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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 11-23-2005, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Didn't buy american?

If you watched the news lately, massive layoffs/terminations are planned for GM and Ford. They are both in the hole for a few billion.
As usual the workers will pay for it in some way or another.
We have all bought an import, so wondering what was your excuse for not buying domestic?


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Re: Didn't buy american?

well one of my cars was a jeep and it was a POS


and i really dont like any other american made car so thats why i didnt get one...


i buy cars i like not where its made, so if gm and ford made better cars( cars i like) then i would buy one...


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Re: Didn't buy american?

Personally, dont like a few things in domestics:

1. reliability
2. looks
3. resale value
4. excitement
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yeah 3500 jobs in Ontario were cut from GM but honestly I won't sacrifice my cars value to keep jobs...they would have kept their jobs had their company had good product. I feel for them but there are other jobs they could do as well, in many places around the country.

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Re: Didn't buy american?

yeah, asking people to buy an inferior product just to keep companies afloat is pretty ridiculous.* if the company's product isn't living up to the competition, it will and should fail.

Unfortunately, however, the people hit hardest by such an event are the working-class employees of the company.* It's hard to say that they're the reason American car companies are struggling, but they're the first ones to get hit when the company is losing ground.* As opposed to the CEOs who had to settle for, say a $2million bonus instead of $4million.

personally, if anyone related to the auto industry tried to guilt-trip me for buying a Japanese car, I'd have to smack them for trying to pin their failures on me.* It's kind of ironic that American auto makers are suffering due to the capitalism/free market ideas that practically define this country--it'd be even more so, if they tried to blame the consumer.


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[quote author=dmention7 link=topic=34278.msg487886#msg487886 date=1132767931]
yeah, asking people to buy an inferior product just to keep companies afloat is pretty ridiculous.* if the company's product isn't living up to the competition, it will and should fail.

Unfortunately, however, the people hit hardest by such an event are the working-class employees of the company.* It's hard to say that they're the reason American car companies are struggling, but they're the first ones to get hit when the company is losing ground.* As opposed to the CEOs who had to settle for, say a $2million bonus instead of $4million.

personally, if anyone related to the auto industry tried to guilt-trip me for buying a Japanese car, I'd have to smack them for trying to pin their failures on me.* It's kind of ironic that American auto makers are suffering due to the capitalism/free market ideas that practically define this country--it'd be even more so, if they tried to blame the consumer.
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agree 100%
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[quote author=dmention7 link=topic=34278.msg487886#msg487886 date=1132767931]
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I also agree. 8)


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Re: Didn't buy american?

^^^ eaxactly

My purchase of a Mazda3 has nothing to do with anti-Amercian cars and pro-import cars.

The whole buy-American slogan has taken a real ugly turn... *if you have to two identical products, one made in north america and the other is imported, then my decision would be to buy the domestic product. *I refuse to buy an inferior product to support a struggle company.

When I chose the Mazda3, IMO, there wasn't really a whole lot of "competition" given price / features from any other car manufacturer, import or domestic...

In this "free" economic society, as a seller of a product, you either shape up or you're out... *I feel for the current situation at GM and the other two domestic brands... but their struggles should not be pinned on the consumer.

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Re: Didn't buy american?

Personally I just think most (not all) American made cars suck ass. They're usually big, fat and ugly.


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After coming from a late-model Grand Am, I was less than thrilled with my appreciation for American cars. Don't get me wrong, I liked the car a lot, but the constant problems really didn't sit well with me.

When I was shopping for a replacement, nothing in the domestic category intrigued me. GM had the Cobalt which looked okay, but had things on it I vowed never to have again (Drum Brakes; it's 2005, we have new and better technology). The G6 was too heavy and expensive. At Ford, the Focus is a joke and a half. Dodge had the Neon, but it was also a piece and I couldn't an SRT4. The Sebrings/Stratus are about 10 years old and had horrible reliability ratings.

Looking elsewhere really showed more potential and things to my liking. The Mazdas were hella fun and I really liked the Mitsu Ralliart. Both were much more fun to drive than my GA ever was.

It's sad really. The Big 3 see what is working and why they are losing to the Asians. But they continue to put out cars with dated technology and cheap interiors. I don't understand it. They see what works, at least try to copy or something. Thank God Chrysler has finally woken up and used some brains and a little of someone else's technology to compete. They can't keep the 300s on the lots still.


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