Post by Sherman Cahal
It is a known issue that American vehicles have problems and
Are you saying I have had the only eight domestic vehicles without
"problems" and "reliability issues" produced in the last decade and
I don't think so. My 1990 Chevy Cavalier, 1997 Chevy Cavalier, 2002
Oldsmobile Intrigue, my wife's 1994 Dodge Shadow, 1998 Oldsmobile
Cutlass and 2003 Chevy Trailblazer have all been trouble-free and
nothing BUT reliable. Going back further, though, I had a 1983 Chevy
S-10 pickup where the body essentially rusted away and had a lot of
A/C problems and the radio quit working, but that was a third-hand
vehicle that had a LOT of things messed with it over the years (al-
though, whomever yanked the original V6 and replaced it with a V8
was much appreciated!). My wife also had a 1988 Dodge/Plymouth
Omni/Horizon which was a good little tin can of a car... until she
locked up the brakes on a patch of ice back in 1994, which resulted
in the '94 Dodge Shadow.
Plus the fact that the parents have been purchasing domestics for
decades (I can recall an '80 Chevy Citation, '84 Chevy Blazer, '88
Chevy Astro, '90, '92, '94 and '96 Yukons, '99 and '02 Chevy
Impalas for mom and various Oldsmobiles -- Cutlasses, Cieras, etc.
-- for dad), all with no abnormal problems or quality issues.
In the end, I don't go out and buy lemons. I'm not stupid. As I
already stated, GM has given me no reasons to look elsewhere, either
domestic OR import, so why should I? I've gotten some good deals on
quality cars... should I be disgruntled at that? Hell no!
Post by Sherman Cahal
It has for years and years -- that's why Japanesse
cars have skyrocketed in the past 30 years. Until American automakers
realize that, then they will keep losing market value to the imports.
You do realize the reason domestics are having a tough time right
now isn't due to reliability issues, right? It's the fact that Detroit
keeps trying to sell customers on things like styling which isn't what
is driving them to dealerships. In fact, given that the reliability
ratings between imports and domestics are essentially the same today
(remember, Sherman, this ain't the 70s anymore), many auto analysts
are having a hard time understanding why domestics aren't doing as
well as they should against imports (Ford excluded, of course, as of
As for Ford, I wouldn't buy one either, but not because it's a domes-
tic, but because it's a Ford. Coming from a "General Motors family,"
a Ford could almost be considered an "import"... :^)