"I can balance a check book, but the leadership at GM couldn't, even with all their writing skills."
What about Pat Buchanan's article? Have you abandoned it.
"Stick to the subject at hand, I'm not here for a writing class lecture."
Your grammatical ineptness is the least of your problems with that paragraph. I would try to explain why the content is wrong, but you have proven yourself to be incapable of learning.
"Yes that is right GM and Ford no longer has a advantage anymore with Mexico weak labor laws and cheap labor. GM pulled out of Russia because of their weak Currency. Russia wasn't a export hub like Mexico."
Jeye, there are so many things wrong with those four sentences (should be five) I don't know where to begin, so I won't. You had best stick to your cut and pastes.
"No need to fret. It's all there. I'll leave it to you and your international expert buddy to square away. Enjoy."
I believe you have him cornered Chebby. He is asking us to explain something that we know to be wrong. What kind of logic is that?
It's interesting to me how anyone that has been proven wrong on so many occasions will continue to insist he's right.
"The other day, however, John McElroy reported that Toyota may be
down to only $18.5 billion in cash with rapidly spiraling debts."
There's an easy way to check this out Jeye. Why don't you?
"How is Takata still in business? It produces what I would think is the most recalled product ever?"
The Japanese OEM's are most affected and they have inadequate capacity at other sources to replace Takata for both new parts and replacement parts. They will not let them go under at least until they can resolve those capacity issues in one way or another.
"I even googled "Mexico is costing GM Billions" but all I get is articles detailing GM Mexican investments and how they're saving big in doing so. Now what do I do?"
Of course there's nothing on the internet about GM losing in Mexico. It's a secret, and only the315185 has unlocked the code.
"It is incredibly difficult to hold my temper with you. "
Oh my, what ever will you do? I'm getting a visual of someone stomping their feet and steam coming out of their ears under great pressure. Relax, it's OK to be wrong occasionally.
But thank you for this morning's laugh.
" Maybe you'll use your tremendous international business acumen and share with us where your think the Peso, Real, Bolivar and Renminbi are going (GM business units all)? Oh, and the Forint. If that is too much, just the Peso would be fine. "
Nope. Out of my swim lane. But feel free to do so yourself. I'm always up for a self immolation.
"No, the argument was never that Mexico was financially disastrous."
There's another one! The315185 has done it again! LMAO. The guys got a million of them!
"Ahh, jeez, I might as well come clean. I've never even heard of Szentgotthard. If you had said Szentgotthard was in Poland or Slovakia instead of Hungary, I'd have believed you. "
Can't blame you...not a big place. It's very near Vienna, just across the Danube. The difference between the two cities is striking though. Obviously Soviet influence was not a friend to Hungary.
"Wngr, as I recall, our VUE had some sort of a software glitch, so they reprogrammed it and/or changed a valve on the tranny. "
Sitting in the Toronto Airport doing this on my phone, but will do the best I can. The software change was to minimize the damage, but was in no way a real fix. Same with the valve. The real problem had to do with the geography they were trying to engineer in. There wasn't enough room (width) for the two pulleys so they had to try and increase the pressure to create enough frictional force on the segmented belts so they wouldn't slip. No one, including Borg Warner who designed the belt fully understood the finite element analysis at the interface of the belt and the pulleys, and the result was that WAY too many of them slipped....and once they slipped once, it was a goner.
"The CVT was made in Szentgotthard, Hungary although the manufacturing was not the issue. It was purely a design failure. I've been in the Szentgotthard plant and it is a very good plant."
The CVT was removed from production as quickly as possible and was replaced in the 4 cyl applications by a 4T40E transmission made in Windsor, ON. And....the engineers responsible were never seen again.
"....and now Mercedes CLA (may I say that the cla may be the ugliest new car on the road."
Yes, you may. But be aware you make look like a fool when you do.
"Our 4-cylinder VUE came with a GM CVT tranny made in Eastern Europe, so I bought the extended warranty. "
He's absolutely 100% correct Jeye...on all counts. The CVT was made in Szentgotthard, Hungary although the manufacturing was not the issue. It was purely a design failure. I've been in the Szentgotthard plant and it is a very good plant.
"You have shown yourself to be full of sh..t from the time you inserted yourself in a discussion I was having with wngr regarding Mexico. You knew nothing of the subject, but like cheblammo, you proved your ignorance by attempting to jump in like a schoolkid."
Thanks the315185. It's always good to start the day with a good laugh.
"The issue never involved my enjoying the ATS. It completely involved poor dealer service and a totally unnecessary botched repair. Lovely car and someone I know bought it after speaking with me."
Greatday, I've have owned many Cadillacs over the years (my wife currently has a SRX, and I owned an XTS a couple of years ago). Later this summer, I will be shopping for a new car and a CTS is one of four cars I'm thinking about.....the only GM car on my list.
I have always had a great dealer relationship. No problems whatsoever from cradle to grave. I think you just have a crummy dealer in your town. I hope you made the zone and regional office know about your dis-satisfaction. Franchise contracts aren't necessarily for life.
In general, I'm not a dealer fan, I'm probably just jaded from the bad old days. Many of them were rooted out during the restructuring, but I'm sure there are still some slugs out there. Sounds like you found one.
Care to share the name of the dealer?
"Forging is a metal forming process, not a metallurgical alloying process (done in a crucible). "
Some metals can be 'work hardened' and the granular flow altered to create a much stronger part. Copper and aluminum are prime examples of these metals.