That said, the 4.X couldn't go on any longer, and a replacement was necessary. I thin , fundamentally, the Northstar was the perfect fit. I just think they could have done a better job updating the Northstar's trouble spots (rather than riding them out for 20 years) and it's performance (again, instead of riding it out for 20 years). The Northstar needed a much more significant update than it received in 2000, IMO.
As far as sales ads, I've noticed the same and eventually assumed that the N* has developed a poor reputation for the public outside of enthusiasts.