I got a new car!

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It’s a Honda Fit, which is a silly name for a car. It is, however, a safe, tiny but surprisingly spacious, fuel-efficient go-kart which would blend nicely in any European country and on most golf courses. I got the manual transmission, because it makes me feel more zippy, plus I enjoy the suggestive wrist motions. The backseat folds down completely, too. Oh, the parallel parking I will do in this thing…

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Wanton hatchbackery has ensued.

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  1. Misty

    Congrats!

    We ended up buying a new vehicle last week. It’s just a wee bit bigger than yours, what with being a minivan and all, LOL.

    I loves me some new car smell.

  2. tart

    Misty, this thing is so fucking small. You could probably fit it in your minivan’s backseat. Hence the name, I suppose…

    I’m high on new car smell.

  3. Mazel tov on the new wheels, Tart!

  4. Jay in Oregon

    That car looks good on you.

    I need to get rid of one of my gas-guzzlers if the price of gas doesn’t come down soon.

  5. Mama Shakes

    That’s adorable! We have a little red Yaris and just love it. Great gas mileage!

  6. I love the picture of you in the back, lol. It’s perfect. 🙂

  7. Brynn

    Congratulations!! What a cute car–and I normally hate cars!

  8. Yay, that rocks! Would I–at 6’4″ and 220 lbs–“fit” in it very well?

  9. It looks like the updated version of the Fiat 500 that I saw in Italy back in the early 1970’s; small enough to fit nose-in to a parking space in Florence.

    Does it come in a convertible model? 🙂

  10. anangryoldbroad

    I’m getting one in October when my lease is up on the PT Cruiser I have now. I want a blue one I think. I’m just counting the days now til I get my Honda,lol.

    Yay! Congrats on the new wheels,vroom,vroom!

  11. I refuse to own anything that’s not a manual transmission. I feel like I’m merely steering otherwise.

  12. Troll1952

    That’s great, put another american out of a job.

  13. Great! To me all cars suck big time to tell the truth but where I live I don’t need one either so it works out. But I also know that living without one is virtually impossible on your side of the pond. (What happens when you put Bastards like H. Ford and the Chrysler Bros. in charge of urban planning.) But they sell the same model, or at least one that looks like yours over here but what they call it I haven’t a clue. (I know from the stupid ads on teh idiot box.)
    So congrats anyway.

  14. anangryoldbroad

    Does the troll not know that Toyota,Honda,Hyundai and Subaru all have US auto plants? jeebus.

  15. tart

    Would I–at 6′4″ and 220 lbs–”fit” in it very well?

    My 6’2″ cousin remarked at the ample headroom, so I would suppose yes. It’s funny how they can make such a tiny car so spacious on the inside.

    Does it come in a convertible model?

    No. Which is good, because I would have been tempted.

    Grumpy Old Man: It’s called a “Jazz” over there. This is the first year it’s been sold in the US.

  16. I refuse to own anything that’s not a manual transmission. I feel like I’m merely steering otherwise.

    My orthopedist has forbidden me from driving manual transmission because it was wrecking my crappy hip.

    Cute car, Tart, it suits you.

  17. everstar

    I love Hondas, seriously. I drive a ’91 Honda Civic and other than having had to replace the radiator and the brakes, it just keeps running. I think we’ll have to kill it with a club.

  18. It’s extremely cute! I have a ’95 Civic with 150,000 miles on it, and it’s still going just fine–they’re great cars. Better for someone less phobic about driving than I am, of course.

  19. tart

    Everstar, I had a Civic before this. They are The Car That Wouldn’t Die.

  20. It’s awesomely cute Tart! Wonderful to see someone living their politics in term chosing a car that’s more responsible!

    Though, that said, of course, it’s soooooo cute!!! And cool!

    My first car was a small hatchback, sports model, and I loved it … and like Incertus, I would not purchase anything that wasn’t manual transmission …

  21. Love the fact that you took your shoes off before jumping in. Congrats!

  22. Em

    Very cool! I wonder that they don’t include a roof rack, though. It would be the obvious choice for increasing cargo capacity.

  23. what’s something like that cost?

