related linksRead more advice-related articles
MORE ON MSN AUTOS
MORE ON MSN
MSN AUTOS VIDEO
wingsnwheels.........pay no attention to frosty. He`s one of those who does not believe in American production and wants to see America fail, all the while telling us how wonderful imported goods are and why we should purchase from them.
Just ask him, you can find him at Walmart looking for the "Made Somewhere Else" label
I have owned four Toyotas now and NONE has ever been in for a repair, that's sure embarrassing, almost as embarrassing as all of the times I have been seen riding in a tow truck with my Ford or GM hooked up to the back.
As you recently read in a MSN Auto's article, Japanese vehicles are the most inexpensive ones to own. Nothing beats them for low cost of ownership. That's really embarrassing too. So are the raises and bonuses I have received at work since I slashed our vehicle costs by purchasing Hondas and Toyotas. That one was really, really embarrassing! I can barely stand the humiliation of owning the most reliable and money saving vehicles that you can buy. I would be much more embarrassed to be ignorant and hateful.
The writer started out as a "race team crew member"....translated: he was a sports car "roadie".
His resume reads like a job application from McDonalds submitted by a "rice grinder" bench racing expert.
But, on a positive note; at least he's never set foot inside a Toyota Echo.
But he sure picked a bunch of losers.
I really don't know how anyone can drive one and not be embarrassed.
You are destined to be the grouchy old man at the Village Inn counter every morning griping about the coffee, the service and anything else that you can think of. I truly feel bad for people like that.
How childish, paranoid and wrong is it to have to hate an entire line of vehicles or and entire race because you think they are ruining the world? You guys should move to a country where that is common and accepted because America isn't it. Here we accept different things and ideas and enjoy the freedom that this country was founded on and part of that freedom is the right to purchase what you want.
If you want to live in a country that frowns on purchasing another countries products or forces you to buy their own products, again, there are several for you to choose from and it sounds like you would be a much happier person living there.
Here's a History lesson for you, even though it is fact, you will no doubt choose not to believe it. This country has never been self sufficient and it is not capable of being completely so. From the very first colony to survive until present day we have relied on global trade. The colonies that tried to survive solely on what was offered here all failed.
The first colony to survive did so will stolen Spanish tobacco seed that they needed foreign countries to purchase/trade for goods they could not get here. Cotton was the second major crop that allowed America to prosper and who bought it? Foreign countries. We rely on them to purchase our goods and in turn purchase goods from them that they are better at producing than we are.
So, if all Americans chose to only buy American made products, what would happen once these foreign countries caught wind and started to do the same thing?? Our exporting business would fail and they would create laws forcing our imported goods to become much more expensive....and we import a lot folks!
The bottom line is that we need a strong global economy for our economy to be strong. We are not capable of supplying ourselves with everything. If you don't want to believe this, do a little research, don't take my word for it, please. If you use your mind and do the research you will see that every single financial expert in this country does not recommend this "only buy American" attitude. If it took hold there would be an immediate and drastic lowering of our lifestyle and a complete economic failure. Again, don't take my word for it, do your homework.
I am not saying that buying American is bad, that would be ridiculous, I am only saying that if everyone took the attitude of Ricers, Arizona and MacDaddy (bloggers that push to only buy American and condemn those that don't ,even though they themselves have many, many foreign products in their own homes and are writing these blogs with what they think is a 100% American made computer, and it isn't even close) it would destroy this great country. The above mentioned few would be much happier people if they would do some research and discover the truth about how our economy works, but hey, some people just prefer to be miserable, hate those that don't think the same as them and wear blinders when it comes to the truth because it allows them to maintain that bitterness. Life is short guys, why don't you spend it pursuing happiness instead of spreading hatred? It's a much better life, trust me, I know.
I'd add almost the entire Nissan line to the list, with an honourable mention going to the Juke, and excluding the 370 and GT-R. Performance aside. I'd also add the Porsche Panamera - that is one ugly super-sedan.
On the flip side of this, though, these cars are only guilty of being "different". I think there is a strong arguement for not being caught dead in a Camry or Accord. These cars are so boring both in style and function that a person could easily be seen sleeping in them, often in the drivers seat as they accidentally looked across the generic dash into the generic lines of their generic car. Not at all unreliable or impractical machines, but they are utilitarian people movers and simply nothing more.