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After Class yesterday, a classmate of mine followed me out cause he wanted to talk about my taurus and such. Said he had a friend who had a taurus once who apparently had lots of brake problems. I told him other then warped rotors, brake problems are not very common on the taurus (unlike transmission problems). So I showed him my car and he was imporessed. He said when someone says the work on thier Taurus he would think they were joking, but he liked mine. God mad props for that. He says he had been into imports but wants to get back into american cars. I don't think he's really a ricer in our sence of the word. My guess is he has a reletivly stock Honda or similar. He was aware of the Ford 500 comming out and knew the Taurus line was comming to an end. Though some of the details were fuzzy to him, I'll give him props for being up to date on that much. Maybe we can sell him on a Ford, hmm?


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It's always cool to hear stuff like that - people willing to give American cars another shot. Good luck getting him to convert!
 

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Originally posted by jason8225@Feb 17 2004, 09:55 AM
It's always cool to hear stuff like that - people willing to give American cars another shot. Good luck getting him to convert!
You make it sound like a religion.
 

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Oh, come now... we know Ford Ownership isn't a religion....


Ford


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And Honda is Pergatory...


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Originally posted by dant98@Feb 17 2004, 03:09 PM
Oh, come now... we know Ford Ownership isn't a religion....


Ford


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pretty darn close!


I know I follow Ford religiously.
 

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Is it a Divine Intervention? No... it's a Duratec Intervention.. hehe.

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Originally posted by dant98@Feb 18 2004, 07:40 AM
And Honda is Pergatory...


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And there is a lot of people who would say the same thing about Ford.

I know of one elderly man who owns a 929 that was made before Ford's acquisition of Mazda. He praises the hell out of that car and says that he would never trade it in for anything else, and lambasts the newer Mazda models because of Ford's current ownership of the brand. As for why, his experiences with American cars, particularly Ford, was sour to say the least.

I also know of another person who praises the hell out of his Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme and wouldn't go with anything that isn't GM.

Chrysler, IMO, is the whipping boy. Almost everyone I talk to has nothing really positive to say about them. My golf instructor at college has a Dodge Ram pickup which developed paint problems under warranty, to which Mopar would not honor. Needless to say, this soured his experience with Chrysler. As for his feelings about Ford, he thinks they make great trucks. Then again, I've known people who had nothing but great things to say about Chrysler. One person who owns a Chrysler Town & Country claims it's been the best van he's ever owned.

And there's my sensei for my karate class. He loves his new Mini-Cooper, but he says that he would never be caught dead in a Nissan.

Then there's another person whose t-shirt I saw at an SCCA racing session at the Sebring race track. "This is your brain: Mercedes-Benz. This is your brain on drugs: Lexus."

My high school photography teacher has owned nothing but Honda cars for years. His claim: "They have been the best cars I have ever owned. I've had American cars before, but got tired of their problems."

My high school tech teacher, on the other hand. The best car he has owned was a Ford Taurus. The worst: a Toyota station wagon.

And another person who is a BMW mechanic. He calls Audi cars "wrong wheel drive," which shows his preferrence for RWD vehicles.

What it all boils down to, regardless of all research, press publications, and PR releases from the auto companies, one term always comes out on top when it comes to one's experience with any brand: Your Milage May Vary.

I've even seen people who've had great luck with Kia, and they're about the worst car anyone can buy new at this time!

About the only car where bad experiences were, for the most part, consistent was Yugo. - Reinhart
 

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Did you know that kia has a car that brand new is only a hair over 6K? I saw it in an add in the paper recently. That's rediculous! You know at that price, you almost may as well buy one, use it through the manufacturer's warranty, throw it away and buy another!

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Originally posted by Reinhart+Feb 18 2004, 11:20 PM-->QUOTE (Reinhart @ Feb 18 2004, 11:20 PM)
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@Feb 18 2004, 07:40 AM
And Honda is Pergatory...


-Dan
And there is a lot of people who would say the same thing about Ford.

I know of one elderly man who owns a 929 that was made before Ford's acquisition of Mazda. He praises the hell out of that car and says that he would never trade it in for anything else, and lambasts the newer Mazda models because of Ford's current ownership of the brand. As for why, his experiences with American cars, particularly Ford, was sour to say the least.

