LOOKS BETTER NOW
posted by nolocontendere at 7:18 PM
Man, I am really getting sick of this ignorant bashing of the U.S. car industry. Yeah they use to make crap, but they have long since improved the quality of their cars to the point that even Consumer Reports frequently recommends Fords, Chryslers and GM vehicles. The U.S. car industry has to "compete" against foreign automakers who get generous subsidies from their own governments AND from southern U.S. states desperate to attract jobs. Plus those foreign automakers operate from tightly protected home markets that give them HUGE advantages over U.S. automakers, because its a lot easier to play offense when you don't also have to play defense. Besides, if its OK to give $700 billion to Wall Street thieves so that they can continue plundering our financial system, whats the big deal about lending 25 Bil to an industry that at least produces something of substance and employs millions of people in this country.
It's funny how when I ask people why they don't like American cars, they usually tell me about their AMC Pacer or that 1972 Buick. Chrysler's experiment with Mitsubishi showed that US customers will pay quite a bit more for the identical car with a Japanese logo than they will for the Chrysler logo.The contempt for US products is quasi-religious though and it rarely succumbs to facts. Where else but the USA will anyone buy a 50 cent cup of coffee for 8 bucks just because it has a made up Euro-sounding name?Oh yes, and my 430 HP Chevrolet gets 29 mpg, is made of exotic composites, has the most advanced suspension around, will leave Porsches in the ditch, does 190 MPH and won't rust. Maserati and Aston Martin have essentially dropped out of GT1 racing because they're usually humiliated by Cheverolet. Porsche makes nothing in that class, nor does Ferrari.My friend Troy swore he wouldn't sell his Chevy truck until he had at least 400,000 on it - unfortunately the truck only had 380,000 when he died this year.But yes, that 71 Buick was a POS.
You are a wise fellow, Captain. A friend of mine just saw his old Chevy pick-up "give up the ghost" after 400K + miles. The U.S. auto industry has come a helluva long way from the days of the Pacer, that's for sure. They deserve a little credit for that. The main reason for the endless Detroit-bashing seems to be that the U.S. auto industry - horror - tends to pay decent wages instead of the Third World wages that Hyundai and other foreign firms want to hire rural Southerners to work for. Funny, in many people's estimation the Wall Street banks grossly overpaid their employees, but there's no hew and cry over that from the Republicans.
Wow, bashing the quality of american cars and trucks isn't the point in my estimation. As a matter of fact I still own a '75 Chevy PU with 150 grand that I love dearly. It's the industry and it's heavy handed tactics that pisses me off. Using fear to get their hands in our pockets sucks, no getting around that. All of a sudden this socialism for the fat cats and social Darwinism for the rest of us seems to be our new paradigm.My Mini Cooper S though, was one fine damn vehicle.
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