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What manufacturers are gonna be getting your money?

Discussion in 'Car Forum' started by RMTactical, Jun 26, 2006.

  1. RMTactical

    RMTactical CLM

    Oct 7, 2000
    Behind an AR-15
    I think I could go the rest of my life content with Hondas and Toyotas. What does everyone else prefer to drive?
  2. aaronrkelly


    Feb 27, 2005
    You never know, Im not brand loyal....Im "whats best for me" loyal.

    When I was looking for a small, commute to work car I found a 2 year old Kia with 25K miles on it for $3K - factory warranty bumper to bumper till 60K.

    I was thinking about a Chevy Aveo...but I would be spending $11k and getting 36K warranty. With the Kia I was spending $3K and getting 35K warranty (balance of 60-25).

    I bought the Kia - been a great car so far.

    When I went mini-van shopping (yeah I know, lame) I went to Kia first.....figured I did good the first time. They absolutely bombed out.....ended up with a Dodge Caravan.

    Before that I drove a Chevy Cavalier.....then a Ford truck.

    I guess Im all over the place....I try to look for the best deal....then look at the badge.

    I dont think theres a single manufacturer I would outright say "I would never own that". Sure, each company makes cars that I wouldnt buy....but they each do something right.

    Small cars - imports have this licked hands doubt about it. Heck, even the "American" (used very loosely) car companies just re-badge foreign cars for the compact market.

    Trucks - probably would stick to the "big 3" on this, but I really do like Toyota trucks....but if you need a BIG truck, I think you can do better with domestic. Compact trucks, Toyota hands down.

  3. Rob1035

    Rob1035 Skeet Surfer

    Jan 24, 2005
    Charlotte NC
    nothing new, that's about the thick of it. I'm sick and tired of all makers going "detroit", bigger, wider, heavier, more computerized, more poor driver crutches, with more power. Sure modern cars get faster and faster, but that doesn't make them fun to drive.

    Used BMWs for fun for me, Japanese for everything else (trucks, daily drivers, etc)
  4. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    I love European sports cars for fun, but for daily driving, its Honda or Toyota for me. In fact, I just opened a new thread on the subject.
  5. So far, I've had excellent results with American car brands.

    Probably stick with them.
  6. GroovedG19

    GroovedG19 Laguna Blue AP2

    Jun 20, 2003
    The Big 3 of course(from the Land of the Rising Sun).Honda(Acura), Toyota(Lexus), and Nissan(Infiniti).:supergrin:
  7. After 3 Ford pickups-they were good trucks, I bought a Chevy Silverado new in 1999. Its a Z71, short bed standard cab. Its the best, most comfortable for trips, vehicle I have ever owned. Great in the snow, hauling tree limbs to the dump like I did after a wind storm last week. Its hauled my bikes to daytona. I would buy another one tomorrow if something happened to this one.
    I also own an 04 Jeep Wrangler. Just for kicks. Its also great in the snow. Fun to drive with the top down in the summer.
  8. Asha'man

    Asha'man eat the eat!

    Jan 13, 2004
    So far I've had the most fun with Fox Mustangs and Toyota trucks. I'd like a third-gen 4Runner someday as a daily driver, but my fast cars have to be Mustangs, and '79-'93 ones at that.

  9. epsylum

    epsylum Boolit Hoze

    Sep 4, 2004
    Racing Capital, USA
    My Corolla XRS is the first Toyota I have ever owned (my brother has had 3, my friends have had many, my uncles have had several, and even my parents had one at one time), it will not be my last. It is by far the best car (okay it is also the newest) I have ever owned. It is roomy, sporty enough to make commuting half-way fun, economical, and just looks good IMO. Has everything I want and does everything I want it to do.
  10. michael t

    michael t

    Jul 3, 2004
    out back Ky.
    Old power wins. I getting ready to redo my 70 Cuda 440+6 4 speed It won't be stock and gas prices be damed I driving this baby on street again way we did when new. I think 20K will put in back in shape. Won't be in mags but won't spend life on trailer being looked at and judged either.
  11. AirCav

    AirCav Out Front! CLM

    Aug 12, 2000

    I'm jealous. I'd like to see some pictures when you're done.
  12. arrowdriver


    Mar 11, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    Mazda just got my money for a new CX-7 for the wife.
  13. PikeB


    Jun 2, 2002
    South Carolina
    Chevy for me.:patriot:
  14. Mighty HD

    Mighty HD Got Wax?

    Sep 19, 2005
    GM products have put a nasty taste in my mouth this go around.

    My previous truck was a 2000 S-10 ZR2 lifted, etc. I picked it up with 42,000 miles and broke it by 52,000 miles. I beat the hell out of it every single weekend for that 2 years I had it going to the woods, mud bogging, etc. The best truck I ever had---It never gave me a problem except for a fuel pump. It ended up getting stuck in a river when I fell off into a rut and locked the motor up. It ran after that but knocked. 60wt oil, and some 140wt gear oil and it was quiet as a mouse when it was traded in.

    I then got a 2004 GMC 2500hd sierra 4x4, ext cab, shortbed. I have babied this truck and taken care of it like nothing else. It currently has 17,000 miles. I've had it a bit over 2 years. It's in the dealer at least once a month as of now.

    So far:
    alternator, battery, rear springs, headliner, engine cover, rear brakes popping, rear window leaking, rear side windows leaked, rear seat clunking around, tailgate cables, dashboard peeling up (current), headliner fell down, speaker in the rt door fell out of the mount (current), rear main seal leaking oil, the chrome trim on all the doors was bubbling up, front bumper chrome was rusting through, front grill chrome was bubbling up.

    For 42k I expected to get many many years out of this truck. I plan to keep it until the wheels fall off due to the price of new vehicles. BUT If toyota comes out with a 3/4 ton 4x4 ext cab equal to the HD's I'll seriously think of moving over. The truck is very strong, torquey, etc I just can't believe all the little problems its having.
  15. Michael, you're a man after my own heart; gotta love those E bodies. :) My Dodge Cummins 4x4 will be paid off soon; those new Challenger hemis should be going into production in a year or so and that's a strong possibility. I was talking with a guy last week and may have a line on an old big block hemi. (I used to drive a 69 hemi 4-spd roadrunner back in the muscle car years). I've located a 72 440/727 combo, just need to figure a way to get it out and into a 66 Plymouth. A solid roller set-up should make for a great ballz to the wallz ride. Things going great in MoPar land. :supergrin:

    If I stopped buying guns I could probably put a car together. :)

  16. Unbridled Rage

    Unbridled Rage Swollen Member

    Jul 8, 2004
    Vancouver, WA
    I treat my cars like well-cared for appliances.

    I buy only used vehicles from freinds/family, with a good, known history. For cash.

    The only money the mfr gets is from parts replacement.

    This approach allows me to buy (new) motorcycles. ;)
  17. elgoatropo


    May 19, 2001
    Kenai, AK, U.S.
    How do you think the guy who ended up with your old truck felt when he realized he had been swindled by your trickery?
  18. PSU_G34

    PSU_G34 London Calling

    Feb 5, 2004

    and maybe a Smart Car in 2008

  19. Mighty HD

    Mighty HD Got Wax?

    Sep 19, 2005
    most *smart* people have a used vehicle inspected.
  20. If my local Ford dealer keeps treating me the way they have in the past - Ford will be getting more of my money.