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Old 05-18-2010, 10:28 AM   #35
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:30 AM   #36
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:32 AM   #37
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Keep in mind that times have changed... they have changed A LOT. It costs money for a manufacturer to offer multiple options for a car. The Camaro is successful right now for the options it offers... and GM is reaping that benefit. As FBodfather states you can't make everyone happy all of the time... and then those who aren't initially happy they will typically warm up to the idea later. The Camaro can be personalized any way you want it once you get it into your garage. Please don't try to burden GM with trying to make everyone happy... they are doing a great job making a lot of people happy.

Well sure you can make everyone happy. Let them order what they want. GM can get away with selling option "packages" because buying a car is a singular event that doesn't happen that often and customers are willing to buy stuff they don't really want or do without, which is exactly why GM operates that way.

If most business used this model, they'd quickly go out of business with the attitude "we can't make everyone happy".

McDonalds "Yes sir, our Big Mac option package comes with pickles, mustard and fries."

Customer "I don't want fries"

McDonalds "No problem sir. We have a plain Big Mac basic option"

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McDonald "No problem sir. We have our fully loaded 2LT Mac. It has everything you want but it does include fries."

Customer "I just want a Big Mac with pickles and ketchup."

McDonalds "I'm sorry sir, what you're asking for is something only 2% of our customers would buy and it would be too expensive for us to make a Big Mac that way"

Customer "Never mind"

McDonalds "I'm sorry sir but you can't expect us to make every customer happy."
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Well sure you can make everyone happy. Let them order what they want. GM can get away with selling option "packages" because buying a car is a singular event that doesn't happen that often and customers are willing to buy stuff they don't really want or do without, which is exactly why GM operates that way.

If most business used this model, they'd quickly go out of business with the attitude "we can't make everyone happy".

McDonalds "Yes sir, our Big Mac option package comes with pickles, mustard and fries."

Customer "I don't want fries"

McDonalds "No problem sir. We have a plain Big Mac basic option"

Customer "I don't want a plain Big Mac. I want pickles and ketchup"

McDonald "No problem sir. We have our fully loaded 2LT Mac. It has everything you want but it does include fries."

Customer "I just want a Big Mac with pickles and ketchup."

McDonalds "I'm sorry sir, what you're asking for is something only 2% of our customers would buy and it would be too expensive for us to make a Big Mac that way"

Customer "Never mind"

McDonalds "I'm sorry sir but you can't expect us to make every customer happy."

I see the point your trying to make there... but we're not talking about a $3 big mac here. and there is no design work to remove fries from the package or extra tooling involved.

to re-engineer and stock all the parts to have something like a solid rear axle option.... your talking tens of millions of dollars alone. then factor in the extra space in a shop it takes to store these parts, how much longer it will take to build each car if they had so many options "the way you like it". now your talking HUNDREDS of millions. which would be spread out over the range to re-coup those costs making everyones cars more expensive. It's a MUCH better business decision to build a car that makes MOST people happy, and let the ones who aren't happy spend their own money to make it what they want. You can't have a custom car from an assembly line, that company would be out of business in a heartbeat.


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Holy crap I didnt realize this thread was from 3 years ago :-)
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I see the point your trying to make there... but we're not talking about a $3 big mac here. and there is no design work to remove fries from the package or extra tooling involved.

to re-engineer and stock all the parts to have something like a solid rear axle option.... your talking tens of millions of dollars alone. then factor in the extra space in a shop it takes to store these parts, how much longer it will take to build each car if they had so many options "the way you like it". now your talking HUNDREDS of millions. which would be spread out over the range to re-coup those costs making everyones cars more expensive. It's a MUCH better business decision to build a car that makes MOST people happy, and let the ones who aren't happy spend their own money to make it what they want. You can't have a custom car from an assembly line, that company would be out of business in a heartbeat.


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Don't forget the crash and safety tests that have to be run! Not cheap.

In the "old days" they didn't have very costly emissions tests/certifications to pass, crash safety tests to pass, nor had they just filed bankruptcy. There was also ZERO competition from foreign manufacturers.

They can't do things the old way because the old days are gone.
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Good Lord.

Thanks everybody.

I thought i spent a lot of time on here.

A 4 year old thread.........

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I see the point your trying to make there... but we're not talking about a $3 big mac here. and there is no design work to remove fries from the package or extra tooling involved.

to re-engineer and stock all the parts to have something like a solid rear axle option.... your talking tens of millions of dollars alone. then factor in the extra space in a shop it takes to store these parts, how much longer it will take to build each car if they had so many options "the way you like it". now your talking HUNDREDS of millions. which would be spread out over the range to re-coup those costs making everyones cars more expensive. It's a MUCH better business decision to build a car that makes MOST people happy, and let the ones who aren't happy spend their own money to make it what they want. You can't have a custom car from an assembly line, that company would be out of business in a heartbeat.


gotta love zombie threads!

