GM = Get Money

Crossposted from Left Toon Lane, Bilerico Project& My Left Wing

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I find it odd that the "Big Three" can't believe they are in trouble. They decry they can't make money or grow with the way our trade policies are and because of competition.


I own a Honda Element, manufactured in Youngstown, Ohio - the number one state in job loss in 2004, the year I bought the car. Other car manufacturers (those fucking socialist foreigners) are not having a problem competing. Yes, they are suffering from the economic downturn like everyone else, but they are not begging for money.

I am in the market for a new car, I tend to trade every 5 years. I looked at everything and the American cars I looked at were all gas guzzlers and when compared to their Japanese cousins, they are horrid in terms of build quality. The plastics in the interior of the American cars all seemed flimsy and insubstantial. In a Saturn, I opened a little storage bin and the damn door fell off in my hand. If they can't get a storage bin right, what shape is the engine in?

I do not want to see possible millions of manufacturing jobs lost that could stem from a Big Three failure - it might put us in a shock that we may not recover quickly from. But I can't see how Ford, GM or Chrysler can succeed. The management overhaul would take longer than would be reasonable. The debt these companies already have on the balance books is too much for a robust car company to handle. Maybe if Dems didn't buckle on CAFE standards, government could have forced the Big Three to manufacture cars people wanted?

What I think needs to happen, is for a couple of billionaires to get together, buy all three plus the struggling Tesla Motors, thin out the product lines, kill the guzzlers and integrate Tesla technology into the model ranges. Also killing some of the brands would be a step in the right direction. Have you looked at the Mercury car line? Ugly, expensive, polluting and ripe for brand death.

But that idea will never fly, it makes too much sense.

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Re: GM = Get Money
Actually, Ford and Chevy models both ranked up there with Lexus and Honda on JD Power's dependability studies for 2008 and in 2007, Ford ranked #1 in initial quality.
Ironically, the vehicle that got the highest ratings for fewest defects was the Lincoln Town car, whose plant in Michigan was closed last year.
So please don't buy into the meme that all American cars are gas guzzlers or that they all are pieces of crap.
I have an 11 year old Ford Explorer with 160,000 miles that's never had a major repair or problem and I plan to keep it until I hit 200,000 miles before I buy another.
by skohayes 2008-12-12 10:28AM | 0 recs
Re: GM = Get Money

Don't doubt it. I had 1994 Ford Ranger and put 300k miles on it.

My point is the monkey management of the Big 3 have made a miserable mess out of their companies. They will get their multi-million dollar parachutes and the unions members will face financial ruin.

Why? Because the management of the Big 3 ain't worth spit. I don't care how much money the Congress gives the Big 3, they do not have the intellectual capacity to fix the situation.

But my experience at the Saturn dealer is truthful. I might add that the broken door is not a problem with Union manufacturing, but of materials engineering and material selection. The plastic was too soft and too thin to hold up.

by stormbear 2008-12-12 01:48PM | 0 recs


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