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  1. 4DThinker

    Chrysler to fight Ford compact van with Fiat Doblo

    LOL. As one of six kids, and one who always had the pleasure of riding in the back facing 3rd row of whatever Dodge wagon my Dad had for a family hauler, I won't deny any of your claims. There was always one sister who HAD to sit in front with the parents or would get sick in any other seat. And rather than anger following cars with gestures, the usual goal was to get a wave or honk from them. Most would comply with a smile, as we must have been cute kids for my parents to keep us. Kids will throw up and it is usually because they are sick. They do it often enough in front facing seats now to prove that point. What WILL prevent rear facing seats are the safety regs. Every kid has to be strapped in with a 5-point harness now, It's amazing we survived at all, since I don't remember seat belts in those 60s era rear seats. We never had a booster seat for sure, but often the small ones were allowed to sit on the thick family dictionary for a higher point of view. I say let kids be kids. If your inclination is to shoot at kids in other cars that make gestures at you, I suggest you seek counciling fast.
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    Chrysler to fight Ford compact van with Fiat Doblo

    If the designers could come up with a rear-facing rear seat like 60's era stations wagons had, and make it retro-fit into existing XLTs, they might have something. Access would be best through the rear doors. Best place for grade-schoolers to sit/play IMO.
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    TC News

    That "saves money over its life span" argument is fine, but hard to swallow when there is $35,000 to make up over a gas model. Right now gas is $2.70ish where I live, but I'll offer $3.50 for this calculation. The electric TC will have a 70 mile practical range. Lets use 40 as the daily miles for 10,000 a year or so. My gas TC is getting 20.1mpg in town so far. We'll use 20. 40 miles at $3.50 each 20 consumes $7.00 each day. That 35,000 will run my TC 5000 days, or 13.7 years. If I keep either just 10 years (long for me) I'll have burned up $25,500 or so in gas, with $9,500 left for oil changes and gas engine related maintenance. Someone will need to provide maintenance cost for electric drive systems over 10 years. It can't be $0. Every penny spent to keep the electric TC running also increases its total cost. Electricity isn't free. Tires still wear out. Electric motors wear out. This is the same math hybrid vehicle makers have to deal with, and you don't see hyrbids being prices 3x the price of gas versions. $60k may see a few vehicles sold, but nobody will be "saving" money over the long haul at that price.
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    SF Bay Area, California

    Great post. Welcome! I'm loving my TC too. My Wife had it all day yesterday for a video shoot, and the video crew was enamored of it. They started throwing their gear in it rather than their own sedans as they moved from site to site.
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    TPMS Sensors

    I wouldn't muck with the rear pressure, as it is 49 for a reason. The TC is tall and will hold 1600 lbs in the back. I'm sure the high pressure is to keep the TC from leaning over much in cornering. You'll also see your mileage go down.
  6. Looks like it took a beefier pin to solve the original problem. I'll agree they are an aesthetic downgrade though. 4D
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    In-Dash Computer

    I had a bad case of alternator noise after they installed my small amp and rear speaker, but only through the rear speaker and not the front. Noise filters wouldn't solve the problem. I eventually traced it to interference on all the low level line outs provided by my Pioneer. The high power speaker outs didn't show have any noise. I solved it by having the installer use the high power outs and an adapter to convert them to line-out levels to feed my amp. After some reflation, I think it could have been solved with a DC power line filter, as the noise was clearly alternator hum that changed pitch as the engine changed RPMs, coming into my head unit through the 12v power feed.
  8. 60k is what I've heard before, and although the technology behind the electric TC is more expensive than that of a gas version, a 60k price sure sounds like they really don't want to sell the electric version. I don't mind paying an early adopter penalty, but at 3x the price of a gas TC I can hear Ford claiming "The public just doesn't want electric vehicles" when they cancel the program. How about trading me? I'll throw in my nearly new XLT wagon with a $1500 A/V upgrade and under 1000 miles, and offer another $25k cash for an electric XLT.
  9. Have you got one to sell? If I hadn't already given up and bought a gas version I'd be writing you a check right now. The biggest problem I seem to have is location. I keep reading that the electric vehicles are being only sent to target markets (big cities) and my small midwest town is out of luck. I had to travel just to find the blue connects I bought, as my local Ford dealer was only getting van versions to sell, claiming they had no demand for a wagon version. I took my demand elsewhere.
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    BedRug Flooring Options

    I wonder if they make a rug for just just the cargo area behind the rear passenger seats in the wagon version.
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    In-Dash Computer

    It certainly looks like that PDF was put together by an engineer with no communication skills. I've seen the wire harness and back of the CD unit and don't think I could deduce what is intended within that document. Anyway, Good luck!
  12. 4DThinker

    6000CD radio

    There are unused pins which may be for an Auxiliary in/out that connects to the external Nokia bluetooth module. Other than for the power/speaker pinouts I have no info on which of the other pins are what. Sorry.
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    In-Dash Computer

    I feel your pain, sort of. I had my OEM CD unit replaced with a Pioneer 7" nav unit and also lost the Aux-in capability. My unit had an Aux-in, but it wasn't available through the Pioneer wire harness adapter needed to connect to the TC's harness. What I got instead was an iPod/iPhone dedicated dock cable that does let me play music and videos off the iPhone when connected. I don't know the computer's wiring, but the AUX wires ARE available in the harness. It just may take a clever installer to trace them, pull them from the adapter, and connect them to the specific aux-in of your computer.
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    New Head unit Fitted

    I've had my head unit replaced, and nothing has happened to the AC. Nothing related that I can tell, unless the installer tapped the AC circuit for your new unit. Shouldn't have needed to with the right wiring harness though. Yes, new door speakers and rears will help tremendously. I put Pioneer's flagship unit in mine, along with alpines 5.25" speakers in the doors and alpine 6x9s in the reat door panels.
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    Pioneer AVIC-U310BT

    something I discovered about my Pioneer head unit that may be a problem for other pioneer products: Mine has both amplified and line-level outputs for speakers. When I added an amp and rear speakers, we used the line-outs to the amp. The front speakers used the powered outputs through the TC's harness. With the unit on, the rear speakers produced a distracting buzz that increases in frequency relative to increases in the engine RPM. Alternator noise. - to try and eliminate this noise, we replaced my cheap old amp with a new modern one. Didn't help. - We ran a new RCA cable. The original followed the power cable to the amp. Didn't help. - We added a noise filter, once at the amp end and once at the head unit end. Didn't help. - Finally we abandoned the line-outs and used the rear speaker out from the Pioneer. We also added a speaker/line-level adapter between the head unit and amp. Problem solved. Noise eliminated. Apparently the amped side of the Pioneer is well shielded against noise, but the un-amped side is NOT. The noise was being picked up off the DC line feed to the Pioneer, and affects all line-outs. 4D