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View Poll Results: Which manufacturer do you dislike the most?
Honda 31 19.02%
Chevrolet 34 20.86%
Dodge 16 9.82%
Hyundai 9 5.52%
Chrysler 31 19.02%
Toyota 42 25.77%
Mazda 0 0%
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Old 01-25-2012, 05:46 PM   #1
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Question Which car manufacturer do you hate most?

I haven't seen a thread for this and I was just comparing companies in my head- and I realized I hate Chrysler in particular because it seems they have copied various companies in pursuit to look like they know what they're doing.

So... which company do you dislike the most and why? I find it interesting what people think about different things because of either their methods, lack of quality, or even just a history of the company.

*Yes I realized I misspelled Chrysler. :P


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I really don't like Mercedes. I haven't liked anything they've made in the last 10 or so years. I liked the original SLK Roadster, but that was really the last thing I can think of.
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I really don't like Mercedes. I haven't liked anything they've made in the last 10 or so years. I liked the original SLK Roadster, but that was really the last thing I can think of.
I agree. It feels like most of their cars are meant for older people now, if that makes sense. I like the SLK 280's though, sweet rides.
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I voted Chrysler. I used to do valet, I also currently serivice car rental companies (fix stone chips) - I have sat in almost any (Regular, non exotic) car you can imagine. I loved the valet job because I really got to drive all years and makes models of cars. I think everything Chrysler has made up until about 2 years ago is absolute trash. To add, although I haven't had a chance to check as I've only been in one, but a brand new Dodge Charger's door glass is concave and causes distortion of your view outside the window. Not very logical for a car. At least they aren't GM putting laminated door glass in so that when you're in an accident you get stabbed with huge shards of glass instead of the more preferable small chunks.

I also work at a warehouse dealing exclusively with Mopar, and it's irritating as all hell to see how much money they waste shipping things. It's not surprising they had almost gone bankrupt seeing as how poorly they are run. In defense however, I can't imagine any car companies are much more efficient.

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A 12x8x7" 3 pound box shipped in a box-pallet with the dimensions of 48x42x32" weighing in at 40 pounds by itself. This 3 pound box cost them like 200 times the amount to ship in that box than by itself or through UPS.
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That sounds like a fun job, the valet one does. And yes Chrysler is garbage, and, IMHO, it makes me so mad whenver I see a new one because the logo and even the freaking tail lights are so dang close to those of an Aston Martin. Pisses me off more than anything. While although I hate them with a passion, I can say my least favorite car of all time is a Chevy HHR. That car is just flat out ugly.

You're telling me they use that giant @$$ box to ship that little stapler-sized box??? Who's dum that's running the place that put dummer in charge of shipping? Assassinate him. I take that back, assassinate both of them. With a pencil.
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I chose Chrysler. For some reason, I just don't like the looks of their cars.
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I chose Chrysler. For some reason, I just don't like the looks of their cars.
I. hate. them. Lol
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I hate buick, I always thought that they should have gone before pontiac! I LOVE pontiacs! great cars
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I chose Honda, Chrysler being a close second. If this poll was made in the 80's or 90's I would not have said Honda, but year after year, their cars just get worse. My friend has a beat up 1998 Civic with 287,000 miles (no fartcan) with a manual tranny and it's a joy to drive. I test drove a new Civic when looking to buy my Focus and it was a like driving a toaster. Nothing at all stuck out as fun or exciting, the wheel was there to turn the car, the pedals to go and stop. Everything was made of cheap plastic (Reminded me of the Dodge Caliber in more than a few ways), the seats were just okay and covered in UGLY fabric. (Honda has the worst seat quality of any auto manufacturer IMO, just look at a used accord with leather seating) Most of Honda's style, sport and soul has been stripped from it in the name of profit- much the same as Toyota lately.(They don't make the hate list because of how reliable they are) Speaking of which, late model Honda's don't break like they used to- as in they are capable of breaking now. I know several people who have 2004 and up Honda's with more issues than some Dodge owners I know.

