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questinator 387 posts  |  Last Activity: 6 hours ago Member since: Jan 9, 2011
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  • questinator questinator 6 hours ago Flag

    Business Insider
    Apr. 27, 2016, 9:30 PM

    Problems with Tesla's Model X
    •The issues start with the model’s signature “falcon wing doors” that use multiple hinges to open up and close. Customers have complained about the doors hitting other objects as they open, even though the doors feature sensors to help them avoid any obstructions. Customers have also complained about the vehicle’s front doors and windows refusing to open at times.
    •The car’s 17-inch dashboard screen has also reportedly been freezing on some customers. This is a major problem because Tesla centralizes so many of the car’s controls on the dashboard touchscreen.
    •The Model X features a large angled windshield that has given some drivers double vision, an effect known as “ghosting” that has been reported with other vehicles like the Toyota Prius.
    •Tesla also had to recently recall all of the Model X vehicles it has delivered because of concerns that the third row of seats might collapse forward in an accident after tests conducted by EU regulators.

    Tesla had to delay the delivery of the first Model X vehicles because of design and production problems, particularly with the falcon wing doors. These kinds of faults could be a much bigger issue for Tesla down the road as it grows into a major auto manufacturer if it doesn’t improve its production and quality control processes.

    So what is your reference for your case?


  • questinator questinator 7 hours ago Flag

    "Dinosaurs had to die to make natural gas."

    From the US Energy Information Administration:

    Millions of years ago, the remains of plants and animals (diatoms) decayed and built up in thick layers, sometimes mixed with sand and silt. Over time, these layers were buried under sand, silt, and rock. Pressure and heat changed some of this organic material into coal, some into oil (petroleum), and some into natural gas. In some places, the natural gas moved into large cracks and spaces between layers of overlying rock.

    Not dinosaurs. At least you chose the right alias to use.


  • questinator questinator 7 hours ago Flag

    By Whitney Miller | Updated: Sun 10:37 PM, Jan 10, 2016

    ROBERTSON COUNTY - Residents who live near an Atmos gas line that exploded Saturday afternoon in Robertson County, are now free to go back into their homes.

    According to Robertson County Sheriff's Office, the fire was put out just before 9 p.m. Saturday, lifting the evacuation request.

    The explosion was especially scary for a father and son who were just yards away from the pipeline when it blew.

    James Nunn tells KBTX he and his son were hunting deer around 4 p.m. when they heard the pipe blow.

    “I grabbed Junior and said get out the stand and run!” said Nunn. “When the gas ignited it knocked me off my feet." Nunn said he hit his face on the ground when he landed.

    KSLA News (no date available)
    Pipeline Explosion Lights Up East Texas Sky

    The Harrison County Sheriff's Office says Sunday night a pipeline leaking natural gas exploded after a car drove over that leak, which was part of the Texas Gas Gathering Company .
    Two people in that car were injured and taken to LSU Hospital.
    The explosion shook homes and businesses just north of Waskom Texas at around 7:30 Sunday night. Most of the surround area was evacuated. Renae Holbert, who lives near the pipeline, described what she saw. "I ran outside. We thought it was a train and then the next thing we knew the whole sky just lit up."
    This is the second natural gas explosion in Harrison County this year. The first happened in May.

    Need more?


  • Reply to

    Ford and GM not car stocks?

    by centerman307 May 2, 2016 1:03 PM
    questinator questinator 7 hours ago Flag

    LOL, that's why I have you on ignore. Just checking.

    Automotive News | May 2, 2016 - 12:01 am EST
    DETROIT -- Since 2011, Ford Motor Co. has earned pretax profits totaling $45 billion in North America. It lost $1.8 billion in the rest of the world.

    And North America's position as Ford's profit driver keeps getting stronger. In an interview at the automaker's global headquarters Friday, April 29, Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, noted that the region has achieved record profits in three out of four quarters. Its first-quarter operating margin, announced last week, was an unprecedented 12.9 percent.

    You spin about history, I talk about current events. Back to ignore. I wasted too much time already.


  • questinator questinator 7 hours ago Flag

    So, have you nothing to say about that news event?

    "Pipelines have never killed anyone."

    Well, it didn't take me long to find that article. What is your response to posting misinformation?


