Originally Posted by dirk diggler
What the media does not report is that if Lexus were broken out separately from Toyota in quality studies, Toyota would be 5th or 6th in overall quality BEHIND Cadillac and Buick. The Japanese are good, but right now, the quality level in the overall market is so close that JD POwer had to revamp the rating systems since you might have 8 points (on a 1000 point scale) separating 1st from 6th !
Don't sleep on an american car or truck . . . . .
I never believe anything JD Power reports. Half the time it doesn't make sense.
I have nothing against American cars as a general principle. However, when it comes down to individual desires and requirements, very rarely can I find one to recommend. They just always seem 2 or 3 steps behind in major categories such as styling (interior and exterior), performance (putting a big engine with super tall gearing to save on MPG does not make for a well performing vehicle), and value (resale on American cars is just embarassing).
Being a Detroit resident, I have this conversation quite often with many friends who work for various parts of the Auto Industry. I've also been on the inside occasionally, and sometimes it can be depressing. Honestly, I hope for the day that I can go to my local big 3 dealer and buy a car, but I just don't see that day coming anytime soon.