This is a REALLY good question. In 2005, Mercedes lost money, but Chrysler
paid their bills. This year, the media are all reporting that Chrysler is a
drag on Mercedes and how bad Chrysler's problems are and blah blah blah, as
if Chrysler was in the same shape as Ford. If anything, Chrysler's problem
is that Mercedes took their money. It's a strange situation, but you just
never know what the media will say. They can say whatever they want.
I also think it's funny that a post on the whole breakup situation spawned a
100-post cross-posted thread in which EVERY POST except yours was about snow
tires. What's next, ash trays? turn signals? Can't you guys find something
interesting to post about?
It will take them many years to recover if it is even possible. Toyota is
eating everyone for lunch. Including Asian competition.
A good combination would be Honda and Chrysler. Honda making the smaller
cars, Chrysler the big cars. And Honda could provide Chrylser with much
needed engine technology for many of their cars.
This will be long, but it comes at the tail of a very long thread.
Heh! I think "having arrived" was one of things critics used to slam the
"C" class. "Poor man's Benz for yuppies in love with hood ornaments" etc.
(And I thought your typical yuppie drove a Beemer-- zig-zagging in an out of
traffic like he thinks he's Mario Andretti(sp?).)
Did I just give away my age by mentioning Mario? ;)
All these posts very enlightening. In the '80's I could never understand
advertising that presented FWD like it was something you'd *want*!?
Then I read about snow and of course not much snow in San Antonio Texas. I
have to go back to 1986. I had to get from San Antonio, north to a little
town called San Marcos (about 60 miles). A little 1982 Mercury Lynx (Ford
Escort) did the job while a '77 Cutlass Supreme wanted to spin & fish-tail
the first turn out of my neighborhood & was quickly steered back to garage.
(I was going maybe 5 MPH at the most.)
So FWD does make a difference for snow; but I'd totally forgotten about
that. Only vehicles I saw on interstate were 18 wheelers and 4x4's-- creepy
feeling. (Everyone else had sense enough to stay home which I didn't back
then. :-0 )
RWD just seems smoother IMO. But the following might opening up another can
What good is an engine without a transmission? 2004 Honda Accord Ex is a
good car. Like the ergonomics, v-6 allows it to "get up and go" when
needed, but the ride still feels "choppy" when AT is shifting gears, & it
feels like the car is being "pulled".
No comparison w/ C320 of same year. Benz is simply a quieter, smoother
ride. (With a *much* better stereo-- always the critical deciding factor
when choosing a vehicle (kidding)).
Of course the 320 will also "get up and go" but much more quickly, and I
don't think it requires as much "effort" if I glance down at tachometer.
Also, maybe it's the insulation, but on long trips where I drive 80mph, the
Benz is quiet while I can hear more engine noise in Honda. Don't like RPM
needle being up there for long periods of time either.
Merc has more efficient transmission? Both are 5 speed.
Or am I trying to compare apples with oranges in this case since one is
obviously FWD & the other is RWD?
As for Economics, globalization may make that difficult to determine. The
Honda is made in Brazil. The Mercedes hails from Bremen Germany, but at
least some of the Mercedes SUV's are made in a plant in Alabama of all
places. Toyota is opening a plant here in San Antonio.
Finally I have no sympathy for GM. When did Caddie stop making RWD model?
Sacrilege! (and their SUV just plain stupid imo-- so are "hummers"--
although if you've got the cash, your children probably *are* safer in a
panzer tank equipped with a DVD player.)
So for a domestic RWD luxury sedan-- Lincoln is last man standing? But the
new ones look like mid-sized sedans. Wise man on this thread who said he is
hanging onto his.
Guess I need to stay with the times. The days of "land yachts" and clean
engine compartments are long gone.
Anyway just one man's idle thoughts & ramblings on a pleasant afternoon.
Clear skies and sunny in San Antonio-- 78F/25C-- I should be outside, or in
the woodshop but dog-gone allergies... Quit before I stray OT & this post
gets any longer! :-0
thx for reading if you made it this far!
That's the same way the government and the media treat our Social
Secuity system - take money from it to pay their bils and then report
that it's broke.
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