Auto union employees should simply take a substantial pay cut, in the hope this step may curb the inevitable. The "big three" should re-tool for econo-boxes. Corporate executives should refrain from their all to common and obscene bonuses for a few years.
I'll lower my hourly rates if you'll lower yours!
We could ALL assist in ensuring a decent recovery from these economic woes, were we to refrain from a measure of greed. No one has to be bailed out, just think smarter and with logic.
Time to fire those managers and hire some Japanese guys who know how to make cars.
Why can't American carmakers compete with foreign car makers? Is it just bad design or engineering? Higher wages (& benefits, etc.)? Bad workmanship? I bought my last American-made car in 1972 and it's been Japanese ever since.
American cars are priced competitively with foreign cars. but truth be told, it's because unions that caused the downfall of American cars. darn unions chose the horrible strategy of going SUV and big at the wrong time. some people will try and tell you it's management, but we all know that unions pull the strings.
Do you really think it was the unions that drove (no pun intended) the SUV tsunami? There is more marketing strategy (clearly not the good kind, but the me-too kind) wrapped around that phenomenon than the making of the GM brand itself. I see that as being much more a case of misguided management than a union move. Besides, GM has a long history of being a day late and a dollar short on delivering new product.
Hell, just a couple of weeks ago they started advertising yet another aircraft carrier-sized X-over. Can't remember the model and I think the ads were pulled just a day or so after they broke. Dumb moves like that will get you cash-poor in a New York minute.
Hell, just a couple of weeks ago they started advertising yet another aircraft carrier-sized X-over.
Yeah I'm waiting for the 50 mpg M1A1 class tank! I'll teach those bassterds to cut ME off in the morning commute !!
My problem with American cars is I got burned a few times... last time in 1987 on a Dodge RAM van... POS !! ... we babied that thing and it fell apart in 5 years. We bought a 1992 Previa which I STILL have today ... runs great- lousey gas mileage (18) but I can't complain. AND I did have a good 1990 Ford Ranger XLT for 7 years.
BUT here's the problem, you get burned once or twice by American cars and the Toyotas and Hondas run for 200,000 miles + with just gas, oil, brakes, and tires ... now cars are NOT cheap... so if you have to spend $20 K, where are you going to bet your money ?? Mine isn't going into the Big 3 !!
I would buy American if the quality was there... it's just never been as good as the Japanese... and convince me with the Billions of $$ Ford, and GM had at one time they couldn't have made one as good as Toyota or Honda IF they'd really wanted to !! DON'T blame the Unions - they didn't design the cars !
I've had good and bad experiences with foreign and domestic cars. The two worst experiences, believe it or not, were with a Volvo wagon and a compact British Leyland entry (can't remember the model name) in the late 70's and early 80's. Best ever most durable cars I've owned have all been domestic: '92 bare bones Cavalier bought new, 150K miles and going strong when I traded it in; '97 Sable bought 2 years ago w/105K miles for $1,600 and still runs like new, and my latest CraigsList bonanza — a '93 Caravan for $700 — 231K miles and despite one can w/almost no compression is virtually unstoppable! Go figure.
I've had good and bad experiences with foreign and domestic cars.
My experiences with American-built cars was horrible; mechanical problems and rust-buckets. And -as DLC stated- the Japanese-built cars lasted well over 100,000 miles with just regular oil changes and new tires. The quality of them didn't seem to take a hit when they were built here.
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