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Forum: General Talk 02-19-2010, 08:38 AM  
Toyota Lawnmower Recall
Posted By Wheatfield
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Try driving them in a harsh climate some time.
Forum: General Talk 02-18-2010, 04:48 PM  
Toyota Lawnmower Recall
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 15
Views: 4,875
The problems with Japanese cars is that they are now designed and built in North America.
My 1981 Honda (Japan build) came to me with one very minor flaw (the rear seat latch on one side had been maladjusted by about 1/8", so that the seat wouldn't lock).
Other than that, it was perfect out of the box and stayed that way for 250,000km until it got whacked by a Chevy and written off.
My next car was a 1988 Pontiac Grand Am.
It was never problem free, and at one point was going into the shop every other day for something or other.
The engine fell apart at 22,000km and the car never worked right after.
My brother had a 1990 Nissan Axxess, made in Smyrna Tennessee. It was an OK car, but rusted out prematurely and spent more time in the shop than he cared for.
My 1990 Axxess was a little upscale from his, had a all wheel drive system and came out of a factory in Japan.
It came to me flawless and stayed that way for some 200,000km until it got whacked by a Ford Explorer and was written off.
I had an Isuzu Trooper that, while made in Japan, had a GM transmission. The car was good, but the tranny cost me just under 3K when it fell apart at 60,000km.
I now have a Nissan Titan (designed and built in the USA), which is about as good as I would expect a domestic truck to be.
Which is a pity because when I bought it I was hoping for Japanese quality, not North American built crap.
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