Hyundai Genesis: Rear-wheel drive? What!?

Discussion in 'Hyundai Genesis' started by Thee Chicago Wolf, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. Thee Chicago Wolf

    Matt Whiting Guest

    Nobody NEEDS a TV, or a private house, or large tracts of land (unless
    you are a farmer), etc. So you are saying the government should decide
    what we need and don't need and place us all in small publicly owned
    apartments, give us a bicycle to ride to work, etc. I think that was
    tried once or twice already. The outcome wasn't pretty...

    Matt Whiting, May 4, 2007
  2. Thee Chicago Wolf

    Matt Whiting Guest

    Sorry, I just can't subscribe to your socialist and communist approach.
    And how is a senior citizens income fixed and mine isn't? Do you
    think I can just walk into my boss's office and demand a raise because
    gas prices went up? Actually, my parent's SS cost of living increases
    have outstripped my annual increases for several years now...

    Matt Whiting, May 4, 2007
  3. Thee Chicago Wolf

    pdp11 Guest

    Not from where I sit. The fact is that cars that got in the range of
    50 miles per gallon were available decades ago for people who wanted
    them. They did not use batteries or highly-complex hybrid drivetrains.
    Thus it is difficult to consider today's hybrids to be a particularly
    remarkable or useful achievement.

    It's hard to judge participants' age in a forum such as this but you
    sound a little wet behind the ears yet.
    It's good enough for me. What anyone else does is their own business.
    ("New" and "improved" are not necessarily the same thing.)
    Adjusted for the rate of overall price increases in other commodities,
    gasoline is no more expensive today than it was 40 years ago.
    Due to limited supply and high prices Europeans have always had
    smaller cars at least since the end of World War II, even before
    specific fuel economy standards were developed. (Remember the BMW

    Your desire for more government control over our lives is very
    disconcerting. Perhaps you misunderstand the nature of government as
    an institution. It is in fact a system of force and plunder, not one
    of compassion and service, and needs to be kept strictly under control
    for personal freedom to exist.
    Who are you to determine what is a "poor" decision, and to forcibly
    impose your values on everyone around you?

    By the way, we are nowhere near "running out of oil" (a cry I've been
    hearing for at least 50 years now). Particularly when sources like tar
    sands are taken into account, there is enough to last for centuries
    and there are large deposits in North America. No doubt alternative
    energy sources will ultimately be developed, but the immediate need is
    to develop new sources of oil and build new refineries, not to find a
    You have not made a convincing case as to why the year is of any

    I prefer a vehicle that is reliable, simple to work on, and easy to
    maintain. Air bags are not needed (they are merely a supplement to
    seat belts, and were introduced because people were not buckling up),
    and antilock brakes etc. are no substitute for driver skill. It is
    also questionable how well those systems will perform over the long
    term, as the vehicle gets to be 10, 15, 20 years old or more. If you
    want those features that's your business, I have no interest in
    You are the one looking to forcibly impose your values on others.
    Nowhere have I attempted to "drag the rest" of you anyplace. (Even
    here at home, the wife prefers a newer car for herself and I don't
    have a problem with that. On the other hand, my own preference has
    been to drive the same car for the last 30 years. Having driven both,
    I prefer my older vehicle.)

    You really seem to have a problem with anyone who does not arrange
    their lives in accordance with what *you* want.
    Who are you to dictate what is "waste?"