  24. That’s great, put another american out of a job.

    If the American auto industry can’t come up with a competitive product to sell in the U.S. and the Japanese can, that’s called “free enterprise,” troll1952.

    So I guess you’d prefer some sort of government-subsidized program to keep American jobs in the auto industry? What are you, a Commie?

  25. Linnaeus

    If the American auto industry can’t come up with a competitive product to sell in the U.S. and the Japanese can, that’s called “free enterprise,” troll1952.

    So I guess you’d prefer some sort of government-subsidized program to keep American jobs in the auto industry? What are you, a Commie?

    Ultimately, you’re correct, but having grown up in a family of multiple generations of auto workers, it makes me sad to know that those most responsible for the eventual demise of the domestic auto companies will be the least hurt. The rest will get thrown on the industrial scrap heap.

    Nice photo, Tart. Nice car, too. 🙂

  26. Ok, the tobasco goes in the Bloody Mary.

    You know, I’ve heard that from a lot of civic owners … they’re apparently like energizer bunnies, they just keep going and going and going …

  27. I don’t think whether it’s a car made by an American company is really the determining factor anymore as to whether it’s made by American workers. For what that’s worth.

  28. Okay, I have no idea why I have piece ended up being quoted (could someone delete that?), the piece was supposed to be:

    They are The Car That Wouldn’t Die.

    You know, I’ve heard that from a lot of civic owners … they’re apparently like energizer bunnies, they just keep going and going and going …

  29. I have this car! We just got it — the Fit Sport, white paint and black interior and the little fin on the hatchback. Isn’t it just wonderful? Goes like crazy, too. 😀

    For the person who asked, I’m 6’0″ and my wife weighs over 300, so yeah, there’s lots of room.

  30. plus I enjoy the suggestive wrist motions.

    Between this and everyone talking about their cleavage in Jeff’s post, I’m having a helluva day.

    Congrats on the new car. It looks great.

  31. Troll1952

    Mustang, that’s total bullshit. The US auto industry does offer competitive (with the Japanese) products now. Just look at the latest JD Power survey.

  32. what’s something like that cost?

    According to this, the 2007 base price was around $15k.

  33. Adorable car.

    Is the sister model called the “Tantrum”?

  34. tart

    what’s something like that cost?

    I paid $14,990. That includes a $500 dealer surcharge they tack on there because it’s in demand, and you’d be hard-pressed to talk them down much. I checked around, that that goes up to $2,000 at some dealerships. The sport model can get up to $17,000 with all the extras. I went cheap; mine doesn’t have remote entry or the fancy stereo system.

  35. Neneh

    You look so happy 🙂 I’m totally getting one this fall!

  36. tart

    Deborah, har har.

  37. tart

    I had my dad co-sign, though, so we got a very low interest rate through his credit union because he as A credit. The idea was for me to build credit through timely payments…here’s hoping!

  38. That’s great, put another american out of a job.

    It’s not correct to assume that every foreign car is foreign-made (although, in this case, it’s true that Honda Fits aren’t made in the US). However, Toyota has increasingly brought production jobs to the US because of the popularity of their cars here, so buying a foreign-made Honda might not, in fact, put another American out of a job, but, in the end, create more jobs for Americans.

    And, aside from all that, I’m going to go out on a crazy limb and guess that Tart bought her new car from an American, which means she’s helping keep that American in his/her job, along with all the Americans s/he employs.

  39. The car I had before buying my Fit, a Honda Accord, was manufactured in Georgia. In the U.S., not the former Soviet Socialist Republic.

  40. There you go Melissa, using logical, rationality and reason.

    Troll won’t be happy unless we’re all driving huge destructive gas-guzzling hummer-like penis-compensators. Funny how the wingnuts are all “yay freemarket!” until a liberal uses it …

  41. The US auto industry does offer competitive (with the Japanese) products now.

    The quality of American brands may have improved, but Honda still ranks ahead of most of them for overall quality.

    Besides, the auto industry is so thoroughly globalized that the nationality of the parent company means little. Many “Japanese” cars are assembled in the U.S., and many “American” cars are assembled abroad. Even then, the parts and materials used for the assembly can come from all over the place. When you choose a car based on nationality, you are just choosing the location of its corporate headquarters.

