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Old 11-11-2003, 08:41 PM   #1
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Default Consumer Reports .. Can anyone make sense of it all ?

I just saw the 2004 Consumer Reports magazine/book review of new model cars and either a miracle has occured, or sales of the L were so bad GM coughed up thousands to secretly pay off Consumer reports, but the L300 is now reccomended... After all this time, the L is finally getting some recognition for what it does well. How is it that the L is now reccomended and the Vue is no longer?

Also, what qualifies a vehicle to be reccomended by CR besides an average reliability rating?> I am sure their were other car models rated average that were not reccomended... what gives? In my own personal opinion, at the time of my L purhcase the Vue lagged behind the L300 in terms of interior quality and overall quality, and the ION sedan was just as boring as the SL1 I replaced...
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Old 11-11-2003, 09:23 PM   #2
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Consumer Reports requires that a car/truck/suv obtain an average reliability rating to be considered for recomendation. Once this is satisfied, then how the vehicle faired in testing determines whether it is recommended. The Ford Focus has always tested out high but poor reliability has kept it off the list for years.

Of course reliability is determined by the results of the annual questionnaire sent out to subscribed readers of the magazine. Then the results are compared through statistical analysis to determine level of problems. Of course the quality of the questionnaire and the analysis of them is debatable.
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Old 11-11-2003, 11:43 PM   #3
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I'm not surprised to see the L300 recommended now. Their rating of the LW300 was "very good" whereas, their rating of the L200 was only "fair." The first two years of the L series were below average for repairs, but the L series has proved reliable since. Too bad Saturn didn't have this recommendation going for it a couple of years ago.
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Go back through the years and compare the L-Series with the Accord and Camry, the two darlings of Consumer Retards. CR rates cars in a number of specific areas and the Accord and Camry weren't any better than the L-Series, so how these two got glowing recommedations and the L-Series was treated like a pariah is anybody's guess. A little yen under the table, perhaps?

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Did they test/rec. the 4 or the 6.
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Old 11-12-2003, 01:32 PM   #6
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The L Series really is a good car, and one of the best things GM has ever built. Sadly, GM has given up on the L. Now, they've taken the L, called it a Malibu, and are pushing it hard now.

With Chevrolet's flexible pricing and better name recognition, it will no doubt be more popular than the L.

It's a real shame, although, it's just a business decision.
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CR knew the L is a decent car, they just won't admit until the end of this car's life-cycle.
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