Something is seriously wrong at GM. They're the only car company out that
still insists on using 4 speed autos (well, they do have a 5 speed but its
for 3 Cadillacs and 1 for Saturn), Ford is using 5 and 6 speed autos and
CVTs on Fords..not just certain a brand in the company. They have no cars
that I see myself in besides the CTS, SRX and the Corvette (the CTS was
decided against in favor of the Mustang).
Don't get me wrong, we've had GMs here for as long as I can remember (which
isn't that long but nonetheless). 1987 Caprice and 2 Silverados. 1991
Blazer. 1992 Lumina, Silverado and Caprice. 1993 Grand Prix and Camaro. 1997
Silverado. 1999 Blazer and Camaro. 2001 LeSabre. 2004 Sierra. (also throw in
the 2001 Dodge Stratus and the 2005 Mustang and the 1988 Bronco). From the
1987 Silverado, the new Sierra has the same transmission, just updated. From
the 92 Lumina to the 01 LeSabre, same transmission again just updated a bit.
I want to see GM succeed, but they really have to step up the base here. The
Mustang can get a 5 speed auto, the cheapest GM that can is the Cadillac
CTS. Something is also wrong when a cheap car from Ford has bounceback
windows but a not so cheap truck from GMC doesn't (which are a nice thing to
have when you have people that like to roll up the windows when your fingers
are sticking out). The Sierra has no light in the glovebox, as I found 2
years ago going up for deer hunting when I had to find something in it, in a
cheaper vehicle that would have been fine, not when you're paying close to
40k for it.
The Sierra has a recall for the tailgate cables. How long have they been
making those? How do they manage to screw that up now? The LeSabre needed
the windshield wiper motors replaced, the light switch replaced (it got
stuck in place, you could not turn the lights off). The 91 Blazer had to be
lemon lawwed. It would just die on the highway. They replaced the engine and
transmission 4 times each. The 92 Caprice had a major ABS problem that they
fixed and it came back. The 99 Blazers door fell off the other day,
literally. The bushings rusted through on the driver side door and the pin
fell out. The 01 Stratus had an electrical problem where the lights and dash
would die. The only problem that I have with the Mustang is that when I'm
putting gas in it the pump'll shut off a couple times.
Really, I see no incentive to keep buying GM products right now. I'm a car
guy, I go for whatever is best for me at the moment. What really irks me
though is that GM has the brainpower to catch up and pass up the other guys.
But they CHOOSE not to. One part disagrees with the other and someone has to
make a decision. Would it really hurt them to spend maybe a couple hundred
dollars more on a car to get them up to the quality expectations of the
public? It may cost a little bit more to build the car, but GM would lose
less money because they wouldn't have the incentives on them or as much of
an incentive. Would it really hurt to brag about how much they've gone up in
reliability and say that they're still working to get up to the top? Would
it really hurt to use newer technology (they're getting somewhat better with
this right now)? Would it really hurt to give people what they want?