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Old 08-31-2009, 05:04 AM
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Actually I have had a couple of Gm machines that have lasted mechanically long enough to rust out. The '79 1/2 ton pick up is still running somewhere after several hundred thousand miles. I just repaired the rusting frame on my '92 Buick Wagon. That was cheaper than trying to find anther car with similar reliability. That should last another three years or so as my "park & ride car".

I do have a 1982 Toyota Corolla (RWD with a 4 CYL HEMI) that was an absolute wonder. I gave that one away because of rust.

I do not categorically dislike GM cars but I do despise the management system that is nothing but the most ingrown inept CYA old boys club on the planet. They could do a lot better and still produce good cars for good prices but it might disturb some managers to do it.

PS – McNamara screwed up the military procurement even worse than he screwed up GM.
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Old 08-31-2009, 05:07 PM
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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^^ Mcnamara worked for Ford.
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Old 09-01-2009, 06:49 AM
Location: I think my user name clarifies that.
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Every car company has had its problems.

For instance, here in the Midwest, you'll rarely see a 10+ year old Toyota without SEVERE rust issues.

That said, what really chaps my hide about GM & Chrysler (and Ford, to some extent) is why they refused to fix a problem once they realized it was a problem.

How many years did Chrysler knowingly continue to put faulty transmissions in their Minivans? 15 years?

I can understand any car company having a 1-year glitch in a particular model. But it's absolutely RIDICULOUS that there have been so many multi-year problems with so many of the American-made vehicles.

I guess that's why consumers have simply turned their backs on American-made cars.
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Old 09-07-2009, 10:44 PM
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Tuesday Morning I'm going in to have my brake rotors checked. Believe they are warped. Once I get them fixed and get the dollar amount then I'll begin my personal letter to GM and send one to GM, one to USA Today, and a third copy will be posted on several message boards (including here) and sent out to everyone I know on email. My internet provider offers users their own webpage. I'll use that as a sort of blog to post the letter and any new problems I encounter until I can afford to replace this car. Honestly, had GM fixed these problems after the first few years the problems were discovered, this would have been a very good car. Rides nice, smooth transmission shifts that are hardly noticable, big trunk, and nice dashboard layout. I really liked the car. I'm just PO'd that GM knew about these problems and choose not to correct them during production nor at their own expense when owners brought their vehicle in for repairs. You know there's a problem with your product then fix the product. It's not like I'm asking them to fix an engine that was blown in racing with aftermarket turbos and nitrous oxide boost. These are mistakes made in manufactoring the parts or the car so they should fix their mistakes. I'm sorry, but these are not problems that one should have after barely over 60,000 miles and right after the warranty ends.
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Old 09-08-2009, 07:57 AM
Location: Nevada
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sailordave, that 2003 Malibu sounds like a lemon. It might be a good candidate for that cash for clunkers program!

I agree with you, I'd also look at Toyota, Nissan or Honda.
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Old 09-08-2009, 03:12 PM
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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I was right. My brake rotors were very warped and needed to be replaced. I had a 1994 Cavalier with over 76000 miles and the rotors never warped. These rotors began to warp before reaching 70000 miles.
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