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GOVT MOTORS cars already falling apart! (Drudge headline) (The new Vega)
Wall Street Journal ^ | 4-11-2011 | Jonathan Welsh

Posted on 04/11/2011 7:01:14 PM PDT by Frantzie

Imagine turning your car’s steering wheel, or giving it a gentle tug, and having it break away from the steering column. Now you’re speeding along holding the suddenly useless wheel.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: clunkers; garbage; gm
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The headline was on Drduge. GM/Obama junk. The new Chevy Vega built by the same union thugs.
1 posted on 04/11/2011 7:01:24 PM PDT by Frantzie
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To: Frantzie

Jesus H. Chrysler, what a deal!!

You can’t make stuff like this up, you just can’t...


2 posted on 04/11/2011 7:08:31 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!!)
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To: Frantzie
Granted, these are Chrysler union employees smoking dope and drinking booze at lunch, but you get the idea.


3 posted on 04/11/2011 7:09:11 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Frantzie
Gee, I expect this be coverend non-stop by the main stream drive by’s, much like the coverage of Toyota's sticky accelerator that didn't exist?
4 posted on 04/11/2011 7:09:11 PM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: Frantzie

I see it’s the Cruze. Isn’t that the platform that the ridiculous Volt is built on?


5 posted on 04/11/2011 7:09:36 PM PDT by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: Frantzie

Like the obama admin.- you don’t need any control, you just need to believe.


6 posted on 04/11/2011 7:10:26 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Frantzie

Hey I liked my vega. It got great gas milage. Oil milage wasn’t so great though.


7 posted on 04/11/2011 7:11:20 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Frantzie

The Soetoro administration is the Edsel of all Presidencies.


8 posted on 04/11/2011 7:11:48 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: Frantzie
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9 posted on 04/11/2011 7:12:30 PM PDT by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: SERKIT
The Soetoro administration is the Edsel of all Presidencies.

Sir! You have insulted Edsel Ford.

10 posted on 04/11/2011 7:15:43 PM PDT by reg45
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To: Tzimisce

Whoever cobbled that together is obviously not a car guy at all. That’s clearly a Chrysler, even with the weird headlights dropped in.


11 posted on 04/11/2011 7:16:13 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Frantzie
LOOSENUT
12 posted on 04/11/2011 7:16:26 PM PDT by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: cripplecreek

Aluminum Cosworth engine, right? Only real problems I heard of with Vegas were warped cylinder heads.
Novas didn’t sell south of the border—No va: no go,
so they just stole them.


13 posted on 04/11/2011 7:16:40 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: Bean Counter

” You can’t make stuff like this up, you just can’t... “

You might want to ask NBC Dateline and GM about that...

http://whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/LIE/nbc.html

PRESS: Where NBC Went Wrong.....

Time

February 22, 1993 William A. Henry III

PRESS: Where NBC Went Wrong The network suffers a humiliating bout of confessions and soul-searching after admitting it rigged the crash-and-burn of a GM truck

But for a puff of smoke, it all might have turned out differently.

Last week General Motors Corp. might still have been reeling from a $105.2 million jury verdict, awarded to an Atlanta couple whose son died when his GM truck exploded in a collision. NBC News might have been touting itself for having exposed the danger of GM’s controversial ‘’sidesaddle’’ gas tanks in a riveting Dateline NBC segment. Instead the network singed its reputation, and the car company won in the court of public opinion the safety battle it had lost in the courthouse.

Dateline’s report on Nov. 17 featured 14 min. of balanced debate, capped by 57 seconds of crash footage that explosively showed how the gas tanks of certain old GM trucks could catch fire in a sideways collision.

Following a tip, GM hired detectives, searched 22 junkyards for 18 hours, and found evidence to debunk almost every aspect of the crash sequence. Last week, in a devastating press conference, GM showed that the conflagration was rigged, its causes misattributed, its severity overstated and other facts distorted. Two crucial errors: NBC said the truck’s gas tank had ruptured, yet an X ray showed it hadn’t; NBC consultants set off explosive miniature rockets beneath the truck split seconds before the crash — yet no one told the viewers.

[excerpt]

(Doesn’t it strike anybody - with even the tiniest skeptical instinct left - that it’s kinda ‘interesting’ that there happened to be a camera rolling just as the steering-wheel-incident occurred??)


