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Old 05 August 2006, 19:37   #221
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I remember the JD Power survey often used to be won in the UK by Lada and Skoda - says it all really......
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Old 05 August 2006, 19:41   #222
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I remember the JD Power survey often used to be won in the UK by Lada and Skoda - says it all really......
You've just let me down Codders - by falling in to traditional Brand Stereotyping. The reason that Skoda do so well is that they are actually bloody good at making value for money cars and customer service (esp since being owned by VW). Afterall they are basically cheep golfs and passats.
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You've just let me down Codders - by falling in to traditional Brand Stereotyping. The reason that Skoda do so well is that they are actually bloody good at making value for money cars and customer service (esp since being owned by VW). Afterall they are basically cheep golfs and passats.
Err no not quite - notice I also mentioned Ladas??? I am talking about the OLD Skodas like the Estell and Rapide or something - Cold War crap the lot of them!!!

I had an Octavia and a Superb on hire for a while and they were nicer than the Passat!!!
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There you go Codders - what I mentipned three weeks ago about Land Rover.
Sunday Times Business section , issue 06-08-06 , first page, this morning..

LAND ROVER TO GO IN JAGUAR SELL OFF

Made your offer yet?
Started a campain to keep LR in 'british' hands?

I told you it would finish up in China.

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I had an Octavia and a Superb on hire for a while and they were nicer than the Passat!!!

Quite agree. I have an Octavia estate 1.9 TDI on hire at the moment..

.....it is much cheaper to run than a Passat in all respects.-The only drawback is that it is smaller than a Passat,but build quality is nearly as good We have just retired a 2003Passat with 450.000 kms on the clock.But dont like the new one

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I remember the JD Power survey often used to be won in the UK by Lada and Skoda - says it all really......
Well the main reason perceived “lower quality” car manufactures do so well in the JD Power results is because it is all to do with a car coming up to that customers expectations.

So you spend £7k on a Lada and there is a squeak from the window as you wind it up. Mr Customer thinks… hey ho what can I expect for £7k.

You spend £70k on a Merc and the window squeaks. Mr Customer goes into see the servicing manager. And any thing less than a 100% fix of the issue at the 1st attempt just adds to the lack of satisfaction.

For the same reason I spotted a while back that BMW series owners rated their satisfaction with the performance as low. Why ? Because they all got them with the 1.8 motor, and expected 3.2 performances?

It all boils down to things living up to their marketing.
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Old 06 August 2006, 06:41   #227
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Part quote post from Limey Linda- not out of context

They are considered fashionable yuppie vehicles usually driving by middle age blondes with silicon tits.


Wow , just what i need. I am going to live in Arizona, Dry climate, laid back attitude, no government restrictions... just what my body needs.However probabaly buy a KIA SORENTO with the 230 hp engine...as LR will be in chinese or Arab hands. You havnt got any ports in Arizona??

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There you go Codders - what I mentipned three weeks ago about Land Rover.
Sunday Times Business section , issue 06-08-06 , first page, this morning..

LAND ROVER TO GO IN JAGUAR SELL OFF

Made your offer yet?
Started a campain to keep LR in 'british' hands?

I told you it would finish up in China.

jonathan
Ford are in big trouble as are all the Yank car makers. A combination of big old fashioned pick ups and spiralling costs of pension funds are mainly to blame. I think Ford would be stupid in the extreme to sell off LR with the money it's making them.
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I think Ford would be stupid in the extreme to sell off LR with the money it's making them.

The current probelms of Ford and GM are not measured in a few thousand quid, Codders but BILLIONS of us$. LR contribution is but a drop in the ocean.

Here is a line of thought to you a great thinker......

The oil reserves of 'Russia' exceed those of Saudi. Arabia. Coupled with oil at 70$ a barrel- that means that 'russia' will amass unblievable captital assetts & cash. So what Karl Marx failed to do with ideology and Stalin and his descendents with violence - good old western capitalism will propel 'russia' to undrempt of power/ So all that money will be floating around looking for a home. Where else... but to buy up defunct western industry lock stock and barrel..So be prepared that the Russians will own Ford, GM, all the football clubs,harrods, ect, ect..... and there is nothing that anybody can do about it as they will be the ones with the bucks or should I say euros?.

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How do I buy a bit of Mother Russia then ?

Preferably a bit with some black gold under the ground.
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