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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 04-22-2003 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So much for that experiment.

http://www.forbes.com/2003/04/22/cz_jf_0422flint.html?partner=yahoo&referrer=

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BlueMule
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posted 04-22-2003 06:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlueMule   Click Here to Email BlueMule     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
you saw it too, huh?

I'm kinda bummed.

Ya think it's a marketing game?

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 04-22-2003 07:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think it's a matter of the beancounters running the show. And whenever you think short term, you're setting yourself up to get screwed.

Ford had a nice thing going with it's 'Living Legends' theme, it was creating enthusiasts which in turn creates loyal customers. But when you bring out a theme car, then turn your back on it, you lose enthusiasts and loyal customers.

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Bob Hopkins
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posted 05-01-2003 04:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob Hopkins   Click Here to Email Bob Hopkins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
sales wern't there it just a image car, if the would have done it right and put the "Cobra" Mustang drive train in it to make the vette owners nuts it would sell lot more my $0.2

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mellowyellow
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posted 05-28-2003 06:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bob Hopkins:
sales wern't there it just a image car, if the would have done it right and put the "Cobra" Mustang drive train in it to make the vette owners nuts it would sell lot more my $0.2

I was hot for them when I first got a look...but seeing them on the road, they just seem blah! What a shame! They were pretty nice through '66. After that......
Guess the memory of the 55-7 is what T-Bird really means...to me.

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Thud
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posted 05-28-2003 07:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Thud     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think they botched the project at almost every turn...

They took WAY too long from show car to production.

I thought their sales projections were always too high (there just isn't that huge of a market for a low-performance, boulevard-cruiser, two-seater)

As mentioned, low-performance...


Personal opinion? Ford blew it all the way around.

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KULTULZ
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posted 05-28-2003 10:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ   Click Here to Email KULTULZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bob Hopkins:


if the would have done it right and put the "Cobra" Mustang drive train in it to make the vette owners nuts it would sell lot more.


Correct you are! FORD built the thing on the same platform as the LINCOLN LS and JAGUAR S-TYPE to save production costs. For the most part, they have no concern for the buying public (especially dedicated) and just run anything to get it onto the showroom floor. Their build quality and customer service has sucked for years.

I have bought my last new FORD. I have a 1999 SABLE that I was going to upgrade to a CONTINENTAL this go around. So, they stop making them. What else is new?

Can you say PONTIAC?

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bford
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posted 05-06-2004 09:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bford   Click Here to Email bford     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
too much $$$, Not enough car, destined to fail

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