Because Ford needed something to show California they were seriously *trying* to meet that state's ZEV sales requirements (that were later suspended/rescinded). Note that CA didn't require automakers to *offer* ZEVs, they were intending to require automakers to ensure a percentage of *sales* in that state were ZEVs.… » 9/12/14 10:43am Friday 10:43am

I see at least 3 different 2WD Wranglers regularly during my short (6 mile) commute here in outer NW Houston. One has 24s and O-ring tires, because nothing says "capable off-roader" like a wheel/tire combo that dings the rim running over anything larger or stiffer than a cigarette butt.

The only good use for a 2WD… » 9/11/14 3:01pm Thursday 3:01pm

Patrick, I think your opening line is a bit off. The jury found Barajas did NOT kill Banda. If they had found he had, he could have been convicted of anything ranging from manslaughter to the capital murder he was charged with.

Additionally, they found *fragments* of *a* bullet they think *might* be a .357 Magnum, but… » 8/28/14 10:43am 8/28/14 10:43am

Having spent a significant portion of my life pulling trailers up mountains in diesel trucks to test cooling systems, I'll suggest that the trans features you want are:

- A well-matched 2nd gear and 3rd gear (since we're talking about 6-speeds) to the engine and rear gear/tire size.

- 2nd gear torque converter lockup… » 8/04/14 4:14pm 8/04/14 4:14pm

Back before the State of Arizona widened the road up from Davis Dam, and in the process lopped some off the summit AND de-sloped it, I towed a lot of trailers up that grade doing cooling system testing. Yeah, a 3-mile stretch isn't exactly earth-shattering. Show me a GCWR tow at the posted speed limit in 100F ambient… » 7/23/14 10:17am 7/23/14 10:17am