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We've only owned one Toyota, a '99 Toyota Camry XLE V6 (one of the few built in Toyota City, Japan) and for the short one year that it was with us before it was replaced by a MB, it was great. I did have a problem with the front brakes grinding after a month that it was bought. The brakes were cleaned a couple of times and then a TSB came out specifying brand new pads (different compound). To my surprise they not only changed all 4 pads, but all 4 rotors as well. No problems after that...the car was bought from the high rated (for customer satisfaction) Toyota dealership in this area.
I comment about Hondas from personal experience, but friends have had excellent experiences with them, mostly Accords and Civics, which seems to back up Consumer Reports' reliability ratings. Subaru seems to be way up there around Honda/Toyota levels of reliability and quality as well. Remarkable for such a small manufacturer. As for Mitsubishi, it's not sold in Canada so I can't really comment on that. I'd expect that they're up there too, but possibly below Honda, Toyota, and Nissan. Mazdas I don't have any personal experience with either, but from C.R and from family friends who are repeat buyers, they appear to be highly regarded, and definitely more reliable than Suzuki. Isuzu has improved significantly over the last few years and I would say that they have average or above average reliability. None of their products interests me though.
Overall, the domestic vehicles seem like they still have some catching up to do with their Japanese counterparts. Perhaps it may be because the Japanese brands don't nickle and dime the same way that the domestic makes seem to. I was shocked that Chrysler decided to compromise the design of the tailgate latch just to save 25 cents per vehicle. It was only after a few tragic events where the tailgates opened in a rear end collision that they had a recall (which ended up costing them more than 25 cents per vehicle). Yes, my vehicle was part of the recall campaign. Then there is Ford who tries to save a couple of dollars from a ignition module placement, and GM, with the fuel tank location fiasco of a few years ago.
IIRC, the Chevette was a GM design (not Isuzu) and it was basically a cheap car thrown together with various components from the corporate parts bin. Not surprising that it wasn't particularly well made, especially two decades ago where domestic car quality was far below the Japanese.
You may be interested in reading this (there is something in the Chevette on the 2nd link):http://www.autonews.com/html/main/stories/flintspeech.htm http://www.freep.com/business/gmfire7_20000107.htm
Anyway, I digress...back to the topic at hand. Hope you find the above links good reading at least.DrewHostVans, SUVs, and Aftermarket & Accessories message boards
Nice marketing skills. It looks like the Germans scapped this plan to focus on the EX and regain share lost to Honda with the lower priced vans.I am now putting off any purchase until the 2002 models are coming out this fall to see if they will offer the new engine as well as any updates and fixes. If they do not then I will get the 2001 when they are tring to clear them out at model year end. It stinks that they announced it and then pulled it away.
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