Re: The Joke Thread.. ..
How it was cared for had nothing to do with it. It had issues well before 3,000 miles were on it. Engine rattle, constant brake issue; sensors, pads, etc. Transfer case decided twice to go into 4-lo on its own at 70 MPH and needless to say it didn't survive. O2 sensor twice, catalytic converter once. Alternator failed on it as well.
The dealer had to repair the bumper on it after the umpteenth time said nothing was wrong with the brakes and I demanded the general manager of the dealership drive it as his vehicle for a few days and as luck would have it, ran into the owners corvette. This was after all of the sensors, the calipers, the master cycling and ABS controller were all replaced on it.
The vehicle was a death trap and a set of pads would last 6,000 miles. Mind you, only one pad would wear out and it would be a different pad each time. When braking, it would never stop straight. I dumped the vehicle before it even had 24,000 miles on it. So how it was cared for had nothing to do with it; the entire design was defective. The brake system was woefully undersized for the vehicle of that weight and GM knew it. Why do you think the entire brake system was redesigned with larger pads, different calipers and ABS controller on the subsequent generation? The Chevy Tahoe and Ford Expedition are competing models and yet the Ford had a better stopping distance from 60 MPH; it stopped by over 20 feet better. If you look at various state police testing procedures, almost all of the domestic manufacturers had the worst braking.
GM sold nothing more than poorly engineered and manufactured vehicles. Why do you think they needed a bailout? Enough people weren't willing to buy the garbage they were producing. Look no further than the history of failures GM made. To name just a few. How about the Cimarron? The 8-6-4 motor? The Catera? Cadillac cars that had Chevy rocker covers on it? The parts bin Fiero? Ignition switches that their own supplier said the GM design didn't meet the GM specifications?
If you look at the brands with the most recalled vehicles. Ford had 53 recalls and 5.4 million vehicles. Chrysler with 10 recalls covering 6.8 million vehicles. Toyota with 27 recalls and 8.4 million vehicles. GM had 52 recalls covering 10.6 million vehicles.
All of this was 2015 and so far into 2016. So GM recalled as many vehicles as they sold in that timeframe. The number they sold was globally while the recall information is only for the US. So they recalled more than the sold.
To be fair, pretty much every automaker got hammered with the airbag recalls. However, while the other automakers are issuing or have issued recalls, GM is fighting NHTSA in that GM shouldn't be forced to recall all vehicles with what NHTSA views as defective airbag inflators. The "new" GM is no different than the 'old' GM.
Now for the joke:
What's the difference between a golfball and a Chevy?
A golf ball can be driven 300 yards.