Kyree S. Williams
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1/23/20
10:35 AM
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Ah, that makes sense. I forgot...European vehicle. They liked to do that until fairly recently.

1/23/20
10:21 AM
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Keep in mind that the Explorer/Mountaineer and Blazer/Bravada/Jimmy of the day were also compact, by modern standards. That was the standard size.

1/22/20
5:39 PM
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They are. And, oh, geez. There’s nothing so nefarious as a fuel-pump electrical bypass.

1/22/20
2:59 PM
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I wouldn’t even go that far. I just don’t think there should be arbitrary legislation that prevents direct sales, legislation that the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) actively lobbied for. Read more

1/21/20
5:07 PM
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“Accessing nearly any of the GT 63 S’s functions involved scrolling through seemingly endless menus and sub-menus” is not my idea of a luxury touch. Luxury should be something exceptionally nice, made easy. Read more

1/21/20
4:42 PM
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I was in high school when those GT-Rs were pretty new (circa ‘09). Mom was signing the papers for a new Murano SL, and I was sitting in a GT-R that was in the showroom, playing with all of the buttons. Well, they’d left the key fob in it and I managed to start it up by mistake. Read more

1/21/20
4:40 PM
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To be clear, I wasn’t lumping Hyundai with Kia. The two companies are only 33% tied, and they have completely separate dealership networks. Hyundai has done much better to elevate its store experience than Kia has. Read more

1/21/20
4:36 PM
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True, but oftentimes that premium is just paying MSRP, or near it—when you might be able to get a grand or two off a year later. Case in point: my coworker and his wife took delivery on what the dealership said is the first 2020 Highlander Platinum in the state. They paid $500 under MSRP. They did not pay over MSRP. Read more

1/21/20
4:30 PM
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Oh, I agree. And so when I have credit-challenged friends—especially ones who are temporarily so—that come to me, I like to set them straight. Even if your beacon score is a 580, you are a valuable customer and you have options. Even if the brand isn’t known for it, plenty of mainstream dealerships still have Read more

1/21/20
11:28 AM
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Yeah, that’s the other thing. I’d have a really hard time spending in excess of $40,000 on a new Kia because--although the cars are quite nice--their dealership experience really hasn’t caught up. It is catered first and foremost at credit-challenged customers who will put up with all sorts of crap because they don’t Read more

1/21/20
11:24 AM
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Remember: at one point, people were paying over sticker for the PT Cruiser. By 2007, they were giving them away for free with the purchase of a McDonald’s Happy Meal. Read more

1/20/20
2:21 PM
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I think this is what plagued GM from about the 70s to their 2009 bankruptcy. They were such a giant, traditional company and so slow to change that they wanted a lot of pomp and circumstance whenever they finally managed to meet contemporary industry standards. “See, look, we finally did it!” Read more

1/19/20
11:38 AM
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I test drove a Cadillac CT6 the other day, a 3.0TT Platinum, and was amazed to see a turbo-boost gauge, and not while I was in Sport mode. Granted, that trim of CT6 does indeed have a full-LCD instrument cluster, but still.

1/18/20
4:42 PM
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We’re now starting to see digital instrument clusters that do away with the familiar dial setup. They don’t even pretend to be gauges. They are digital readouts of the information you need to see. Or they half-heartedly display a speed or RPM with a gauge, but really, that’s secondary to the big numbers in the center Read more