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Old 01-29-2009, 01:24 PM   #21
 
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I prefer Toyota. Matter of fact as soon as soon I get rid of my minivan I'm going back to Toyota. I had one that went almos 300k with barely any problems. I have a Ford right now and I bought it brand new, only has 40k on it and it's the biggest piece of crap I've owned. I can't tell you how many times I've taken it in to have something fixed. Plus that crapass fix it too.
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:28 PM   #22
 
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These days, I can no longer support the cheaply made cars Detroit keeps putting out. I bought American made vehicles exclusively until a few short years ago.

In my mind, European made cars are the best, especially German. The engines, handling and suspensions are far superior to American cars. Their safety and comfort features are top notch. I can't see going back.
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I prefer American. I had a little S10 that I absolutely loved but had to give up because it wasn't 4X4, which is dangerous in the winter here. The only trouble I ever had was when it hit 12 years old and I had a cracked distributor.

I recently bought a 2005 Chevy Cobalt which I love because it was incredibly affordable, is just as good as foreigns on gas mileage, and feels perfectly safe.

Foreign cars are just much too expensive, and they are much more expensive to fix when something does go wrong.
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:09 PM   #24
 
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I only drive American cars. I would never, ever choose to drive a foreign car.
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I've owned a Ford and a Chrysler and I will never own either one again.

I've owned a Honda, an Acura and a Toyota, and I would buy any of them again with no hesitation.

Its not an American vs Foreign - I'm pretty sure all of my cars were made in Canada/US, except maybe the Acura. But from my experience Honda and Toyota make a more reliable car.

We also own a higher-end German car which definitely feels great to drive, but is a royal PITA to maintain.
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Another good point. It makes me sad to see people driving high end American sports cars... with automatic transmissions. What's the fun in that?!?
Total oxymoron. There should be no such thing as a sports car with an automatic transmission.

Agreed. But, a tiny penis and a big bank account pretty much all leads down the same road.
Reminds me of a picture and a story.

One time this guy was hitting on me at a gas station with the stupid, dorky "hey look at me I'm driving a '60's 'vette" type stuff. He thought he was hot stuff, until I had to show him where to put the gas. . . 15 minutes later. It was so funny.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:05 PM   #27
 
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I've never had anything except American and they all lasted for as long as you can expect.

I had a 98' Jeep Cherokee (in 2001) and it lasted without problem until 04 when my sister left it unlocked and it got stolen.

My husband and I used a 1991 Pontiac Grand Prix forever (we had it until last year) that poor thing needed to die. We finally laid it to rest.

We currently have a 07 Pontiac Vide (our first brand new car ever) and I LOVE it. It gets amazing gas mileage, it drives wonderful, it comfortable, what else can I say about how much I love my car oh yeah it has my "you have the right to remain curly" bumper sticker on it! We have to sell it and get a minivan b/c we can't fit all of our kids in it. I'm not happy about it.
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Total oxymoron. There should be no such thing as a sports car with an automatic transmission.

Agreed. But, a tiny penis and a big bank account pretty much all leads down the same road.
Reminds me of a picture and a story.

One time this guy was hitting on me at a gas station with the stupid, dorky "hey look at me I'm driving a '60's 'vette" type stuff. He thought he was hot stuff, until I had to show him where to put the gas. . . 15 minutes later. It was so funny.

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Old 01-29-2009, 08:27 PM   #29
 
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I've pretty much always driven Fords. Right now, we have a 2008 Taurus, which is a Ford on a Volvo chassis. It was one of the few cars that we found that my husband could drive without his head smacking the roof of the car (all his height is in his torso).
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:54 PM   #30
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Well....we live in Flint,MI.we are a UAW family,my husband is VP of his local and has worked for GM for 30 years,starting at Chevy,then Buick,Pontiac and now a Metal Fab plant.
So....GUESS what we DRIVE
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:02 PM   #31
 
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foreign. they're prettier. american cars have this oversized clunky look about them. I have yet to find an american car that looks good. Way back in the day, they made pretty cars. Now not so much.
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If there were an American equivalent for my Prius, I would get it. I don't keep cars long enough to worry about lasting a super long time.
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My first car was a Chrysler, but after that I've only had Japanese cars. Partly because I prefer a manual transmission, but more because I value reliability.

My BF and I both bought new cars the same year. His Ford Contour was back to the dealer constantly. Even the *paint* failed, if you can believe it, and the car had to be stripped back to bare metal and repainted. (Under warranty.) My Mazda was back to the dealer exactly once, for an emissions part.

I would like to buy American if they would manufacture to the same standard as the Japanese companies.
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I've always said the only American car I'd own would be the Mustang
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Old 01-30-2009, 07:38 AM   #35
 
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Um I'm torn.

My family is from Michigan and many of them spent their lives in the auto industry... or some sort of related industry. My family always buys American. I've got an 8 year old Ford truck and I love it.

My boy works for a foreign car company. And well, I might just end up with one eventually. 1. I want to support him, 2. discount lease or buy programs. I do like their cars a lot so it's not a stretch.

It will probably take my truck dieing to get me into a new vehicle.
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Old 01-30-2009, 08:49 AM   #36
 
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I've only driven foreign cars -- german (VW and a crazy old BMW when I was a kid) and Japanese (had a Toyota and am currently driving an Acura). We're going to need a new car this fall, I think, and I'm not sure what to get. I need something bigger than the car I have now (two carseats and a dog to drive around), so I'm trying to decide between a station wagon or a minivan (sexy, I know), so I may end up with an American car this time around.
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I've always said the only American car I'd own would be the Mustang
That's funny because the only non-GM car I ever owned was a piece of crap Mustang
That car was a mess.
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I have a Toyota corolla and it's running like a dream at 170,000 miles (purchased at 10,000). Last American car I had was a Chevy Corsica standard tranny and it was a piece of crap.
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My first car was a Merceded Benz (1980, i got it in 1996). I loved the car. it was a tank with a faulty starter. I had to beat it with my tire iron every day to get it to start. My parents took it for not doing as well as they would have liked in college. Then I had a Nissan Altima. It had 100 miles when I got it. I drove it 9 years and 450,000 miles before i traded it in for my current car. Repairs were the usual, got rid of it before the real expensive repairs started. My current car is a Lexus. I've had that for going on three years this year. I love it. Only have had to get oil changes and regular maintenance.

If i ever buy I truck, I will buy a Toyota. They seem to last forever. My mom had a little toyota car from the early 80s that is still running in mexico somewhere. You don't even need a key to start it, but it runs like a champ!
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