out there. I am not saying that they are middle of the road, but they do a very fair job covering news. People simply have to realize that Fox also has opinion programming which is exactly what it sounds like, opinions. They are commentators who are not required to be fair and balanced. Hannity or Greta Van S. are not required to be like Bret Baier is when he does the Special Report evening news. I honestly wish I still had the premium cable channels as I really miss being able to watch Fox News.
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Old 01-30-2010, 04:51 PM   #108  
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Justify it however you want,
Honda is a Japanese company.
What is it in your opinion makes it a Japanese company?

If it is the name, then most Car companies would be considered foreign because most of their names were originally from other countries?

The money and who ends up with it, what if most of the investors in Honda buy it on the New York Stock exchange and are Americans and in addition almost all of the employees and factory workers are North Americans and their money ends up staying here in the USA?

Then also the Federal government deems Honda a domestic car manufacturer so what is your real reason for calling them a foreign car manufacturer other then your long held beliefs/opinions?

Just asking.
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Old 01-30-2010, 08:57 PM   #109  
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I work for a division of a larger company. Yes, we make money to run our business and pay the employees but in the end our profits go to the mother company.
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Old 01-30-2010, 09:51 PM   #110  
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Guys,
I don't think there's going to be any changing of minds here.
I respect your opinion, you respect mine, let's leave it at that.
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I work for a division of a larger company. Yes, we make money to run our business and pay the employees but in the end our profits go to the mother company.
I agree no one is going to change their mind and sure the profits do go the mother company and then get paid out to their stock holders who in effect own the company and if most of the owners are Americans then I don't care if the parent company was originally Japanese if Americans own well over half of the stock and in effect own it, that would basically make it an American company, maybe that is why the Federal government calls it an American/Domestic manufacturer.
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Old 02-03-2010, 09:55 PM   #112  
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The Tale of 2 Fusions, Hybrid versus S

I thought i'd post my personal comparison between the S and Hybrid Fusions. My dad has an old Crown Victoria and recently the intake manifold gasket was diagnosed as leaking. As some of you guys are aware, many of the older 4.6 litre V8's that Ford used had composite intake manifolds that were known to be spotty. It is not a cheap repair. He has rode along in my hybrid a few times and was so impressed that he wanted a Fusion of his own. He decided on a Candy Red Fusion S because it is likely the best automotive value on the market. You get so much for so little money in that car as there are many standard features that are optional on other vehicles. The dealer sold this car to him for $220 below invoice, and Ford also had $2000 rebate on it.

I have had a chance to drive his car today as he complained that something kept rattling when he was going over rough surfaces. At first, I couldn't figure it out as it sounded like the dash had a very loud rattle. It turned out that his key chain was rattling as I found out when I accidently hit it with my knee and it stopped rattling. I have to say that this is one impressive car. I drove it for 25 miles and according to the dash display, it showed that I was averaging 33mpg. The EPA rating for the S is 23 city and 34 highway. This is on a car that only has 64 miles on the odometer. I know that the in dash display can be inaccurate, but the car only has 64miles on it and that is the only info I can report.

The next thing I noticed was how incredibly quiet this car is. I suspect that the 16 inch tires are responsible for this, but the S was in fact quieter than my Hybrid when cruising down the highway at 68mph. Due to the 16 inch tires, I also noticed that the ride quality was very nice as it felt more Toyota Camry like. I prefer the firm ride of my Hybrid, but I know that there are some folks here who believe the Hybrid rides too firm. When doing the city portion of my driving, I also noticed that the engine is definately quieter than the Honda Accord, and about as quiet as a I4 Camry.

The transmission is also a gem in the Fusion S. The shifts were so smooth and seamless that I was unable to determine what gear I was in. The interior was a bit cheaper, but you would expect that in a car that costs nearly $11-12k less than my hybrid. I found that the seats are arguably better than the seats in my hybrid as well. The seats in my hybrid are definately of a sporting nature. They are very comfortable, but tend to be a bit aggressive. These base model seats were clearly designed with long range driving comfort in mind. The only fault is that the Focus comes with 6 way manual seats, while you can only get 4 way manual seats in the Fusion S. It would have been nice to be able to adjust the tilt of the bottom seat cushion.
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So are you guys trading?
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So are you guys trading?
Nah.........I would never give up my hybrid. These Fusion Hybrids are considered to be THE reason why Ford won the Motor Trend Car of the Year award. However, the base Fusion S is definately the biggest automotive value on the market right now. I cannot believe how despite it being a base model, it doesn't feel like some stripped down fleet vehicle like most base models feel like. He really likes the car. I more or less posted a comparison for the Ford Fusion forum I frequent, and decided to copy and paste that into this forum since we do have some car enthusiasts here as well.
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my friend want to buy a car ,which one is gooder than others.
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:43 PM   #116  
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my friend want to buy a car ,which one is gooder than others.
That is a question that will generate way too many responses as your question is too broad and needs to be more specific. I think it is going to depend on what you want to do with the car, and what your needs are. Here are a few websites to get you started.......

http://www.fordvehicles.com
http://www.mercuryvehicles.com
http://www.caranddriver.com
http://www.automobilemag.com
http://www.edmunds.com
http://www.toyota.com
http://www.honda.com
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