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General Mopar Discussions / Chrylser & Fiat
« on: October 30, 2013, 12:03:28 PM »
Quote from: dana44
Remember, these cars were built on a large island country and were designed to drive the piss out of it from one pub to another, thus, drive her hard for less than an hour, sit in a pub for an hour, then continue to the next pub.
Looking at the electrics on some english cars, I bet they designed the wiring in the pub as well  of course with some help from Lucas, the prince of darkness 

Have to admit I do like some of those quirky britcars, usually the saloons.

General Mopar Discussions / Chrylser & Fiat
« on: October 28, 2013, 11:49:02 PM »
The 500 is indeed just a gimmick, ride is crap, no interior space, and if you have the automatic, well, the tranny is not good either  but somehow it sells 
@ Roger: French cars did not change much, way better seats and ride than german cars. And nowadays diesel technology is lightyears ahead of 30 years ago.

General Mopar Discussions / Chrylser & Fiat
« on: October 24, 2013, 09:31:44 AM »
Yes thats the octavia. Basically a golf with a trunk. The fun part though is that the skoda's score better in reliability than the parent-company.

The old Skoda's, from the time of the Iron Curtain, were very quirky cars.

General Mopar Discussions / Chrylser & Fiat
« on: October 24, 2013, 12:30:31 AM »
Quote from: firedome
I, for one, want to see a plug-in 4 cyl turbo-diesel hybrid car, pickup, and SUV! 

The Fiat-diesels are indeed excellent, on the same level as French diesel, and ahead of ze germans.

General BS and Laughs / SJak I have a question for you
« on: October 23, 2013, 10:16:30 PM »

How much are you paying now? And is this increase mainly due to taxes, or because of greedy oil companies?

General Mopar Discussions / Chrylser & Fiat
« on: October 22, 2013, 08:46:28 AM »
I understand your feelings regarding the brand-stuff, but on the other hand, look on the bright side: Chrysler lives and kept its personality. Well, lets be happy VW didnt buy it, look how they killed Skoda. OK Skoda still exists, but its role is limited to designing grilles and assembling cars from the VW-partsbins....

Just looked up the weight of the Lancia Thema (with Pentastar V6) and the 300 V8, both cars weigh exactly the same actually: 1801kg (= around 4000lbs) (the diesel Lancia is considerably heavier.)

Or other example, the Voyager/T&C is also sold by/as Lancia, the Italians have been struggling for many years to put out a decent minivan, and now they finally have one.

General Mopar Discussions / Chrylser & Fiat
« on: October 22, 2013, 03:10:25 AM »
The safety standards certainly do not add 800lbs to a 2200ls car. In Europe, there's tough competition among manufacturers to achieve the best ratings, and there's a lot of new safety features coming from European companies (Volvo, Renault, MB,...). Like I said, midrange cars of similar size to the Dart, 200 or Malibu are extremely common here, and have not much weight advantage over their US-cousins.

One thing we can agree on, it gives interesting discussions!
Sjak Brak2013-10-22 09:26:13

General BS and Laughs / SJak I have a question for you
« on: October 21, 2013, 10:21:46 AM »
No dramatic changes.

There was a peak in 2007, in 2008 it dropped a lot. And since then prices increased slowly and steadily.

Now we're again at the highs of 2007, but this time no drop in sight, even worse, they talk of more fueltaxes in 2014. I will fill up moreoften in Belgium if that happens, the difference is about $1.25 a gallon already, and I live near the border.

General Mopar Discussions / Chrylser & Fiat
« on: October 21, 2013, 10:15:27 AM »
MB dismembered Chrysler and threw away the parts it thought useless. MB complains the merger cost them a lot of money, but are somehow unable to pinpoint the culprit

I understand that from your perspective, you would prefer to keep ownership of Chrysler 100% US, but let's face it, GM and Ford are very strongly represented on most continents, with factories, lots of dealerships, etc.

On the other hand, Chrysler is really tiny (or even non-existent) outside the US. And I doubt if the US-market is big enough to sustain a carmaker of the size of Chrysler, considering the developments costs of new platforms, safety features, etc.

Of course the very small fiat-engines will not help in a 300 or Grand Cherokee, but the 4-cilinders would do a fine job in the 200 and similar cars (a car size that is very common in Europe as well). Especially regarding fuel efficiency, Fiat has the edge over Chrysler engines with the same displacement. The 2-cilinder miniature engines are indeed restricted to minicars like the 500 or Panda.

The other way around, the 300-platform has been used by Lancia for its top-of-the-line sedan.

But what really trickles the imagination, what if they put one of the other Fiat-owned engines (like a Maserati-V8) in a nice Mopar? That would make one nasty new 'cuda!

General Mopar Discussions / Chrylser & Fiat
« on: October 21, 2013, 08:10:31 AM »
I think almost every car nowadays has components from all over the globe. Fiat is "italian" but the cars are also assembled in Serbia etc. Toyota is "japanese" but has assembly platsn in the US, UK etc.

Fiat is of course pretty unknown on the US-market, but in Europe, it was in some ways similar to Chrysler, nice looking products with some issues. Fiat worked hard on those issues the past decade or so, and also put a lot of effort in the design of its bread&butter-brands (Fiat & Alfa Romeo).

Fiat also realised it needed a large partner in order to survive. Years before the merger, the CEO already said he expected the global market would be with 5 rather than 10 big players, and that in the situation at the time, Fiat would not be one of them.

General BS and Laughs / SJak I have a question for you
« on: October 21, 2013, 08:03:46 AM »
Well, over here, the gas price is almost 70% excise and sales tax... so the demand&supply-excuses dont really apply here, except of course when they want to impose yet another increase, it's a popular excuse. However, the same thinking does not apply when global oil prices drop, then you get various nonsense like "keeping supply levels at a safe level" etc. But price increases are mostly tax-related, the excuse nowadays is that they apply inflation-correction on excise Of course, high fuel prices are a major culprit of the inflation

Converted into dollars,regular is currently around $9 a gallon in The Netherlands, in most other EU-countries its quite a bit cheaper.


Sjak Brak2013-10-21 15:00:24

General Mopar Discussions / Chrylser & Fiat
« on: October 21, 2013, 07:26:17 AM »
Besides, it's debatable how "american" e.g. a US-spec ford or GM is, hejo in mexico with chinese parts. But the good part is, Chrysler survived and seems to recover pretty well with a much more dedicated partner than db.

General Mopar Discussions / Polaraco
« on: October 18, 2013, 11:56:25 AM »
Steve, I have no garage anymore, and had to kill all my savings to buy a new daily beater after a car crash a few weeks ago

General Mopar Discussions / Polaraco
« on: October 18, 2013, 06:23:40 AM »
In a positive way:

Less cars = less stress and more time to enjoy yourself.

And you still have all the sweet memories of the car.

Good luck with the sale!

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