Yeah, that's right, some of them are pathological liars. They
wouldn't recognize the truth if it slapped them in the face. Based
upon the statements by some of the imported car owners, the dealers that
sell their make of cars shouldn't bother operating repair facilities
(but they do).
There has been millions of lines of blather written about the exploding
Ford Pinto but not much written about the exploding Toyota of the same
time period (huh, imagine that). People are always making reference
to the rust problem on GM products but never mention that Hondas,
Toyotas, etc. also rust if they are subjected to the same conditions.
I worked with a group of people who loved imports. One guy owned a
Saab and a Porsche (that had just undergone a complete factory
restoration by the previous owner). The other guy owned a Honda and
an Acura. I owned a Chevy Celebrity sedan and a Chevy pickup
truck. In a period of 4 years. The Saab took only minor repairs, the
Porsche took $10,000+ in repairs. The Honda required hundreds in
repairs and the Acura blew an engine, costing thousands. My car
required only a few hundred in repairs and the truck required a couple
hundred in repairs. To this day, the other guys think that they had
the better vehicles (well they did because they were imports lol).
The guy that owned the Acura, bought a used 1988 Celebrity wagon (it was
10 years old at the time) and drove it for years with very little
trouble but complained about the "unreliability" of the Chevy as
compared to the Acura (huh, did I miss something here?). Two years
ago, my neighbor bought the Celebrity wagon and is still driving it with
only minor problems (now try to remember that the Chevy celertity is a
piece of junk). Personally, I have never owned a Chevy that had fewer
than 100,000 miles on it when I traded or sold it and all of them were
in good condition at the end of their time with me.
You hear about the "crud" problem with the Dexcool in GM engines but you
rarely hear about the "crud" problem in the Toyota oiling systems
(according to Toyota, it's the fault of the owner). Volkswagen also
had a crud problem in their air-cooled engine that persisted for years
but you rarely heard about it.
I worked with Japanese engineers for years and a few things that I've
learned from them is that given the choice between a small car and a big
car, they'll take a big car; they are great at re-engineering someone
else's idea but not very good at origiinal thought (has to do with their
'everyone must conform' society).
Many people know that Subaru had a 'hill holder' clutch in the 1980's
and then resurected it in the Forester but do they know that Studebaker
introduced it in the 1937 Studebaker Dictator? The Variable valve
timing in the Honda is well known but what about the variable valve
timing in the 1903 Cadillac Model A Runabout (whick also had rack and
pinion steering)? The dual overhead cam engine is well know in
Japanese cars bur it was the Italians who introduced it in 1913 in a
Fiat (Toyota introduced their first engine in 1967).
I've owned/driven numerous imported and domestic cars and I can say that
I have likes and dislikes among all of them. I lived in Europe for 3
years and it exposed me to many makes of cars that people in this
country rarely hear of, and have never ridden in or driven, but I would
never go to a discussion group of any of those vehicles just to try to
discourage people from buying them (people who do tat are correctly
called trolls). The opinions of these people should be received in
the spirit of which it was given. The thing about opinions is that
they are like rectums; everyone has one (but some people are one).
"So why do I drive a big SUV? It's because I have to haul numerous
people and things to places."
~ R. Lee Baxton ~