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Government Motors' Crowning Achievement: Falling Steering Wheels

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Who can forget the frenzied all out bashing of Toyota on all government propaganda stations after the brake pedal got stuck just at a time when GM was emerging from bankruptcy, and before it was forced to engage in stuffing dealers with its bloated inventory. Yet very little if anything has been said about the curious case of the Chevy Cruze... and the falling steering wheel. The WSJ writes: "Imagine turning your car’s steering wheel, or giving it a gentle tug, and having it break away from the steering column. Now you’re speeding along holding the suddenly useless wheel. It sounds like a vision from a cartoon, or every driver’s nightmare. And it happened to at least one driver of a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze compact car last month, and General Motors Corp. is recalling 2,100 of the cars as a result." Because in Soviet Amerika, working steering wheel is an accessory. Phil Lebeau: insert Chuck Norris joke here.... Phil... Phil?

From the WSJ:

While the recall affects a relatively small number of vehicles, it is an unpleasant development for Chevrolet, which has been riding high on the success of its new small car. Chevrolet sold 50,205 Cruzes through the end of March. That’s well short of the 76,821 units Toyota sold of the Cruze’s main rival, the Corolla, but it is ahead of the 37,379 Cobalts Chevy sold in the same period. The Cruze replaced the Cobalt and is supposed to be a departure from that uninspired model.

In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the car maker said it traced the problem with that particular car to a case in which the wrong wheel was put in a car and replaced later in the assembly process with the correct one. But the new wheel wasn’t attached properly, the car maker says.

When the wheel separated from the steering column, the driver was able to get the car to the side of the road safely, and the company says it has tested other cars from the production run and found no similar problems. General Motors says it believes this was an isolated incident.

Relentless quality at a bailout price. For everything else, there's TaxpayercapitalCard.

 


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Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:22 | Link to Comment Mr. Denny Kneel
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Steering wheels bitchez

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 13:00 | Link to Comment Obummer
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Ladies and gentlemen, fellow Americans, good people of the world.  Much talk has been made of the success of the financial assistance offered to General Motors by the United States government.  My administration, on the advice of our friends both in business and in labor, provided the financial backing required to pull GM back from the brink of destruction.  This effort was a huge success.  At a time of major economic uncertainty we were able to address GM's deficiencies and sell our financial interest back to the market, reaping large rewards for the American tax payer.  Now, however, we hear rumors that not all is well with GM, that perhaps there are quality issues, and that perhaps there is too much inventory.

These rumors are baseless and a clear threat to our standards of democracy, human values, and American ingenuity.  For behind these rumors are the very terrorists we have been fighting against for so long.  And now these terrorist organizations have infiltrated the very heart of America, and are in our living rooms, our bedrooms, and our workplaces even as I speak.  Rest assured that I will do everything in my power as President of this great nation to repel this threat to our ways, and that in the coming months we shall take decisive action against this new menace to our financial stability and our Constitution.  Thank you, good night, and God bless America.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 14:41 | Link to Comment the mad hatter
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Here is video of said car with detachable steering wheel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2_b4V6C4aM

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 15:21 | Link to Comment Buckaroo Banzai
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In Soviet Amerika, you don't steer wheel... wheel steers YOU!

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 18:41 | Link to Comment IQ 145
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 Ouch. "Chuck Norris could steer with his teeth, easily".  So, they actually sold 2100 of these, ehh. That's interesting.

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 03:38 | Link to Comment OldPhart
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Introducing..."THE OBAMAMOBILE™®"

Look for the Union Lable.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:24 | Link to Comment aerojet
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If GM was innovative, their cars would have a joystick instead of power steering.  That way, you capture the video game generation and kill them off when the electricity fails.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:23 | Link to Comment whatsinaname
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Does the wheel get quantitatively eased from your hands ?

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:25 | Link to Comment truont
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Because in Soviet Amerika, working steering wheel is an accessory.

Yeah, an accessory to murder...