  42. Not threadjack or anything, but that’s gotta be an Anal Fit, no?

  43. Tom in Iowa

    Congrats – great car! Love the pic without shoes – I made my kids take off their shoes before getting in my new car for the first month.

    As to the American jobs issue – my wife’s Honda was built in the USA, her previous car (Plymouth mini-van) was built in Canada, and my Dodge pick-up was built in Mexico. Go Figure

  44. Congrats on the new car! It’s like a smaller version of my Honda Civic hatchback, which I bought 11 years ago and love, love, love still. (Hondas – they are _bombproof_.) It’s a manual, too, and I adore having that big back to stuff things in. (I am very sad that Honda station wagons are not sold in this country – I’d be in line to buy one as my next car.)

    As for the foreign auto thing? MY Honda was made right here in the U.S. of A, and that was over ten years ago. I figure that the Japanese ownership of the firm is more than counter-weighted by the gas I’m saving, which undermines Middle Eastern oil companies and the big “American” oil companies that fund people like Bush and Cheney.

    Besides, the money I save not buying extra gas, and not fixing my car every 1000 miles like _some_ American cars I could name (Chevy Corsica, I’m looking at YOU) is money I spend right here, at home, in local stores and not in big boxes stocked with goodies from China.

    It’s so silly to see ONE purchase as the litmus test, when it’s really a matter of looking at one’s overall patterns of consumption.

    Anyway, Tart, the car is adorable – have fun with it!

  45. Linnaeus

    Besides, the auto industry is so thoroughly globalized that the nationality of the parent company means little. Many “Japanese” cars are assembled in the U.S., and many “American” cars are assembled abroad. Even then, the parts and materials used for the assembly can come from all over the place. When you choose a car based on nationality, you are just choosing the location of its corporate headquarters.

    Precisely.

  46. Not threadjack or anything, but that’s gotta be an Anal Fit, no?

    LOL — I was thinking the same thing.

  47. Jeff

    How cute…..how do you operate it? Is it one of those that you puck it up, put it down, pull it backwards to wind it up, and then let it go?

  48. Kevin

    Excellent.

    Know what I used to do with my old Civic hatchback (42mpg!)?

    Go to the drive-in, back into the front row, open the hatch, and make a bed out of the back (with a papasan or futon or sleeping bags). Lovely way to watch a movie, no fogged windows, even protected us from rain.

    Enjoy your much more appropriately sized than the average American car!

  49. tart

    Jeff, it takes AA batteries.

  50. tart

    Kevin, I am SO gonna get it on in my new car.

    As soon as I go on a date or something.

  51. Besides, the auto industry is so thoroughly globalized that the nationality of the parent company means little. Many “Japanese” cars are assembled in the U.S., and many “American” cars are assembled abroad. Even then, the parts and materials used for the assembly can come from all over the place. When you choose a car based on nationality, you are just choosing the location of its corporate headquarters.

    True. My 1988 Pontiac 6000 LE Safari wagon was built in Canada. It was shipped to the US with US specs (i.e. MPH speedometer and gauges), but the deal at the time with GM was that a lot of those A-body cars were built in Oshawa, Ontario and shipped here…as “American” cars. In fact, the US’s largest foreign trading partner at the time my Pontiac was built was the province of Ontario.

    My Mustang was built here in the US.

    My advice to those people who don’t like Japanese cars for whatever reason: don’t buy one.

  52. As soon as I go on a date or something.

    Hon, if someone turned up to pick me up for a date in that cute little wee thing, you can be damn sure they’d get some on in it 🙂

  53. amish451

    The U S Auto Industry …

    Sunday I drove through Lawrenceville, Illinois/Princeton, Indiana, I hadn’t been there for several years …last time through the area (early nineties), the area was pretty depressed. The Oil Biddness had dried up, catfish weren’t the cash crop they had been …this week-end things looked fair prosperous …could it be that all those Toyota trucks built nearby may have sparked some new jobs for a couple Americans …Odd too, there were scads of New Oil Tanks for sale and new signs for oil rig supplies, and fresh paint on pumps and tanks; (no oil company logos though) and most pumps visible from the highway were pumping again ….Just cause it dont say Ford or Chevy, dont mean it aint home grown. And, unless it is a 1964, how much of that Mustang is pure USA, USA, USA, ….??

