OK guys, not being that much of a Ford person, I have a question
regarding the Contour/Mystique. I never owned one but have had a few
as rentals and, while I would not compare it to the Olds 98 I used to
have or my present Buick Regal, it seemed like a rather decent car.
I've got a neighbor that owns one and he loves it. Has been pretty
Can anyone tell me why Ford dumped it?
Also, am I right that history is repeating itself and Ford is dropping
the Taraus/Sable for an inferior replacement product? Just recently
has a '06 Taraus as a rental and it sure was a lot better than the
last Taraus I drove!
The car companies dump product lines because their cars are no longer
It has taken GM a long time to realize that they can not sell just
about any crap
GM was able to sell inferior products for a long time but it is not as
easy any more and it is not possible for them to do so in the future
You forget to say in my opinion. GM buyer apparently have an opinion,
unlike yours, that ALL other brands are inferior, it appears Obviously the
millions of GM buyers do not think they GM vehicles are inferior or they
would not be spending their hard earned money to buy them.
GM buyer apparently are starting to have an opinion, that ALL GM brands
Obviously the millions of GM buyers do think their GM vehicles are
inferior and they
should not be spending their hard earned money to buy them
WalMart typically sells the same quality product, offered in other stores,
for less money. Do most buyer not buy their Toyota from the dealer that
offered the lowest price? A buyer can choose to spend as much as they want
on a given product. Normally buyers look at what they are getting for their
dollar. Is the FWD V6 Lexus 'better quality' than a FWD V6 Camry? Even
Toyota lovers choose the Camry. When it comes to which brand of vehicles
offers the most for the money, far more buyers in 2005 chose GM, Ford and
Chrysler over all others. ;)
That's what we're supposed to believe, and it's probably true of
some consumables like Mobil1 oil or Crisco shortening. My Sanyo
TV has a model number that is exclusive to Walmart, and the only
reason I (we) own it is because my wife got a gift card from her
employer as a reward for XX days without lost time due to
I expect it to burn out any day now, just like the other crap
that Walmart has built for them on price point.
No way of knowing that. People buy from a particular dealer for
a number of reasons.
Probably. I repair fewer Lexi than I do Toyotas.
Meaningless until you subtract the rental fleet sales.
(L. Ron Hubbard really wasn't a best selling author)
consumers vote with their feet...
and their purchasing dollars.
There are often more sales clerks than customers
at my KMART, TARGET, SEARS stores....
but the local WalMart is ALWAYS crowded !
I think it was Not Invented Here syndrome. Probably higher cost to
produce than other cars in their lineup as well.
Just an anecdote, but if this was happening on a widespread scale... My
ex-GF's mom was a die hard Ford person, mostly because her dad worked
for Ford so she got a discount. She'd had at least two Tauri in a row,
both were POSs which she bitched about incessantly. I told her if she
ever got sick enough of it to do something about it to go test drive a
Contour and see what she thought.
She went to the dealership to follow my advice, and the salesman WOULD
NOT LET HER DRIVE THE CONTOUR, saying that it was too small for her
(???? we're not talking about an unusually sized person here; if I can
fit in it surely a normal sized woman should have no problems) and she
wouldn't be happy with it, unfortunately instead of telling the salesman
to fuck off and going to another dealership she let herself get talked
into buying ANOTHER Taurus, which, you guessed it, turned out to be a
Meanwhile, the then-GF's friend's mom DID follow my advice and bought a
lease return Mistake, which was relatively trouble free. But the
Contour/Mistake/Cougar never got updated when Europe went to the Gen. 2
Mondeo platform, and eventually were all discontinued.
I find it hard to believe that any car could be inferior to the Taurus,
unless you *like* working on automatic transmissions.
William H. Bowen wrote:
replace "fly" with "com" to reply.
The problem with the Contour was not that it was a bad car, but that the
car had very little room, especially in the back seat. There was
actually more interior room in an Escort, which cost less. We Americans
are bigger physically (for manly reasons) and like our room.
Nate Nagel wrote:
The union must be busted!...before in brings the nation to its knees. They
were needed in the 30s-50s but this is the 21st century in a global economy.
If they Shutdown GM they could shutdown the whole economy of detroit.
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