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Apr 16, 2011 (8:45 am)
not the seedy underbelly of Dee-Tro-itt in the 40's. Al Capone, Sketter Jenkings, the likes of whom you in the soft Pacific NW have never seen before. Alan Mulally is simply a sheep in wolve's clothing, too. He's not the angel you make him out ta be.
He's ruthless and cold. Not kosher. Her story is tragic. She deserves a check for $5 million from A.Mulally. Before he pays her personally out of his own pocket he owes her an apology. We've really hit the ker-plunker in this pathetic wannabe nation.
#83 of 101 Re: fin... [iluvmysephia1]
Apr 16, 2011 (8:47 am)
In America, the first hint of a problem tends to quickly put the lawyers in charge.
#84 of 101 Re: fin... [iluvmysephia1]
Apr 16, 2011 (8:59 am)
Every city has a seedy underbelly. Seattle is as corrupt and cold as any, if you look close enough.
No CEO is an angel, but look at some of the garbage he replaced, and his peers in other industries. He's a lesser evil at most, at least he has something for his tenure.
If you want to see not kosher, look at some of the figures who have controlled the Korean makes you so lust after...
Apr 16, 2011 (3:51 pm)
automatically make the German carmaker's CEO's...leaders?
#86 of 101 Re: And does that... [iluvmysephia1]
Apr 16, 2011 (5:26 pm)
Nope, just more mostly empty suits, who worked their way up through cronyism and being good sycophants.
I loathe the CEO class and would not cry if many of them met the same fate as 18th century French elites, but I don't see how Mulally is so evil. Look at the crap that ran GM over the past 40 years and compare.
Apr 17, 2011 (7:53 am)
I actually agree with you and I must say, you know how I put down German cars? Well, if I had the money I would probably go test-drive an Audi A4 or another Audi and possibly buy one. It is all in good fun. You are my Seattle connection on Edmunds and you know I'm only about 311 miles east of you now. I'm in little 'ole Kellogg, ID. Home of Dave Smith Motors. Dave Smith Motors is the World's Best Selling Chrysler dealer! No kiddin'. And he is the Pacific NW's best-selling Chrysler dealer and there's been reports he's the World's 3rd Largest Chrysler dealer.
The closest Mitsu dealer is about 65 miles west in Spokane. But the problem I have with myself when I put down German cars is I haven't test-drove them all! Another Edmund's member, jimbres, lets me know that I'd probably love the drive of a German car so I'll just shut up and reserve judgement for later. After I actually know more of what I'm blabbling about. And I did mean spelling of that word to say blabbling.
Here's a German concept I'm really kind of interested in test-driving, if it gets built. And I think VW will build this minibus.
2013 VW Minibus Concept
This rig has shot to No.3 on my futures list of purchase possibilities. They're mentioning the 'E' word with it, in that VW is designing it to be an all-electric powertrain. Put it #3 behind the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Hybrid with S-AWC (a must because of Kellogg's snowy, icy winters that last about 6 months), the 2013 Kia Rio hatchback in ICE form, and now this. But this one, if it can reach the 186 miles of range that I just read about they are advertising, could shoot to No.1 on my list in a Seattle minute.
I would translate that 186 miles to a more realistic 135 miles, actually. More usually always means less with all-electric powertrain fantasia's.
I like these seats as well. I am seriously considering a VW product for purchase-this would be an iluv first. I wonder what product VW uses to make these seats. It is white and the Chow Chow and Pomeranian would make mincemeat of them (as in dirtying them)...or would they? Look closely at those seats. They look vinyl on the side and cloth in the center. Humm...have ta just wait and see in the test drive about those.
Did you guys know this concept was first unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in Jan. of 2001? Wow! I had no clue.
2013 New World Order VW "crewcab" Minibus"
3.2 liter 230hp V6
5 speed Tiptronic
(yes, 20" wheels!)
My 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS has 215 45R18 sized tires. And the Hankook's cost me $200.52 a tire. This VW Minivan's will cost me even more to replace, you know that, don't you?
Of course, these Hankook's have a lifetime rotation and replacement Warranty on them, too. For $20.00 a tire Discount Tire will rotate them for free for life and replace them, if anything ever happens to the tire from an injury while driving. It doesn't cover "normal wear and tear" but with all the crap on the road out there the Warranty covers road damage injuries that kill the tire. And free rotations for the life of those tires. I pondered it for a bit, then bought it. Not such a bad deal, really.
fintail-I'm catching the German car bug! It's happened...finally. Actually, I was taught to drive stick in a 1966 VW Fastback. That was such a fun car to drive. Shouldn't be such a surprise ta me that I would one day desire to purchase my own VW. This is a likely color choice for the VW Bulli.
My favorite dog is the Pomeranian, and they come from the upper German province of Pomerania. Come on, now. Get with the program y'all! It's all German! Germania!
Is Dallas with the tall German Dirk Nowitski finally going to prevail in the NBA playoffs and...ummm...actually advance to the...eeekkk...2011 NBA Finals?
German-build quality? Can VW build this thing with rock-solid electricals...including the all-electric powertrain? Can they? Do it! I challenge you ta do it properly the first time, VW!
Am I right?
#88 of 101 Re: Fintail... [iluvmysephia1]
Apr 17, 2011 (7:58 am)
German build quality is usually top notch. Even German Fords (gotta be on topic) are often very good cars - the basis for many of Ford's world offerings now. German electrical quality...well, it's a crapshoot. You get driving pleasure at the price of maintenance. Nothing is free.
Is there any kind of German make dealer in ID, or do you have to go to Spokompton? The little bus looks fun, but the transition from concept to production can sometimes be painful.
20" wheels on that little thing? Impractical, won't see the real world. I spent over $1200 for a set of tires for my car - after rebate. I don't want to hear about tire costs
#89 of 101 Re: Fintail... [iluvmysephia1]
Apr 17, 2011 (8:01 am)
Uh oh. Iluv has caught the German car bug!
I'll tell you the nicest driving cars I ever dealt with were German. Next were probably Swedish. I keep ending up with Japanese name plates because of the reliability - certainly not the fun factor, though until recently Honda always tried to put some fun in their cars.
That 01 microbus was a different thing from what they are talking about now. I saw that 01 job at the MY Auto Show in 01. At the time they were talking about maybe producing it. Sadly they didn't. This current one sounds like they'll really do it. That would be a treat.
Apr 17, 2011 (10:29 am)
really becoming a world automotive power...ohh...oh...you say they've always been an automotive world power? Of course they have. What I mean by this comment is that they're coming back from the comatose state they've been in for a while and are producing some fine motorcars (trucks have always been there and SUV's have been pretty rock-solid as well) these days. With great reliability, and it's the reliability that is making more hits with me than the SYNC and other Microsoft connectables. Though those can be fun, if they really work, and that is what I'm talking about. Apparently the 2012 Ford Focus electro-sound toys are not working all the time, adding to new car purchase irritation.
#91 of 101 Another VW Bulli concept pic...
Apr 17, 2011 (8:57 pm)
VW Minibus concept named 'Bulli'
Looks just like a futuristic, smaller than bus...bus. Looks just like it's supposed ta look. And it's lookin' hot. I really think V-Dub-L-You oughta build this pup. I'm practically planning for it in my budget for 2013 right now. Though the bus may not come out until 2014. In which case it will give me more time ta save. The '08 Lancer GTS will be paid off in May of 2013 and will be worth around $7 or $8,000 by that time, which should be worth about $6,000 in trade at a V-Dub-L-You dealer in Spokane, WA, round about that time.
You can never plan big purchases too early V-Dub-L-You...get crackin'!