I have been pretty quiet about the Big 3 (except for a distant blurb bout Crystler - like last year distant) - so I am going to give my 2 cents now.
The Union, THE GOVERNMENT, and GM have reached a deal, but no one is giving the details....yet....
It wont be long before word leaks out what it is - heck, I may not be done typing this before Yahoo has something about it or even Fox.
I know most of those out there in Blogdom agree that this has about as much hope of building a good car, keeping the Company afloat and compensating shareholders as Ryan Seacrest has of singing bass or having his "boys" drop.....sorry, just watched an AI clip - its the only thing I have ever seen of American Idol and I cant seem to get those images out of my head....ewwww..... And dont even get me started on the Government MANDATE to increase MPG which will mean a total retool of factories - not cheap....
Dont want to rehash how AWFUL an idea this is.... But what about Ford. In full disclosure, you could say that we are a Ford family. Its not on purpose, but I drive a Ford, the Hubs drives a Ford and is looking for a Ford truck to be its replacement, his EMP proof car is a Ford, his company van is a Ford, my mom drives one, my dad drives one, my brother drives one, and my sisterinlaw drives one... We drive the gas models as well as the diesels. So, yeah, you could say that we are Ford family. We didnt set out for it to be that way, but they just seemed to make what we needed and for a good price and they seemed to last.
NOVEL CONCEPT, I know..... Also amazing is that this is the ONLY car company that DOESNT NEED THE GOVERNMENT. So, let me see if I can wrap my brain around this - they build cars that people WANT....they make them to LAST.....they sell them at a good price......they hold their resale value..... What the heck is wrong with this company? Dont they know that they are supposed to sell cheap crap that is NOT what the majority of people want and then take the Government's money and let the Government run things? The only thing I can say about them that irked me is that they bowed to the tree-huggers under pressure and quit selling the Excursion - I hate that I wont be able to replace mine in about another 200,000 miles.... It makes me sick if I think about it for long ;)
If I were Ford, I would secretly be smiling to myself knowing in a few short years, they will be the ONLY US car company. Oh, GM may still exist, but its markets will be in Europe.
My Hubs and I do not buy new cars - but we might make an exception for Ford. I firmly believe that we need to put our TIME, our MONEY and our SUPPORT behind those companies who keep the Government at bay and out of their business.
I know Ford isnt perfect and I am sure that there are the stories out there where the dealer was rude, the car left you on the side of the road or ran over your dog, but honestly, we have had nothing but good experiences....
*** So, This post has been in "edit" for several days and when I went to finish it up, the details were out and included in the story.... Still publishing, but just wanted to give yall all the details ;)
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