Here’s the latest reader Comment:
Doug writes: Bought a brand new 1981 Buick Electra, four door. I really liked the car until a couple of years later when the steering wheel broke – separated at the top more than a quarter of an inch. I drove to the Buick dealer to see about it, and the GM tech guy happened to be there. I showed him the steering wheel problem and he said things like this are bound to happen to a mass produced part. No offer to make good or repair a thing. Then a year later, the paint on the hood began falling off in small sheets. Apparently, the hood had been repainted as a new car, and it was less than a good job. The dealer repainted it, no charge. But the idea of this happening on an expensive luxury car was very surprising to me. I have no use for any automobiles built by GM. And little use for any other domestic automobiles. GM is a rent seeker. Bailed out once. But it will happen again. GM has no clue about their customers or the brand loyalty they ought to have. And worse, they don’t care.
My reply: Amen, Doug! GM – a company I used to admire and which has produced many innovative and just damned fun cars over the years – has become a rent-seeking, diversity-peddling, crony capitalist enterprise at odds with people who like cars and loathe all the foregoing.
I can say these things because I’m a heretic and beyond GM’s power. But if my brake lines should happen to fail…
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