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Buying American Cars What Does It Mean?

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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,684
    I think teams should be named after the produce in their area. Like in CA we grow many kinds of NUTS.

    The USC Walnuts
    Berkeley Pistachios
    UCSD Pecans
    and fruits
    Georgia Peaches a
    Washington Apples.
    and flakes
    Washington DC Corn Flakes
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,021
    edited February 2013
    My wife rooted for the UC Banana Slugs for a couple of years before going down to the home of Oski the Bear to finish.

    No tire kickers? How about buying American stock then? (Detroit Free Press)

    Maybe that's why the DOW fell a couple of hundred points today. :shades:
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,284
    Are any electronics or speakers still made in the USA?
  • tlongtlong CaliforniaPosts: 4,702
    Who thinks the last line in that verse would be written today?

    It might be more likely, as Fred and Barney were *best* friends!

    I saw a Camaro on the road the other night, and for whatever reason I'd have to say that it looks better at night than during the day. I don't really like its looks - to bathtub-like and taillights don't look good to me. But when lit up at night and perhaps not able to see the low roofline, it looks better.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,024
    Are any electronics or speakers still made in the USA?

    I believe that Klipsch and Thiel still build speakers in the USA. I'm sure a few high-end electronics are still built here as well.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    Yeesh - if an Impala spec'd out to my standards is $38K, I might as well get that loaded Buick LaCrosse CXS for my wife

    Impala for $38K? Who in their right mind would buy a Chevy Impala when getting into BMW 3 series or Acura price range? Impala has yet to prove anything with their 2014 model. We will see if it is the greatest thing since sliced bread and command a $38K MSRP.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,368
    As I mentioned, I saw a non-Hybrid Fusion that stickered at $35K, and made in Mexico--Ford must be making a nice margin on that!!

    I don't think Impala buyers want a German smallish car, as much as Bimmer buyers don't want an Impala.

    For whatever reason, lemko, I did hear somewhere that the Impala's trunk was quite a bit larger than a LaCrosse, although honestly I don't know why it would be. I think it's odd that the LaCrosse is built where the Malibu is. I wouldn't think they'd share a lot of stuff.
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,634
    I thought the Impala had more in common with the XTS than the Lacrosse?
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,611
    The Impala, XTS and Lacrosse are all based on the Epsilon platform hence they are all related.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,368
    And also, BTW, I wouldn't walk across the street to glance at a BMW 3-series. I have a very stereotypical view of their owners, based on actual experiences. ;)
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,075
    I have some American-made Cerwin-Vega speakers, but they're pretty old. I'm not sure if they're still made in the USA.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,611
    And also, BTW, I wouldn't walk across the street to glance at a BMW 3-series. I have a very stereotypical view of their owners, based on actual experiences.

    You mean "what's the difference between a porcupine and a BMW driver?" With the porcupine the p*ick is on the outside.

    LOL - I slay me. I'll be here all week, try the veal.

    That sentiment though is now attributed to Audi drivers as well.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,611
    I have some American-made Cerwin-Vega speakers, but they're pretty old. I'm not sure if they're still made in the USA.

    Cerwin Vega is now owned by Gibson. Their products are made in Malaysia and China per wiki.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,075
    Guess I'll be hanging onto those speakers for life. China and Malaysia? Yuck!
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,368
    LOL - I slay me. I'll be here all week, try the veal.

    'Enjoy Shecky in the Contiki room from February 26-28'.
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,634
    The Impala, XTS and Lacrosse are all based on the Epsilon platform hence they are all related.

    True, but the dimensions of the Impala seem closer to the XTS overall than the Lacrosse. The Lacrosse is about 4" shorter than the XTS and Impala which are 201.3" and 202". That may partially explain the difference in trunk room.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,595
    The On/Off switch broke and the set won't come on, but it still delivered a phenomenal picture until then. Sad I can't find the part anywhere. I doubt very much a new LED TV will last that long.

    Is there any way you could just glue it back together? Or perhaps wire up some kind of generic on-off switch?

    The on-off switch (or pull-knob, rather) is the only thing that ever broke on my 1984 Toshiba 19". Years ago, it started pulling completely out and coming off. You could push it back in, but to turn the tv on and pull it out, you'd have to put a little downward pressure on it, to get it to actually turn on the tv.

    I haven't used that tv in years. Actually, I don't even know where it is! :sick: I think it's over at my grandmother's house, probably in the basement somewhere. I probably should get rid of it, as I know I'll never have a need for it again. It's kind of a dumb thing to get attached to, but I have fond childhood memories of it, as I actually saved up half the money to buy it, from working, Christmas money, etc, and my Granddad matched me half.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,684
    China and Malaysia? Yuck!

    You can thank the current government administration for that. They will not allow Gibson to use most hardwoods from other countries. The only way you can get many hardwood products into the USA is in finished form. That was part of the deal Obama made with India where a lot of hardwood comes from.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,595
    Yeesh - if an Impala spec'd out to my standards is $38K, I might as well get that loaded Buick LaCrosse CXS for my wife instead and just get another hooptie for myself.

    Personally, I think the Impala is better looking than the LaCrosse. BTW, the top trim level of a LaCrosse starts at around $38K these days, and can be optioned up to around $46K MSRP, if you click every single option. Now, some of that stuff includes built-in DVDs in the back, and a ~$2000 wheel/tire package, so there's a little fluff in there.

    But here's what bugs me...the base price of a LaCrosse is around $31,000, and that's just with a 4-cyl! A Chrysler 300 starts at around $30,000, and comes standard with a V-6. Now, the LaCrosse might still have more standard features, but IMO at least, the 300 just has more presence to it.
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,634
    But here's what bugs me...the base price of a LaCrosse is around $31,000, and that's just with a 4-cyl! A Chrysler 300 starts at around $30,000, and comes standard with a V-6. Now, the LaCrosse might still have more standard features, but IMO at least, the 300 just has more presence to it.

    I agree. I wonder how many LaCrosse's sell with a 4cyl. My guess is not many.
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