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  • monroe_kangaroo monroe_kangaroo Dec 26, 2006 8:20 AM Flag

    Toyota: The Weakness

    It sucks to buy Japanese but poor American quality has made me do it.

    1966 Buick (terrible initial quality)
    1968 Pontiac
    1970 Olds
    1972 Chevy
    1976 Buick (worst pos ever)
    1979 Pontiac (oil leaks)
    1983 Buick
    1989 Cad (pretty good but still had problems)
    1990 Acura
    1993 Jeep (just awful)
    1996 Acura
    1996 Jeep (a/c problems twice)
    2001 Acura
    2001 Honda
    2004 Honda

    All bought new. No problems with Jap cars.

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    • I agree. I owned the following:
      1986 Mustang - engine & electronic troubles
      1989 Probe - OK car (made by Mazda)
      1993 Mustang GT - Pretty Good car (best Ford I owned)
      1994 Explorer - Bad Vibrations, bad transmission
      1994 Thunderbird - Bad transmission, bad door hinges
      1996 Mustang GT - Towed back to dealer 2nd day I owned it
      (engine oxygen sensor)
      1997 Thunderbird - What a JUNKER! Bad transmission,
      electronics, engine sensors, etc
      1996 3000GT - GREAT CAR!
      1998 Corvette - Ok car, but electronic problems
      2004 Silverado - ok, but steering & electronic problems
      2006 Jetta diesel - Great car.

      I have had good luck with foreign cars (yes the cheaper ones) and most of the US cars have not exhibited the level of quality found in the foreign models. I wish the US models would improve, but I've bought enough of them to draw the conclusion that the quality just isn't there.

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      • PS: According to Road & Track Magazine, the Supra will be returning in Oct. 2007. It will initially be offered in a 350 HP V6, and later a 450 HP V8.

        They also report that the Nissan Skyline GT-R will be available in 2008(?). Speculation is that it may be offered with all wheel drive and a twin turbo 3.5 liter V6.

      • I own a 1997 Taurus SHO. The Ford engine design (built by Yamaha) was flawed. The design flaw enabled the camshaft sprocket to dislodge and destroy the engine. Ford NEVER acknowledged the problem and NEVER offered a recall or fix for the problem. Owners were never notified of the problem so they could get it fixed themselves.

        I had to get the camshaft sprockets welded in place at my own expense in order to fix the FORD design flaw. It cost me $1000. I will never buy another FORD.

    • Hey hey, another Acura fan. I actually like them more than Lexus. How do you feel about HMC vs TM for 07? There was that one analyst who said HMC will be a much better stock.

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