Re: The year of Toyota
"Wickeddoll®" <[email protected]
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> "Jim Higgins" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>> 2007: The year of Toyota
> *snipping content of article*
> When I see stuff like this, I'm tempted to say what Carlos Mencia says...
> "Why the f*ck is this news?"
> Thanks for the info, seriously.
I knew GM was going to eventually be in trouble when we tried to buy a new
1973 Cheverolet and later ending up buying a 1972 Carina. We'd had a 1962
Corvair, and we noted a lot of things hadn't changed since the 1960's on GM
vehicles. We could not fit our family in a Chevelle, (The 1973 Chevelles
were BUTT-UGLY besides.) but could fit our family nicely in the 72 Carina.
Also, my mom, who had just recently repaired the floor on our Corvair for
the second time with fiberglass matting to replace the metal that was
rusting out, just had to pull up the carpet and look at the Carina and was
shocked at how much paint there was UNDER THE CARPET where no one sees.
The difference in quality between the 73 GM products we looked at and the 72
Carina was very marked. Toyota is still ahead of GM. GM has learned next
to nothing from the NUMMI plant they run together with Toyota.
And again, who's still building cars in the US? While Ford, GM and Chrysler
are abandoning Made in the USA for Hecho en Mexico and worse, Toyota keeps
opening new plants in the US and buying from suppliers in the US. Hmmm.
A friend once told me that GM's attitude is, when a car fails, find out what
parts were still running when it fails and cheapen them up so they all start
failing at about the same time, so the customer will come back and buy
another one. Toyota's attitude seems to be that when a part fails
premeturely, to find out why that part failed, and make it better.
Case in point: The 1993 Toyota Corollas were fitted with Delco alternators.
Despite the fact they are supposed to be electrically and mechanically
identical to the ND's which came on Japanese made Corollas, they tend to
have 1/3 the life, so guess what the replacement part is, and guess what
part started going into the American Corollas?
Charles of Schaumburg