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:51 | Link to Comment King_of_simpletons
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A subtle plot to get rid of those going for the Cruze and not the Volt. Ya see ... Cruze is a repackaged Volt just not with those hybrid crap in it.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:29 | Link to Comment ebworthen
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Phil Lebeau - now there's a corporate MSM lackey if ever there was one. 

Phil seems to have a juvenile crush on GM, or an Oedipus complex (?).  Either way, I get creeped out whenever he is on screen talking about GM.  

GM - The Yugo of Amerika

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:36 | Link to Comment Gordon Freeman
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Phil, besides being a tool on CNBS, is the official MSM shill for the UAW, doncha kow?

Annd where is Ray LaHood (perfect name), bleating about how "I wouldn't want to buy a Toyo..., er, GM car now"?

Let 'em all die...

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:45 | Link to Comment DoctoRx
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Anyone who watches (or listens to as background) CNBC deserves to be LeBeau'ed and worse.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 13:49 | Link to Comment Temporalist
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Fact:

At the age of 17, Chuck Norris was fired from his job in a car factory because he roundhouse-kicked a car in half.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 17:47 | Link to Comment rich_wicks
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I am looking forward to the day that Chuck Norris dies just so that I don't ever have to hear these stupid stories about him everywhere.  In finance, in medical news groups, in engineering forums, in every damned thing.  Yeah, you're real clever, you can copy another 1/2 million idiots.  Shut up.

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 11:40 | Link to Comment baby_BLYTHE
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the same thing was said about Billy Mayes...

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:31 | Link to Comment SheepDog-One
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In USSA, gubment motor car steers YOU! Over a cliff!

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:35 | Link to Comment truont
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GM recently issued a statement addressing the issue.

"We have decided not to recall our Cruze vehicles.

The US DOT released a study showing the Cruze is perfectly safe to drive on straight roads, so please limit your travel routes to straight routes only.  Sorry for the inconvenience."

/sarcasm

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 18:44 | Link to Comment IQ 145
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 Because; a.) gets rid of another mouth to feed, and b.) someone will have to buy another car!

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:31 | Link to Comment Slow learner
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Maybe GM should consider a merger with Yugo.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:24 | Link to Comment Almost Solvent
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The rear window defroster doubles as a hand warmer when pushing vehicle in cold conditions.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:30 | Link to Comment the not so migh...
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I guess the buyer of the UAW crapbox can then hit themselves in the head with the steering wheel as they drive off the road into a fury crash.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:33 | Link to Comment Agent P
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Maybe it's a wireless bluetooth steering wheel that can also be controlled from your iPad (see recent Buick commercials).

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:33 | Link to Comment johnQpublic
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cruze control bitchez....or lack there of

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:44 | Link to Comment Oh regional Indian
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Haaah! +1, thanks for the laugh.

ORI

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:34 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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INT. AIRPLANE CABIN - MOVING DOWN RUNWAY

Jack is speaking to the BUSINESSWOMAN next to him.

JACK
If X is less than the cost of a
recall, we don't do one.

BUSISNESS WOMAN
Are there a lot of these kinds of
accidents?

JACK
Oh, you wouldn't believe.

BUSINESS WOMAN
... Which... car company do you work
for?

JACK
A major one.
Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:35 | Link to Comment TexDenim
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These workers obviously have a radioactivity deficiency. Drink some Japanese mineral water, or get an X-ray!

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:34 | Link to Comment AG BCN
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reduced development schedules, reduced testing, low cost manufacturing locations. Pressure on management not to delay a launch, and on and on.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 12:51 | Link to Comment Miss Expectations
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That would explain how the wrong component (steering wheel) not only ended up on the assembly line floor, but got 'kind of' installed, got through QC and got shipped.  Is it surprising that the steering wheel line worker didn't notice he had the wrong part? 

