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Old 01-18-2005, 03:42 PM   #21
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It does bother me a little, but some imports are actually made in the US, while some domestics are actually made in Mexico.

If I could afford it, I'd buy American, but I have to be a capitalist in my position and get the best bang for my buck.

However, all the money I've saved by buying that Toyota I gladly spend on American meats and beer! Just doing my part for the economy!
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Old 01-18-2005, 03:42 PM   #22
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I can't believe how many of you drive foreign vehicles. I personaly won't buy one. I like to keep my money at home. Oh Boy, this should stir up some shit! :smt071
Nick, I hear you but I've got four words for you "1985 Dodge Daytona Turbo."

Here's 5 more words: "Head gasket every 12K miles."

I wanted a sports car for me that was safe enough for my family. Only American product that came close was the Cadillac SRX which I tried desparately hard to like but just couldn't.


It was a tough day for me when I finally threw in the towel and bought the 300z back in '89 and I keep looking for reasons to come back. I'm really, really hopeful Detroit will come up with something. Man I had a '67 Buick LeSabre What I'm seeing from Ford especially and lately from Chevy give me hope.

Ya' gotta remember I grew up near a dragstrip in York, PA. This stuff's important to me but I'm at a stage of life where...... let's just say a modified 1968 Corvette is probably not an option. Hard to find a safe place for the booster seat behind the headers and the nitrous tank.


For now I just love my ride...... just wait till I get the engine mods on. (There is no greater joy than blowing the doors off a Porsche Cayenne....) :evillaugh:
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Old 01-18-2005, 03:47 PM   #23
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Not speaking for Nick, but, I think he was referring to trucks not cars! No argument in that arena...USA cars can't hold a candle to ANY import!
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Old 01-18-2005, 03:58 PM   #24
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Not speaking for Nick, but, I think he was referring to trucks not cars! No argument in that arena...USA cars can't hold a candle to ANY import!
The L06 Corvette (new one) is an awesome beast that must be respected. There is also incredible stuff coming from Ford. They seem to have done a nice job with the new SVO.

By the way have I mentioned I have this irrational desire to see Porsches left in the dust.... especially on the North Shore of Long Island where driving skill seems to be in inverse proportion to the cost of what you're driving?

Only problem: How ya' gonna get your pit in the back of a Vette?
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Old 01-18-2005, 04:13 PM   #25
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Actually there were fewer people sating they had imports than not.

Unless you count the people with Dodge pickups. Many are made in Mexico. Dodge is basically owned by Mercedes. Yes I know thay said it was a partnership, but look at the guys in the exec offices in Detroit. Most are not American any more. (I work for all these guys... trust me)

Even if you say that the DaimlerChrysler relationship is a partnership (marriage), that makes my Mercedes a car imported by an American company.

I don't think any of the vehicles listed are actually imported. Manufactured by foreign companies, yes.

Toyota trucks are built in Kentucky, Nissan trucks are built in Tennessee, my Mazda truck was built by Ford (Ford owns Mazda), etc. Those are all jobs that americans have. And in this countries mindset of exporting jobs left and right, I'll buy from anybody that puts an American to work.



:rant: where's an American flag emoticon when you need one?
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I was at a dealership last week and saw the new retro Mustangs....pretty dad gum cool. Available in v8 as well.
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To Finney:

My ride was assembled in Santa Clara, CA. But the design and engineering work was split between Japan and *gulp* France. This is a lot of work and profits and experience I'm subsidizing overseas.

I'm not happy about that and really hope Ford and GM can keep up the progress Captain Morgan sites above. That new Mustang really is a nicely done car from all I've seen and read. But that being said.....

I love blowing the doors off of V8's'too :smt077 and all my engine mods will be made and designed and assembled in AMERICA!!!!
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Old 01-18-2005, 05:16 PM   #28
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And in this countries mindset of exporting jobs left and right, I'll buy from anybody that puts an American to work.



:rant: where's an American flag emoticon when you need one?
Ill buy that, but American company profits stay here and help fuel our economy. I do construction work and the state of our economy has a direct influence on how much work there is for me. :rant: Yeah, now where is that American flag emotion!! :help:
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My ride was assembled in Santa Clara, CA. But the design and engineering work was split between Japan and *gulp* France. This is a lot of work and profits and experience I'm subsidizing overseas.
Rob, I don't like that fact either because I make my living doing automotive design and engineering. Jobs are being 'out sourced' every day. Worries my wife to death. (figuratively, so far). I will still happily buy from any company that employs Americans in America. American or foreign owned. "Out sourcing' of jobs is said (by current administration) to be a positive thing for this country. (see link at bottom of page)

I'm not happy about that and really hope Ford and GM can keep up the progress Captain Morgan sites above. That new Mustang really is a nicely done car from all I've seen and read. But that being said.....
I hope so too. Maybe I will have a job in this country until I retire.

I love blowing the doors off of V8's'too :smt077 and all my engine mods will be made and designed and assembled in AMERICA!!!!
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Old 01-18-2005, 06:28 PM   #30
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Our work trucks last us 12 - 15 years doing construction work, constantly overloaded, but never fail us
Yeah Nick the F150-450's will all last 12-15years. But how much $ in repairs (engines, trannys, suspension, etc.) is put into those repairs? The only reason Ford, Chevy and Dodge are what make up the majority of the "Work Fleet" is because Toyota and Nissan do not make Heavy Duty trucks here in the states at this time. Once they do become a player in the market, I will be curious to see how loyal the "Die Hard" American truck buyers will be willing to fork out their hard earned $'s, towards a lower quality , far less reliable "Domestic Vehicle". When they can spend a few more dollars in the beginning, for a superior quality built vehicle and a time proven reliability record. I am on my 4th Toyota Pick-up right now, and have in no way been easy on any of my vehicles and have had close or over 200k on every one of my trucks. This one has 151K, and I have never done a thing to any of them whatsoever other than routine maintenance, (front brake pads only, oil/filter change religiously 3k, spark plugs, etc.) I use my trucks to haul a 450lb ATV, along with pulling a trailer, run them through mud up to the door handles, pull bushes and tree stumps up, bottomline is I take my truck anywhere my wheelchair can't get me. And then I take it home wash it off and drive 600 miles a week back and forth to work with the peace of mind that I will get back and forth from work in a reliable American Built Toyota Pick up truck!

BTW, I do alot of surf fishing on the NC coast and have had the pleasure of being able to help fellow fishermen by pulling their Chevy 2500 4x4 and a Jeep Grand Cherokee out of the sand.
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