American or foreign...cars that is

Which one do you prefer and why?


I've (mostly) always bought American. It seems wrong to do otherwise. I did have a Honda once, back in the early 80's, but I ditched it because it didn't have air conditioning. My American cars have always run pretty well. The only complaint I ever had was with a Saturn that completely died at 100,000 miles.
Foreign(except korean). Mainly I like the way they drive and they generally last longer with less maintenance. Resale value is also higher.
I have had better luck with foreign cars. My first two cars were used Subarus that ran well over 150K miles - the first one had over 200 before I stopped driving it. They go forever.

The next car I bought was a 98 Chevy Cavalier and it was on its last legs before it even hit 100K miles.

I've had a Nissan Versa for almost a year and a half now, and so far I love it. Of course, it's still new and I plan to keep it at least 5 years, so we'll see.
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whatever peeks my fancy and is dependable.

I never really got the american vs. foreign debate. Many of those "foreign" cars have factories right here. I used to work in a car speaker factory, one of our biggest clients was toyota. And let me tell you, their standards were significantly higher then their american counterparts.
whatever peeks my fancy and is dependable.

I never really got the american vs. foreign debate. Many of those "foreign" cars have factories right here.
Originally Posted by cympreni
ITA.

Add to that many "American" cars have foreign parts.

I buy what I like and what gets good gas mileage.
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Foreign, preferably Japanese. I've been a Honda gal my whole driving career, though my husband has mostly had American cars (though not by choice, more by convenience). My next car will either be a Nissan or a Subaru.

I've driven some American cars, and I just don't like them. Most of them feel chintzy on the inside, like toy cars or something; the interiors seem super cheap. Yes, that's mostly on the less expensive models, but IME with a Japanese car even the less expensive models don't feel like that. Similarly Japanese cars have more get-up-and-go than the American cars I've driven.

And to that that I simply like the body shape of foreign cars more than the shape of American cars, and I sincerely doubt I'll ever buy an American car.
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Stolen.
I prefer European cars because I drive manual and can't get higher-end American vehicles with manual transmission.
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I prefer European cars because I drive manual and can't get higher-end American vehicles with manual transmission.
Originally Posted by LoloDSM
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?!?
"And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
Stolen.
I prefer European cars because I drive manual and can't get higher-end American vehicles with manual transmission.
Originally Posted by LoloDSM
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?!?
Originally Posted by MichelleBFT
Total oxymoron. There should be no such thing as a sports car with an automatic transmission.
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American and even worse full sized trucks.

We haul things all the time, it could be several hundred pounds of scrap aluminum, at ton and a half of corn, home improvement projects or just pulling a car trailer.

I like having a large vehicle surrounding me, I found out the other day my 2000 1/2 weighs more than my 1983 full one ton which is geared out with a snowplow and ballast. Over a thousand pounds more, that truck is over 3 ton of metal.

Mileage wasn't even taken into consideration when I got it. DH has taken over my Caddy, now that is the best driving and riding car ever.
My first car, a Ford, needed a new transmission 3,000 miles after the extended warranty ended. That put me off American cars. Now we have a Kia and a Nissan, and we've only had them for 2-3 years, but like them a lot so far.
I prefer European cars because I drive manual and can't get higher-end American vehicles with manual transmission.
Originally Posted by LoloDSM
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?!?
Originally Posted by MichelleBFT
Total oxymoron. There should be no such thing as a sports car with an automatic transmission.
Originally Posted by LoloDSM

Agreed. But, a tiny penis and a big bank account pretty much all leads down the same road.
"And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
Stolen.

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?!?
Originally Posted by MichelleBFT
Total oxymoron. There should be no such thing as a sports car with an automatic transmission.
Originally Posted by LoloDSM

Agreed. But, a tiny penis and a big bank account pretty much all leads down the same road.
Originally Posted by MichelleBFT

So true.

I agree with Gekko and Cympreni, I'll get whatever is dependable and I like.
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My first car was a new '78 Monte Carlo which, despite impeccable maintenance with regular oil changes, had a burned valve at only 54K miles. And when they were fixing it, they said the inside of the engine was filled with sludge. Still, I drove it to nearly 100K, but it was an old car except in appearance by then. It also constantly had various and sundry lesser problems.

After that I switched to Honda Accords for 18 years, keeping the last one until 260,000 when it finally had a burned valve. It was still in good shape otherwise, but I was ready for a change after driving it for 13 years, so didn't replace the engine. Even in that shape, I sold it for $2500.

Wanted to ride higher, so went with a Toyota Highlander for it's car-like feel and handling. Although I've missed my 5-speeds, I've been equally pleased with it. I'll probably drive it for a good long while since it's paid for and, it has 'only' 138K.

Anyway, based on all that, I'll probably stick with Honda or Toyota. If shopping for a pick-up, I might consider an American-made truck, probably a Ford, but not without first checking out a Toyota Tundra or Nissan Titan.
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I dont really think about it. My first was a '70 Lincoln (only repairs were the starter and alternator), then a '93 BMW (HUGE repair costs, my first stick shift..oops!) then in Italy I drove an '83 Fiat (NEVER put oil in the thing and I never had any problems!) and now I have my Jeep. No huge problems from any of my vehicles, I had to replace the clutch in the BMW but Im sure with the way I drove I would have had to do that to an american car too!

I drive what I like, I dont put too much energy behind who makes it.
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My first new car was a Kia Rio. I love it. It's so small and fuel efficient. And it's flippin' cute.

Before that I had a Mercury Sable and a Grand Marquis.

I would never buy an American car because in my opinion they are cheaply made and I don't really feel all that secure in them.
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I'm a foreign kind of girl. I have a honda right now and I love it. I have always thought american cars drove worse, not as smooth. Also from experience the american cars my family have had never lasted like a foreign one. However, my boyfriend has a Dodge and wouldn't trade for anything else besides another Dodge.
American and a truck. We live down gravel roads and cars get too torn up.
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