Also get Mazda the heck off this list; their cars are fantastic, plus they have more cajones than any other auto manufacturer I've seen in a while. (Rotary race-cars, 4 cylinder hemis with hybrid transmissions, don't care what you think styling, ect)
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I chose Chrysler. For some reason, I just don't like the looks of their cars.
LOL

I can do deeper than that, but before, Ford was a close second. The manufacturers that I have some affection for are the ones that end up disappointing me the most. I loved my old ChryCo cars, and their V8s. I've built at least one from every domestic manufacturer. The ChryCo SB was simply better in all respects. Rectangular ports? Every single cylinder head. Big MF head bolts? You won't find those on a Chevy or a Ford. Rocker arm shafts? For $1500 you can convert your Ford or Chevy head to have high rpm valve stability like a stock ChryCo. When the conversion to EFI came- ChryCo's conversion allowed you to modify older blocks in older cars to modern EFI systems. Look under the hood of a Durango (big trucks have a different manifold) and you'll see a single plane carb manifold with a TB on top like a 4bbl and injector bungs drilled in front of the ports. Great stuff.

All that praise stopped in the DSM years. What a bunch of non-engineered crap is this nonsense? You have to nearly remove the engine to replace the water pump- just to get a 12" long bolt out. The LHS design, heralded as the new age K car, was great on paper, but they cheaped it up so much that it was el-crapo from day one. ChryCo went from the over engineered magnificence of the 60's, to the super cheapened to be competitive disappointment that got them bankrupt in the 00's. All this when they really had the chance to pull ahead with a new design system that cut nearly 3/4 of the cost out of getting a car from paper to production.

Fords, my close second, seemed to be better engineered to me when I first started driving them. Now I find some disappointments in them as well. The almighty 2012 Focus? Oh yeah, 2 serpentine belts? WTF Ford? I have to remove a motor mount just to change a belt? WTF Ford? You still don't have a unified engine-trans bolt pattern? WTF Ford?

At first I liked Fords because compared to the GM FWDs I used for work beaters, the Fords seemed to have better designed parts. Sure, you paid a premium price for those parts, but you got premium performance to go along with it. Ford also seemed to be more interested in future development of Euro-proven technologies like OHC engines than the other 2 domestics. Yet at the same time, Ford is full of things that angst me. 2 piece spark plugs? Who thinks those are an advancement? Nobody that has a vehicle with those installed- I assure you. That's a perfect example of fixing things that aren't broken- a Ford original fault. Why so many changes to designs that work? Why would you build 2 transmissions with different internals making one weaker just because it is behind an engine with less power? Was it that much cheaper? Ford's biggest problem in reliability IMO is that they over design things that either don't need re-designing, or just to save a few pennies. Therein lies a trick they could learn from GM if they had the sense.

There is something to be said for GM's design motif of making the same old parts fit in every situation. I'm certain it's annoying for engineers, but for consumers it translates into cheap alternators, cheap starters, cheap transmissions, cheap flywheels, and multiple engine options for all vehicles (yay hot rodders). Yes, prepare yourself, an OEM single mass flywheel for your friend's Cruze = $35-100. That's how much of a difference one flywheel for all engines can make. The steel is no different. The thickness is not different. It's just that that one flywheel fits a multitude of FWD engines with designs back to the 80's when GM first went to the unified engine-trans bolt pattern. Put that in your $400 DMF pipe and smoke it. Thanks Ford! Yes DMFs have their advantages, but it would be so much cheaper if the same DMF that fit a Focus fit every FWD MT engine from way back. The same goes for alternators. GM builds one for every car. That means you've got a lot going for your alternator if you have a base vehicle. The starters are also the same- with the exception that the mount base might be rotated.

This translates into cheap parts, and unfortunately for GM- it also translates into an abundance of poorly built cheap rebuilds which is why I went Ford in the first place. I'd rather pay 2x the cost for a part that lasts 2+x as long. In a perfect world, that's how it would work. Why I nearly put down Ford is because lots of times those more expensive parts don't last 2x as long. Like the sway bar end link design we have with 2 ball joints- that is a superior design, but it fails too soon in some applications like the Focus. It's really annoying to have a simple fault with a better engineered part that costs more than 2x what the competition costs.

That's why Ford nearly made the top of the list. That being said, it's interesting that nobody hates Mazda. I personally haven't found anything worse about them than anyone else. If they ever bring the SkyActiv Diesel over here like they swore to- I'll be even more impressed than before. Damn thick headed domestic manufacturers cannot get it through their head that this country wants a small turbo diesel. We might even want a small 2 cycle turbo diesel- and yes, that can be made to pass stringent emissions, and it's an old American design as well. Unfortunately the owners of the design are too freaking lazy to design anything, and more than happy to exist as an equipment engine design only. At one time ChryCo was investing in research, but maybe Detroit D didn't give them a decent lease option for the patents.
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