I also know of another person who praises the hell out of his Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme and wouldn't go with anything that isn't GM.

Chrysler, IMO, is the whipping boy. Almost everyone I talk to has nothing really positive to say about them. My golf instructor at college has a Dodge Ram pickup which developed paint problems under warranty, to which Mopar would not honor. Needless to say, this soured his experience with Chrysler. As for his feelings about Ford, he thinks they make great trucks. Then again, I've known people who had nothing but great things to say about Chrysler. One person who owns a Chrysler Town & Country claims it's been the best van he's ever owned.

And there's my sensei for my karate class. He loves his new Mini-Cooper, but he says that he would never be caught dead in a Nissan.

Then there's another person whose t-shirt I saw at an SCCA racing session at the Sebring race track. "This is your brain: Mercedes-Benz. This is your brain on drugs: Lexus."

My high school photography teacher has owned nothing but Honda cars for years. His claim: "They have been the best cars I have ever owned. I've had American cars before, but got tired of their problems."

My high school tech teacher, on the other hand. The best car he has owned was a Ford Taurus. The worst: a Toyota station wagon.

And another person who is a BMW mechanic. He calls Audi cars "wrong wheel drive," which shows his preferrence for RWD vehicles.

What it all boils down to, regardless of all research, press publications, and PR releases from the auto companies, one term always comes out on top when it comes to one's experience with any brand: Your Milage May Vary.

I've even seen people who've had great luck with Kia, and they're about the worst car anyone can buy new at this time!

About the only car where bad experiences were, for the most part, consistent was Yugo. - Reinhart [/b]
Well, you're not really...but you pretty much put everything that I was thinking about in a nutshell
 

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"Did you know that kia has a car that brand new is only a hair over 6K? I saw it in an add in the paper recently. That's rediculous! You know at that price, you almost may as well buy one, use it through the manufacturer's warranty, throw it away and buy another!"


Reminds my of an old joke:


I decided it was time for a new car the other day...This time, I thought I'd just go for quantity over quality.....So I bought a six-pack of Yugos.....one breaks down, you just crush it on your forehead and get out a new one.....




But seriously, the problem with repeatedly buying the $6000 Kia is that you have to drive a $6000 Kia!!!
 

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Originally posted by Reinhart@Feb 18 2004, 10:20 PM
What it all boils down to, regardless of all research, press publications, and PR releases from the auto companies, one term always comes out on top when it comes to one's experience with any brand: Your Milage May Vary.
- Reinhart


I own stock in Ford.... but It's not my favorite brand. Reinharts statement is entirely too true!!!

I have yet to own a bad car.... and I've had quite a few. Maybe it's because I am so tedious with the maintanence.
 

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Originally posted by dant98@Feb 18 2004, 11:36 PM
Did you know that kia has a car that brand new is only a hair over 6K? I saw it in an add in the paper recently. That's rediculous! You know at that price, you almost may as well buy one, use it through the manufacturer's warranty, throw it away and buy another!

-Dan
Well, it isn't really surprising, given the cheap nature of Kia vehicles. - Reinhart
 

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Originally posted by spridget@Feb 19 2004, 06:06 AM
I own stock in Ford.... but It's not my favorite brand. Reinharts statement is entirely too true!!!

I have yet to own a bad car.... and I've had quite a few. Maybe it's because I am so tedious with the maintanence.
Pretty much. Good maintenance is the single most important aspect in keeping a car in tip-top shape, provided that the car's design is sound (which isn't the case with some Kia models, like the Spectra/Sephia, Sportage, and Rio).

Some carmakers will make more lemons than others. But, the odds of getting a lemon from any manufacturer aren't very great. - Reinhart
 

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Originally posted by CincySES@Feb 19 2004, 12:52 AM
Reminds my of an old joke:


I decided it was time for a new car the other day...This time, I thought I'd just go for quantity over quality.....So I bought a six-pack of Yugos.....one breaks down, you just crush it on your forehead and get out a new one.....




But seriously, the problem with repeatedly buying the $6000 Kia is that you have to drive a $6000 Kia!!!
With Yugos, the joke is not without truth in more ways than one.

The bodywork is such that you probably could crush the whole car with your forehead! - Reinhart
 
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