14 posted on 04/11/2011 7:16:53 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: cripplecreek

My Vega leaked more oil than a BP well. Then there was the time I went around a corner and the passenger side door flew open, almost ejecting my date. Plus, GM decided to put an air conditioner on the underpowered engine. If you had the air on and came to a stoplight, you had to put it in neutral and give it gas or the compressor would kill the engine. It has long since returned to the soil from whence it came.

Good to see GM still has the same high standards.


15 posted on 04/11/2011 7:17:53 PM PDT by henkster (Every member of Congress must put the fate of the nation over their next re-election campaign)
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To: reg45
The Soetoro administration is the Edsel of all Presidencies.

Sir! You have insulted Edsel Ford.

OK, then he's the Yugo of all Presidencies.

16 posted on 04/11/2011 7:18:41 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: cripplecreek

My first car was a Vega. Mega POS! I had to add a quart of oil every time I fueled up.


17 posted on 04/11/2011 7:20:40 PM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: tumblindice

The early aluminum blocks were a disaster.


18 posted on 04/11/2011 7:21:04 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Frantzie

I’ll keep cheering until GM is dead. They stole our tax dollars in the bailout, and I am boycotting them forever. GM is dead to me.


19 posted on 04/11/2011 7:21:08 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Frantzie

20 posted on 04/11/2011 7:21:44 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: henkster

My granddad told me to drive it around town a couple times to knock the mosquito population down for the 4th of July. LOL


21 posted on 04/11/2011 7:23:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek
Hey I liked my vega. It got great gas milage. Oil milage wasn’t so great though.

I remember liking this ad (the year I graduated high school; the girl crossing the street looked like someone who was special to me).

22 posted on 04/11/2011 7:23:53 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: cripplecreek
Hey I liked my vega. It got great gas milage. Oil milage wasn’t so great though.

So you didn't smoke, but your car did?

23 posted on 04/11/2011 7:24:37 PM PDT by umgud
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To: Frantzie
You may want to think about a trade-in. You can get a great deal.
24 posted on 04/11/2011 7:25:59 PM PDT by maggief
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To: Steely Tom

Mine ended its life with a 283 smallblock in it.


25 posted on 04/11/2011 7:26:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek
"Fill 'er up and check the gas."
26 posted on 04/11/2011 7:27:25 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: RegulatorCountry

Meh.

I thought it was funny.

And makes the point.


27 posted on 04/11/2011 7:29:14 PM PDT by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: Carl LaFong

A lot of the stuff I think has come off the Opel Germany AG design boards. Some of the cars look good but they are screwed together by subhumans at GM/Obama or Chrysler/Fiat/Obama. The difference in German IG Metal union workers have some pride in their work.


28 posted on 04/11/2011 7:29:35 PM PDT by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: Roccus

Couple cases of oil a week.


29 posted on 04/11/2011 7:30:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Frantzie

30 posted on 04/11/2011 7:31:32 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: Bean Counter
Chryslers to Rickshaws-1sm

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Hope and Change.... Tragic.

31 posted on 04/11/2011 7:33:00 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: cripplecreek
Couple cases of oil a week.

Whoa. I'm a little surprised you had to put in any gas.

32 posted on 04/11/2011 7:34:16 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: cripplecreek

Heh. In the late 70s early 80s, there was a local mechanic who used to keep vega rear ends in stock. No fooling. Seems a lot of motorheads did the same as you and crammed mouse motors into them. Stopped the oil issue but was hell on rear.


33 posted on 04/11/2011 7:35:06 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (I can haz CW2 now?)
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To: FrankR

That is funny!


34 posted on 04/11/2011 7:35:36 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Steely Tom

LOL! Drive a Vega and you can pick up hookers in the rain in Flint, MI.


35 posted on 04/11/2011 7:37:30 PM PDT by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: tumblindice

They were all aluminum. The Cosworth head was for the sport model - probably the GT. Cosworth was not that failure point. They were actually the better Vegas.

Supposedly at the end of the Vega run - the last cars were supposedly pretty good but the damage was already done.

The Cruze is the new Vega. Built by even greedier thugs than the 1970s.


36 posted on 04/11/2011 7:41:49 PM PDT by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: Drill Thrawl

I didn’t put the 283 in it. I sold it to a guy who did it and promptly shredded the rear end. He eventually turned it into a bracket racer with an old Chevy II rear end under it.