    And not that I have to justify anything to the likes of you, but just
    for grins go find out how much energy and raw materials are consumed,
    and waste produced, in the manufacture of a new car. Then calculate
    how much I have prevented from being "wasted" by not purchasing a new
    car every few years. (That's not the reason I drive an older car, it's
    just a side effect.)
    No, I do not. Your arguments are specious, frivolous, and without
    foundation or merit.
    That's what the electric car advocates were saying 30-40 years ago.
    We've been 10 years away from a practical battery for as long as I can
    "Better" is in the eye of the beholder.
    If there is meaningful competition, then yes, consumers control the
    market. Companies have to build products that consumers want or a
    competitor will do so instead. This is Economics 101. Detroit found
    this out the hard way.
    The theory of government in this country is completely different than
    in most other countries. In the European model, the individual is
    merely a subject of an all-powerful State. In the U.S., the function
    of government is supposed to be strictly limited to enumerated powers
    that are delegated to it from the citizens.
    pdp11, May 5, 2007
  4. Sorry, I just can't subscribe to your socialist and communist approach.
    Why is it when a Republican can't think of anything better to retort,
    the de facto response ALWAYS IS to call the opposition communist or
    socialist? Do you guys go to Republicanism 101 classes? Is there a
    book of common retorts? I'm sorry but you've offered not solutions to
    the problem much less chosen to even admit that the US faces any
    energy problem. Typical Republican: all blame and no game. Alexander
    Hamilton said it best: If you don't stand for something, you'll fall
    for anything. If you think there is no problem for the American people
    currently, you're welcome to keep your head in the sand.

    Something that is advantageous to a populous and a nation is always
    socialist / communist and backwards to Repub mentality. Something that
    benefits everyone is not a negative last time I checked.

    Not only can you walk into your boss's office and ask for a raise, if
    a person never does this at least once in their life, their loss. The
    worst he / she can say is no. The only times in my life I ever asked
    for a raise, not necessarily to afford gas, was to afford my Hyundai.
    I did tell my boss why and he didn't have a problem with a salary
    bump. It was my performance that got me the bump, not my wanting to
    buy a car.

    Last I checked, I don't think your monthly SS check post retirement
    goes up if you're not contributing to SS. Can someone fact-check this

    For the record, I am neither a Repub, Democrat, Commie, or Socialist.

    - Thee Chicago Wolf
    Thee Chicago Wolf, May 5, 2007
  5. All it takes for the rest of the people to get screwed by Luddite
    If you know, care to share? You're quick to point out fault, you're
    not very forthcoming to support with facts?

    - Thee Chicago Wolf
    Thee Chicago Wolf, May 5, 2007
  6. I'm still waiting for your apology since I posted the data that you
    You must have missed my response from 5/2/2007 @ 7AM.

    - Thee Chicago Wolf
    Thee Chicago Wolf, May 5, 2007
  7. Thee Chicago Wolf

    Double Tap Guest

    You are correct, your are just an ignoramus.
    Double Tap, May 5, 2007
  8. You just refuted your own argument. I believe that your claim was that
    Truthfully, I never said or used the word "mandated" with respect to a
    higher mileage standard. I did, however, state that the loophole that
    exempts trucks should be closed or brought into the 21st century. When
    the 1978 Energy Tax Act was instituted, SUVs and Hummers weren't on
    the market nor on anyone's mind. People used trucks for utility most
    of the time not to drive 2 blocks to get a loaf of bread (and re-fuel
    probably). Whatever a person wants to buy with their money is their
    deal. Nothing anyone can say about it. So no, my argument was not
    self-imploding or self-refuted. Twisting someone's words or
    re-interpreting them inversely does not stand as well as a good
    counter argument. Europe is just as dependent on other countries'
    (Russia) energy and the amount of manipulation they face in THEIR
    markets is deplorable. To a large extent, they don't have the freedom
    of market that we Americans enjoy. Again, $3.50 a gallon is nothing to
    complain about if you compare what they pay per liter. They have
    smaller cars as a direct result of this. No one in the states drive
    micros because we're American, we like our cars big. You are also
    aware of the fact that the large majority of European cars are stick
    shift and that stick shift is more fuel efficient than automatic? Last
    I checked, Europe had somewhere in neighborhood of 80+ % stick whereas
    the US is, again, last I checked, a 90+ % automatic country. Funny
    that in the car commercials the drivers almost always look as if they
    are "shifting"...their automatics. Ha! Cheers.

    - Thee Chicago Wolf
    Thee Chicago Wolf, May 5, 2007
  9. You are correct, your are just an ignoramus.

    That was very helpful.

