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  1. Gideon

    Big Brother - Auto Manufacturers

    Map [with/without calibrated Compass] = "original GPS". Even with yearly updates, my Garmin GPS still gives false directions when I drive to my favorite campground [gone there the past 15+ yrs]. While good maps ARE best (my opinion), I do like the extra help of GPS for travel to/in unfamiliar or construction areas, and for time estimates. As the 'Owners Manual' says: electronics are NOT a substitute for driver resposibility & attentiveness ! As for my cell phone, its on but in sleep mode and all my family know I will not answer calls when driving !!
  2. Gideon

    Passengers seats or Cargo????

    What about a lower-cost cargo model and get it repainted by a reputable shop ??
  3. Something like this should have been under warranty or safety-recall. Although I'm canadian, I would have yelled for the NHTSA to get involved !!
  4. Gideon

    Big Brother - Auto Manufacturers

    BTW: If any of you use 'Wase' [gps app, if I didn't spell correctly], I hope you read the fine print in the 'user agreement' to see exactly what you allow the app (ie:company) to do with/to your info.
  5. Gideon

    Big Brother - Auto Manufacturers

    And god help you if you have a "smart speaker" or such at home. Their mics are ALWAYS ON, to hear-record-and pass on any & every thing !! My opinion: If a company is going to make money with MY personal info, then they should pay me for that priveledge !!
  6. Gideon

    How Do You Check Engine Hours?

    Fifty150 is absolutely right. I've always preferred to change all fluids and to have all else dble-checked by MY [not seller's] mechanic. Even trusted mechanics are human and could possibly have overlooked something, especially at busy garages where the mechanic may be interuppted at times.
  7. Gideon

    TPMS question

    I have many times in the past been alerted to tire 'problems' [and alignment] by paying attention to how the car handles [smooth, low/no traffic road]. One time a tire was off by just 4-5 lbs but it was enough for me to notice. I remember when my daughter was shopping for a car and liked the car but not its road 'manners'. Her description of its handling instigated a close look at the tires where 2 appeared low (visual). After getting the salesman to have the car serviced - he said they found the tires low - she tried the car again, and bought it.
  8. Gideon

    TPMS question

    At the risk of being "a pain in the b****", I will repeat: What is wrong with USING a $3 to $5 Tire Gauge and couple of minutes EASY work ??? Yes, ALL batteries eventually wear out.
  9. As I said before, CVT is great for small "eco-boxes" but not (yet) for medium/heavy duty. Notice that Nissan NV200 has smallest load capacity of the mini-vans [TC, City Ram, NV200] and NO trailer towing while TC & CityRam can tow 2000lbs. !!!
  10. BTW, for the new TCs with transmission problems, lets hope Ford isn't using the same software engineers as Boeing !! Off topic: with all the troubles of new aviation hdwe, interesting that Israeli air force still operates some C47s [last built in 1945 but with replaced engines].
  11. The most common CVTs are based on a Dutch patent (Van Doorne) - great for small light-duty cars, but not so for vans or heavy service. Before I got my 2016 TC, I looked at the nissan. Problems: 1. Only available as cargo models at the time. And only at Nissan 'commercial' dealers. 2. CVT uses specialized oil (Read: $$$$) and runs at somewhat higher rpms in order to gear-down to get decent torque. 3. Absolutely NO trailer-towing [I love summer camping in my tent-trailer]. My LWB 7-seat TC is just perfect for me. And the seat entry height was perfect for my son after his back surgery => no climbing nor crawling-in.
  12. Gideon


    Yes, load rating IS important. BUT you can always reduce the weight of all the 'junk' that ends up accumulating in our cars. Even standard (factory installed) tires can be destroyed by overloading the car. My 7-seat TC has never yet had a load equal to 7 people in it.
  13. My 2016 also starts honking if I use the key to get in AND am slow to put key into the ignition switch. Pressing the alarm button on key fob does shut the honking.
  14. Gideon

    TPMS question

    Generally prices here in Canada are higher than USA. That said, I have no problem using old-fashioned hand tire gauge and simply ignoring the TPMS warning in dash.
  15. My 2016 [Cdn] lock/unlock is same as PhotoAl's. 1 press for frt doors, dble press for all doors and key fob has separate button for rear liftgate only [does lock itself when closed].