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  1. midcan5
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    midcan5 liberal / progressive

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    My first car was a 55 Chevy, the love of a teenager's life, my latest a supercharged Buick. As someone who tries hard to buy American, I cannot even feel comfortable driving in a foreign car, yet we owned one in our poor days. Sounds weird but I figure we are all on this ship together and while a new VW camper would be nice....LOL

    7 myths about Detroit automakers

    By Mark Phelan • Free Press Columnist • December 5, 2008

    "The debate over aid to the Detroit-based automakers is awash with half-truths and misrepresentations that are endlessly repeated by everyone from members of Congress to journalists. Here are seven myths about the companies and their vehicles, and the reality in each case."

    Myth No. 1: Nobody buys their vehicles
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    7 myths about Detroit automakers | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press
     
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    Wow, interesting...ESPECIALLY this one:




    I don't know folks.

    $56,000 a year doesn't strike me as a whole lot of money for working on a production line.

    If you've ever worked in a factory where your work flow was decided by a machine, you'd know that can be a damned hard job.

    I drive a FORD.

    I doubt I'll ever buy another foreign car.

    I'd never buy another foreign made manufactured good if I could do it.

    Sadly, thanks to our incredibly short sighted free trade policies, most of the consumer electronics, clothes, shoes, machines and tools are not longer made here, so that's not really an option.
     
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    My family has always had American cars, but when I moved away and needed a car my dad bought me a Honda. :eek: It does get good mileage and I like it but I was really surprised I didn't know he even knew companies besides Chevy existed.
     
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    I drove foreign cars on and off for years, too.

    I liked some of them well enough.Some of them were crap, some of them not.

    I had an '87 Toyota Camry wagon that was truly a wonderful car.

    Never again, though, if I can possibly avoid it.
     
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    It's not out of line at all.
     
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    If the government keeps giving our money to American car makers, those car makers should give me a car.

    Why the hell would I give what little money I get to keep after the fucking government gives it all away to mismanaged companies to those very same companies that took my money because they were mismanaged after they've already picked my fucking pocket?

    I will never buy a new American made car again. I'll buy used where the fucking auto maker who I was forced to bail out won't make a dime on the sale and then I'll buy after market parts not dealer parts or I'll buy a new foreign car.
     
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    I have a Toyota Camry.

    It was built in Georgetown, Kentucky.

    My next car will be electric, I hope.
     
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    Screw American made vehicles. Until they produce a product that’s BETTER than their competitors produce, at a price that’s equal to or LESS than their competitors charge, I’ll never buy another American made vehicle. I’m done with these assholes.

    We own several vehicles and the best of them is my wife’s Toyota.

    I drive a GMC ¾ ton PU. It’s a decent truck but it’s also young and hasn’t past the test of time. I’ve already decided that my next truck will be a Toyota Tundra, because I’m not going to keep paying more and getting less. We also have several business related utility vehicles (trucks and vans), all made by GM and two 2002 Olds Alero’s that we use for our business. The Oldsmobile’s are the worst POS’s we’ve ever owned. GM WILL NOT honor defects or issue recalls on defective parts on these cars. For example, we’ve spend over $1,000 just on electric windows on these cars and between the 2 of them only 4 of the 8 windows work.

    Yesterday, my wife took one of these POS’s to pickup some supplies for one of our crews. The car wouldn’t start when she went to leave. We had to have it towed to the shop. The only thing that’s “for sure” about this latest drama is that it will cost $500 or more to get that POS out of the shop. It always does.

    Until recently I’ve always bought American vehicles because I though it was the right thing to do. My new attitude is: Why should I pay more for an inferior American made vehicle when I can pay less and get a better vehicle?
     
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    And you think all the tax incentives to build here, the lack of pensions and medical don't matter, and the fact foreign nations support their auto industry doesn't help them? Stay in your fog if it makes you comfortable.
     
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    You obviously didn't read the piece nor own American, but that said why is it conservative republicans like yourself hate (maybe too strong a word) American products and American workers? I've never understood that ideological stance given you're usually nationalistic to a fault when it comes to our country's actions and values?
     
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