    - Thee Chicago Wolf
    Thee Chicago Wolf, May 5, 2007
  10. Thee Chicago Wolf

    Matt Whiting Guest

    Why is it that you can't read? I didn't call you anything. I called
    the approach that you are espousing communistic and socialistic, which
    it is.

    What you are suggesting doesn't benefit everyone.

    And a senior citizen can get a part-time job if they want to increase
    their income. Their income is no more fixed than is mine.

    You are proposing economic policy and you neither understand the SS
    system nor how to use Google? Wow, that is scary.
    Yes, I agree that you appear to be none of the above based on your
    recent posts...

    Matt Whiting, May 5, 2007
  11. Thee Chicago Wolf

    Matt Whiting Guest

    I just did your homework for you on SS COLA. It is time that you did a
    little yourself. You are acting like a person on welfare who expects
    Uncle Sam to take care of you and do everything for you. I hope that
    isn't the case, but it looks more that way with every post.

    Matt Whiting, May 5, 2007
  12. Thee Chicago Wolf

    Matt Whiting Guest

    This would constitute a mandated increase in required fuel economy. Do
    you know what mandate means?

    I drive a stick shift. However, if you check you'll find that the
    difference in fuel economy is now pretty slim. There are many other
    reasons that Europeans drive standard shift. Europeans also drive a
    very high percentage of cars with diesel engines as compared to the US.

    Matt Whiting, May 5, 2007
  13. Thee Chicago Wolf

    Matt Whiting Guest

    I see this post which shows as 8 AM, but that is probably due to time
    zone differences. Is this the one you mean? If so, I don't see
    anything close to an apology here. Maybe you can point it out.


    I guess the irony here is that: 1) BOTH are Hybrids, 2) BOTH are
    front-wheel drive. Those number assume people do 45% HWY driving and
    55% city. I don't speak for most people in this group but I'd say my
    ratio is closer to 75% CITY and 25% HWY. While on paper those numbers
    may be true, in ideal condition, you know the old saying: "Actual
    Experience May Vary."

    Honda Civic Hybrid: Hybrid&hiddenField=Findacar

    Toyota Prius:

    - Thee Chicago Wolf
    Matt Whiting, May 5, 2007
  14. Not from where I sit. The fact is that cars that got in the range of
    Yes, you are right. There were a few cars that did. But they were also
    fairly light and compact even by today's standards. I remember the
    rabbits being on the road. My uncle owned on in the 70s. But I also
    remember it being smaller than today's Coop Mini. And before you say
    it, I have seen Mini's from the 60s, they make the old Rabbit look
    like a stretch limo. From where you sit, there were cars that could
    hit that magic number. The swift, as you said in the earlier post.
    From where I sit, they were both very light, low liter, and low HP so
    it's no surprise they could get that mileage. By the way, the Swift
    was actually a Suzuki.
    34. Sorry, not wet by any stretch.
    Again, for YOU. Everything that affect us all does, indirectly,
    affects you. Maybe you don't see it that way. What's so wrong with
    wanting make things better for everyone?
    We're not talking about other commodities we're talking about gas.
    Energy is it's own market. Last I checked, cost of living was based on
    food not gas, CPI aside. How much exactly was gas during the Arab Oil
    Embargo compared to the cost of living at that time? Care to give us a
    history lesson? Right at 1978 which, not surprisingly, coincides with
    the Energy Tax Act, crude shot up nearly 4 times what it was at the
    time. Adjusted for today's inflation, gas during the 70s oil embargo
    (beginning in 1974) would have been $1.50 up until 1978. In 1978,
    adjusted for today's inflation, it went to $1.75, peaked at $2.75 in
    1981-ish, and didn't come back down to $1.50 until 1986. In 1986, like
    Van Halen, people were read to Jump..for joy. So if my math is
    correct, that spans 12 years. So, again, not more expensive in the
    last 40 years? That's false.