37 posted on 04/11/2011 7:43:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek

” He eventually turned it into a bracket racer with an old Chevy II rear end under it. “

Grumpy Jenkins pretty much single-handedly invented the Funny Car (AA/FC) Class in a Vega.... (Okay - it didn’t actually have any ‘Vega’ parts in it, but it did kinda look like one... ;))


38 posted on 04/11/2011 7:50:54 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Uncle Ike

Right you are Uncle Ike....I should have said that we can’t make stuff like this up, or get away with it....

Comparing this to the Vega is just incredibly accurate....


39 posted on 04/11/2011 7:51:56 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!!)
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To: Frantzie
Imagine turning your car’s steering wheel, or giving it a gentle tug, and having it break away from the steering column. Now you’re speeding along holding the suddenly useless wheel.

Been there...had the same sensation watching our current occupant of the White House playing President the last two years...

40 posted on 04/11/2011 7:52:02 PM PDT by NorCoGOP (Obama's approval ratings: so low that Kenyans now accuse him of being born in the USA)
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To: Frantzie

The Big 3 never really grokked small cars. If you think about the Camaro and Vega, GM pretty much just shrank the Camaro.
I remember riding in the very back of a packed Ford Pinto, right under the window, ice in the road: “Don’t stop short, Jerry! (the driver).”
So he stopped short on I-70, we got hit in the rear end and I jumped out of that bomb on wheels like a jack-in-the-box.
I suppose with the Volt the danger will be a dousing with battery acid.


41 posted on 04/11/2011 7:52:49 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: tumblindice; All

Occasionally, GM DOES make a good product. I have my 1989 Olds Trofeo , that I drive every day about 70 miles. It still does pretty good on gas and is pretty reliable. It makes a lot of creaking and rattling noises(struts and such getting old), but still drives good, gets pretty good mileage, decent pickup—and is MUCH more reliable than my 2001 Chrysler minivan that I drive MUCH LESS often.


42 posted on 04/11/2011 8:14:39 PM PDT by Rca2000 ( The Obama regime.....and all that goes with it .."All part of the "big plan"......)
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To: Uncle Ike

Aa/fc? The Grump I remember ran Pro-Stock. He had a Monza, too.


43 posted on 04/11/2011 8:20:13 PM PDT by ebshumidors ( Marksmanship and YOUR heritage http://www.appleseedinfo.org)
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To: Frantzie

Steering wheel recall and the UAW factory upgrade.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fGeZvwKCSM


44 posted on 04/11/2011 8:22:44 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: ebshumidors

Remember the Monza “Spyder” Edition with the black widow on the hood!!!


45 posted on 04/11/2011 8:23:21 PM PDT by cmsgop ( I spent most of my childhood terrified that The Rhythm was going to get me.)
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To: Tzimisce

“Large Detroit Car Company”

A classic from Michael Nesmith’s Elephant Parts:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEPxc3RW4js


46 posted on 04/11/2011 8:36:15 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: cripplecreek

right, my old vega ran for 20 years, I finally gave it away and even then I still saw it occasionally on the streets. One trick you had to learn tho, was stopping on wet streets, it wanted to slide all over the place, fun fun fun in LA traffic


47 posted on 04/11/2011 8:40:01 PM PDT by 1000 silverlings (everything that deceives, also enchants: Plato)
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To: Steely Tom

I know your type, Tom—you’d vote for Obama if he wore those white go-go boots!


48 posted on 04/11/2011 8:41:17 PM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: Pollster1

I’ll keep cheering until GM is dead.

I’ll second that!

In addition to ripping of the taxpayers, the Obama Administration and GM also conspired to rip off bondholders in a big way. The bulk of the stock of the surviving entity went to the unions, rather than to bondholders, in defiance of about 200 years of bankrupcy law. I suppose that comes under the heading of “fundamental change”.

As a holder of GM bonds in my retirement account, I will never buy a GM product again. As far as I’m concerned, anybody who does so is dealing in stolen goods.


49 posted on 04/11/2011 8:52:32 PM PDT by Skepolitic
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To: Frantzie

1975 chevrolet vega commercial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwoM6-QC2eE


50 posted on 04/11/2011 9:01:33 PM PDT by luckybogey
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