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Old 04-02-2014, 11:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, it's about 88F where I am in NC, driving around I had a moment of sadness.

This has been discussed to infintum...



Where are all my open tops SUV's at!!!?



I see almost all soft top Jeeps with the Bimini's or¬*completely topless.

Putting miles on my scout or¬*hmco¬*while highly enjoyable really¬*isn't a desirable thing to do.¬*



But nothing else is out there but Jeeps, Most K5's/bronco's have either been moved to collector status, in bad shape/unroadworthy, or bad shape mud diggers. There is really nothing else available, even selling 250k a year Jeep can't appeal to everyone. It's barely even a midsize truck. While we have a company that solves the V8 problem, 5.7 or 6.4 FTW!, it still doesn't solve the size problem.

Does no automaker really see it possible to sell at least 100k a year?

I mean Nissan wasted time on the convertible CUV, that thing sells what? 50 a year? Is there no profits on simply taking a frame from a regularcab/shortbed pickup and adding a bucket to the front cab, rollover bar, rear bench seat, fiberglass top? - Seems like money to me.

Don't waste time on electronics, manual everything, vinyl seats, ****, optional A/C



Fun is a word sorely lacking from the Auto manufacturing world it seems.



Recap Take Regular cab/ short bed pickup, remove bed; Add a hollow bucket with fiberglass removable top, add bench seat over rear axle, profit???, Starting price of 28k, which seems....



Well WTF, let me make a stop mid post, I just looked up a chevy¬*regular cab short bed 4x4, WT, ie, V6 no options pickup, Fregging thing stickers at over 30k. Well let's ignore GM's extremely ridiculous price and look at RAM, well over 28k, Ford can't be so ridiculous they have an extremely old truck...¬* WTF 4x4 adds almost 5k, total over 29k.



Looks like I have a boat but no motor, I guess fullsize prices would have to get reasonable before that ever happened. How can any of these companies actually ask 30k for the most base of the base pickups with the only option being 4x4? Go back to solid axles if that's the premium of IFS.



Off topic sorry, anyone want to comment on anything?
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hummer, you do realize that you can't even get a "base" BOF SUV anymore, right?¬*

No plummer's special vinyl seat, rubber floor, manual trans, 4x4 solid axle, diesel, etc...¬*
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Old 04-03-2014, 07:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Of course I know that, everyone here has heard me whine about that. But the absolute ease of using a base truck as I described seems to offer the ability to make the package without having to touch the CUV-infied BoF SUVs they offer now.
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Hey I only mention it because that was the type of Suburban or 2-door Tahoe I always wanted. Who cares if your kid pukes it? Just hose it out.
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Old 04-09-2014, 06:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Don't you remember this? It was sold from 1989-1994 and it sold miserably. I don't think it would sell as well as you think it should.
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No, I have definately never seen one of those in my life, either way it doesn't match what I was talking about.

-fullsize

-SUV

-removable hardtop

-V8
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Hummer said No, I have definately never seen one of those in my life, either way it doesn't match what I was talking about. -fullsize -SUV -removable hardtop -V8 " Is there no profits on simply taking a frame from a regularcab/shortbed pickup and adding a bucket to the front cab, rollover bar, rear bench seat, fiberglass top?" regularcab/shortbed pickup rollover bar -removable hardtop (Well, it was canvas) -V8 Pretty close, I'd say, point is the Dakota Convertible¬* was a flop, don't expect one anytime soon
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Come on, to say that's close is to try and also use the rogue convertible as an example, or compare a civic to a Ferrari.



of course that was a flop, its tiny, and the bed I doesnt even look attached to the cab.
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It's a BOF RWD/4X4 V8 Dakota pick-up truck... Give the people what they want is the surest way to go out of business.
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Old 04-12-2014, 11:53 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Pickup trucks and camrys seem to sell well, people getting what they want and all.



Its a compact, and looks like a cab with a chopped roof.
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