Originally Posted by Robotaz
What one, single factor do you see that Toyota and Honda have in common that is different from the same two companies in the '80s and early '90s? Place of assembly. My Hondas were very poorly assembled. I've never seen cars so poorly put together. The transmissions and differentials(mine leaked) were also assembled here. I think it has to do with being made in the USA, sadly. I have a cousin who has worked in many Toyota parts suppliers facilities and some of the stories that he tells me about quality control would bring tears of anger to a proud American. If Ford can keep the momentum up they only stand to gain on Honda and Toyota.
Very true. Toyota and Honda models that are built in the States are shoddy compared to their Japanese brethren (minus the Corolla), IMO. I had a straight-from-Japan Toyota Paseo that lasted me a good 8 years w/o any major problems. I had an 02 sensor go bad, the radiator rotted away, the rear shocks went kaput, and a buttload of squeaks and rattles, but thats about it. My brother took delivery of the car after me (bought it from the dealer I traded it in at for my SVT) and not long after the tranny threw a carrier bearing which sidelined him until he got a new trans. Cool thing is that he got a used trans the next day for $150 and it works great. lol
Anyways, today Enterprise loaned me an '09 Sentra. Ick, ick, ick, ick, ick. Once again proves my point that many late Japanese models are just getting ridiculous in design and interior material, while the Americans are building more reliable and solid vehicles... that have POWER.