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Here's the latest ranking of cars that are the most "American" ("American" limited to the US in this case) from the Kogod School of Business in DC. The F-150 leads the way, followed by the Corvette.
Made in America Auto Index
Camry-lovers will contest that list.
I tried a 'domestic brand' once. (Dodge) After a few short years, it was leaking oil from several seals. The bumpers were so rusted they would not pass inspection. The brakes were undersized and were replaced nearly annually. The power-steering would not work below -9F. (could not turn steering-wheel).... I could go on.
GM taking the bailout (and never really paied it back...ever!!) was a BIG mistake. The inefficient megalith that they are was allowed to continue. Their products are throw-away cars after about 6 years.
I have never been a "Ford Guy" but they did NOT accept the bailout and actually have some impressive products now. Ford is the only 'domestic brand' I might consider.
Long ago (in the early 1970s) my Dad was a GM guy... but after 3 vehicles that ran like crap and rusted out in 2 years. He was done. One day, he saw a Chevy ad on TV saying that they were 'As good as a Honda'
That was the moment he declared "If they are going to compare themselves to Honda, then I am going to buy a Honda" .... He has owned about 10 Honda Accords since then. None of them ran like crap. None of them ever rusted-out,
Personally, I like VW which offers 12-year/Unliminted mileage corrosion warantee. Here in Vermont, I get free rust-repair on VWs dime.
Well, if you came back, you might be surprised. That's all I'm saying.
"That was the moment he declared "If they are going to compare themselves to Honda, then I am going to buy a Honda" .... He has owned about 10 Honda Accords since then. None of them ran like crap. None of them ever rusted-out,"
As a multiple owner of Hondas including 4 Accords myself, I applaud him for at buying cars which are built here in the States (Marysville, Ohio in this case).
Since this topic started, I've always wondered the mission:
"Are American cars coming back in favor".
Well, if you are buying an Accord in the states, why wouldn't you be buying an "American" car? And since it is one of the top selling cars in its segment (trailing with the Camry, built in Kentucky and the Altima, built in Tennessee) I'd say they never went out of favor... At least not since the 90's when the Ford Taurus ruled the roost.
Heck, I own an Subaru that was built in Indiana. surely those people building it are Americans. Surely those people who sold it to me were in America, Massachusetts to be exact... And when I bring it in for service, I'm not bringing it anywhere but here in the states. Same situation with all of my Hondas over the years.
Chrysler is owned by the Italians, are they still considered "American"? Well, for instance the Jeep lines are still built here and I've done plenty of work for Chrysler plants in Toledo, Warren and Trenton over the years. All those places are in the states so I'd say those are American as well, and judging by the increases in sales at Jeep, they are certainly favorable as well...
As far as VW, kudos to them that they take care of you up here. I've never heard of the rust repair for the snow belt but that certainly is a nice perk. I do however wish that they built more stuff here in the states. Off the top of my head, the only plant I know of here in the states is Chattanooga, but Industry insiders have told me that they are making a massive expansion in Tenn. as well as investigating other locations in the South for new plants. So I applaud them for realizing the need to invest in the Countries that are supporting their product.
But again, buying "American" has always been a pretty vague term to me...
Kudos again to your dad. Hopefully his Hondas continue to treat him well. Those folks in Ohio have been building great cars since the eighties.
See Steve's link a few posts up about 'American made'.
Everyone has a right to buy what they like. I would never tell somebody they're wrong or stupid for their choice.
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