    Have a look:
    Europe gets a lot of their oil from the UK and some from Denmark but I
    understand Russia and the Kazakhs are trying to get into the action,
    if not already. Still, they have some market problems in that area so
    sourcing and that the UK is the primary supplier does contribute to
    less competition in the market. That could also be a large component
    of their high prices.
    I don't advocate for more government control over anyone's lives. It
    would be great if that one thing, a loophole, be closed and a document
    that was written nearly 30 years ago when trucks were considered
    utilitarian vehicles were exempted from fuel standards because of that
    fact. If you feel that is not ok, you're in denial. It needs to be
    revisited and have the loophole closed. Of course, no Oil company or
    auto-maker who's making money off of the loophole would voluntarily
    close it to benefit anyone other than themselves. To say that they
    have not capitalized on the loophole is ridiculous. I do not believe
    for second that either the Oil boys or some of the US auto-makers will
    recognize we need better efficiency out of our cars. While I cannot
    find the article at the moment, a recent news blurb I read stated that
    Europeans were fighting for higher standards of fuel economy from
    their leaders while some US auto-makers were fighting to actually
    lower them.
    I'm nobody Joe, I'm just trying to make a point. There are things I
    think are problems and are the result of a lack for foresight and
    were, at the time, a consensus, but now, I would consider a poor
    judgment. No one is I am not forcing anyone to do anything. You're
    twisting my words and trying to put words in my mouth. I am pointing
    out a problem that needs correcting. I'm sorry, when did fixing
    something bad become evil or negative. The 50s are over. We have
    problems today. Do you think everything in the US is fine and dandy?
    It's disappointing if you think so. Do you happen to hear what your
    buddy Lee Iacocca said recently on NPR (National Public Radio)?

    You should get up to speed, or not, I don't care. I might be "forcing"
    you to do something:

    By the way, who are you to not care about what goes on in the country
    in which you live?
    There is fact and evidence to support that oil will not be in the
    supply you claim it will be given the current worlds rate of
    consumption. The error is your lack of extending and translating it to
    the global world consumption. You do know that China is going to
    surpass our consumption very shortly and India will be runner up?
    There are a lot of developing economist. The US is not the only
    country on the planet. In 10 years, the world will not be what we know
    it to be today in terms of Energy consumption. this is economic fact.
    Deny it at your own peril. There is no "you" and then what everyone
    else is doing. You've made it abundantly clear that you don't care
    about anyone else other than yourself but I would remind you that
    you're not the only one living on the planet.
    The case of for year goes like this: I don't believe car makers make
    more profit off of small cars. There is no specific demographic for
    small cars. Car makers have their fingers on the pulse of the salary
    ranges and demographic of their buyers and they have more number
    crunchers and statisticians in their army to give them indicators of
    what people will buy and can afford to buy. They already know what we
    all can and can't afford. It probably doesn't help when they advertise
    0% financing for X years. This is a new phenomena in the past 6+

    I'm quite shocked that you feel safety features, things that protect
    people and children, from injury are not needed. You do know that by
    having them (air-bags, anti-lock brakes) they reduce insurance rates,
    right? That's a bad thing? I don't get it. You might not care about
    your own safety, but the soccer mom who takes the team to practice
    does. It's irresponsible to think they are unnecessary. I don't agree
    with you at all. I know the statistics don't agree with you either.
    But hey, it's you personal choice.

    How well those systems perform over the years is questionable, yes.
    Haven't heard of any customer revolts to have them removed though. I
    partially agree with you there. ABS and air-bags are fairly recent
    technologies so I'm not sure the stats on their efficacy. I am for the
    traction control standard though. If it keeps cars..err, sorry, SUVs
    and trucks, from rolling over, that's a good thing.

