| Denis Roy wrote:
| > New car buyers don't have to worry about long term reliability or longevity
| > of the product. They have a warranty. They tend to buy new cars when the
| > warranty is finished.
| > Second owners are the ones to have to deal with the garbage gadgets stuck
| > into the cars. New car manufacturers don't give a damn about second owners
| > because they don't buy new cars. Manufacturers only have to appease the
| > warranty crowd.
| While certainly the new car buyer is the *primary* concern of the
| manufacturer, if the used car buyer quits buying the first owner's cast
| offs, the used car value drops, which will have some effect on
| purchasing decisions of new car buyers (i.e., anticipated low resale
| value can cause them to buy a competitor's product instead).
| > Second owners who get fed up of failing power windows, horribly expensive
| > alternator replacements, inaccessable wiper motors etc etc eventually end
| > being new car buyers to get that warranty. However, in the process, second
| > owners tend to move to better made foreign cars.
| If that's true, then, again, the used market for the one-owner used
| so-called domestic cars dries up, negatively impacting prices/
| saleability of both used and new. This being a Chrysler newsgroup, some
| here probably understand the impact on the market of a reputation for
| low resale value. 8^)
Since this thread is cross-posted to Ford and GM Newsgroups, they probably
understand low resale value as well. ;-)
I must buck the trend...I keep most vehicles well beyond the warranty...10-15
years and well into 100K miles...yet I always buy brand new when the time
comes. One recent exception was a 2003 Chevy Malibu LS I dumped on CarMax
about a year ago after putting up with it for 9 months. The car had
way...WAY..WWWAAAAYYYY too many "auto" features on it for my taste. Drove me
nuts ever time I got in the POS! I buy low end $16K or less models because I'm
basically a cheap B**tard ant those models are basic...like I like them (or so
I thought). Who would have thought a low-end model like the Malibu would have
so many annoying things about it. Thankfully the "auto" speed-sensitive radio
volume control could be disabled!! If only all of the other "auto" stuff could
have been too. That might have made the car tolerable to own ;-) (although
it had several other significant "quality" issues too and spent some time at
the dealer for those). Anyway, replaced it with a 2004 Sebring...going on 14
months and not a single quality problem and everything (but the tranny) is
manual...I'm in heaven!! :-) Yes I already know that the 2.7 Chrysler engine
it has will probably not last 100K+ miles. But the Malibu 3.1 had it's piston
slap and intake manifold gasket failure problems too...so...