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American or foreign...cars that is

Jaguar PawJaguar Paw Posts: 199Registered Users
Which one do you prefer and why?
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I've (mostly) always bought American. It seems wrong to do otherwise. I did have a Honda once, back in the early 80's, but I ditched it because it didn't have air conditioning. My American cars have always run pretty well. The only complaint I ever had was with a Saturn that completely died at 100,000 miles.
  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    Foreign(except korean). Mainly I like the way they drive and they generally last longer with less maintenance. Resale value is also higher.
  • MizKerriMizKerri Posts: 1,701Registered Users
    I have had better luck with foreign cars. My first two cars were used Subarus that ran well over 150K miles - the first one had over 200 before I stopped driving it. They go forever.

    The next car I bought was a 98 Chevy Cavalier and it was on its last legs before it even hit 100K miles.

    I've had a Nissan Versa for almost a year and a half now, and so far I love it. Of course, it's still new and I plan to keep it at least 5 years, so we'll see.
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  • cymprenicympreni Posts: 9,609Registered Users
    whatever peeks my fancy and is dependable.

    I never really got the american vs. foreign debate. Many of those "foreign" cars have factories right here. I used to work in a car speaker factory, one of our biggest clients was toyota. And let me tell you, their standards were significantly higher then their american counterparts.
  • gekko422gekko422 Posts: 4,869Registered Users
    cympreni wrote: »
    whatever peeks my fancy and is dependable.

    I never really got the american vs. foreign debate. Many of those "foreign" cars have factories right here.
    ITA.

    Add to that many "American" cars have foreign parts.

    I buy what I like and what gets good gas mileage.
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  • MichelleBFTMichelleBFT Posts: 4,812Registered Users
    Foreign, preferably Japanese. I've been a Honda gal my whole driving career, though my husband has mostly had American cars (though not by choice, more by convenience). My next car will either be a Nissan or a Subaru.

    I've driven some American cars, and I just don't like them. Most of them feel chintzy on the inside, like toy cars or something; the interiors seem super cheap. Yes, that's mostly on the less expensive models, but IME with a Japanese car even the less expensive models don't feel like that. Similarly Japanese cars have more get-up-and-go than the American cars I've driven.

    And to that that I simply like the body shape of foreign cars more than the shape of American cars, and I sincerely doubt I'll ever buy an American car.
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  • LoloDSMLoloDSM Posts: 3,778Registered Users
    I prefer European cars because I drive manual and can't get higher-end American vehicles with manual transmission.
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  • MichelleBFTMichelleBFT Posts: 4,812Registered Users
    LoloDSM wrote: »
    I prefer European cars because I drive manual and can't get higher-end American vehicles with manual transmission.

    Another good point. It makes me sad to see people driving high end American sports cars... with automatic transmissions. What's the fun in that?!?
    "And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
    Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
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  • LoloDSMLoloDSM Posts: 3,778Registered Users
    LoloDSM wrote: »
    I prefer European cars because I drive manual and can't get higher-end American vehicles with manual transmission.

    Another good point. It makes me sad to see people driving high end American sports cars... with automatic transmissions. What's the fun in that?!?

    Total oxymoron. There should be no such thing as a sports car with an automatic transmission.
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  • hayseedladyhayseedlady Posts: 646Registered Users
    American and even worse full sized trucks.

    We haul things all the time, it could be several hundred pounds of scrap aluminum, at ton and a half of corn, home improvement projects or just pulling a car trailer.

    I like having a large vehicle surrounding me, I found out the other day my 2000 1/2 weighs more than my 1983 full one ton which is geared out with a snowplow and ballast. Over a thousand pounds more, that truck is over 3 ton of metal.

    Mileage wasn't even taken into consideration when I got it. DH has taken over my Caddy, now that is the best driving and riding car ever.
  • sarah42sarah42 Posts: 4,034Registered Users
    My first car, a Ford, needed a new transmission 3,000 miles after the extended warranty ended. :thumbdown: That put me off American cars. Now we have a Kia and a Nissan, and we've only had them for 2-3 years, but like them a lot so far.
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  • MichelleBFTMichelleBFT Posts: 4,812Registered Users
    LoloDSM wrote: »
    LoloDSM wrote: »
    I prefer European cars because I drive manual and can't get higher-end American vehicles with manual transmission.

