To comment 23:18.
If the Japanese-built Toyota's sold in the U.S. were found to have the same issues as the American-built ones, then obviously Toyota would have been forced to recall them as well.
I keep seeing these (totally erroneous) statements on the Toyota sites, and I can't imagine how anyone has missed the MONTHS and MONTHS of media coverage in virtually all national and international media to the effect that Toyota has (and is) recalling MILLIONS of vehicles in virtually EVERY country on the planet. Toyotas built EVERYWHERE are being recalled by the millions.
Today I read of yet ANOTHER Toyota problem that is being investigated. This one going back to 2000. Just watch. Before this is over every Toyota built since 1990 (well, the few that are still running) will end up under recall.
Plenty of them are still running. Trust me. Actually, considering 80% of all Toyota's sold in the past 20 years are still on the road, MOST of them are still running.
I can attest to that fact by the way, considering my '96 Corolla is doing just fine with over 180,000 miles. Nothing wrong with it, and no recall notice, sorry.
How did you come to the conclusion that every Toyota built since 1990 will be recalled by the way? Where is that written?
Steven (the admin of this site) doesn't like for us to quote sources (for legal reasons I presume) but a national new source that has been covering Toyota's downfall has reported that virtually ALL Toyota models going back to the late '90's are under investigation. It is highly likely that a recall of virtually every Toyota built since 1990 will be investigated, and possibly recalled.
The older imports in the northeast were eaten up by rust, including my Celica GT and Nissan Z cars. Also heavy oil consumption issues. See lots of 70 era domestics though unrestored. My cars were unsafe and eaten up.
Japanese cars of the 80's were notorious for not having any rust-proofing. Also, our 80's Honda consumed a quart of oil every couple of weeks after 50,000 miles. I can certainly identify with your comment.
Perhaps it's because the government now owns GM and supports the Autoworkers union. Toyota still builds quality vehicles. Alan Mulally studied Toyota's manufacturing processes, and is implementing them at Ford. Hence the Fusion quality. He stated that Toyota is the clearly the finest manufacturing company in the world.
My Tundra is built in Texas by Americans, and 90% of the parts are built in America by Americans. And it seems to have great quality, drives well, pulls well, looks great, smells great. It even kicks down a gear when you touch the brakes going down a steep incline.
One thing I find is it gets bad gas mileage, but she has tons of torque and hp. I am not reviewing a Silverado, F150 or Ram. As I am sure they are good trucks. Though I have owned them and liked them for what they were good at.
"Toyota still builds quality vehicles"
According to what sources?? Toyota is ranked 21st out of 33 car makers in build quality. That is pretty low (way below Ford and GM).
I grew up with General Motors. When they left my GM town, they left nothing but lies of hope of going elsewhere. Instead they've hired those off the street. I like GM products, but after seeing what they did and said, I no longer feel the need to be loyal GM family member.
I felt bad losing the GM Solstice plant in Wilmington as well. But I bought a new GM Corvette, and it's a great car.
Personally I'm not interested in opinions.
I'd much rather have the facts from vehicles' owners than anti-import rhetoric from the owner of say for example a Ford Fusion.
I am interested in all non owner comments, such as test drive comparisons to the Ford F Series, Silverado, and Ram. In fact I test drive all before I buy. I also rent a great deal.
Lastly, I have had company cars since 1984 and drive a # of company trucks, all different, to make deliveries as a Sales Manager. Since I have zero personal investment and no need for a defense of a purchase, I comment on how it is. My opinion is the Silverado has the best ride; very car like for a truck, and the Tundra is OK in straight line acceleration.
I do not like the Ram's ride, and Ford F Series are the best overall. I like an extended cab with 8 foot bed. Nice on the highway. Did you test drive them as well?