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Old 10-27-2009, 07:10 AM
 
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When replacing compressors using AC Delco parts there's usually more seals and o-rings than necessary to do the job. If you know anyone who uses Delco parts they'll usually have a stash of extra seals.
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Old 10-27-2009, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Lehigh Acres
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tried that, nobody had the right one lol
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Old 10-27-2009, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Western Chicagoland
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Domestic car companies offer many models that get good gas mileage. What a shock!

The OP clearly doesnt know a thing about cars, or else he'd be confused when confronted with the fact that there are PLENTY of Japanese cars that ARENT reliable and suck gas like no tomorrow. I bet the OP would drop dead if he knew that a 400+ hp V8 American engine (Corvette) could run circles around any Japanese car, can still get 30+ mpgs on the highway.
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Old 10-27-2009, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Western Chicagoland
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My wife has a 2004 toyota camry and it been perfect on relibilty as her old accord was.Ford s and chevy's are not near as relaible as they 5oo dollar you to death after three year sif they make it that far.
100K hard-driven miles on my Focus. Repairs? Lets see...

Sway bar end link: $20
O-ring and plug for my t-stat housing: $20
Total: $40


My last Toyota (Paseo) with 120K:
Radiator: $160
Thermostat: $30
Exhaust (cracked right after cat): $250
O2 (bank 1) sensor: $50
And I got rid of the car because the exhaust header cracked, the exhaust again broke, both rear shocks are blown, and just a few months after I got rid of it (my bro now owns is), the trans blew (carrier bearing)!



Soooooo, you were saying?
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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I rented a 2007 Buick Lucerne in 2006. Curious, I looked under the hood and noticed the alternator said "made in Japan" or Germany... I cant remember, but I think it said Japan.

At any rate it seemed like a higher quality car than the 2008-09 Camrys I have rented.
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:22 PM
 
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Soooooo, you were saying?
Well...

in my 35 years of driving and car ownership I have had much better reliability AND enjoyment from the imports than from the domestics.
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:17 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Well...

in my 35 years of driving and car ownership I have had much better reliability AND enjoyment from the imports than from the domestics.
And in 32 years of car ownership and driving, my experience is just the opposite.

Just different perceptions really. If you really think the imports are better, you will nit-pick the domestics to death and never be satisfied with one. The same holds true if you like the domestic vehicles in your evaluation of imports. There is NO denying the simple fact that the Domestic vehicles ARE better made now, and most imports are made cheaper than in the past. The tide is turning in which vehicles really are the better ones in terms of longevity and quality, with the Domestic vehicles once again rising to the top.
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:33 AM
 
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According to the Chevy commercials, Honda makes a nice lawn mower. Or do they...?
American Honda Motor Corp. Recalls Lawn Mowers Due to Laceration Hazard
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:59 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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According to the Chevy commercials, Honda makes a nice lawn mower. Or do they...?
American Honda Motor Corp. Recalls Lawn Mowers Due to Laceration Hazard
LOL!!

I saw that ad for the first time last night and thought it was kind of tacky personally.

Notice now that GM is "Govt' Motors" their ads are taking on the flavor of political campaign ads, have to bash the other guy instead of just standing on your own merits.
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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I am speaking from experience in getting a nwe vehicle always GM every four years for my entire career. Many had problems straight from the showroom. I alos had chevy and ford trucks for years and after htree they truned inot money poits even with mainteance. GM does seem to know how to make relaible staters;alternators. But then some of the alternators were found to have media in the bearings; so some disgrunted employeee probably.My wife drove her last Honda for 11 years .no problems and her current toyota for 5 with no problems. The honda and the toyota were/are as tight as the day they were bought.
We once bought an American car, a Saturn, for my DH hoping that GM's "different kind of car company" would produce a product we'd love. That car had problems from the very start. There was always something small going wrong and we spent lots of time at the dealership getting these minor issues fixed. The dealership was apologetic and pleasant about fixing everything, but we just got tired of it. At the same time I had a pre-owned Honda and it worked flawlessly. It's a shame, but there just wasn't any comparison between these two vehicles. The pre-owned Honda was just so much better than the new Saturn. Perhaps someday things will be different, but I believe from talking to friends, neighbors, and colleagues that our experience is not unique.
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