  • Reply to

    Ford just don't know how to hype

    by mead2014 May 1, 2016 3:55 PM
    questinator questinator 14 hours ago Flag

    Ah, your vocabulary illustrates your intellect.....or lack thereof.

    One could say Ford was "cooking the books" before the change. Previously, gains and losses on pension and retiree benefit plans would not be stated in their entirety in the year they happened, like you and I would have to do. They were instead averaged across a number of years to reduce their impact.

    Now Ford states the gains and losses in the year they happen, like you and I would have to do.

    So, when you try to twist that around in a way to fit your agenda, instead of seeing it the way it is, you show why your vocabulary is what it is too.


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    by billmosley38 16 hours ago
    questinator questinator 14 hours ago Flag

    "...the glass house is getting remodeled and share holders are getting duped for another year. That about sum's it up."

    That's all that's happening with the rebuilding of the campus? New furniture, wallpaper, and carpet in the WHQ building?


  • DEARBORN, Mich., – Ford Motor Company’s U.S. sales increased 4 percent in April versus a year ago, with 231,316 vehicles sold. Retail sales also grew 3 percent, driving the company’s best April retail results since 2006.

    Ford SUV sales totaled 65,474 vehicles last month – the best April in company history. Explorer drove the gains, reporting a 22 percent increase versus a year ago.

    Ford F-150 – the only truck to earn an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick – helped lift F-Series sales 13 percent with 70,774 trucks sold. This is the second month in a row F-Series surpassed 70,000 sales, marking their best April performance in 11 years.

    “We saw strong consumer demand in April, especially for pickups,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “F-Series has moved past the quarter million sales mark year to date – the strongest start for F-Series in a decade, while Ford brand SUVs are having their best year ever.”

    Ford brand average transaction pricing for the full lineup is up $1,500 compared to a year ago and $700 higher versus the industry average increase, thanks to a strong mix of high-end series trucks and SUVs.

    Total Ford van sales reached 23,221 – the company’s best April van results in 38 years. Transit sales climbed 32 percent last month with 14,381 vans sold.

    Overall, Lincoln sales jumped 20 percent with 9,776 vehicles sold. Lincoln MKX saw a 94 percent gain, driving overall Lincoln brand SUV sales to a 53 percent increase last month with 6,985 vehicles sold.

    When Ford stated Q1 earnings the market was down and Ford stock went up. We thought this may be te beginning of positive reaction to positive news. The next day the stock dropped like usual on good news.

    Today, great news again, market is down, Ford is down. Nothing new there, unfortunately.


  • Reply to

    Ford just don't know how to hype

    by mead2014 May 1, 2016 3:55 PM
    questinator questinator May 2, 2016 11:03 PM Flag

    I guess not.


  • questinator questinator May 2, 2016 3:22 PM Flag

    Hhmm.....only Obama or Hilary can read? I should think not. Choose to ignore reality that is in front of you. Yeah, must be you.


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    Lincoln's Doing a Great Job

    by greatday43 Apr 25, 2016 10:29 AM
    questinator questinator May 2, 2016 3:14 PM Flag

    Have you seen the refreshed MKZ at the car shows?


  • questinator questinator May 2, 2016 3:03 PM Flag

    Posted May 2, 2016 at 10:30 AM
    Updated at 1:13 PM

    Spectra Energy pipeline explodes in western Pa.

    Homes damaged, one man burned in explosion of Spectra Energy pipeline. The company is one of the firms planning to build the NEXUS pipeline across Stark and Summit counties.

    GREENSBURG, Pa. Six of nine families have been allowed to return to their homes two days after a natural gas pipeline exploded into a fireball in western Pennsylvania.

    Spectra Energy Corp. of Houston is working with three other families whose homes were too badly damaged by Friday's explosion to return after the evacuation order was lifted Sunday.

    That happened after crews drained pressurized gas from three nearby pipelines owned by the same company. That's a precaution needed for crews to begin determining how the fourth line blew up about 8:15 a.m. Friday in Salem Township.

    Twenty-six-year-old James Baker's home was damaged and he was burned trying to escape the area. He remained in critical condition Monday at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

    The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is investigating.

