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Gardiner Westbound

Member since: Aug 8th, 2005

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Spy Shots: Lincoln MKT Hearse looks to be one swanky final ride (Autoblog)

Dec 6th 2010 5:13PM It's for people who said they wouldn't be caught dead in a Ford product. Ha!

BMW reportedly catches ring of workers stealing up to $4 million in parts (Autoblog)

Nov 29th 2010 8:53PM There are WW2 stories about GIs sending a jeep home, one part at a time.

On This Day in History: General Lee makes iconic jump [w/video] (Autoblog)

Nov 12th 2010 5:36AM Today the producers would use computer graphics and not ding a single fender.

Report: Chrysler considering new name for Ram trucks [UPDATE] (Autoblog)

Nov 9th 2010 7:40PM Real pickup trucks have solid body on frame construction. Forget about a Dakota unibody pickup. Chrysler can't afford a Honda Ridgeline style flop.

Goodbye, Mr. Goodwrench: GM reportedly killing service brand (Autoblog)

Nov 8th 2010 7:16PM I believe Johnny Carson used to call it Mr. Goodscrew".

Surviving GM dealers see mixed benefits of smaller network (Autoblog)

Nov 6th 2010 11:39AM GM is dreaming in Technicolor. The small dealers who got axed around here are flourishing as Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Mazda and even a Porsche dealer. They weren't dragging GM down, GM was dragging them down!

Hotmail makes using your existing email address easier than ever (Download Squad)

Nov 1st 2010 3:37PM Had a Hotmail account for over 15-years. It inexplicably locked me out. Wrote to Hotmail technical support a dozen times over a six month period. They replied twice saying they would look into it and get back to me. Never heard back. Now using G-mail.

Canadian auto journalists pick their cars of the year (Autoblog)

Nov 1st 2010 11:58AM Car of the Year (COTY) awards are marketing schlock. They are blatant merchandising, mutual self-promotion, and just plain silly.

This one is hosted by the grandly self-titled Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), aka the Fraternal Order of Automotive Junketeers. Manufacturers pay a $9,000 per car entry fee. Several years ago General Motors and others balked. Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel. The journalists' comeback was predictable. The manufacturers capitulated.

The prime failing is restricting the selection criteria to new or substantially changed cars which, not coincidentally, also have the largest marketing budgets. A car cannot compete unless it is new that year even if it is clearly superior to others in its class. If Brilliance was the sole company to release a new car in a class this year they would win regardless the car is the worst piece of drek since the Yugo.

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