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American Made Cars are Junk! December 30, 2008

Filed under: Life... The Way I See It — candidchatter @ 7:45 am
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I have felt this way for years. Up until about 7 years ago I had always driven Chevys. My first car was a Camaro. Well, it wasn’t really mine — it was my Dad’s. But I drove it until my brother turned 16. I wrecked it the first day I got my driver’s license. My brother tore it apart because he desired a new engine. I think it sat in my Dad’s garage like a hunk of junk for a couple years without a motor. My poor Dad.

My 2nd car was a Chevy Berretta — teal green. The steering console burned up one day and almost caught on fire.
My 3rd car was a Geo Prism (made by Chevrolet) — white. It drove like it had the engine of a scooter in it. It was uncomfortable. I hated that car.
My 4th car was a Chevy Cavalier — gold. This one was actually fine. I had it for about 4 years I think.
My 5th car was Rich’s old Jeep Cherokee — gold. The driver side door fell off. Yep. Rusted right through the hinges.
My 6th car was a Toyota Celica — bright blue. We still have that car. It still runs like a dream. It’s 7 years old and has 100,000+ miles on it. It’s a fabulous little car.
My 7th car was actually Rich’s first, then mine — a Volvo S40 — midnight blue. I loved that car almost more than the Celica. We had to sell it when we bought the mini-van.
My 8th car is a Dodge Caravan — white. In less than 3 years the brakes have failed. All 4 of them. Piece of junk.

So Rich is on a quest for a new car. He is leaning strongly for another Volvo. I agree. They’re safe and they’re luxury and they perform well. He’s going for the S60 this time. It’s bigger.

Now I, too, am on a quest for a new mini-van. Toyota? Honda? Not sure. But I can tell you right now with 100% certainty it will not be an American made vehicle. Never. Again.

Any Input??


21 Responses to “American Made Cars are Junk!”

  1. Lorna Says:

    Well, I was going to say you must drive a Ford, but I see you owned both Chevy and Dodge. I too loved my Toyota Celica and drove it until we needed something bigger for the family. Great car and hardly had any problems with it. Since then we’ve owned a Jeep which I hated, a Chevy Blazer which the transmission went on the drive home from the dealer (under warranty of course, but inconvenient), a Dodge Durango (gotta love those Hemi’s), a Toyota Solara (couldn’t handle the car after the SUV’s) and now a Chevy Tahoe. I have to say I find the Tahoe has had more little things go here and there but it’s got heated seats and xm radio and I love it! And I feel the need to buy American in this economy. Out of all the US products I would pick another Chevy or Dodge. I here Mercedes makes a sweet SUV if you can afford it. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. candidchatter Says:

    If GM, Ford, Chrysler would build a better car then I’d be all for it. I secretly wanted them NOT to get bailed out because their cars suck big fat hairy… Well there I go being all fleshy and mean. Ha!! Mercedes? Well, only if I took out a 2nd mortgage. Not. Gonna. Happen. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. And they wonder why people are not buying…I have almost always driven a GM car. I had one Passat (sweet sweet car) and now I drive an ’08 Mitsubishi Outlander. Love it! Might be kind of small for your growing family. Minivan? I would go for a Honda or Toyota. But both are pricey. Can’t really say much though since I am out of the minivan market. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy hunting!!

  4. Michael Says:

    I’ve driven a Dodge truck and a Chevy Truck. The Dodge had over 200,000 miles on it and was really tough. It worked very well. The Chevy (which I still have) is approaching 200,000 and is a good truck. It is about to be 13 years old, has some problems, but it gets me from point A to point B. I try not to drive it out of town though. My wife’s car is a 2001 Ford Taurus. Other than being a Ford, it is ok.

    Even though our vehicles work pretty well (we usually spend $800 – $1,000 on each every year for repairs), we are ready for new ones. Since both are paid off and we are in a permanent money crunch, a new car is out of the question.

    I have to drive a truck (It’s a Texan thing), but I just can’t see myself driving anything other than a Dodge or Chevy. I have to buy American. I don’t know why. Yeah, the Nissan Titan is a nice truck, as is the Toyota Tundra, but I just don’t know if I could stomach a foreign car in my drive way.

    I am plenty aware that foreign cars are better built (and usually cheaper), but I just can’t get myself to buy foreign.

  5. Will_nottheactor_Smith Says:

    My wife and I both drive Honda CR-V’s (2002 and 2003). After my wife in the Nissan Altima got T-boned by a Dodge 3500 , which we thought to have excellent crash rating – it really only had 2 stars. Fortunately, kids were not in the car or they would have both been hurt – badly (passenger door armrest was pushed in to the middle of the front passenger seat).