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:34 | Link to Comment tellsometruth
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I worked first at a Toyota dealership then a chevy/hummer dealership then went back to a Toyota dealership because of I did not feel great about selling the GM product, plus in the educated market of Bellevue Wa rarely did we sell anything (except when there was 0% 60 plus months, their cars blow, on some large loaded SUV)in comparision to the Toyota lot, I have a 4runner and my wife has a scion TC.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 21:03 | Link to Comment ColonelCooper
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If Toyota would ever build a full size pickup, I'd be all over it. 

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:35 | Link to Comment b_thunder
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broken steering is actually the newst technical innovation straight from Formula One!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAEZY6JBCGc

 

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:44 | Link to Comment Global Hunter
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I don't even need to click the link, Vitali Petrov at yesterday's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:36 | Link to Comment AldousHuxley
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Obama saved the auto industry just in case we would need the factories to produce heavy tanks later when we go to war with China.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:40 | Link to Comment Don Birnam
Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:40 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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Where are the TRUE contrarians who're gonna load up on GM now that this is out of the way?

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:38 | Link to Comment Id fight Gandhi
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Much better buying a decent used car than new econo crap box.

I'd still take a Japanese car any day. German cars are cool but cost too much and too much to fix.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:24 | Link to Comment FreedomGuy
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Try a Mini Cooper. Amazingly engineered little cars. The Japs and Germans both get it right in different ways.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 12:59 | Link to Comment Miss Expectations
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Another chance to say:  Honda CRX

Best car chase ever (except the sad ending, because the cops cheated)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXUqZowz6Vc&feature=related

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:39 | Link to Comment depression
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Clearly the work of a Palin operative.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:43 | Link to Comment spartan117
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Made in the USA!

Maybe we should export these to China?

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:27 | Link to Comment FreedomGuy
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Best laugh of the day for me. It would be revenge for some of the crap they sold us.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:43 | Link to Comment GolfHatesMe
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you can feel just like a bondholder

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:42 | Link to Comment Global Hunter
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In Soviet America, steering wheel turns you!

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:43 | Link to Comment AG BCN
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GM,  creating near life experiences.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:46 | Link to Comment williambanzai7
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Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:02 | Link to Comment Don Birnam
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WB7, a picture speaks a thousand words ( and $30 billion in taxpayer-funded bailout cash ).

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:12 | Link to Comment williambanzai7
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Boobs in management ;-)

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:45 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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That's a thing of beauty, WBZ, even though you milked it.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:10 | Link to Comment OldPhart
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Now THAT's an airbag I wouldn't mind smacking me in the face.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:13 | Link to Comment lunaticfringe
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I luz me some steering wheel, shor do!

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:46 | Link to Comment Stuck on Zero
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Since most Chevy Cruze cars were manufactured by Suzuki, in Japan, I would say that probably they were built to the same high standards as the Fukushima reactors!

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:49 | Link to Comment spartan117
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Some of those reactors were built/supplied by GE.  All designed by GE.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:52 | Link to Comment AnAnonymous
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The US, contry of cruising. Roads are straight lines, you can cruise all the way long. Who needs a steering wheel?

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:02 | Link to Comment hoos bin pharteen
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In Amerika, car steers you.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:07 | Link to Comment Arrowflinger
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If that is the government teat, it is too small.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 12:50 | Link to Comment Jean Valjean
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Fantastic! +D-cup

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:07 | Link to Comment Diogenes
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Great cars until the wheels fall off. I'll stick with my DeSoto.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:10 | Link to Comment GOSPLAN HERO
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The Kiev Tractor Works was better managed, comrades.

In the Soviet Union, car drives you!

 

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:13 | Link to Comment TruthInSunshine
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I met a gravely, crusty old man who once told me that he walked to school 11 miles in 3 feet of snow, uphill, when he was a young child, and that he drove a car that had the steering wheel fall off on the way back.

And he liked it like that.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:16 | Link to Comment Arrowflinger
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Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:22 | Link to Comment Rusty Shorts
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At least you can eat a steering wheel...well, at least my buddy did...with a little help from an oak tree.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 18:50 | Link to Comment IQ 145
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 LOL. that's sick!

