• pweiters9@gmail.com Posted: 4/17/2011 10:08pm PDT

    4/18/11, I'm 63&1/2 and retired. I've seen oil prices fluctuate for many years. Small, tin trap cars are really no bargain at all. I have a 2002 Caddy I bought new; it's got 66K miles on it & paid- for 6 years ago.
    I got a safe, comfortable road car when I want it, insurance is cheaper, & it will last me probably another 9 or 10 years. So, you tell me who's got the better deal.

  • dan detroit avatar dan detroit Posted: 4/14/2011 10:27am PDT

    The presumption that it was a"mistake" for U.S. carmakers not to sell more small cars betrays ignorance of the simple reality that they were money losers under the cost structures created by UAW contract prior to the 2007. U.S. makers had little choice but to maximize the sales of their only real profit generators, trucks and suvs. It's irritating to see GM dominate the most profitable segment with Chevrolet's commanding prices comparable with Lincolns and still capturing 80%. It was unfortunate that weakness in this segment hit them hard, but the tables haved been turned now with even GM's smallest product,Soni profitably being produced here in Michigan instead of Korea!

  • dan detroit avatar dan detroit Posted: 4/14/2011 10:25am PDT

    The presumption that it was a"mistake" for U.S. carmakers not to sell more small cars betrays ignorance of the simple reality that they were money losers under the cost structures created by UAW contract prior to the 2007. U.S. makers had little choice but to maximize the sales of their only real profit generators, trucks and suvs. It's irritating to see GM dominate the most profitable segment with Chevrolet's commanding prices comparable with Lincolns and still capturing 80%. It was unfortunate that weakness in this segment hit them hard, but the tables haved been turned now with even GM's smallest product,Soni profitably being produced here in Michigan instead of Korea!