  54. SAP

    Wow! Who knew one could get the new Fit with optional blogger in the boot?

    Congrats on the new ride, Your Tartiness.

  55. amish451

    BTW: Very neat car Tart, do the doors in the back really open or are they only suggested…?

    And if, Tart were to purchase a Vanity Plate, to personalize her new ride ; what would it say…??

    I’d vote for … SNITFIT ..

  56. Troll1952

    This whole argument about bringing jobs to America is a red herring. For every job that is created, several american jobs are displaced. And where do you think the revenue from all these sales ends up?

  57. For every job that is created, several american jobs are displaced.

    Source?

    I notice you’ve blown right by my point about American salesman. Shocking.

  58. Liz

    Eee! I’m jealous. One of their earlier slogans — which they could still be using; I haven’t exactly been paying attention — was “Fit is Go!” which I just loved. Don’t ask me why; it just seemed appropriate. 🙂

  59. Perhaps one of the reasons the American auto industry has troubles is because of the way they sell their product.

    I’d rather have root canal than buy a car from a dealer. I haven’t bought a car from a dealership since 1984 for one simple reason: it makes the Moroccan bazaar scene in Casablanca look like the Better Business Bureau’s training seminar. I’ve been with friends and family who have walked into a dealer with all their paperwork and research and their checkbook ready to pay cash for a specific car sitting on the lot, and it took three hours of brow-beating, skulduggery, and ritual just to buy a car. Name me one other purchase that you go through this kind of torture just to drive off the lot with the full knowledge that the moment you hit the street know you got screwed with your pants on.

    And, as this “post notes, there are too many dealers out there chasing too few customers.

    I’m sure this applies to dealers of all brands, including the imports, but FSM, no wonder the newest car in my driveway is twelve years old and I bought it off my mom.

  60. Oops. Goofed the link. It should be here.

  61. Troll1952

    ‘While import companies will “create” about 3000 U.S. jobs in 2007, raising their total to 106,000, U.S. automakers will lose nearly 43,000 this year, falling to about 378,000, according to Jim Doyle, president of the Washington, DC-based Level Field Institute, which tracks and reports auto-company U.S. employment. ‘

    ‘Is it more important to the U.S. economy for someone to buy a Ford Fusion, although it’s built in Mexico, from a company that employs 105,000 Americans,” Doyle asks, “than a Honda built in Ohio from a company that employs 27,000? Domestic makers also purchase nearly 80 percent of the parts made here, and domestic vehicles average 76 percent U.S. content vs. 48 percent for U.S.-built imports. That represents billions of dollars in spending. “No, an “American” car or truck is one built by a U.S.-based company that supports primarily U.S. jobs and the U.S. economy, regardless of its parts content and especially its point of assembly.’

    http://www.thecarconnection.com/index.asp?DID=RSS&n=192&sid=192&article=11981

    As far as your delaer argument- if people started buying american, those same dealers you speak of could/would be selling american cars.

  62. This whole argument about bringing jobs to America is a red herring. For every job that is created, several american jobs are displaced. And where do you think the revenue from all these sales ends up?

    If you are worried about your transportation funds going overseas, it’s probably best not to buy a car at all. American cars are American in name only at this point.

  63. While import companies will “create” about 3000 U.S. jobs in 2007, raising their total to 106,000, U.S. automakers will lose nearly 43,000 this year, falling to about 378,000, according to Jim Doyle, president of the Washington, DC-based Level Field Institute, which tracks and reports auto-company U.S. employment.

    Okay…but where’s your source for the causation you cited? That doesn’t actually prove your claim that “For every job that is created, several american jobs are displaced.”

    Try again, please.

  64. As far as your delaer argument- if people started buying american, those same dealers you speak of could/would be selling american cars.

    Try again, troll, and read the article I linked to. The worst offenders of over-saturation are General Motors dealerships. The folks just ain’t buying what they’re selling.

  65. Troll1952

    I was responding to your comment…

    However, Toyota has increasingly brought production jobs to the US because of the popularity of their cars here, so buying a foreign-made Honda might not, in fact, put another American out of a job, but, in the end, create more jobs for Americans.

