A about a month ago I washed my car at the Sunshine Car Wash on Manheim Pike, a “soft touch” car wash that was anything but soft. Afterwards I noticed that my original Munich License Plate was missing. Unfortunately I didn’t notice it until after I drove over to the PNC Bank on Fruitville Pike by Kmart. At that point I noticed that the holder was broken and the license plate was gone. I retraced my tracks back to the car wash but did not see the plate anywhere on the road or in the parking lots (PNC, Savemart) where I stopped. I asked at the car wash and walked through to see if was laying in there. We only found the outer portion of the holder that broke off.
I figure either someone from the car wash snatched it up or it fell off on the road and someone picked it up. You can see the numbers in the pictures, but the number is M R 3190. If you see this anywhere please let me know. I would love to have it back. I’ll even give a small reward to whoever returns it. Thanks!
So, went to Autohaus for a new tire lock ($32), since it seems I lost mine when I changed my tire on the turnpike. Ugh. I asked if I could get someone to listen to the steering since it was making noise. I thought it was maybe low on fluid, but apparently the new VWs don’t have fluid it is electric power steering and there is a motor that helps it. The steering was fine..of course. Maybe the oil change took care of it, I don’t know. While in the car though, the tech said “I can fix that rattle and it’s covered under your warranty. It’s the fuel line that is rattling.” Ok great! While they were fixing that they found a recall. They fixed that too and washed the car. No costs to me. Nice!
Except for the tire key of course.
Amid the turmoil of the US auto industry, with bailouts and possible bankruptcies. Many fear the failure of the big three automakers: Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors.
With all this doom and gloom in the US automakers from other countries are seeing a chance to really get a foothold in the worlds largest market for cars. Volkswagen, the largest German car manufacturer is making a bold move to secure a position to take advantage of the golden opportunity to fill the void in the case that one of the big 3 fails. They plan to sell 800,000 automobiles annually in the US by 2018. The first step in this process building a new $1 billion production site in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A grounding breaking ceremony is planned for January. They intend to build 150,000 new mid-sized sedans annually, specifically designed for the US market. The new plant is expected to bring 2,000 jobs to the area. Although an independent study from the University of TN predicts it will create an additional 9,000 jobs from suppliers, dealers and other spin off business. Chattanooga was chosen a head of Detroit, Michigan and Huntsville Alabama.
Other foreign auto assembly plants in the southeast include: Honda in Lincoln, Ala.; the plant Kia Motors Corp. is building at West Point, Ga., and Nissan at Smyrna, all about 100 miles away. Tennessee is also corporate home to Nissan North America, which dedicates a new headquarters July 22 in the Nashville suburb of Franklin. Plus, BMW has a plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina and Mercedes Benz has a plant in Vance, Alabama. The southeast is really becoming the mecca of foreign automakers in the USA.
If the US auto industry fails, could VW take over?