Skip to comments.GOVT MOTORS cars already falling apart! (Drudge headline) (The new Vega)
Posted on 04/11/2011 7:01:14 PM PDT by Frantzie
Imagine turning your cars steering wheel, or giving it a gentle tug, and having it break away from the steering column. Now youre speeding along holding the suddenly useless wheel.
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Jesus H. Chrysler, what a deal!!
You can’t make stuff like this up, you just can’t...
I see it’s the Cruze. Isn’t that the platform that the ridiculous Volt is built on?
Like the obama admin.- you don’t need any control, you just need to believe.
Hey I liked my vega. It got great gas milage. Oil milage wasn’t so great though.
The Soetoro administration is the Edsel of all Presidencies.
Sir! You have insulted Edsel Ford.
Whoever cobbled that together is obviously not a car guy at all. That’s clearly a Chrysler, even with the weird headlights dropped in.
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.
” You cant make stuff like this up, you just cant... “
You might want to ask NBC Dateline and GM about that...
PRESS: Where NBC Went Wrong.....
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.
(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??)
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.
Sir! You have insulted Edsel Ford.
OK, then he's the Yugo of all Presidencies.
My first car was a Vega. Mega POS! I had to add a quart of oil every time I fueled up.
The early aluminum blocks were a disaster.
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.
My granddad told me to drive it around town a couple times to knock the mosquito population down for the 4th of July. LOL
I remember liking this ad (the year I graduated high school; the girl crossing the street looked like someone who was special to me).
So you didn't smoke, but your car did?
Mine ended its life with a 283 smallblock in it.
I thought it was funny.
And makes the point.
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.
Couple cases of oil a week.
Whoa. I'm a little surprised you had to put in any gas.
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.
That is funny!
LOL! Drive a Vega and you can pick up hookers in the rain in Flint, MI.
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.
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.
” 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... ;))
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....
Been there...had the same sensation watching our current occupant of the White House playing President the last two years...
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.
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.
Aa/fc? The Grump I remember ran Pro-Stock. He had a Monza, too.
Steering wheel recall and the UAW factory upgrade.
Remember the Monza “Spyder” Edition with the black widow on the hood!!!
“Large Detroit Car Company”
A classic from Michael Nesmith’s Elephant Parts:
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
I know your type, Tom—you’d vote for Obama if he wore those white go-go boots!
Ill 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.
1975 chevrolet vega commercial