    Another good point. It makes me sad to see people driving high end American sports cars... with automatic transmissions. What's the fun in that?!?

    Total oxymoron. There should be no such thing as a sports car with an automatic transmission.


    Agreed. But, a tiny penis and a big bank account pretty much all leads down the same road.
    "And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
    Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
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  • YolyCYolyC Posts: 3,758Registered Users
    LoloDSM wrote: »

    Another good point. It makes me sad to see people driving high end American sports cars... with automatic transmissions. What's the fun in that?!?

    Total oxymoron. There should be no such thing as a sports car with an automatic transmission.


    Agreed. But, a tiny penis and a big bank account pretty much all leads down the same road.


    :laughing6: So true.

    I agree with Gekko and Cympreni, I'll get whatever is dependable and I like.
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  • WurlyLoxWurlyLox Posts: 4,858Registered Users
    My first car was a new '78 Monte Carlo which, despite impeccable maintenance with regular oil changes, had a burned valve at only 54K miles. And when they were fixing it, they said the inside of the engine was filled with sludge. Still, I drove it to nearly 100K, but it was an old car except in appearance by then. It also constantly had various and sundry lesser problems.

    After that I switched to Honda Accords for 18 years, keeping the last one until 260,000 when it finally had a burned valve. It was still in good shape otherwise, but I was ready for a change after driving it for 13 years, so didn't replace the engine. Even in that shape, I sold it for $2500.

    Wanted to ride higher, so went with a Toyota Highlander for it's car-like feel and handling. Although I've missed my 5-speeds, I've been equally pleased with it. I'll probably drive it for a good long while since it's paid for and, it has 'only' 138K.

    Anyway, based on all that, I'll probably stick with Honda or Toyota. If shopping for a pick-up, I might consider an American-made truck, probably a Ford, but not without first checking out a Toyota Tundra or Nissan Titan.
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  • StarrwithoutniteStarrwithoutnite Posts: 1,732Registered Users
    I dont really think about it. My first was a '70 Lincoln (only repairs were the starter and alternator), then a '93 BMW (HUGE repair costs, my first stick shift..oops!) then in Italy I drove an '83 Fiat (NEVER put oil in the thing and I never had any problems!) and now I have my Jeep. No huge problems from any of my vehicles, I had to replace the clutch in the BMW but Im sure with the way I drove I would have had to do that to an american car too!

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  • deletedelete Posts: 815Registered Users
    My first new car was a Kia Rio. I love it. It's so small and fuel efficient. And it's flippin' cute.

    Before that I had a Mercury Sable and a Grand Marquis.

  • SarcasmIsBeautySarcasmIsBeauty Posts: 5,640Registered Users
    I would never buy an American car because in my opinion they are cheaply made and I don't really feel all that secure in them.
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  • rockthecurlzrockthecurlz Posts: 910Registered Users
    I'm a foreign kind of girl. I have a honda right now and I love it. I have always thought american cars drove worse, not as smooth. Also from experience the american cars my family have had never lasted like a foreign one. However, my boyfriend has a Dodge and wouldn't trade for anything else besides another Dodge.
  • shellibeanshellibean Posts: 4,500Registered Users
    American and a truck. We live down gravel roads and cars get too torn up.
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  • melloweermelloweer Posts: 2,308Registered Users
    I prefer Toyota. Matter of fact as soon as soon I get rid of my minivan I'm going back to Toyota. I had one that went almos 300k with barely any problems. I have a Ford right now and I bought it brand new, only has 40k on it and it's the biggest piece of crap I've owned. I can't tell you how many times I've taken it in to have something fixed. Plus that crapass fix it too.
  • misspammisspam Posts: 5,318Registered Users
    These days, I can no longer support the cheaply made cars Detroit keeps putting out. I bought American made vehicles exclusively until a few short years ago.

