- May 1, 2018
- Tewa Land NM
For me it comes down to who owns them, and the Big Three still feel like they're run by beancounters. I could see, touch, and feel where the many corners were cut on the Fords/Chevys/Chryslers I've owned or rented over the past ten or so years. My old man bought the "the US is BACK!" spin in the 80s and got burnt, I needed to repeat the lesson in the 2010s I guess.What's considered an "American" car at this point in time? Origin? Ownership? Assembly point? Percent of North American including USA content? That's a big challenge at this point!!!! My current vehicle is a brand that originated in another country, but the vehicle was built in Indiana by US workers. My previous vehicle was a brand that's considered a "home grown" brand, but owned by a large non-US corporate entity and was also built in the US by US workers.
Spartanburg's BMW plant and numerous Honda, Toyota factories long put lie to the notion that it's about the workers. I've recently watched a few 'inside the factory' videos on YouTube and the contrast between production lines of Big Three and EU/JP marques, for me, shows a fundamental difference in ideas about how to approach the whole affair of making cars.
Then there's the service experience as I've mentioned elsewhere; just not great to own long term even if you get the "once in a while" quality product. I hope they get it together, but I don't want to buy too many more cars at 50+ and I intend to put more than 100k miles on them. Neither my '06 half-ton F150 nor my '12 Focus hatch made it that far without needing major mechanical work. Fine for someone else, I won't have another.