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Let's Get the record straight. Do you remember back in the 1960's when we were the worlds largest steel manufacturer. Then our government closed our steel mills. Now we import our steel from Japan. This drastically increased the sale price of American cars.
European and Japanese cars were arriving in the U.S. by the boatload, at prices way below American cars. (Importing steel is expensive.)
Foreign manufacturers convinced the American public that we didn't need big American cars with their high performance motors.
The first American cars to vanish were station wagons.
Americans started buying smaller imports. This change-over cause the unit price of American cars to increase further.
It also cost Americans their jobs.
Then in the 1970's our Government decided that import cars had an unfair price advantage over American made cars. The Government made laws to bring up the cost of imports closer to the cost of American cars. Creating larger per unit profits for imported manufacturers. Remember that they weren't importing steel.
Did you ever have to wait months for replacement parts for your foreign car?
Import manufacturers created the SUV to fill the void that station wagons once held. They sold like hotcakes.
American manufacturers had to play catch up in the SUV market. More steel was imported from Japan, Causing the per unit cost to increase even more over imports.
Now we buy imports that are throw-aways after 150,000 miles.
My eight year old Ford Ranger has over 200,000 miles and still runs strong, but the drivers seat needs reupholstering.
Buy American. Spending a little more for your car can mean more jobs for Americans.
somebody said all foreign car companies have plants in US but all parts are shipped..haha, im a diesel tech i work for an american truck company ,, it makes all techs laugh when we get the 80% of parts with a sticker that says : harness made in mexico ,water pump made in china ,steering box made in brasil ,vietnam , malaysia usbekistan etc .im not kidding. i dnt care what country makes what truck, since a can remember ive always owned toyota trucks i never had problems with them maybe ive been lucky.(u gotta take good care of em of course). i wont buy something that spends half of lifetime in the shop. just to clarify 7.3s are good 6.0s and 6.4s are not too good its not a FORD thing , it is a HIC (international) issue , good thing FORD its puting its own diesel engine on its new2010 superduty f models.