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Colossus last won the day on June 1 2018

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  1. Glad to hear it, Shawn. Hope all works out. HA! And all you have to do is
  2. Just refer to it as a mechanical device, not a living creature with feelings. I hope they are able to get it sorted out for you.
  3. Jeff... you hit the nail on head. (no pun intended) While I am certain there are some very dedicated and awesome people working for GM, we often are left feeling like the big wigs do not want to be or are not willing to do what is required to build superior products that they can stand behind and take pride in. Crapota and Honda knew they were building crap back in the early 80s and in order to survive they knew they needed to improve big time. By the late 80s, they had successfully revamped their vehicles, (with Nissan and a few others trailing, but not too far behind) And people began to take notice of the reliability of the heavy hitters like the Accord, Civic, Camary, and Corolla. Lexus and Acura were launched and other than a rough few first years, those models became extremely popular. People could now buy a vehicle that was essentially engineered to last 300,000+ miles with minimal repairs required. During the 80s, vehicles like the Chevy Caprice and Ford Taurus were best sellers, and then the late 80s the Honda and Crapotas and Nissan Maximas came to light. (along with the Toyota and Nissan little piddly trucks and the Toyota 4-Runner and Nissan Pathfinders) All during this time.. what were the execs at the big 3 doing? Now we live in an age where passenger vehicles are less popular in the states, we see brands being done away with, we see Ford and GM eliminating more sedans.. But.. Look what happened with Hyundai. Hyundai was around in the late 80s and early 90s, providing.. well the worst of the worst. Cheap pieces of crap. Unreliable. But come 2003ish, we saw some drastic changes from Hyundai and Kia. All of the sudden, their reliability was improving, and they launced that 100,000 mile/10 year powertrain warranty. And then people REALLY began to take notice. While they still were fighting reliability issues through most of 2000-2010, things were improving drastically. And they were selling. By 2013, they had moved up into the top 5 reliability brands out there. They had successfully changed a tarnished brand into one that got respect. How did they do this? Reverse engineered stuff from Japan Europe, and America? Probably. Hyundai and Kia like to copy the exterior models of other manufacturers quite often.. ever see a Honda Accord look-alike, or Toyota Corolla look alike? Ever see components in their vehicles that look like copies from out of a Toyota or Honda or Nissan? That is my biggest pet peeve with them. I say all of that to say- GM Ford and Dodge brands still have tarnished reputations they need to fix. And to fix this, they need to earn consumer trust back. how do they do this? By building a superior/supurb vehicle, with a warranty they will stand behind and for prices that are reasonable. I have been hitting on loyalty means nothing to manufacturers now a days, and I still believe it. In most of the VPs and Executives eyes, we are replaceable. One dissatisfied customer doesn't bother them because they are others out there who will buy from them... but what they fail to fully realize is 1 dissatisfied customer can turn off 10 other potential customers. I like GM vehicles overall. I give the new silverado and sierra a hard time because I don't care for the way they look, but other than the looks I am sure they are great trucks, just like the GMT-900s, 800s, and the old built like a rock 1988-1999 trucks and SUVs were. I have owned numerous GM sedans over the years from Buick, Pontiac, and Chevrolet. All were great cars. I drove a 2018 Impala the other day, a rental. Had about 30,000 miles on it, V6, but it was a great car. Hell I owned a brand new 2013 Impala as well.. had the same engine and tranny that the 2018 did.. 3.6L VVT 305HP 6 speed tranny- it was the first passenger sedan that felt like a real car with real power and it was nice to see GM step into direct injection market for reals. But... They never sold well. Thus the Impala is discontinued after this year I believe. What a shame.
  4. Dodge Ram has been consistently improving their reliability year over year. They are no longer the junk they once were with bad trannies and such like they were 20 years ago. Here is just a sample. The Ram truck is in the game to win and they are doing a pretty dang good job. I like them. Am I a fanboy of them? Well when it comes to brand new 2019/2020 models.. I'll take them over the ugly silverado/sierra anyday. But since I no longer buy brand new, I'm likely to get back into a GMT-800, 900, or possibly a 2014-2019 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton. https://www.jdpower.com/cars/trucks/10-most-popular-trucks?make=&model=
  5. Trailblazer returns for 2020.

    The Cherokee is FWD.
  6. Trailblazer returns for 2020.

    Jeep Cherokee.
  7. Why is that important?
  8. What did you do with your truck/shop today

    And just how does Amsoil ensure that your stuff is going to last? What advantage does it have over other brands?
  9. 45 Gallon Gas Tank Surprise

    And GM fuel sending units/pumps don't take too well to being fuel starved.
  10. 45 Gallon Gas Tank Surprise

    That's- ding-ding-ding-DING. you were short a ding.
  11. Good Deal or Not So Good?

    So.. at what point below MSRP do the dealers not make any profit off of the sale?
  12. Government Motors. Ha. If only you knew. Ford took money from the government in the past too, son. But nice looking truck you got anyway. As long as you're happy.
  13. Bargain Beast - New V8 Camaro Costs Just $34,995

    And the caprice police package (Holden Caprice) from 2006-2017. 6.0L V8 or the 3.6L V6.
  14. Well.. I kinda like it.. though looks like something you'd see in Africa or Australia outback..
  15. What did you do with your truck/shop today

    Given how expensive oil has become over the years i'd say good job if you got a good deal on it.

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