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Apr 4, 2012 10:15AM
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Alan Mulally took Ford from the brink of bankruptcy to a thriving and growing worldwide leader in the auto industry.  As CEO, Ford's stock price grew from $1.96 in 2009 to over $12.50 today under Mulally's leadership.  That's more than a 500% increase, which benefits all stakeholders in Ford's turnaround; none of which was assisted by a government bailout.  Alan Mulally has likely earned every penny of his "way too much" compensation.
Apr 3, 2012 5:08AM
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Haha, the Smart....no word of a lie, I would rather drive a 80's LeBaron 'vert with woodgrain on the sides than a Smart.

 

And anyone else think Mazda needs to step it up with the engine in the MX-5? I realize it's a small car, but only 167hp? They need to do a Speed version with the turbo motor from the MS3. Now THAT'd be a kick!

 

And I wouldn't call it "fuel efficient'. A 2.0L that only gets 28mpg highway isn't that efficient if you  ask me. Considering the fact that the Stang V6 has 1.7L more displacement and 138 more hp, yet manages to best it by 3mpg hwy, that 28mpg is pretty poor.

 

Then consider  that a 6 speed Vette with a 430hp 6.2L V8 can knock down 28mpg highway, and that MX-5 is a gas guzzler in comparison.

 

And call me biased, but for my money I'd pick up a used '00-'02 WS6 convertible for 10-12k and call it a day.

Apr 4, 2012 9:21AM
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"Even if the faithful Miata were an additional $5,000 over its starting price of $23,470, it'd still be the no-brainer of this list."

 

What?  I interpret that last remark to indicate that the author feels that the Miata is the best buy of the group of eight.  My review differs tremendously, and shows both the Mini and Mustang as better products.  Aesthetics, horsepower, transmission, fuel economy, cargo space, standard interior and exterior equipment, etc.  I'd have a tough choice deciding between the Mini or Mustang, but would spend my U.S. dollars on Ford.

Apr 4, 2012 8:58AM
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That's the problem with automakers today. They sell you a car for under 30K and try to make it sound like a bargain. Get the hint Detroit, cars cost too much, that is why you are going broke!!!
Apr 10, 2012 1:38PM
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We bought a mustang Convertable 2 weeks ago to play around in on sunny days .... lots of fun
Apr 14, 2012 6:59AM
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Seriously, what would possess someone to buy and drive a Smart Car? The end result of an accident in a Smart car - you will be playing a Harp and growing a set of wings. Its not worth saving a few penny's on gas. Any other option is a better option.  Need more proof - see Smart Car Death - leaked video on U tube.

 

Apr 4, 2012 10:13AM
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I doubt 808 will be buying a BMW etc. With at least 20 grammatical errors in that small paragraph, he/she wouldn't be smart enough to read and sign an auto purchase contract. For any car.
Apr 4, 2012 8:25AM
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Unfortunately the car in the picture is not the 3.7L one that is under 30K
Apr 10, 2012 4:04PM
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Say what you want, every place I look thier is a Jeep, Its about time quality is in an american car even if the design is 70 years old, I love a jeep , great ride ,hadeling and resale
Apr 4, 2012 10:01AM
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First Class 808 you need to do your research.....Ford did not take the bail out like gm and others did.  But I do see your point. 
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