April Fools! Or Not?

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Seriously, who can tell anymore? Is there a sad robot somewhere that is programmed to lavish praise on used Sebrings? Surely, in this economy, Tacoma Dodge could find a human being desperate enough for cash to talk up a nice silver ’bring for the camera. Then again, even the robot sounds like it deals with a lot of professional self-loathing. Moving on, GMAC doesn’t really want to spend $5B of its $6B bailout on “ subprime auto lending,” does it? That’s got to be a joke, right? And is Carl Levin for real when he tells the DetN that the mere discussion of Chapter 11 for Chrysler and GM is “self-defeating”? Or is the Senator from Michigan in posession of a sharper sense of humor than he is typically given credit for? Now I’m seeing that Automotive News [sub] is running a headline that reads “Wagoner Gets Pension, But That Is All.” Because he somehow deserved more than $20 million? What a bunch of kidders. Yikes! What’s gotten into people? Did the CAW just really tell GM to go NSFW itself? Is Obama’s new Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers’ actually comfortable with openly telling Michigan that he will be a devoted stimulus wetnurse to that great state? Humor just doesn’t need this kind of competition from reality.

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  • Windswords Windswords on Apr 02, 2009

    Conslaw: "I sold my Chrysler stock immediately." Chrysler is privately owned. You couldn't sell it stock if you're life depended on it because there isn't any. On the Sebrings looks: The first time I saw one on the road, it passed me in the left lane, so I didn't notice it until I could see the tailights. I had seen pics of the car before but all from the front and 3/4 view. I thought it was a new Toyota Avalon, I kid you not. The back end had that anonymous boring Toyota design language. Then I noticed the Chrysler badge. I've looked at the sedan and the convertible in person. The sedan is horrid. It's not that any one thing is bad, it's just the pieces don't mesh well together. The front end just by itself is ok but when you combine it with the rest of the car something doesn't work. The convertible however is not that bad. Maybe it's because I like convertibles (who doesn't?). The Avenger looks much better, just blocky for my tastes. I've heard that the optional V6 with the 6 speed auto is much nicer to drive. If you're gonna get stuck with one for a rental see if they will upgrade you to that to make the experience bearable.

  • Jgh Jgh on Apr 02, 2009

    "a reliable automatic transmission" Please, somebody stop the voice... I'm laughing too hard.

  • Nick Nick on Apr 02, 2009

    I always though the Sebring, rather than having the abrupt ending to it's roof, should simply extend it to the back and make it some sort of liftback. It would look better, and be more practical.

  • ZCline ZCline on Apr 02, 2009

    That was simply laughably bad. "reliable" transmission? How much for the unreliable one?