Friday, 3 February 2006
|1252 - Buy American? Been there, done that...|
Today's Minneapolis Star-Tribune has a letter of the day that calls on people to buy Ford Rangers to support American workers. I couldn't help responding:
Gary Erickson's letter of the day exhorts us to support American workers by buying a Ford Ranger. Unfortunately, the American public wants something different from its vehicles: reliable products from a company that stands behind them.
The last Ford product I owned was a 1992 Explorer with a manual transmission which disintegrated at 65,000 miles. I had it rebuilt at a Ford dealer. 4000 miles later, it disintegrated again. Ford refused to do a thing for me, including honoring the repair warranty. That fiasco ultimately cost me $3400.
I'm now on my second Toyota product. Between them, and over 200,000 miles, I've made exactly one unscheduled trip to the mechanic - and that only cost me $60.
I know which manufacturer's product I'll buy the next time I'm in the market for a car, and it won't be one from the Ford Motor Company.
current mood: cranky
current music: The Firm - Radioactive
I'd forgotten about your ode to the Explorer.
My 1990 Ford Probe had similar issues with its manual transaxle. At 60300 miles (300 miles after the powertrain warranty popped), it decided to shred itself. Ford would not honor or even consider negotiating over the warranty - 60000 miles was 60000 miles. It was rebuilt. At 90000 miles it disintegrated. It took the dealer 3 weeks to find a transmission at a junk yard, and when they installed it, only 2nd and 5th gears worked. It took another week.
I will never, ever, ever buy a Ford again. Even though I was impressed by the Focuses (Focii?) when I rented one in Europe. (Heck, even the Fiat I got last time I rented over there was wonderful.)
(I did buy my dad's 1986 Bronco II a couple of years ago. I only drive it about 3000 miles a year, though.)
Gah! Stop making Toyotas sound good!
I'm looking to buy my first car sometime soon, but if I get a Toyota it'll almost certainly be a Camry. And the ergonomics in those things sucks.
(Yeah, I could buy a Camry. But since I'm a young, single male that just seems really stupid.)
Well, you could get a Corolla XRS instead...a bit smaller, but very nicely equipped and sporty. Or you could get a RAV4, or a Matrix...
Sorry, I meant "Corolla" the first time, not Camry.
As for a RAV4, I'd rather get a Hilux. Cheaper to buy and more practical.
No way will I buy a Ford. They're apparently engineered to break RIGHT AFTER the warranty expires.
With GM manufacturing important pieces of their cars in China now, I may very well have to go with a foreign car next time around. Especially since I want the next car to last me more than 5 years (more like 10 or 15).
That said, my Malibu has worked fine for me (it was used). I'm not in much of a hurry to replace it at the moment.