Chevrolet's are actually quite low in the reliability department, and their build quality is the worst of the Big 3. The best import to buy would either be a Honda, a Toyota, or a Hyundai. All are very good. But Subaru isn't too bad, just not quite as good as Honda and Toyota.
If his only problem is that the AC isn't blowing cold enough, that doesn't sound like an indictment against an entire car company. Nobody else is complaining that their Dodge Charger is unreliable junk, so out of the 10s of thousands sold, if one guy complaining about warm AC is the only problem, they sound like a pretty good car. Talk of buying Chevy, Honda, or Subaru seems a bit premature.
I have owned exactly 3 American cars in my life.
The first was a beater Ford in college, so that does not count.
My second one is a 2007 SRT Charger with 30,000 miles.
Maybe it is the Mercedes DNA, but when I took it in for the 30K mile service, there was not a single thing wrong with it to get fixed under warranty. I was almost disappointed :)
That has never happened in all the cars I have owned, and being 50 years old, I have owned a LOT of cars.
The third was a loaded 4WD 2005 Chevy Colorado that I just got rid of, and it had with a whopping 45,000 miles on it.
It was not a work truck. It was basically a safe 4WD 'grocery getter' .
It was the absolute WORST car I have ever owned. Here is just a sample of this awful truck:
Electric mirrors stopped working, the fan had 2 speeds - OFF and HIGH,
The gasket over the 2 right front doors would not stay on, so the car was damp all the time, and the front passenger seats got moldy (and the car smelled), seat adjuster handle fell off in my hand, etc, etc. - you get the picture.
I will probably always own Dodge cars from now on unless FIAT messes them up.
My Charger is my #2 favorite car of all time. #1 goes to my 1985 Honda CRX Si.
Well I am an American, and since this great nation has been so good to my family and me for all these years, I think I owe it to my fellow citizens to buy local food, tools, toys and even cars.
I actually have a Canadian car, a Chevy Impala, but the parts come from the US and Canada.
As for dissing a whole country's industry because the air conditioning and the alignment went bad on ONE car is downright wrong. If there were other issues like motor problems or a bad trans, the readers need to know.
Actually the Charger/300/Challenger is built in Canada too. The Ford Crown Vic is made here too, till they get rid of it. Looks like we got the police car market.
I think Ford will be shooting itself in the foot when they can the Crown Vic. I know it is extremely out dated, and gets crap fuel mileage, but cops don't care. Try driving a Fusion or other four door replacement over a curb and see what happens!
I used to own a Crown Vic, and in 160,000 kms I had it towed once. It was an old cop car and I beat the crap out of it. I'm now a cabbie part time and have never had a breakdown.
You got to be kidding, right? Chevrolet never did, and, never will make an engine as good as a slant 6, or, 318. Either did anyone else for that matter.
I totally agree with commenter 00:40. I buy only American goods. And YES, you can find anything you need from an American manufacturer. Just go online and search for "U.S. based companies making"... whatever you are looking for. All our appliances, TV's, phones, stereos, DVD players and especially high-ticket items such as cars are all from American manufacturers.
Before we realized how important it was to support American industry, we did buy a few imported cars. They proved extremely unreliable and very poorly built. None lasted 100,000 miles. Now if it doesn't have the GM mark of excellence or the Ford blue oval, it doesn't get bought by us.
Our current GM car has well over 100,000 miles, and has yet to have so much as a brake job. Just two batteries and one set of tires in ten years. That is why GM can offer a 5-year, 100,000 mile warranty.