For $50k, Your Roof Shouldn't Fly Off

Unbelievable. That's what a lot of folks are saying. You spend $50,000 for a Corvette, and the roof is held on with glue. Glue? Yeah, glue. And apparently it isn't even good glue.

GM has announced a recall of some 30,000 of the 2005 and 2006 sports cars because the glue doesn't hold the roof on. You can read more about it here.

Okay, maybe they glued parts on with the Yugo back in the 1980's, but a Corvette? That one's hard to understand.

Apparently nearly two dozen of the roofs have come off completely and several hundred instances of the "separation" have been reported since it the rumors began a few months ago. Amazingly, GM's fix was apparently to tell their dealers to glue the roof back on again!

And just where were the quality control inspectors? Hey, I've got an idea: let's all send them a case of Gorilla Glue! With enough glue they won't have to use any bolts at all!

Hybrids Have Defects too

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Maybe They Really Do Need the Money More ...

General Motors has announced that it is recalling 400,000 2004-through-2006 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, and the 2006 Isuzu i280 and i350 vehicles. GM is on the fast track to being the "King of the Recalls for 2006". At their current rate, they should easily top all prior records.

In the midst of financial woes, one might think that GM needs to go back to the drawing boards on quality and maybe teach its accountants a thing or two about economics too ... but it ain't necessarily so, so to speak.

GM plants rank high in "initial quality" studies and some GM models rank high in a recent "dependability" study. So how does one of the largest corporations in the word do both, high in quality and high in recalls? It's all a matter of how you look at it.

GM cars and trucks have fewer than industry average problems but, strangely enough, the same 2005 model year study says that Lexus, Jaguar and BMW (in that order) all beat out GM in having the vehicles that have the fewest problems. And what nameplate has the most problems per 100 vehicles built? Suzuki "bottoms out" the list, just slightly ahead of Mazda, with the often-more-expensive Land Rover nameplate just slightly ahead of that. Given the Land Rover's cost, one would think the average quality level would be much higher than it is reported to be. Maybe you should check out the report before you go shopping for your next new car or truck.