- Dec 21, 2004
- central ky
I have been happy with my ford edge. And I was never a ford man.
Please tell me exactly how middle management screws everything up? In most organizations they are sort of human glue and a vital layer between labor and the c suite.I think every once and awhile, employees at an American car company are all on the same page, and produce a great product. By that I mean, management, engineers and line-workers are all clicking together and are making great cars. At least until middle management screws everything up.
I say this because I know there are some great years for American cars. The late sixties produced some great American cars for example. My current 2014 Chevy Silverado has been bullet proof so far and I would put it up against any other car world wide. So, I am not sure what was happening in 2014 at the Chevy Silverado plant, but they had things clicking.
So I would like to hear from you guys, some bragging about your American cars, especially trucks. If you have vehicle that is as good as any other car you have ever owned, post your compliment as a PSA for others.
"...I miss what AMC had going for them...great engineers who built vehicles with ease of maintenance in mind expecting the owner to do most of it themselves...."
Drive it here in Memphis and see how your “should see another decade” theory works out. Dodge Chargers and Challengers are lasting for a few days, but maybe nobody will notice that hunk of a vehicle!This is the fifth XJ Cherokee I've owned since buying the first one back in '94. I could think of loads of things to complain about, but of all the vehicles I've owned it's my favourite. I hope I can keep finding good ones for as long as I'm driving. With my low mileage this one should see another decade unless it gets legislated off the road.
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I will say this: by modern standards, my '22 Subaru is much more maintenance friendly than other new cars. I'm sure there's a nervous system-esque wiring scheme under the carpet, but when you pop the hood it's clear they at least expected you might change the oil. No stupid plastic covers to take off, oil filter is accessible with the car parked on the ground, right from the top. This is what it looks like under the hood from the factory:I miss what AMC had going for them...great engineers who built vehicles with ease of maintenance in mind expecting the owner to do most of it themselves. They couldn't keep up with the others in the style department due to lower profits, but there are no vehicles built today that come close to allowing the owner to handle most repairs....not even some mechanics.
Worked at a Chevrolet dealer in the mid-‘60s while in college. Given the number of sabotaged cars that came through - I’ve never owned another American car since my ‘59 Bonneville convertible…I’ve routinely gotten 175-225K trouble free miles out of various VW/Audis. Currently 22 years and going strong: ‘01 A4 2.8L Q.There were certainly some classics like the GTO and 442. Unfortunately workmanship, tooling and design took a hit a few years later when the fit and finish in American vehicles took a sharp dive. The assembly line blues were famously blamed but it was really a failure at many levels.
those reviews will be submitted by the car itself . . .C'mon Tesla owners, let's hear it!
Still rocking my 05 Yukon. Best vehicle I’ve ever owned. They did something right with those trucks.I had a 2007 GMC Yukon that was about as good as it gets for what it was. Seven passengers if you want, or take out/fold up some seats and it would hold a LOT of cargo.
Great tow vehicle. Super comfortable highway cruiser.
Plus it was very capable ( for a truck) in other ways. Disc brakes all four corners. Huge sway bars. V8 punch. Great cooling system; could idle all day in 90 degree temp without overheating.
The only reliability issues were caused by corrosion inherent to where I live. Other than that it only required routine maintenance. They say GMC trucks are Chevy with lock washers lol.
...great engineers who built vehicles with ease of maintenance in mind expecting the owner to do most of it themselves.
Good to see. I have seen vehicles so badly designed that you had to raise the motor or remove a fender to change the oil filter! How many owners are going to do it?I will say this: by modern standards, my '22 Subaru is much more maintenance friendly than other new cars. I'm sure there's a nervous system-esque wiring scheme under the carpet, but when you pop the hood it's clear they at least expected you might change the oil. No stupid plastic covers to take off, oil filter is accessible with the car parked on the ground, right from the top. This is what it looks like under the hood from the factory:
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My brother in law bought a brand new 1968 AMX man we loved that car. My sister got pregnant and he traded it for a 1970 340 duster, which was cool but never the same.If only AMC had moved beyond vacuum wipers and kingpins with the rest of the industry, but they couldn't. Instead of putting so much into Javelin/AMX in '68, they should have made Hornet wagons with four-wheel drive, for about a decade.
There. I've said it.
Yes, I'm a Collectible Automobile reader (!) Good post.