Somehow I doubt that your family is your enemy but it sure seemed like mine
was every now and then. Fully understood that, so when the kids were home I
bought a motor home and did a loop around America with the family. Did it in
the middle of the '73/'74 gas crunch, expense hurt like hell. Then sold the
motor home for more than I paid for it to help pay for the trip as the gas
crunch loosened, just luck. The last Corvette had been gone for 8 years.
They still talk about their trip out west and some of the things they did
and people they met. As a boy growing up on a poor farm I never had a
vacation with my parents. One of my goals was to get my kids out to see what
I hadn't seen. They'll never forget the foot thick layer of beer cans in the
park pool at the Cheyenne rodeo, we were parked 4 per stall.
OTOH I'll never forget finding out years later how many vehicles they mooned
or what the signs said that they held up in the back windows. I now have a
clear understanding as to why all of those vehicles passing me would give us
a funny wave. Also it explains why they seemed to know the girls that
stopped at the same park one night. Great time in my life and I found out
about it allot later. Parts of it were hell while living the day to day
Good luck helps.
The main thing I see hurting the C6 production is the bumping that will take
place. Some of those that have to move to keep a job may not put out as good
a days work as before. Also the penny squeezers will be buying more off
shore low bidder parts and assemblies that will go through some new vendor
pains. The corporation I worked for threw allot of good money after bad
decisions before enough sales were lost and the problem corrected, brought
back to the USA. Some of those problems took me across the pond a few time
and I can't believe any rational person would expect to get quality for
those shops I was in. Bad things happened when they ask me to go to Mexico,
almost lost my job but I didn't go to the dump. Many good people down there
but the upper class is killing them slowly, blood suckers comes to mind.
I had $3,500 off MSRP for the C6 and my dealer thought he was going to have
to eat my old '04. It was in a number of auctions and always came back home,
but then the price started up. When it peaked in the spring it sold for a
couple of thousand more than he was asking the fall before. Not sure after
this fall I'd even consider a new C6 or anything else GM puts together.
I see your point. I'm hoping that GM understands that Corvette owners will
settle for nothing but the best quality, which is what got the US vs the
rest of the world debate started years ago anyway. I just need another 18
months. Then again, maybe if production quality becomes a problem, I'll look
for a 2005 or 06.
May be too soon to tell. Yesterday afternoon (PDT), one of the
financial reporters on XM's CNN channel 'clarified' that some of the
announced closure sites might not be actual closures but might undergo
'work shift' adjustments. So, some of these plants (like St.C in
Canada) might continue partially shuttered or on a curtailed schedule
With 20 minutes left on today's market, the "clarification" erased only
10% of yesterday's stock gain and leaves GM maneuvering room--while they
wait for local politicians to come running with offers of tax breaks.
Last week's restatement of prior (IIRC 2003) earnings was more somber
paint on a sorry landscape. Painting bleak pictures won't send anyone to
jail under Sarbanes-Oxley. I think we'll have to stay tuned--I'm not
sure that GM is really serious about cleaning up its act--still looks
like a "bean-counter" & executive committee dance to me. The ball is
clearly in the court where the Unions, Congress, administration and
local politicos are hanging out.
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