Well, who do you think is responsible for the U.S. "selling out" to Japanese companies??? If we had not been gullible enough to fall for the ad hype, and run out and buy unsafe and unreliable Japanese cars, U.S. companies would not have lost thousands of workers in the first place.
As for the auto business, it was reported today that ALL THREE Big Three car makers are ADDING thousands of jobs IN THE U.S. Ford is returning many outsourced jobs to this country after just recording the highest quarterly profit in the company's 107 year history. GM has already repaid its government loans in full, and is now going public with stock sales. The U.S. taxpayer stands to make a hefty PROFIT from the so-called "bailout".
When Americans buy from American manufacturers, ALL Americans benefit. In addition to getting safe and reliable cars, they are also helping their friends and neighbors keep their homes and put their children through school.
Please, before you post again... explain to me just what Japanese ad hype is! You have said this at least a dozen times or more. What the heck do you mean by this?
Japanese cars have a loyal following because they build better cars PERIOD! There is no hype about it. Unsafe and unreliable? You mean the cars that consistently score better than domestics in every safety category? Huh, I guess those test are just hype too. I guess Consumer Reports latest findings that imports rank higher in reliability STILL, even with the recalls is just hype as well? Feel free to look that one up. I think the link to the article is on these threads somewhere... Even J.D. Powers favors imports overall as the better cars. If one looks at ALL of their data instead of picking out just the facts they want to believe, they would see this is the truth of it.
There is nothing wrong with good competition in any business. The big three would have gone down a long time ago without healthy competition that forced them to improve their designs overall over the past decade or so. I also highly doubt Ford is bringing jobs back to the U.S. when they continually research building of new factories in other countries. When Detroit is a beautiful, thriving city again, I will concede that they are trying to bring back U.S. jobs... I'm not too worried about admitting I am wrong though! It won't happen!
And once again... Stop quoting the GM repayment of government loans. They are OWNED 61% by the government, so this statement has no credibility unless you think it is good business to pay yourself back loans. They also took out more government loans to pay back the original ones, so that is just media hype that they have paid all the money back. That is what falling for hype really is... believing that the domestic car companies are viable companies, and that they care one bit for the U.S. worker or their future. Detroit is the ultimate testament to how much they care. Why don't you take your next vacation there, so you can see first hand how your beloved auto companies care for their own country?
Oh and one last thing... DO NOT confuse the American taxpayer with a GM or Ford stock holder. Most of the out of work Americans can't afford stocks these days, so why you are saying the taxpayers are getting a big profit is beyond me!
Another great article for the domestic lovers to read. Top clunker cars to avoid. Huh, GM and Chrysler make up their entire list. I don't see Toyota, Honda, Subaru... or ANY import on the clunker list. These vehicles were rated very poor in resale, crash testing, and yeah even reliability.
Apparently for you it is not possible. That doesn't mean it isn't possible for somebody else under the right conditions.
Absolutely true. I think it is more likely that the mid twenties would be the norm. However, if you live in a climate that is ideal for higher fuel economy then yeah it is possible to get 30 mpg out of a V8. In the winter months in the north it wouldn't happen. Say a nice 70 degree day in relatively low humidity. That would be the ideal conditions. Also, elevation has a lot to do with it.
The cash for clunkers criteria were for lower gas mileage, low mpg vehicles, and ones that had issues with emissions, not quality, not resale If that were the case, my worst car ever, the Acura TL with multiple trans issues, my worst resale, and 93 octane required, would have been my clunker.
Someone said tires are cheap. Price the factory wide tires on the TL, and get back to us.
How many Camry prospects are realistically looking at new Cadillacs? The last thing a Cadillac buyer is worried about is mpg.
I really like the new Cadillacs, even though I am more of a new sports car buyer. I am not a Camry prospect whatsoever, but just feel that it's unlikely Camry buyers shop new Cadillacs. Higher end imports are a different story however
As a Toyota Venza driver, I find that there's a lot of untruths being stated about Toyotas. Yes they are most likely not as good as they were in the 80s, but honestly most things aren't. With the economy, companies have cheapened pretty much everything. But the thing is Toyota is so far above the standard, that even though it's been cheapened in some areas, it is still one of the most reliable vehicles out there. Anyone I know who owns one is rarely if ever in the shop, where Fords, Chevys and Kias are stacked up by the dozens. Do your own research. My cars are never in the shop unless it's to replace a light bulb.
I'd rather have a lot of issues than admit I took a car into a dealer to put in a bulb.
Clearly, anyone who would take a car to a shop to replace a light bulb has no business making assertions about anything automotive.
As for Toyota, they are the most recalled vehicles on the planet, and clearly inferior in every respect to cars built by Ford or GM.
They happen to have more recalls because they sell more cars than any other manufacturer in the U.S. The recalls that they had were also had by all other manufacturers also. I for one have a Toyota and a Ford, and we got the same recall for both vehicles. They did the right thing by addressing their recalls publicly. They wanted to keep their drivers safe until they could get everyone in for the repairs.
By the way, there are a lot of people that take the vehicles in for what you might think is a little thing. That only means that they can afford a new car with warranty, and don't have to get their hands dirty. Sorry for your luck.
How do you know that Ford's and Chevy's are "stacked up by the dozen's" at shops? Do you try to count the vehicles at repair shops you drive by? If you do you, you should stop. You could cause an accident.
Seeing a population of vehicles next to a shop may indicate they specialize in dedicated models. I have a European Performance shop down the street. Drive by and it's absolutely filled with Audis, Porsches, and BMWs. I take my Corvette to a Corvette specialist in West Chester, Pa. You cannot broad base comments on a shop you pass. In addition, you may be in for example having a AWE tuning install on a vehicle (not broken) for example. Simply in for upgrades, not low mileage issues. Likely by appointment, not a tow in as well. I had a vehicle in for a tint recently. Hope you didn't count that as a negative reflection.