Reality set in. It seems to me that Bill Ford is a typical mind dead trend
following bozo. Toyota builds hybrids, press loves hybrids, we must build
hybrids, ignore reality, whoops....
The Prius is an over priced gadget ladened gimmick. It appeals to the sort
of person who needs the latest cell phone, or a video i-pod, or whatever
cool sounding thing the press loves this week. Unfortunately for Ford, no
matter how good a hybrid they build, the press is not likely to faun over it
like they do over anything Toyota manages to cobble together from parts /
designs they buy / borrow from other companies. Ford should concenrtrate on
building good cars and supportign their Customers and quit tying to apease
the Consumer Reports crowd. Bill Ford wants to be an environemtalist, but he
also wants to "save" Ford. He needs to quit trying to look good in the
press, and actually run Ford.
On the other hand, Ford has at least two cars that people seem to like. In
the latestest JD Powers Customer Satisfaction Survey the Mustang and Fusion
were tops in their class.
You forgot to mention the terrific resale value of the Mustang. I just sold
my loaded 2005 GT convertible, with 16K on the clock for $30,000, $1,700
MORE than I paid for it in 2005. The MSRP when I bought it was $30,600 and
I paid around $28,300. I bought a 2007 Mustang GT Convertible, MSRP $31,700
and I paid $29,500. I did a trade through of the 2005 for the 2007, at the
dealership to the buyer at $27,300, (NADA average wholesale) to save state
sales tax. My total sales price with sales tax, title and transfer fees.
$3,500. Total deprecation for me to move up two years, $1,800 ;)
Off topic but I saw today in the Sears parking lot a late model Mustang
GT Saleen, bright red. It looked a lot different on the front and rear
ends and had a stock body kit all around. Looked pretty cool, much
different than the regular stock GT. I'd like to know if they did
anything different with the motor, like a stock turbo or supercharger.
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