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7 brands gone but not forgotten

It's trite but true: Past success is no guarantee of future performance. Here are 7 one-time market leaders that quickly vanished.

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Aug 16, 2013 9:39AM
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The death of Swedish Car manufacturers is a real Saab story.
Aug 16, 2013 9:24AM
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All of these companies made mistakes that cost them their viability. Too bad the government wouldn't let all companies that made fatal mistakes go bankrupt. We would be better off if AIG and most of the big banks went bankrupt and learned that good, solid business practices are what makes businesses profitable. Instead, they learned that no matter how bad their management and decision-making, wild speculation is fine because the government will always bail them out.
Aug 16, 2013 11:35AM
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Let's not forget the last CEO of Washington Mutual was hired and worked 17 (seventeen) days to try to salvage the company, after which he was cut a severence check for $20 million. And we wonder why we're $16.6 trillion  in debt with no way out. This man was rewarded 20 mil for abysmal failure.
Aug 16, 2013 8:54AM
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Don't miss Wachovia, a.k.a. "Walk All Over Ya".

But not experiencing that Wells Fargo is any better.

Aug 16, 2013 6:50AM
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Saab 9-5...one of the best cars I've ever owned. Reliable and very, very fast! A real sleeper that gave many sports cars a hell of a challenge!
Aug 16, 2013 2:20PM
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I miss my SAAB....loved, loved, loved that car...more than my Corvette

 

Aug 16, 2013 5:37PM
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I will miss Compaq computers cause they were the easiest computer to learn on---the 486 series

was a fine computer  good performance and easy to repair---my company still has many Compaq

computers still runing after  more than 15 years !   And the 486 dx 100 was perhaps one of the best  of the 1990's ! and by adding one chip became a pentium 1 computer !   I learned computer

repairs on Compaq computers !  these were and still are one of the best built computers !

they will be missed and those still runing are proof that Compaq had a good machine ! gyy

Aug 16, 2013 3:51PM
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I own a saab convertible.Sharpest looking and fastest car.Never had a problem. Just a lot of attention!!!WOW! Love it! Love it! Love it!
Aug 16, 2013 4:34PM
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I don't miss any of them. Never owned a Saab because I couldn't afford it. I am happy with what I have. A few of them I never heard of.
Aug 16, 2013 11:17PM
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Many car companies fail because they are run by boy-racer types, people who are sportscar crazy and not people who are serious about making cars that work in the day-to-day environment, cars that are made to last long and run well. Flashy fast cars may grab the attention of many and perhaps even be the stuff of dreams. But it is the solid, tried and true cars that have proven themselves over the long haul that will sell, and keep the production lines rolling. I drive a plain-jane Corolla. It is now six years old, and had gone over 250,000. A work car, it has seen its share of hard use. Yet, I have not had a problem worth complaining about with it. It gives over 45 miles per gallon consistently, runs well, and gets me to where I want to go day in day out.  When I was a teenager, growing up in Singapore, way back in the 50s, the first Corollas were introduced. Now, over sixty years have passed and it is still being made! What a car!
Aug 16, 2013 5:34PM
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I'm happy with my Honda Civic. Thank you.
Aug 16, 2013 4:42PM
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CEOs and mismanagement - the corporate structure dooms
Aug 16, 2013 10:38PM
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I do not miss the Saab's. Their owners always seemed to have an "I am better than you attitude". 

Aug 16, 2013 10:10PM
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Love my 97X ,Lot of extras,Lots of nice comments .
Aug 21, 2013 12:12AM
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      So far, it is the starter, which there four for my car. 680.00 for the one that fits. More repairs could be coming. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 16, 2013 7:16PM
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Love my Saab, but it keeps breaking down. Now it is  the transmission may-be.
Aug 16, 2013 7:28PM
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I own a Saab 9-3. Never would have been able to own one if it were not for leasing with the option to buy after lease expired. It's been a long payment plan but finally will pay off in February. It's a great car. You get what you pay for in this car. Fully equiped with computer technology, even lets

you know when to change the oil. Awsome. It's too bad GM had to 86 this one, they lost a jewel of a vehicle. Rock solid handling, and excellent power with balls to spare. The sportronic shifter is an invention that makes this car a rockstar. This car will leave you in the dust if the driver so chooses it. No mercy!!

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