Alright then. I'll remember not to hire you the next time I lean too far into the flaming cheese fajitas at Mexican Town Restaurant.
a terrible blight on our fine country
Alright then. I'll remember not to hire you the next time I lean too far into the flaming cheese fajitas at Mexican Town Restaurant.
and you being a Michigan fan was there no discussion on getting a product made by a Michigan based company after Toyota freaked her out?
My mom buys into stereotypes and gets pretty stubborn about it, so there's no arguing logic with her. Most of her friends drive Japanese cars, and most of them buy into the meme that they are safer and more reliable (she doesn't live in Michigan and never has). When I recently adopted a half pit-bull she flipped out because of the rare horror stories and BS stereotypes.
She probably watches a lot of local news and their contrived exposes.
This thread has been pretty funny.
However, I drive a Toyota and I love it. Best car I've ever owned.
Just like your refrigerator is the best refrigerator you've ever owned? Sorry that you don't appreciate cars.
I just traded in my 10 year old Corolla for a new GTI. It's amazing how much more fun the GTI is...
Worst car I've ever owned (2004 GTI). Two manual tranmissions, one coil pack, one faulty aluminum rim not covered under warranty, slipping clutch off the lot, and all this in 10,000 miles. On top of this I was treated like a pesky booger. Best vehicle, Jeep Commander or Plymouth Neon. Preventive maintenance, I've learned over the years, is the best way to stay away from the dealerships. As soon as you see a bill from them, your opinion of the company can change quick.
Bummer. I have a 2001 GTI VR6 with 100K miles and it runs great. Really fun car.
In my lifetime I've owned 2 Fords, 1 Chevy, 1 Pontiac, 1 Olds, 1 Chrysler, 1 Jeep, and 1 Toyota. Of those cars, my wife currently drives the Jeep and I drive the Toyota. (I love the fact that my wife has the Jeep for winter months, she's not a very good winter driver.)
Anyway, based on my own experience, I can tell you this: The fit and finish, overall quality and reliability of my Toyota has far surpassed any other vehicle I've ever owned.
My Wifes Jeep is nice and all, but it has a lot of cheap plastic and the leather is neither soft nor real. The seat warmers do work well though, so she's got that going for her. On the other hand, my Toyota has real leather and the interior materials are of the highest quality. I've owned this Toyota for almost 10 years and it still looks brand new, inside and out.
Of the "American" cars I've owned: The 2 Fords were junk. (The Ford Explorer I purchased brand new in 1998 was in the shop probably 10 times in the first year. I eventually sued Ford under the Lemon Law and won.) The Chevy was OK, the Pontiac Grand Am I drove during college was pretty cool, until it broke down, the Chrysler was pretty nice, but had lot's of cheap plastic, and the Oldsmobile was nice.
While I might not appreciate your defintion of "Cars", I do appreciate high quality, reliable cars.
Sure they have no presence in Michigan but I don't think we should be cheering on Toyota's demise. They have ten or so factories in this country as close to us as Indiana. Between manufacturing, suppliers and dealerships, Toyota employs or indirectly pays well over 100,000 US citizens. I know a few myself and would hate to see them out of a job as I am with GM.
The Toyota corp has also donated hundreds of millions over the last 20 years to US charities. I'm just saying*
*I do not work for or represent Toyota in any way. I don't even own one.
Actually, Toyota's North American Technical Center is in Ann Arbor, and two years ago or so announced an expansion that would add 400 engineering jobs to the area (making a total of about 900). This sort of thing can happen to any company, especially large corporations.*
That being said, the Big 3 should use this to shift their momentum. For GM and Ford, I don't think this could have come at a better time.....Chrysler on the other hand....eh.
*I work for an OEM, but not Toyota.
Forgot all about that.
That center is actually also Toyota's North American automotive R&D headquarters and a lot of the reports on the recall are filed from Ann Arbor.
It's still far more important for the region that the Big 3 do well, of course.
Toyota has a technical center in Michigan somewhere.
ann arbor. it's up by earhart on the northeast side of town.
I'm not sure where things are in development, but Toyota was putting in a research and development facility with a testing track in York Township near the border between Saline and Milan school districts.
"up a/shit creek without a paddle."
I mean, if you're up the creek, you can just float down it with the current. I'd think it would be much worse to be down shit creek without a paddle.
If you are anywhere in shit creek you probably won't be making a ton of progress.
I presume with a paddle, you would just paddle to shore and be on your way. Without a paddle, you're forced to either linger in a creek of shit (following the current to where there's likely a massive buildup of shit), or use your hands to paddle to shore, both of which are decidedly sub-optimal.
People need to stop referring to the Big 3. Chrysler is like the 7th biggest automaker, has been bankrupt twice and acquired and sold 3 times. It's a shitty car company, always has been.
Hush your mouth...Mopar was/is a muscle car powerhouse. The barracuda might be the most awesome muscle car ever.
Big 2, Little 1?
And sadly, that isn't even close to the most ridiculous idea in that book.
I loved the series. However, IIRC at the end of that book terrorists flew a passenger jet full of jet fuel into the Capitol building. It seemed a little too on-point after early fall of 2001.
Isn't Chrysler's biggest chip military procurement? They make Jeeps and the Abrams tank, correct?
And Commando Elite action figures.
General Dynamics makes the Abrams, and The U.S. military hasn't procured a "Jeep" in over 20 years.
What's left of Chrysler makes decent minivans, and NASCAR wannabies now.
but I'm sure that the good people at Hyundai (no, seriously, I love them) are planning on stepping into the breach here. They've been steadily increasing their market share and profits, and this only provides them with a new opportunity.
