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Author Topic: Lamont's policy groups recommend big changes for first 100 days  (Read 2563 times)

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Re: Lamont's policy groups recommend big changes for first 100 days
« Reply #55 on: January 09, 2019, 06:00:16 AM »
The company I work for bought five brand new 2018 Chevy 3500 Duramaxes last year. One of them has 950 miles on it now, check engine light is on. Another can't drive more than 50mi without going into regen. One of them literally has spent more time at the dealer than it has in our fleet. And to think, we switched to Chevy because we were having too many problems with our new Fords...
My favorite picture that I took last year was of my 20 year old Dodge that isn't broken towing my three year old Chevy to the dealership because it's so fragged up our mechanics can't figure it out. Interestingly, they had it a week and couldn't fix anything. Told me to take pictures of the 4wd error message next time it comes up in the display. Technology may be great, some things may be improvements, but it isn't that great and it's getting harder to find even brand certified technicians that know how to work on the internal combustion vehicles we're still making, never mind the electric cars of tomorrow.
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Re: Lamont's policy groups recommend big changes for first 100 days
« Reply #56 on: January 09, 2019, 08:58:01 AM »
I'm going through a manufacturer buyback/lemon law with Jaguar/Land Rover right now because a brand new car has been in service since the 5th day of owning it. Infotainment problems, engine problems, etc.. etc...

Too much advanced crap that is released way too early and making us, the consumer be the beta tester.  :eyejack:
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Re: Lamont's policy groups recommend big changes for first 100 days
« Reply #57 on: January 09, 2019, 11:14:20 AM »
I daily-drive a GM 2500HD and insisted on the WT (base) trim at the dealer. I have power windows and AC, that’s about it. Manual-actuated transfer case. The last LS cast iron block still made, I think (L96). I have a growing collection of 97-01 Jeep Cherokees that I plan on always having at least one in restored condition as the daily driver through when I can’t drive anymore. If I had to get a car, I would absolutely get a Tesla. I’d like to not ever need to have a car, though.

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Re: Lamont's policy groups recommend big changes for first 100 days
« Reply #58 on: January 09, 2019, 06:05:24 PM »
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The company I work for bought five brand new 2018 Chevy 3500 Duramaxes last year. One of them has 950 miles on it now, check engine light is on. Another can't drive more than 50mi without going into regen. One of them literally has spent more time at the dealer than it has in our fleet. And to think, we switched to Chevy because we were having too many problems with our new Fords...
My favorite picture that I took last year was of my 20 year old Dodge that isn't broken towing my three year old Chevy to the dealership because it's so fragged up our mechanics can't figure it out. Interestingly, they had it a week and couldn't fix anything. Told me to take pictures of the 4wd error message next time it comes up in the display. Technology may be great, some things may be improvements, but it isn't that great and it's getting harder to find even brand certified technicians that know how to work on the internal combustion vehicles we're still making, never mind the electric cars of tomorrow.

The industry is already short thousands of technicians. To find ones that actually have a brain and critical thinking skills that want to work on cars/trucks is near impossible. Cars have gotten much more complicated the last 10 years. We have lost many skilled technicians in the last 10 years and the ones coming in are not capable. It will only get worse.

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Re: Lamont's policy groups recommend big changes for first 100 days
« Reply #59 on: January 09, 2019, 06:40:59 PM »
Not to mention what a PIA it is to work on cars these days everything is so tight to get to and a lot of trucks need the cab lifted to work on the engines. I'm glad I went the body side then left that for the upholstery part.

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Re: Lamont's policy groups recommend big changes for first 100 days
« Reply #60 on: January 09, 2019, 08:48:05 PM »
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I'm going through a manufacturer buyback/lemon law with Jaguar/Land Rover right now because a brand new car has been in service since the 5th day of owning it. Infotainment problems, engine problems, etc.. etc...

Too much advanced crap that is released way too early and making us, the consumer be the beta tester.  :eyejack:

I am not surprised but to be honest those vehicles have always been finicky and temperamental (Jags) and Range Rovers from the early days to present are noted for poor design/reliability. Now the "Series" Land Rovers were totally different machines, reliable, rugged, down right primitive, simple machines, they were much more of a farm tractor than an on the road car.
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Re: Lamont's policy groups recommend big changes for first 100 days
« Reply #61 on: January 14, 2019, 01:54:59 PM »
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The Gold Coast now runs pretty much the entire length of Long Island Sound. I am a Guilford taxpayer and while the town has always been "fancy", the waterfront has exploded in value in the last 20 years. Anything south of RT1 is in a different league. And yes, there is tremendous tax burden there- which they don't seem to have a problem with compared to the NYC metro. People will never leave there short of a tsunami hitting the reset button. New people move in all time- Madison, too.

But you can't subsidize the MASSIVE social service infrastructure of ex-industrial cities like Waterbury, Bridgeport, Hartford, Meriden, etc on pretty much nothing but the wealthy's state income tax liability, corporate tax, and sales tax. Soon most CT residents will be below the taxable income threshold for ANY tax liability (state or Federal). It's turning into a state of 1% executives and 99% minimum wage workers.

The cliche of the middle class leaving is totally true.

Pretty much hits the nail on the head. Smack dab in the middle class here, and soon as my son is out of high school (3.5 years) we are gone. Why stay and pay West Hartford taxes when I've got no kids in school, my income tax is going to go up, the State will try to take my property, and retirement here ten or 15 years from know will be completely unaffordable?

Family used to own waterfront summer property down in Fairfield until the mid '80s, when for a variety of reasons, we all got out of it - it wasn't really a money issue.  It's a whole different world down there now; and today is most certainly would be a money issue. The voters in Hartford, Bridgeport and New Haven will decide the State's fate, and the residents of the CT coast will pay for it.

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Re: Lamont's policy groups recommend big changes for first 100 days
« Reply #62 on: January 14, 2019, 09:11:29 PM »
I don’t know how this thread became a commentary on electric cars, but there seem to be a lot of misconceptions about them. I own a Gen1 Chevy Volt and a Tesla Model 3. Had a Chevy Spark EV for a little while too, mostly because it was virtually free after tax credits and had 400ft/lbs of torque.

The Volt is a PHEV (has an engine for backup) and is the best engineered car I’ve ever owned (always been a GM guy). It has 110,000 miles and hasn’t had an issue since new. Battery range is the same as when new. EV batteries don’t rapidly degrade like power tool batteries because they have thermal management systems and are never allowed to become under/overcharged.

The Tesla was expensive, though after state/federal credits it cost me less than $40k. People spend more than that on pickups these days. It’s an amazing car, especially since the regular software updates keep improving it. It easily goes 300 miles, and Tesla’s supercharger network lets me recharge in 30 minutes while I get a meal. At home I plug it in each night and let it charge overnight with off-peak electric rates. I never give the charge level a second thought. The instant torque and acceleration are also truly amazing.

I still own a gas SUV, but avoid driving it. Having to deal with an automatic transmission and regular refueling has become annoying.