Neutral: This pretty much underscores the depth of the difficulties Fiat (as opposed to Chrysler) has at a global competitiveness level: There is not a single Fiat-branded vehicle that can be considered world-class. Ford has the Focus/Fiesta, VW, the Golf, Toyota, the Corolla, Honda, the Civic/Fit, etc. And… » 7/30/14 10:18am Wednesday 10:18am

Very cool place! That said, let the Detroit Hate begin... My take? Hamtramck is a pretty cool and eclectic area these days. Those who would unilaterally criticize literally — and I do mean LITERALLY — don't know what they're talking about. Flame away, people. » 7/29/14 10:19pm Tuesday 10:19pm

Hi, Daniel, thanks for the reply. Seen your stuff on the Web — most excellent. The Germans in particular don't do side markers, and it wasn't until relatively recently that even imported cars could keep the side markers. My own personal Grand Cherokee imported into Germany in the 90's had the bulbs pulled front… » 7/25/14 4:11pm 7/25/14 4:11pm

Neutral: On the assumption that both GM and NHTSA are seeing the same types of crash data, then your question is absolutely worthwhile: GM has actually changed the way they handle recalls, process information, and consider safety impacts of stalling (which likely makes them unique among major automakers, by the… » 7/22/14 10:50am 7/22/14 10:50am

Choose your defect, people: One car stops WHEN THE KEY TURNS OFF THE IGNITION. What then, Church Lady? It coasts to a stop. THE OTHER CAR ACCELERATES WITHOUT TOUCHING THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL. Hmmm, let's see... one is kind of benign. The other may kill you or someone else by accelerating into the first available… » 7/10/14 6:03pm 7/10/14 6:03pm

Directly responsible for the deaths of 13 people? No, actually. But did they fall precisely one step short (among thousands) in designing vehicles that did everything humanly possible to prevent owners from their own negligence, ineptitude, and poor driving skills? Yes. » 7/09/14 4:48pm 7/09/14 4:48pm

These trucks need to be recalled. Now. Why? An owner has NO WAY OF KNOWING when a brake line will catastrophically fail. Visible rust? No. All snow belt vehicles — Regardless of manufacturer or country of origin — over 5 years old exhibit significant visible rust on the undercarriage. The trick is to know on… » 7/08/14 7:29pm 7/08/14 7:29pm

If this represents the quality of the guy's conversion work: (nasty-ass tank, vacuum plugs on the fuel injection lines, crooked license plate — Details, People, DETAILS) then I know all I need to know about his work. It's sloppy, unprofessional, and most likely highly dangerous. I won't do business with this guy. … » 7/08/14 9:33am 7/08/14 9:33am

On the one hand, it shows an unusual non-sheep-mob mentality on the part of the US car-buying public. Good for them. But a warning to GM: Just because your cars are selling well (now), doesn't mean you're doing everything right. In the words of Han Solo to Luke Skywalker, "Don't get cocky, kid!" » 7/01/14 10:45am 7/01/14 10:45am