    I, myself, have never been in an accident in my 19 years of driving.
    In fact, I am becoming the old man who shakes his head and fist at the
    idiot teenagers doing stupid crap in their cars. I guess I'm glad here
    in Illinois they want to raise the driving age range up a little bit.
    We do have a high accident rate. The stats don't lie, teens kill or
    are killed more than experienced drivers. I agree with you there.
    Well, how am I forcing anyone to do anything? Can you substantiate
    that assertion? I never said anyone has to do anything. I seem to get
    the impression that you'd much rather we go back to the carburetor
    days and that the cars of today are too complex to work on by the
    average person. For the most part, they are. I know how to change the
    oil, air filter, plugs, speakers, radio, bulbs, and now, cabin air
    filter, on my own car. I'm not a grease-monkey or hang around a crowd
    that likes to take apart engines and get in there to rebuild it. I
    take apart and repair computers. I know it's cheaper to do one's own
    maintenance on their own car but I don't have the time in my life to
    learn the complexities of modern car engines. It would cost me less to
    have something fixed by a mechanic than it would me trying to get in
    there, break it, and not know how to un-do the damage.
    Hey, it's a debate and I don't hold a gun to anyone's head to make
    them do anything. I can only give my viewpoint based on the state of
    things today and get a feel for what people think. I don't expect
    anyone to agree or disagree with me. I have never told anyone what to
    do yet you seem to feel I am directly telling people what to do. I am
    throwing ideas out there, you're not. You're arguing from the
    emotional and reactionary perspective. At least I feel you are. You've
    made some points but no facts to back them up. I'm giving you facts
    but you're overtly choosing to discount them based on personal
    When I read statement like this, to me, it reads like "Don't tell me I
    can't waste, I'll waste as god damn much as I want to waste. This is
    America! We can waste if we want to!" This originally had to do with
    fuel efficiency and rear-wheel drive Hyundai. You've now gone far
    outside the scope of the debate. I can't even respond this one.
    Electric cars were around since the early 20th century and you had to
    crank them. Internal combustion changed it. Internal combustion has
    been around for 120+ years. It's like any new technology, it will take
    time. Hopefully less than the internal combustion engine.
    That's like saying leaded fuel is better than unleaded fuel with
    respect to this debate.
    Yes, that's why Toyota is a #1 brand and the Big 3 does not exist
    anymore. They got cocky and just maintained the status quo (read:
    market). Obviously, change was not in their vocabulary. What do we
    have today? Layoffs and CEO with fat exit packages. Worked out really
    well for the country no? At least Hyundai brought the 10-year 100k
    mile warranty. It's taken Detroit HOW LONG to get even close to that?
    Still, customers were not demanding this kind of value, it came solely
    from Hyundai. Maybe they saw that "American cars" were falling apart
    after a few years and had very short warranties. I bought mine partly
    because of the warranty. If not, I would have been driving a more
    expensive but less-featured Camry right now.
    As a Democracy, the people decide what's best, suggest it to their
    Senators and Congressman, and see if change can be effected. Ideally.
    Government IS supposed to be hands off, you're right and I do agree
    with that to a large extent. But when people cannot have an effect on
    what the companies do, neither can the government. I mean, take the
    whole Enron thing. The employees got hosed and the exec made out like
    bandits. Ken Lay died before he could be convicted, Skilling got
    spanked with jail time but what happened to all the money? All those
    hard working folks never got a dime back that was legally theirs
    (i.e., pensions). So, by your rationale and perspective, that the Fed
    created legislation and laws that keep that kind of things from
    happening would be bad, correct?

    If people want a change, the people are obligated to make a case for
    it and argue for the change to their contemporaries and fellow people.
    The facts seem to point to the White House being the pockets of big
    business and corporate interests. I do agree with that fact. There is
    too much conflict of interest. I'm not looking at it from a left or
    right wing nutjob perspective, but I do want a government that does
    actually listen to it's PEOPLE and not private interests. I do not
    personally feel that our representatives have our country's best
    interests in mind.

    Thanks for you comments. I appreciate a good debate.

    - Thee Chicago Wolf
    Thee Chicago Wolf, May 5, 2007
  15. Sorry, I just can't subscribe to your socialist and communist approach.
    So the statement above with the word "your" doesn't imply what you
    think I am? I don't interpret it any other way.
    Yikes, I don't what happened to this country Matt. We used to all want
    to help each other. Now it's become dishonorable to want to help
    people. When did the climate become "me first and screw everyone
    else." Sorry, you may only accuse me of wanting to help people and
    nothing more.

