You prove my point.
What is the source of "everything I've every heard"???/? Comsumer Reports? USA Today? Edmunds? All, (especially back in the 80's and 90's) were well known for slamming American namplates in their articles/surveys. They seem to be a little more unbiased today, but only slightly so.
Once again, things such as gas mileage is a tangible thing: it can be proven through testing, or everyday driving, who gets better gas mileage. I stand by what I say. Compare apples to apples, GM gets as good as, or better than, foreign nameplates. They also continue to sell more different brands of vechicle that get 30 mpg or better than anyone. These are facts and can be proven.
Quality is a little bit more subjective than gas mileage, but Toyotas' recalls over the past few years have been in the millions, probabaly in the tens of millions by now. They have recalled more vechicles than they have sold the past few years. Any way you slice it, that does not make them the "king" of quality, or even better than GM.
Peoples "choices" caused many many factories to shut down simply because they werent selling enough cars to keep the factroy profitable. The number of jobs gained by foreign nameplates is substancially less than the number of jobs lost due to shutdowns of American factories. Also, a higher per cent of parts on these "American made" foreign nameplates are made overseas, costing even more American jobs.
They can also CUT US jobs to avoid currencey losses if needed. It works both ways. Or simply pull out of the states if the countries ever have a diplomatic falling out. Could happen.
Just a long line in problems they have. A really really long line. Check it out.
Great point you make here, and one that those like yourself are always trying to use a car twenty some years old to justify your argument about GM's poor quality. While I would still defend their quality back then,the first question that comes to my mind is, "Did you buy this car new?" If not, how old was it, how many miles did it have on it when you bought it, and what was the car's condition when you bought it?
Myself, I owned a couple or so late 80's GM cars, bought new, or slightly used, and had pretty good service out of all of them.