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