By Guest Blogger, Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter
A few years ago, I had a Mitsubushi Eclipse Spyder Turbo convertible. Very fun to drive very fast. But, it had two clutches die very sudden deaths in the first 11,000 miles. NOT Fun.
The first one that died, the mechanic made a comment something like, "Man, even if you had your foot on the clutch pedal at all times, you couldn't have killed it this fast."
The second clutch that abruptly died (while I was driving on the PA turnpike. One minute I had a gear higher than second, the next I didn't.) I had the car towed to the original dealer from which I leased the car. His comment (complete with chuckle and eye-roll): "You women can't drive stick."
1. I turned in the car early and refused to pay penalties. (Yes, you can do that.)
2. I told everybody at every opportunity (this was pre-blog days) NOT to do business with Conicelli (the eye-rolling dealer). I also wrote the CEO in Japan, and got blown off with some auto-generated corporate speak.
3. I've never bought or leased another car from Mitsubishi (two cars before the Spyder, I owned a Mit. Galant that I loved, drove it for ten years.)
This was the third "stick" car I'd owned/leased.
Mitsubushi is off my list forever. We women remember things like this for - well - forever.
And, we tell everybody for - yep - forever.