You cannot be serious when you say 'You know something is wrong when the people that are being paid to assemble vehicles are making much more money then the people who are suppose to buy the vehicles'Not surprising at all. Just like Ford and Chrysler, GM is trying to buy out its employees and reduce cost any way they can. The foreign markets are extremely competitive because they do not have to pay there employees $50 an hour plus lucrative benefits for doing a job you can essentially train a monkey to do. Don't get me wrong, I am not trying to call anyone of there employees incompetent but just overpaid.
You know something is wrong when the people that are being paid to assemble vehicles are making much more money then the people who are suppose to buy the vehicles.
I don't know about you but I think that the price of cars is becoming outrageous. I want a camaro but I will not be able to afford one.
In the area where I live you can buy a pretty nice house for $200,000 dollars. So, if I wanted to buy a loaded convertible camaro, I would be buying a quarter of an nice house. I don't know the facts on this but did a fully loaded convertible first gen camaro cost as much as a quarter of a nice house?
As you can see I hate the fact that car prices are so high when I know that they do not have to be. If someone knows this subject well I would like to hear what your thought are.
Till the prices come down on the new cars I will just have to be happy buying old ones and fixing them up as I go.
Very old news. the Saturn Vue (Equinox counterpart) started using a Honda V6 motor as far back as 2004.
Yes true. But the J35 was designed by Honda of America and built in the Anna, Ohio plant. I'll admit, I did know that this engine is american designed and built (I used to sell Acuras as well as obsess over them. Love 'em) but I did look up the exact plant.Very old news. the Saturn Vue (Equinox counterpart) started using a Honda V6 motor as far back as 2004.
You cannot be serious when you say 'You know something is wrong when the people that are being paid to assemble vehicles are making much more money then the people who are suppose to buy the vehicles'
While some line workers make more than you would like to, GM has allowed that to happen hand in hand with the UAW. Sounds like jealousy more than anything else.
Also, just because you do not feel you will be able to afford the car you want, don't take that out on people making more money than you.
Some people want a Corvette ZR1 but are just as happy buying the base model hatchback Corvette... Sometimes you buy the base model of a car you like just because you love the styling and need to live within your means...
That said, the aired out '67 Chevy in your avatar is badass - reminds me of my current project
Actually, I believe that GM, Ford , and Chrysler are in the process of buying out there current emplyees. Which means they get an early retirement essentially. Then, the employees are able to be hired back at lower wages and different benefits. Hopefully this will help in the long run by lowering the prices of the American made vehicles.Since this thread pertains to the costs of making an engine in the US, might I ask what do you all think would be a good way to "de-unionize" the auto industry? I'm all for the workers having good benefits and pay, but to the extent that you start to cripple an industry, thats alittle too far in my book.
and as a side note..one good example of a car comapny getting the shaft..the LX cars from Chrysler, 300, Charger or Magnum..ever sit in one? Almost daily! How the interior is real cheap? Not sure what you mean by cheap. No its not rich corinthian leather but is every bit as good as any other new car out there. Are they all cheap?Yet your still paying good money for it..well dont blame Chysler..Benz did that..they had very nice appointed interiors with some great accents..but because of the sucking of funds and profits Benz did mopar had to put in crappy materials at the higher end price..
Chrysler before the merger was the most profitable of the big 3 back in the 90's Now? Well they are like a deflated ballon with most of its air out of it..well that air is the millions Benz sucked from then when they were "merged" with them..When the penny pinching and lower grade materials used in Chrysler cars caught up to D/C and they lost money Benz dumped them..Its real sad..but that what happens now in the world. Benz manipulated Chrysler and took advantage of our greed and we lost out..