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:26 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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LOL, these are the cars that Conan gave away on his show. I wonder if he'll joke about that, or will his lawyers over-rule?

I reminded of my teenage years when a buddy got a new van. Except it didn't have a steering wheel. Instead, he grabbed the biggest pair of vice-grips from the tool box, and locked 'em down on the column. The we proceeded to go crusin' out in the river bottoms.

I think they only came off once or twice.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:27 | Link to Comment digalert
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Phil Lebeau, another state controlled CNBS propaganda tool. If you want to hear how Government Motors (GM) is the most profitable, best run US company, ask Phil. Want to know how Obowma the great one single handedly saved GM from the brink... ask Phil Le'blowhard. 

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:30 | Link to Comment oddjob
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Phil 'sector killer' Lebeau.....should'nt CNBS move him to PM coverage?

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:29 | Link to Comment FreedomGuy
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This was probably an isolated incident. Some UAW bubba went to work on Monday with a severe hangover and missed a few pins on a few dozen cars that went through the line that day. The UAW should have sent the spare worker that receives full pay even without a job to replace him, but hey, that would make them like a responsible employment agency and that's NOT what they are about. (Last part based on an actual conversation I've had with a union member).

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:38 | Link to Comment All is chosen
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Get the new album; 'Unsafe at Any Speed Revisited'.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:41 | Link to Comment mogul rider
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Lada bitchez

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:46 | Link to Comment jmc8888
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[sarcasm/]It's a new feature for 2011 models.  You see changing your direction while driving hurts fuel economy.  This is their new plan to add .05 mpg to their total, making it possible to still spend 100 bucks (before it's a 1000) to fill up its tank soon enough. [/sarcasm]

Glass-Steagall

 

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:56 | Link to Comment lamont cranston
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As Boris Badenov once said, "In my country The Party is the Thinking Man's Filter."

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 12:24 | Link to Comment gangland
Mon, 04/11/2011 - 12:27 | Link to Comment rlouis
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Back in the USSR - don't know how lucky you are - from NY city

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-pDm695R2U

 

 

 

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 13:10 | Link to Comment Fistfull of wor...
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Gives new meaning to "Hands Free" driving.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 14:03 | Link to Comment squexx
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What's good for GM is good for America!

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 14:40 | Link to Comment the mad hatter
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Here is actual video of car with said detachable steering wheel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2_b4V6C4aM

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 15:02 | Link to Comment FrozenOut
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Bought a Cadillac SRX right before the collapse/rescue (I was gambling that that brand would survive, and the dealer was miserable). Needed three rows of seats for the children. I like the car but from a build point of view it's a total piece of junk. The car would fill up with water becuase the tailgate window seals were not glued properly, the battery failed and needed replacing after less than two years, there's a "customer satisfaction program" a/k/a a recall because the engine timing mechanism is bad, and it gets around 18 mpg. UAW Built --- according to the sticker inside the door.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 15:47 | Link to Comment nah
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Chuck Norris doesnt use steering weels to drive cars around he kicks their ass into gear

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 17:17 | Link to Comment Gimp
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"Union made"   ...it's the quality in our work that demands the higher pay, benefits and retirement package..honestly

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 21:48 | Link to Comment Diogenes
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Great cars until the wheels fall off. I'll stick with my DeSoto.

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Mon, 04/11/2011 - 22:49 | Link to Comment FIAT_FixItAgainTony
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i drive a really old GM vehicle, so i'm unsure, but don't the new cars still have on-star?  isn't there a button to push to call for help?

i was under the impression the car can be unlocked, started and even shut down via satelite.  can't they steer the car for you too, simply eliminating the need for a pesky steering wheel?

I mean, does joe-six-pack want to bothered anymore with actually having to steer the car anyway?  between drinking beer and cell phone texting being more important can't the satelite/onstar do that barbarous relic steering a car issue?

 

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