AD #1581 – Jeep’s Cool Retro Concepts, Beware of Ransomware, Used Car Prices Unlikely to Drop

March 20th, 2015 at 11:59am

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- Beware Of “Ransomware”
- TowerSec Finds Investor
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- Used Car Prices Unlikely To Drop

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26 Comments to “AD #1581 – Jeep’s Cool Retro Concepts, Beware of Ransomware, Used Car Prices Unlikely to Drop”

  1. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Will the automakers be held anymore responsible than all the software companies that don’t provide hack-proof code; the anti-virus companies are thriving with hackers (attacks) all the time. Or are the lawyers at it again and seeing the auto industry as an easy target?

  2. J day Says:

    All those jeeps are hideous. The percentage of people that are old enough to appreciate retro crap is shrinking every year. Automakers need to stop this throwback stuff and try and appeal to new up and coming potential consumers. Draw new people into the brand.

  3. HtG Says:

    2. Who you calling old?


  4. Lex Says:

    Do we already forget about “Cash for Clunkers”!
    That could a lot of good used cars and especially trucks out of the secondary market.

  5. Jon M Says:

    Certainly the automakers are FULLY aware of the potential liabilities from hackable vehicles. As all such matters of liability become a finger-pointing game, I can easily imagine additional paperwork resulting in the purchase of a vehicle. I could foresee at least one lengthy, legalese document containing any manner of keywords such as indemnify, hold harmless, waiver, release (from liability), or any other convoluted language written with as many words as possible to simply say “don’t blame us.”

  6. HtG Says:

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  7. Mike Says:

    Pardon my paranoia, but is it possible the ones threatening to hack into automobiles are the very same ones trying to sell the anti-hacking software?

    I did get a piece of ransomware that tied up my PC until the IT guy went in and bypassed it. Wouldn’t about the same thing happen with hacked and locked car in a
    Ransomware situation?

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Those body color steel wheels, without hub caps, help “make” those first two Jeep concepts.

    @2 We “old farts” are still buying cars, and will continue to buy cars for years to come.

  9. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ #2: Those retro styled jeeps would fly off the lot were they ever put into production.And most would be bought by YOUNG jeep fans and off roaders.

    For me,like Kit,I’m an old fart and still buy new every 3 to 4 years,but the retro look except for a few pony cars don’t do much for me having been there,seen it,owned it,raced it.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The new Mustang is less retro than the previous one, and so far, I think I like the previous one better, styling-wise. I suspect younger people might like the new one better, though.
    I’m sure the new Mustang is a much better car, as far as refinement, etc.

    As far as Jeeps, the Wrangler sells very well, including to young people, so it seems that retro appeals to a fairly large number of younger people.

  11. Chuck Grenci Says:

    “Retro” can infer something that has been brought back (and, maybe or maybe not, should have been); perhaps a better description would be “Classic” styling of which some are timeless and should. Semantics, I know, but sometimes it matters in how something is described, i.e., cheap versus frugal; fairly close definitions though frugal should be embraced if thrust upon someone.

  12. Roger T Says:

    I thought the jeeps looked so cool. Retro fits the bill to those like me that would love to buy antique but find those either outrageously expensive or impractical, unreliable and unsafe to use daily. This leaves a flavor of history that does so much more to the brand than the normal soap bar on wheels like most new offerings out there.

  13. Roger T Says:

    And they don’t look like they will bite you like the new Lexus front fascia. And they don’t look like they have a chrome handle-bar chromed mustache like the late model Acuras. And they don’t try to do multiple things with all around mediocre success like lots of SUVs out there. In summary, character is not easy to build, Jeep is just using what history they can brag about.

  14. XA351GT Says:

    Kit, I have to agree with you on the Mustang. I think buyers also agree. As I have seen very few on the road considering they have been on wide release since October. I think I have seen 3 or 4 on the road in nearly 6 months. I’d love to see how many 15s they have sold to date. and then compare that to the 1st 6 months of the 05 release. I think the 40K price tag has a lot to do with it as well. I saw 2 GTs on the lot . One was a stick and the other a auto. The manual was $40 K and the sissy stick was $42K. The ecoboost was over 30K and the v6 was nearly 28K . If I buy another new Mustang I want the GT and at $40K there ain’t a hope in hell of that happening.

  15. XA351GT Says:

    Really the Jeep Wrangler ( see CJ ) has always been retro. same with the Porsche 911. 50 years in production and it still has the same silouette .

  16. shan Says:

    Most people who are lured into the Jeep “thing”, usually get a quick dose of reality with the hideous ride and handling and reliability issues. Hence…. the reason there are so many on the used car lots and private sale.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    From the Ford web site, it looks like you can get a Mustang GT for about 34K, but it is easy to option them to over 40K. I’m sure you’d have to order to get a “basic” GT. Dealers would never order them that way for stock.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 I know 3 people with Wranglers, and they knew what they were buying, and have kept them for years. If you buy a Wrangler thinking it will be quiet and comfortable, you will be very disappointed, even if it doesn’t break.

  19. HtG Says:

    14.15. I’m also surprised by how few new Mustangs I see around. Well, spring is around the corner….

  20. HtG Says:

    …of course it’s snowing here in NY

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    20 Probably not good for Mustang sales, especially convertibles.

  22. pedro fernandez Says:

    It’s hard to figure out how many new Mustangs are sold around here, since there are so many rentals around, I don’t think it’s doing as well as Ford hoped for, maybe when the snow ends up north, things will change. I just don’t see many at all. We must be a “boring” area cause as soon as the new Corolla became available, I saw tons of them.

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  24. HtG Says:

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  25. Ukendoit Says:

    Jeep enthusiasts (myself included) tend to like the classic styling and look forward to the throwback concept(s) every Easter as they have been doing for a while now. Those of us that like the old Wagoneers appreciate the looks, and didn’t Marchionne say they were looking at making a new Wagoneer with “better styling than the Commander” (which I also liked)? Maybe that Chief concept does have a chance of production.

  26. J day Says:

    I’ve never had a jeep tho I did want one at one point before I realized how expensive they are (even used). However if it came down to having to drive that blue concept or just walk I would be in my walking shoes pretty quick. If somebody gave me one I’d park it down the street from my house till I could sell it. The only thing that could make it worse is if it had wood paneling on the outside. There now u guys can be mad at me lol