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Posted on 10/26/2011 7:06:16 AM PDT by DallasBiff
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Every American vehicle I’ve ever owned was garbage. All the Jap cars I’ve owned have been great. We currently drive Nissan Xterra, Subaru WRX, and Mazda Miata. Love them all. Very solid, reliable vehicles. All fun to drive and good-looking. All get good gas mileage.
Who owns CR?
Unless it’s a Japanese nameplate built in America, the only American car I would even consider is Ford. Thanks to the corrupt Bailout, I am boycotting GM and Chrysler for life. Those companies are dead to me, and it reassures me to see that those corrupt companies build garbage - sensible people would avoid their products even if they didn’t care about the immorality of stiffing the GM bondholders or of giving our tax dollars to the UAW to keep failed companies operating.
Die, GM, die!
Very much the opposite here. We're a Ford household, and none of us have had any problems with our vehicles. I have a 6 year old Mercury Montego, my mother drives a Mercury Milan, my brother drives a Ford Ranger, and my fiancee drives a Nissan Altima.
Every part I've ever purchased, every filter I've changed, every spark plug, O2 sensor, TPS, EGR valve, and throttle body I've ever worked on in an American vehicle was easy to repair or replace and cheap. My fiancee's Nissan has cost our household more money since I've been with her than I've ever spent on my Merc.
Foreign parts and shop labor are much higher than domestic shops, and repairs and maintenance are cheaper on domestic brands even though parts are made in Mexico and Canada. Quizzically, many parts for foreign vehicles are made in the US, and there's a premium on the cost of the parts. Perhaps Union related?
It's not the nameplate that matters, it's the corrupt Detroit management that has for many years substituted political maneuvering for building a quality product. I don't care if a GM car is built in Mexico, it's still not worth buying from that company or from Chrysler.
Yup, same experience. No way I am buying American cars anymore as they have all been crap. We actually had 2 Honda Civics in the family for 10 years that required a grand total of 1 repair that went beyond upkeep. No such luck with American brands that seem to sit in the shop constantly. I've had Fords, GM's and Chryslers and all of them were shoddy products that required endless maintenance. I'm sticking with Japanese cars from now on.
I think a good rule of thumb is, if a product is made by union workers the best bet is to avoid it at all costs.
I bought an 06 Camry with 14,000 miles in July 2006. I just turned 150,000 miles. It needed a water pump last summer, repair cost me $160. Original brakes lasted over 100,000 miles (probably 75% highway miles). Other than that, all its needed is tires, windshield wiper blades, light bulbs, gas and oil. The wifes 09 Camry just hit 75,000 and I just got new rear brakes. Likewise, nothing other than tires, windshield wiper blades, light bulbs, gas and oil. I only see my mechanic twice a year now for inspections.
I will never buy another American car.
Why should I buy an American car if I can get a similarly priced Japanese vehicle that is of vastly better quality and won't fall to pieces as soon as the warranty expires?
My experience with American cars is that they generally suck. The problem is union labor. Japanese cars made by non union workforces in the US seem to be fine. It's the union made cars that are crap.
I’ve now bought three American-brand cars new.
The first was a rebranded Kia.
Both recent have been American, made in the USA. They have been exceptional.
Zero problems with any of them. One even after a significant crash. American cars are very robust.
It's a Ford.
Therefor it's crap.
Some dude on the interwebs-thingy said so ...
As Mrs. B likes to say: “All cars should be German, and all men should be American.”
i’ll stick to my audi. american cars made now are junk.
But Audis are way overpriced. :D
American car quality is world class now.
It’s not “American made” that’s the problem,
it’s “union made” that is the problem.
I got a 2011 Mazda6 this summer. Love it! Great riding car, great gas mileage, comfortable, roomy. AND it was built in a Ford factory in Detroit by American workers, making American dollars. But 2012 will be the last year they’re built here.