What would it take for you to buy an American car?

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  1. earllogjam

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    Assuming you drive a foreign car now, have you ever considered buying an American car? What would it take for you to buy one as your next vehicle?
     
  2. Principessa

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    To buy one brand new and not used? :rolleyes: Hmmm, You'd have to give me $30,000. Cause that's what the ones I like cost fully loaded.

    FWIW: With the exception of a 1994 Volvo 940 Turbo wagon all my cars have been GM. I'm actually a Chevy girl and am anxiously awaiting the new Camaro Convertible.
     
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    I own a Chevy pickup and a Ford Fusion,I wouldn't hesitate to buy the same vehicles again
     
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    I would prefer to say North American car.

    Currently, drive a Malibu. Love it! Most of my cars have been a GM product.
     
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    I've only bought American, have no reason not to. I understand there was a very dark period for American cars, but those days are long gone. People are doing themselves a disservice if they don't at least check out the cars made by Ford, GM, and Chrysler.
     
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    04' Ford Ranger
    It would be UN-Thinkable for me to sink 15-30k into some other country's economy. That's how i was raised, and i am damn proud of it.
    I have never owned a Foreign car. By the way....my 'Other' car is a 1990 Harley-Davidson.
    Some of the posts that i have seen circulating on this site and others strike me as profoundly un-patriotic and belligerently stupid.
    Typical sort:
    FUCK!! GM/FORD/CHRYSLER!!........ UNION WORKERS!!.......MICRO-SOFT!!Etc.....
    When they are gone, what the hell is left? Always the same bull-shit arguements too. But it's a global market......ya gotta compete!
    Compete against the Koreans? The Chinese?
    O.K., sure! Just get used to making 10-20 dollars a day and living on fish-heads and rice. Cuz that's what we are in "Competition" with.
    I have been to korea and china.....There are NO American cars there. In fact.....good luck finding ANYTHING American{or european} in those 2 countries. And yet our markets are DOMINATED with there crap.
    But you love your new Sony Wii ya got for X-mas....Rant Over.
     
  7. HazelGod

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    I'll say it right now:

    Fuck the "big three" and fuck Micro$oft, too. I don't agree with their business practices, and they can reap what they've sown.

    I wouldn't spend cent 1 for any of their products or services. The only "big three" American car I'd consider driving is a Z06 'Vette.

    That said, I'd buy a Tesla without batting an eye.
     
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    I've got a chevy pickup too, but i hate the new design so I wasn't going to buy another one till they changed the body style to something less ridiculous, and not so cheap looking.

    my other vehicles are foreign and since i grew up all over the world i don't have the "buy american" bias, the main reason i haven't owned american vehicles is mostly reliability, not a status thing.

    i know that's changed, but anywhere you go in the world u see tons more hondas and toyotas that are 10-15-even 20 yrs old still out there beating the pavement.
     
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    What! are u guys crazy... Shelby GT Mustang 2010 Model.
    Oh and a Platinum Caddy Escalade...Maybe even a camaro.

    Oaks the sound from those twin tail pipes WILL make u cum in your pants 5 or 6 times over..
     
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    A European motor in it...
     
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    ya ford definitely got the new mustang right, and i think ironically it was an asian american designer who brought it back for them. talk about cross culture.

    it's probably the one american car that turns my head. very strong iconic american design.
     
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    It would be nice as part of there new strategy if they would seek to make more environmentally friendly cars part of there actual real production line up.

    Did someone say Hydrogen car, with a home hydrogen manufacturing machine from water and solar power, not natural gas what some people want to make the hydrogen out of.
     
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    a lottery winning of 25 grand should do it.
     
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    The only way I would consider an American car is if the build quality were brought up to Japanese standards, the driving quality was brought up to German standards, and I had confidence that they'd all be in business for the next ten years or so.

    That means, right now, I wouldn't consider an American car no matter what. IF I had no choice and had to buy American, I'd likely go with a cheap Ford of some sort just because they stand the best chance of surviving.
     
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    [quote=pieterjoke;2068805]A European motor in it...[/quote]

    :rofl: hahahaha :lmao: You gotta be kidding me! Until you've ridden in a 442 with a 450 engine you can't just trash American engines as being crap. Don't even get me started on the vintage hemi-engines.

    You wand eco-friendly, How about the new hybrid Cadillac Escalade? Now that is a sweet looking ride.

    I'm not saying Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Porsche, and Ferrari are crap. Those are great looking cars and from what I understand very well made. I used to love cruising around in my cousins Porsche when he had it. However we are talking about American cars in this thread.
     
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    I've had German cars (VW and Audi), Swedish (Volvo), Japanese (two Toyotas and a Lexus), British (Land Rover), and US (Mercury). The Mercury ran well and rode like a cloud--as one of my friends said "it's rather plush and commodious", but gas mileage sucked. I think that Ford products are probably better built than GM, but until you can drive one for 200,000 miles without any major service, I'll stick with foreign cars.
     
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    It would take good design and solid engineering on a chassis that is appropriately powered for its size.

    For example, The original Pontiac Solstice is probably one of the best designs to come out of GM in many a year... but it was poorly powered. If they had put a higher performance engine to match its sporty looks, it would have been perfect.

    By contrast, in more muscly American cars, Like the beautifully styled new camaro or challenger, they tend to opt for too HIGH a weight body, and fall back upon ginormous v8 engines, rather than try and stretch themselves as Europe and Japan has to squeeze higher performance out of more fuel thrifty 6s and 4s.

    They have invested very little in ground breaking transmission technology, either.

    But, overall, US cars are as dependable in the long view as most foreign cars. Any one of them is good for 100,000 without much trouble.
    If I needed a solid truck, I would not hesitate to buy a ford.

    But the Mustangs, the camaros and their ilk?
    They look great, and are fun to drive... but they just miss when it comes to handling and fuel economy.
     
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    Yes, thanks for reminding, and I'm aware of that, and that was my answer.
    Simple: you trust american cars, I trust European cars and also cars from Japan.:rolleyes:
     
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    American cars haven't got a brilliant reputation over here. To sell well in Europe, they'd need firmer suspension, higher quality/better designed interior, more understated exterior and better fuel economy.
    The Americans do seem to have upped their game though, in the past few years - so hopefully it won't be too little too late (as with the British car industry).

    The new Mustang is gorgeous (as was the last one - even though the suspension set-up was a bit agricultural, lol). Hopefully Ford and GM will get time to turn things around.

    European designed Fords and GMs (Vauxhall/Opel) are very popular here, so hopefully they'll be able to produce outstanding cars over there before too long. The Pontiac G8 seems pretty good (even tho it's based on an Aussie Holden I think).

    PS: I think Chris Bangle (ex Fiat, then BMW Chief Designer) is American?
     
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    As a child of the 70's, I'm a muscle car kinda girl. I can't help it. My mom on the other hand has driven nothing but Mercedes Benzs' since 1974. She switched from diesel to gas jobs in 2003 only because diesel Benzs are astronomically priced over here, even when used.




     
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