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    Rented a 2017 Mustang Ecoboost for vacation.

    I had the car for 7 days and put about 800 miles on it. Thought I'd share some of my thoughts since driving it. Pros: Looks: The car looks sharp. I had mixed feelings when the 2015 debuted. The styling won me over. There might be a lot of them on the road, but it looks good in my opinion...
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    Trying to teach someone to drive stick...

    Just to start off, I am 31 years old. My first vehicle was a 1986 Corolla with a manual transmission. So for the past 15-16 years I have been driving stick. I remember my dad trying to teach me and it was frustrating and nerve racking for both of us. Everyone learns differently over the years...
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    Streaks left after using leather seat wipes.

    I'm not too crazy with detailing but I do like to make sure my leather seats are wiped down with some sort of conditioning wipes. I've been using Mequires leather seat wipes and certain parts of the seats always have a still wet shine to them that just looks lousy. It eventually goes away but...
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    Let's talk and rate new car interior quality.

    Hey everyone, I thought it would be fun to have a discussion about interior quality and layouts from new vehicles and manufacturers. In just the past 8 years or so I would say vehicle's interior quality and attention to detail made huge progress, especially with domestics and Korean...
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    Preventative Maintenance, follow the manual?

    Just looking for some advice from my fellow OCD BITOG members. I'm about to change the cabin and air filter on the ST and while looking at the scheduled maintenance I noticed that Ford really doesn't list too much. 20k - cabin filter 30k - air filter 100k - coolant change 100k - spark plugs...
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    Good day to wash some cars.

    No waxing today, but a quick wash for the hatch and van. This was the Grand Caravan's first wash since we bought it! lol Ford's Race Red always looks good after a simple wash and really pops. It's almost orange in direct sun. <a...
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    Focus ST, Accident and 2-Year Follow-up

    I've been meaning to post about this, but I have just been a little too busy to get around to it. Our Focus ST just hit it's 2nd year of ownership. Overall, I have nothing different to say from year one. The car is a blast to drive, even if it hopping around from my kid's school or the...
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    Advice for a new truck for my father.

    So my dads 2000 S10 has finally come to a time in it's life where it needs to be replaced. 16 hard years and 375k on the odometer... $14k well spent in my opinion. Anyway, I am helping him shop and I'm looking for all suggestions. My dad is a very simple man. Uses his truck for his career...
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    2015 Dodge Grand Caravan

    Hey guys, lots happening the last few months (purchased our first home, ST got in an accident, etc, etc) but being BITOG I thought I'd start here. We picked up a new 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan. I have a friend who works at a local dealership and I asked him about some of the incentives Dodge had...
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    2003 Nissan Pathfinder or 2006 Buick Rendezvous?

    Hey guys, I am at work and my wife is looking at two vehicles. We have a friend who works at a used auto shop who is willing to sell us these vehicles after inspection for 4,000 dollars. I am just looking for general feedback on here before she checks them out later today. You guys have all...
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    1989 Chevy S10 for $800. Good buy?

    This is for a friend. Was going to go check the truck out and was just asking for any feedback since this site always has so much knowledge on just about any vehicle. The truck would only be used for light hauling and various to-do stuff. Not going to be used as a daily. <a...
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    A little over 1 year with the Focus ST.

    So after about 1 year and 15,000 miles, I thought I would jot down a few things about the ST. - Two warranty issues popped up pretty quickly after delivery. 1. The third brake light on the spoiler wasn't sealed properly and filling with water. It would dry out, but the condensation would...
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    Sister's 2011 VW Jetta = Wrecked

    My sis was in an accident (her fault) and her 2011 Jetta was totaled. Both her and the driver hit were perfectly fine. <a href="http://smg.photobucket.com/user/booloobunny/media/20140926_123937.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img...
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    Anyone looking to get the new 2015 GTI?

    I haven't seen one on the road yet, but it definitely looks pretty nice IMO. The extra power in this new generation is a nice welcome as well. Reviews have been very positive, even though it seems most car mags are a little biased towards VW/Audi. Anyway, if anyone gets one please post some...
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    Washed the ST today.

    This is my first red car. Surprised with how clean it looks just from a wash! And even when it's filthy it doesn't look too bad! Used my Galaxy S5 for the pics. <img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-zsztq-wrRgk/U8CE-1esjpI/AAAAAAAAEfg/FSg4BJUZ7xo/w1019-h764-no/20140711_183544.jpg"...
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    Mildew smell after conditioning leather seats...

    So the Focus ST has leather seats. Besides the Z28 (which I don't believe was even real leather) I never owned a car with leather seats. I picked up a combo pack of leather seat cleaner and conditioner that reviews really well on amazon. The stuff seems like it works well but After a couple...
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    2009 BMW 3 series.

    I know I could search and search and find some things, but there's so many BMW people on here that a quick response would be really helpful. My co worker just bought a 2009 3 series BMW. I am not sure of the exact model. She just told me picked it up since her friend works a dealership and...
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    2014 Focus ST

    Girlfriend had a Civic Si leased through work. She recently got a better job, only downside with the job change is no more Civic Si. After driving that thing for a year or so she wanted to stay with something that was fun and relatively sporty. She has always been interested in cars and can...
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    Best 5w-30 for a DI Turbo engine?

    Friend picked up a new car and knows I read up on this site pretty much every day. I did a lot of searching but I am just looking to narrow down what I suggest, since he will pretty much follow my choice and stick with it. Low NOACK is what many suggest, with that being said I would say PU...
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    2014 Mustang GT info?

    Me and my other half enjoy driving, so we are considering something as a fun vehicle to add to the garage. I do miss driving a big V8 and after doing a lot of research, the Mustang seems to be the most praised when it comes to comfort, visibility, performance and overall practicality for...
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