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Only in America

Here’s a letter to the editor by Larry Matulich, which was printed in the Marysville (Calif.) Appeal-Democrat:

Is there still a Ford in America’s future? Not only is the question for one American car company, it goes for GM and Chrysler too.

The future of American truck and car brands like Ford, Chevy and Dodge, and many others, now really rest in the buying decisions made by U.S. consumers in 2009. And not what the politicians decide in Washington, D.C., on a big loan for the big three automakers.

Personally I still drive an Oldsmobile, a great GM car, that is still going strong with over 200,000 miles on it. With the price of gas under $2, now is the best time in a generation to buy that bigger American-made vehicle and hit the road for a trip. I just returned from a 6,000-mile trip over the old Route 66 route to the Midwest. It is great time to see our beautiful country, and to keep these American companies in business.

Remember in World War II it was Ford that built the planes for us that won the war, and it was Mitsubishi that built the planes for Japan’s war effort. Support America now. Buy American.

4 thoughts on “Only in America

  1. Trevor Hilton

    My 2000 Silverado has 143000 miles on it, and is still going strong. We had a 2000 Blazer with 100000 miles that was still good, when it was totaled in a wreck.
    We now have a 2004 Chrysler Sebring with about 50000 miles, that is a good car.

    I see nothing wrong with American cars. I prefer to buy American whenever possible.

    To people who say they want to buy foreign because they think American products are low quality, I say, I hope your foreign products are comfortable, because you may have to sleep on them when you lose your job because Americans would not buy from your employer.

  2. Ron

    The data against GM and Chrysler’s quality is strong. Both those companies have been putting out mediocre products for years, and are finally seeing what they’ve sowed.

    Ford, meanwhile, has gotten its act together, and Consumer Reports says its cars are as good as the Japanese.

    I’m for the auto bailout, with conditions (including radically changing their designs and business model). It’s just that the problem is a lot more complicated than Matulich would have you believe.

  3. Bob

    It’s interesting to read the numerous articles appearing now about just exactly what an “American” car actually is in terms of source/manufacture of parts, assembly, labor, design, etc. After a bit of reading, I’ve determined that my Toyota Camry is actually more “American” than my PT Cruiser. I mentioned this to the dealer who sold me the Cruiser, and he agreed.

  4. redforkhippie

    I’ve driven three Chryslers. Not one of them made it to 70,000 miles or four years of age before the transmission went out. The Saturn I bought to replace my Yugo Dodge Neon was less than five years old — and had a little over 100,000 miles on the odometer, most of them easy highway miles — when the transmission went out in it.

    I’ve heard stories about the existence of reliable American cars. They fascinate me, in the same way that stories about various cryptozoological creatures fascinate me. Deep down, I think we all want to believe in Sasquatch, and deep down, I think we all want to believe in reliable American cars. Unfortunately, I have no direct evidence to support any belief in the existence of either.

    Meanwhile, my father — who lives in the Midwest — has, for the past three years, earned his living at a Japanese-owned plant that makes parts for automobiles. This plant is one of the largest employers in the area. People are grateful to have it, too — especially since U.S.-based Whirlpool closed its local plant and outsourced all the jobs to Mexico.

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