To the Editor:
WITH NO attempt to measure Ford Motor Co.'s removal of Wolfgang Reitzle, I noted what appeared to me to be an absurd comment in your April 22 story regarding his departure ('Fields replaces Reitzle at crucial time for PAG').
''We can't afford to lose him,' a Premier Automotive manager said.'
Later, he said: ''Cars like the [Jaguar] S-type with a six-speed gearbox wouldn't exist without Reitzle. Now, the finance guys will start saving at every single nut and bolt again.''
As the owner of an S-type V-8, I seriously doubt that the total sales of S-type V-6 manuals (only the V-6 S-type can have a manual) and the total sales of Lincoln LS V-6s with manual drive would match the population of [comic strip] Dilbert's Elbonia.
Perhaps Ford will hurt without Reitzle, but there is no way Ford can lose by firing the unnamed Premier Automotive manager.
Newburgh, Indiana, USA.
The writer is a former product engineer at GM's Oldsmobile division and a former Ford dealer