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January 18, 2009

The Big Three Auto makers

You probably thought it was smart to buy a foreign import of superior quality, with better mileage and resale value. Maybe you even thought that years of market share loss might prod us into rethinking our process and redesigning our products with better quality in mind. But you forgot one thing: we spend a shitload of money on lobbyists. So now you’re out $25 billion, plus the cost of your subaru. Maybe next time you’ll buy American like a real man. Either way, we’re cool.

We’re the big three. We don’t need to compete

(via adfreak and you might want to check out lawrence lessig’s rant on bailouts)

Personally, I drive a Honda. In fact, other than a couple K cars acquired for under $300 each and a Jeep Cherokee I bought for a song all of my cars have been from other than “American manufacturers”. I put that in quotes because my Honda and previous Toyotas I’ve owned were manufactured in the United States. Not that this matters a great deal to me. I buy Honda and Toyota because these are better products; as such, these consistently require less maintenance and maintain a significantly higher resell value.

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18 Comments
  1. CRMT permalink

    Clever mock-up, but Ford hasn't taken a dime of bailout money. At least to my knowledge…

  2. ray permalink

    I got the Kawasaki Ninja 500R motorcycle and man does it scream when I throttle it up, not to mention I get a great deal of miles more than you 4 wheeling people.

  3. Paul permalink

    Gordy: I agree about the GM cars. I drove some of their pickups for work (we worked for the Saturn blimp) and those GM trucks were crap. They were supposed to be "professional quality" but all that meant was that when they broke down it cost twice as much to fix. Mostly, they would crap out and drop to 15 mph on the highway because the on-board computer decided that the fuel filter was dirty. When we'd get to the repair facility, there would be no problem, so we'd leave. Then we'd get it again, but still the repair facility couldn't fix the problem. It turned out that the fuel filter was "slightly" dirty and getting up to highway speed with a large trailer for several hours would flip the on-board computer. LAME. I would rather have a dirty fuel filter that let me drive, than a car that thought it knew when to change the filter! Why is it that my grandpa still has his cars from 1970 in tip top condition with zero problems and new cars crap out in a couple of years? I'll stick with my Toyota. After 15 years it still has almost all original parts (I finally had to change out the original battery about 2 months ago, otherwise it's stellar).

  4. pat permalink

    this is a great idea…thanks…

  5. Uncle B permalink

    Post (GRD) great republican depression, we will all be very much less stressed, and only have to work 4 day weeks, because we will all be on fuel efficient commuter trains, and not need the extra dough for the car payment/expenses we now pay to get to and from work! Oil supply is dwindling, and its price going up daily due to OPEC blackmail tactics as it runs out! Commuter trains will have to replace cars, high speed, intercity trains will replace Airplanes, and fewer overseas flights will be possible as we reserve remaining oil for military purposes. We should have made Iran and Iraq glazed over parking lots for Hummers, and stole the oil. As it is we are stuck with filthy, dangerous nuclear and slow to develop Solar, Wind, Wave, Tidal and Geothermal power. May be Obama will see the light and bomb the f**k out of the heathens that hold our great society back! If not, we will have to modify the "American Dream" drastically, and live within our own incomes and resources. We shall see, as the GRD unfolds and the pressures on Americans increase we may have a change of heart and not view the rest of the world through altruistic eyes, who knows?

  6. Gordy permalink

    I avoid cars made in the USA. My 2 Chryslers were made in Canada. My Wife, my kids and myself have owned many Ford, GM, Toyota, and Honda products. Most were made outside the US. The ones that were made in the US or the ones with final assemby in the US were the worst quality. Of all brands I dislike GM most of all. No one in my family has ever been satisfied with a GM product. In addition every GM I drove in the USMC in combat areas was break down crap.

  7. Scott permalink

    Should read:

    Congress has mandated we build cars you don't want. So why is anyone surprised when we fail?

  8. Couldn't care less permalink

    I live in a city, close enough to my work to walk in less than 10 minutes. I realized that what I was spending on insurance and parking exceeded what would cost to just rent a car for the odd time I need one, and there are no less than five car-rental outlets all within a 10 minute walking radius. So screw the car. No repairs. No buying new tires. I don't even have to waste time washing it anymore. All that and several thousand extra dollars to spend on other things each year.

  9. Couldn't care less permalink

    I live in a city, close enough to my work to walk in less than 10 minutes. I realized that what I was spending on insurance and parking exceeded what would cost to just rent a car for the odd time I need one, and there are no less than five car-rental outlets all within a 10 minute walking radius. So screw the car. No repairs. No buying new tires. I don't even have to waste time washing it anymore. All that and several thousand extra dollars to spend on other things each year.

  10. Couldn't care less permalink

    I live in a city, close enough to my work to walk in less than 10 minutes. I realized that what I was spending on insurance and parking exceeded what would cost to just rent a car for the odd time I need one, and there are no less than five car-rental outlets all within a 10 minute walking radius. So screw the car. No repairs. No buying new tires. I don't even have to waste time washing it anymore. All that and several thousand extra dollars to spend on other things each year.

  11. Couldn't care less permalink

    I live in a city, close enough to my work to walk in less than 10 minutes. I realized that what I was spending on insurance and parking exceeded what would cost to just rent a car for the odd time I need one, and there are no less than five car-rental outlets all within a 10 minute walking radius. So screw the car. No repairs. No buying new tires. I don't even have to waste time washing it anymore. All that and several thousand extra dollars to spend on other things each year.

  12. Couldn't care less permalink

    I live in a city, close enough to my work to walk in less than 10 minutes. I realized that what I was spending on insurance and parking exceeded what would cost to just rent a car for the odd time I need one, and there are no less than five car-rental outlets all within a 10 minute walking radius. So screw the car. No repairs. No buying new tires. I don't even have to waste time washing it anymore. All that and several thousand extra dollars to spend on other things each year.

  13. jeebus permalink

    all cars need work. dont have a superiority complex.

  14. america, fuck yea! permalink

    yea, go DODGE!!!!1!!1! you honda fags can't say you have fading weathered paint on a car only a few years old, and you have actual japanese carsand a reason (that is used loosely) to put japanese stickers on. GAY. get an american peice of shit and put a big wing on it and pretend you are in fast and furious.

    no seriously though, v-dubs all day.

  15. I drive a 12 year old Dodge Dakota and my wife drives an 8 year old Escort ZX2. The Escort is mighty close to 'new'. The Dodge is a truck and used like one … got plenty of dings to prove it. The only thing I don't much like about the Dodge is the shoddy paint job.

  16. dude permalink

    Funny–last time I drove past a Honda dealer they were fixing Hondas. I thought they never broke? I love my Dodges and I drive the crap out of 'em and keep them for years.

  17. Got Me Good Big 3 permalink

    Yep. I've always buy Japanese but my last car- due to patriotic spirit- was a top-of-the-line Chrysler. What a piece of garbage. Unreliable and had to sell it for almost nothing with just under 100K. Never, ever, EVER again will I waste money on such trash. Oh wait. Due to the bailout I did it again. Learn from my mistake my friends… don't flush your hard earned money down the toilet and buy American cars.

  18. go hondas

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