Harsh... but fair...
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Why did the driver cross the road?
The driver couldn't recall, but GM <or insert favorite auto mfg> sure did.
...Buy a GM made Car and get a Detroit home thrown in for just a penny more...
Who was that chick getting her ass kicked up on Capitol Hill this week?
I thought O'Barry was the CEO ;-)
O'Barry is the owner, he hires and fires CEO's...
Fascism at its finest.
Got it now, its the continuation of the War on Women.
(Its all so confusing sometimes...lol)
I find it hard to have sympathy for those who were injured or died in a GM vehicle, because they should have known it is a POS product by now. Perhaps this is a form of Darwinism where the mentally strong survive by knowing instinctively to avoid GM vehicles.
We've all done stupid shit at one time or another. We shouldn't have to die for it.
Sorry, but that's EXACTLY the essence of the natural selection law.
If you're too stupid to stay alive, well then...
Haah...apropos, what do you think of this?
At 40 MPH on a highway...
A most excellent recumbency, but imo I would trust him over the Oriental drivers of the SF Bay. ;-)
I know of what you speak Skateboarder. Between my time in the South Bay, SF and Marin, every time my eyes espied a lady oriental driver within striking range, I did my famous evasive manoeuvre to "git outta her right, left and zigzagging way!!!"...
Maybe just a simple operator problem as he thought that the headlamp switch was cruise control/auto-pilot...
or he was a circus performer out practicing…
Regardless, he is obviously a liberal and supports Obama.
I damn near got sideswiped by one driving a Mercedes the other day as she couldn't figure out which building to turn into and occupied the bike lane parallel to me. Regardless of whose fault it is, I know who ends up paying the bills in a Mercedes vs. Toyota case. "Get the hell away from me lady!", I said out loud as I sped ahead to safety.
Supposed true story.
Insurance claim adjuster questioning accident victim stated that "He needed to to use the bathroom, so client set the cruise control on the RV and left the drivers seat."
Well, at least he has a helmet strapped on the back of the seat. Just in case....
Just in case.....the irony of it is staggering :-)
666, like those douche bags who SOS for help in middle of Pacific. But noooooooooooo, a fortune will be spent to save so can add to douche bag gene pool.
War on Gender Equalization.
Women who don't know how to cook and men who don't know how to use a screwdriver. Huzzah!
No worries, if this GM 'thingy' doesn't work out, we can always transfer those union workers and hook them up as Obamacare workers.
UAW is also the owner.
I think her name was ' Patsy '
lol...good one...if I understand the issue with the ignition switches right, people were hanging cinder blocks on the key chains and expecting the switches to not malfunction.
Not a defense of GM by any means (I went over to Ford after government "protected" them) but thats what understand about the safety issue. People had all kinds of crap on their key chains and the weight is what caused them to malfunction.
Could be wrong...but thats what I understand about it.
GM has had bad switches since at least 1979. I have a 79 Pontiac that I had to replace the switch. After the first replacement, took all the extra keys off. Didn't help. It went bad in a few years. Bought a used '90 Buick, switch went out within a year. Replaced it. The replacement only lasted about 3 years. No extra keys on it, either. On these two cars, you have to pull the steering wheel to replace switch. So, now(still have both cars) they start key free! On Fords, just push a small button and the switch comes out.GM has all kinds of bad designs. The Buick motors make up for a lot of them.
GM is definite pain to tear down in order to get it out.
Done it many times and you could "impression" the Fords (if you lost your key) by looking for the nicks and filing them down, used to be a locksmith back in the day...among other things ;-)
Psssst: Ford got $15.9 BILLION
Man, don't bum me out...lol...yeah I heard about that but I don't think .gov was ever issued stock in Ford.
Ford Credit, which is a bank. Not the same thing as the bailout of the car company itself, which is what happened with GM.
So only GM owners are stupid enough to overload their keychains?
Don't feel too sorry for her, as she came up through the departments involved with engineering the parts that are at fault for the failures.
See this comment by ZH commenter, Dewey Cheatum Howe:
Is she a mechanical engineer or an MBA?
Both an Engineer and MBA.
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Anyone who drives a Volt just screams:
"I'm easy influenced..."
Three words GM can't say: "we have ignition."
three words GM can say : we have dysentery.
Lets hope its not Ebola virus.
But the government made money, tiny tim giethner said so.
"government made money"
Sweet -- then da gubermint will have lots of $$$,$$$,$$$,$$$.$$ to compensate those they've killed...
Buy high sell low. Crooked morons.
We have specific specs, but inferior parts are inadvertantley shipped, we just lower our specs threashold and use those parts anyhow to save money. Enuff said. Their 2nd bankruptcy should be glorious.
I have to say my 88 Olds Cutlass Sierra was Rock solid and a blast to own and drive. Bullet proof.
That said, they will not go bankrupt, simply morph (transformers FTW!!!) into the military manufacturing behemoth that they really always were and grew up being.
Will fit nicely into the "no more stockings for patriotic wimmin" 2016 timeline.
I can vouch for your statement about simply lowerlng the test requirement- The thing is, every component is sourced from the lowest bidder who has cut their own margins razor-thin (or simply allowed GM to dictate what the price is), so the incentive to cut corners is exceedingly high.
Add to that a just-in-time supply chain so that when fuck-ups happen (all the time) you can't just reject the bad parts without shutting the whole assembly line down, and that would be bad for the shareholders don'tcha know?
To be honest, it's truly amazing that more things like this don't happen.
Oh yes, but to lay the thing at the feet of the brand new CEO is totally, utterly insane. She may have risen to her level of incompetence via the 'Peter Principle', but she is the fall guy/gal, in this instance.
Years ago, when shopping for a new car, I was looking at a Dodge and opened the hood - the engine looked like it was made out of tin that was spot-welded together. I then looked at a Toyota's engine and it looked like a substantial piece of engineering art. Have not owned an American car since....
Seeing the engine on my Corolla (!) sealed the deal for me, as well.
Funny you said that.
I have been using used Chrysler vans in my business for over a decade because I can by them cheap, much cheaper than a used Honda or Toyota, and can plan for their typical issues (For over a decade they have know that the S-belt comes off if water get into the engine compartment during a downpour or if a puddle is hit just right. One has to retro-fit the tensioner with a special third-party kit. Over a DECADE!!!). I use them up and then resale them cheap.
Anyways, I almost always nearly shed a tear when I am on the lot and comparing the engines of the Toyotas and Honda with the "lump" in the Chrysler. The Toyota and Honda motors are a marvel of engineering, while Chrysler has been using the same ol' same ol' for over a decade.
My family cars are NOT DC US brands.
Sidenote: My dad was one of those that stayed with DC US made until he got a too good to turn down deal on a used Toyota sedan in the mid 2000's. Loves it and still drives the hell out of it.
I've owned two GM pieces-o-s*** when younger, and vowed "never again" over two decades ago. GM continues to lose-customers-for-life, and have been hemorraging them nearly continuously since the 1970's. Can't see them as a going concern outside of "government motors" in a few more years, with many GM vehicles now "hecho en Mexico".
What did the NHTSA know and when did they know it? I find it VERY hard to believe that they knew nothing about this for 10 + years. Should let this POS company go bankrupt when we had the chance.
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