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June 2, 2009 Poll Results

Are you less inclined to buy a General Motors or Chrysler vehicle now that they have filed for bankruptcy?

Yes ... I've lost some faith in these companies 56% 443 votes
No ... I don't think it will affect the quality or service 34% 271 votes
Maybe 9% 75 votes
Total: 789 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


June 3, 2009
8:45 a.m.

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A few years ago I had a Chrysler. The transmission started to go shortly after the 3year/$36k warranty expired. On top of the cheap quality of the car and the transmission failing, the MSRP was a little under 10k dollars different from the NADA and Kelly Blue Book value. It cost me a lot of money to get out of that car but now I am in a Honda. I have a 6year/80k full warranty. I have had my car for 14 months now and cannot even begin to describe the difference in quality, between Honda and Chrysler. The reason they are in bankruptcy is because they are not making a competitive product. I did not vote on this poll because there wasnt an option to choose regarding losing faith in Chrysler long before the bankruptcy.

June 3, 2009
4:36 p.m.

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I've never been a big 'Buy American' - American meaning one of the Detroit Big 3. I'll buy a car that was MADE in America - not one from the Detroit Big 3.

June 4, 2009
8:26 a.m.

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I've lost faith in these companies for sure. For decades now they have failed to stay competitive with the Hondas and the Toyotas in terms of reliability, instead choosing to depend on the "Buy American" concept. I'm all for supporting American products but the average American is on a budget and needs a reliable, affordable vehicle and not a "classic remake" to remind them of the glory days. Now that Big Brother and the union have taken over these companies, things can only get worse.

June 4, 2009
12:04 p.m.

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Buy American, the job you save may be your own!!!!!

June 5, 2009
9 p.m.

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Quality for the price is key. Our family will not throw our money away on something junky, we need to get ten years out of a car, and it needs to be able to carry everyone on vacation and trips. Safely. So my insurance rates are not in the sky. Not a mini car for one person, but at least a mid size car or minivan or suv that fits five with space to be comfortable, and gets good mileage. My current minivan gets almost 30 on the highway now, but only 20 around if they improve that...and drill here and drill now for oil in the USA, so we have our own oil not Saudi Oil, then I will consider an American car. Maybe they can make a jeep with better mileage, we like our 4 wheel in winter, and need the weight on the ice and snow.

June 7, 2009
4:12 p.m.

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I have been buying "TRUE" American cars since 1972. That is AMC, Ford and now Chrysler. My first Chrysler product was bought in 1993 and now I drive a 2007 Dodge Caliber with 48,000 on it. I get 24 mpg city and over 30 mpg highway all the time. No major issues with any Chrysler product I have owned. They have served me very well. I will continue to buy AMERICAN/Chrysler products until the day I die.
People who buy Honda and Toyota are brainwashed into thinking that they are buying American. They are NOT. The money used to purchase these cars is sent back to Japan to support the Company who has their home office there. It would be the same if Ford opened up a plant in Japan. The money comes back to America to Ford in Detroit.

Not everyone wants a shoebox on wheels like Honda and Toyota produce. Some people need a roomier car offered by the "Big 3".
One final point. If Honda & Toyota are so reliable as they pretend to be, then why do they have warranties ???
The bottom line: NO ONE makes a car that is THAT good that a warranty is not needed.

June 8, 2009
6:57 a.m.

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Americanman, there is no such thing as a true American car. The major auto manufacturers are global companies, and the components that make up your car are made in any number of plants in any number of countries. Foreign companies building plants in America represent billions of dollars of investment in our country in an era when the Big Three were moving many operations to Mexico and beyond. My Honda was made in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, in a plant that provides good jobs to 13,000 people. It's eight years old and has so far required one new set of brakes, one new set of tires, and one new catalytic converter. It is not a shoebox on wheels.

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