I don't disagree with that assessment but my point wasn't toward the live rear axle but toward the "options" within what they are already offering on Camaro's, i.e. I want an LS with a 6.2 engine. (In other words a 1SS with "delete options". That requires nothing more than some special oversight on the assembly line, sort of like the old COPO Camaro's. If that costs a little extra on an individual basis and customers are willing to pay for it, why would GM say "Sorry, we can't make everyone happy."

Maybe I want a leather steering wheel without the C&C package etc. Why can't they do that for a price? They can. They just don't want to.


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I don't disagree with that assessment but my point wasn't toward the live rear axle but toward the "options" within what they are already offering on Camaro's, i.e. I want an LS with a 6.2 engine. (In other words a 1SS with "delete options". That requires nothing more than some special oversight on the assembly line, sort of like the old COPO Camaro's. If that costs a little extra on an individual basis and customers are willing to pay for it, why would GM say "Sorry, we can't make everyone happy."

Maybe I want a leather steering wheel without the C&C package etc. Why can't they do that for a price? They can. They just don't want to.


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I am not disagreeing with the idea... just not sure you realize the additional effort associated with that. GM had to restructure to simplify their business... to streamline and make it more efficient. Oldsmobile, Saturn, Pontiac, Hummer... too much overhead and costs. The more efficient you make any process the more money you can put in your pocket for profit and future endeavors... add to that process and you can impact both.
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I don't disagree with that assessment but my point wasn't toward the live rear axle but toward the "options" within what they are already offering on Camaro's, i.e. I want an LS with a 6.2 engine. (In other words a 1SS with "delete options". That requires nothing more than some special oversight on the assembly line, sort of like the old COPO Camaro's. If that costs a little extra on an individual basis and customers are willing to pay for it, why would GM say "Sorry, we can't make everyone happy."

Maybe I want a leather steering wheel without the C&C package etc. Why can't they do that for a price? They can. They just don't want to.


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Dude; read my post above. They CAN'T do things like "they used to" because the times have changed as to what and how things are required to be done BY LAW. They're struggling back from a bankruptcy.

It's now up to 3rd parties to do the kind of customization you want because the manufacturers simply can't afford all the costs of complying with the regulation certifications requirements for every variation you think you want. Putting a different motor in it requires crash and safety testing and emissions certifications for that motor in that car and all that is bloody expensive!! THEY WENT BANKRUPT!!! They HAVE to be more conservative now; that's just the way it is. Be thankful (I know I sure am) that they were able to even build the Camaro we have at all!

You want a different steering wheel? Customize it yourself; to a lot of people that's half the fun of owning cars like this. Being able to customize it so it's "your car" is a great American tradition and in that regard, at least doing that is still a lot like "the old days". The manufacturers can't do things like they used to not because they don't want to but because the laws and requlations don't allow it anymore.
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Well sure you can make everyone happy. Let them order what they want. GM can get away with selling option "packages" because buying a car is a singular event that doesn't happen that often and customers are willing to buy stuff they don't really want or do without, which is exactly why GM operates that way.

If most business used this model, they'd quickly go out of business with the attitude "we can't make everyone happy".

McDonalds "Yes sir, our Big Mac option package comes with pickles, mustard and fries."

Customer "I don't want fries"

McDonalds "No problem sir. We have a plain Big Mac basic option"

Customer "I don't want a plain Big Mac. I want pickles and ketchup"

McDonald "No problem sir. We have our fully loaded 2LT Mac. It has everything you want but it does include fries."

Customer "I just want a Big Mac with pickles and ketchup."

McDonalds "I'm sorry sir, what you're asking for is something only 2% of our customers would buy and it would be too expensive for us to make a Big Mac that way"

Customer "Never mind"

McDonalds "I'm sorry sir but you can't expect us to make every customer happy."

Dude...this is absolutely not an apples to apples comparison. Comparing the assembly of a hamburger to what goes on in the automotive industry? C'mon.....FAIL.
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Good Lord.

Thanks everybody.

I thought i spent a lot of time on here.

A 4 year old thread.........

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Holly crap! You got me there!!! It looks like the OP's two posts really paid off...
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Dude...this is absolutely not an apples to apples comparison. Comparing the assembly of a hamburger to what goes on in the automotive industry? C'mon.....FAIL.

Read it a couple more times, you might get my point.
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Putting a different motor in it requires crash and safety testing and emissions certifications for that motor in that car and all that is bloody expensive!!

The 6.2 isn't a "different" motor.


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You want a different steering wheel? Customize it yourself; to a lot of people that's half the fun of owning cars like this. Being able to customize it so it's "your car" is a great American tradition and in that regard, at least doing that is still a lot like "the old days". The manufacturers can't do things like they used to not because they don't want to but because the laws and requlations don't allow it anymore.

There's no law or regulation that says GM can't offer a leather steering wheel without offering bluetooth or cargo nets. This conversation is becoming painful.
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