I have a handicapped friend who has to have a very reliable car. He can't afford to have a breakdown on the road. Some years ago he was driving a Japanese import that was constantly breaking down. I urged him to buy a more reliable American car. He purchased a new Ford Mustang and drove it 186,000 miles with never a problem. He then asked me to help him find another car. I recommended the Dodge Neon, as at that time I was driving a Dodge Omni (predecessor to the Neon) with a quarter million trouble-free miles. He bought the Neon and currently has over 110,000 miles on it with never a single problem.
"He bought the Neon and currently has over 110,000 miles on it with never a single problem."
Something took pity on him and saved him from your bad judgment. My Neon cost me thousands to get to the 90,000 mile marker, at which point it bit the dust.
Rented one to drive from NB to ON, and I have to say this is the second worst car I have ever been in, the worst is the Paseo. This car reminded me of it right off the bat; the cheap plastic and the seats! Who made these seats, god, what the hell is wrong with them, this car is a cruel joke on the people who believe Toyota can do no wrong... Oh, and it averaged about 22 mpg on the highway!
"Oh, and it averaged about 22 mpg on the highway!"
The only way you averaged 22 on the highway with a Corolla is if you were doing 90 in it the whole way. Since it was a rental, I am sure you weren't treating it like your own car now were you?
Fully agree. Japanese cars are flimsy soda cans with no style, that last 8-9 years and self-destroy themselves. What keeps amazing me is that there are so many brain-washed people still buying into the hype.
Latest reports show that Japanese cars are on top of the quality and reliability list - and this report came out last week. So there is no "hype". Sorry, but the anti-import arguments hold zero weight.
Wow, this report has fooled me and many others who have been burned by Toyota's declining quality. I really don't go by what reports and articles claim, I go by experience, and my Toyota sucked, plain and simple.
10:49 Latest reports is not specific. That could be you with a latest report. Go to consumeraffairs.com under Toyota and pick a year.
Well in that case you must be the only person I know who's experience with Toyotas... "sucked". So believe what you want. Quality report studies are amassed from real owners, thus if Toyota is at the top of that list and the domestic automakers are below, then clearly they don't "suck".
You make a good point about personal experience. Not everyone who purchases a Toyota is 'brainwashed' or following the so-called 'hype' people constantly talk about with Toyota on this site. I'm certainly not brainwashed. I've had excellent experience with my Toyota, and so has my father, and I would definitely consider buying another if mine ever breaks down. Stop insulting and labeling Toyota owners as mindless drones who will buy anything from them.
I think you have my comment confused with some body else. Where have I used the word 'brainwashed" or "hype"? And who am I insulting besides a car company that cost me money? I have every right to do that on a true experience as somebody who owned one. And no, I'm obviously not the only one who has had a bad experience, look up other posts on this sight - oh, that's right, those are over exaggerated claims - sure!
There are real people that bought with good faith Toyota vehicles. They are real owners on consumeraffairs.com. The people are bright; it's just they had issues and are on there as a forum to warn others. It's the same with praise. You can have a year apart and the last one was fine. We vented on Toyota.
You know I took a break from posting on this site, due to all of the same people posting on about ratings companies and other things that have nothing to do with personal experiences when owning cars. I see many months later that the same arguments are going on and on. Why is it that anyone who doesn't own a car such as a Toyota, feels the need to go on about how poor they supposedly are? You obviously don't like them, never mind never owning one, so what is the point of quoting third party sources as some sort of guide to how good they are?
Why is it so difficult for you people to post things about cars you have experience with, instead of trying to sway people's opinions with the "facts" you believe from the media that are against the cars you hate? It is very unproductive, and does very little to enrich a site like this, that is such a good source for getting actual feedback from actual owners about potential problems certain cars may have, or just about how good certain cars are to own overall.
If you don't actually own and drive a particular brand of car, then lay off the posting negatively about it. If you've had real world experience that has nothing to do with J.D. Powers and Consumer Reports, then let's hear about it. Seriously, we all can go to those sites if we need their input. We don't need it repeated on here 100's of times. It has absolutely nothing to do with actuality, even if you think it is the word of God.
I DID own a Toyota, and had a bad experience with it! What more do you want to know? You don't believe me? List your e-mail and I will send you copies of receipts with expensive repairs on the last Camry I had, a 2006! Maybe you should take another break from posting comments, because it is so aggravating when somebody has a bad experience with a Toyota, and then others think you are full of it. But when somebody has a GOOD domestic, all hell breaks loose.
But if you have owned a recent Toyota and had bad issues, it's fine to complain and warn others with the year and model. If you switched to a domestic over poor quality with a recent one, it's good to hear what happened.
You are right that I have your comment confused with the comment from 3 Nov. 2011. Sorry about that. I have seen those words 'brainwashed' and 'hype' synonymously used with Toyota so often on this site that I couldn't resist posting in haste. Nobody on this site has ever provided an example of Toyota's 'hype'. Yet they use that word constantly with regard to Toyota.
To the other comments: People also bought GM and Ford in good faith, and they got burned big time. My father wanted nothing more than a Chevrolet when he came here as an immigrant. Never again. That's why he and others switched to Toyotas and Hondas. He's happy with his Toyota now, and so am I.