I too have less confidence in Ford, but I think they just might make it as
Thing is though that people with enough money will still buy the big SUV's,
regardless of gas prices. I'm not one of them, but some will.
This is where you and I differ greatly. I love my electronics. My SSEi
Bonneville has everything you can think of, and I love it. People get in it
at night time (after never having been in one before), and say it looks like
a jet cock-pit. I love it. Auto headlights, heat/cooling, HUD, she has it
all, and I mastered the use of it in under 2 minutes. If you don't like
electronics, I can respect that, but I (as well as a lot of others) do.
I've actually never driven a SAAB. Let me know how it goes for you after you
take one out.
That's what I love about my Bonnie. I can actually sit in the engine bay
while working on it. I did a spark plug and wire change in under 30 minutes.
The previous version Bonnie's are even easier to work on. I did a plug and
wire change in one of those a week ago, and it only took 15 minutes.
The electronics in this Volvo were not so obvious, using only European
figures to suggest the uses. There was no owners manual with it.
But, the same goes here for dishwashers, washing machines, driers, etc.
With time, you can find out how they should work. ( One of the apartments
had a drier
with a Water icon. I had no idea, at first, what it meant. In those
applications, there is
no outside vent, and the water vapor from the clothing is condensed and
stored in a
water cannister. When 'Water' goes red, you have to dump the cannister.)
The transmission was really the only severely inconvenient part of the
Volvo. I managed
to drive it, but my wife would have freaked out. When she is in the
country, I have to make
sure I have a car she can drive, and this wasn't it.
Many, if not most, of the cars offer small diesel engines now. Some are
turbocharged, and they
offer great advantages in economy. Power isn't bad either. You have to do
fuel costs darn near $8 per US gallon.
When fuel gets to $8 per gallon in the USA, I think the whole concept will
Even if they go bankrupt, that doesn't mean that they'll suddenly stop
producing cars. They'll just restructure some debt and press on.
Businesses sometimes go up and then down before going up again. It's the
nature of a supply and demand, free market economy. If they continue
losing market share, they'll just discontinue some models, scale down
operations. Then when things pick up, they'll start producing more cars
If I ran GM, I'd diversify, like GE did, and go into some more profitable
areas to bolster their bottom line. Also, I'd have a topdown new emphasis
on customer service and standing behind their products. Like for instance,
some of the manifold and gasket problems. They should turn those into
voluntary recalls and fix the customer's cars before the engines overheat
and become 500 pound paperweights. Because when someone's engine becomes
toast due to a known design flaw, they aren't going to be buying another GM
product and they will tell their relatives to avoid GM products. So not
standing behind their products hurts their immediate and long term sales.
You are so right they are already bankrupt but they keep on making cars
The banks will eventually pull the strings and stop the needless
shedding of money
It is possible to fool most people most of the time
A dealer delivery is far from a several yr ownership.
Big deal. I consider that a medium length trip, but it is much better
than a useless drive around the block.
What a generalization. There are so many different designs to meet
I was a real foreign car driver back in the mid 50 - 60 ERA, when I
couldn't even stand to look at the domestic chrome covered large gas
From the mid 60s to now I've been a domestic owner, Chrysler since '79
when they lead the move to FWD which I prefer for my driving. I had
several Chrysler FWD vehicles from the 80s and was fairly pleased with
them, particularly since Chrysler made significant design improvements
with each new model.
However Chrysler chose to make the RWD 300 monster to replace my LH
car. That got me looking around and re evaluating what car I wanted.
I've changed my car desires and since I had to do significant mid life
maintenance on my LH I'll be sticking with it for several more yrs.
So thx Chrysler for making a car I couldn't buy and getting me to put
more thought to what I want. Toyota and a few other "so called imports"
are a possibility.
If I didn't live in an area that gets a lot of snow and ice in the winter
(when FWD is great), I'd prefer RWD. RWD cars are easier to fix and
cheaper to fix also. Dropping a tranny in a RWD car is relatively quick
and easy compared to taking one out from a FWD car.
Maybe...I can't really comment across the board. Each generation of cars
has its easy and hard items, I guess.
On some FWD cars it is a piece of cake to removed the tranny. Others are
harder but, as you say, most RWD cars are pretty easy.
That is an ambiguous statement, but that is a common misconception. While
FWD by be better in unplowed snow, RWD handles more safely when the roads
are merely covered with light snow and ice. The problem occurs when one
decelerates and the engine braking is applied to the front wheels, rather
than the rear wheels. That can easily cause the driver of a FWD vehicle to
loose steering control, if he does not realize what is happening and shift
into neutral or disengages the clutch. Even FWD vehicle that are available
in AWD divert more of the torque to the rear wheels than the front when
engaged. Some AWD/4WD vehicles supply as much as 80% of the power to the
rear wheels, most are 60/40 or 70/30 but others go as low as 50 / 50
The Pa State police use primarily RWD Crown Vics year round, for that
reason. Troopers are not to drive over the posted speed limit or use the
few FWD unmarked cars in pursuit, after several troopers were injured or
killed driving FWD cars at speed on wet and ice roads.
The is one of the reason FWD race cars now used in NASCAR, are convert to
The rest of what you had posted may be true (PA State Police claims), but
this part isn't. The only reason that all NASCAR cars are rear wheel drive
is because that is the spec for the car. The spec is 30 years old and has
nothing to do with inherent ability or lack thereof in FWD design.
I've never had a problem with steering control loss with a FWD.
I do lots of snow ice driving, going to our ski hill mountains.
Of course I'm driving normally, not racing trying to catch someone.
Even before ABS my FWD cars have continued straight ahead on
deceleration, but that isn't so with all designs. A short wheel base
compared to track is what causes control loss. Vehicles I've seen losing
it under such conditions are the early Ford Bronco and Honda Civic.
Even the speed limit can be too much on slippery roads, regardless which
Racing is an completely different situation, not comparable to legal
Steering with the already slipping driving wheels will never win the
Picked up a book the other day with fact and fiction about American
The fiction was that the richest companies in the world are US oil and
Fact is, or was, that Toyota had over 17 billion dollars in cash reserves.
They could buy GM.
In 1990, Ford was the wealthiest in the USA in terms of cash reserves. GM
wasnt even close.
Now look at Ford.
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