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Old 06-12-2005, 08:41 PM   #21
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Then there is always an oddball - 1994 GMC Sonoma 4 banger, 5 speed, with 243,000 miles. Nice thing about American cars - the price for parts in the junkyard is usually ok - although they come up a lot in the last ten years - used to be able to buy tires for less than it cost to mount and balance them - not any more.
Hi unclemick. I sold my "ranch truck" (1983 Ford Ranger 4 banger/4 speed) . Didn't want to sell, but I don't have a
ranch and my prospects don't look good. Anyway, all maintenance
was junkyard/salvage/improvised. Neat part is that I paid $400 for it, so even if it just imploded into a rust pile, not much was at risk.

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Re: Toyota to the rescue
Old 06-12-2005, 08:55 PM   #22
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Yep

To repeat a previous post - the 1999 Chevy Silverado, bought new - is a great advertisement for Toyota. Both GM - two different experiences. Go figure.
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Last three vehicles were Chev; nothing but minor complaints. 2000 Silverado currently with 53k, no problems. Sure, it's not a Toyota/Honda............

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Old 06-13-2005, 11:49 AM   #24
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Yep, thats why I bought it.

I had an '85 thunderbird that had nothing but 2 sets of brakes and 2 sets of tires along with regular maintenance through 155,000 miles.* I honestly wanted something major to go wrong with it because I was tired of driving it.

That was a long time ago though.
TH, then you were VERY LUCKY... I had an 85 Cougar and it was a piece of crap.. I will never buy a Ford product again because of how bad it was... it would stall for 'no apparent reason' when driving... I took it in many times and paid a lot of money, but it never would be 'fixed' for long... then Ford lost a lawsuit many years later. It was determined that they had a problem with their computer board getting too hot and causign the car to stall... they knew about it also but did not tell the mechanics!! They did not want a recall... PLUS, the car ate batteries like crazy... the longest I had a battery in the car was 12 months... but, I did not have to buy new ones since they were still under warrenty... I did have the car for 10 years, but had a 'back up' car in case it was not working..

I currently have a 95 Monte Carlo with very few repairs, (two alternators)... so I do not see the problems like others.. but a bad repair record only hits about 5 to 10% of cars anyhow...
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Old 06-13-2005, 01:53 PM   #25
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Talk about your management problems and GM not listening; on the news last night I heard that for every car sold Toyota averages a couple thousand dollars. Every car GM sells loses the corporation a couple hundred....GM's solution? Lower prices :


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Thats because for every GM car they sell, their pension and health care costs to the unions run a couple of thousand bucks. I think toyotas number last time I saw it was under $500.
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Thats because for every GM car they sell, their pension and health care costs to the unions run a couple of thousand bucks. I think toyotas number last time I saw it was under $500.
Maybe it's because GM makes crappy cars that nobody wants to buy?

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Last US car (truck actually) that I owned was a 79 International Scout, aptly named "the mudpuppy".* Drove it for 20 yrs. all over creation and back.* Built like a brick you-know-what, drove like one too.* Towards the end, didn't have to change the oil, since it lost or burned about a qt. a week, I figured every 5 weeks it was filled with new oil.* I thought about driving it into the surfline and making a hot little reef out of it, but some sucker, I mean saavy young fellow, wanted to give me a bundle of dough for it.* Now I own a 93 Toyota Landcruiser purchased used (the Scout's far superior replacement) and an 05 Lexus GS.* Both are most excellent vehicles.
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http://money.cnn.com/2005/06/29/Auto...pend/index.htm

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General Motors and Ford earned a record number of awards while Lexus ranked highest in long-term dependability for the 11th consecutive year, according to J.D. Power and Associate's latest Vehicle Dependability Study.
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Toyota's Lexus brand had the fewest number of reported problems with 139 problems per 100 vehicles. (The average number of reported problems across the industry is 237 problems per 100 cars.)

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