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Old August 10th, 2018, 14:52   #106
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The switch in the center console controls the rear differential control module. The rear differential clutch control modules function is to control the electronic open differential. The rear differential control module receives a torque command signal from the chassis control module (CCM) according to the driving situation to achieve vehicle dynamics and traction.
When the torque signal is received, the rear differential control module actuates the following components the rear differential clutch motor.
The hydraulic piston engages the clutch to allow torque to the open differential. Looked at the Equinox but decided to keep the Colorado diesel for now(too many toys that need trailers.
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Old September 16th, 2018, 15:16   #107
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There are appealing manufacturers rebates right now, like $7-9K off and super financing. My wife is in the market for a Q5 (3.2V6) replacement and we are going to check these out.



We currently have a 2015 GSW 6pd TDI so the Equinox isnt THAT much bigger interior but the extra ride hight and AWD are things she's is very interested in. I think with a little tuning magic this 1.6 could be a really nice everyday/cruising engine. Im better we will see a tune that gives 50hp and 75tq netting a respectable driver even in a CUV suit.
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Old September 16th, 2018, 22:57   #108
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I wonder how this model would stand up to sustained gravel road all weather driving? Rocks and mud, bumps, potholes... I do about 20k miles a year for work, about a third on gravel and the rest on poor quality paving. I've been driving a 2007 Toyota 4Runner for this purpose for nearly 4 years - holds up well but very thirsty.
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Old September 17th, 2018, 07:24   #109
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Your answer is in looking at the underpinnings of both vehicles. I think the Equinox is based off the Cruze, or maybe Impala. The 4-Runner is based off the Tacoma. That truck frame is going to take a lot more abuse. If you want something more economical, then look at the 1500 diesels. Rams are on the lot, Fords are supposed to be available, and GM is supposed to be out by the end of the year. All are going to get EPA ratings in the upper 20s to 30 mpg. You also have the Canyon/Colorado diesels that are a little cheaper.
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Old September 17th, 2018, 07:51   #110
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I don't think RAM Ecodiesels are available this year. They will be in the refreshed '19, but not yet.
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Old September 17th, 2018, 07:57   #111
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They're on the lots as new 2018. 2019s are supposed to be out after the first of the year.
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Old September 17th, 2018, 08:20   #112
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Right you are. I can see them on cars.com, but not on the RAM website. Interesting.
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Old September 18th, 2018, 05:21   #113
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Some of the 2017 Cruze diesels with LT/leather/heated-steering and stickshift sold for $17260 out the door, via "red tag". Same for 2018s.
Maybe there are still some new 2018s gathering dust at dealerships somewhere, with the same red-tag 25% or 30% off.

Recently my son bought two new GM diesels, a 2017 GMC Canyon diesel plus a 2018 cruze diesel stickshift, reminding me how I hoarded a pair of the last 2006 VW TDIs, a beetle DSG and a Jetta stickshift.

In diesel Cadillac non-surprising news: https://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/...s-hold-289865/
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Old September 26th, 2018, 11:07   #114
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I wonder how this model would stand up to sustained gravel road all weather driving? Rocks and mud, bumps, potholes... I do about 20k miles a year for work, about a third on gravel and the rest on poor quality paving. I've been driving a 2007 Toyota 4Runner for this purpose for nearly 4 years - holds up well but very thirsty.
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Your answer is in looking at the underpinnings of both vehicles. I think the Equinox is based off the Cruze, or maybe Impala. The 4-Runner is based off the Tacoma. That truck frame is going to take a lot more abuse. If you want something more economical, then look at the 1500 diesels. Rams are on the lot, Fords are supposed to be available, and GM is supposed to be out by the end of the year. All are going to get EPA ratings in the upper 20s to 30 mpg. You also have the Canyon/Colorado diesels that are a little cheaper.
Equinox is a D2 platform vehicle, same as Cruze.

How many cars and car-based CUVs do you see on those roads?
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Old September 27th, 2018, 08:51   #115
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Equinox is a D2 platform vehicle, same as Cruze.

How many cars and car-based CUVs do you see on those roads?
My guess is that most of the CUVs are on car based platforms.
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I think what GoFaster was getting at is whether or not CUVs seem to survive on the roads the OP is driving. If he sees a lot of them perhaps they do and an Equinox may be OK. If not he might be better off with a truck-based SUV.
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Old September 27th, 2018, 11:25   #117
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My guess is that most of the CUVs are on car based platforms.

I think that is kind of the definition of a 'CUV', isn't it?

Although many of them are a pretty loose basis. The CRV is based on a Civic, as was the Element, but you really have to know where to look underneath them to see anything in common.

A lot of the newer vehicles are really blurring the lines between car and truck. Vehicles like the current Explorer, Pathfinder, anything at the Jeep dealer besides the Wrangler, etc. are actually proving themselves reasonably capable on moderate off-pavement places, and let's be honest. How many Tahoe, Expedition, 4Runner, etc. owners truly really ever take their vehicles "off road"?
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Old September 28th, 2018, 02:27   #118
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My neighbor has a honda ridgeline- talk about blurring the lines. My other neighbor thinks the ridgeline is great and might get one as his next vehicle. I think it's a lousy car, and a worse truck. My road was dirt for the 40 years I've lived here, until they paved it last week. The golf never complained. Well, maybe once or twice when the road got rutted and muddy in the spring.
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Yep, the Ridgeline, which is essentially a lengthened Honda Pilot with a stunted little bed, is very loosely based on the Accord... but they have really very little in common.

However, I would argue that the Ridgeline would meet the uses of the vast majority of half-ton pickup owners. Driving around with the driver and maybe one or two other occupants, rarely using the bed for much of anything, rarely if ever using it to tow anything substantial, and rarely ever going off road beyond maybe an unpaved surface.

But, like the Ranchero, El Camino, Baja, etc. it tries too hard to be perhaps too many things that it fails to be any one thing exceptionally well. I have to admit, though, the Ridgeline does drive really nice and is pretty roomy inside. If it is a vehicle that somehow checks your needs boxes and you want one, I see no problem with it. It is far nicer to drive/feed/maintain/park than an F150.
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That's a fair point- most people driving pickups aren't hauling anything 90% of the time. I guess I'm just not a fan of the el camino/ranchero/brat/ridgeline type vehicles. What some see as the best of both worlds, I see as an unsightly compromise. Maybe it's the looks that bother me. I do like the rabbit pickups and jeep Comanche, which are both unibody pickups.
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