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TonyEX
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Re: Drove a VW Atlas and the new BMW X5...    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-22-2019 17:47
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American Honda assigns the VIN when the production is planned.

So, we know the VIN number of the cars we order.

They also used to hash our last name into the production ID. It's part of the "Not For Sale" monroney sticker. I supposed I ought to check the truck's.

honduh
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Re: BMW trying to out ugly Lexus    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-22-2019 19:00
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Nick GravesX wrote:
honduh wrote:

The e38 was my favorite 7.



Such a boringly reductive design, yet it is handsome and unmistakably BMW. Alpina wheels notwithstanding...

It's all in the proportion and not in over-worked details.

Oddly, Hondas from around that time are often quite similar, yet not confusingly so.

I wonder if it could happen again?

I hope so. I think the simple Honda exteriors matched well with the elegant simplicity of the working bits underneath from the golden era. Does that mean wing face and DPG signifies glitchy electronics of this era?

To an extent I can forgive some of the design compromises that come with modernization...larger intakes for cooling turbos or brakes or needing higher hoods so that deer can survive.

Another disturbing trend is the lack of sight-lines of modern cars. Look at the low beltline of the e38 7er or better yet the panoramic view of the 4G Accord. Honda should never give up maintaining an airy cabin and good sight-lines. I trust my eyes, which naturally stay clean, over cameras that get obfuscated by road poop.

gofast182
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Re: Drove a VW Atlas and the new BMW X5...    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-22-2019 20:29
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TonyEX wrote:
American Honda assigns the VIN when the production is planned.

So, we know the VIN number of the cars we order.

They also used to hash our last name into the production ID. It's part of the "Not For Sale" monroney sticker. I supposed I ought to check the truck's.


Indeed. We got the VIN last week and I'm pretty sure no work other than planning its production has happened yet.

Harvey Jr
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Re: Drove a VW Atlas and the new BMW X5...    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-23-2019 12:35
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gofast182 wrote:
TonyEX wrote:
American Honda assigns the VIN when the production is planned.

So, we know the VIN number of the cars we order.

They also used to hash our last name into the production ID. It's part of the "Not For Sale" monroney sticker. I supposed I ought to check the truck's.


Indeed. We got the VIN last week and I'm pretty sure no work other than planning its production has happened yet.



Hey guys. So the next step is "Body shop/serial assign".

As I understand it, the car is in line to be produced, and once the body begins to be assembled, your VIN will be assigned to it, but not stamped or etched. Until that time it is cross referenced with a girder for the body carrier bars.

The VIN is later etched into the upper frame rail after paint, and early in the assembly process.

In this video, you can catch a glimpse of the location and kind of make out the etch at about the 10:44 mark. On the left (passenger's side) upper from rail, you see a rectangular cutout in the engine bay plastic in front of the windshield reservoir cap. Video: https://youtu.be/88-wIvt12yE

Using a process very similar to this: https://youtu.be/K2l_Qnwa0gE

See most of the assembly processes and power train marriage here: https://youtu.be/4JbnsL1tAaU

gofast182
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Re: Drove a VW Atlas and the new BMW X5...    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-29-2019 13:50
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Well our car was built this morning! Many thanks to Harvey Jr for helping us understand the process and keep tabs on the progress in addition to the basic information we can see on the BMW site. It's in final quality check now and once it gets out I suspect we'll be getting an email from the Performance Center to confirm the delivery date. Last week our dealer reserved 2/22, that was the first availability they had due to demand.

gofast182
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Re: Said Goodbye to the MDX Today    (Score: 1, Normal) 02-20-2019 17:13
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Today we said goodbye to the MDX. It has been a great car and companion over the last 7 years. It has taken us near and far, hauled countless pounds of junk to the dump, countless numbers of shrubs and flowers home from the nursery, taken numerous friends and family, towed my S2000, and served as my car camping base at track weekends.

Some irony: We went 7 years without a CEL until last week when a code for the VTEC solenoid was thrown. Instead of replacing the part, we read that someone had it go away after an oil change so we tried that. Lo and behold it worked!
Also filed under irony is yesterday, hours before the trade, we got a letter in the mail from Acura stating then engine will be warrantied until 125,000 miles due to faulty oil rings causing excess consumption (I've added about 1.5qt. between the last few oil changes). I won't say that was the main factor in our decision to move on but it was a contributor.

Tomorrow we fly down to Greenville/Spartanburg as we prepare for our Performance Center Delivery experience. We will pick up our brand new X5 on Friday morning.


 
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