Sorry to hear about the death in your family.
You must admit, Lee Iaccoca had a millions of people fooled (including myself) on those front-drive K-Car derivatives. I still miss my 1987 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible.
That was a beautiful car! It was a perfect blend of vintage style and state of the art technology. Chrysler really dressed that car up nice.
The devil was in the details!
Very under powered and caught on fire too much.
The "lights" have been going out at GM
for quite sometime.
It started with it's half-a$$ed attempt to make diesel car engines (1978). Rather than using there proven reliable 6.2, they converted the 350cu" gasoline engine in to diesel. The result was a very un-reliable car that had many recalls.
Then the X-body platform (1980). The Chevorlet Citation, Buick Skylark, Oldsmobile Omega and Pontiac Pheonix was the most recalled car in history.
To make matters worse, in 1981 Cadillac had the bright idea of the 4/6/8 engine. This V8
ran on all 8cylinders going uphill, 6 on a staight away and on 4 going downhill. The engine would often get stuck on 4 cylinders at all times. Not good with a 4500 pound Cadillac.
In 1996 GM
scrapped it's best cars in a generation. The full-sized B-body sedans. The 1994-1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, Buick Roadmaster Esate Wagon, Cheverolet Caprice Classic and Impala SS
were engineering milestones! These full-sized land yachts got up to 27 MPG, delivered 260HP at a low RPM and could tow a boat. That was unheard off in the 1970s.
What did GM
do? They killed it and never put a penny in to marketing these cars.
The final nail in GM
's coffin was the death of the F-body in 2002. Getting rid of the Firbird/Trans Am and Camero is an act of evil.
Shame on GM
I guess GM
is focused on making more Aztecs, Cobalts and Escalade EXTs. YUCK!
Ford is still a car company that is still living up to Henry Ford's vison.