The Car Thread ... !

Suture

macrumors 6502a
Feb 22, 2007
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We just picked up a 2020 Explorer, replacing a 2017 GMC Acadia Denali. The drive is much better with the RWD bias, and the extra room is a nice bonus. I like the steering. The ten-speed transmission seems okay so far.

Still not really a fan of their infotainment, but we use CarPlay all the time. One of the motors for the third row seating already killed itself somehow. I think it was only the second time we used it in the two weeks we've had it, and now it's stuck at a fixed angle, so we'll have to get that looked at. The cross traffic alert is a little sensitive. We've had it go off twice when parking, but there were no cars.

Still, we like it so far. I liked the Acadia, and I am pretty picky about SUVs since I prefer sportier cars.
 

Relentless Power

macrumors Nehalem
Jul 12, 2016
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We just picked up a 2020 Explorer, replacing a 2017 GMC Acadia Denali. The drive is much better with the RWD bias, and the extra room is a nice bonus. I like the steering. The ten-speed transmission seems okay so far.

Still not really a fan of their infotainment, but we use CarPlay all the time. One of the motors for the third row seating already killed itself somehow. I think it was only the second time we used it in the two weeks we've had it, and now it's stuck at a fixed angle, so we'll have to get that looked at. The cross traffic alert is a little sensitive. We've had it go off twice when parking, but there were no cars.

Still, we like it so far. I liked the Acadia, and I am pretty picky about SUVs since I prefer sportier cars.
Savage Geese on YouTube, put out a pretty brutal review of the 2020 Ford Explorer. He hits on some really key elements that is true about the design, infotainment center, and overall drivability that I agreed with. The only reason I’m interested in the ST model, isn’t necessarily just because it’s ‘larger’ more expensive model, but it offers possibly everything that checks all the boxes for me with the more powerful TT 3L, you can even opt for massaging seats if you want for the driver side passenger, and of course the brake/wheel package, technology package, etc.

I’m like you, when I purchase my vehicles, I don’t want anything ‘base/entry’ level, I want the highest trim in terms of ‘sport features’ offered. Once you have amenities like heated cooled everything, remote start, leather, performance dynamic packages ect, it’s really hard to revert backwards to anything less from my experience, which is why I don’t have a problem paying for more features that adds up in the long run to enhance my driving experience, both with the power and luxury features.

Edit:

Oh, and you’re completely right about the 10 speed transmission. I totally overlooked that when I was discussing the Explorer on the previous page, it really does make a difference in terms Of the driving factors, Ford Corroborated with GM of the 10 speed addition, and they did a really nice job, which cross-planes over to the new 18 GT & up/Camaro.
 

Matz

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Apr 25, 2015
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Forgive me, as I also have a long post.

A few months ago I floated the idea of supercharging my ‘14 Charger R/T AWD, and got some helpful comments and suggestions on this thread, mostly around buying a Scat Pack rather than modifying my R/T.

As was pointed out, the most reasonable alternative was, and is, a Scat Pack. For me that would mean a used one, as I simply cannot justify spending the $$ for a new one at this point in my life. Moreover, finding a clean SP with the options I want (and have on my R/T) is a fairly daunting task, at least based on my searches on Autotrader. And the SP doesn’t come with AWD.

So after much thought and additional research, I’ve pretty much decided on supercharging my R/T, most likely using a Whipple, with a dyno tune, which should yield ~500hp at the wheels. I’ve reached out to several shops in Virginia, and settled on National Speed in Richmond. While not the least expensive, of the shops I’ve consulted they have been the most communicative, reached out to me by phone and email, and provided a detailed estimate. They have also done a bunch of Mopars.

Apparently my earlier impression of needing new pistons and a beefier bottom end to accommodate the SC with the suggested tune was unfounded. That dropped my estimated cost by about half.

Their take is that given my goal for this car of having a decent amount of power, while remaining reliable and suitable for daily driving, non-track use, I don’t really need to make any other mods. The R/T brakes and suspension are fine for spirited street use. It already has a pretty good exhaust system, which has an understated rumble at idle and is not obnoxious at WOT. It has nearly all of the options I want. There are comparatively few AWD Charger R/Ts, and very, very few supercharged ones. That appeals to me.

They are not trying to upsell me on anything; the only suggestion they made was to consider larger tires, but said that even those were not strictly necessary.

So I’m going to pay a visit to National Speed in the next couple of weeks, to get a better sense of the place and of the people. If I like what I see and hear, I’ll give them a deposit and schedule the work. I’ll report back on how that goes.