Ford - Stupid, Stupid - 21% production cut

webbie Posted By webbie, Aug 18, 2006 at 4:03 PM

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  1. restorer

    New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Well mpg is important, but cost per mile is more important. I drive a 90 Chevy stretch van, ram injected at about 15 MPG. Carries as much as most 1 ton trucks, but rides like a stretched limo. Cost me $800 from a very well maintained fleet. Point is: Why must we buy new to save? My last new truck cost 18,100 in 1985. Friends thought i was nuts. That truck got retired two years ago at about 400,00 miles, two rebuilds and three transmissions. The same truck now goes for $43,000. Where is the logic in buying a new one? New paint and body are driving the industry. Do you think in one year that Ford, GM, or Dodge can come up with anything that justifies a $40,000 price tag?
  2. mikedengineer

    New Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    mentor(northeast), ohio
    I'm sure you all heard the news that Mr. Ford is not going to be in his postion anymore, but stepping down to let someone (from boeing) else take control. About time...

  3. webbie

    Seasoned Moderator
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    Nov 17, 2005
    Western Mass.
    Correct you are. When manufacturing energy is considered, your course of action might be the best. And, we have some a long way - remember people wanted a new car every two years?

    But no matter what you do or I do, the mass market for cars - driven largely by marketing - is going to continue....and, is also going to be the prime place where savings can be had (the big picture).
  4. DriftWood

    Minister of Fire

    Apr 5, 2006
    Bluewater Area, Great Lakes
    I should have bought Chrysler stock at $6.00 in 1980 instead of that $5,000 USD new Plymouth Horizon. My uncle said the US Government would never let Chrysler go under. He was right!!! Is the US Government AKA the US Tax Paying Public going to bail-out any of the big three this time around??
  5. Homefire

    New Member

    Jan 16, 2006
    Isn't that why the price of oil is dropping like a rock, so the big 3 can have time to readjust their lineups?
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