There is a HUGE misunderstanding when it comes to the LX cars. If you all go check out some articles on Allpar you'll see when Chrysler was designing the original LH chassis back in the early 90's for Intrepid, Vision and Concorde it was also adaptable enough they could make it RWD. Daimler had some influence on the chassis no doubt but hearing people saying it was a full Mercedes design is straight up wrong.
"Rear-wheel drive cars had gotten started before the Mercedes deal [in 1998; the 300M appeared in 1999], but that really put a fire under them, because Mercedes, is very much rear-wheel drive."
2019 Honda Accord Sport
I wish they all could be California squirrels!
Past Rides: 2003 Grand Am GT1 (saved me), 1995 Bonneville SLE (RIP), 1986 635 CSi, 1984 Estate Wagon, 1978 Malibu Classic, 1978 Corvette, 1975 Vega Kammback (Miss ya'), 1971 Dodge Dart Swinger (STFU...it got me there!)
"Nothing happens until something happens then everything happens!"
Funny, speaking of lost battles. It was a nail in a tire that led to my dx'ing Discount Tire and moving over to Tireman. Long story (and wait) short, DT has kept me waiting for at least two hours on two different occasions with nary a "Hey, we're on you next, Bud!" or even a "Screw off we hate our customers!"
The guy behind the counter told me I didn't have an appointment. They would get to me when they got to me. We're very busy.
I said I DID have an appointment. What, you think I just come in here to hang out with cool homies like you?
So goodbye to 10+ years of very good business from one customer you didn't give a damn about.
How does this story relate to the dead Pontiac thread? I was driving a Pontiac. I think.
It sounded pretty good until I actually said it.
GM has been a club for decades. The execs typically came from certain towns, they went to the right school, they all belong to the same country club, they all drive GM cars nothing else nothing ever. There's a story of DeLorean coming into the shop in a Ferrari one Saturday and saying I need to borrow a Bonneville, I'm giving a talk to other GM guys tonight, I can't show in anything but GM.
This has been a chronic issue at GM. As it's been at Ford. What do you think Mulally did when he had free reign with the hatchet at Ford? He chopped down Inside Sports dead wood that was there because of clique relationships, not amazing ability or success.
That is the story of ANY bureaucracy. It's the life cycle of a bureaucracy.
I read an earlier post claiming that the Dodge sold well because its on an old platform?!?!?! Doesn't make much sense to me...So the narrative is shifting to now a car sells well because it's on an old platform? I thought that people were more likely to buy a car if it had the latest and greatest architecture. I guess that's how you think when you're trying to play both sides of an argument just so you and your team can claim to be right. The fact of the matter is that the LX cars sell well in-spite-of their "ancient" underpinnings because to most, it doesn't matter how old the platform is as long as the car accomplishes it's intended mission.
Dodge dying because the Durango is shifting to Ram? Last I checked all 4 brands (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram) are sold out of the same dealership across the nation. All brands have a focus, so I don't equate focus w/ dying...I call it having a clear vision for each brand...I know, what a concept.
As far as a new Charger coming in 2020, personally...I think it'll be 2022 at the earliest, there's supposed to be a Charger ScatPack/SRT-392/Hellcat widebody coming later this year so I figure they'd at least keep the LX around for another 2 years.
With that said, this X-mas...it'll be a competition for by $$$s between the CT5 and a Plum Crazy 392 ScatPack Charger Widebody...may the best car win.
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'19 Buick Enclave
'07 Dodge Magnum SRT-8
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