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You beat me to it: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1223...ml?mod=djemITP

If they were able to form a holding company that would manage their assets while allowing the brands to remain distinct, it could actually benefit both sides. They could then manage their union obligations more efficiently, share technology and increase their market share. It might also help boost Chrysler's quality and public image as well as help increase their global market share. It sounds funny on paper but, if done correctly, could actually work out quite well.

Sadly, if Chrysler keeps going down its current path, I think it will be out of business in five years, with Jeep being bought by another company, most likely a foreign one. They don't have any other vehicles that I would consider buying right now, even though I can get their affiliate discount through my company.

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Nothing good can come out of this, other than the minivan and the Wrangler there's nothing GM doesn't have. In 1 yr you will see where Chrysler is headed with some awesome product and Chrysler will again be the maker of what people crave.
Cerberus is doin a good job with Chrysler and as long as the people running the show can keep digging deeper within, they'll find the source of the quality problems and excessive spending where things are outsourced and end up costing 3X as much but it's ok cause it comes out of a different pocket.
GM is in no shape to eat Chrysler and they'll choke if they do.
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My gut tells me it's a done deal! This exactly the way we first heard of the Daimler "merger", no one denies it they just don't comment.

Deutsche Bank's Rod Lache estimated that more than $6 billion is savings could be realized through the combination of the two automakers, but he noted that GM would also benefit from Chrysler's demise.
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I'm a GM fan, and even to me this isn't good news. As a consumer I like selection, and with GM producing how many different vehicles, I don't think they would keep around much of the Chrysler vehicles, or they would look the same as the rest of GM's. The only thing they would do is eliminate competition, and that isn't good for the consumer in any way you look at it.
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What would this mean for the Lifetime Powertrain Warranty? That's the whole reason we own two new Chrysler products. I wouldn't have ever bought new if it weren't for the amazing warranty!
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What would this mean for the Lifetime Powertrain Warranty? That's the whole reason we own two new Chrysler products. I wouldn't have ever bought new if it weren't for the amazing warranty!
They would have to honor it.

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At this point, Chrysler is looking like that girl at school that got passed around one too many times at a party.... What is the deal with cerebrus?

Sad that just 3-4 years ago, D/C Motor Company had some of the best products on the market. What happened??? I cant imagine GM/Chrysler merger. Ive never been a MOPAR guy, more of a GM guy when it came to American Cars, and still havent forgiven GM for killing the oldest American Car company. They should have killed Pontiac with its gimmicky ghetto appeal, and focussed on the Sport/Euro market that they put Saturn into.

But back to topic, if GM buys Chrysler, I think it will spell bad tidings for all. They killed SAAB...... It's just like this crazy mortgage buy out. In a few years, to deal with all the absorbed and added losses, GM will end up splitting up, stock values will be destroyed, the company reorganized, the CEO's with FAT trust funds.........

Funny, in the last year, everyone in my family but myself and my dad has bought a Toyota/Lexus product, and I can understand why.
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Here's an update from the Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll...TO01/810160399

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