What's really funny is how domestic supporters fail to realize they are supporting incompetent failures. These companies failed, and most were bailed out, and now they continue to make the same vehicles they did before. Ford seemed to be the only company to actually try to make better vehicles after the meltdown. When gas hits $4 per gallon again, we will see the same crash and burn that occurred before. SUV's will once again rot on dealer lots. When you reward failure by supporting it, you will get no real changes. This has been evident in our auto business and the banking system as well. Americans are so afraid of change and progress, we think it is a good idea to reward failed business rather then just let it fail, regroup, and become stronger, which is the right way of doing things!
We just got a 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe.
So far so good, not much mileage and rides nicely! I would, however recommend to the original poster, to change out the tranny fluid sooner then recommended. I would say every 60000km. Better safe than sorry.
First year of *any* car can be problematic. Case in point, my 2008 Impreza. I went to this from a Saturn, and am still kicking myself 3 years later.
It's really hard to give much credibility to comments about domestic makers being "incompetent", when Ford currently has the top-ranked car in the world, and places 4th overall in build quality (17 places above Toyota and one notch above Honda) for their overall product line. In May GM outsold Toyota in the U.S. by more than 2 to 1, and even Chrysler outsold them. With Toyota having recalled more cars than some car makers have made in 30 years, calling THEM "competent" is quite a stretch!! We've owned imports and domestics. No import was ever as good as the worst of our domestics.
Consumer Reports is "biased?" I question that statement, because Consumer Reports does not accept cars donated by various auto manufacturers for testing purposes. Consumer Reports staffers go out, negotiate and buy their vehicles, just like the average consumer does. They also do not accept any money to advertise for these same auto manufacturers, while other automotive publications do. Also, Consumer Reports tabulates vehicle reliability scores based on answers provided by subscribers in their (CR's) annual survey.
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