    In my mind, European made cars are the best, especially German. The engines, handling and suspensions are far superior to American cars. Their safety and comfort features are top notch. I can't see going back.
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  • CurlyHairedFarmerCurlyHairedFarmer Posts: 3,073Registered Users
    I prefer American. I had a little S10 that I absolutely loved but had to give up because it wasn't 4X4, which is dangerous in the winter here. The only trouble I ever had was when it hit 12 years old and I had a cracked distributor.

    I recently bought a 2005 Chevy Cobalt which I love because it was incredibly affordable, is just as good as foreigns on gas mileage, and feels perfectly safe.

    Foreign cars are just much too expensive, and they are much more expensive to fix when something does go wrong.
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  • battinlashbattinlash Posts: 1,850Registered Users
    I only drive American cars. I would never, ever choose to drive a foreign car.
  • mad scientistmad scientist Posts: 3,530Registered Users
    I've owned a Ford and a Chrysler and I will never own either one again.

    I've owned a Honda, an Acura and a Toyota, and I would buy any of them again with no hesitation.

    Its not an American vs Foreign - I'm pretty sure all of my cars were made in Canada/US, except maybe the Acura. But from my experience Honda and Toyota make a more reliable car.

    We also own a higher-end German car which definitely feels great to drive, but is a royal PITA to maintain.
  • cymprenicympreni Posts: 9,609Registered Users
    LoloDSM wrote: »

    Another good point. It makes me sad to see people driving high end American sports cars... with automatic transmissions. What's the fun in that?!?

    Total oxymoron. There should be no such thing as a sports car with an automatic transmission.


    Agreed. But, a tiny penis and a big bank account pretty much all leads down the same road.

    Reminds me of a picture and a story.

    One time this guy was hitting on me at a gas station with the stupid, dorky "hey look at me I'm driving a '60's 'vette" type stuff. He thought he was hot stuff, until I had to show him where to put the gas. . . 15 minutes later. It was so funny.
  • curlygirlymecurlygirlyme Posts: 1,340Registered Users
    I've never had anything except American and they all lasted for as long as you can expect.

    I had a 98' Jeep Cherokee (in 2001) and it lasted without problem until 04 when my sister left it unlocked and it got stolen.

    My husband and I used a 1991 Pontiac Grand Prix forever (we had it until last year) that poor thing needed to die. We finally laid it to rest.

    We currently have a 07 Pontiac Vide (our first brand new car ever) and I LOVE it. It gets amazing gas mileage, it drives wonderful, it comfortable, what else can I say about how much I love my car oh yeah it has my "you have the right to remain curly" bumper sticker on it! We have to sell it and get a minivan b/c we can't fit all of our kids in it. I'm not happy about it.
  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users
    cympreni wrote: »
    LoloDSM wrote: »

    Total oxymoron. There should be no such thing as a sports car with an automatic transmission.


    Agreed. But, a tiny penis and a big bank account pretty much all leads down the same road.

    Reminds me of a picture and a story.

    One time this guy was hitting on me at a gas station with the stupid, dorky "hey look at me I'm driving a '60's 'vette" type stuff. He thought he was hot stuff, until I had to show him where to put the gas. . . 15 minutes later. It was so funny.
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  • nynaeve77nynaeve77 Posts: 7,135Registered Users
    I've pretty much always driven Fords. Right now, we have a 2008 Taurus, which is a Ford on a Volvo chassis. It was one of the few cars that we found that my husband could drive without his head smacking the roof of the car (all his height is in his torso).
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  • MarMar Posts: 3,003Registered Users
    Well....we live in Flint,MI.we are a UAW family,my husband is VP of his local and has worked for GM for 30 years,starting at Chevy,then Buick,Pontiac and now a Metal Fab plant.
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  • webjockeywebjockey Posts: 2,786Registered Users
    foreign. they're prettier. american cars have this oversized clunky look about them. I have yet to find an american car that looks good. Way back in the day, they made pretty cars. Now not so much.
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