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    Posted: 08 Sep 2005 at 9:26am
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[br]That's interesting, GMU. What do you drive?
My whole fleet does its best at 55 MPH(right down to my riding lawn mower), which is according to consumer reports the speed at which the EPA determines your "sticker" economy.

Since there are 80K miles on the Durango, I'm going to try the oxygen sensor next, followed by a set of Michelins rather than the obnoxious off-road tires the Durango comes with from the factory.

A 25 MPG 5.9L SUV would be cool.


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Holy Crap your tires have lasted 80K miles? That's insane.....
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[br]that's nice, just stay out of the FAST lane mmmkay??



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Hah, like you got a fast car. [:D]
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check out Consumer Reports for tire recommendations. There's plenty of less costly brands that beat Mich on price, handling, endurance, road noise, etc. I used their recommendation last time and bought a brand I'd only heard of very rarely. Pleased with them.

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SOV because you can, HOV because you care!
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That's interesting, GMU. What do you drive?
My whole fleet does its best at 55 MPH(right down to my riding lawn mower), which is according to consumer reports the speed at which the EPA determines your "sticker" economy.

Since there are 80K miles on the Durango, I'm going to try the oxygen sensor next, followed by a set of Michelins rather than the obnoxious off-road tires the Durango comes with from the factory.

A 25 MPG 5.9L SUV would be cool.


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[br]Lessee, Ford has made the Escape, Explorer, Expedition and Excursion.

I think their next one, had we not hit this "bump in the road" with prices at the pump, would've been called the Excessive.

I'm not anti-SUV as long as it's 4WD capable and used accordingly with a full load of folks onboard. Never did understand having them on the highway solely. A Lexus or Cadillac SUV makes NO sense to me, but then I'm fairly dense when it comes to such things.





Well, it's this time of year that my baby gets used the most - for tailgating OF COURSE! GO SKINS! [;)]



Hell yeah PanaRican, good to see the Skins still have a contingent in DC. I was beginning to think it was all Dallas and Philly fans round here.
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Originally posted by N_or_S_bound
[br]Lessee, Ford has made the Escape, Explorer, Expedition and Excursion.

I think their next one, had we not hit this "bump in the road" with prices at the pump, would've been called the Excessive.

I'm not anti-SUV as long as it's 4WD capable and used accordingly with a full load of folks onboard. Never did understand having them on the highway solely. A Lexus or Cadillac SUV makes NO sense to me, but then I'm fairly dense when it comes to such things.





Well, it's this time of year that my baby gets used the most - for tailgating OF COURSE! GO SKINS! [;)]
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NoSB: Here's the recall notice from the Washington Post:

Ford Recalls 3.8 Million Pickups, SUVs

By Ken Thomas
Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005; 1:03 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday recalled 3.8 million pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles for a cruise control switch suspected of causing engine fires. It is the fifth largest auto industry recall in U.S. history.

Ford said the recall of 1994-2002 model-year vehicles includes the company's hot-selling F-150 pickup truck, Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator and Ford Broncos. The company said it would start sending out recall notices to vehicle owners immediately.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the No. 2 U.S.-based automaker have been investigating complaints of engine fires linked to the switch.

NHTSA has received more than 550 complaints of engine fires from the cruise control switch. There have been allegations of three deaths in cases cited in news reports or lawsuits in Iowa, Georgia and Arkansas.

The affected vehicles include: 1994-2002 model F-150s, 1997-2002 Expeditions, 1998-2002 Navigators and 1994-1996 Broncos equipped with factory-installed speed control.

"We have a solution that fixes the problem and we're confident that this is going to be the right remedy," said Ford spokeswoman Kristen Kinley.

Ford said its inquiry found that brake fluid could leak through the cruise control's deactivation switch into the system's electrical components, leading to potential corrosion. The corrosion could lead to a buildup of electrical current which could cause overheating and a fire.

Dealers will install a fused wiring harness to act as a circuit breaker in the system. The company said the harness would cut off electrical current to the switch if the current increases.

The concerns over the engine fires led to a recall in January of nearly 800,000 vehicles from the 2000 model year.

The Ford F-series truck has been the best-selling full-size pickup for nearly three decades. In July, when the company offered its employee discount to all buyers, Ford's F-series set a record for the highest monthly sales of any vehicle since the 1920s with total sales of 126,905 trucks, or an average 4,880 each day for the 26 sales days that month.

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I have tried this too and Really I didn't notice any difference in gas consumption. I set the cruise at 60, 75 and 85 (when on travel)

My gas mileage remained 31 miles per gallon
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Originally posted by MDC
[br]To save the most gas, we should all get hybrids and start/stop the whole way in. I think if we kept the speed down around 10mph max, we could use almost no gas.


To save the most gas, best not to travel at all! Of course, that's just as dumb. Or is it?
Thanks again, MDC, for admitting that hybrids are better than conventional cars.
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[br]DHACIM,
I do not charge people, I accept tips.

Why do you and so many others try so hard to demonstrate your ignorance?


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Accepting tips for a service in which you are already getting paid for with your time, which hopefully is worth more than $3 to you.

Sorry, didn't mean to start an arguement over semantics.
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