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Old 06-23-2007, 06:21 PM   #41
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We have GM car. It it the last GM we will buy. We also have a German car. It has been fine. My gripe with the GM car is that it required a number of expensive repairs right after the warranty expired.

However, I do not think it is unamerican to buy a foreign car... Rhetoric! I have purchased a number of foreign cars.

I must admit, I do feel a bit bad about purchasing a foreign car... I would prefer to keep the money domestic. But American car manufacturers have let their product slide a bit. If I buy another American car, it will likely be a Ford. The Fusion looks good... Price is not too bad. What does consumer reports say about it?
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Old 06-23-2007, 07:58 PM   #42
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i have noticed it is definitely regional - the ratio of foreign to domestic cars. Growing up in socal honda, acura, toyota were very much the norm. After extensive travels to upper wisconsin and minnesota, north carolina, michigan/detroit, i was surprised how few honda's you would see at all.
One of the reasons you see more domestic cars in the Midwest is because the automakers' employees and their families get discounts when they buy. So if Mom, Dad, Grandpa, Grandma or in-law worked for Ford, that's what you buy because you can get a deal. Same for GM and Chrysler.

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oh, and by the way, honda makes lemons too, cuz my dad sure got one on his last car...it leaked all kinds of things, poured water from the air conditioning onto our feet and other weird quirks.
Yeah, I had an 82 Civic that had stalling problems. Dealer never could get it right, so I finally traded it for a Toyota, which stayed in the family for 14 years until I sold it. I said earlier I was leaning toward a CR-V, but that Civic experience is still in the back of my mind. (though I think the other area Honda dealer would get any service business.)
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I got to try a lot of stuff before other people did.

Yeah, it was a 94...
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I got to try a lot of stuff before other people did.

Yeah, it was a 94...
Those first generation Miatas were awesome cars. I can still remember dreaming about those when they came out in 1990. Don't mean to make anybody feel old but I was in 7th grade at the time.
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