    By the way, who does not benefit? Explain.
    Ok, I should have said RETIRED senior citizens on SS. They have a
    fixed income. They cannot make more than their social security check
    if they do not work. No overtime, no bonus. That is defined as fixed
    income. Sure, I've seen seniors in the stores bagging groceries but
    they should not have to be doing that if they are retired. That's why
    they call it retirement. That indicates to me there is a problem. Do
    you want to be working in your retirement to continue to supplement
    your SS. I don't.
    I'm not proposing economic policy and what I stated was correct
    although not stated well. If you do not work, you do not contribute to
    a higher SS check after you retire. The Cost of Living increase is not
    a product of employer and employee contributions. That's the Fed's end
    of the bargain after employer / employee contributions stop. What you
    make after retirement essentially becomes supplemental.

    - Thee Chicago Wolf
    Thee Chicago Wolf, May 5, 2007
  16. I see this post which shows as 8 AM, but that is probably due to time
    Your facts were wrong, the above links from the same web site point to
    actual consumer numbers and experience. I don't owe you an apology.

    - Thee Chicago Wolf
    Thee Chicago Wolf, May 5, 2007
  17. Thee Chicago Wolf

    Matt Whiting Guest

    Yes, your approach is communistic, but I don't know if you personally
    are a communist or not. I've voted in the past for Democrats, but that
    doesn't make me a member of the Democratic party.

    It doesn't benefit people who need or want to drive real trucks and
    SUVs. The modifications required to make a 3/4 ton pickup get 30 MPG
    would make it not useful for plowing snow or towing anything bigger than
    a utility trailer.

    Neither do I which is why I save a large percentage of my income and
    live pretty frugally relative to my income. However, I don't want to
    subsidize those who chose to live their life beyond their means.

    The COLA is the annual increase that all people drawing SS get in their
    check. You are showing a profound ignorance of the SS system.

    Matt Whiting, May 5, 2007
  18. Thee Chicago Wolf

    Matt Whiting Guest

    You are really showing how little integrity you have. Here is what you

    "So, I don't mean to feed trolls but if Matt says your car is such a
    "gas hog" and there are ALL THESE CARS THAT GET OVER 50 MPG...well,
    Matt, put your money where you mouth is. And be sure to put it with
    the updated EPA standards as well. he ain't a hypocrite. I think he
    just reinforced the fact that since you have no evidence to support
    your claim, you're like a Republican debating a Democrat: all blame
    and no game."

    I showed you data using the updated EPA standards. Now you are changing
    the rules because I called your bluff. That shows you have no integrity
    and thus aren't worth further effort to educate. Adios.

    Matt Whiting, May 5, 2007
  19. "So, I don't mean to feed trolls but if Matt says your car is such a
    Matt, you did in fact show me two cars that, according to the EPA,
    that do in fact get 50 MPG. You are correct. I look at and saw those
    EPA numbers. Did you follow the links posted by me? It seems you
    purposely chose to ignore them and didn't even acknowledge them. Why?
    I didn't change the rules. I thought it was common knowledge that the
    EPA rating in no way reflects real world performance. I'm sure you
    know that. Anyone who buys a car knows that what's printed on the
    sticker is never what the car gets. That's why I supplemented what you
    showed me from the exact same web site. I felt you were omitting
    facts, that's all. Why you choose to ignore the same data from
    exactly the same source is to your convenience, not mine. From the
    exact same web site, real world customer performance is showing it be
    under 50 MPG, albeit close. The EPA ratings, while correct and true on
    paper and according to an ideal driving situations and the percentage
    of city to highway ratio they specify, could not possible reflect all
    driving conditions of all drivers. You see the same tiny text printed
    on the bottom of TV ads for cars: actual result may very. And that is
    all I am saying.

    - Thee Chicago Wolf
    Thee Chicago Wolf, May 6, 2007
  20. Thee Chicago Wolf

    Matt Whiting Guest

    You claim was that I couldn't produce cars that got 50 MPG according to
    the new EPA standards. You didn't say anything about "real world"
    mileage. I consistently match or exceed the EPA ratings for all three
    of my current vehicles.

    Matt Whiting, May 6, 2007
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