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Not ready to believe in GM

Posted: July 17, 2009 9:39 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2009 4:55 a.m.
I am writing about article entitled "New GM ready to roll out" (The Signal, July 10).

I have been watching our domesticated and Japanese car manufacturers for about 40 years.

I found it unbelievable that our car manufacturers were always bent on building unreliable gas-guzzlers, while the Japanese car manufactures built economical automobiles that lasted.

I drove GM vehicles and Chryslers, Hondas and Toyotas. In time I saw the difference in reliability and economy between the foreign and the domesticated autos.

I have been appalled, disappointed, disgruntled by my conclusion for years.

I saw a cartoon 40 years ago in which a domestic auto dealer was showing an economy car to a customer (probably the Pinto), and the dialog bubble above the dealer's head showed you what he really wanted to sell. It was a picture of a large size sedan the size of a Cadillac.

From that moment on, I believed our domestic auto manufacturers were in bed with our oil giants such as Mobil.

One more thing - we need to stop burning oil, and somehow extract 100 percent of the energy that is contained in it.

Right now, automobiles get less than 25 percent of energy out of gasoline. That is awful.

The internal combustion was a good start; now we need to move onto something better. I am not so sure I really believe what GM is going to do now. Are they really going to build better automobiles?

Take a metallurgy class and you will find out that metals can be manufactured into low-grade steel or high-grade steel.

Quality of design and quality of steel used in any manufacture determines how long a product will last.

So, who is stupid, the consumer or the manufacturer? This is why Consumer Reports still exists, and they are great people.


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