Originally Posted by dieselclacker
I will have to agree with paz's post above on this subject. I still think in general, you still get more bang for the buck in foreign made autos.
I used to be a staunch GM supporter by purchasing thier products until about 30 years ago. I even worked for Chevrolet for a while in my other life. Seems like thier quality really went downhill at about the mid 70's era. To me they seemed to have the attitude of "here is what we want you to buy", instead of building "what I wanted to buy".
I have looked at american products the past few years, and was not impressed with GM at all. I did purchase a Ford Mustang for my grandaughter as a present for her college graduation. I will say it has been trouble free for three years, and she loves the car. ( She better,
I might add that fuel mileage is not the only criteria for my auto purchasing. I look for such things as size, serviceability,trade in value, styling etc. and size them all up before making the buy. I just purchsed a new Honda CRV, and am very happy with it so far.
These are just my thoughts and opinions, on the subject, I would certainly hope that GM and other manufacturers get it together, and produce a desireable competitively priced car, like I know they can.
That bang for your buck is more bucks paid out to buy the foreign car. As you can see from this website; http://www.automotive.com/2009/99/ch...036/index.html
The only comparable car on the list on the right of the page that is lower than the Colbalt is the Aveo, Kia made but sold under the Chevy Badge.
As far as having not purchased a Chev in 30 years try again. My Dad bought a new Ford in 1957 and it blew the engine in less than a year. Needless to say it was 30 years before he tried them again, but he did.
The big three isn't even the leader in recalls anymore. From Businessweek on line article on autos August 13, 2007, 3:50PM EST by Douglas Macmillan
"Toyota, a Recall Leader?"
"It's not just older models that get recalled. Frequently car manufacturers, or the NHTSA, discover a problem with a car shortly after it's released to the public. For the past two years, BusinessWeek has compiled lists of the most recalled new cars—and for both years, the results were surprising.
While General Motors (GM
), DaimlerChrysler (now Chrysler LLC
), and Ford led the list in 2006, Toyota saw a departure from its quality-obsessed character—recalling nearly 1.5 million vehicles worldwide, spanning every single model line produced that year (see BusinessWeek.com, 7/19/06, "The Most Recalled Cars 2006"
This year the bombshell on the list was Volkswagen of America, which recalled more than a million New Beetles because of a faulty brake light switch (in both the 2007 and older lines), and some 58,000 Passats for a fragile vacuum line. The company predicts that only about 30% to 35% of the vehicles in this recall are faulty but advises all owners of affected models to visit their local dealer."
This article can be read in its entirity at; http://www.businessweek.com/autos/co...810_455098.htm
According to this article these cars models are ranked for total number of recalls VW is on the top of the list, and GM doesn't even appear until 10th on the list. See; http:///images.businessweek.com/ss/0...l/index_01.htm
There are two VW models and two Nissan models before you even get to the first GM car model and that is the Aveo made by Kia motors of Korea and badged as a Chevy.
Yes I worked for them and yes I retired from GM.
I can tell you that during the period 1978 to 1985 that we built engines and a lot of them shouldn't have been released.
We the Labor that everyone loves to rail against complained about these engines. But the Supervisors wanted the production numbers so they would look good to upper management. They, not us wanted to keep building.