22nd Aug 2010, 12:18
I agree with 20:53. I personally know many people who own new Toyota's. All of them were recalled and checked over, and none of them actually needed the parts.
23rd Aug 2010, 09:09
12:18 1 person knowing a few is an isolated minority. Tabulate the population for an accurate determination.
23rd Aug 2010, 09:22
Yeah, THIS YEAR... Wait until the recall numbers come in for the next few years IF GM and Ford stay above Toyota in sales. Then millions of their cars will need repairs too right? It amazes me how domestic lovers jump on such a bandwagon of high sales and high quality ratings that are like ONE year old, when import cars rode the top of every chart for decades. Show me at least ten years atop ANY list for a domestic car and you can brag about superiority. Yeah, that'll NEVER happen. If they do survive to thrive again, they will go back to their old ways of cost cutting soon enough, and the quality will drop to sub par again.
And yes, the F-150 is the best selling truck ever. Big deal. How many people have an F-150 for daily driving? They are work trucks and are used for many other commercial applications and fleets, which greatly enhances that sales figures. Not saying they aren't good trucks, but quoting overly inflated numbers is getting kinda stale here.
23rd Aug 2010, 09:32
Whenever I walk around my neighborhood, I can't help but notice how many homes have both a domestic and an import parked in their driveways. I certainly hope that the people living in these houses get along a lot better than those who continue to stoke the fires of the old, tired, and pointless domestic vs. import argument.
23rd Aug 2010, 12:16
The reason Ford, GM and Chryslers have fewer recalls is because they do not recall their mistakes. Look at all GM 6 cylinder engines, the intakes were all bad and they never acknowledged or corrected the problems, same with the Fords. And what about Chrysler transmissions?! No recall doesn't mean there were no problems people.
23rd Aug 2010, 12:57
Virtually everyone I know has a car and a full size pickup. I have a late model pickup and 3 other cars. I use the truck for towing our boat, home improvements, going to look for antiques etc. No wonder the number one selling vehicle in America for over 30 years has been a full size truck. The F Series are nice. You can get a plain work truck or a loaded luxury model to carry the family. There's no way to minimize such a long popularity even if some import makes it at some point for a year or two. I will always have a nice truck, a luxury car and at least one sports car. My insurance over 50 is very low now, so it's great.
23rd Aug 2010, 19:22
"The reason Ford, GM and Chryslers have fewer recalls is because they do not recall their mistakes."
Not remotely true. Ford recalled one of our cars at 85,000 miles and 7 years of age for a POSSIBLY defective ignition part. The notice stated that if the part had failed, Ford would reimburse me for all my expenses INCLUDING FOOD AND LODGING. The part had not failed, so I took the car to a Ford dealer and the part was replaced free of charge in 15 minutes. At 9 years and 105,000 miles the same Ford was recalled for a piece of INTERIOR TRIM that MIGHT warp in the Sun!! Mine hadn't, and I didn't bother to take it in.
Japanese auto makers ONLY issue recalls when FORCED TO BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT (Toyota has received THREE Federal subpoenas this year alone). No Japanese auto maker would ever dream of recalling a 7-year-old car for an ignition part, and definitely not a 9-year old car for a PIECE OF TRIM!! Domestic makers issue recalls VOLUNTARILY. Japanese car companies only recall cars when FORCED TO.
24th Aug 2010, 12:12
That's right, you believe what you want. Did GM, Ford and Chrysler recall their intakes and transmissions? NO!
24th Aug 2010, 15:55
"Did GM, Ford and Chrysler recall their intakes and transmissions? NO!"
Yeah because they weren't forced to... You think the government wants to hit its own company, GM, with a bunch of recalls? Of course not!
25th Aug 2010, 13:33
Why should they recall vehicles that have no problems? We've owned cars and trucks from ALL of the Big Three. None has ever had a transmission or intake failure.
25th Aug 2010, 15:33
In reading my newspaper, I just noted that now there are investigations into yet more Toyotas for major defects. This time it is late model Corollas and Matrixes. When are people going to wise up and stop buying these things?
25th Aug 2010, 19:26
My Trailblazer, Silverados, 3 Corvettes, 2 Camaros, 2 Novas, a Chevelle GM G20 conversion van just for a mixture have never needed transmissions over the years. I could list some Pontiacs as well, also no issues.
I had a defective seat belt adjuster on my Trailblazer that's it.
Isn't this a Trailblazer review vs an import tirade?
25th Aug 2010, 20:34
You're just denying well known problems now. You may not have had any transmission or intake issues with your American vehicles, but a simple Google search will tell you just how common these problems were. Heck, you might even want to try a search on transmissions for that high and mighty Ford Fusion, you might be surprised at how common failures of the transmissions in Fusions are.
26th Aug 2010, 02:02
The GM 3.8 liter and 3.1 liter V6 were notorious for head gasket problems between 1992 and 1999. One of the Oldsmobile Quad 4s was infamous too as far as failing parts.
26th Aug 2010, 08:11
As soon as GM or Ford makes a car as good as a recalled Toyota, maybe I'll buy one!
26th Aug 2010, 08:23
"Isn't this a Trailblazer review vs an import tirade?"
Yeah, it has turned into that hasn't it? Two up and two down for me on Trailblazers. They are the reason I'll never buy GM again. Glad you are having good luck with GM... at least someone is!
26th Aug 2010, 16:40
Maybe you should have bought a Trailblazer LS2 SS and not weep. I would go from a Toyota to a Trailblazer LS to an SS progression. It's great.
26th Aug 2010, 19:15
"Isn't this a Trailblazer review vs an import tirade?"
No. It's a Mustang review. It got high-jacked by anti-American import car fans.
26th Aug 2010, 19:28
"As soon as GM or Ford makes a car as good as a recalled Toyota, maybe I'll buy one!"
Head to either dealership. Both Ford and GM are now rated WAYYYY ahead of Toyota in build quality. Ford is rated fully NINETEEN levels above Toyota (which is in the BOTTOM THIRD of all manufacturers in quality).
28th Aug 2010, 10:29
Why would you go from a high quality more refined Toyota down to a horrendous Trailblazer? I just went the other way on that one, and I will never go back to GM.
As far as an SS... I don't need a $40K + SUV that gets 14 mpg and is pretty much useless for anything but going fast. Thanks but no thanks. Sending the Middle East more cash isn't my idea of a good plan.
28th Aug 2010, 10:32
Well until your ratings companies send me a refund for the $1,000's I wasted on GM repairs, I'll stick with Toyota. I go by personal experience. Keep buying the hype there. You must believe the recession has ended too, huh? Well the media says so, so it has GOT to be true right?