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I think it is just a matter of people seeing that hot takes and hyperbole coupled with underlying negativity is what many people are drawn to nowadays. It follows some faux dynamic that it you are not being overly critical, even unjustifiably critical, you are not being honest. In the same sense skepticism follows positivity because (in this mindset) there is some ulterior motivator behind why someone is not being negative.
Entirely true. And there is also the issue that skepticism can likewise ensue from negativity or being overly critical - witnessed by the existence of this thread - and suspicion as to the ulterior motivator behind why someone is not being positive.

But with the internet, it's all about the numbers. It's likely that, all else equal, skepticism about reviews being overly positive exceeds skepticism about being overly negative, just as being overly negative in reviews exceeds being overly positive. Why else would the practice be so pervasive in reviews if it didn't work?
 

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the latter is filled with quite a few errors

EJ while they will have issues with HG the EZ36D never had them

CVT is torque converter failures not the E5AT

you cannot get the low beams from top side on either side

it's things like that I find annoying
That is just it - YT is a platform for someone to portray their opinion or view of facts. Factually right or wrong or skewed for views or sponsors, it is what it is.

What you just said above could have been made into a video and I think it is factually incorrect. 5EAT's do have well known TC issues and the EZ36D does have HG failures north of 100k miles (albeit at a slightly lower rate and they leak not catastrophically fail like the h4's).

The point is your faults found in a video may or may not be another's, if you don't like it then move on to another channel there are a ton to choose from.

The above is the main reason I cannot stand "The Straight Pipes" but really like "Savage Geese".
 

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It seems like every review is someone with their hands cupping some manufacturer's balls when it comes to car reviews or they are holier than thou cussing up a storm (YT videos)

let me be clear, I am not talking about the first drive/look preview segments, I am talking about the I have had the car for a while and here are my thoughts

why is it that no one can really be honest and we get people nitpicking vs actual data
Might as well ask why Scot Killmore is popular.

The average human is a moron. There's your answer. I've come to this conclusion working support and being on the new Bronco forums.

You should see the complaints in there- insane level stuff.

Want more proof, browse the NHTSA site for just an hours.
Complains like airbag off light is a danger because its too bright and the person just can't not look it
 

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The average human is a moron. There's your answer. I've come to this conclusion working support and being on the new Bronco forums.
I agree with you and the problem is getting worse, but it's a chicken and egg problem. We're headed towards Idiocracy. For example, television programming and advertising are increasingly absent any information and are engineered for pure attention manipulation, including pharmaceuticals. Channels that used to be about documentaries are now pushing pseudoscience. The History channel now shows things like Big Foot and the Science channel shows ancient aliens. News channels give 90% opinion and 10% news, and the information they provide is grossly incomplete and insubstantial, yet they will devote hours and hours rehashing opinions. This is because opinions increase viewership and information doesn't. Corporations have a fiduciary duty to shareholders so they must do everything they can to increase revenue and share prices.

The internet used to be a source of information but now disinformation outweighs information and algorithms promote disinformation as long as it's attention grabbing. Almost any internet search reveals 90% trash and 10% information (being optimistic here). From the perspective of a search engine it's more lucrative to get you to click through hundreds of useless pages to find information than it would be to give you information on one page. It's all about metrics - measuring clicks, how long people stay on a web page (if it takes you 5 minutes to find information it's better than showing it to you in 10 seconds). We're being trained like lab rats to hit the lever a thousand times to get a pellet of information.

Microsoft decided that it's better to hide file extensions by default so that people can't tell which files are executables or what they are. Google decided that it's better to hide a complete URL by default so you don't really know what you're connecting to.

Sorry for the rant but you hit a nerve here.
 

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I agree with you and the problem is getting worse, but it's a chicken and egg problem. We're headed towards Idiocracy. For example, television programming and advertising are increasingly absent any information and are engineered for pure attention manipulation, including pharmaceuticals. Channels that used to be about documentaries are now pushing pseudoscience. The History channel now shows things like Big Foot and the Science channel shows ancient aliens. News channels give 90% opinion and 10% news, and the information they provide is grossly incomplete and insubstantial, yet they will devote hours and hours rehashing opinions. This is because opinions increase viewership and information doesn't. Corporations have a fiduciary duty to shareholders so they must do everything they can to increase revenue and share prices.

