Re: GM kills off Holden
Up until the early 1980's, the big traditional car makers had most of the markets and the Japanese makes were just a small dent. They laughed off the imports as "the little guys".
As Japanese brands increased in quality and fuel economy, and the big guys stayed where they were, that small dent in the market grew. While GM, Ford and Chrysler struggled to build cars that weren't junk, the Asian imports seemed to get it right. People got tired real quick of their Pontiac being a clunker while their friend's Honda or Toyota just ran great.
Now the market is flooded by a dozen makes all seemingly getting better every time. And buyer loyalty slipped away.
Lincoln, Pontiac, now Holden, is the result.
I had a new 1990 GMC S Jimmy. It had about fifteen issues from the factory-and the dealership seemed to bungle every repair. One was a bad PCM.
My new 1999 GMC Savana 5.0 went through five-yes, FIVE transmissions. A head gasket blew at 100K miles.
My machinist had an early 2000's Silverado. Every brake line evaporated from fitting to fitting. He fixed it at his cost and dumped it. He builds amazing small and big block engines and runs a third gen Camaro drag car-but he'll never have a GM anything in his family ever again.
My LS Ascender has 350,000 miles on it, original rear and engine. The frame has holes in it, I don't know how much longer I can consider it viable.
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1971 Monte Carlo SS454-496ci 600hp
1999 Trans Am-500hp
2003 Iszu Ascender XL Limited V8