Why GM is Doomed

Doomed, I tell you. Not for the lactose intolerant…

1. Their all new 2006 Buick Lucerne looks like a Jetta

Buick Lucerne

But our fenders got portholes (HT: Rich Rodriguez, BTN)

VW Jetta

I get confused every time I see one.

2. They have a full-page ad in this month’s Car and Driver, plus an aggressive TV ad campaign. The pitch point? Not the big ass V8, or “Stabilitrak” or “Magnetic Ride Control.” No, it’s heated washer fluid. (No, not this kind (See B)). WGAF? Really? Who? Oooh, scratch the crud off the windshield in the print ad so we can brag about our hot liquid magma washer goo. Woo-hoo!

2.a. “Buick – Beyond Precision.” Beyond stupid.

3. It’s almost too easy…Lucerne,  meet Lucerne

It’s not like they didn’t have fair warning.

Your 15 Minutes Are So Over, Mr. Bentley

How many “rare” cars do you have to see before they are common? This is my third Bentley Continental Flying Spur . I have seen more of these in Phoenix in 2 weeks than Yugos or any other crap car in the last 8 years.

I will say it’s the best Jetta ever…


OTOH. these are actual rare cars. I did see one in Ahwatukee while on a wine safari Wednesday. Still looks like a $375,000 Kia. I think Randal from the Apprentice was in town for some tacos or something.

Bentley Continental Flying Spur


Owned (nearly) by cheap tires…
The Culprit:

POS Tire Details

I have 4 of these BF Goodrich tires on the Corolla.  For a year or so, they were great, at least compared to the OEM tires.  Right now though, I can’t leave a stoplight without spinning them.  (This is not an engine issue – no Minister of Cool V-8, no turbo – less displacement than a bottle of mountain dew).  There is 90% tread left, but no traction left.  Seriously. Black ice.  Water on black ice. Continue reading “Craptastic”