The internet used to be a source of information but now disinformation outweighs information and algorithms promote disinformation as long as it's attention grabbing. Almost any internet search reveals 90% trash and 10% information (being optimistic here). From the perspective of a search engine it's more lucrative to get you to click through hundreds of useless pages to find information than it would be to give you information on one page. It's all about metrics - measuring clicks, how long people stay on a web page (if it takes you 5 minutes to find information it's better than showing it to you in 10 seconds). We're being trained like lab rats to hit the lever a thousand times to get a pellet of information.

Microsoft decided that it's better to hide file extensions by default so that people can't tell which files are executables or what they are. Google decided that it's better to hide a complete URL by default so you don't really know what you're connecting to.

Sorry for the rant but you hit a nerve here.
I could not agree with you more.

People don't want to be fed information so that they can develop their own opinions. They simply want someone to tell them what to think.

If you don't believe this then just start asking people why (insert their sentence here). Commonly heard up here in Canadaland is "Trump is the worst president ever". Ask them why and they have no idea, the honest answer is because they heard it on the news 5 minutes ago.

***the above is not to start a political war, it's an example of people parroting others opinions but having no idea why they believe it to he true.
 

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Well, asking the opinions of specialists/opinion leaders is a shortcut way to get unique info (like, "anybody know what specs I should look for in bird watching binoculars?"), but it does seem like nowadays, the line between that and 'common sense' is shifting in an unsustainable direction.

"should I eat a Tide pod?" "Should I snort a teaspoon of cinnamon?" , "Should I reply to this Nigerian Finance Minister with my bank routing numbers?" or w'ever.
 

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I like Regular Car Reviews and Donut Media for car-related news / entertainment. I don't pay too much attention to other YouTube channels because of issues already pointed out... It's all about clicks, likes, shares, cares, thoughts and prayers... Watching random guys post low-quality, portrait mode videos repeatedly saying "CVT Transmission" doesn't give me a warm fuzzy.

For me, car forums are usually better as I can filter through BS / Fanboys / trolls.
 

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I like Regular Car Reviews and Donut Media for car-related news / entertainment. I don't pay too much attention to other YouTube channels because of issues already pointed out... It's all about clicks, likes, shares, cares, thoughts and prayers... Watching random guys post low-quality, portrait mode videos repeatedly saying "CVT Transmission" doesn't give me a warm fuzzy.

For me, car forums are usually better as I can filter through BS / Fanboys / trolls.
That can be just as challenging sorting through YouTube reviews.

For example, a potential buyer researching 5th gens on this forum would come away believing 90% of folks bought the 3.6 and the 2.5 would get you killed.

If researching 6th gens, they would come away believing the Onyx was the top selling trim level.

Neither actually being true.

The internet has made it very difficult to sort fact from fiction.
 

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Ever notice that car reviewers that accept review cars from manufacturers the make expensive sports sedans, like Audi, never tell you about the difficulty and hideous expense of doing any maintenance on them? In Audi's case, their direct injection engines are indeed wonderful - until you have to replace the entire intake manifold ($3K for just the manifold assembly) because the plastic bar and flapper assembly will break usually somewhere around 60K miles. Or that it is a 20 hour job to replace the timing chain every 60K miles or so, and if it breaks, it destroys the entire engine. Or that because of the direct injection, the valves will gunk up with carbon from the oily fumes from the crankcase ventilation, and the heads have to be removed to be able to walnut shell blast them clean. Or that you have to remove the entire front end to replace an alternator.

And so on, and so on.....

They won't tell you that sort of detail simply because they would lose the advertising as well as the neat cars to go play with for free.

PS - the carbon buildup is common to ALL direct injection engines, so avoid cars that have them.
 

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Not entirely true. Toyota and Ford use a simultaneous direct and port injection that keeps the intakes clean. I wish Subaru did that. There are fixes, just expensive as needed. I don’t mind a carbon cleaning every 60k-100k for $100-200. Also, if the Toyota engine needs work that requires removal and replacement of the dual injector setup it does cost about double in labor costs.

