U.S Auto manufacturers don't really "get it" do they?

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  1. otterhound

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    Nice looking car. Body shape reminds me of an older generation Camry. Just sayin.
     
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    The US auto makers & US manufacturing in general are all in it for the $$$$$, nothing else, and the workers be damned.

    Next ............
     
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    The Bad Dog Café is the GENERAL DISCUSSION FORUM. As has been pointed out many times before, there are other sub-forums on the TDPRI where just about any Telecaster subject is discussed.
     
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    Are you seriously suggesting any auto manufacturer any where is in it for other than the money?
     
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    I think he meant that differently.

    US automakers just want your money now. They don't seem to build or service car to endear a repeat customer.

    The "other nations" seem to want you to buy a car now, and more cars later, so they service the product and give you something that either lasts or has some feature you come back for.

    In general, anyhow. Hence the thread title.

    But yeah, they are all in it for the money...
     
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    I have mentioned before that we have "my" car a Honda CRV we bought when I retired. We also have a Chevy Impala LTZ we bought new long ago for the wife. Both have been good cars. The LTZ only has a little over sixty thousand miles on it, and had been garaged all of the time since we bought it. The Honda has worked out well too. It has about fifty thousand miles on it also garaged since new.

    The thing I would take somewhat exception to, and I know this could be a local thing, but I actually enjoy going to the GM dealer, and HATE going to the Honda dealer for anything. So much so, that I have sought out an independent repair facility to have even regular maintenance done. I grumbled about waiting so long during a scheduled maintenance thing one time, they said well make an appointment, and you won't have to wait. I made an appointment, showed up on time, which for me means early, and they said. You'll have to wait, we half a dozen or so walkins in front of you! Sheesh!
     
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    None taken. They still make Telecasters, because there's a big current market for them
     
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    Yeah, I get that. It probably depends on the dealer.

    Our VW and Mazda dealers are wonderful. The Oldsmobile / Pontiac dealers we dealt with in the past were horrific. It may be a small sample set I'm working with and extrapolating data, but hey - it's my opinion, right? :D
     
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    I was responding to the idea that all the technological bells and whistles are driven by auto journalists. I don't see it. If they all listened to the journalists, BMWs wouldn't now drive like Buicks. I am sure automakers have focus groups of regular people and they respond accordingly.
     
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    Picture from about 97’ of me dragging a 65’ basket case home to Texas from Arkansas to restore with a bone stock 40 horse 61’. Those old air-cooled (Anemic at best) 40 horse engines were amazing.
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    They used to do it right.

    Not so much anymore.

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    I had a sonic. Needed its 3rd transmission at 83000 miles. I dumped it asap, but not before driving around with 'shi77y Chevy' written in dust on the bumper for a while. Car was cool on the inside, but what a heap of crap.
     
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    Good to know, thanks
    BTW I had a 78 ford fiesta, complete POS, everything on it broke twice but it was great fun to drive when it worked.
     
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    I'm bettin' more than one family got its start right there!
     
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    The bottom line...Americans aren't buy cars anymore. It's all trucks, CUV's, SUV's.

    I have a 2018 Malibu...damn fine auto....looks great, drives great....lotsa technology. And as of now...besides shoebox cars or specialty cars...it's the only "car" Chevy offers. Sad, but the reality is...people are not buy cars anymore.
     
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    THIS! Bingo! :) And... CHROME! LOTS AND LOTS of IT!!! :D:cool:
     
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    The odd thing is, the local dealer told me that they cannot get enough Continental Black Labels and cannot keep them in stock when they do get one.

    My observation is it is a nice car but the colors are often bad and the finish and accoutrements are not on the mark. If they had delivered what was promised or recalibrated when the mistakes became apparent they might have fixed it. But that volume of sales is absolutely sad.

    The good news is that I might be able to find a nice, used one with low miles or a demo. ;)

     
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    Another odd thing is that I have not seen limo and car services with the Continental in the fleet, I have not seen the Continental placed with Lyft or Uber in their service or rental fleet, or in legacy rental agencies like Hertz, etc.
     
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