Don't Get Me Wrong... American Built isn't all bad!
I agree to a point. The big 3 is now the big two with Ford and GM being the last American owned companies since Chrysler was bought out by the Germans at Daimler Benz. Therefore they should be doing a better job on quality. Quality seems to be a backburner issue today with these companies unless you are driving a $50k > ride from them. Hell, Ford trucks are burning to the ground and in garages and parking lots all over the country over a small cruise control sensor defect so thank your lucky stars we are GM owners.
In my experience, (Disclaimer: Nothing personal to any American union workers) it seems that Detriot area/Canadian-based UAW represented plants have far higher defects than say non-union plants. Seems that disgruntled and constantly striking union workers build bad cars.
However, IMHO some of the finer cars made come from America (Corvettes, Cadillacs, Vipers, Panoz, 300C et al) and make me proud to be American. It's really based on what you can afford quality-wise. It is a shame that the American work-ethic and quality control isn't what it used to be when Detriot was the envy of the automotive universe in the 1950s and 60s. Most American cars built during that time frame where built to be dependable and last. With some exceptions, it's all about selling service after the sell today.
Last edited by Lone Star G6; 07-25-2005 at 04:02 PM.