Monthly Archives: August 2015

  • What to call FCA cars

    The other day, I saw someone refer to their cars as “FCA’s” in a forum.

    I see two problems with that. First, FCA is probably not the favored acronym for Fiat Chrysler products outside the executive suits of FCA itself; and second, for heaven’s sake, it’s not a possessive, it’s a plural, and there’s nothing being left out, so what’s with the apostrophe?… ... read the rest

  • Is Chrysler deliberately slowing down its V6 cars?

    The V6 in my car is “made” by the eight-speed automatic that came with it. Before that transmission, the 300 V6 was almost pokey. With it, 0-60 times officially comes in 6.6 seconds (down from around 8.6), while highway mileage shot up from an EPA-registered 27 to 31. In real life, long highway trips yield 34 mpg, not bad for a full size upscale sedan.… ... read the rest

  • Upgrading the Allpar forums

    Today, I upgraded the Allpar forums to Xenforo 1.5. The process is a bit more complicated than you’d think. While WordPress lets you click a single button (well, really, two single buttons) and then does everything on its own, here’s Xenforo’s process, which is identical to that of some other forums:

    1. Issue a notice to everyone warning them of an impending shutdown, so they don’t get stuck with a carefully written post that disappears as the site goes down
    2. Post something on Facebook.
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  • Steam heat on Allpar?

    Some may say that posting steam heat and washing machine repairs on Allpar is pushing it, but there’s a reason why they’re both there, along with a section on dealing with Honeywell Ademco house alarms.

    I didn’t have any other place for them.

    Avid Mopar news fans are probably unaware of the Allpar repairs section, which is a bit of a hodgepodge, but one which has saved thousands of dollars just for people I know about.… ... read the rest

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