Hyundai kinda reminds me of Lexus when they were introduced in the late 80s. They built a luxury vehicle that rivaled the established players of the day (Mercedes, BMW, etc) at a price point quite a bit south of the others. Hyundai did this with the Genesis...but of course it's yet to be seen if they'll be as successful as Lexus has.
I never, ever thought I'd see someone compare Lexus and Hyundai. Well played, sir!
Honestly, for me this is like a second Christmas. You have no idea how much I hate Toyota. Not a small part of that is that they're the Detroit Three's biggest rival, but the thing is, to me, Toyota makes refrigerators. Washing machines. Their cars are nothing but appliances that move you around. They have no style, no excitement, no performance. God forbid we ever see a world in which the Toyota approach to cars is the only one.
And it's actually a dangerous one for the company, because if they lose their reputation for quality, what do they have? They're boring as hell and not priced any better than any other car. They can't make a truck that does a job better or a sports car that beats its competitors, and every attempt at style has been a disaster (FJ Cruiser - I have never understood why the Pontiac Aztek gets criticized and the FJ Cruiser gets a pass.)
I'll never be caught dead in a foreign-brand car, but at least I can respect, say, Nissan or Mitsubishi for making an attempt at building a car worth driving instead of a blandbox reminiscent of nothing but my toaster.
Toyota made and popularized the world's first practical, high-volume hybrid vehicle. While the Prius probably doesn't fulfill your fun quotient, we need these kind of advances.
Subarus are a great car to drive. I got one to replace my '96 Pontiac which seemed to require about $2k in repairs each year.
I actually like the FJ, especially in yellow.
Toyota has a business model. They targeted the sedan market, and have shown a lot of success there. Initially, they weren't interested in trucks so much, and that's why Toyota trucks ten years ago were junk compared to Ford and Chevy.
However, you're sorely mistaken to think that Toyota hasn't made a serious push into the truck market with their newest Tundras. They're also going to be releasing a diesel version of the Tundra soon, which is about the last stronghold that Toyota has yet to breach. Of course, getting into this market will be difficult more Toyota because Ford and Chevy really do make some nice trucks.
Again, Toyota is not interested in sports cars. Lets be honest though, the Toyota Supra Mark IV's are some solidly built cars with a lot of performance capabilities. It's sad that it went by the wayside, but those could be some really nice cars.
Still, with this economy, its hard to really build a tier 1 sports car and make a profit. Heck, Honda has always had a really good performance sports department and look what (sadly) happened to the NSX.
Now companies are doing what Nissan did--taking their top end sports cars and making them affordable. Nissan did this with the Skyline (now the Infiniti V35 series), and I expect whenever Honda re-releases the NSX it will not longer be a pure sports car but a luxury vehicle with some nice pick up.
The point is, its just not profitable anymore to make super awesome cars. Toyota realizes their niche is the classic sedan, and they do a good job at it. Having really captured that market, now they're expanding into others. Sometimes they do a good job (i.e. Tundra), and others not so much (FJ cruiser).
My only issue with Toyota is that the media has fawned over them for years concerning safety and reliability (wait, where have I heard that before...) despite the fact that their cars have had problems similar to those experienced by the likes of Ford, GM, etc. And I'm not talking about just this recall - I distinctly remember a story in the Freep when I was in college about ignition problems with Corollas and Camrys. It was the type of problem that domestic autos would have been vilified for, but Toyota just skated by. And like this recall, they apparently knew about the problem at least a year in advance and slow-played it in order to minimize the negative PR hit.
I don't wish any ill will or pain upon Toyota because they do make nice, functional cars that provide some style and substance that domestic autos ignored somewhat in the race for the biggest SUV. I just hope that this revelation changes the narrative for Toyota to one shared by virtually all other major autos - good car company that, unfortunately, has problems from time to time.
that this series of incidents drives down the market on used Toyotas and I'm able to get a bargain on one or two year old Camry.
Every company has recalls.
Every company helps the US economy, in one way or another.
Every company has defects.
Drive the car you like and be done with it, that's how I see it.
2003 Ford Ranger 4x4 with the 4.0 V6 under the hood. Just under 80K. I have 2 complaints: Ford's propensity to put a 4:10 rear end in almost every 4WD vehicle they can get their hands on, and my truck's appetite for rear brakes. I'm on my 3rd set of rear brakes. Other than that I love the truck and intend to keep it for years to come.
My dad worked at the Saline Ford plant. A Ford paycheck provided my father the opportunity to buy his farm, and the proceeds from corn and soybeans, as well as the Ford paycheck, allowed my sister and I to both attend and graduate from college. So when the time comes to replace my vehicles, it's a no-brainer. A Ford gets parked in the garage, and that will continue to be the case as long as Ford continues to provide for my dad's (now) retirement. That was the deal when he was hired in 1968, those were the rules he played under, and that's how we're going to operate.
I have yet to own a bad Ford product, and in my 35 years on this earth, my dad has yet to have a bad Ford truck. He's had 4 of them that I can remember, and they last about 10 years each. And being on a farm, those are not easy miles on those trucks. They've been worked, and when he's done, there's not much left when the odometer reads 190,000.
I wholeheartedly agree that for most vehicles, the best thing you can do is the preventative maintenance. If you do that, for most vehicles all 100,000 miles means is that it's time to change the spark plugs. 20-25 years ago 100,000 miles meant time for replacement. Now that number is closer to 150K-200K.
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Studied them for a few MBA presentations. They are following the Toyota model for entry into the US market and are coming on quickly. They've switched from low-end econoboxes to making quality midlevel models.
My guess is that in 5 years we'll be mentioning them in the same breath as Toyota or the Big 2.
I'm in the market for a new car and I'm going Ford all the way. Buy American and buy Michigan.
did you know toyota backwards is atoyot.... actually that makes no sense
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