    Spectra said the 30-inch-diameter pipeline was built in 1981. The last internal inspection was in 2012 and revealed no areas needing repair or remediation, according to the company.

    I respectfully disagree.


  • Reply to

    Ford and GM not car stocks?

    by centerman307 May 2, 2016 1:03 PM
    questinator questinator May 2, 2016 3:00 PM Flag

    Sales of Ford's Medium Duty trucks were up about 25% last year, and are on target to exceed that this year. Lots of overtime.


  • Reply to

    Ford just don't know how to hype

    by mead2014 May 1, 2016 3:55 PM
    questinator questinator May 2, 2016 3:06 AM Flag

    Do you even know what that accounting change is?

    Market Watch
    Jan 7, 2016 8:04 a.m. ET

    Ford Motor Co. is changing how it accounts for pension plans, a move that should boost company earnings, makes profitability in Europe more likely and better represents the health of the automotive group's underlying performance.

    The change would put Ford's results on a more equal footing with General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's U.S. division, which had past pension losses wiped away in bankruptcy.

    The auto maker said Thursday it is shifting to "mark-to-market" accounting for pension and retiree-benefit plans. That means Ford will recognize gains and losses from the plans in the earnings of years when they occur, instead of its current practice of gradually "smoothing" them into its results over a number of years.

    "...Ford may soon restate profit."

    Why would that happen? They made the change in December 2015 and it changed previous numbers going back to 2011, including 2015. It accounted for an additional $1.5 billion in 2015's earnings.

    2016 is a clean slate with the new accounting method. There is no need to restate anything as 2016 will already be done with accounting AFTER the change.

    The previous accounting method "...gradually smoothed them into its results over a number of years" THEM are pension gains or losses. So, now instead of artificially making the books look better by averaging losses across a number of years, Ford will just be posting the pension gains or losses in the same year they occur. This is straight up without any accounting trickery.

    So no, it is not hype. Ford's earnings for Q1 2016 were phenomenal.


  • questinator questinator May 2, 2016 2:46 AM Flag

    Well, this story isn't much better than your last one about your neighbor's Mustang.

    Ford does not have a towing service. You can get roadside service with your car, but it won't be a Ford owned vehicle that comes to your aid.


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    by adrian_whapcaplet Apr 27, 2016 1:00 PM
    questinator questinator Apr 30, 2016 12:37 PM Flag

    "Funny, this reminds me of my Dad. He wouldn't buy a car with power windows or air conditioning for just this reason."

    One day we all turn into our fathers, don't we? ;) It was really funny when my son told me when he realized he was saying the exact same thing I said to him when he was a kid. He didn't like that at all, lol.

    I forgot about the heated seats. Yup, that is really nice when it is -6 and you have to wait for the engine to warm up to get heat.


  • questinator questinator Apr 30, 2016 12:23 PM Flag

    See what I mean? LOL.


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    by adrian_whapcaplet Apr 27, 2016 1:00 PM
    questinator questinator Apr 29, 2016 8:28 PM Flag

    The only thing I've bothered to learn about with the SYNC in my Focus is the hands free phone use. I just haven't had much interest in learning the rest of it. It doesn't really serve me in any way. I really like the hands free, voice activated phone though.

    I've not seen the Mercedes you are talking about, though I am very aware of the Chinese rear seat riding of rich Chinamen. Then again, luxury cars are not my preferred segment.


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    I Don't Understand Analyst's Analysis

    by cheblammo Apr 29, 2016 2:22 PM
    questinator questinator Apr 29, 2016 8:19 PM Flag

    I think they used common core math.

    I am still wondering how horrible news (Greece) can send the market plummeting, then a week later it can go up and up, even though the horrible news is not different, then a few months later it seems like........oh! They just remembered, things are still terrible in Greece, and the market plunges again because someone brings it up again. Now, all that time NOTHING had changed in Greece, yet "thinking" of Greece is what drops the market.

    That is insanity.


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    Ford to Shut F-150 Truck Factory for a Week !

    by orliskas Apr 28, 2016 5:08 PM
    questinator questinator Apr 29, 2016 8:02 PM Flag

    LOL, yeah, yeah, I know. It's my Zen research I've done. I can only live in reality. It's all anyone can do. Sure, there are those who deny it, but that doesn't change reality.


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