Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationBuying & Selling · 6 months ago

I want a car that lasts for a long time, but at the same time I feel guilty for not purchasing an American car, what should I do?

Hey everyone. I am planning on purchasing my first car possibly sometime as early as this fall. My main priorities are a high functioning car that has good control and safety, as well as longevity. My mom has a van that is a Toyota, and that car is currently at 220,000+ miles and stills runs excellent with no malfunctions. It is not uncommon for Toyota's to go over 300,000+ miles in their lifetime, which is nothing short of incredible.

The problem is that Toyota and Honda and other cars that last for a very long time and are highly reliable cars is that they are not made in America. I was watching a youtube video of a classic car show and people were making fun of those who had Toyota Prius's calling them weenies for not having an American car.

The problem is a lot of American made cars just simply don't last anywhere near as long as a Toyota

I am not sure what to do and would like some advice for choosing a car brand to choose from

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  • 6 months ago

    Yes you are right, buy a Toyota and stop feeling guilty

  • Jay P
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Many of those Japanese vehicles are actually made in the US or Canada. Some of those US brand cars are not.

    I suggest researching the vehicles you're interested in, including where they are made. You may be surprised...

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    I once bought an Oldsmobile Firenza, not new, & I got 385,000 miles on it BEFORE I sold it. Just a 2.0 & automatic. I did my own oil changes & kept records I never went over 3000 miles (change the oil when it gets dark) without changing the oil & filter. I had the radiator & trans serviced once a year Maintenance is the key & keep an eye on the dip stick. Otherwise you won't know if you have a leak, or coolant in the oil. By the way, I used synthetics, Fram & Marvel Mystery oil.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    I have 3 Fords, the newest is 17 years old .

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  • 6 months ago

    My best cars, Korean cars.

  • 6 months ago

    Don't let idiots on YouTube influence your ability to make smart decisions about buying your car. Buying an American brand, that may or may not be made in the U.S., simply because you want to feel patriotic is being short-sighted. If American brands had always had the best quality, best reliability, best styling, best fuel economy, and best value over the years, the foreign car companies wouldn't have been able to sell cars here.

  • Dimo
    Lv 5
    6 months ago

    Statistically, American cars are less reliable *because* the average American car driver abuses the vehicle and ignores maintenance. If YOU keep up with scheduled maintenance any American car will be just as reliable as any Japanese car.

    • david
      Lv 5
      6 months agoReport

      That is an absolute crap assertion. There is no evidence to suggest that owners of American brand cars aren't as diligent with maintenance! There are however tons of statistics on failure rates of all components of all cars. They show that some are way more reliable than others.

  • 6 months ago

    First of all, if people buy American cars out of patriotism, American car companies have no incentive to improve their product. So you're not really doing them a favor.

    Secondly, there really is no such thing as an 'American' car anymore. Every car made in the US is made by a joint venture between a US company and a Japanese company. Ford and Mazda, GM and Toyota, Chrysler and . . . well it used to be Mitsubishi but now it's FIAT! We developed the science of reliability and quality control, and we taught it to the Japanese after WWII. The WE didn't do it, THEY did, and they ate our lunch. Then we had to have them come here and show us what we showed them. US cars have gotten better in the last couple of decades, but they wouldn't have if not for the competition from Honda and Toyota.

    Back in the 1980s, Ford spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a study to see why it was that Americans preferred Japanese cars. I could have told them much less. They learned It was because Japanese cars lasted longer and had less trouble. Then Ford decided to spend a BILLION dollars, over a few years, not so much to improve their quality as to improve the customer's perception of their quality. Their motto was 'At Ford, Quality is Job One'. If you're old enough to remember this campaign, their spokesman was Bill Cosby!

    The fact is, many Toyotas ARE made in the US. Some are made in the same factories that make Chevys. And many 'American' cars are made in Mexico. (Nothing against Mexico, but it's kind of dishonest to call them 'American' cars.)

  • 6 months ago

    Many non-American cars are now made in the US, and so provide jobs for Americans. There's a Nissan plant in Tennessee, for example. Toyota has 15 factories in the US- in Alabama and Kentucky, for example. People who think those cars aren't made in the US are just ignorant.

    https://corporatenews.pressroom.toyota.com/release...

  • Never
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    The only thing you can do is cry and hope with a dozen years of professional therapy you can get over a stranger calling you a weenie.

    Me? I pay no attention to them.

    Why do you?

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