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#158 of 207 Re: Domestics, Germans Fair Poorly In Latest CU Survey [p0926]
Aug 28, 2007 (6:02 am)
P0923 said: "Huh? If you're buying with zero down and no trade, a $500 a month payment doesn't get you all that much car. That's assuming you stick with the old fashion traditional 36-month loan I find it depressing that the length of new car loans keeps getting stretched longer and longer. Now I believe you can even get a 96-month loan!"
Ha. I just saw a sign at a specialty car store that offered 144 months. TWELVE bloody years. And you know there's a poseur out there ready and willing to sign on the dotted line.I'm in the wrong business.
Re: CU stats: even the worst vehicle at 175 problems per 100 cars equals less than TWO problems per car after several years. CU tested a brand new Coronet wagon in 75 or 76 that had over 50 sample defects, some of them so serious that they compromised the very safety of the vehicle.
"Faring poorly" is indeed relative. But the headline grabs attention and validates what people want to believe.
A minimum of 100 responses required and a max of 7000 actual ones for a single model spread over a 10 year time span ??? That would give a great statistical sampling to the Camry that was mentioned but the car with 100 responses ??? I would rate that too little to give an accurate reliabilty rating to any car, Camry or Aveo.
#159 of 207 Re: Domestics, Germans Fair Poorly In Latest CU Survey [dweezil]
Aug 28, 2007 (6:43 am)
Pretty soon we'll be seeing 30-year interest-only ARMs on luxury cars.
#160 of 207 Re: WHO TO BELIEVE? [Mr_Shiftright]
Aug 28, 2007 (6:46 am)
MB should do what bmw is doing right now offer free maintainence for 3 yrs, face the reality and borrow a page from hyundai to extend the warranty period and loaner car for warranty repairs across the board.
but of course, mb still thinks that every benz owner should be able to afford regular maintainence and the inconvenience of warranty repairs.
Aug 28, 2007 (7:52 am)
Will we be seeing calls for taxpayer subsidzed bail outs too ??/
I thought seeing 96 month loans in Las Vegas 8 or 9 years ago was bad. But then it was Vegas, not Sherman Oaks.
#162 of 207 Re: Impala SS DOD [sls002]
Aug 28, 2007 (8:06 am)
Are these as efficient in practice as they are in EPA cycles, though?
I recall a lot of Hemi owners complaining that the cylinders didn't really deactivate all that often, and real world mileage was still mediocre.
#163 of 207 Re: Impala SS DOD [ateixeira]
Aug 28, 2007 (9:02 am)
If you are cruising 80 MPH on level ground, the hemi will not shift into 4 cylinder mode. Below 80, it will, but probably you will need to cruise at 70 or less to really get much deactivation.
#164 of 207 Re: Impala SS DOD [sls002]
Aug 28, 2007 (9:30 am)
Well then on certain highways out west you will never used the DOD system.
#165 of 207 Re: Impala SS DOD [british_rover]
Aug 28, 2007 (10:05 am)
It all depends on how you drive. If you think that you have to speed along at 10 MPH over the posted speed limit, then your going to burn a lot of fuel. I fine that cruising at 70 MPH is fast enough to get 600 to 700 miles in a nice days driving. I can relax knowing that I will not be getting a speeding ticket any minute and the speeders whiz by in clumps every so often, but generally I am not in a clump of vehicles racing along. So at the end of the day, I am not worn out from all the stress.
#166 of 207 Re: Impala SS DOD [sls002]
Aug 28, 2007 (10:09 am)
In some of the western states if you aren't doing 80 then you aren't going to be able to keep up with traffic.
Their speed limits are 75 mph anyway.
#167 of 207 Re: Impala SS DOD [british_rover]
Aug 28, 2007 (10:18 am)
Surly you jest. The only thing you can find in Wyoming are cows, and not many of them. There is no traffic. Montana used to have no speed limit, but now they are 75. Even if you're cruising 80, some will pass you. At 70, I find that I am passing some (like trucks) while others pass me.
The worst highway that I have been on for traffic was between Kansas City and St. Louis. The speed limit was not 75.