    My original point was people buying “foreign” cars does have a direct effect on American jobs. The more market share we lose, the more jobs we lose, and the jobs that are created by the “transplant” companies does not balance it out.

  66. The Level Field Institute seems to be an industry propaganda arm.

  67. Troll1952

    C’mon, this is not that complex an argument. Now my source is in question? Half the sources I see cited on this blog are from other Liberal sources and they’re taken as gospel. This is simple math. Give me a break.

  68. Half the sources I see cited on this blog are from other Liberal sources and they’re taken as gospel.

    A source can be partisan without being propaganda.

  69. Polonius19

    Aside from making the car feel zippier, it also improves milage. ‘Grats, its a nice car…

  70. Half the sources I see cited on this blog are from other Liberal sources and they’re taken as gospel.

    Such as…?

  71. plus I enjoy the suggestive wrist motions.
    That, and having your hand on a stick.

  72. TrollNumber, even with the source you cite, you missed the point that _I_ was making in MY post.

    It is too simplistic to simply say “Buy an American Car.”

    You have to also look at the _other_ purchases an individual makes.

    On the one hand, let’s say you have someone who buys a big ol’ American-made SUV, under the auspices of an American-owned corporation (a corporation, btw, that no doubt has few qualms about sending jobs overseas should it feel the desire to do so, despite being an “American” company).

    Okay, so this patriotic new owner is driving something that guzzles far more gas than any of the foreign auto equivalents. There’s a big ol’ chunk of change that goes into the pockets of FOREIGN corporations, and nations of dubious friendliness to us, like the Saudis.

    This gas also makes running the vehicle cost more, so the driver is probably going to cut costs where he can. So… off to Wal-Mart, an American company that screws American workers and makes its profits by selling tons of cheap crap from CHINA, which has lousy human rights and safety records. If he’s lucky, it’ll only be from MALAYSIA, or SINGAPORE, or INDIA, where all those lovely American manufacturing jobs have been outsourced.

    His car is also less well made than its foreign equivalents, so I suppose he’s supporting American workers by taking it in to American shops for repairs, but the parts are being made in CANADA, MEXICO, and IRELAND, and shipped here using vast amounts of MIDDLE-EASTERN and RUSSIAN oil.

    So, goody, this patriot has bought an American car, and meanwhile in all the other parts of his consuming life he’s supporting foreign corporations, encouraging the transfer of jobs overseas, and putting money into the pockets of companies in countries that are not always our allies, and many in which human rights abuses are frequent and part of why labor there is cheap.

    Now, on the other hand, let’s look at someone who’s bought a car made in America under the auspices of a Japanese company (Japan being a country that is one of our allies, poses no military threat, and has no human rights abuses). The car costs less to run, as it takes less gas (less money in the pockets of SAUDI oil companies), and requires fewer repairs. This money is used by the driver to buy locally-made goods from local businesses, thus supporting American citizens and minimizing the amount of oil wasted in transportation. Moreover, the car, being well-made, lasts for over twenty years, mimimizing the amount of resources wasted in its construction and disposal, and making it possible for the driver to spend more money on local goods and services, instead of on a replacement vehicle.

    So, on the whole, which do you think is a better pattern of consumption for the nation, our economy, and the driver? The car is just ONE aspect of a whole network of behaviors, and to focus on it alone is to miss the point.

    “Buy an American Car”?

    How farkin’ simplistic can you get?

  73. Hey Troll,
    When American automakers face reality, they might have a fighting chance. As long as the only fighting involves lobbying against fuel mileage standards, I don’t have a lot of sympathy for them.

    That’s just me.

  74. troll1952

    Your whole argument is flawed. This “big ol’ American-made SUV” perception is bullshit. American car companies make plenty of fuel-efficient vehicles, and non-american companies produce gas-guzzlers, too.

    I see Melissa chose not to respond to my main point, since she’s always fucking right- “I notice you’ve blown right by my point about American salesman. Shocking.”

  75. I think Americans should buy American cars, thus sinking their capital and labour into industries where they lack competitive advantages. Also, I think they should buy American made jute, American made hand-woven carpets, and American-grown bananas and coconuts.