    When it was time to replace my ’96 Toyota Corolla, which I drove into the ground, we got my 2002 CR-V, again, because of crash-test ratings.

    We had bought a ’95 Dodge Caravan new, and the motors that opened the rear side windows burned out too many times to count. We never had another minivan.

    Oh, and Heidi, the “Chevy” Geo Prism was actually a partnership with Toyota, basically a re-branded Toyota model from Japan to replace the “new” Chevy Nova line of compact, which is probably why it was uncomfortable. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Joe Blackmon Says:

    We had a Ford Taurus. The transmission went out–twice. We have a Honda and a Dodge. With less than 100,000 miles on it, the transmission went out on the Dodge and has some wire in the taillights that has shorted out. I, too, am done with American made cars. The auto bail out is crap. Why in the snot is giving them money going to help them become profitable if they’re losing money now? Um, hello.

  7. jalack Says:

    Most foriegn automobiles are made in the US, in Alabama we have, that I can think of, three foriegn car manufactures, Honda has an engine plant in Huntsville, and all the dash boards for the Honda Pilot and CRV are made in Rainsville, AL. Mercedes SUV plant is in Tuscaloosa (Roll Tide!!!), Hyundai has a passanger car plant in Montgomery. Nissan has several plants in Tennessee. I drive a Chevy Siverado 1500 that is sure to go to heaven cause I have beat the hell out of it. My wife drives a Nissan Pathfinder that is a decent car. My next car will probably be an import, more than likely a Honda CRV. Go with the Honda.

  8. candidchatter Says:

    Michael: Let it go Mr. Texas. You really can have an import pick up truck. I know it sounds so sissy and stuff. But you can muscle it up some. You’ll be happier! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for commenting.

    See folks — foreign wins!

    Jason: There are Honda plants in Ohio too. But even though… they are still BETTER than the domestic brands. Why’s that?


  9. Will_nottheactor Says:

    I’ve driven by that Mercedes plant just east of Tuscaloosa – very pretty campus.

    They are better because it starts from the top down. Their leadership typically doesn’t take mega salaries like their American counterparts – were even amazed when they found out their compensation – but they have bought into the company for what they can contribute, and inspire the troops to believe in quality work-product as the key to corporate longevity.

    I’d just like to know what the big 3 were going to do? I mean, if bailouts weren’t an option – they clearly knew they were running out of cash and were approaching bankruptcy – so did they just rely on strong-arming the gov’t into giving them cash or loans? Yes, and that’s not teaching them to fish, that’s just feeding them for a day.

  10. candidchatter Says:

    Oh hey — Will you need to keep commenting because when i read the word “bailout” i started having a huge contraction. Dude — say that again!!

    LOL. Off to nap. Maybe this will be the day?

    Oh one can hope!!


  11. Will_nottheactor Says:


  12. Will_nottheactor Says:

    I’m dreaming of a white Bailout.

  13. Will_nottheactor Says:

    Bailout, stimulus, and debt – oh my!

  14. Will_nottheactor Says:

    Even the babe knows the Bailouts are stoopid! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. I hear they are coming out with a new Wii game called Bailout. Or maybe that is xBox…called Bailout Detroit. Does that help Heidi?

  16. Will_nottheactor_Smith Says:

    Yeah, that’s a shoot-em-up, right?!? It’s set in Detroit, after all… ๐Ÿ˜›

  17. candidchatter Says:

    You guys are SO FUNNY!!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    I slept fine. No more contrax. Oh well. Two weeks from today if the “little guy” really is all happy staying indoors.


  18. The little guy was just waiting for Evan and I to say BAILOUT!

    Can’t wait to see the baby’s picture first thing in the morning!

    And oh, no more American cars for me either!

    Kia…Mazda…that is what is sitting in our garage right now…

  19. candidchatter Says:

    Oh to clarify — when I say “new” I mean newer than what we have in the driveway. Not brand new. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  20. Julie Says:

    I drive a Ford Edge and I wouldn’t trade it for anything…it’s quiet, it’s powerful, it’s classy, it’s fun, and it’s AWD (for Ohio winters.) Haven’t had a single problem with it. We have almost always had Fords; not including the Honda Accord I had for a while, then sold to Miss Melanie. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Melanie’s mom ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. candidchatter Says:

    Hi Melanie’s mom Julie!


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