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April 1, 2009
Bottom line: build a good car, have a dealership that does not try to screw the consumer, and try to continue improving the cars every year [10 Cars Detroit Should Copy, usnews.com]. They should have sent $25,000 vouchers to everyone to buy an American car, then maybe I would consider "helping out" by buying a mediocre model. If it is my hard-earned money that I am shelling out—I want to buy the best value for my money—and it is not a Ford or Chevy. Cars that should be looked at: Mazda CX-7, Toyota Solara hardtop and convertible, and the Nissan Altima. We should not be bailing out overpaid industrial age jobs when we are losing our cutting-edge IT jobs to cheap foreign labor. Funny how no unions are worried about that. Protecting our past does not ensure our future.
Comment by Jim of IL
If the foreign cars are so well built, and so reliable, how come they don't offer a lifetime powertrain warranty? Chrysler offers this. And do you seriously think a company would offer such a warranty if they didn't have full confidence in their product? It simply wouldn't be offered if Chrysler felt it would cost them a large amount of money through the years. That's what I would like to see from these so-called "reliable" foreign matchbox cars. What has happened to America? We used to be passionate about our cars. And to those who believe they are supporting the American economy because a few of the foreign cars are built here, the profit still goes to the foreign markets.
Comment by Joe of MN