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Old 07-21-2009, 03:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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There are people who buy american cars because its what their family has always bought.
My friend bought an old rusty toyota Cresida sedan for his first car and finaly sold it last year (after owning it for almost 12yrs) with just shy of 450,000 miles on it. And it still ran great!

His mom bought american because its what her dad, and grand dad always told her to do. So she bought an oldsmobile aurora that the engine went out with less than 35,000 miles. So she replaced it with an intrigue that lasted her about 15,000 miles before it started all kinds of electrical issues and spent more time in the shop than running.

american cars have really been hit or miss in the past on reliability, with some exceptions.
My mom had an old lumina with over 200,000 miles on it.
My dads plymouth Voyager has 205,000 (still runs pretty well)
The F-150's from the late 80's through the mid 90's were pretty reliable.

I really feel that the Korean companies will really take a much larger market share over the next few years. Kia spectras/hyundai Elantras have great reliability, lots of trunk space, and are avaliable with a 5spd and as a wagon
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