Why Mazda did so well and Volvo so poorly in Consumer Reports survey – by AutoBlog

The poor performances of Tesla and all three domestic automakers got the headlines in Consumer Reports magazine’s latest reliability survey, but there were other results that caught our interest.
Tiny Mazda notched the biggest gain among the 29 brands included in this year’s list, leap-frogging nine spots to No. 3. Buick, which was in the top 10 last year, fell 11 spots to No. 19, the biggest decline of any brand. And then there’s Volvo, a brand often vaunted for its quality and reliability, dropping six spots to dead last. What gives?

For starters, all three brands benefited or suffered in large part due to their relatively small portfolio of vehicles. So when raves or complaints rolled in for even one particular model, as was often the case, it weighed heavily on the entire brand. That’s especially true when it involves a relatively high-volume, hot-selling model such as the Buick Enclave (more on that in a moment). Mazda fared as well as it did despite the CX-3 losing Consumer Reports’ influential “recommended” status due to problems with its climate system, including leaks from the condenser and refrigerant unit that triggered a service bulletin from the automaker in late 2016. Deputy auto editor Jon Linkov said that scratch didn’t hurt the overall brand, since the CX-9 crossover and MX-5 Miata both jumped up to replace it on CR’s list of newly recommended vehicles, thanks to several back fixes Mazda made to both models.

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Highland Games

Saturday, October 6th began with a good layer of fog and mist but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the occupants of 8 Miatas making our way to Laurinburg to attend the 10th annual Highland Games. After parking we boarded a shuttle to the grounds of the John Blue House where the games were in full swing. The opening ceremony was led by two colorful drum majors in resplendent costume and a procession of several pipe and drum corps. There was much to see – highland dance, harp and piping competitions, sheepdog herding demonstrations and the various games. It was obvious after watching the competitors in the sheaf toss, hammer throw, caber toss and other games that the skills
needed to excel were very specialized. There were clan tents and vendors selling all things Scottish and a wide variety of food to be sampled from Scotch eggs to hot dogs and ice cream churned on site.

After enjoying the flavors of the games, we reassembled and drove to Whiteville, NC for dinner at The Chef & The Frog restaurant. We had an enjoyable meal and social time to catch up with members new and old alike. After dinner we said our farewells and made way for home with the sounds of bagpipes echoing in our thoughts.

We enjoyed being your hosts and look forward to the next opportunity to
spend time together in our cars.

Ron and Judy Carmichael

 

President’s Message – November 2018

As I write this, fall is finally making its appearance. Although summer is nice, it seemed as though it didn’t want to leave! The crisp, cool mornings are a welcome respite from the lingering humidity we experienced in
September and most of October. We started October off with a fun trip to the Highland Games in Laurinburg and a relaxing dinner at the Chef and the Frog restaurant in Whiteville. We had 19 CFMC members for the Games and 20 members join us for dinner. The Games had musical entertainment by a number of “piper” bands along with the traditional Scottish games. The rain held off but the cloudy days kept the temperatures comfortable.

As I mentioned in last month’s column, our quarterly meeting, normally held in October, was postponed due to the
impacts of Hurricane Florence and the availability of suitable meeting venues. As noted in the RTT Extra of October 22, we will have our quarterly meeting on Saturday November 10 at Carrabbas Italian Grill in Wilmington. We will assemble at Carrabbas at 11:00 AM, followed by our meeting and lunch. I encourage all CFMC members to attend this meeting to find out about upcoming events and activities of your Club. A meeting agenda will be sent out prior to the meeting.

In last month’s column, I mentioned the great trip to Bird Island hosted by Bill and Marty Fay on September 8. One aspect of that trip was the round trip taxi ride from the Sunset Beach pier to Bird Island. Unknown at the time, Bill and Marty paid for the taxi service for all attendees. Bill and Marty were willing to cover the cost themselves. But after much pressure from me and a lot of reluctance and resistance from Bill, I found out that the cost of the taxi
service was approximately $5 per person. So if you attended the Bird Island outing and you’re so inclined, let’s reimburse Bill and Marty for the taxi portion of what was an outstanding outing.

I hope to see everyone at our quarterly meeting on November 10. And, we are looking for an event and host for December.

Zoom zoom!

Ron Carmichael, President