    And learn to speak Chinese to communicate with your bosses, because that’s where those policies will lead you.

  76. Sorry – COMPARATIVE advantages. My bad.

  77. oddjob

    Perhaps one of the reasons the American auto industry has troubles is because of the way they sell their product.

    MB, I’m not sure the big foreign guys are any better. The last time I remember checking in Consumer Reports Toyota dealerships were rated among the most obnoxious of all.

  78. oddjob

    (Mind you, that didn’t stop me from buying a Toyota Solara when last I needed to buy a car.)

  79. Troll1952, are you, by any chance, related to t87?

    If so, I have prepared a statement *ahem*:

    Don’t talk to the Troll, dear. Just keep walking over the bridge.

  80. I see Melissa chose not to respond to my main point, since she’s always fucking right- “I notice you’ve blown right by my point about American salesman. Shocking.”

    Dude, I have a fucking life. I was away from the computer for a couple hours, jebus.

    And, btw, I would have responded to your “main point” pretty much exactly how Rana did, anyway.

  81. Angelos

    American cars are crappy and ugly. Just face it.

    My 4-year old Toyota has seen the shop twice, once for a precautionary recall check (mine wasn’t subject to the “must replace” VIN range, but he dealer did it anyway, because hey, a warranty is a warranty), and once for some other stupid little thing that the dealer happily replaced.

    My wife’s Acura has been perfect, though it does go through rotors a little too quickly for our tastes. Still, that’s a consumable, not a defective part.

    The only American car I’d buy would be a Corvette, and I would still have to hold my nose giving money to GM.

  82. troll1952

    Angelos, you must be living in a fucking cave.

  83. troll1952

    Kona, what does this mean- “When American automakers face reality, they might have a fighting chance. As long as the only fighting involves lobbying against fuel mileage standards, I don’t have a lot of sympathy for them.”??

    Are you talking about the latest bullshit CAFE standards being proposed? They basically make no distinction between cars & trucks, and set unreasonable, unattainable goals. Even your favorite Japanese automaker recognizes this.

    All I’ve tried to say throughout this entire thread is that when americans buy foreign, they are effectively putting americans out of work. Americans should take another look at the vehicles offered by american car companies. It’s in our collective best interest, regardless of your political persuasion. We can’t afford to lose another manufacturing industry.

  84. amish451

    “…The only American car I would buy would be a Corvette, …..”

    Make mine a ’57 please (both tops) …a real American car ….of course repair parts come from Mexico now …

  85. Angelos

    Let’s go to the web!

    GM:
    Buick – ugly. every single one. And I’m not a Florida retiree wearing black socks and sandals.
    Cadillac – sinfully ugly. Why pays goods money for this shit? Oh, Americans with no taste.
    Chevy – ugly and cheap-feeling.
    GMC/Hummer – Um, no.
    Pontiac – HELL no. The Solstice looks sort of OK, in a chick car kind of way, but it’s a Pontiac.
    Saturn – boring

    Ford:
    Mustang or nothing at all. Even Volvos went to shit.

    Chrysler:
    0 for 7.

    Dodge:
    Viper (of course) and Magnum (I kinda like it, even though it is a station wagon), but still, that’s way too much money to give an American car company. I might as well burn it.

    Meanwhile, in 20 years of car ownership, I’ve had a Celica, an RX-7, and now a Tundra. Not a bad set of fun, reliable vehicles.

  86. Ford:
    Mustang or nothing at all. Even Volvos went to shit.

    And let’s not forget they ruined Jaguar, too.

    You forgot Mercury. The reason I noticed that is because we have a Mercury. We had a Mercury before that one, too–which was absolutely fucking destroyed in a serious head-on collision (which I’m sorry to mention w/ regard to your MIL, Angelos, who is in my thoughts), but from which Mr. Shakes and I walked away with relatively minor injuries.

    So I stayed loyal to Mercury. This one? Is a piece of shit.

    Next time, we’re getting a Toyota.

  87. troll1952

    Jaguar was in the dumps before Ford acquired a majority stake, but that’s changed. You’re looking at old information like most of the idiots in this thread.

    Ford has the highest safety ratings of ANY of the automakers.

