I too have had very good luck with my 2000 LeSabre. The car is the best car I've ever owned. One recall for the intake manifold. But, the dealer took care of it with no hassles, and the replacements are fine. The car is getting old. I've had to replace minor things on it. But, nothing unusual. A great car. But boring. I still trust GM products as much as any of the others. But, GM keeps moving its farther and farther away from what I love.
I still remember Oldsmobile's "This is Not Your Father's Oldsmobile" campaign in the early 1990's. This is the problem with GM in the last 30 years or so. In the 50's my father drove a '51 Olds 88. Then a '55 Super 88. My mother bought a new Delta 88 "Holiday" edition in 1980. I liked my father's, and for that matter, my mother's Oldsmobiles. The Oldsmobiles they tried selling were not my father's (or mother's) Oldsmobiles. And that was the problem.
As far as comments on each division being run separately. Other GM divisions or vendors made parts like ignition locks for all GM cars in the past too. But, somehow it worked better. If a part didn't meet a divisions standards, the individual division would confront the parts maker. If five or more separate GM divisions run into the problem, it's more likely to be confronted. Each GM division was in charge of their plants. I remember in the early 70's Oldsmobile wasn't happy with the quality of it's cars at the time. So they enforced a major quality control program that made the Oldsmobiles coming out of the Olds plant in Lansing, a lot better than other GM products coming out of other plants at the time. GM was big, and had resources and divisions to develop new and better products. But, each small division was run so they make changes to their specific problem as it cropped up. This is the way Alfred P. Sloan set up GM to be in the 1920's. And this way it was run at least through the mid 1960's. This is what made GM the juggernaut that it was.
GM is now more centrally controlled. But, is it a better company? Does GM control over 50% of the car market like they did in the mid 60's? The small individual GM kingdoms seem to work better than the one big over site of everything kingdom they now have.
Edited by unclescott58, 13 June 2014 - 10:48 AM.