Scotty does mention about the repairs on many makes - even his beloved Toyotas - but he tends to focus his channel on older vehicles so I don’t really follow him regularly.
 

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Ever notice that car reviewers that accept review cars from manufacturers the make expensive sports sedans, like Audi, never tell you about the difficulty and hideous expense of doing any maintenance on them? In Audi's case, their direct injection engines are indeed wonderful - until you have to replace the entire intake manifold ($3K for just the manifold assembly) because the plastic bar and flapper assembly will break usually somewhere around 60K miles. Or that it is a 20 hour job to replace the timing chain every 60K miles or so, and if it breaks, it destroys the entire engine. Or that because of the direct injection, the valves will gunk up with carbon from the oily fumes from the crankcase ventilation, and the heads have to be removed to be able to walnut shell blast them clean. Or that you have to remove the entire front end to replace an alternator.

And so on, and so on.....

They won't tell you that sort of detail simply because they would lose the advertising as well as the neat cars to go play with for free.

PS - the carbon buildup is common to ALL direct injection engines, so avoid cars that have them.
Many buyers of new German lux vehicles don't keep their vehicles beyond the warranty period. They don't much care about high maintenance costs.

The shock comes to the 2nd and 3rd owners trying to impress their friends and neighbors then realize they can't afford the maintenance.
 
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Not entirely true. Toyota and Ford use a simultaneous direct and port injection that keeps the intakes clean.
Yes, injecting in the runners simultaneously is necessary to stop the carbon buildup. If the engine doesn't have that setup, avoid that car unless you plan on getting rid of the car early in its life.
 

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Many buyers of new German lux vehicles don't keep their vehicles beyond the warranty period. They don't much care about high maintenance costs.

The shock comes to the 2nd and 3rd owners trying to impress their friends and neighbors then realize they can't afford the maintenance.
Yup. If you go to the Audi forums, very few of the posters have a clue about anything mechanical on their cars.

A friend just bought an R4 that needs the manifold swapped out. Unfortunately, he didn't know about all of the maintenance $$ he'll have to sink into it to get it going again and keep it going. The place he bought it from had another one there that the timing chain had broken at 60K miles - it even broke the crank!
 

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Walnut blasting of the intake valves every 60k miles isn't the end of the world.
No, not the end of the world, but unless you can do it yourself, it can run well over a grand each time, depending on the rest of the engine layout, of course. Hardly what you would call owner-friendly design work - something the manufacturer could have easily avoided with a single injector in or just below the throttle body that came on every 1000 miles or so for a short period.
 

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If an intake spray is sufficient to remove intake valve carbon deposits then there are procedures to do that for a lot less money - a walnut blast is the worst case scenario and what they use for first generation European DI systems that had terrible fouling.

The Ascent forum isn't in a panic about it: CRC intake valve cleaner

I've looked at videos of BMW intake valve deposits and they look horrific. Subaru DI intake valve deposits are mild in comparison, so while both use Direct Injection, one seems much cleaner than the other, for whatever reason.
 

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The DI Boxers have been running in Australia for a while now and have an OEM chemical Carbon Clean product for services. I am going to inquire when I do my maintenance but I think it is effective as long as you don’t wait the 60k for a performance problem to arise first. Maybe something yearly I can add on.
 

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The problem with Youtube is anyone can look like a professional, but isn't. For a performance related review, I want professional drivers. Car and Driver used to be like that, but now its a mix of drivers and journalists. Ben Collins (the former Stig) does good reviews. For reliability, I want a technician's opinion mixed with aggregate owner data. Autos 123 here is Canada does great used car reviews on this basis, as do others.
 

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Many buyers of new German lux vehicles don't keep their vehicles beyond the warranty period. They don't much care about high maintenance costs.

The shock comes to the 2nd and 3rd owners trying to impress their friends and neighbors then realize they can't afford the maintenance.
The last shop I worked for was an independent that specialized in MB. The owners were two former MB dealer techs.
People would come in asking about a used MB and their response was always the same. Get a Honda or Toyota, you'll have the same payments and it's under warranty.

These people wanted expensive cars they couldn't afford. They'd ignore the advice, have what amounted to a new car payment but also have the maintenance on a older MB.

But hey you got to say you drove a MB not a Honda.
 
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