    An like I said the latest Ford vehicles are spot on with Toyota in terms of quality.

    But you get your Toyota. It’ll suit you just fine.

  88. You’re looking at old information like most of the idiots in this thread.

    No, I’m not. I’m recalling that once Ford got their hands on the Jaguar, it ended up looking like a fucking Taurus.

    But you get your Toyota. It’ll suit you just fine.

    I’m sure it will. And it will suit the American workers at the plant in my home state, too.

  89. troll1952

    Oh, Jaguar make one vehiclem huh? Which one are you referring to? Sounds like some bullshit general statement Mr. Shakes must have spewed. He’s the expert on “everything teh other side of the pond”, eh?

    And you continue to ignore my other points just to get the last word. As usual.

    It must get boring having a kissy-face fest every fucking day!

  90. Sounds like some bullshit general statement Mr. Shakes must have spewed. He’s the expert on “everything teh other side of the pond”, eh?

    You’re not even making sense anymore. And you sound like a pathetic stalker to boot.

  91. Angelos

    Jaguars may finally have some reliable electrical systems, but at what cost? Generic styling, cheap parts, and a little silver thingy? A friend of mine made a joke related to Shake’s last comment:

    How do they figure out the prices for the new Jags?
    Well, on which Ford do you want me to stick this $20000 cat?

    And yes, I’ve read that Ford’s quality is up. Now, if they hire some designers, kill Lincoln and Mercury (two tons of fug), maybe in 5 years they can have a full line-up decent-looking cars. Maybe 6 or 7 of them. Not 20 pieces of crap and a Mustang.

  92. Jaguar was in the dumps before Ford acquired a majority stake, but that’s changed. You’re looking at old information like most of the idiots in this thread.

    Don’t know which planet you live on but Ford just announced last week they were getting rid of Jag. Not a move you would make if you were selling them now is it.

    Ford’s formula for Sucess?????=Make ’em all look exactly alike no matter what it says on the nose. Bung Jaguar on it and you can charge a hell of a lot more for the same shit.

    And how come you’re defending Ford anyway? As far as I know Jags are not made in America. Lithuania or some such place. First thing Ford did when they bought them was move production out of the UK to some low wage East European country. Of course Ford has always been ever so solicitous of the welfare of their workers. Snark, snark.

    On May 26, 1937, a group of workers attempting to organize a union at Rouge were beaten severely, an event later called the Battle of the Overpass.

    In fact, some were shot and killed. And who did the job. Why the Detroit cops despite the fucking river rouge plant being outside the city of Detroit. And were they punished? In a pigs arse. They were Fords blackwater. Just like the railroads had the Pinkertons.

    Yes indeed, buy American now that the Rethugs have destroyed the unions. And everybody can live like Mexicans.

  93. OK, I’m taking ACTION!!

    This post was about Tart getting (and loving getting) her new car.

    Tart — I’m personally delighted by your new car, and your enjoyment of it — may you both live long and prosper!

    It has now been hi-jacked by a self-professed troll-troll-trollity-troll.

    So here is the action I promised myself, when dealing with trolls (especially self-professed trolls) — that I would simply scream:

    “COME AND SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERENT IN THE SYSTEM!! Help! Help! I’m being repressed!!”

  94. The_Quilter

    Congratualtions! Use your new car in the best of healthy!

  95. The_Quilter

    Uh…make that the best of HEALTH!..not healthy..

  96. Erin M

    I think the Fit is the same size as a VW Golf, which I’m told would actually make it a mid-size here in Germany. Amazing how perceptions differ. Have fun with your new car, especially since it works so well with the car model name game posted yesterday. 😉

  97. amish451

    Tart …Congrats on Your New Car…!!
    Everyone should have the opportunity to have at least One, New Car Experience …after that I reccomend carefully selected Pre-Owned; unless of course you happen to be financially well-off and the new car bite doesn’t hurt.

    “….in 20 years of car ownership …”
    In 48 years of car ownership, I’ve had at least one for every year I’ve been on the planet (last time I tallied)…I built one of them from cast-offs and scrap …yes, I know I’ve left a very large footprint, I’m trying to be better, but there is no step-program for my addiction …

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