I used to be a hard core "Buy American" kind of guy up until about the late `90s. Before then, I had owned almost exclusively domestics, except for a `92 Toyota 4x4 I bought new and sold it 6 months later because it was too small. I was a big Ford fan and owned countless Fords, a few Mopars, and a 1965 GTO that ran 11's. I learned to drive in a `70s Datsun B210 wagon in a potato field in Southern Idaho in `84, and my first car was almost a mint `80 Datsun 200SX, but it was $1500 and that was over my budget. I ended up getting a `70 Ford Torino coupe with lots of bondo and a 2v 302 for $300. I loved American cars and owned dozens of them up until I bought that `92 Toyota. I was impressed by it's capability off-road, but it's regular cab was just too cramped for me and I ended up getting rid of it. I then went back to domestics. I owned an `82 Buick Electra Estate Wagon that was a great car, then a `91 Tempo that was junk, then an `87 Cadillac Fleetwood D' Elegance that was great for about 6 months before the brakes went out and I was quoted $2500 to replace the master cylinder ;P . Then came a wife and two kids and a couple of Tauruses, a Crown Vic, and finally a `97 Nissan Pathfinder in `99. I had started to notice that ever since the `80's, the domestics were just not very solid feeling. I started to have a lot of problems with them and they seemed to be falling apart pretty quickly. I bought the Pathfinder and was amazed at how nice and tight it felt. It never had any check engine lights coming on, no rattles, no squeaks. It just worked and never complained. Sure, it didn't have as much power as I was used to, and wasn't as roomy as I'd liked, but it was a great little rig. I bought a couple other full-size domestic trucks after the Pathfinder got totalled after it rolled 5 times down an embankment. I was in the shop at least once a month with each truck; a `99 F150 with 36K miles on it and a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 with 16k miles on it. We then bought the Infiniti for my wife and I just bought a 2005 Nissan Sentra S for me. Haven't been in a shop since `03 when we bought the QX4. After looking at cars today for fun, I can't believe how cheap and crappy these new domestics are inside, especially when compared to the new imports. You'd have to be retarded to not notice the difference in quality and fit and finish between a Ford Freestyle and a Toyota Matrix. Then I remembered a remark my grandma made a couple years ago when I asked why she kept buying domestics when they gave her so much trouble. She said that she rode in her friend's Toyota Corolla once and the seats were too firm and it seemed too plain inside for her tastes. She said she never considered owning an import since then. When I told her that I didn't think the new Corollas were plain inside, or had uncomfortable seats, she remarked, "well, that was in 1982 or so when I sat in that one Toyota. Maybe they've gotten better".;P ;Q That got me to wondering just how many of the current import bashers here on GT have actually any extensive experience with a newer Toyota, Honda, Nissan, etc. After driving my entry level cheap Nissan and then getting into a $30k Ford cutting-edge Freestyle, the Ford really looks bad. So, if you hate imports, have you actually owned one newer than a `90? Wanna kill these ads? We can help!