Rear drums are only on the DX or LX, EX gets discs. You most not know
Honda's too well. I'm most everybody on here has owned GM cars in the
past. Thats why we have Honda's now. I have worked in a Chevy garage for
33 years. I see GM at its best and worst. Honda is having a bit af trouble
with tranmissions at present. Right now in our shop in Phoenix we have 6
Malibu's and Impala's all waiting for new engines. 3.5 V-6 and we have
already done 4 others, and we are just one dealer. Imagine how mant other
engines are failing nationwide. Crankshaft key breaks and pistons hit
valves. All have less than 3000 miles , owners not happy. Any body can
make errors when building cars. But GM is the master at it. Dont forget
what G.M.C. stands for,
Garage Mechanics Companion. hehehe
Great post. I had lots of trouble out of Chevy Monza. That was my last
one. I only have two questions for those people that love or own a GM
vehicle. If GM truly believes their vehicles are great, why do they place
Honda engines in at least one of the Saturn models? Don't they have any
confidence in the engines made by GM?
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The market sets car prices, not the manufacturers. That being said, both the
new and the used car market prices HON/TOY products to last about 150,000
miles. Sure, many go much longer and still have some residual worth at
150,000 miles. At 150,000 miles, they become "might last longer"
vehicles...but not a great bet. But for GM/FORD the market prices them to go
only to 100,000 miles before it's worth merely a residual "might last
longer" value. That's why a loaded CR-V can command $23,000 while you can
find a similar Ford Escape that they can only get $18,000 for (after all the
rebate shenanigans). The market is recognizing that the Escape approaches
crap at 100,000 miles while the CR-V probably won't approach crap until
150,000 miles. The HON/TOY is actually cheaper to own. Here the 'Scape costs
18 cents/mile while the CR-V costs 15 cents/mile. And while most people
don't own a car from showroom to junkyard, this same pricing pattern will
show up at resale time so, again, even for the 2-3 year owner, the HON/TOY
is cheaper than the GM/FORD to own. (I will say that with the depth of the
GM/FORD rebates today, their cost per mile is approaching that of HON/TOY.
But, of course, cutting prices enough to compensate people for this 50,000
durability gap is killing both GM and FORD in the process).
I have to disagree with "better product from Japan"....many Honda's and
Toyotas are made in the USA or Canada and hold up just as well as their
Japanese made counterparts. Japanese engineering and preparation seem to be
superior to the American counterparts. I also take the stance in support of
buying "American made" that I would rather support the American workers who
build Pilots, Accords, Civics, etc, than the corporate pockets of GM/Ford,
etc, as the American factory workers need the money more than the suits in
Detroit. That said, if I buy a Honda or Toyota built here, I am still
supporting the American economy and feeding the mouths of families who rely
on that paycheck.
Even with the alleged decline in quality of Toyota and Honda vehicles, I
would still trust them over product offerings from GM, Ford and
Daimler-Chrysler. Also, I find most vehicles from Toyota/Lexus, Honda/Acura
and Nissan/Infiniti to be far more desirable than similar offerings from
Detroit's Big 3. I realize that this is just a matter of personal
preference, but that's the way I feel about it. And I make no apologies to
the fans of domestic vehicles. They can drive what they want and I will do
the same. I know full well what types of vehicles I trust and enjoy driving,
and it just so happens that they are all engineered and manufactured by the
Asian Big 3--either overseas or here in the U.S.A.
I'm the one that has to pay for the vehicle and its maintenance, so I could
care lesser than less what anyone thinks about what I choose to drive.
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