Looking for a nice sports sedan. Considering a 540i, S4 or A6 2.7T, E430 or
an Impala SS. I know the Chevy probably has the best reliability and
quality and performance, but how do the others compare? Have they matched
That must have been in the late 70's or early 80's
when G.M. really had their quality at a high
level that set the bar for all other auto makers.
The German auto makers have never been
able to match the unparalleled build quality
that came out of Detroit during this "golden"
era, so the original post makes perfect sense.
the re.autos.makers.chrysler newsgroup.. The rest of the world knows that
German stuff is pretty damn tough and generally of high quality, but US
posters just can't except it.. the joke is on them, however.. the main gun
on the front of an Abrams M1E1 is of German descent.. ref.
http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/land/120.htm .. quote from that site..
"The 120mm smooth bore cannon system was developed by West Germany for the
Leopard II tank. The ammunition produced by both countries is interoperable
and interchangeable between the Abrams and the Leopard, thus ensuring
maximum commonality within the NATO community.".. Deutschland Uber Alles..
Wait a minute! If you remember correctly, based on numbers alone Al Gore
won.. Yes its true.. Al Gore won the popular vote. But unfortunately,
that wasnt good enough... GW still won the electoral college vote
I for one was mad.
In addition, GW's approval rating is falling.
The original comment was a wise ass trying to get a rise just for fun of
Actually, the head gasket failure rate in the E12 530i probably topped anything
Detroit ever did. In fact, all US-spec BMWs from the late 70s were cantankerous
pigs. Notice how few there are on the road -- though they sold pretty well
during those years, you see more pre-'75 ones now. The late 70s ones are almost
all in the junkyard, where they belong.
That's a joke, right?
I once owned an '85 Chevy that was hands-down the very worst car I have ever
owned. I drove an early '70s Pinto company car that was better than my
mid-size Chevy. I bought an '82 Honda Accord that could literally blow the
doors off my High Output Chevy V6. The Honda was both quicker and had a
better top end. And, it could get out of its own way, an attribute not
shared by my Chevy.
But it does! I drove a Chevrolet Cavalier loaner on my last trip to
the US, and I have to say the build quality of that all-American car
outshone that of the overpriced, underpowered German. Just look at
the efficiency and design of the centre console - one single,
unpainted, plastic injection moulding all the way from the radio to
the ashtray for the rear seats! Guaranteed no squeaks. The
world-class 2.2 litre engine was also smooth and economical. I have
to say BMW has not routinely matched Chevrolet quality, probably
because it doesn't need to: the BMW is only sold in about four
markets, and the Impala in about 80.
Oh hang on, it's the other way around... damn! :)
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