: Ford SmartGauge LCD instrument panel for 2010 hybrids



Blackout
10-29-08, 01:27 PM
http://jalopnik.com/5070371/ford-smartgauge-lcd-instrument-panel-brings-futuristic-look-green-leaves-to-2010-hybrids

fierodough
10-29-08, 03:04 PM
Wow! I hate Ford with a passion, but that's actually pretty cool!

Blackout
10-29-08, 03:13 PM
Wow! I hate Ford with a passion, but that's actually pretty cool!

It's pretty damn impressive but the the one feature that I think is very cool is the leaf system. The better you are with your driving the more leaves and vines you get. The more you flog the car the less leaves and vines you get. I think it's a more refreshing way to get you to drive better then instead of looking at a number as to what your average fuel mileage is

I~LUV~Caddys8792
10-29-08, 03:27 PM
That actually is pretty sweet. Almost makes up for all the crap they made in the '90s.

Blackout
10-29-08, 03:56 PM
That actually is pretty sweet. Almost makes up for all the crap they made in the '90s.

1993 Cobra R
http://www.bluecappro.com/mustang/img/93cobrar.jpg

Ford Taurus SHO+
http://www.taurusclub.com/encyclopedia/G1/91SHO+_others.jpg

Ford Contour SVT
http://www.naplesnet.com/turks/Ford_contour_svt.jpg

Thunderbird SC
http://www.albeedigital.com/supercoupe/members/photos/rod3.jpg

One of the unsung cars from Ford in the 90's, the first gen Ford Probe GT
http://www.bluecappro.com/mustang/img/90probe.jpg

Those were the cars that came to my head right away from you saying Ford "junk" cars from the 90's because they had plenty of good ones during that decade

I~LUV~Caddys8792
10-29-08, 04:04 PM
Yeah, but what about all the Escorts, Tempos, Topazes, base Tauruses, base Contours, V6 Thunderbirds, Rangers, Sables, Grand Marquis / Crown Victorias and V-6 Mustangs? They did have some hits in the '90s, but they also had a lot of crap.

Blackout
10-29-08, 04:09 PM
Yeah, but what about all the Escorts, Tempos, Topazes, base Tauruses, base Contours, V6 Thunderbirds, Rangers, Sables, Grand Marquis / Crown Victorias and V-6 Mustangs? They did have some hits in the '90s, but they also had a lot of crap.

For the most part in the 90's all 3 of the domestic brands made more crap then hits. As for the Taurus/Sable they are some of the most reliable cars on the road. The Vulcan V6 in those cars are not uncommon to having over 300k miles on them. I have a 1995 Taurus GL. While it's as basic as they come it is one of the most reliable cars I have ever had. I've owned it for over 3 years now and The most expensive thing I have had to get replaced on the car was a new set of tires. The car currently has 159,xxx miles on it

I~LUV~Caddys8792
10-29-08, 04:32 PM
Reliable but so dull...

Blackout
10-29-08, 04:37 PM
Reliable but so dull...

Tis true. I know it's not a speed demon by any stretch of the imagination but with only having to pay $112 for liability for the whole year on the car makes it worth every penny

Night Wolf
10-29-08, 04:49 PM
I've been wondering when something like this would come out.

lol @ the whole "green" thing but ah well, whatever it takes to sell cars I suppose..... stille pretty cool.

hueterm
10-30-08, 12:09 AM
I wouldn't buy that car just for the fact that they're sticking their "eco-Ganda" on the IP cluster.....

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
10-30-08, 01:39 AM
Yeah, but what about all the Escorts, Tempos, Topazes, base Tauruses, base Contours, V6 Thunderbirds, Rangers, Sables, Grand Marquis / Crown Victorias and V-6 Mustangs? They did have some hits in the '90s, but they also had a lot of crap.

What is wrong with the 90's Grand Marquis / Crown Vic?

I will agree that all those cars sucked, but most of them were reliable as all hell. You've seen my van. 198,xxx on the clock now and it is original trans and engine. Keep in mind that it also pulled a 7200 lb trailer for the first 100,000 of its life and it never let us down, even doing 60-65 in the mountains of Tennessee while pulling it. That is pretty good considering a Chevy under the same conditions from the same year would have blown a trans before even getting to 90k.

hueterm
10-30-08, 02:38 AM
That's true about the Chevy van trans......

I loved the '90s T-Birds (especially the SC). And the CV/GM isn't that much different now than it was then....

Cliff8928
10-30-08, 04:03 AM
Yeah, but what about all the Escorts, Tempos, Topazes, base Tauruses, base Contours, V6 Thunderbirds, Rangers, Sables, Grand Marquis / Crown Victorias and V-6 Mustangs? They did have some hits in the '90s, but they also had a lot of crap.

Don't forget the 95 windstars (along with some of the other 3.8s) which for the most part all needed headgasket replacements more than the N*

eyekandyboats.inc
10-30-08, 08:48 AM
screw the eco part of it. other then the ghey leaves it is pretty DAMN cool!.
now just put it in a halfway decent car and make it work for more then a waranty life time + one day and you might have a car!

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
10-30-08, 01:49 PM
now just put it in a halfway decent car and make it work for more then a waranty life time + one day and you might have a car!

Yep, I bet these things are gonna break quite often.

MauiV
10-30-08, 09:26 PM
The 93 Cobra R still had the ugly fox body GT plastic kit and a stock underpowered motor. They are mearly GTs on a diet. Thank God they only made 107.

The Contour was and is shit.

The 1st gen SHO was cool.

The Thunderchicken SC and Cougar XR7 were decent cars but the handeling was horrible in both.

The 2000 Cobra R was the best Ford you could buy in the 90s.

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w52/jdinmaui/Ford20Mustang20Cobra20R.jpg

Blackout
10-31-08, 07:42 AM
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w52/jdinmaui/Ford20Mustang20Cobra20R.jpg
My old personal trainer had a 2000 Cobra R. Such a badass car